Grace Church
Bainbridge Island
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Fourth Sunday of Lent
"Choosing the Lost and Found"
 March 14, 2010

Lenten Evenings

Erica Grimm Vance Liminal State

a Grace Soul School Event

A Simple Meal & Honest Conversation

Tuesdays in Lent, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm,
Includes light supper

This year the focus of our Tuesday evenings in Lent will be: Re-Membering Grace: Believing, Belonging, Membering and Serving. These evenings of presentations and conversation, lead by Bill Harper, will invite us to talk about belonging together and belonging to Grace. Whether Grace has been your home for many years, or just for a few weeks, these evenings will bring both information and inspiration. We'll learn about each other, Grace Church, the Episcopal Church, and even the Great Big, World Wide Anglican Community. We'll start each night with soup at 6:30, and the program will begin at 7 and end with Compline at 8:30.

Tuesday, March 16: Membering (joining? Really?)
Tuesday, March 23: Serving (believing is doing)

image: Erica Grimm Vance,
encaustice, 2000,  Liminal State

Daily Lenten Meditations
with Episcopal Relief and Development
The season of Lent is upon us and we invite you to share in this annual time of reflection to consider our lives and our relationship with the world around us. Sign up to receive the 2010 Lenten Meditations by Episcopal Relief & Development. You'll find a link on the homepage of our grace website at 

View Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule at Grace
Get to Church on Time Tomorrow!
Don't Forget to Spring Forward Tonight.
Godly Play moms

Finance |

The Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning estate planning
Sunday, March 21, 2 - 3:30 pm

On Sunday, March 21 at 2:00 pm, Bainbridge attorney Karen Bertram will present an interactive seminar, "The Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning" at Grace. Karen has practiced estate law for nineteen years and is eager to discuss any questions you may have about your life plan.

Who needs an estate plan? Virtually everyone. In the absence of a will or guardian document for example, the state will assume control and may make decisions that don't reflect your wishes. If you've been putting off making a will or need help revising existing documents, please consider joining us.

RSVP to Candee Heald in our office at 842.9997,, please let her know if you need childcare during this event. Hope to see you on the 21st!

Life at Grace |

Godly Play moms

Give the Gift of Life, Donate Blood

Tuesday, March 16, Grace Church
10 am to 4 pm (closed for lunch 1 to 1:45)
Give the gift of life by donating blood on Tuesday, March 16th  or Thursday, March 18th, 2010.  In doing so, you are helping to keep a vital supply of life giving blood ready for those who are in dire need.  
All who are able are encouraged to donate.  
Please contact Candee in the Grace office to make an apptointment:

April Women's Retreat
honoring the wisdom of our bodies
in movement, silence, prayer & song

april 30-may 2, 2010
St. Andrew's house, Hood Canal
Have you ever tried to spend a whole hour doing nothing but listening to the voice that dwells deep in your heart?  It is not easy to enter into the silence and reach beyond the many boisterous and demanding voices of our world and to discover there the small intimate voice saying:  "You are my Beloved Child, on you my favor rests." Still, if we dare to embrace our solitude and befriend our silence, we will come to know that voice.
from Doing Nothing But Listening
Henri J. M. Nouwen

At this year's retreat we will learn  to listen to the wisdom of our bodies, in movement,
in silence & stillness, in prayer and in song.

$50 nonrefundable deposit. Total cost is $200, full payment due by April 1st. After April 1st total cost $250. Financial aid available.

o register send your name, address, phone and email to:
subject: Women's Retreat

Six-day backpack
             into spectacular terrain

cascade image

Summer Sojourn: Cascade Mountains    
August 22 - 27, 2010

Come to your senses.

Rely on each other.
Go someplace new.
We go at a comfortable pace.
We enjoy being there as much as getting there.
We laugh.
We practice stillness.
info: Kathy McCarthy,
$100 non-refundable deposit to the Grace office by by July 1st.
8 spaces remaining

New-to-You Sale Set for June, Help Wanted
We are looking forward to making this the best sale yet. To get started we would like to have 5 team leaders, one for each department. If you have always wanted to get more involved without taking on the whole project, here is your chance. The five departments are: Clothing; Books and Home Decor; House Wares; Electronics and Garage items; and The Kids Room. Interested? Call or email Rachel Brand to discuss where your skills will best fit. Our first organizing meeting will be on Sunday evening March 14.
info/volunteer: Rachel, 201.3033,

Photo Directory DatesMan Ray
Life Touch photographers are returning to Grace on Sunday, May 16, from noon to 6 pm, and Monday, May 17, from 1 - 8. Watch the Sunday bulletin and Grace eNews for a link to sign up for a photo appointment on-line, or come to the table in the Narthex during coffee hour in April.

Kids Happen|

Hannah's Hopeful HeartsHannah's Hopeful Hearts
Friday, March 19, 2010, 7pm, Grace Church

In honor of Hannah Hunt, and countless other children and adults struggling with brain tumors, we are climbing mountains for a cure for brain cancer. Please plan to attend this evening at Grace to raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research at Seattle Children's Hospital. A reception and light supper will follow. For more information about this event, or to learn how you can help children with brain cancer, please visit Hannah's website: Thank you

Faithful Parenting:
Being Good and Doing Good

With Bill Harper and Debbie Rimkus

Sunday, March 21st, 4pm-6pm


We have spent some time exploring how to encourage a life of faith in our children, and how to keep healthy, loving relationships with our children and our partners. This month we look at "goodness". Each of us has hopes and dreams for our children. We work hard to raise children who are "good". And we try to be "good" ourselves as adults. But is being good enough? How do we teach our children to not only be good, but to go into the world and do good. We will start our afternoon in Walker Hall with some light refreshments and time to connect and then move into the Sanctuary at 4:30 for our discussion. A great group of teens and some special activities will be available for the children in the Living Room.

Debbie Rimkus, 842.9997x16,   

Outreach |

A World of GoodA World of Good
Grace Grant Partners in Action

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers ("IVC")

Kaycie Wood from IVC will be available following the 9:30  service. Learn  about all the great work IVC does in our community.  Please say "Hello" to Kaycie, and learn how you can take part in IVC's efforts!

Streets of Seattle.  Join Barb McAllister, Rose Goodhue & Co. on the 7:10PM ferry to Seattle on March 18th for the next Streets of Seattle event. This Grace tradition involves serving dinner under I-5; folks usually return on the 9PM boat.
info: to learn more about participating in this outreach program.  

Socks.  Stuart Rish is supporting Seattle-based Youthcare,  via her collection of new pairs of socks for teens at this shelter for teens.  
info: Stuart,  780.8551
donate socks or learn more about Youthcare or New Horizons Ministries,

Grace Garden Days.  Our on site Grace Outreach grant partner has provided hundreds of pounds of organic produce to Helpline, but requires our direct involvement to achieve this.  Please mark Sundays March 21st & April 18th as "Grace Garden Days", when we will prepare the garden for another amazing yield of produce this year. Also, on March 21st all gardeners in the Grace community are invited to join in a plant swap in the upper parking lot after church.  Bring those perennials you've divided, seeds to share, extra starts, or even houseplants needing another home.  We'll swap plants and garden knowledge.  You don't have to bring a plant to take one home info:

Learn more about our Outreach programs at Grace

Liturgy, Music & Arts |

Emergence Christianity-
What Is It? Why Is It? Where Is It Going?
The Center at St. Andrew's and Bishop Greg Rickel along with the Evangelism Commission of the Diocese of Olympia present a public lecture by Phyllis Tickle

April 21, 4 pm
St. Andrew's Church
111 NE 80th Street
Phyllis Tickle

Seattle, WA 9811

Phyllis Tickle, the former religion editor for Publisher's Weekly and widely quoted authority cited by NPR, PBS, the New York Times and other media outlets will present a lecture about a new movement in Christianity that has taken on the name "The Emerging Church." Click here for further information.

 This is a unique opportunity to hear a national recognized author and scholar open a conversation about one of the most important movements in American Protestantism.  Phyllis Tickle will be presenting at our Diocesan Clergy Conference April 21st and 22nd, and then offering this open conversation at St. Andrew's in Seattle.

Please let Bill Harper know if you'd like to attend. 
We'll carpool in the Mobile Grace Unit!

         Villa Poggio, Pam Wachtler-Fermanis
The Gallery at Grace Presents:
Artists Pamela Wachtler Fermanis
& Alex Fermanis

Artist reception
Sunday, March 21 at 10:30am

Direction, Digestion, Reflection, Expression
Mother and son team up to present their images of France and Italy and perhaps a few island images as well. This exhibit features oil paintings by Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis and photographs by Alex Fermanis.

Left to think of a direction and a decision. So many amazing things await you in the future but its up to you to specify the avenue. Where to go and how to get there? One foot in front of the other and behold the sight at the end of the path...

~ From "A beginners guide to discovery abroad and the Awareness of Continuation."
by Alexi Fermanis
Interfaith Music Festivalinterfaith symbols
Sunday, March 21, 3:30 pm, Bethany Lutheran

Cheer on the singers from Grace, grown-ups
and kids, as they share the music of Grace with
the greater North Kitsap faith community.

Readings on our Website
Did you know the weekly lectionary readings can be found on our website? 
Each Tuesday we update the readings and psalm for your reference.
Lectionary Readings
Summer Pilgrimage |

wilderness brochureSummer Pilgrimage--
   Planned &  Filling Fast!

August 1 to 12, 2010 Summer Wilderness Trip

As we announced last week, our Summer Wilderness Trip is being planned, and spaces are filling.  This trip is for rising sophomores through seniors, and sign-up is first come, first served.  Please get those deposits in as soon as possible to hold the space.  Info/Registration

Grace | Faith | News | ArtsGrace Faith Arts News Feb/March 2010
February/March 2010

Be sure to download your copy of our current newsletter today. Graced with another stunning cover image by current Gallery artist Pam Wachtler-Fermanis, this issue features upcoming events and programs in our Grace community. Read about our  Soul School Lenten program Tuesday evenings in March, find our Holy Week and Easter service schedules, and get info on what's happening in a variety of our ministry areas including programming for kids, teens and their parents, a workshop for estate planning and our Grant partners in Action.