Lent, Holy Week and Easter at Grace
We have choices. Even as this season invites us to "let go" and release what has been, we have both power and possibility-and responsibility-in the choices we make. Our worship during this season will help us explore the spirit of choice-through our prayers, music, poetry and preaching we'll have the chance both to affirm and confront the choices we make.
"Surely this word is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart . . . I call heaven and earth to witness today that I have set before you life and death. Choose life, so that you may live." Deuteronomy 31:19
Palm Sunday: "We Chose This"
Easter Day: "God's Choice"
Grace Website Worship Resources: (click to link)
View: Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule at Grace
Listen: Sermon Audio Archives
Read: Current Lectionary
A Simple Meal & Honest Conversation
a Grace Soul School Event
Tuesday, March 23: Serving
(believing is doing) &
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.
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 gracehere.org
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.
nonrefundable deposit. Total cost is $200, full payment due by April 1st. After
April 1st total cost $250. Financial aid available.
To register send your name, address, phone and email to: email@example.com
subject: Women's Retreat
Summer Sojourn: Cascade Mountains
August 22 - 27, 2010
A Six-day backpack into spectacular terrain 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 practice stillness.
info: Kathy McCarthy, firstname.lastname@example.org
$100 non-refundable deposit to the Grace office by July 1st.
8 spaces remaining
New-to-You Sale Set for June, Help Wanted
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
info/volunteer: Rachel, 201.3033, email@example.com
Grace in the Kitchen Revisited
cover image by Pam Fermanis
It's been a few years since the first printing of our popular cookbook Grace in the Kitchen hit the Narthex at our little church and sold-out quickly. If you own this book you probably refer to it often. If you don't own it yet, we still have a handful of copies left from the second printing. Full of dozens of mouth-watering recipes, soul nourishing poetry and Julie Shryock's whimsical watercolors, this book is a must have for any kitchen. The other cool thing about this book is it was cleverly designed as a three ring binder by graphic artist, Marisa
Carder, so that it may be added to easily. Hence the opportunity to include a section that seems like a natural for Grace. It's no secret we have the best darn coffee hour of any church in 39 counties, (for those of you who didn't go through Washington state history in school, a quick Google search will tell you that's how many counties we have in our Evergreen State) That said, we need your recipes. Do you have a killer deviled egg recipe? A treasured heirloom recipe for coffee cake? We want them! We'd love to get this update done soon, so don't delay! Send your coffee hours recipes by Sunday, May 2 to Marisa
Carder at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
|Diary of a Cheerful Giver
"Cleanliness isn't always next to godliness -
next to impossible."
March 17, 2010: So glad we had a good harvest of
"taxables" at Grace last month. But the good folks at Helpline tell us
that cleaning supplies are still needed. Soap, detergent, and toilet
bowl cleaners aren't glamorous, but what a lift to the spirit to be able
to keep things clean!
Seems nonsensical that people struggling to make
ends meet with food stamps are forbidden to buy something as essential
as laundry soap. But there it is. So the March 28 Helpline collection at
Grace is focusing on those very essential household taxables again.
String around my finger: Buy extra cleaning
suppplies to take to church March 28.
A World of Good
Grace Grant Partners in Action
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 Sunday, April 18th as "Grace Garden Day", when we will prepare the
garden for another amazing yield of produce this year. info: email@example.com
Kitsap Habitat for Humanity "Work Day"
Join us for Grace's Habitat work day scheduled
Saturday, April 17th at HFH's Cornerstone Place site in E. Bremerton. We'll meet at Grace and ride the new Grace van to/from the worksite. Lunch is provided for this cross-church event: Faith Episcopal Chapel (Kingston) & St. Barnabas (B.I.) have been invited to work side-by-side with us. Contact Mark Kruse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 842-8910 with your volunteer interests.
The 2010 Grace Outreach grant application is now complete and available. Please send a request for application to our Grants Coordinator Andy Rimkus.
Learn more about our Outreach programs at Grace
Family Treasure & Scavenger Hunt
a Benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Sunday April 18, Grace Church
Put together your treasure hunt team and help support this fun event and benefit organized by Grace member Christopher Brook whose daughter in law suffers from Cystic Fibrorsis. For more information you can pick-up a brochure at Grace or contact Christopher at 842 7813, email@example.com. cff.org
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 TickleApril 21, 4 pm, St. Andrew's Church, SeattlePhyllis
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!
La Route Vers Maison
The Gallery at Grace Presents:
Artists Pamela Wachtler Fermanis
& Alex Fermanis
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
you to specify the avenue. Where to go and how to get there? One foot in
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
Stations Of The Cross
Saturday, March 27, 2010, at 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bremerton
THE WOMEN OF THE PASSION, A Journey to the Cross, by Katie Sherrod. "So here they are, the stories of the women who witnessed the Passion of Jesus Christ. Scripture tells us of several women whose lives were touched by Jesus- Come, participate, hear their stories as we walk the stations. All are welcome. Discussion and a Lenten soup lunch will be served following the program.
info: Caro Dugan, 360.377-8219
A Documentary by Mai Iskander
with post-film discussion with local recycling experts
Nominated - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Documentary
- Directors Guild of America
Matinees That Matter
in conjunction with Sustainable Bainbridge
Sunday, March 21, 4:30 pm
Garbage Dreams is a unique documentary about a poor community of trash recyclers on the outskirts of Cairo. In the hands of the director and photographer Mai Iskander, the film digs deep into the politics of a life that few would choose but many depend on. With no official sanitation services, Cairo's 18 million residents have for decades relied on zabbaleen (Arabic for "garbage people") to collect their waste, which the zabbaleen do with enviable thoroughness - and an 80 percent recycling rate. Filming over four years, Ms. Iskander highlights three charismatic youths as they face competition from foreign companies with more mechanized, if significantly less green, methods. Expertly weaving personal fears, family tensions and political action, GARBAGE DREAMS records the tremblings of a culture at a crossroads. At no point is this more evident than when two of the young men, sponsored by a Welsh recycling group, travel to a sleek recycling plant in Wales. One moment they're on a mound of rubbish in Cairo, picking through plastic and shards of glass, the next the're surrounded by Welsh pastures and humming conveyor belts. Nabil, 18, is unimpressed. "Here there's technology but no precision," he snorts, appalled at the plant's recycling rate of 20 percent. To the zabbaleen, machines are useful, but ancient knowledge is priceless. - NY Times
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 | Arts 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.