Grace Church
Bainbridge Island
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fifth Sunday of Lent
"Choosing to Live"
 March 21, 2010

Worship at Grace |

There in Your Dark I will Nestle

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

Lenten Evenings

Erica Grimm Vance Liminal State

a Grace Soul School Event

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

A Simple Meal & Honest Conversation
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 
Life at Grace |

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

Summer Sojourn: Cascade Mountains    
August 22 - 27, 2010

A Six-day backpack into spectacular terrain
cascade image
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 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,

Grace in the Kitchen Revisited
cover image by Pam Fermanis
Grace in the Kitchen

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 Thanks!
Outreach |

Diary of a Cheerful GiverDi

"Cleanliness isn't always next to godliness - sometimes, it's next to impossible."

            - Erma Bombeck

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
A World of Good

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 Sunday, April 18th as "Grace Garden Day", when we will prepare the garden for another amazing yield of produce this year.  info:

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 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,
Liturgy, Music & Arts |

Phyllis Tickle
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, Seattle

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!

La Route Vers Maison
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 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

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
Earth & Spirit |
Garbage DreamsGarbage Dreams
A Documentary by Mai Iskander
with post-film discussion with local recycling experts

Nominated - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Documentary
-  Directors Guild of America

Promo Trailer

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
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.