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weekly eNews 03.28.10

2007 Thomas Schworer

  Holy Week & Easter |

Dear Friends;
As we know, this is a busy week for most churches; most Christian folk. While the world goes on around us (as of course it would), and while Spring seems to be flooding in locally, at Grace we are getting ready for the unique services and gatherings of Holy Week. Sometimes I do wonder about all the expense of human energy this week. While the world turns, Christians gather in country churches and echoing cathedrals and hear words and stories and songs from a time and place so seemingly disconnected from that twisting, turning world we live in today.  And that's the point. The story of this week--a story of passionate hope for transformation and change; a story of betrayal and grief; a story of loss and then unimagined hope--this story is one that we need to dive into deeply. We need to remember it, breath it in; we need to listen and feel and wonder--and then let the story come alive within us. So we go through the trouble and effort this week in order to remember, again, that the Story is great, graceful Good News in a world that hungers for goodness and repeatedly shows itself incapable of satisfying that hunger.  We need this week.
And so, our schedule is below. It's just another reminder. It's good to be here and do this. Those who, in past years, have traveled through all three days, have consistently told me how remarkable that can be. I know that for families it can be hard to make the time-but give it a try. Maundy Thursday can be remarkable for kids (maybe 8 and older); Good Friday is stark and compelling and can open the door for conversation.  And then there's Easter morning.  Be open. Dive in.

Godly Play moms
Bill Harper
Vicar of Grace

  Holy Week & Easter Schedules

Memorial Gifts for Easter
Thomas Schworer, Lenten Rose
Thomas Schworer, Lenten Rose

Each year Jan Jeffcoat and our wonderful Flower Team grace the church with seasonal flowers and greens for Easter. And-each year we remember loved ones with these floral gifts.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Grace Memorial Greens & Flowers Fund, please fill out the form from your Sunday bulletin and return it with a check to our pledge basket by March 28.  You may also send an email to the office of the names of those you would like to have remembered and then mail us your check or drop off at the office. Any amount is appropriate.

Emails for memorial florals & greens should be sent to:, Subject Line: Easter Memorial Green & Flower Fund. Checks can be sent to:
Grace Episcopal Church, 8595 NE Day Rd., Bainbridge Island, WA  98110. Thank you.

Palm Sundaypalm sunday
Sunday, March 28, 8 am &  9:30 am

Holy Week has its ups and downs. Just as we give ourselves to the giddy joy of a Palm Sunday parade, the story darkens. We are shocked to see parts of ourselves in the betrayers and in the betrayed. As the crowd tramples the palms and banners underfoot, we don't quite where the story is headed, but we have a feeling it's going to get worse before it gets better.

maundy thur footMaundy Thursday-Serve Them
Thursday, April 1, 7pm
Supper, Foot Washing & Service
Bring: clean socks; quiet open heart. For kids, 8 and older-perhaps the tenderness of the Maundy Thursday service will leave a lasting impression.

The Watch-Storm Clouds
Thursday A
pril 1, 9pm through
Friday, April 2, noon
add your name to the list of those who will "watch an hour"
Sign-up at Grace or email us with an hour that works for you any time between 9pm on Thursday and Noon on Friday and we will add your name to the list.

Good Friday Cross,
Susan Marie Andersson
Good Friday Cross
Good Friday-Remember
Friday, April 2
 two services, Noon & 7:00 pm
The Noon Good Friday Service will include hammers and nails, as is our Grace tradition, and the evening service will weave the ancient service of Tenebrae-candles, story, darkness-a traditional Good Friday service.

easter morning sunrise
er Sunrise-A New Day,
New Joy & New Possibilities
, April 4, 6 am
We let the milk and honey flow, and wait for the coyotes
to herald the resurrection.

Easter Sunday-Bursting into Song!
Sunday, April 4
Two Services: 9am & 11am

Please Bring cut flowers to decorate the cross!Godly Play moms
From small signs and quiet beginnings, the seeds of hope and reflection we've planted bear fruit and flowers and sky blue eggs. The cross blooms, the earth blooms, and we find ourselves eye-witnesses to God in the present moment! What do you see? Who do you see?

Please note: We do not have an 8 am service on Easter Sunday and no Godly Play at either the 9am or 11am services.
Interpreter for the hearing impaired at both services.
Please call for more information: 842.9997

Kids Happen |

Parents of Teens
Wednesday, April  7, 7:15 - 9:30pm at Grace.
We're looking forward to meeting with all of you April 7.  This time we begin a two part conversation that will help us as parents recongize and celebrate the goodness in the lives of our kids. That might seem easy and natural and yet in truth it still take work and some intentional parenting.

Please come. There is something wonderful about sitting in the sanctuary and seeing all of us parents together. Just that simple.
7:15 for some drinks and snacks
7:30 in sanctuary - 9/9:30 pm

Godly Play Spring Schedule

Just a reminder that there will be no Godly Play this Sunday as we celebrate Easter together. Godly Play will end for the school year on Sunday, May 17th, and there will be no children's programming (except nursery) on Sunday, May 24th, Memorial Day weekend, or Sunday May 31st. We hope to see all the Godly Play families and volunteers on Sunday, June 7th as we celebrate the gifts that our volunteers have shared this year. Sunday morning children's programs for the summer will begin on Sunday, June 14th. And mark your calendars now for July 21st through July 24th, 9am-12noon, when we will offer a week of summer fun for children who have completed at least one year of preschool through fourth grade. Look for more details in the April newsletter.

A Second Acolyte Training Session
Tuesday, April 14th, 4:30-6:00

We have scheduled a second session of acolyte training for kids at Grace who would like to  learn more about  helping at the altar on Sundays. We'll try on robes, practice carrying the cross and have a snack together. This training is for children in fourth through sixth grade, and for rising fourth graders who are interested in being an acolyte this fall. For more information and to sign up, contact Debbie Rimkus at

Soul School |

Paths Less Traveled
an Evening with Ian Bentryn
Tuesday, April 13, Grace Church
 (6:45 wine & cheese, 7 pm program)

On Tuesday, April 13, local writer and naturalist, Ian Bentryn, will be reading selected essays originally published in the Bainbridge Review. Ian will be sharing a suite of "Greatest Hits" chosen from his well-received columns investigating the natural tapestry through which our Island lives are woven.  Ian brings to his writing a love of nature that lifts up the small and particular and finds the sacred in what many of us might miss as we hurry past.  Come at 6:45 so you can get a glass of wine, courtesy of Bainbridge Island Vineyard and Winery, to accompany crackers and cheese before the presentation, and then plan to stay and listen and reflect with Ian as we immerse ourselves in Spring and "Earth Month" at Grace.

Earth Hour
March 27, 8:30 - 9:30

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007 when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned off their lights for one hour to take a stand to fight climate change. A year later Earth Hour was a global movement with 50 million people spread over 35 countries taking part. The CN Tower in Toronto, Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Rome's Coliseum stood in total darkness.

Pausing for an hour in our normal pattern is not something we do often, but when we do, it can reset our consciousness.  On March 27, everyone around the planet is invited to turn off all lights from 8:30-9:30 PM local time in honor of Earth Hour. Last year, the Space Needle went dark for that hour.  This year 90 countries have signed up to date. Global landmarks such as Bangkok's Grand Palace, the Roman Coliseum, the London Eye, and the Empire State Building will go dark along with major cities such as Dubai, Stockholm, Istanbul, Delhi, Paris, Moscow, and Manila.

Emergence Christianity-Godly Play moms
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."  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.

Click here for further information.

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

Music & Arts |
The Gallery at Grace
Alex Fermanis
Alex Fermanis

Direction, Digestion, 
Reflection, Expression

Pamela Wachtler-Fermanis
 & Alex Fermanis
March-April 2010

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

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-2pm,
 Sunday 8am-noon, and by appointment.

Outreach |

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,
Grace Garden Days
A hearty "Thanks" to all who worked the Grace Garden and visited the Plant Swap after church last Sunday!  Our next Garden Day is scheduled for April 18th, when we will prepare the garden for another amazing yield of produce this year.  Contact Katy Wing to learn how to serve this hands-on food program.

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.

2010 Grant Application
The 2010 Grace Outreach grant application is now complete and available.  Please access it by download from the "Ministries/Outreach" section of the main church website at direct email request from Grants Coordinator Andy Rimkus,, or by phone/pick up from Candee Heald at the Grace office.

Parish Life |
April Women's RetreatWomen'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.

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

  Events in & Around our Community |

From St. Bede's, Port Orchard:Celtic Cross
Memorial Service for  Bob Jones

For those in your faith comminuity who may remember Bob Jones
(wife Mary deceased and daughter Mary-Francis and son Bob Jr.)

Bob Jones' Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, March 27 at1:30pm at St. Bede Episcopal Church, Port Orchard.
  A light reception will be held in the Parish Hall following the service.
Grace Church and the Diocese of Olympia communications earn Polly Bond awards at 2010 Episcopal Communicators conference in Salem, Mass.  An Award of Excellence was given for the General Convention blog, and the Episcopal Voice received an Honorable Mention in General Excellence (for newspapers with circulation over 12,000), the most prestigious of the Polly Bond categories. Grace, Bainbridge Is. also received Honorable Mention in General Excellence for its Ning social networking sites and Grace newsletter. For a full list of award winners, visit the Episcopal Communicators website
Julie Shryock, Paying Attention
Rock & Roll on a school nite
Reel Relgion