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In This Issue
Grace Women's Retreat
Earth Month Events
Lloyd's Garage Benefit Concert
Life at Grace: Trails Project, Spring Dinner, Nu 2 U Sale
Soul School: Reel Religions, Phyliss Tickle
Kids Happen! : Wilderness Pilgrim Trip, Grace Kid to go to Finland,
Outreach: Grants Availabe, Calendar of Events
Communities of Grace Events
Faith · Arts · News

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If this is your first time receiving our weekly eNews, welcome! If you are not new to our eNews list, than you will notice a bit of a change this week. We have brought back our sidebar column in order to help navigate our ever growing online publication and to have a consistent home where you can always find a link to our current newsletter. In addition, you will find quick links to various areas of our Grace website as well as online media items we think you might like.

Susan Marie Andersson
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Grace Women's Retreat

April 30-May 2, 2010
St. Andrew's house, Hood Canal


Panoramic views of the water and the beautiful Olympic Mountains are the backdrops for our April Women's Retreat. Begin your mornings with a restorative yogapractice and then spend the rest of the day honoring the wisdom of our bodies in movement, silence, prayer & song.Use free time to explore the lush gardens,stroll on the beach or relax on the front porch with its breathtaking views.

While nearly full, it is not too late to
sign-up. Download our brochure for more information or contact Candee in the Grace office., 842.9997

Earth Month
The Word is living, being, spirit, all verdant greening, all creativity.
This Word manifests itself in every creature. - Hildegarde von Bingen
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Paths Less Traveled:
an evening with Ian Bentryn
Tuesday, April 13, 6:45 p.m.

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 pm 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.

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Become a Part of the Grace Genesis Group

Our Diocese is a leading light nationally in figuring out how to implement the Genesis Covenant (reducing our carbon emissions by 50% in ten years) endorsed by the Episcopal national convention last summer, Grace has the opportunity to be a leader within the Diocese. Would you like to engage with a group at Grace to take a look at our baseline carbon assessment and see where we have creative opportunities to lighten our carbon load? We have ways we can conserve energy in our current building and the new chapel, and cut utility costs. We have creative - and communal - ways to get ourselves to Grace. Stay tuned for a first meeting of this group as we get underway with a carbon baseline calculation for Grace. Want to know more? Contact Gary Lagerloef at

Car-less Sundays
April 25 and May 30

One giant step towards a lower carbon footprint as a congregation is cutting our transportation miles. One great way to do that is to car-pool with some of those Grace folks who live near you - and just happen to be in your Tribe! If you're gearing up for physical activity this summer, a bike ride to Grace is great aerobic training, and you might find some Grace folks nearby to bike with you and provide safety (and fun) in numbers. Start April 25, and then see how much you can make this a habit through the summer months. Meet you at the "bike parking area" against the west wall of Grace!

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Sustainable Bainbridge Celebrates Earth Month

It's the 40th anniversary of Earth Day!  Join us (Sustainable Bainbridge) to celebrate, and mark our 11th anniversary of Community Earth Day on Bainbridge Island, with informative and fun activities for the whole family throughout the month of April!  (Events especially geared to young children are denoted with an asterisk*.)

go to sustainable for a list of events and activities

Liturgy, Music & Arts

lloyds garage logoRock & Roll on a School Night ... from Napa with Love

 is influenced by soulful hill-country blues, some southern rock for good measure, and throwback instrumentation that's near-pure homage to the uncomplicated rock of the late 60's and early 70's. Though not so pure that they don't dish up their own distinct brand of down and dirty musical grit!!

A Benefit Concert for theGodly Play moms
Jim Olson Cancer Research Lab
at Children's Hospital
A Hannah's Hopeful Hearts Event

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 6pm-9pm,
Grace Church - All Ages
With Special Musical Guests:
The Anthony Tripp Project & Free Truman!

The Gallery at Grace Presents:
Pamela Wachtler FermanisLa Route Vers Maison
La Route Vers Maison

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.

Life at Grace
Grace Trails Project
landscape Plan
Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m., Grace Church

Next Saturday, the volunteers who have been working on the trails project welcome you to experience the work done over the past five months. Take a tour by starting where the trail begins in the upper parking area near the labyrinth. We've cleared a lot of brush and have reached the very northeast corner of the Grace property where an out-door meeting area is planned. From here the trail will head south along the property line common with the farm and winery next door. Come and explore what we have done. We hope you'll want to join one of the upcoming work parties!
info: David Moen, moen6665@bainbridge.netor Nate Thomas,

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Spring Celebration Dinner
volunteers needed
Saturday, May 15, 5 p.m., Grace Church

Spring is here - juicy berries, asparagus, rhubarb, artichokes, fresh peas, carrots, salmon, halibut and lamb. The simplest of pleasures, all glorious, delicious, and finally in season. As we carry on in this season of rich renewal, let's take this opportunity to enjoy the simple abundance with each other's company along with great music by the Rain City Trio! Join us at Grace for an evening with a French twist, prepared by our own Graceful chefs, Saturday, May 15 at 5 p.m. To volunteer to help, or for more information, please contact: Petra Velie.
360.799 7068,

Grace Photo Directory

Sign-up for your Session
May 16 or May 17, 2010

If you missed getting in our current photo directory, drop by the welcome table in Walker Hall during coffee hour for more information,schedule your appointment onlineor contact Marcy Lagerloef for more information., 842-8942

June New-to-You Sale
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,

Summer Sojourn:
Cascade Mountains   

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A Six Day Backpack
into Spectacular Terrain
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 July 1st.
8 spaces remaining

Soul School at Grace

Emergence Christianity-
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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 Harperknow if you'd like to attend.
We'll carpool in the Mobile Grace Unit!

Reel ReligionReel Religion
a film series for the soul

Eagle Harbor Congregational Church is partnering with Cedars Unitarian Universalist, St. Barnabas Episcopal, Grace Episcopal, and Bethany Lutheran churches to put on a film festival featuring movies in which realistic, inspiring faith is featured. Each evening will find us gathering with each other, and around the Big Screen, in the hope that these films will open our hearts and minds-to faith, and to each other. Admission is free, and donations are gladly accepted. 

The first flim in the series is: Lars and the Real Girl
Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m. Eagle Harbor Church.

The Labyrinth: Labyrinth Flyer
Awakening New Growth

Saturday, April 24, 9 to 4:30 p.m., Grace

Join us for a Spring Gathering presented by the Western Washington Labyrinth Network. To learn more or to register pleae visit our website at,place of grace/labyrinth, or contact Betty Hawkins.
Kids Happen

Grace Teen
Heading to Finland

Hello All!

As you may or may not know, I am preparing for going on a foreign exchange to Finland for a full year. I'll be leaving August 20th and be living in a small town in the Finnish countryside called Korholanmäki. I am learning basic Finnish, but still have no idea how to pronounce the city's name. I have gotten all of my information on my family and even some pictures from my host family. My final hurdle to accomplish my goal of going to Finland is raising the tuition. After life-savings and scholarship money, I have about 7'000 dollars left to raise. This is where you can help me. I have lots of fund raising plans in the works, including publishing a book of my poetry. You can follow my progress on my blog, I will make entries both before and during my adventure. On my blog you can see all of my fund raising plans as they come, and there is a way to donate to me directly. Any help you can provide would not only be deeply appreciated, but guaranteed to go only towards my foreign exchange. You can help me make my dreams a reality.

for more information, you can call me at my Cell Phone number 206-550-8288 or my Home Phone number 205-780-0826 or email me at this address: And here is my blog address:


Kiah Saavadra

Wilderness Trip
August 1 - 12, 2010

We always get excited to announce our Summer Wilderness Trip for High School students. We are heading back to Idaho this summer, and you can find all the information on the Grace website, /faith formation/youth.
 Register soon! There is room for nine kids total, and we are filling up fast.


Outreach at Grace
Current Happenings

Outreach  Monthly Meetings
 All are welcome to join us in the Grace Livingroom after the 9:30 service, on 2nd Sundays for our monthly Outreach meetings. Look for current ag Sunday bulletin/E-news a week prior, so all may weigh on what their church is doing in "the world!"

Grace Garden Days
Volunteer or invite someone to visit the Grace Garden on Sunday April 18 after chruch. We'll prepare the garden for another amazing yield of produce this year.  
Katy Wing,

Kitsap Habitat for Humanity "Work Day" 
All are welcome Saturday, April 17 at HFH's Cornerstone Place site in E. Bremerton for "Work Day." We'll meet at Grace and ride together church to/from the worksite. Lunch provided!
Mark Kruse,, 842-8910.

The 2010 Grace Outreach Grant Application
You can now download the  2010 Grace Outreach Grant applicationfrom the Grace website. Direct email requests from Grants Coordinator Andy Rimkus,,or pick up at the Grace office. 842.9997,
Communities of Grace

Spirited Voices -
a benefit concert for
Voices Education Project

April 17,  4:30 p.m., Grace Church

Come enjoy an afternoon recital with Portland vocalist, Eugene Lewis and friends. The recital will feature traditional spirituals, Hebrew songs and Streisandesque medley and special performance by Bainbridge Island jazz vocalist, Erica Cooper. Voices Education Project helps people of all ages understand and transcend the roots of violence by hearing and giving voices to personal stories. Donations kindly requested. Appetizers and drinks served prior to and following the program. Help create peace one story at a time. Visit us at:

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with Rebecca Wells

Thursday April 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Eagle Harbor Book Co.

For the paperback release of The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, local acclaimed author and Grace member Rebecca Wells makes a welcome return visit to Eagle Harbor Book Company.

Eagle Harbor Books is located at:
157 Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island, Washington. 206.842.5332

"A tale of family and friendship, tragedy and triumph, loss and love, The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder features the warmth, humor, soul, and wonder that have made Wells one of today's most cherished writers, and gives us an unforgettable new heroine to treasure." - Eagle Harbor Book Co.