Grace Weekly eNews
2nd Week of May, 2010
Faith Arts News

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We are now accepting material for our next newsletter which will be a summer issue. Please send news articles, stories of faith, poetry and artwork relevent to our Grace community for the months of June, July and August to Susan at Grace. Be sure to write Summer Newsletter in the subject line.
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In This Issue
Vicar's Blog and Grace Site Links
Spring Celebration Dinner | Photo Directory | Tribes | Clothing Swap
Welcome Back Elizabeth Smith to the Gallery at Grace | Healing Prayer Service
Place of Grace
Kids In/Parents NIght Out | Summer Camp Preview
Outreach Events & 2010 Grant Information

Diocese of Olympia

Episcopal Relief & Development

Hannah's Hopeful Hearts

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Life at Grace

The Spring Celebration dinner is a week from this Saturday

We apologize for any confusion in our last eNews, "Don't Miss Fun, Fabulous Food and Live Jazz"

Spring Dinner

Spring Celebration Dinner

Saturday, May 15, 5 p.m.

Spring is here, so why not enjoy the rich renewal and  abundance of the season with each other's company, with great food and good music.  Let's come together for a French inspired meal, Saturday, May 15 at 6:00 pm.  As we feast, we will enjoy the sounds of the Rain City Trio, with special musical guest, Barbara Hume.  Children will enjoy their own feast and entertainment especially suited to them in the Godly Play wing. $15 per person, $10 per child.  RSVP

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 online or contact Marcy Lagerloef for more information., 842-8942

Spring Clothes SwapNew to You
May 16 5 p.m.

Without spending any money you could have a couple of new outfits! Julie Shryock and Rachel Brandt are hosting a Clothing Swap. Bring your nice, clean trades (nothing worn out or painty) including accessories, kids & mens clothes. Please also bring a munchie and a drink to share.
Anything left over will be donated to the Grace Sale June 11 & 12. If you find something new that works for you, it's yours!

Julie or 206-842-674
Rachel or 206-201-3033


It Looks Like Magic,
                   but it's Tribes!

 Maple Bars

I was told by a recent newcomer that coffee hour at Grace on Sunday mornings appeared to be magic. She's right.  It's amazingly wonderful like magic and it's the tribes of Grace who graciously serve and make that magic happen again and again. 

This fall we reshuffle our tribes and I'm looking for Grace folks who are willing to serve as tribe hosts.  We are going to shake things up a bit and keep tribes together for three years rather than 2 and rotate the hosts within the tribe.  It's fun. It really is, and hosting is a great way to get involved, get to know people at Grace, and foster the creation of magic. Please give me, Andy Houser, a call at 842-9494 or send an e-mail to and let me know you're willing to serve.

Liturgy, Music & Arts

the gallery

May & June 2010 |
Elizabeth Smith, "Midsummer Madrone"
Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Reed Smith

Precious Arbor
Artist Reception:
Sunday, May 16, 10:45, Grace
Trees engraved into copper, silverpoint drawings and mixed media with gold leaf.

View Artwork on Grace Art Access Page


Evening Healing Prayer
Breaking for the Summer
Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith Healing Service Image

The Evening Healing Prayer service is taking the summer off. We will not have a service in June, July, August or September. Please know that the fountain and the labyrinth are always open for prayer and for contemplation. Stay tuned for further developments later in the fall.

Online Bible Study Group

Celebrate the Easter Season with The Episcopal Church

The Episcopal Church invites online visitors into a Bible study by posting comments and thoughts on each week's Sunday readings from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). The complete weekly readings are posted along with study questions and reader comments at: Episcopal
Mark Harbour, a volunteer and regular contributor from the Diocese of Los Angeles, explains, "The simple act of sharing our understanding of a Biblical passage with others is powerful. This exchange of ideas and observations has become, for me, personally, a remarkably helpful catalyst in growing my faith."

Gluten Free Wafers at Communion

An alternative to bread at communion is now available to those who must maintain a gluten free, dairy free or soy free diet. These wafers are gluten free , dairy free and  soy free. but  NOT NUT FREE as they contain sunflower lecithin. At the time of communion please let the server know you prefer this wafer. If you would like to check the ingredients, please contact Candee Held in the office., 842.9997


Place of Grace

On Saturday I stopped by Grace and noticed two large piles of gravel at the northeast corner of the parking lot.  Flowing from behind, waves of trail elves pushed wheel barrels of gravel into the woods.  In the other direction, culinary elves prepared a feast for the trail elves.  The beautiful trail through Graceland was evolving.  Hard work occurred.  Relationships strengthened.  There was food and fun for the soul.  Grace happened.

I am in awe with the power of the Elves of Grace and grateful for all who continue to make this a place of beauty.  But as you know, elf-work is never done.  If you would like to join me in this important ministry, please contact me at 206-919-5376 or

Jay Mitchell,

Place of Grace,

Grace Bishop's Committee

Doug Simonsen Called as Rector
to St. David's Church, Friday Harbor

Some of you will remember Doug and Cindy Simonsen, along with sons Patrick and Eric, who were early members of Grace. During their time with us, Grace supported Doug's call to ministry and watched as he successfully completed his seminary education. He returned to this diocese for ordination and served as priest at several parishes throughout Washington.  
     Effective May 1, Doug has been called to be Rector of St. David's Church in Friday Harbor, where he has been serving as priest in charge. Cindy is an administrator with the Anacortes Public School District. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful ministry, Doug!

Lost & Found @Grace

Please stop by the office this Sunday (5/9) to see if any of your possessions may have been found at Grace Church over the past several months. They will be displayed on the counter behind the office desk. There are lots of kids items; clothing, books, toys, socks, etc.

Lights, Camera, Grace Action!
The Diocese of Olympia, of which Grace is a part of, would like to feature us in a short video at their 2010 Annual Convention in October. We starting shooting last month and will continue through August. It's all about our rich lives  at Grace and is pretty low tech. (if you have footage you've shot from a baptism, wedding or other Grace event  you'd be willing to share, please let us know! And if you or members of your family rather not be photographed please tell us so we can respect your privacy. And, if you can help with shooting or editing, we'd love to put your talent to use.

Kids Happen

Summer Camp Registration

It's time to register for Shine the Light Week, our Grace summer camp for children. Our week of summer fun takes place July 27th-July 30th, from 9am-12noon and will be available to children who have completed at least one year of preschool through fourth grade. Middle and high school kids are encouraged to join us as "camp counselors" who can help with outdoor games and art. They also will get to enjoy their own time together venturing around Grace with cameras and putting together a slide show of our week. The fee for summer camp is $25 per child for the week and registration is not complete until payment has been received. Space will be on a first come, first served basis and is limited. Click to  Register Online or contact Debbie Rimkus,, 842.9997 x16.


Kids In/Parents Out
Saturday, June 5, 8:30 p.m.

Due to a conflict our spring Kids In/Parents Out has been moved to Saturday, June 5th.  We'll take advantage of the approaching summer and longer days to spend some time outside playing games and perhaps enjoying a little gardening.  Summer and garden art will also be available in the classrooms.  We will follow with dinner, stories and a movie.  To help us plan, please sign up by May 31, 842.9997 x16


Clockwise: Children in A Xing. Mike Fey planting trees in Khe Sanh. Karl Ege at Friendship Village Kindergarten.
Peace Trees
Peace Trees Vietnam:
15th Anniversary Project/Cheney Family Legacy

Sunday, May 9, 9:30 a.m.
Grace Church

Join Rae Cheney and Jerilyn Brusseau directly following the May 9, 9:30 a.m. service to learn about PeaceTrees Viet Nam's 15th Anniversary Project honoring the Rae Cheney family legacy of service. On September 10th in Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam, Rae will personally dedicate the Mother's Peace Library in honor of all Vietnamese and American mothers who lost their sons & daughters in wartime plus the Dan Cheney Kindergarten built in loving memory of her own son Daniel.
Discover Rae's gift of turning sorrow into service since 1995:
Cheney Family Brochure

Grant Partners at Grace
Following the 9:30 Services:
Join us as we also welcome these Grant Partners: May 16-Earth Ministry and June 6 -Washington Women in Need. Learn how they uniquely make the world a better place!

Grace grant partner KEDS gratefully accepts donations of airline frequent flier miles to even better maintain their ongoing mission efforts in Ethiopia. Contact Dennis Carlson, for more details about this Grace Grant partner's longtime efforts in Ethiopia or how to donate your miles.

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,
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