Grace Weekly eNews
Third Week of May, 2010
In This Issue
Artist Reception this Sunday at Grace: Elizabeth Smith
ECWW and Arizona Immigration Reform
Drop-Off's Begin this Sunday for the New to You Sale | Tribes Make it Happen | Clothing Swap
Happy Trails to You!
Acolyte School | Kids In/Parents NIght Out | Summer Camp Preview
Outreach Events & 2010 Grant Information
Reel Relgion Film Tonight | The Circumfrence of Home
Diocese of Olympia

Episcopal Relief & Development

Hannah's Hopeful Hearts

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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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Liturgy, Music & Arts

the gallery

May & June 2010
in the Gallery at Grace 
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 More Gallery at Grace Artwork on our Grace Art Access Page

Diocese of Olympia
Arizona and Immigration Reform
To the Good People of the Diocese of Olympia ,
Bishop Rickel

I write regarding current events in the state of Arizona and particularly the passage of SB1070 there, which has struck much fear and concern, most especially in our immigrant communities. The value which we hold as Christians of everyone being a child of God, does not match this new law.  The Episcopal Church's policy regarding the hope for comprehensive immigration reform, and the humane treatment of those that have been detained, is very clear.  I stand with you in the hope for comprehensive immigration reform.  I stand with you in the belief that local police should be available to keep all families safe without discrimination.  The Episcopal Church and the Bishop in the Diocese of Arizona are working in solidarity with the immigrant community and immigrant rights organizations to prevent SB1070 from actually taking effect.  I will attempt to keep you informed as these efforts proceed and as opportunities present themselves for action on our part.

Until then, please know you, and the fears and concerns surrounding this development are in my prayers.

The Rt. Rev. Gregory Rickel

Bishop of Olympia


Life at Grace

The Grace New-to-You Sale

June 11-12

It's that time again...t
ime to reorganize and simplify your life by searching your drawers, closets and garages for those items you no longer use.Mark your calendars for June 11 and 12 for the great Grace New-to-You Sale. Rachel Brandt welcomes volunteers to sort, price, arrange and sell all the wonderful items donated by our generous Grace members. You may donate your items on Sundays May 16 thru June 6 at the truck which will be parked at the church. Please only bring items when the truck is open.  All other donations may be brought during the week of June 7.  Larger items and furniture must be dropped off the week of June 7.  Please, no stationary bikes or treadmills.  Also, this year, Rachel's crew reserves the right to refuse items that are of ill repair or are deemed not saleable.There will be five departments:  Clothing; Books and Home Décor; Housewares; Electronics and Garage items; and the Kid's Room.  Preview Night, only open to Gracies, is Thursday, June 10, 5-8 pm.  Sip some wine and enjoy some appetizers while being the first to browse for the best deals. The suggested donation is $15 per person for the preview evening and free to all volunteers.  The sale will take place on Friday, June 11, 9am-8pm and Saturday, June 12, 9am-2pm.   Call or email Rachel Brandt, 206 201 3033,

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 BarsI 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.

Place of Grace
Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again!

Following our fabulously successful trails work party and barbecue a week ago, the Grace Trails Committee is gearing up to begin the next section of trail -- along the east property line (near the "Eagle Tree") and then on down past the children's playground to join up with the front sidewalk.  Our goal is to complete this section in time for Homecoming Sunday (September 12).   If you would like to be a part of this hardworking group, please join us this Saturday (May 22) beginning at 9:00 am for a morning's rewarding work and fellowship.  

Questions: contact David Moen, 842-6665,

Kids Happen
image by Sarah Rimkus
Godly Play moms
Summer Camp Registration

Sign-up by May 31

Make plans now for our next Kids Night on Saturday, June 5. 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. As always, we will follow with dinner, story and cookies, and then end with a movie on the big screen. To help us plan the right amount of food and supervision please sign up by May 31.  Click to  Register Online or contact Debbie Rimkus,, 842.9997 x16.

Acolyte Celebration
Wednesday, May 26th, 5-7 p.m.

The school year is almost over and it is time to celebrate. We want to thank all our wonderful acolytes with a cookout just for you. Our Vicar will be manning the grill and there'll be all the fixings for make your own ice cream sundaes. We also invite any rising 4th/5th/6th graders interested in acolyting to join us and learn more about being an acolyte. If you have a child who is interested in becoming an acolyte but unable to attend contact Debbie Rimkus.

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


Welcome Godly Play moms
Earth Ministry

Please welcome Earth Ministry representatives to Grace following our 9:30 a.m. service today. An ongoing Grace Outreach grant partner, Earth Ministry is committed to engaging the Christian community in environmental stewardship.  

Washington Women in Need is the next outreach grant partner scheduled to visit Grace following the June 6th 9:30AM service.  Details to follow!  WWIN provides financial assistance for health care and educational needs to low income women living in Washington State.

Hands-On Opportunities
The last week of May is full of hands-on outreach opportunities:  Wednesday, May 26th is the next UCC Suquamish Community Kitchen event (Contact Mark Kruse at with volunteer interests); and Thursday, May 27h is the next Streets of Seattle event in downtown Seattle.
Information:  Barb McAllister,

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,
netza project

Soul School

Reel Relgion

Reel Religion
Of course movies entertain us, but so often they also inspire us. With that in mind, 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.

Reel Religion Film Tonight:
Dead Man Walking

Saturday, May 15, 7 p.m.
Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Winslow Way, Bainbridge Island
Directions to EHCC

"At the heart of `Dead Man Walking,' directed by Tim Robbins, is a subject that in reality is possibly the most misunderstood of all, and with good reason, because it just may be the hardest thing there is for a human being to really-and truly-understand. And it is what this film is actually all about: Forgiveness. Real forgiveness; not excusing a heinous crime or the perpetrator thereof, but finding the strength to go on, and to do so by choosing life."  - Review, IMDB

The Circumference of Home
-a reading by Kurt Hoelting
at IslandWood, 7 pm, Sunday, May 23
Directions to Islandwood

Kurt Hoelting, whom many of us remember from his presentation at Grace of "Deep Presemce. Meditations on a Wild Coast," will be back on Bainbridge to read from his new book. the story of his year spent living and traveling without a car, getting to know what is within a 60 mile radius of his home on Whidbey Island.