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I'd also like to take the opportunity to let you know about a new feature our communications department has recently produced. Per your request, and thanks to Scott Lawrence and David Nason, you can now listen to our  sermons online or subscribe via podcast. To subscribe to our podcasts, link here>> Grace Podcasts.  And for our website's audio archives, link here >>audio archives

Susan Marie Andersson
Director of Diocesan Communications, Editor
Grace Church, Bainbridge Island
Grace Weekly eNews
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 4th Week of June, 2010
Faith Arts News


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In This Issue
The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel Visits Grace
Outreach | Mama Zipporah to Visit June 20
Elizabeth Smith --The Gallery at Grace
Directory Photos in | Fall Retreat Info
Communites of Grace: Remembering Carl Knirk | Peace & Justice, Call for Entries | Camp Huston
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Vicar of Grace/"Hey All"
"A recent Facebook conversation with a 17 year old that I like very much had this perfectly straight question: "but isn't the 'voodoo' just ungrounded assumptions?  Can't honest truths and a loving and stable community help people?"  In other words, do we really need all that religion?"
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The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel Visits Grace

Bishop Rickel
An "Episcopal Visitation" can sound like a quite formal affair.  Or maybe a haunting from affected, English ghosts!  In fact, as Nedi Rivera taught us, it's really a time of celebration, inspiration and dancing!  So when Bishop Rickel visits on Sunday, June 27th, we should expect something grand, graceful and great.  And it will be all that-with some genuine formal touches as well. 

Greg will preach and celebrate at both services, and will indeed be spending the weekend on Bainbridge with his family.  It turns out that the 27th is also his birthday, and so Grace his gifting his family with a weekend at the Vineyard Inn, with some Island adventures planned.  After the services on Sunday Doug and Cassie Picha are graciously hosting a brunch for our Trustees (the Bishop's Committee) and partners where we look forward to talking with Greg about the future calling and mission of Grace.

A Bishop's visit is, in fact, a central part of both tradition and identity in the Episcopal Church.  As such, the liturgy and our worship for those visits usual include a chance to for us to honestly, and publicly, affirm our faith-and even to say, with confidence and hope, that we identify ourselves as Christians Folk in the Episcopal tradition.  Many of the people who participated in our Lenten Evenings this year indicated a desire to be received into the Episcopal Church when Greg is here.  If you would like to join in that process please let Bill Harper and Candee Heald know. Bill will be hosting a conversational dinner at Grace on Tuesday, June 22nd, from 6:30-9-and during dinner we will talk about this natural and good "public proclamation" of faith.  If you attended the Lenten program and still want to step out and forth (and even if you didn't attend, but now feel inspired) please let us know.



Mama Zipporah
Visit Grace
Please welcome Mama Zipporah to Grace following the June 20th 9:30AM service. 
Mama Zipporah leads Huruma, a Grace grant partner, whose mission in Kenya provides a safe environment to currently 150 boys and girls of all ages. Welcome, Mama Zipporah!

HELP WANTED: Housing Resources Board, a mission-driven, non-profit housing agency on Bainbridge Island (and Grace grant partner!) is seeking applicants for a part time (20 hours per week) Programs Specialist.  Successful individuals will have a strong desire to serve people, excellent communication skills, the ability to multi-task, and the desire to work as a member of a collaborative team. Real Estate, affordable housing and/or social service background a plus. Competitive salary and fun work environment!  Please send cover letter/resume to: or call 842.1909, ext 7 with any questions.  Position closes June 30th, 2010.

Project Backpack
Now in its tenth year, Project Backpack is an annual program of Helpline House providing essential school supplies and financial assistance with education related expenses for Bainbridge Island students in need.  The program reduces the burden of school expenses on already tight household budgets by eliminating the need for many families to make the choice between groceries and basic school supplies. Project Backpack has served over 150 families each year and the recipients are overwhelmingly touched by the community's generosity. 

You can help by donating school supplies (see Helpline House website ) or by making a cash or check donation. We also welcome gift cards to stores such as Wal-Mart or Target to help families purchase back to school shoes and clothing.
For more Information call Helpline House at 842.7621 and leave a message for Madelyn Fox, Project Backpack Volunteer.

Liturgy, Music & Arts

the galleryElizabeth Smith

May & June 2010
in the Gallery at Grace

Elizabeth Reed Smith

Precious Arbor
Trees engraved into copper, silverpoint drawings and mixed media with gold leaf.

View More Gallery at Grace Artwork on our Grace Art Access Page

Life at Grace

For those of you who had your photo taken recently at Grace for the membership directory, your "free" 8x10 is available at the Membership Table if you'd like to stop by this Sunday.

Dare to Dream
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ethiopian crosses

Grace Church Retreat, Fort Worden State Park
October 22-24, 2010

Summer is still a bit of a dream, so do we dare think ahead to fall now? Well, in this case, it might actually be fun! After a years hiatus, we will gather once again for a weekend at Fort  Worden for the all-church retreat, October 22-24.

Registration for the retreat will begin June 13th.  This year we will begin a new tradition, on-line registration.  You can also register during coffee hour, in the Narthex.  A friendly face with treats and a laptop will greet you and take care of your registration right then and there.

You can find more details in the summer issue of our Grace newsletter and on our website at life.

Communities of Grace

Carl F. Knirk Memorial Scholarship Fund Announced
An update on the Carl F. Knirk Memorial Scholarship Fund: Carl Knirk's family requests that memorials be made to the Carl F. Knirk Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships, at the recommendation of the bishop, to assist people with the expenses associated with participating in disaster emergency response mission trips or to attend training workshops sponsored by the Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). You can read more about the fund here.

Peace & Justice

Camp Huston

Summer Camp is just around the corner! Here are a couple
things to let your congregations know and spread the word about as we continue to prepare for campers and families in coming months.
Labor Day Family Camp - Still looking for that simple way to plan a family getaway? Labor Day Family Camp offers an opportunity to share new experiences, experience growth, and have one last chance to enjoy your favorite camp activities! September 3-6, visit for more information. 
Questions? Call 360-793-0441 or email info@huston.o