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Fifth Sunday after Pentecost Last Week of June, 2010
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The Rt. Rev. Greg Rickel Visits Grace
Outreach: Helping Haiti, IVC & Project Backpack
Elizabeth Smith & Amy Sie in The Gallery at Grace
Directory Photos in | Fall Retreat Info
A time of Prayer for the Gulf Oil Disaster
Communites of Grace: | Peace & Justice, Call for Entries | Camp Huston
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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.


Helping Haiti/ERDhelp haiti
Earlier this spring, Grace Outreach allocated $2500 to Episcopal Relief & Development's Haitian Earthquake relief efforts.  An additional $1000 was donated to ERD by a Grace Church family.

Please mark your calendars for July 11th, when a host of events surrounding the Grace Garden are being organized.  The recent work on both the garden and trails is truly inspirational!
  • Join us for a fun after-church picnic, trail walk and farm tour with our grant partners Trust for Working Landscapes and re-dedication of the Grace Garden.  We hope you'll be there.

HELP WANTED: Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers ("IVC") is a vehicle of compassion in our community.  IVC provides a wide variety of personal assistance (transportation, health care-related are a few areas) to an increasing number of folks both at Grace Church & on Bainbridge Island.  Please consider serving on the IVC board!  To learn more about this inspiring opportunity, please contact fellow "Gracie" Kaycie Wood at  

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.

July-August 2010
amy sie
amy sie

Artist Reception August 1

Amy Sie
Discovering the artistic I/eye

in Second Adulthood.

This exhibit showcases the attention to detail and layering of colors typical of Gongbi style Chinese painting. In keeping with tradition, flowers, birds and fish are the chosen subjects.

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.

Earth & Spirit

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A Brown Pelican is seen on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

As the catastrophic oil accident in the Gulf Continues,
O God, for the wonders of technology, we give you thanks.
For the limits of technology we pray for awareness. For the arrogance of technology, when it harms your Creation, we pray for humility.
For the victims of this technology, we pray for forgiveness. For the recklessness which prevents careful preparation for accident, we pray with repentance and for enlightenment. And for our capacity to learn from this huge mistake and to minister compassionately as a society to those harmed by it, we give you thanks.   Amen.
Written by The Rev. John Widdows
Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Carless Sunday at Grace - June 27
With the visit of Bishop Rickel and an expected full house at Grace, it's a great time to call another family and offer to car-pool or bike together to church this Sunday.  Maybe the weather will even be "walkable," and there are a number of Grace women training for the Wilderness backpacking trip this summer and a September pilgrimage in southern France.

Getting to Know our "Home Rivers" - July 10 day trip
Demi Allen will lead us on a hike along one of our local rivers, so we can renew our spirits with the sight and sound of Nature's glorious running waters. We'll depart from Grace at 7:30 am on Saturday, July 10, and will walk the Upper Dungeness River trail for a total of 7 miles round-trip.  This is a very manageable trail with minimal elevation gain.  Wear hiking boots or sturdy sneakers, bring rain gear, a snack, water, and lunch.  We'll return to Grace by 4 pm.  Questions?  Call Demi at 842-2953.

Communities of Grace

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