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Grace Weekly eNews
August 1, 2010

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Into the Wild they Go with Blessings and Prayers

This Sunday, our group of Grace Pilgrims head into the Wild Wilderness.  As has become our tradition, we will be blessing and sending the Pilgrims off on their journey at the 9:30 service. Tomorrow at the 9:30 service at Grace, we will collect your prayers for them to carry and release into the Night Sky deep in the Sawtooth Mountains. And if you can't make it tomorrow, just say a little prayer for them, they'll be saying one for all of us too.

Let  no one keep you from your journey,
Let no voice in the night tell you it can't be done.
Let nothing dissude you from seeing what you see
or feeling the winds that make you want to dance alone
or go where no one has yet to go.

You are the only explorer.
Your heart, the unreadable compass
Your soul, the shore of promise
too great to bet ignored.

Breaking Surface
Mark Nepp

Diocese of Olympia

Episcopal Relief & Development

Hannah's Hopeful Hearts

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Liturgy, Music & Arts

the gallery

Now in The Gallery at Grace:

Gongbi artist Amy Sie
Discovering the artistic I/eye in Second Adulthood

 July-August 2010
Meet Amy at an Artist Reception this Sunday, August 1

amy sie
Amy Sie
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

Shine the LIght

Shine the Light Fun!
What an amazing week we have had.  There was an abundance of children here to sing songs, play games, hear stories and create art.  They experienced the beauty and wonder of God's creation. And they saw that by exploring nature, we can learn lessons of faith.  

We were also blessed with some amazing volunteers.  Our deepest gratitude goes to Rachel Brandt, Liz Powell, Colleen Rain, Claudia Divelbess, Sarah Rimkus, Pegge Ashcroft, Jeannie Payne, Erin Matithsen, Kate Parent, Sophie Hill, Mary Kay Thompson, Dawnae Whittlesey, Jenny Lange, Kathy Baker, Heather Franklin, Stacy Loverich, Nikki Scoble, Julie Davis, Tammy Galbraith, Shari Hutchison, and Sarah Taylor, Robert Vandersluis and Todd Manville. And a special shout out to our "teen staff": Karin Knighton, Koki Kresser, Connor Powell, David Rimkus, Josie Davis, Tia Kresser, Chloe Manville, Sean Powell, Olivia Moeller and Addison Taylor.


Crop Walk

Put your best foot forward.  Intereste
d in participating in Grace's CROP Walk efforts this year?  Recruiter training for this local hunger-awareness event is held August 16th (evening); the walk is September 26th.  "Restaurant Day" is September 23rd, which is when local B.I. restaurants contribute part of their sales to CROP Walk.  

Freedom Run
Is there too much exercise?  Participate in the Freedom 5K Run.  This local B.I. walk/run event aims to raise awareness surrounding human trafficking both in our state and internationally.  The Freedom 5K run starts 10AM on September 25th at Waterfront Park; more info is available via

Grace Happens Again
More than a dozen folks from Grace helped make this month's UCC Community Kitchen meal event a success!  Also, 8 families have signed up to serve 1-month stints of the Grace Food Basket program...way to go, Grace!  Contact Mark Kruse at to learn more about either of these service opportunities.  

Please Join Us
Participate in ongoing monthly Outreach meetings directly following each "Second Sunday" 9:30AM service at the classroom side of the sanctuary.  All are welcome to discuss and/or review service ideas, active programs & grant partner activities. The next monthly Outreach meeting is scheduled for August 8.

Godly Play moms
 Faith Episcopal - Kingston has "adopted" a young family in great need (Dad is 20, Mom is 18, baby is 1).  While they now have a place to live, there is nothing in it.  The young man has a new job at McDonalds & works part time at Tribal Fisheries, and new Mom is registered to attend N. Kitsap this fall.  Give them a hand "up" by contacting Amy Perkins at

Bring Extra Cheer with Little Bouquets from your Garden

Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (IVC):  IVC has a pressing need for more volunteers who can devote modest amounts of time to help our elderly or frail or vulnerable neighbors to remain independent and in their own homes, and to maintain dignity and quality of life.  Take someone to the doctor, shopping, banking, or running various errands.  Visit someone who may be lonely.  Help with some minor chores.  Do what you like to do when you want or have time to do it!  Call IVC for details at 842.4441. Right now, during the summer, please take cut flowers from your garden to Eagle Harbor Congregational Church's doorstep, and volunteers will create little bouquets with them and give them to our neighbors who are home-bound and need some extra cheer.

Life at Grace

Dare to Dream
2008 susan marie andersson
retreat, 2008

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

After a year's hiatus, we will gather once again for a weekend at Fort  Worden for the all-church retreat, October 22-24. Thinking of going? Then you'll want to jump on it now because this popular event has limited capacity and fills quickly.  Registration for the retreat is well underway, and this year we have begun a new tradition with on-line registration. You may also register at the Membership table in Walker Hall following the 9:30 am service on Sundays.

For more details/questions please visit our website or contact out Parsih Life Chair, Petra Velie:, 360.297.1653