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Grace Weekly eNews
August 8, 2010

Diocese of Olympia

Episcopal Relief & Development

Hannah's Hopeful Hearts

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Please Join Us
Participate in ongoing monthly Outreach meetings directly following each "Second Sunday" 9:30AM service in the Grace ,last room, classroom wing). 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.

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GIVING A LITTLE BIT OF YOUR TIME to help a neighbor--
 can be as easy as 1, 2, 3

(1 hour, 2 people, 3 Shifts)
Friday, August 27 - 2-6pm
Safeway is opening their doors Friday, August 27, from 2-6pm to assist Helpline House in stocking their much needed foodbank. A few times a year the local churches on Bainbridge join together to hand out flyers and receive donations for this much needed community outreach. If you have 1 hour to help out please let us know. 2 volunteers per hour is recommended. We'll need 6 people to cover 3 shifts.  If you have children this is a wonderful experience for them to give back to their community. Please contact Candee Heald in the Grace office, 842 9997,

At the  Bainbridge Public Library:

Richard LeMieux: Author of Breakfast at Sally's
Monday, August 9, 7 pm - 8:30pm
Kitsap County resident and recent Grace Soul School Speaker Richard LeMieux, had it all until the trappings of success were stripped away and he was left homeless. "Breakfast at Sally's," written by Richard on a discarded typewriter while he was living in his minivan, reveals who the homeless really are, what redemption really means, and how The Salvation Army transforms lives. Come hear his story of his descent into homelessness and his inspirational journey to peace at the Bainbridge Public Library this coming Monday.

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.


Crop Walk

Put your best foot forward and volunteer to join team
Grace in the CROP Walk this year. What's a Crop Walk you ask? Find out by reading a great story about the 2008 Crop Walk. Recruiter training for this local hunger-awareness event is held August 16th (evening); the walk is September 26th.  And be sure to eat out on September 23, Restaurant Day, 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.

Life at Grace

Dare to Dream

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 has been ongoing since June and will wrap up on September 15. 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.  Register for the entire weekend, or as a day associate.  Those spending the weekend will be assigned to one of the 13 officer houses, each large enough for three or four families. 

Cost for the retreat is as follows:

Full Weekend:  $110 per person,  $215 Couple, $250 for a Family of 3, $260 for a family of 4 or more.

Day Associate:  $25 per person, $40 per couple, $100 per family.

A deposit will hold your space,  payment must be received in full by September 15.  Reservations are confirmed when payment is received.

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

Nothing happens unless first a dream.  

    -- Carl Sandburg

Liturgy, Music & Arts

the gallery

Now in The Gallery at Grace:

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

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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