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September 3, 2010

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Episcopal Relief & Development

Hannah's Hopeful Hearts

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Celebrating the Life of Hannah Huntfor hannah
Sunday, September 12, 6 pm at Grace

Hannah recently asked her Mom "will there be cake at my celebration?"  Reba, a bit unsure of the question, asked "what celebration."  "The one at Grace," Hannah said--clearly giving meaning and direction to what we all might do when we would gather to mark both her death and resurrection.  And so, we will celebrate her life, and indeed there will be cake.  As Hannah also said, and her Dad relayed to me, "chocolate is good for the soul."

The service and celebration will be on Sunday, September 12th, 6 pm.  At Grace.  We will gather in the Sanctuary, overflowing into what ever space we can find, sitting, standing, singing, praying--and celebrating the full life she lived.  And then we will eat cake and remember, cry, laugh--and support each other.  We know that Grace will be full, and over-full--and together we will lean on each other, and on God's love for us, and her.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Hannah's memory may be made to the Olson Lab Research Fund at Seattle Childrens Hospital, PO Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98145 or

Life at Grace

Homecoming Sunday & Picnic
Sunday September 12, 11 am

Homecoming Sunday is a great Grace tradition, and this year will be no different.  Let's celebrate our coming
picnictogether with a picnic on the patio, Sunday, September 12. After the 9:30 service, please plan to stay for hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers provided by Grace.  We'll also supply lemonade and iced tea . Bring your favorite side dish, salad or dessert to round out our picnic fair. There will be special activities for the kids to enjoy and plenty of time to visit as we rejoice in another coming together of Grace folk.

Dare to Dream

retreat, 2008

Grace Church Retreat,

Fort Worden State Park
Friday, Saturday, Sunday,

October 22-24, 2010

Don't miss this fabulous weekend at Fort Worden State Park, a stunning location in nearby Port Townsend. There'll be lots to do for adults and kids alike. We'll join together in conversation and fellowship as we dare to dream and deepen our connection with God and our community of Grace. Count on some free time as well to hike, build sand castles or read on the big wide porches of our historic accomodations overlooking Puget Sound. For more information or to register, go to our website at life or pick-up a registration form at our welcome table on Sunday. If you would like more information, visit our website or contact Petra Velie at 206 799 7068, 

Nothing happens unless first a dream.    - Carl Sandburg

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Sunday, October 3, Seward Park

Ryan Hunt and Island Fitness instructor Kathie McMahon are organizing team Hannah's Hopeful Hearts for the second annual Run of Hope in Seattle, at Seward Park. The event takes place on Sunday, October 3rd and participants can either do a 5k timed run or a 3k walk.  Click Here to Register.
There is a $30 registration fee.

100% of the proceeds will benefit Jim Olson's lab and Children's Hospital to support pediatric brain tumor research. These are the same parties that benefited from the Hannah's Hopeful Hearts event at Grace in March. If you would like more information, please contact Ryan Hunt,
Not into running/walking or can't be there for the event? Donate Here.

Swimming for Cancer Awareness, Research and Prevention
Saturday, September 11, Lake Washington

Please cheer Julie Shryock on for her participation in the Sept 11, Swimming Across America event in honor of Hannah Hunt and her family, to benefit Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Join Julie in making waves to fight cancer: donate to

Outreach, Monthly Meeting
September 19, 11:15, Grace Living Room
(Please Note Date Change)

Whether you've been attending Grace Church for years or this is your first visit, please come to the next Outreach meeting on Sept 19 following the 9:30 am service in the "Livingroom," Eastwing classrooms. We are seeking input and ideas for Outreach at Grace.  

Welcome Amara!
September 19, 10:30 at Grace

Please greet Jeannie Patterson of Amara directly following the 9:30 am service on September 19.  Amara is a Grace Outreach grant partner who provides adoption, foster care and pregnancy counseling services throughout the Puget Sound area.  


Thank you to All who Donated Blood or Worked at the Grace Blood Drive on Tuesday, August, 31.

Godly Play/Godly Journey

Our Sunday Children's Programs start back up beginning a week from this Sunday on September 12. , Our Grace Church's Sunday morning programs, Godly Play and Godly Journey, are for children who are in preschool through 6th grade. They are multiage, multisensory programs which deepen our children's understanding of God and faith. The lessons are stories from the bible, told in a quiet, thoughtful way with simple materials and figurines. Godly Play and Godly Journey are held each Sunday during the 9:30 service, except for the first Sunday of each month, when children are encouraged to worship with their families. If your family is new to our Sunday morning children's programs, please register them by using the registration form found on the Grace website. We look forward to seeing everyone next week!

Volunteering in the Classrooms Julie Shryock Image
Godly Play is a beautiful program with all the lessons and materials prepared and provided for volunteers. It offers a wonderful opportunity to connect with the children in our community. By volunteering in Godly Play you will learn more than you teach and receive more than you give. Volunteers help with art, snack, and storytelling. The materials are prepared for you and easy to use. Parents and grandparents, those with grown children and those who never had children all make wonderful volunteers.
Click Here To Volunteer in Godly Play or Godly Journey

Liturgy, Music & Arts

the gallery

Now in The Gallery at Grace:
Grace Art Access Page

Kinglets by Kathleen McKeehan
Image by Kathleen McKeehan

Revealing Nature, Concealing Art
 Works by Kathleen McKeehen


September and October 2010 in The Gallery at Grace
Artist Reception: Sunday, September 26,
10:30 to Noon

Hungry Souls Fed Here: Tuesdays at Grace

Tuesdays, 7 pm, this fall at Grace
(please check our weekly bulletins and eNews for future information)

Beginning Tuesday, September 14, Associate Vicar Arienne Davison will lead
Tuesdays at Grace Fall Series. The three three-week installments will each focus on a specific everyday challenge to living a faithful Christian life. Each Tuesday will include time for discussion of how daily practices can enrich our relationship with God, our families, and our communities.  

Spirituality of Time, Tuesdays, 7 pm 9.14, 9.21 & 9.28
Spirituality, Values and Money
Spirituality, lllness, and Addiction

Practical Wisdom Study Groups
There will be two different opportunities to participate this coming year in a small group experience using the study guide, A Handbook to Practical Wisdom.Groups will meet weekly at the church (with agreed upon breaks for school vacations and holidays) for 30 sessions.There will be an orientation  for anyone interested. View the material, meet the leaders, and ask questions. Sunday, Sept. 12 following the 9:30am service.