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Now in The Gallery at Grace:

Revealing Nature, Concealing Art
 Works by Kathleen McKeehen

Through October 2010 in the Gallery at Grace

Living Liturgy

Regular Days Blending with HolyDays
Any given Sunday at Grace holds any number of graceful, living, sacred mo- ments. Regular Sundays are indeed Holidays and HolyDays. It's actually quite amazing the impact our Sunday gatherings have on us. We are comforted, inspired, welcomed, sometimes challenged and then sent into the world-to be good and do good. And then we repeat it all the next week. We come back and repeat because we need to-and want to. Of course there are also certain Sundays that somehow carry even more Grace. This Homecoming season brings with it several such days.

All Hallows' Eve
Sunday Worship October 31

Yes, Halloween is on a Sunday - reminding us that this day of crazed culture was first a Holy Day. We'll mark and note this Sunday with a unique liturgy of stories and songs. Ever heard the stories of the Witch of Endor, the Valley of Skulls and Bones, or the War in Heaven? Join us for a special, spooky, and spiritual Sunday morning celebration of All Hallow's Eve (Hallow- een morning). We will tell stories off the Bible's beaten path and sing songs as a creative way to prepare for All Saints, the following Sunday. And this is not "kids" only-these are real, powerful stories, touching down in our grown-up lives.
Special Note: Kids, Come in Costume to Church
on Halloween and Trick-Or Treat with Bill and Arienne.

All Saints' Day
Sunday Worship, November 7

This indeed is one of our truly graced Sundays. As is our tradition, the week between All Hallows' and All Saints' we will welcome with care your pictures of "those we love and see no more" so that we can see the Cloud of Witnesses that surrounds us. We are also inviting you to bring any tokens or small treasures that remind us of those saints we have loved. The tokens will be gathered on the altar when we worship on All Saints, and then blessed (and returned).
Special Note: Beginning October 17, You may start bringing in your photos of loved ones and tokens and treasures for All Saints' Sunday. Leave on the altar at the end of service or bring them to the Grace office during office hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9 am to 2 pm.

Soul School

the galleryHungry Souls Fed Here         
Spirituality, Values and Money
Tuesday, October 19, 7 pm,
Grace Church, Walker Hall

This fall season, Associate Vicar Arienne Davison is leading our Soul School's Tuesdays at Grace Series. Each program will include time for discussion of how daily practices can enrich our relationship with God, our families, and our communities. Arienne will present the third evening in the Spirituality, Values and Money Segment next Tuesday talking about how families can teach values around money to children.

Interfaith Summit on Happiness
Understanding and Promoting Happiness in Today's Society
Sunday, October 17th, 2010 (11:30 am PT)
Live Stream, Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion

Dali LamaThe Most Reverend Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, PhD

What do Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam teach us about the concept of happiness? What do these ancient traditions hold in common about this often elusive state of being, and what are their greatest points of difference? How do they define happiness? Is happiness the purpose of life, or is it a reward only available after life?

On October 17, His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama will lead a public conversation on happiness with other world religious leaders including The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, the 26th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. The event will take place  at Emory Center for the Study of Law and Religion on October 17, 2010. Listen online live as Krista Tippett, host and producer of the award-winning public radio program Being (formerly Speaking of Faith), moderates a discussion among the speakers immediately following their formal presentations.

For details on live stream,   link to the America Public Media Site.
Co-presented by Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion.

Grace Church is excited to announce :
The Rev. Karen Haig's Ordination to the Priesthood,
Tuesday, November 2, 7 p.m., St. Thomas Medina.

Karen has been an active and long-time member of Grace Church and is a recent graduate of The Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She is now on the ministry team of St. Thomas, Medina. And will be ordained on Tuesday, November 2 at St. Thomas in Medina.
>> Click to Meet The Rev. Karen Haig
>> Click for directions to St. Thomas
>> Click to contact Karen
Congratulations Karen, we are proud of you!

Grace Women's Book Group
NPR Correspondent
Barbara Bradley Haggerty

Sundays on Oct 17 & Nov 7
8 am in the Grace Living Room

The Women's Book Group will be continuing to discuss Fingerprints of God by NPR Correspondent Barbara Bradley Haggerty, meeting October 17 and November 7 in the Living Room at 8 am. We are finding the well written discussion of brain chemistry and spirituality fascinating
and welcome all comers. And as an added bonus, Eagle Harbor Books
offers a 15% discount to those buying the book club title.  You simply need to identify yourself as a Grace Women's Book Group member to receive the discount - a great way to help keep our local bookstore vital.  Dallas Young

Reel Religion Film Series:  Amazing Grace,
 Saturday, October 16, 7 pm at Eagle Harbor Congregational

Amazing Grace is a 2006 film about the courageous campaign against the slave trade in 19th century Britain, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering legislation through Parliament to end 400 years of English slave trade. Its 200th anniversary is celebrated by this film, which also recounts John Newton's writing of the hymn "Amazing Grace" and highlights his influence on Wilberforce.  This event is free and open to the public; donations are welcome to cover costs of licensing. A brief discussion will follow the screening.  Co-sponsored by ministers from five local congregations (Eagle Harbor Congregational, Cedars Unitarian Universalist, St. Barnabas Episcopal, Grace Episcopal and Bethany Lutheran).


Mom's Morning Retreat
Starting Thursday, November 4
Voluntteers Needed

Mom's Morning Retreat is an inter-faith support program for mothers on Bainbridge Island and the surrounding community. Moms and their children are encouraged to attend our first meeting on Thursday, November 4, 9:30 am, at Grace. 
This group is supported by a Grace Outreach Grant. In addition to moms, the organizers are also looking for caring adults who would like to play with babies and little ones from time to time this year. It's easy, fun, and allows the moms precious time to focus on the meeting.
Mom's Morning Retreat will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month, from 9:30-11am.  Meetings are open to mothers with children of all ages.  Children's programming includes stories, art, music and snack. For a registration packet or for information about volunteering, send an e-mail to: momsmorningretreat@gmail.com.

Needs for Helpline House/Grace Food Basket

Specific needs this month are:
tea and coffee, soy milk, feminine napkins, toiletries - even if only t
he sample size from hotels.

Helpline stressed that people can't buy these items with the food money they get from the state, so toiletries don't last long on the shelves there. The Food Basket is right by the name tag "tree" at Grace, waiting for your donations!

Bainbridge Island's Housing Resources Board
The Housing Resources Board (HRB) of Bainbridge Island is promoting its HomeShare program which matches people who have space available in their homes with people seeking housing. HRB provides support by screening applicants and matching them with local residents, which takes the burden off the homeowner and connects those seeking housing with resources they might not otherwise find and housing that is below market rate. More people have been taking advantage of this service as the economy has declined.
For information about HomeShare visit the HRB website at housingresourcesboard.org or call Penny Lamping at the HRB office - 206-842-1909, ext. 8.

An Ethiopian Thanksgivingethiopian celebration
Friday, November 19, 7 - 9 pm

Dennis Carlson and Beulah Downing want to invite you to an evening of thanksgiving for the continuing support the Grace community gives to our programs in Ethiopia.  There will be:  Sounds of Ethiopian Music; Tasty Ethiopian food - mild and spicy with injera; Stories and Pictures from the KEDS program and the Kossoye Project. Also books will be available for signing (Kossoye: Village Life in Ethiopia) written by Dennis and his son Andy. Mark your calendars for this wonderful evening at Grace, Friday, November 19, 7-9 pm.

Kids Happen

Faithful Parenting
Sunday, October 17, 4-6pm
Parenting is an incredibly awe-inspiring and daunting responsibility. It can fill us with great joy and deep despair. In our desire to get it right, we read parenting books. We attend parenting workshops. We talk to our friends. And yet we still have doubts. Does our faith offer us any practical wisdom? Or just more questions?  
Faithful Parenting returns this year to help with all the difficult questions and concerns that come with one of the toughest jobs we ever do. Bill Harper and Debbie Rimkus will provide some lovely desserts and some time to wonder together about how to parent with humor, with insight, with patience and with faith. There will be special activities and a snack for the children. Join us on Sunday, October 17th, at 4pm as we question and parent together.

Fall Godly Play Scheduleretreat, 2008

The next few weeks will bring the Fall Retreat, Halloween (on a Sunday!) and the St. Martin's evening service. As a result there will be a few small changes to the Godly Play schedule.

Many of our community will be worshipping on a beach at Fort Worden on Sunday, October 24, as a part of the Fall Retreat. There will be Godly Play for the families who are here at Grace that morning, but we will meet as one group in the first classroom.  The following Sunday, October 3, the children will be in worship for a special liturgy as we prepare for All Saint's Sunday. Come in costume and Bill and Arienne might just have a special treat for you! Then on November 7, the children will start the service in the Godly Play classrooms working on those beautiful lanterns that are such a lovely part of the St. Martin's service. And plan now to come for the St. Martin's service on Sunday, November 14, at 6 pm. Give yourself the gift of this quiet, peaceful candlelit service that makes us stop for a moment and appreciate all that we have.

Place of Grace

Grace Memorial Wall & Garden
grace memorial wall and garden, oil by Pam Fermanis

Spiritual faith is a journey. At grace, the journey begins with the baptismal font in the front.
It continues through the building which can and does encompass services, classes, music, gatherings and more.  The Memorial Wall on the south side of Grace is one more step (and usually our last) in our faith journey.             
The garden next to the niches on the south side of Grace is designed to be a restful, contemplative place for all members of Grace.  A place to remember our loved ones, but also a spot to enjoy the fountain, the plants and a bit of peace.
The landscape committee is soon to add a grove of cherry trees on the east and west side of the garden.  This will provide a bit of color in the spring, shade in the summer, and definition of the garden.
If you would like to provide a tree in memory of a loved one, now would be a good time to arrange this.  The committee suggests an engraved stone done by Molly Greist with a note for the loved one, which can be placed by the tree.
For more information or with any questions, please contact Della Ferguson, 206-842-2740, or djfagate@aol.com

Moving Towards Zero Waste in the Grace KitchenE&S Logo
There are now two bins under the our kitchen counter - one for recyclables, and one for trash - as well as a plastic tub on the counter for compost. The system is really simple, thanks to recent changes in what Bainbridge Disposal accepts for compost:
All food waste, as well as soiled paper (napkins, paper towels, non-plastic food wrapping) can go into the compost bucket.  Wax-coated paper can go in, but not plastisized paper (some cups and plates).

Aluminum cans, tin cans, glass, plastic bottles (and caps), clean paper, and round plastic tubs can go into the recycling container.  Plastic lids can't go in yet.

Everything else goes into the trash bin and this is what ends up filling the landfill. Let's see if we can reduce what's in the bin as much as possible (like to zero!!)

Want to know more?  Ask Marcy, 842-8942 or Ruth, 842-2774 or visit >> sustainablebainbridge.org

Communities of Grace

Support Our Local Library
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As you know, an important item on the November 2nd ballot is the KRL Levy Lid Lift that will provide greatly needed funds for the Bainbridge Public Library.

To help ensure support for the levy, VoteYesKitsapLibraries has created a mini-video. I hope you will send the link on to your network of Island friends and colleagues with a note of support. And, encourage them to do the same. The campaign wants to reach as many Bainbridge voters as possible.View the KRL video for more info about our great public library and what the levy dollars will help support:

>>Yes for KRL Video

Voting YES on the KRL levy this November 2nd will:

Secure the future of KRL for years to come and strengthen the Bainbridge Public Library.

Restore Saturday morning hours and add other hours as well.

  Restore money to buy books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, CDs, and down-loadable books.

  Keep the library's technology up to date so users have full access to online information and free access to the internet.

  Provide funds to help maintain and improve our beautiful facility.

The Bottom Line: If your house is valued at $500,000, this levy lid lift will increase your taxes less than one passenger ferry ticket per month. (To calculate the actual increase for your house and to get additional information about the levy proposal, go to >> voteyeskitsaplibraries.org.)

This is a very important vote for the Bainbridge Public Library.  Please vote yes. Thank you!

10th Annual Bainbridge Island Environmental Conference

Sunday, October 17
1-5:30 pm at IslandWood.

 The topic of this year's conference, which is co-sponsored by the Association of Bainbridge Communities and the Bainbridge Island Land Trust, will be "Protecting Bainbridge Island's Shoreline Environment." This year's Conference Purpose Statement is:  Help Bainbridge Islanders understand the importance of protecting shorelines as a shared community resource, for shoreline and upland residents alike;  Learn what is known about shoreline science and the impacts of humans;  Take a virtual tour of the Bainbridge shorelines and learn about their different physical and biological characteristics; hear about the history of the Shoreline Management Act and the importance of the current Shoreline Master Program updates for Bainbridge Island and the Puget Sound region, and learn how citizens can be involved;  and Learn about voluntary steps that both shoreline and upland residents can take to be good stewards of our shorelines and the greater Puget Sound marine environment.

For registration and further information, please contact the BI Land Trust at 206-842-1216. >> bi-landtrust.org.