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Liturgy at Grace

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Kadinsky, All Saints' II
 All Saints' Sunday
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: Bring in your photos of loved ones you see no more and tokens and treasures for All Saints' Sunday. Bring to the Grace office during office hours, Tuesday - Friday, 9 am to 2 pm. Or if you can't make it in sooner, no worries, just bring them with you this Sunday.

Grace Giving

Grace Brought Me Here: Eve Meet Eve & John
In 2002, Eve Leonard and John Waldo came to Grace, found what
they were looking for, and settled in for the long haul. In this week's
Q&A, Eve tells why she and John commit to an annual pledge instead
of "dating the plate." 

Q: How many in your family?
A.   Just the two of us at home on Bainbridge,
but John and I have five kids between us, three "kids-in-law," and two grandsons.

Q. What brought you to Grace, and when did you arrive?
We were looking for an Episcopal church where we felt welcomed. We found Grace on Homecoming Sunday, on the anniversary of 9/11.

Q. What keeps you at Grace?
A.    Grace. Every change and every growth step is good.

Q. Why do you pledge?
Because we belong here. I pledge because I feel a responsibility to do my part to continue what happens at Grace for myself, but mostly for those I see around the circle, and for those who will come later. I give because I've been taught generosity as part of life's flow. And, because when I step into the Communion circle to receive, I want first to have offered back a tiny part of what I have already received from God. It completes the circle.

Q. How do you decide how much to pledge?
We figure how our income will likely play out in the next year (we're both self-employed) and then we give what we think will hurt a little.
It never has.

Q. Any words of encouragement for others?
A. When you pledge - when you make a commitment instead of "dating" the plate offering--you will have a sense of investment that will change how you experience Grace - and grace.

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Annual Giving 2011Grace Brought Me Here

Our Annual Giving campaign to fund Grace's 2011 budget launches this Sunday, November 7. You can pick up your pledge packet, including a pledge card and copy  of the budget, at church on that day - all packets not picked up will be mailed. Please help us save on postage,   a nd  pick-up your packet after church this Sunday in the narthex (front entry) 

Important Notes:

       If you liked online pledging last year, rejoice! We had such good feedback we're doing it again. You'll find online pledging details in your pledge packet.

       We'll wrap up the 2011 campaign, celebrate the ingathering of ple dges, and report the results, on Sunday, December 5.

We look forward to engaging each and every member of the parish in this important and joyful effort.

If you have any questions at any time, please get in touch!


Your Grace Giving Team


Music & Arts
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St. Martin's Night
Sunday, November 14, 6 pm at Grace

On Sunday, November 14, at 6pm, Grace will celebrate the arrival of winter and the long dark evenings of the Advent season by celebrating the life and teachings of St. Martin. Our children most intuitively recognize and embrace the symbolic importance of bringing light into the darkest time of the year. They will construct hand-made lanterns and learn songs of the season during Godly Play classes. We will gather at Grace and together walk the paths of Graceland, singing songs of light and carrying beacons of light. We'll continue into the sanctuary and find an evergreen spiral. As we take our seats, we'll sit in quiet listening to music, spoken poetry and story. Then each of us will light and place a candle along the spiral path. After a final prayer, families may quietly leave. Those who wish to stay on to walk the spiral of light may do so. The evening will be a filled with wonder and light and will offer an opportunity to start a busy advent season peacefully and with quiet reflection for everyone. All are welcome.

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Spirituality and Mental Illness
Tuesday, November 9, 7 pm, at Grace
Though mental illness is rarely discussed in church communities, most Americans will suffer from some form of mental illness in their lives.  Because mental illness takes many forms it is important to know facts about the prevalence and expressions of mental illness as well as how the mentally ill function in society.   This session will provide opportunities to reflect on how Grace members can recognize and support the mentally ill in our church and community. We will also discuss what spiritual insights we can gain from our encounters with mental illness.


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.

Grace Office

Waiting on a few Angels

Grace is looking for volunteers to help fold the Sunday service bulletins.  We meet in Walker Hall around 11:30am each Friday for about an hour or so--enjoy a latte' from our own Espresso Bar--music from our state-of-the-art sound system and lots of conversation. Let Candee know if you would like to join this lively group. candee@gracehere.org or 206 842 9997 ext 17.

Fall Back
The first Sunday in November marks a special seasonal event when we change from daylight to standard time. All of a sudden 3 a.m. becomes 2 a.m., time "falls" backward, and you get an extra hour of sleep. If you don't do it Saturday night, remember to turn your clock back an hour on Sunday, Nov. 7

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Communities of Grace

In Gratiude for Those Who Have Come Before Us
Interfaith Thanksgiving at Grace

Tuesday, November 23, 7 pm

Join with neighbors of many faith traditions in the annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Tuesday, November 23, 2010, 7 pm at Grace  "In Gratitude For Those Who Have Come Before Us."  All faiths and ages are welcome, and the service includes hymns, prayers, silent meditation, reflections, choral and solo music from many local faith groups and traditions. There will be a special collection for the Japanese-American Internment Memorial on Bainbridge Island.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service.  If you can, please also bring donations of nonperishable food for Helpline House and Fishline.  Preschool nursery care will be available.  

Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap