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 Grace Brought Me Here:

2011 Annual Grace Giving    

Our Annual Giving campaign to fund Grace's  2011 budget
is in full swing! Be sure to get your pledge in by December 5, 2010.  If you need a new pledge card or packet, 
 please contact contact Candee in the office, She'll be happy to help.

candee@gracehere.org, 206.842.9997.




stretch your pledge!

 Never Pledged Before? Holy Smokes... Do We Have an Incentive!

Grace recently received a generous and anonymous challenge grant for all first time pledges in our 2011 Annual Giving Campaign. This challenger will add 10% to all pledges made by December 5 by all first time donors to the Grace Annual Giving Campaign. Support what brought you here and keeps bringing you back, there's no better time than now. We are so glad you're here!


>> Pledge Now Online

Need a little more incentive?
Watch Grace Happen Here

Grace Brought Me Here:  Meet DallasDallas
 "I still juggle - but I've moved from doing what I ought to do, to doing what I want to do." Dallas Young searched for just the right words, as she talked about her journey to Grace and her newfound feelings about giving.       

Q: How many in your family?

I'm single, as you know. But I have this wonderful old family home, so I share it with my daughter, her husband and their two children. I also have a daughter in Seattle with a partner and two children. My cousin Cheryl Dauber, her husband and her daughter (who is also my godchild) live next door.

Q. What brought you to Grace, and when did you arrive?

I moved back to Bainbridge in 1997 and went church shopping in 1998. I'd heard about this church in a basement, tried it, and stayed for the music - especially [violinist] Cassandra Zarkades. Then I realized I'd joined a church that was just starting a building program!

Q. What keeps you at Grace?

The intimacy of the community and the effect it has on my deepening faith journey. The music is extremely important - the Sunday worship services - my participation as a GEM. Getting to know others more deeply, through Soul School and the Early Readers group.

Q. Why do you pledge?

I've made a big mental change in the past few years. I've started feeling responsible for protecting the generations. I never thought of myself as a financially generous person, but I've wanted to do my share. And gradually, by giving more, I feel more generous.

Q. How do you decide how much to pledge?

It's just been growing incrementally. I try to increase my pledge every year.

This year, I'm also really conscious of Greg and Arienne's example of giving each time you go to church. Any time I go to communion, I try to give something over and above my pledge. If the baskets are going around with nothing in them, it makes sense to give of yourself.

Q. Any words of encouragement for others?

Once I pledged for the first time, I truly felt like a member. When I made a commitment to support Grace, I had a feeling of belonging in a different way. It's not about the amount, it's about the commitment to share.


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.

Bainbridge-Ometepe Annual Meeting
Saturday, November 13, 6 pm
Everyone is invited to the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association (BOSIA) this Saturday November 13 at 6 pm.  It is a potluck which will be followed by reports from the various BOSIA delegations and other local groups who went to Ometepe this year.  BOSIA is extremely grateful that Grace Outreach has been a supporter of a pre-school on Ometepe for 10 years and we have had a number of visitors from Ometepe join us on Sundays.  The meeting is at Island Church on Sportsman Club Road and we would love to have Grace folks join the community celebration .  Hope to see you there, Dallas Young.

Helpline House/Grace Food Basket

Specific needs this month are: hardy soups, chili & stews; canned fish & meat; canned or dried beans; cereal; fruits & vegetables; juice; and coffee/tea. The Food Basket is right by the name tag "tree" at Grace, waiting for your donations!


Hospice of Kitsap County

Please visit Wendy Rohrbacher of Hospice in Walker Hall following the 9:30AM service on December 12th, and learn about the critical work this local Grace Outreach grant partner does in our community.

Interfaith Thanksgiving

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

Kids Happen

angel parade

Calling all Angels & Shepherds
With the approach of Advent, we have begun to plan for our annual Children's Christmas Pageant. The Pageant will take place on Sunday, December 19 during the 9:30 am worship service. If your child(ren) would like to participate in the pageant please email Nelson Spickard with their name, age, height and preference as to whether they would like to be an angel or a shepherd.

Our Kids Sing group will provide music and be the kings. Costume pick up will be after worship on December 12.  The children, including Kids Sing kids, will have one dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 18from 9-10:30am.

Mark your calendars now for these important pageant dates:
Now  through  December 5th - contact Nelsen Spickard
December 12th    11:00 -  Costume Pickup after service
December 18th    9:00-10:30 - Dress Rehearsal
December 19th    9:15  - Pageant

Children's Christmas Party

(And Grown Up Shopping Time!)

Saturday, December 4, 3-7pm

Looking for a little time without your children to get some decorating, shopping or wrapping done? Bring them to Grace on Saturday, December 4.  The classrooms will be filled with all the supplies they need to make a collection of Christmas tree ornaments. We'll decorate gingerbread and sugar cookies and perhaps make something special for them to put under the tree. After dinner together, A Charlie Brown Christmas will round out our afternoon of fun. Our party starts at 3pm and pick up will be at 7pm. A suggested donation of $10 per child to help defray the cost of food and craft supplies will be greatly appreciated. Sign up by emailing Debbie Rimkus at debbie@gracehere.org.

Music & Arts

Virginia Davison show

Soul School

Soul School takes a break for Adventthe gallery

We remember the Christmas story: when Jesus was born no one had any room for him.  The busy-ness of life and commerce left our Lord to be born among the animals.  What if the people of Bethlehe m knew what was coming? What if they had made a space for God?

This season, the best way to grow spiritually is to make space for God. There will be no Soul School Tuesday nights. Instead of adult faith formation programming, I invite you to make some space for Jesus.  Get to know him in a new way. Clear out your schedule and make time for Sabbath and prayer.  Get rid of some stuff to get ready for the new stuff of December 26.  Share and give.  Breathe.

Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study also taking a few Breathers

Please also note that our Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study will also pause for a few breathers during the holidays. Those dates with no  are Morning Prayer and Bible study are: Nov. 24, Dec. 22 & Dec. 29.


Women's Book GroupMarcus Borg
Sunday, November 21, 8 am
Grace Living Room
To celebrate Advent and Christmas, the Women's Book Group is reading >>The First Christmas, What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Birth by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.

 We will be discussing the first section Sunday Novemeber 21 at 8 am in the Living Room, and the following two sections on December 5th and 19th. The book will be available at >>Eagle Harbor Book Store this week; mention you are a member of the Grace book group (whether you attend or just read along with us) and receive a 15% discount.  info: Dallas Young, 780-8475 or

Communities of Grace
Give to Episcopal Relief & Development's
Matching Gift Campaign
& Double Your Impact

Jesus said to them, "They need not go away; you give them something to eat." They replied, "We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish." And He said, "Bring them here to me." Matthew 14:16-18

Today, your own compassion is enough to leverage just a couple of fish and a few loaves into sustenance for thousands. All you need to do is take advantage of a wonderful opportunity for friends of Episcopal Relief & Development.

From now through November 30, you can double the impact of your donation through our Matching Gift Challenge. Donations to all funds - online, by phone or by mail - will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000, thanks to some extraordinarily generous donors. Around the world, we're working to make a lasting change in the lives of people living in extreme poverty.

During this season of abundance in which we give thanks for our blessings and pray for a better world, please support the vulnerable people we serve by helping provide a new opportunity for a better life.

With the compassion Christ taught us, take this last chance to have your gift doubled through the Matching Gift Challenge by. Info:

800.334.7626, ext. 5129, or >>  matchinggiftchallenge.

Canning Class

Join Grace member, Carrie West, as she teaches you how to make a delicious Cranberry Apple Pear Relish to serve on an appetizer platter for the holidays.  We'll be using local ingredients and canning is a good way to extend their season.  Carrie will demo how to make the relish and how to preserve it using the Boiling Water Bath canning method.  
December 4th;  2-4pm
Grace Church kitchen
Carrie West Coaching
Professional Transition Coach

The complete Hildegard motets of Frank Ferko
Sunday, Dec 5, 3 pm
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
Composed between 1990 and 2002, Frank Ferko's thirteen Hildegard motets have been performed by choruses around the world. The Esoterics' performance will be the first performance with all thirteen of Ferko's motets, and also will be the first time the motets will be interspersed with the original Hildegard monodies that inspired them.  Please join The Esoterics and Frank Ferko, who will be in attendance for the Seattle weekend of concerts to speak about his choral homage to Hildegard, the medieval mystic and 'sibyl of the Rhine.'

  The Esoterics offers three ticket prices:
general admission purchased at the door
$18 advanced admission purchased online via PayPal.
$15 discounted admission for students, seniors, un(der)employed and differently abled
Online tickets are not available on the day of the concert.
Please call 206-935-7779 if you want to reserve tickets.

Grace Office

Grace Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Grace office will be closed next week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday so that our staff can relax with family over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Everyone!

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.