Wishing all our Friends of Grace
a Very Happy New Year in 2011!
Stretch for Kids of Grace
Holy We've Met Our Goal!
Holy S T R E T C H for Grace Kids!
We have met and exceeded our 2011 Annual Giving Base Goal of $509,490 and are within $4,400 of meeting Stretch I for Grace Kids. Reaching the Stretch I goal of $516,682 will allow more time for our Children's Ministry Coordinator, Debbie Rimkus, to work with Grace Kids and plan their Godly Play activities.
At Grace we do not see our children as "the future" - they are the present, and therefore essential to our community life. If you've got a little more stretch in you, or haven't yet taken the opportunity to pledge your financial support for Grace ministries in 2011, please join us.
Pledging is easy! pledge online >> gracehere.org/giv_pledges
or call Campaign Co-Chairs Julie Shryock, 842-6741 or Wendy Tyner, 842-2521 and pledge your support over the phone.
Holy Campaign Report to Follow in a Week or So!
We're in the final phases of the campaign and will publish all the interesting details in the next week or so.
Holy Grace Happens!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Now in the Gallery at Grace
|©2010 Jeffery Hummel|
January & February 2011
Winter in Solitude
Photographs by Jeffrey Hummel
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Helpline House/Grace Food Basket
It's cold! Please bring any mittens, coats or scarves...along
with canned vegetables this month for the food basket located alongside the name tag "tree" at the left entrance to church.
VISIT>> Helpline House
Housing Resources Board
Sunday, January 23, 10:30 am
Please visit Ken Balizer of Housing Resources Board ("HRB") following the 9:30 am service on January 23, and learn about the variety of relevant programs that HRB employs to make Bainbridge Island a more livable community.
VISIT >> Housing Resources Board
Bullying and Exclusion, the Simplicity Solution
Friday, January 14, 2011
7 pm at Bainbridge Performing Arts
admission $10 donation
Madrona School and Just Know Coalition present a public lecture by world renowned educator and therapist, Kim John Payne, where parents and educators can learn tools to help our children deal with bullying in today's increasingly complex social world.
For tickets and more information contact Madrona School, (206) 855-8041.
PSBC Blood Drive
Tue, January 18, 10am - 4pm
Blood is vital for children and adults battling cancer, surgery patients, accident victims and other ill and injured people. Grace regularly sponsors blood drives through Puget Sound Blood Center. Please donate to help ensure this lifesaving gift is available when your Northwest neighbors need it. Thank you!
About 45-60 minutes from walking in the door to walking out. The collections of one pint only takes about 7-10 minutes.
Almost anyone in good health (no colds or flu) who weighs more than 110 pounds, is 18 years or older may donate. Those 16 and 17 may give with a Blood Center permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Contact the Clinical Specialists at the Blood Center at 1-800-DONATE-1, x2543. Some medications, medial conditions or risk factors may be a basis for deferral. We encourage all donors to eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating.
Walk-Ins accepted or schedule an appointment by contact the Grace Office:
Radical Hope for our Challenging Times
Friday, January 28, 7 - 9 pm,
and Saturday, January 29, 9 am - 3 pm
When the news seems bleak, what grounds
and guides our spirits in these troubled times?
On January 28 and 29, Fritz and Vivienne Hull, co-founders of the Whidbey Institute, will be inviting us into a deeper personal spiritual life in the context of the new Universe/Earth story, and the ancient, earth-affirming teachings of the Celtic tradition. Through discussion and reflection, the group will explore how an understanding of the sacredness of all life can be a resource for individual transformation, inspiration, and living open to the Spirit, so that we can give ourselves whole-heartedly to the "great work" of our time
The workshop will begin Friday evening with a reception and talk open to the public. A smaller group will gather Saturday morning and afternoon for workshop time. The Saturday session, limited to 30, requires pre-registration, and will be a Grace-only event. Registration forms will be at a sign-up table in Walker Hall during coffee hour in January. The registration fee of $30 includes lunch.
>> Radical Hope Brochure and Registration Form
>>Read more about the Whidbey Institute
Faith, Arts, News
So now we're a Parish - a stand-alone, "grown up" part of the Diocese. As we've said previously, other than changes in some titles, that change of status by itself doesn't change the way we do things. But the underlying reality that prompted our new status - well, that has changed, and that changed reality has generated considerable discussion about whether our present mode of governance serves us adequately. READ MORE about proposed changes to our governance structure now that we are church with over 1,000 members.
Spiritual Discernment Training
January 15, 9 am to 3 pm
Would you like to open your heart and mind to the guiding presence of God through prayerful listening? Would you like to help another person find God in their choice of directions? Grace Church is offering initial training in Spiritual Discernment, Saturday January 15, 9 am to 3 pm. To complete the training you will meet five times with four others to practice.
Spiritual Discernment is a way of sifting through our interior and exterior experiences to discern a call, a direction, or next steps. The purpose of spiritual discernment is to open our hearts and minds to God's presence in life decisions, not necessarily to solve problems. Discernment is an intentional attempt to hear God's call in our life, according to the book Listening Hearts,the guide for discernment training here at Grace Church. If you are interested please contact Beulah Downing >>firstname.lastname@example.org, 780.8008 or consult the brochure about Discernment on the kiosk at Grace for more details.
Winter Sojourn at Holden
February 17 - 21, 2011
Holden VillageA small group of intrepid women gather indoors at Holden Village each year to talk wide open about this inexplicable idea of God.
>> MORE INFO: Women's Winter Sojourn at Holden Village Retreat Brochure>> CONTACT: organizer Kathie McCarthy
Authentic Movement Winter Series
Dear Women of Grace,
At the Grace Women's Retreat last Spring we had the pleasure of experiencing Authentic Movement and Witnessing with Lynn and Lee Fuller. I was moved by people's experiences and thoughtful comments afterwards. A number of participants asked that we offer another experience of Authentic Movement at Grace.
Lynn is offering a six-week winter series. This practice of mindful movement provides the tools for calming and focusing. It opens the door to the inner world in a safe and supported way. Lynn has been my teacher in many ways for many years.
See her flier here >> Authentic Movement Brochure
Don't Miss This
Tune in Live
and catch our own Andy Crane, (the then little kid who made the first cross for Grace with kindling from the wood pile at his folk's house) when his band, WILDILDLIFE, gives an IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE FOR KEXP.
Go to 90.3 FM KEXP
at 10 pm Saturday, January 8.
Wildildlife will play four or five songs
from their new Give In To Live album.
>>KEXP Live Streaming
Evensong at St. Barnabas
Women's Schola Nova sings the Office of Evensong at 6 pm on the second Sunday of each month, at >> St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Come hear traditional plainsong, anthems, psalms, and chants, and let the grace of sung prayer refresh you for the week to come.
Next Service: January 9 at 6pm.