Grace Church | Bainbridge Island

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Second Sunday after the Epiphany/Martin Luther King Jr.  



Soul School 

Radical Hope for our Challenging Times

Friday, January 28, 7 - 9 pm, E&S Logo

and Saturday, January 29, 9 am - 3 pm

Grace Church 


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



Now in the Gallery at Grace
Winter in Solitude
2010 Jeffery Hummel

the gallery

 January & February 2011

Winter in Solitude
Color Solarizations
Photographs by Jeffrey Hummel

Faith, Arts, NewsGrace Faith Arts News Winter

Our bi-monthly publication/newsletter; Grace Faith, Arts, News

is now available >> online and on our kiosk at Grace.

Outreachour homes

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.


One Half Ton of Food Donated by Grace! A note from Helpline this week arrived at Grace thanking us for our generosity and for the half ton of food we donated  in 2010.  That's over 1000 pounds. Wow, nice work Gracies!

VISIT>> Helpline House


Housing Resources Board

Sunday, January 23, 10:30 am

Grace Church

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

Grace Church

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!

How long does it take to donate?
About 45-60 minutes from walking in the door to walking out. The collections of one pint only takes about 7-10 minutes.


Who can donate?
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:, 842.9997



Grace Women Kathie McCarthy image

        Winter Sojourn at Holden


February 17 - 21, 2011

Holden Village

A 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
lynn fuller

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.

Kathie McCarthy
See her flier here >> Authentic Movement Brochure

Spiritual Discernment Training

January 15, 9 am to 3 pm
Grace Church
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 >>, 780.8008 or consult the brochure about Discernment on the kiosk at Grace for more details.


Communities of Grace

Open House at The Island SchoolThe island school

On Wednesday, January 26 at 7 pm, interested parents are warmly invited to join faculty, alumni and current parents to learn more about The Island School and its educational program. The Island School, at 8553 NE Day Road, offers kindergarten through fifth grade and an extended day program.  Financial aid is available. The heart of our school lies in keeping the joy of learning alive through an engaging curriculum filled with wonder, laughter, creativity and discovery.

info: 842-0400 >>


Israeli Speaker at Kol Shalom

Sunday, Jan 23, 3:30 at Congregation Kol Shalom

Congregation Kol Shalom, Stand With Us Northwest and West Sound Hadassah will be sponsoring Israeli speaker, Assaf Nisenboym, a 26 year old Israeli  citizen who is in the Northwest at the request of Stand With Us, an Israeli  international organization that promotes support, understanding and education about Israel, as a road to peace with its neighbors. Assaf will share his experiences with us as an Israeli.

 Sunday, Jan 23, 3:30 at >> Congregation Kol Shalom, 9010

Miller Road, Bainbridge Island.  206-842-9010