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Grace Annual Meeting  
Annual Report 2010 Cover


This Sunday, 2.27.11, 11 am, at Grace

Once a year Grace meets to help Grace Happen all year.

Our annual meeting is a chance to review where we've been, what's in store for 2011, and to celebrate those who have worked tirelessly on behalf of all of us. We will also select new leadership for our Bishop's Committee and affirm a budget for 2011. Please plan to attend, and help us help you support our community of Grace.  Be sure to bring along the report mailed out last Friday. If you need a copy, you can download with the link below:  

>> Grace 2010 Annual Report



Lenten Gatherings


lenten season

Lent is a very special time of year. In the cold of winter we huddle together with those we love and remember that spring is coming. In the church we focus on cleaning our hearts of the things that have been weighing us down so we can celebrate Easter together.


This year, Grace is excited to offer a Lenten series for every member of the family. There will be opportunities to share a simple meals and good company, deepen our faith, and pray for new life to come into the world.

Eat. Sing. Make art. Laugh. Pray.


Add some Grace to your Tuesday nights this Lent.

Lenten Program Schedule: 

 March 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 2011

Gather 6 pm for a simple soup and bread supper.

Formation Opportunities 6:30pm

Prayer, 7:40pm  

Programing Preview:


Chanting the PsalmsLed by Arienne Davison and Ann Strickland


For Men. And Boys. And Guys. Whatever We Call Ourselves. Led by Bill Harper


Spiritual Coming Out Stories: Where Do You Stand? Led by Kathie McCarthy 


Kids Programs. Led by Debbie Rimkus 


For more Lenten programming details,
please see page 8 of the Grace Newsletter:

 >>  Faith, Arts, News, Feb/March 2010 

Look Who's Back!
©Tricia Kurtzman



Hi Gracies,


I want to say hello and thank you for sending me forth into the wide world with encouragement and such generosity. Stories to tell!!


I also want to thank the music circle, especially Darden and Sarah, for all their help and work in the music corner while I was away.

I'm back and so glad to be home. 


Annie Strickland 


Newcomer's Gathering


You're Invited

Grace Newcomer's Gathering


Come join other Grace Newcomers  for a light supper and Welcome by Rector Bill Harper.


March 13 from 5:30 to 7pm, Grace Church 


If you missed our last newcomer event, please join us! 


Please RSVP by email or phone and leave a message with the number attending from your family to help us with our planning. If you have any questions please contact Judy or Ruth. 



Judy Cozine           or         Ruth Blaney Matthews        

842 - 5098                                    842 - 6390



Child Care will be available

Grace Women's Retreat
women's retreat poster


Unwinding ~

Moving into Stillness & Knowing

May 13 - 15, 2011

Seabeck Conference Center


The weekend will provide time for practicing Authentic Movement and Witnessing with Lee and Lynn Fuller, yoga with Kay Jensen, and extra quiet time for reflection and relaxation.

To register email by April 5th.

$75 nonrefundable deposit due at registration.


$185 includes lodging, meals, movement practices, and Friday dinner-Sunday lunch.

$200 after April 5th.

Full balance due by May 1st.


Organized and led by Ann Strickland and Kathie McCarthy.

Questions? or


Earth & Spirit

RePower Bainbridge at Grace

E&S LogoSign up for a Free Home Energy Assessment during Coffee Hour 


If you are an Island homeowner, you probably recently received a letter from the City announcing RePower Bainbridge. 


Faith communities are taking an early lead in helping Island homeowners sign up for a free energy assessment. This is all part of a large grant that Bainbridge Island received from the Department of Energy to help residents and businesses save money on energy costs, make their homes and buildings more comfortable, and create a clean energy future for the Island.   Through the RePower Bainbridge program, you can receive a no-cost energy assessment for your home, a customized energy action plan detailing cost-effective measures, and assistance with incentives and rebates and financing.  The ultimate goal of the project is to save 7000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions through energy upgrades. 


You can sign up for your free home energy assessment at our Welcome table during coffee hour, or you call 1-877-741-4340.


Visit >> to learn more.


In the near future we will also be able to have information at Grace for a similar program for off-island homeowners who live in Kitsap County.  




Ann Vekklyn


Environmental Service Learning Project

Josie Hill

My name is Josie Hill and I am in 3rd grade at Odyssey school. I am doing an Environmental Service Learning Project in science. I want to learn more about garbage and recycling and composting.  I hope that I can help Grace Church reduce its waste on Sundays. I will be weighing our garbage each week. My goal is to reduce waste at Grace over the next four months.  Please help me by using the compost bin and recycling bin and not throw so much in the garbage.  Thank you!





Faith, Arts, News


Our bi-monthly publication/newsletter; Grace Faith, Arts, NewsFeb March cover

now available >>  Online and on our kiosk at Grace.  



In This Issue:   

Bill Harper on Epiphanies.

A Farewell Note from Warden John Waldo.

Annual Giving Update: a truly heart warming response.

Lenten Soul School: programs for the entire family.

Holy Week & Easter preview.

"Grace Does," celebrating the sound gifts of a long time Grace member.

Kids Happen- 3 programs you'll want to hear about.

Earth & Spirit - taking steps towards an energy efficient island.  

A Grace 3rd grader's Environmental Service Project.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper info.

A warm welcome at the Grace Welcome Table.

Mom's Morning Retreat, thriving on Thursdays.

And a new idea for Lent- Reading the same book all at the same time. 




For a quick look at current programs &  

Worship schedules, visit our Grace website calendar.

>> Grace Calendar





Communities of Grace


Puget Sound Blood Center: Donations Needed   Next Local Blood Drive:

Date: Monday, February 28th Place: BAINBRIDGE AMERICAN LEGION Location: American Legion Hall, 7880 NE Bucklin Hill Road Time: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (closed for lunch 2-2:45)  

Alert level on O Negative, A Negative, B Negative and O Positive less than a three day supply.


Monotypes by Berit Ringo

 An exhibit of Berit Ringo's monotypes opens Sunday, March 6th at the

Unitarian Church. An artist's reception will take place from 1:00-3:00

and you are cordially invited to attend. Feel free to bring friends and

family. The Unitarian Church is located at 6556- 35th Ave. N.E. Seattle.


Bishop Eugene Sutton to Speak at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

With All My Heart: A Spiritual Path to Transformation 

The Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Episcopal bishop of Maryland will offer a public address at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 111 NE 80th St. in Seattle, Wash. His talk entitled, With All My Heart: A Spiritual Path to Transformation will address the balance of actively seeking justice in the world while maintaining a spiritual center.  Sutton says, "Opening up one's heart in reaching out to those in need should be the joyful response of the people of God for the gifts of God, and yet volunteering can so easily become a source of frustration, disappointment and burnout for those who want to give more of themselves to their church and communities."


Tickets will be available beginning March 10 at Brown Paper Tickets at