Anne Vekklyn

Grace Church | Bainbridge Island   

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Memorial Service for Lola Hamrick  
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There will be a service to remember and celebrate the life of Lola Hamrick on Friday, March 25th, 4pm, at Grace. We will remember this long-time Grace friend with sacrament and fellowship.



A Season of Goodness  


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lenten season 2011

Tuesdays, April 5, 12
 (March 29: Break for Spring Break) 


Last night we had a great turn out and enjoyed a simple and delicious soup supper with a delicious selection of homemade goodness provided by our wonderful Grace Soul School team. We are grateful for the work these folks do to support faith formation at Grace.


Next week we break for spring break and will begin again
on April 5 & 12.  

So there we are. And here we are. Growing Together.
Show up. Be there. Each week or any week.

Made for Goodness by Desmond Tutu & Mpho Tutu  

Desmond Tutu On, Made for Goodness 

Our Online Book Discussion for Lent


Good or No Good

Greg Rickel's blog on the same book we're reading? He was our inspiration for picking this book.  In his most recent post, Greg wonders aloud about whether or not Christian folk are really any "good" at "goodness." Or in other words, when people come together to work for a common good, does it matter that one person is a Jesus follower and another isn't? READ MORE/JOIN THE GROUP  


Learn More >>  

Link >> Lent, Holy Week, and Easter 



Episcopal Relief & Development 2011 Lenten Meditations  

This year's Lenten devotional, found on our kiosk at Grace, was written by a group of leaders from across the Episcopal Church. Episcopal Relief & Development is very grateful to these friends for generously sharing their time and thoughts. Reflecting a range of diverse voices, the meditations provide insights

on the daily lectionary readings and how we might apply them to our lives as we face a world in need.  




Grace Food Basket Sundaypea patch

Please remember to bring a canned vegetable to church for the food basket next to the kiosk. Items are put to direct use by Helpline House. Individual Grace Families volunteer for a month of Food Basket "duty", which is an impactful way of serving our community!  Contact Mark Kruse for details. 


Veggies with Grace Plant Swap.  

Following the 9:30AM service on April 3, please visit the garden just past the upper church parking lot for a plant swap and to learn more about garden plans for this year. 

Grace Outreach/Japan



Japan Disaster Relief.  Grace is donating $1000 to the Japanese Red Cross.  Let's challenge ourselves to turn this into a $3000 donation.  Individual Grace Member donations to the Japanese Red Cross will be matched equally up to an additional $1000 Grace Outreach donation. Please make donations to Grace Church with "Japan Disaster Relief" in the memo portion of checks, and donate via upcoming plate offerings or to Candee Heald at the Grace office during the week.    

Looking for Goodness 

Here is "Good" Happening.  We hear so much that just isn't good, but right here, each week, we'll provide a link to a little bit of goodness and grace.  And we love to hear from you, too.  Send us the goodness you'll see--we are made for this!

Jen Sommerman 

Jenn Sommerman, triathlete and ovarian cancer survivor,  is on her way to competing in triathlons in all 50 states before she turns 50--and all the while raising money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and raising awareness to promote early detection of the disease. Follow Jenn's 2011 tri-season: and see how goodness is sometimes inspired by adversity.

Jenn was recently featured in the February issue of Triathlete Magazine: 

On June 12th, at the Kenai Tri in Soldotna, Alaska Jenn will be HALF WAY to her goal!


Go Jenn!





Kids Happen 

KIDS SING today!Kids Sing

Thursday, March 24th at 4:30pm


Hello Everybody!


We are on for practice today and feel free to stay for pizza after the rehearsal!

Suggested donation for the pizza is $4 per person.

Hope to see you later!






Earth & Spirit


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Spring Birding Trip to Theler Wetlands  

Saturday, March 26


Donna Greenawalt, Mike McCloud, and Demi Allen will be leading a birdwatching trip to Theler Wetlands in Belfair.  We'll carpool, leaving Grace at 8 am, returning by 3.  Bring a lunch, water, snacks, and binoculars and dress warmly, including boots for wet/muddy trails.  For further information and to RSVP for this trip, please call Donna Greenawalt, 780-1144.


RePower Bainbridge at Grace



"It doesn't cost anything.  You'd be stupid not to do it!"--  David Moen


The Moens had a home energy assessment a couple of weeks ago and found the assessor had very practical suggestions for them, and it was reassuring to know that steps that have already been taken to increase their home's heating efficiency were the right steps to have taken to get their money's worth.


You can sign up for your free home energy assessment at a sign-up table at Grace during coffee hour, or you can call 1.877-741.4340.  Over 300 of your fellow community members have already received their home energy check-up.


Visit >> to learn more.


Earth Hour

Take an hour and turn off all your lights this Saturday in recognition of Earth Hour. This global event is a way to show your support for energy conservation/reduction, the planet and fellow earthlings (such as those in Japan working to recover from the recent tragedies). Join us in turning off the lights for an hour.


Learn More >>Earth Hour 


Earth Hour 2011 Official video
Earth Hour 2011 Official video

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!


Josie's Report from Sunday, March, 20  

Four pounds of garbage were weighed in the "Landfill" bag this past Sunday.   There are now new signs and new containers for compost, recycling and landfill in the Grace kitchen!


Ann Vekklyn
Grace Women's Retreat
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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

Communities of Grace


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View Current Exhibition 


"In John's Gospel, the first statement of Jesus was: 'Come and See.' Now, we invite you to come and see how artists  in this exhibition experience the call to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ." (From The Rev. Mark Bozzuti-Jones, Curator)

Seen above: "The Child Soldiers of Beslan"  by Norm Wigington
Seen above: "The Child Soldiers of Beslan" by Norm Wigingto







The mission of The Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) is to encourage artists, individuals, congregations, and scholars to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Visit Tacoma

On Friday, May 13, Archbishop Desmond Tutu will speak in his final scheduled U.S. public appearance at the Tacoma Dome. A world-renowned activist for human rights and one of the most notable figures of the 20th century, Archbishop Tutu comes to spark hope and possibility in our region and challenge each of us to see our community--and our role in it--differently.

As one of the lead sponsors of this event, the Diocese of Olympia is pleased to be able to offer discounted tickets to see Tutu and international youth advocate Craig Kielburger at the Tacoma Dome.

Receive $4 off adult ticket prices and $1 off student ticket prices between now and March 31 by clicking on the photo above, or going directly to and entering the discound code:TUTU10.