Anne Vekklyn

Grace Church | Bainbridge Island   

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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!


Women of the Year, 2010
A Family Affair: From left: Dr. Amina Mohamed, Dr. Hawa Abdi and Dr. Deqo Mohamed, photographed during a business trip to Geneva, Switzerland, on September 18, 2010.

Dr. Hawa Abdi is an OB/GYB (and a lawyer) who lives and works in Somalia with her 

daughters, also doctors, Dr. Amina Mohamed and Dr. Dr. Deqo Mohamed. In 1983, she opened a small clinic in Somalia -- which became a refuge as Somalia devolved into civil war. Her one-room clinic has grown to encompass a hospital, a school and a refugee camp for some 90,000 women and children, she estimates, who were displaced by war. 


In 2010, Glamour named Dr. Abdi and her daughters "Women of the Year," and called them the "Saints of Somalia." Nicholas Kristoff  of the New York Times wrote a stirring tribute to her work titled "Heroic, Female and Muslim."





A Season of Goodness  


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lenten season 2011

Tuesdays, April 5, 12


This year at Grace we are excited to offer opportunities for this season that we hope most every member of our Grace family can connect with. We'll have the chance -- young and old, individuals and families --to share a simple meal and good company, deepen our faith, and pray together for new life to enter our world. Again. Each Tuesday night in Lent we'll gather at 6 for soup and bread, and then take part in any and all of the program offerings. Download the Grace Soul School Lenten Program brochure by clicking on the image, or visit our Soul School website. 


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.  




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©Colleen Rain Austin

Grace Food Basket Sunday

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 & Garden Guidance   

Sundays,  April 3 & 17, 11:30 am 


"Gardening is something you can do as a parent that just seems right"
                                                                                           -- Tricia Kurtzman


Bring your divisions, cherished heirloom cuttings and anything you would like to donate to the Veggies with Grace or Flowers with Grace (the new cutting garden) and swap. Then join us in Walker Hall for: Garden Guidance where you can talk to Neil Tennyson and Colleen Rain and share your own knowledge. Neil and Colleen ahve extensive experience with vegetable, flower and herb gardening and are dedicated to organic, sustainable food. They will also provide a garden fresh salad and soup and the chance to talk about gardening in the Pacific Northwest. Kids are welcome and will have the chance to plant potatoes and peas in the Grace Garden.

                                        See you Sunday in the Garden! 


Grace Outreach/Japan



Japan Disaster Relief. 
Grace is donating $1000 to the Japanese Red Cross, and last week our Outreach program challenged us to turn this into a $3000 donation by equally matching up to an additional $1000 through the  Grace Outreach grant program. 


AND -- thanks to your generous contributions of $850 in the first week of our challenge, we are over halfway in meeting our $3,000 goal! Donations will be combined and sent directly from Grace Church to the American Red Cross, who now has a direct funding relationship with the Japanese Red Cross. If you would like to contribute, please make donations to Grace Church with "Japan Disaster Relief" in the memo portion of checks, and leave in the plate or at the Grace office. Thank you.    

Earth & Spirit


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A Great Birding Trip Last Week!  

Last week Earth & Spirit lead a number of intrepid Grace birders through the Theler Wetlands on the Hood Canal in Belfair, Washington.  A special thanks goes out to Donna, Mike, and Demi for leading the spotting and identifying of 30 bird species. As someone said, "you have to believe in God when you see the diversity and beauty of our feathered co-habitants."

Of note, Spring-time displays of the puffed out red "epaulets" of the red-winged blackbird males declaring their territory, and the streamside flitting of the yellow rumped warblers. Our next trip will be to the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge in May. Please contact Marcy Lagerloef  if you are interested in going. 


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Grace Grounds


On Your Knees? Really? 


"You don't have to walk on your knees" are words in a lovely Kyrie we sing at Grace. However, there times when we could use a few folks on their knees to help tidy the labyrinth.


Join Fran Moen, Labyrinth Keeper, on Saturday, April 2, at 9am with your kneepads or cushion and a tool (eg, dandelion digger) for a great Lenten exercise on your knees or doing a bit of bending. By getting the weeds out in early spring, we are able to keep the labyrinth in shape throughout the year. 

We are fortunate to have a labyrinth on our grounds, and it is walked frequently by Grace folks, community folks, and guests.  This is a short term volunteer experience where you can actually see the wonderful results of your work.


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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.

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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.


Bishop Eugene Sutton on "With All My Heart", a Spiritual Path to Transformation

4/4/2011 - 4/4/2011 7pm
St. Andrew's, Seattle
111 NE 80th St.

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 (