Anne Vekklyn

Grace Church | Bainbridge Island   

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A Season of Goodness  


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lenten season 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 6 pm Supper, 6:30 Program

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.

Desmond Tutu On, Made for Goodness 

Forgive Me. Forgive You. All Good. 


Posted on April 7, 2011 by Vicar of Grace

Coming to terms with personal "goodness" is often harder to do than simply proclaiming and accepting some sort of abstract, existential, universal human goodness.  As I said last week, seeing our own individual lives as "good" is no small challenge.  When Bishop Tutu tells the story of his father's death (p. 141 and following), and his own reaction to it, I want to tell him "it's OK.  You were a good son.  You yourself are good."  But I also know how hard we can be on ourselves.  In these few pages he again shows his honesty, and the straightforward way that he lets his own life mingle and mold with the universal ideas and ideals of his faith.  What a powerful thing to admit that he knows God has forgiven him for ignoring his father, but he was unsure whether or not he had indeed forgiven himself.

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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 Women's Retreat
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Grace Women's Retreat

May 13 - 15, 2011,

Seabeck Conference Center


We invite you to join us for a weekend of rest and renewal. We will settle in. We will practice a simpler way of living. We will be in community. And we will have time to ourselves.


We begin with yoga, we move into Authentic Movement. We close with simple centering prayer and song on Sunday morning.


To register email

$75 nonrefundable deposit due at registration.


$200 includes lodging, meals,  and movement practices from Friday dinner-Sunday lunch.

Full balance due by May 1st.


Kay Jensen, yoga, Lynn and Lee Fuller, Authentic Movement,


Organized and led by Ann Strickland and Kathie McCarthy.

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Holy Week & Easter at Grace
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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!



One Day's Wages is a new movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW is you, me, us, them: giving, dreaming, and working together.


We might not be rock stars, billionaires, or famous movie stars, but we want to remind everyone that they can make a dramatic and global impact - even by donating their "one day's wages" - which is approximately 0.4% of one's annual salary.


One Day's Wages 

The Movement of One Day's Wages
The Movement of One Day's Wages

One Year's Wages

Jeannie Yandel, KUOW


1.4 billion people in the world live on less than $1.25 a day. But most of those people are in other countries. So we rarely see the impact of extreme poverty in this country. Three years ago, Eugene Cho wanted to encourage more people to start doing something to help those in desperate need. Eugene is the lead pastor of Quest Church in Seattle's Interbay neighborhood, and co-founder of the nonprofit One Day's Wages. He decided to give up his own salary for a year. And that had consequences he never expected - including moving his family out of their home. He tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel about what came out of his family's sacrifice. 



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Spirituality and End-of-Life Care

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 8:30 - 11:30 AM 



The 2011 program will explore the differences between spirituality and religion, while also addressing spirituality during illness, death and grief; spiritual assessment and empowerment, and life review.

Continuing Education Available: nurses, social workers, case managers, funeral directors, clergy, and others. Call Hospice of Kitsap County for a complete listing. $25 CEU Fee.


Note: Our Rector, Bill Harper, will be on the panel for this teleconference. All Grace folk are welcome to register. 


TDC Cavalon Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Myhre Road, Silverdale

Hospice of Kitsap County proudly presents HFA's 18th Annual Living with Grief Teleconference

To register, please contact HOSPICE OF KITSAP COUNTY 360-698-4611 


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Grace Food Basket April 

Pasta, Jelly, canned meat (not tuna), dry cat food, variety of cereals, beans (protein), mixes for meals. 


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Veggies with Grace Plant Swap & Garden Guidance

Sundays,  April 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!    

Ann Vekklyn