Circle of Grace

May 05, 2011 


Grace Kids



Kildare Cross

 Surrounding this Celtic Cross from Scotland, is the oak wreath  symbolizing faith and endurance.


But Not Conformed

Wednesday, May 18th, 7 to 8:15 pm, reception to follow


On Wednesday evening, May 18th, nearly 2 dozen Gracies will affirm their journey of faith as they stand before Bishop Rickel, and our Grace community, in a unique Confirmation liturgy. The participants, all high school students, have been preparing over the Fall, Winter, Spring, focusing on God Beyond, God With Us, and God Within Us. Bill Harper, Kathie McCarthy, and Ann Strickland have helped to facilitate the conversations, and the experience-and they, with the entire group, are looking forward to this unique next step. Bishop Rickel accepted our invitation for this special Wednesday evening service in order for us to experience a creative and formative liturgy. It's hoped that even on a Wednesday evening in May we will be able to gather a strong core of our Grace community to support these young Grace folk-and to celebrate with them and with their families. 



Acolyte Celebration 

May 10th,  5 to 7 pm 


The school year is almost over and it is time to celebrate. We want to thank all our wonderful acolytes with a cookout just for you. Our Rector Bill will be manning the grill and there'll be all the fixings for make your own ice cream sundaes. We also invite any rising 4th/5th/6th graders interested in acolyting to join us and learn more about being an acolyte. If you have a child who is interested in becoming an acolyte but unable to attend contact Debbie Rimkus.     



Staff Changes at Grace 

A letter from our Wardens and Rector regarding employees at Grace:


Dear Grace Friends and Family, 


From time to time we feel it's important to pass on information about Grace as broadly and quickly as we can. This letter is meant to do just that. There are some staff changes at Grace, and as might be expected, it's good for us to know and be aware of those changes. The details are really pretty simple and straightforward.


Employment Opportunity  at Grace 


Grace Building and Property Manager

Art Grice Grace

New Position Available July 5, 2011

The person in this position will be responsible for overall upkeep and the custodial care of the Grace Church building and grounds.  This is a salaried position averaging 20 hours per week paying $1,500 per month, without benefits. The majority of time will be spent during regular weekday working hours performing cleaning and maintenance services as well as scheduling and supervising routine service and repair appointments with outside contractors.  Some night and weekend hours will be necessary to provide setup and cleanup duties for scheduled Grace and non-Grace events. This position reports to the Rector and works closely with the Place for Grace Minister and the Office Administrator.


Click this Link >>
to view our Grace website for more information, including a more detailed job description, and a Grace Employee Application Form.        

To apply, email a completed Application Form to >>  Jay Mitchell at 
Applications should be received no later than May 18th.

Looking for Goodness, On Mother's Day 

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!



This lovely story, video and podcast linked below, came to us via email from American Public Radio:   

 krista tippet

What We Nurture by Krista Tippet, American Public Radio

For Mother's Day: we offer a live event with Sylvia Boorstein. She is a Jewish/Buddhist teacher and psychotherapist, a mother and grandmother. We soak up her warmth and wisdom on nourishing our children's inner lives and our own, for their sakes.  

The Act of Parenting Is Folding the Towels in a Sweet Way--

I picked up Sylvia Boorstein's lovely book That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist years ago and loved it. Then, three years ago, I found myself on a panel discussion with her and loved her in person.



>> Listen to the Podcast with Krista Tippet and Sylvia Boorstein  



Click on the image below to view the video on Loving Kindness

with Jewish-Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein.   

Sylvia Boorstein



The Gallery at Grace 

Artist Reception Tomorrow Night, Friday, May 6th, 6 - 8 pm

MegMeg Hammlet

Grace Women 



Grace Women's Retreat May 13th - 15th

Grace Women's Retreat

Unwinding, moving into stillness and knowing


We invite you to join us for a weekend of rest and renewal.


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


Visit for more information about Lynn and Lee and their work with Authentic Movement.

To register email 


$200 total due at registration ncludes lodging, meals, movement practices, and meals from Friday dinner-Sunday lunch.


There is a wonderful group of women gathering, we welcome a few more!


Kay Jensen, yoga 

Lynn and Lee Fuller, Authentic Movement, 


Organized and led by Ann Strickland and Kathie McCarthy.




Women's Wilderness Sojourn

Women's Wilderness Trip

 August 18th - 25, 2011


North Cascades, Stehekin to Image Lake

Get strong. Be in community in the wild. 

There's nothing quite like it.


Many different levels of physical ability can manage this with careful, gentle training.



Register:   Candee at Grace 

Deposit:    $100 non-refundable deposit 

$700 by July 17th 




 Helpline Logo 

Grace Food Basket May

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





 2011 Outreach Grant Application 

The 2011 Grace Outreach grant application is available online or by contacting Mark Kruse.


The Farm Stove Project /Proyecto Estufa Finca

at Grace Sunday, May 15th following the 9:30 Service 

Now in its second year, a group of volunteers from SeaChar (Seattle Biochar Working Group) have completed a pilot project working with organic coffee growers in the Santos region of Costa Rica to provide micro-gasifier cookstoves to migrant coffee pickers to reduce exposure of women and children to smoke from open cooking fires and to produce biochar. Organic coffee farmers are already familiar with biochar, having used it in their compost formulations for the past 10 years. Grace is pleased to welcome Art Donnelly following the 9:30 service on May 15. Grab a cup of coffee and join us to learn about his leadership with this project. You can also view the short film below to learn more about the Farm Stove Project.

Mas que Café
Mas que Café



Habitat Work Day

A group is forming to spend Saturday, May 28th at the Kitsap Habitat for Humanity worksite in Suquamish.  Volunteers from St. Barnabas Episcopal & Faith Episcopal (Kingston) will also be helping on this "build".  Please contact Mark Kruse at 206.842.8910 or for details. 


Soul School 

Getting in Touch with Mother Nature E&S Logo

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Bird Watching

Saturday, May 21


Donna Greenawalt and other intrepid Grace birders will head off in the Grace van for a day of soaking up nature's sights and sounds, and most especially the bird activity in the Spring of the year.  We'll meet at Grace at 8 am to carpool in the Grace van.  We intend to return by 3 pm.  We'll be exploring one of the richest saltwater estuary systems in Puget Sound.  The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is on the Nisqually River delta, between Tacoma and Olympia.  Here, three thousand acres of salt- and freshwater marsh, grasslands, and mixed forest are protected to provide resting and nesting habitat for waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and wading birds.  Check out a photo of the newly completed boardwalk at  Bring binoculars, clothing for being outdoors all day, a lunch, and water.  The walking is not strenuous.  Please RSVP to Marcy (842-8942) if you plan to come.  Questions?  Call Donna at 780-1144.

Communities of Grace 

In this section you will find programs and events happening in our broader local community as well as the local and national Episcopal church. We welcome your submissions of 150 words or less sent by Tuesday for the current week's publication.


Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Council Presents: 

Major Art Under Construction!

Art * Music * Dance


First Friday Art Walk 

May 6, 6-10 PM 

Winslow Mall


Bainbridge Island City Repair celebrates island artists of all ages with an one-night-only exhibition, art making events, and community dance party featuring IslandVibes DJ Sean Maestro. The exhibit, art making, and community dance party are hosted in the Winslow Mall. Celebration happens rain or shine!



And, when you're done downtown, head on over to Grace for a reception for  Our newest Gallery at Grace artist, Meg Hamlet. That's 6 to 8 pm and all are welcome! 


Women's Schola Nova sings Easter Evensong at 6 pm Sunday May 8, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.  Come receive the blessing of sung prayer during this joyful season.


Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers (IVC)  Support Group  

(for anyone caring for a loved one who is ill), every Tuesday from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church Prayer Room. Sponsored by Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers.