Circle of Grace

May 18, 2011 


Grace Kids 





But Not Conformed


Bishop Rickel to Preside, All Welcome! 

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

reception to follow  

On Wednesday evening, May 18th, nearly 2 dozen
Gracies will

 affirm their jou rney  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.  


Kids Sing


Kids Sing at 4:30 this Thursday.

May 19th and the 26th.

No rehearsal on June 2nd.


We will sing True Colors on Sunday, June 5th. Maybe One Day too!


If you would like more information about our Kids Sing program, please contact our Music & Arts director, Ann Stricklan. >> 



Celebrating the Year 

June 5th, 9:30 Worship Service


With the close of the Godly Play year on May 22nd, it is time to celebrate the children and thank the volunteers. Please plan to be at church on Sunday, June 5th to say thank you and celebrate the coming season of summer with a special coffee hour. And when you see the following people at coffee hour, or even walking down in Winslow, give them a hug and say thanks for the time and gifts they have shared with our children.


 Our deepest gratitude to:

Patty Robinson, Tammy Galbraith, Marissa Wachter, Vicki Milander, John Lange, Rachel Brandt, Katy Wing Janet McDevitt, Katie Fanning, Tricia Kurtzman, Sonja Fritts, Kathy Baker, Rachel Roer, Jen Breen, Rachel Brandt, Ursula Pontieri, Jeannie Payne, Jon Payne, Andy Rimkus, Liz Joss, Warren Boeker, Colette Boeker, Marcia Montgomery, Hugh Montgomery, Mary Kay Thomson, Cindy Vandersluis, Robert Vandersluis, Angela Meek, Dawnae Whittlesey, Sarah Taylor, Nancy Norton, Martin Garthwaite, Mickie Stowell, Valerie Griffin, Sophie Hill, Julie Davis, Julie Hickam, Mike Hickam, Beulah Downing, Josh DeWitt, Chelsea Vessenes, Michele Bombardier, Neil Tennyson and Colleen Rain.


Planning a Playground 

June 5th, 9:30 Worship Service

We are excited to announce that this summer we will be renovating the nursery playground.  Debbie Rimkus is working with a terrific group of moms and Nate Thomas from the Landscape Committee to come up with a design that will be safe, attractive, easily maintained and fun.  We plan to complete this project over the next month or two and then enjoy watching children laugh and play during those lazy days of summer.


We hope all of you will join us in helping make this vision a reality.  On Sunday, June 5th smiling children will have baskets in one hand and cookies in another.  The cookies will be for you of course.  And the baskets will be for donations towards the purchase of playground equipment.  Our final playground design will be based on what we are able to raise with this appeal.  So bring your checkbook or stop by the ATM on the way to church on June 5th.  We are so blessed to have a wonderful group of young Gracies.  Please be generous and show them how important they are to our community.

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.


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.

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.





Habitat Work Day

A group is forming to spend a Saturday in June (date to be determined) 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. 

Tornado Disaster Relief.   

The Grace Outreach Committee has challenged church membership to a $500 matching charitable donation grant to Episcopal Relief & Development's efforts in the tornado-torn southern U.S.  All donations will be matched "dollar-for-dollar" up to $500.  Please make checks payable to Grace Church with "ERD Tornado Relief" in the memo portion.


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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.


Soul School 

Calling all Grace Poets  

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On the evening of August 20 there is going to be a special event at Grace called "Celebrating Trees."  This creative evening emerged from the inspiration of four women artists who call themselves Trees in Art, and who will be exhibiting their tree paintings at Grace during August and September.  There will be a reception for the artists and a performance by noted electric and acoustic cellist, Jami Sieber (see   Jami's improvisational style is perfect for a "conversation" between her ethereal sounds and poetry with some tree imagery. 


So, charge up those creative juices, go spend some time with trees and then email your poem to Marcy at by June 30.  If you can be there on August 20 to read your work, so much the better.  If there is more poetry submitted than time for reading in that evening, we will find a pathway to put your creative thoughts out there for others at Grace to read and savor during these two months when we will be surrounded by trees in the Grace Gallery.

committed to environmental stewardship and advocacy

Parish Life  

New to You Sale New to You

Friday June 3, 9am to 8 pm

& Saturday, June 4, 9am to 2 pm at Grace


Antiques, baskets, bedding, books, china, glassware, clothing, toys, furniture, lamps, pictures, electronics, kids stuff and more! Items are now being accepted for donation, so bring them in on Sundays. The collection truck can be found up near the labyrinth.



Grace blessings to Dr. Gary Lagerloef!Dr. Gary Lagerloef

Earth & Space Research's (ESR), President,  

Dr. Gary S.E. Lagerloef, is the Principal Investigator for the innovative Aquarius/SAC-D satellite mission. As Principal Investigator, Lagerloef has overall responsibility for the NASA mission, and interacts with researchers around the world. The Aquarius measurements will help determine the large scale climate variability of the ocean and its effects on weather. NASA plans to launch the satellite on June 9th, 2011.    

To learn more >> ESR 

Events at Grace 

Travel-Log and Stories by A.J. Peters

May 19, 2011 - Grace Church - 7pm


A.J. will be sharing photos and insights from his sevens months spent travelling, volunteering, working and living in Colombia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. He'll discuss his time spent in an orphanage in Peru, his work at a rural lodge in northern Patagonia, and teaching English in a Buenos Aires shantytown. He's looking forward to telling stories and answering questions about his adventures.

Portland StateChamber Choir Presents:

Island Voices a Bainbridge Island Vocal Showcase

Saturday, May 21st, 7 pm, Grace Church


Featuring BHS Concert Choir, Jazz Choir and the Woodward middle School Concert Choir.

Also featuring Mark Power and guests.Tickets availabe at the door, and are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. All proceeds benefit the BHS Vocal Booster Club


The Bee Eaters

Sunday, May 22, 7 pm (doors open 6:30) at Grace 

Celebrating the release of a new CD with special guest, Scott Law. The quintet features Bainbridge Island's own Simon Chrisman, hammered dulcimer wizard; Tristan and Tashina Clarridge, six time National Fiddle champions; guitar prodigy Courtney Hartman; and, Dominick Leslie, award winning mandolin virtuoso.  Guitar master and singer, Scott Law, has performed with Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Darol Anger, David Grisman and the String Cheese Incident to name a few. Discounts on advance ticket sales at Eagle Harbor Books, $20 at the door, $15 students. info: Wendy Tyner, 206-669-3931,

The Gallery at Grace 
MegMeg Hammlet

Grace Women 


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 

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.




Labyrinth Spiritual Retreat

St. Hugh Labyrinth
Labyrinth at St. Hugh

Saturday, June 11, 2011

9:30 am - 2:00 pm


St. Hugh Episcopal Church
280 E Wheelwright StAllyn, WA



All are invited to take a lovely drive (an hour from Bainbridge) to attend this retreat (no cost) which celebrates the recently completed Labyrinth

Above the Bay in Allyn.

Retreat Leader: Christine Merritt, Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Spiritual Director, Poet, Physical Therapist

Christine will share information about labyrinths and her own experience of a pilgrimage to Chartres, France.  Time will be available for exploring the



Coffee/pastries at 9:30.  Bring a sack lunch, Beverages and dessert



To register:  Contact Jim Neal at >>


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.