Love by Maya Edwards

Love by Maya Edwards

May 29, 2011 


Kids/Youth Happen  


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 these Godly Play volunteers:

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.



2011 Baccalaureate Service at Grace 

June 5th, 3 pm, Grace Church


The  annual Baccalaureate Service to honor graduating high school seniors will be on Sunday, June 5th at 3 pm at Grace. All graduating high school seniors and their families and friends are invited to this interfaith spiritual celebration of this important milestone! The students have been requested to wear their graduation gowns and clergy and academics are invited to robe and process as well. The service will be followed by a reception.


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.



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Tornado Disaster Relief

Thank you for the outpouring of recent support of Grace's Episcopal Relief & Development ("ERD") Tornado Disaster Relief efforts. All continued 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 or notify Candee Heald (Grace Office Admin) of your donation to ERD for matching. ERD's funds will be used to provide food, gas cards and temporary shelter for those in need.


Please pray for all those impacted by the tornado, especially families who are grieving, and for the rescue workers and all those who are helping the community to recover.


Greetings from a Grace Teen

Hi- This is Grant Dunaway. I would like to collect sports and school supplies for sending to Ometepe children.The sports supplies needed are any used balls in good condition, baseball gloves/mitts, as well as needles to inflate the balls. The school supplies are also needed including solar calculators.  


Thanks- Grant Dunaway - 842.2003 

Please contact Grant via phone to contribute supplies to Ometepe!


Project Backpack Calendars

Grace member and Ordway Elementary School student Henry Vandersluis has contributed the artwork for a 2011-12 school year calendar benefitting Project Backpack/Helpline House, which provides essential school supplies and education-related expenses for students in need. The calendars are $14 apiece; all proceeds go to Project Backpack. Each month features a different car, some of which were inspired by the Cruise-In Car Show held each summer to raise money for the organization, which assists with backpacks, supplies, school fees, high school graduation expenses, and school clothes for families in need. To purchase a calendar, please:
visit Helpline House, 9-5, M-F
pick one up at Eagle Harbor Books
contact >>  Cindy Vandersluis    Checks should be made out to Helpline House/Project Backpack. Thanks so much for your support!!


Habitat Work Day Postponned 

Habitat cannot supervise the Suquamish work site due to it being Memorial Day Weekend, so our work day scheduled for 5/28 is postponed until further notice.  We will be rescheduling this event for a Saturday sometime this summer.  THANK you for your commitment to Habitat. 


2011 Outreach Grant Application 

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


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


Gracie New 2 You Presale on Thursday evening (June 2) at 5 pm, with wine and hors d'oeuvres. This is an opportunity for Grace folks to get a first look and buy things at a more leisurely pace.  

Volunteers are still needed for the clean up on Saturday (June 4) at 2:00pm. We have a baccalaureate at Grace the next day and the church, including the grounds, needs to shine!


Donations can be delivered at any time up through June 1; the truck is always open. If it is clothing or something that may be damaged with moisture, you probably should not leave it in the tent. If you have furniture to bring, please try to wait until May 29th or after to bring your donation. If you need a pick-up of large items, please call Rachel at 360-265-7668. Pick-up day will be Tuesday, May 31st.



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

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


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 

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

The Gallery at Grace 


Grace reception for artist and Gracie Meg Hamlet is Sunday, June 5th, 10:45-noon.

Come celebrate Meg's beautiful exhibit and ask the artist about her work!




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 


Grace Communications


Grace's Weekly eNews  

Do you have a program or event you would like to tell our Grace Community about? Please send it to  The deadline is noon every Tuesday for events the following week. Items typically run no more than one month in advance and should be limited to 150 words. Thank you!


Visit, Explore, Wonder! 

Be sure to visit our Grace website to learn more about us! >> 



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.





Call for Artists

The arts are in bloom on Bainbridge!25 Color Logo PNG


The Arts & Humanities Council is seeking artists to sell artwork  

at our annual fundraising event, Bainbridge in Bloom. This community-wide celebration of gardens is a wonderful opportunity to promote your art.

Artist Booths


Artist Booths are available at the Bloom for select artists to sell their work. A10'x 10' booth is $150. Artists, please send 3 - 5 images representative of your work to Shelly Tolo, Bloom Coordinator by June 3.  Accepted artists will be invited to showcase and sell their work at the Bloom.



Shelly Tolo, Bloom Coordinator