06.12.11 Day of Pentecost







A Summer Sabbatical Blessing


"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."






Liturgy at Grace 

This summer Grace's Soul School online explores God's Word through poetry.You are invited to read the poems, the lessons and join in the conversation on our Grace Soul School site. >> gracesoulschool.org

Strong arms carried the tablets

Down the mountain

To the murmuring masses;

Ten words from God to remind

The seventy times seven

That God lived in the love

Of their hearts, and minds and souls.

Not long after; they built a tomb,

To carry the bones of Truth

And shield them from the enemy...


>> Link to the weekly Lectionary   



Parish Life  

New to You Sale Raise Over $7,000!

New to You


 The New to You Rummage Sale was a huge success!  Major kudos to Rachel Brandt and her amazing team who gave their time generously to make it possible.   


Save the Dates  

For these 2 Big Events at Grace:



  *  *  *  9.10.11  *  *  *

Homecoming Auction & Pig Roast

Sunday, September 9, 2011at Grace   


Being Belongers

Grace Church Retreat,

Fort Worden State Park

October 21-23, 2011


>> Look for details about both events in our Summer Newsletter 



Lift Off!! 
Aquarius Lifts Off!


The U.S./Argentine Aquarius/SAC-D mission launched successfully on a Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California this morning at 7:25 am PDT


Congratulations Dr. Gary Lagerloef!


>> Watch the Countdown & Launch!




Grace Food Basket

Join our ongoing effort to stock Helpline House's shelves!  This month's most-urgent needs are: diapers; boxed pastas; small boxes of flour/sugar; macaroni & cheese; canned tuna/chicken; canned chili fixings (beans, tomatoes, paste); and single-serving microwavable meals.  Bring these items to church & fill our Food Basket, which is usually located near the name tag tree.



Housing Resources Board
         Breaks Ground on Ferncliff Project

Ferncliff Village

Grace Outreach congratulates our grant partner Housing Resources Board on the June 3rd ground-breaking of its much-anticipated Ferncliff Project.  The 1st four-home segment of the project will begin construction September 1st, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year.  A total of 24 affordable single-family homes are to be completed by the end of 2012.  Each household has agreed to provide construction labor in exchange for the subsidy in their home.   Please contact HRB to learn more details about the Ferncliff Project at 842.1909. 





Twilight Camp for Kids

June 24th, 4:30-8pm


Sign up now for the first of our three Friday Evening Twilight Camps. Our theme will be "Make a Joyful Noise" and Ann Strickland will be there helping us do just that. The children will make their own musical instruments, hear stories, sing songs, play outside and enjoy a cookout dinner. After dinner there will be a campfire and marshmallows to roast. Twilight Camp is for children who have completed one year of preschool through rising fourth graders. Rising fifth graders and above are welcome to join us as camp counselors.


Cost for Twilight Camp is $10 per child for each Friday evening ($30 for all three evenings) and can be paid in advance or at drop off. You can sign up now for all three (June 24, July 29, August 26) or one at a time as you know your schedule.
To register your children or to volunteer to help, contact Debbie Rimkus, debbie@gracehere.org



Belonging | Membership at Grace


Grace Welcomes its Newest Member!


Welcome Ruben!


Ruben Thomas Baisch arrived at 11:21pm on Monday 6/6, a few days short of full term but healthy in every way. 7lbs 1oz, 19 inches, full head of black hair.  Congratulations Lynette & Tom!

(Ruben's mom, Lynette, is our Vestry Clerk).



Enrich your Grace Experience-

Volunteer at the Welcome Table


We have a loyal group of volunteers who staff our Welcome Table each week, and we are grateful! 


We could use a few more volunteers however, and welcome anyone to sign-up to serve for a Sunday, especially during  the summer months of July, August, and September. I hope to see couples, families, singles male and female, newcomers and oldtimers alike, working at the Welcome Table, because I know from experience how rewarding it is to do so! It is also the perfect thing to do if you want to volunteer at Grace, but don't have a lot of time 

to spare.


I am beginning to make the schedule for July, August, and September, so take a look at your calendars, and let me know if you'd like to participate. Then, watch for your invitation to a Welcome Table social hour for all Welcome Table volunteers. 


If you are interested in helping at the welcome table, please drop by the welcome table and let us know which Sunday(s) work best for you. You can also contact me by email at:



Thank you!


Kristen Lahner

Grace Membership



Soul School 

Calling all Grace Poets  

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 www.jamisieber.com)   Jami's improvisational style is perfect for a "conversation" between her ethereal sounds and poetry with some tree imagery.  E&S Logo


So, charge up those creative juices, go spend some time with trees and then email your poem to Marcy at mlagerloef@seanet.com 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 earthministry.org.

Frog Rock ForumFrog Rock/Father's Day Event

Connections for Community Resilience 

June 19, 2 - 5 pm at Islandwood  


This educational fair features over three dozen local organizations showcasing inspirational projects and activities that encourage ever-greater resilience in our families, neighborhoods and community. Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge, it's a great Fathers Day event, including kids activities, tours of magnificent IslandWood, plus a separate Sunday Supper at 5:30 by the IslandWood chefs. Find out more (and register for dinner) at www.sustainablebainbridge.org  




Friends of the Farm Tour


Sunday, June 12, 2 - 3 pm


Join Bart Berg for a walking tour of the Suyematsu/Bentryn Farm on Day Road.

Bart will tell the story of the rich heritage of island farming, current

agricultural practices, educational and internship opportunities and future

farming initiatives. Contact: Wendy Tyner, wendy.tyner@friendsofthefarm.org or 842.5537, friendsofthefarm.org 



Grace Communications
Summer Newsletter Cover


 Grace Faith News Arts


Download Our Summer Newsletter 

>> download full version  (better quality)   

>> download mobile version (faster load time) 


Grace's Weekly eNews  

Do you have a program or event you would like to tell our Grace Community about? Please send it to susamarie@gracehere.org.  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! 

Visit our Grace website to learn more about us! >>  gracehere.org 




Grace Women 



Women's Wilderness Sojourn

August 18th - 25, 2011



North Cascades, Stehekin to Image Lake

Get strong. Be in community in the wild. 

There's nothing quite like it.


The women's hike is now full.

To get on the wait list, please contact Kathie McCarthy,




Communities of Grace  

Preserving Local Strawberries  

a  Canning Class at Grace

June 13th, 6 - 9 pm, Grace Kitchen


Carrie West (Grace member) and Julie Wuesthoff,  Master Canner/Preservers, will teach how to preserve our precious local strawberries. We have such a short season.and Carrie and Julie believe we have to take advantage of the time the Bainbridge Island strawberries are ready.  So let's go!


What you get: 

We will provide high quality Bainbridge Island strawberries, jars and instruction.  You

do the preserving and take home your jars of Strawberry Lemon Marmalade plus other recipes using strawberries, like Strawberry Lemonade which we will serve that night.

Special snacks will be provided.


June 13th, 2011

Grace Church kitchen

Join us for lots of fun!


In order for us to provide you with what you need for your canning mission, please RSVP to:  Carrie, 206-390-1121, carriewest3@gmail.com


  Benefit Concert



The Hours of Life, A Musical

Sarah Helen Whitman

Friday, June 24, Bainbridge Art Museum

554 Winslow Way 


The premiere staged reading of a musical (Book, Music and Lyrics by Paul Lewis, with lyrics also by Colin Speer Crowley), directed by Corey D. McDaniel, with vocal direction by Jennifer Jett. This small-cast musical tells the story of the obsessive, erotically charged love affair between Rhode Island poet Sarah Helen Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe, set against the backdrop of the dawning of the Machine Age. A talkback will follow the performance.


 Edgar Allan Poe

Doors open at 7:00. Admission is by voluntary donation.



Barbara Hume....................Sarah Helen Whitman

Kevin Matthew...................Edgar Allan Poe

Robin Denis.......................Maria Clemm (Muddy), Mrs. Power

Jason Fowler......................Conductor, Johann Maezel, Pabodie, Stranger

Jennifer Jett.......................Anna Power, Eliza Poe, Virginia Poe (Sissy)

Susan Anderson.................Willem Schlumberger, Librarian, Barkeep, Nurse