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."
JOHN MUIR, 1903
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
* * * Save the Dates * * *
For these 2 Big Events at Grace:
If you are able to help with either of these events, please contact Petra Velie >> firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Registration Begins Next Week!
>> Look for details about both events in our Summer Newsletter
Frog Rock Forum/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 >> sustainablebainbridge.org
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 T
rees 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. 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 email@example.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.
Welcome Eric & Thank You Kirk!
Grace Building/Property Manager
We are pleased to announce that Eric Matthews has accepted the position of Building/Property Manager for Grace. This is a staff position for which Eric will be responsible for the cleaning, coordinating the maintenance and upkeep of the Grace facilities.
Eric and his wife, Ruth, have been a part of the Grace family for a long time and have served us in many capacities. Eric has a passion for our building and is eager to be a part of keeping it beautiful. He is very familiar not only with the facility but with the people and the church history. He has shown his devotion and dedication to Grace Church over and over again through the years through his many church activities
Eric's professional background also makes him well qualified to fulfill the functions of the Building/Property Manager. Through his hard work and dedication, he progressed through the ranks of the US Coast Guard from enlisted status, retiring as a Warrant Officer. His duties as a Marine Safety Inspector and Investigator required a great attention to detail, the ability to foresee needed repair work and to be able to schedule both his and the work of contractors and co-workers. Recently, his work in retail shows his ability to relate to a customer service oriented position.
Our Sexton, Kirk Knighton, will returning to his full time job at the Post Office. Also, he will be re-joining the choir to bless us with his musical talents.
Welcome Eric and thank you, Kirk!
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
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.
Belonging | Membership at Grace
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
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:
Honoring the Role of Grace in Your Life
You know what brought you here and keeps you coming back. Have you ever wondered how you might help sustain, for future generations, this place and ministries we hold dear? Grace has an Endowment Fund that is presently just a tiny seedling but will, over time sprout into something that can significantly support and sustain the mission of Grace. As a fund that is built by gifts over time from members and friends of Grace, the Endowment Fund will grow as the beneficiary of bequests specified in wills and memorial gifts, as well as occasional living gifts. The hope is to have a fund of sufficient size in the future so the income from the investments could underwrite needed projects.
As such, the Endowment Fund is different from annual giving to Grace, in that we will not be spending the Fund's principal. This is long-term planning and gifting. We plan for the community of Grace to be here for a long time. There are already children and grandchildren of Grace members that participate in the community now
as adults, and we trust that this roll of generations will continue. We cannot know, however, what future generations of Gracies will need for supporting the mission impact of the parish, but with income available from the Endowment Fund they will be better prepared.
We know a number of Grace-folks who've already named Grace Episcopal Church (or its Endowment Fund or the Diocese of Olympia) in their wills. As part of Grace's 20th Anniversary celebration in 2012, we will celebrate a "Legacy Sunday" that honors those who have remembered Grace in this special way.
PS: If you are part of that number, we'd like to know. And if you'd like more information about planned giving and Grace's Endowment, please contact any of the following members of the Fund's Board of Trustees:
Tom Ringo >> firstname.lastname@example.org
Clo Copass,>> email@example.com
Della Ferguson, >> firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Garthwaite,>> email@example.com
Tim Kussie, >> firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Trinity Sunday: Jessica & Nolbert
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Communities of Grace
Preserving Local Strawberries
a Canning Class at Grace
June 27th/July 11th/July 25th, 6 - 9 pm,
A PRESERVING FRENZY
June 27th - Everything Raspberry
We'll make and preserve a Chocolate Raspberry Sundae Topping, Raspberry Vinegar and Raspberry Chipotle Freezer Jam
July 11th - Stone Fruits - Sweet and Savory Recipes
Apricots, peaches, cherries and nectarines all lend themselves well to preserving either in a sauce, conserve or pie filling. We'll make a Nutty Plum Conserve, Cherry Pie Filling and Peach Rum Sauce!
July 25th - Salsas & Pestosof all kinds!
Fruit salsas are the best; they have more flavor than vegetable salsas and they can be used on grilled meats, on appetizer plates with cheeses or with chips. Several unique pestos will dress your pasta with panache! Learn how to create pestos and how to freeze them for the winter.
Join Julie and Carrie for more canning fun:
Ingredients and supplies included in fee.
Grace Church Kitchen, 8595 Day Road E.
Watch for our fall classes in September, October and November where we will cover:
Pickles/Relishes, Tomatoes, Apples, Baby Food, Appetizers and Cordials.
In order for us to provide you with what you need for your canning mission, please RSVP to:
Carrie, 206-390-1121, >> firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hours of Life, A Musical
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.
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