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News from Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island WA

September 22, 2022
Christ Among the Scraps, ©Jan Richardson
Christ Among the Scraps, © Jan Richardson
Grace Events

Saturday, September 25 at 1:30: Memorial Service for Carol Anderson
Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 am: Safeguarding God’s Church training
Sunday, October 2: Blessing of the Animals 11:15 after the 9:30 service
Friday, October 7: Open Mic for Caregivers
October 7 - 9: Parish Retreat

Through October: The art of Julie Shryock in the Gallery at Grace

Full Calendar of Events

Worship at Grace

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Launching Our 2023 Stewardship Campaign

8am Holy Eucharist at Grace
9:30am Holy Eucharist 
at Grace and on Zoom

Coffee hour after the 9:30 service.


Link to this week’s readings (track 1)

click this image for links to worship materials

Click on the image above for a links to worship materials.

This Sunday’s Offering

Everyone participating in the life of Grace Church is invited to give as an expression of gratitude for God’s generosity. Together, our gifts make possible this community of inclusion, service, discovery, and gratitude. Thank you for your generosity, your prayers, and your presence here at Grace.

Click here to make an online contribution.

Midweek Morning Prayer & Bible Study

Join us online at 10:30 for a liturgy of prayer for healing,
followed by Bible Study at 11:15am.

We meet in person at the church on the second Wednesday of each month.

Click here to find the Zoom link on Grace’s website.

Parish Retreat

The Parish Retreat will be at Seabeck Conference Center on Hood Canal October 7 and 8, returning home on Sunday, October 9.

Our Keynote Speaker will be Jim Friedrich: “Living Gracefully in an Age of Anxiety”.

Thanks to all who have registered for the Retreat. You will receive details about the weekend soon via email. Daytrippers are still welcome and must fill out a registration form.

We look forward to a wonderful weekend together on the beautiful Hood Canal with sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains.

Questions: Edith Cobourn, Rachel Brant

Parish Life

Blessing of the Animals

October 2  after the 9:30 service (approx. 11:15)

Please bring your animal companions to church for an outdoor (rain or shine) service in which we give thanks for all the blessings we receive from the animals in our lives, and pour God’s blessings upon them, too. If you like, bring a photograph of a companion animal who is unable to attend, or who has died.

October 16: Newcomers’ Luncheon 

artwork by Jan Richardson
If you are new to Grace, feel new to Grace, or simply want to find out more about us, we are having a Newcomers’ Luncheon on Sunday, October 16, after Coffee Hour from 11:30-1:00 in Walker Hall. Our Interim Rector Stephen Crippen and other leaders will be there with members of the Welcoming Committee. We will invite those we know are new, but we may have missed some of you.
Please let us know if you would like to attend; email Liz Powell:

Next Week's eNews

Barb Levy, our newsletter designer, will be out of town for a few days next week.
The enews deadline will be next Monday, Sept 26 at noon. Thanks!

A time to seek
Announcing the Search Committee

Last Sunday we thanked the Profile Committee for their work these last several months in creating our Parish Profile, and we blessed the Search Committee as they begin the final stage of calling our next rector.  

The Search Committee includes: 

Jeff Bassette, Isobel Coney, Jane Crane, Sara Hayward, Wayne Herbert, Melissa Meyers, Russ Powell, & Petra Velie. 
Please pray for these committee members and the work they are undertaking. We are grateful for their willingness to volunteer in this way, and recognize the significant commitment of time and energy needed to discern who to call for our next rector. The Search Committee work is completely confidential. None of the candidates who they consider will be shared with the wardens, vestry, or parish, until they make a final selection. At that point, one candidate will be presented to the vestry and the vestry will vote to confirm the candidate.
We faithfully entrust the process and the future of Grace Episcopal church to God, and are confident that God is not done with Grace yet. The committee is still beginning their discernment work, and we anticipate they may be reviewing resumes for interested candidates through the end of 2022. This is in line with our anticipated timeline of calling a new rector sometime in the first half 2023. Although it feels like a very long wait in the moment, in the context of Grace's history and future, we gain perspective to rest confidently knowing it will work out just as it should. We are so excited about what is coming for Grace in 2023.

Children & Families
Go Forth Sunday is this Sunday!

All Children are invited to sit on the carpet to the left of the altar and interact with arts and crafts, as well as some books! Anyone 4 or under is welcome in the nursery!

We are still looking for volunteers! Email if interested!

Pastoral Care
Open Mic for Caregivers

October 7 at 4:00 pm on Zoom

October’s speaker will be Betty Herman, who has worked with elders in Kitsap County for over 30 years. Betty will walk us through a healthcare Values Worksheet designed for all ages.

For more information and to get the Zoom link, please contact Florrie Munat.

Building and Grounds

Gate at the Grace Drive

A new sign has been posted on the gate that leads to the Grace drive and the speed sign on the east side of the lane as you approach the gate. The sign has been updated to read:

Welcome to Grace. Visitors are welcome from 6am to 9pm.
Please respect this sacred space.

Grace members who find the gate closed and have business after hours or want to visit the memorial wall and garden should open the gate and close it behind them. Please ensure that the gate is closed when you leave. If other visitors stop by during non-business hours to walk Grace grounds or use the trails, they should also close the gate behind them. We wish to keep an open and inclusive environment while minimizing unnecessary drive-throughs and respecting our neighbors who share the private drive. Thank you.

“Days of Wine and Rhodies”
Refugee Resettlement Benefit

Sept. 24 and 25, from 10 to 5 p.m

At Chimacum Woods Rhododendron Nursery
2722 Thorndyke Road in Port Ludlow

Come enjoy garden tours, refreshments, and the opportunity to donate to Lutheran Community Services Northwest (LCSNW) and/or Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA). Proceeds will benefit refugee resettlement, specifically of Afghan and Ukrainian immigrants.

There is no charge for the event. 20% of price of plants sold will go to the cause.

For more information and directions, please call Bob at 206-383-2713 or Beth at 609-506-5865 or online at
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