June 26, 2020
Jan Richardson, A Place for the Prophet
Welcome, Stephen!

Dear people of Grace,

Please join me in welcoming the Rev. Stephen Crippen as Grace Church’s new Curate this Sunday, June 28! Our parish life leaders have planned a welcome parade, and I hope you’ll join in the fun and celebration. If you can’t make it on Sunday, feel free to send a card of greeting to Grace Church (8595 NE Day Rd. Bainbridge Island, WA 98110) and we’ll make sure Stephen receives it.

Thank you for welcoming Stephen so warmly! I’m excited for his presence with us,


A Note from Stephen

Dear new friends,

I am excited to begin ministry alongside you at Grace! I have been waiting with increasing expectation for summer to begin, and with it, our time together in mutual ministry. I have heard a lot about Grace from many of you, and in past years as I worked in the diocese as a congregational-development consultant and trainer. But now I am deeply pleased to join you directly. I will continue to live in Seattle with my husband Andrew and our Shiba Inu dog, Hoku, and so I will become well acquainted with the Bainbridge Ferry!

I also wanted to be sure you know that if you are able to participate at a distance in my ordination, you can do so by following this live-stream at St. Mark's:

My ordination to the priesthood is next Tuesday, June 30, at 6:30 pm. (6/30 at 6:30...) Your virtual presence and your prayers are warmly welcome.

In the meantime, I will see you on Zoom this Sunday, and hope to meet everyone in person very soon. Thank you so much for welcoming me into your midst.

I am truly yours in Christ,


Join Stephen's Welcome Parade

This Sunday, June 28 After Church

It's time to give our new Curate a big, happy, generous welcome!

About a half hour after our 9:30 am Zoom service on June 28, we will parade our cars around the Grace parking lot loop to say a quick drive-by “hello” to Stephen, who will be standing by the baptismal font for a car-only reception line along with Wren and musicians.

The rest of us will keep to safe-distancing guidelines by staying in our cars and depositing cards of welcome in a drive-by basket.

Fun, festive car decorations (balloons, homemade banners, colored-paper cutouts, messages written with car paint, etc.) are encouraged but not required. The important thing is your smiling faces in your vehicles.

With anticipation and love,

Pegge Ashcroft, Parish Life


Join Us for Sunday Worship
9:30 am June 28 | Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

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Families, click here to join Children and Families Coffee Hour after worship (no password needed)

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For Zoom tips, links to video and audio recordings, and past Sunday bulletins, visit our Online Worship Page
Wednesday Healing Prayer & Bible Study

10:00 am July 1

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Faith Formation

Summer Book Study: Between the World and Me
Thursdays at Noon Starting July 9
This summer, our book groups will engage issues of racial equity, beginning with a discussion of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The series starts at noon Thursday, July 9.

Please email Kim if you're interested in participating.
Stepping into Another's Shoes: An Exploration of Race in America Through Film
7:30-9 pm July 16 & 29 via Zoom

We invite you to join us for a three-part film and discussion series focused on racial equity in America, led by Maggie Finley and Grace graduates and seniors Kaitlyn Hung, Carmella Basco-Yu, and Merry Cockroft.

After watching films exploring the different aspects of race in the United States, we'll come together with fellow Grace members to gain a new perspective on race in our community and country.

When: 7:30-9 pm July 16 & 29 (note date revision for the second session) with a possible third session in September.

Where: On Zoom. We’ll provide the link and let you know what to watch before coming together for each facilitated discussion.
For our first discussion, we’ll watch the first episode of Ava DuVernay's When They See Us along with When They See Us Now, a recording of a Town Hall discussion with Oprah Winfrey. Both are available on Netflix.

Supplemental pre-discussion homework:
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED talk, The Danger of a Single Story
  • Any YouTube recordings of Jane Elliot’s Brown Eye-Blue Eye Experiment
Questions? Want to participate? Please email Kim Cockroft.

A Message from Maria Metzler
Executive Director, Helpline House

Thank you Grace parishioners for always keeping Helpline in your thoughts and for your generous donations. We appreciate it.

We have seen over 50 (!!) new households since March – that's a lot for us - but the good news is that our current levels of support and distribution make that number very manageable. Our weekly numbers have evened out with about 220 boxes and 65 supplemental bags of food being distributed each week.

Additionally, we have been putting more, and a good variety, of foods in the porch pantry and boxes because we know there are households who don't want/need everything in the bags but come to the porch to shop on a regular basis. It's amazing to us how every single week (and most mornings) food is gone from the pantry and boxes - in such a good way. It's a wonderful complement, especially right now, to access additional food given the current circumstances.

Our current needs are for our Kids' Pantry bags – juice boxes and jelly (J&J!). We didn't think we'd ever run out of those things, but with the weeks and weeks of distribution of Kids' Pantry bags we just went through, a lot of food goes out the door!

Visit the Grace website for more information about how to support Helpline House and our other Outreach partners.
Leadership News

In Brief: News from the Vestry & PMC
Across the Diocese

Ordinary Time 2020: A Message from Bishop Rickel

"Taking a walk, washing dishes, planting or weeding a garden, teaching our children, speaking on a Zoom call, wearing a mask, marching in a protest, denying ourselves a loved activity in order to decrease the exposure and spread for others - all of those ordinary things that have become part of our lives can, in a Benedictine mindset, become prayerful things made extraordinary by the way we look at them, enact them and pray them."

Bishop Rickel offers his reflections on this most un-ordinary of Ordinary Times.
Community News
Stonechild Chiefstick Memorial Caravan

Gather at 6 pm Friday, July 3 at Suquamish Village

On July 3, the first anniversary of the killing of Stonechild Chiefstick, Bainbridge Island-North Kitsap Interfaith Council invites you to stand together with our Suquamish neighbors by participating in the Stonechild Chiefstick Memorial Caravan.

The caravan will gather at the Suquamish Village Parking Lot, 18490 Suquamish Way NE, at 6 pm, traveling to Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park in Poulsbo at 7 pm, supported by the Suquamish Police. You can also join the caravan at the First Lutheran Church at 7:15 pm.

If you plan to participate, please consider making a sign for your car window (or using chalk markers to write on your car window) saying: The BINK Interfaith Council Stands in Solidarity. People of Faith Want Justice for Stoney.

After arriving at Waterfront Park, there will be prayer and songs, and speakers will share their words for Stoney's children. There will also be time to share community demands for change. 

At 9:22 pm, the time Stoney was killed, there will be a closing song. 

Join Stoney’s family and his community for this remembrance.

During this Covid-19 outbreak, we ask everyone to be mindful and respect social distancing to protect our Elders and our other people at high risk.

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