THE CHURCH BUILDING IS CLOSED FOR
ALL BUT EMERGENCY PURPOSES
In the meantime, mail is being picked up and bills are being paid. You may mail your pledge payments to the church however it is convenient
for you to do so.
Easter Season Worship
Sunday services will begin at our usual 10:30 time on Zoom. They will also be recorded and uploaded as quickly as possible for those unable to participate on Zoom. The uploads will appear on the church's Facebook page, @FullyGrace and on the Grace website. Wednesday morning services and Bible Study are also on Zoom each week. If you would like to add your name to the participant list, please e-mail the church office.
Watch for e-mail invitations to arrive in your inbox the day before each service. It will include the information you will need to sign on or phone in. It's a good idea to sign in a bit before the appointed time. Make sure you have your audio and video enabled.
What to expect:
When you enter before the service begins, you will be able to see and hear one another. You will also be able to hear background noises such as dogs barking. At the appointed time, the host will mute everyone except for the officiant and designated readers.
The entire liturgy will appear on the screen. At the conclusion of the service, you will be unmuted, we will share the peace, and visit for a little while.
Here is a link of Zoom tips put together by Greg Serwich. He has been successfully assisting those who have had difficulties with the technology. Check this out in advance. If you have problems, give Greg a call. Zoom Tips
See you on Zoom!
For your personal reading and devotion this Sunday.
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
: Peter, preaching on the Day of Pentecost, proclaims that Jesus is risen and quotes from David's Psalm (16) as a prophecy of the resurrection of Christ.
: A psalm of David, expressing trust in God, commitment to faithful worship, and assurance of God's promise of resurrection - which in the New Testament is taken as a promise of Jesus' resurrection.
1 Peter 1:3-9
: Peter encourages the believers as they endure trials, reminding them of the life they have in the Risen Christ and of the joy that they will experience when their faith, having been strengthened by their suffering, leads them into fulness of life.
: The resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and breathes the Holy Spirit on them, then he appears to Thomas who had doubted the witness of the other disciples, and shows Thomas his wounds, leading Thomas to faith and worship. After telling this story, John explains the purpose of his Gospel, to show who Jesus is and to lead his readers to faith.
In a world where nothing is certain, where agreements and treaties and commitments are so often broken, the word 'assurance' can seem like a ridiculous ideal. Expediency would seem to be a far higher value, and those who want to keep up had better get comfortable with it fast. Yet, assurance is an important word in the realm of faith. Without assurance faith becomes either a fantasy or a white-knuckle clinging to vain hope. It's not that we need proof of what we believe - as if faith was about verifiable fact. Rather, it's that faith needs to be something we live, that drives us and moves us and defines us. Lived faith requires a confidence which is an experience of the thing in which we believe. Like the small wins that an athlete uses to boost their confidence on the way to Olympic gold, assurance confirms for us that what we have given our lives for has substance and reality to it. To speak of the resurrection with no experience of 'little resurrections' to give us this assurance, this confidence, leaves us in a limbo state of always waiting for something better - "pie in the sky". But, as we work for justice, peace, simplicity and community in this world, we draw strength from our daily experiences of God's resurrection life - in the laughter of a poor child who still remembers how to play; in the commitment to peace among those who suffer abuse from dictatorial leaders; in the mindfulness of those who choose what they eat and buy according to principles of justice and conservation of the planet; in the resilience of those who continue to hope and dream and work for a bright future, even after losing everything in natural disasters. It is when we open our hearts and minds to these signs of resurrection that we find the assurance to keep faith, and to hold on to our integrity, compassion and commitment to ethical living. It is this daily experience of resurrection that empowers us to believe in Christ and the way of God's reign, and, like Thomas, to turn our lives into an act of worship and service.
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How quickly things change! Things we have all taken for granted have become temporarily unavailable in the old form and changed into something different. One of these necessary changes has been to change the date of my ordination. The Bishop's office has told me that a new date will be set once it is safe to meet in large groups again. The official word did not come as a surprise, and while I am a little disappointed, I am mostly thankful for the wisdom of Bishop Lee in his determination to keep us all safe. I know some of you were planning to join me in Chicago. When a new date is set, I will let you know. As a candidate, I have no further requirements to fulfill prior to ordination, and can focus my attention on ministry at Grace. As always, I am thankful for each of you and the support and encouragement I have received.
|MINISTRY OF CARE
Here at Grace, The Ministry of Care has organized regular phone and e-mail contact with our most vulnerable members. If you are in need of assistance,or pick-up and delivery of prescriptions or emergency supplies, please contact Bonnielynn Kreiser. Also contact her if you are able to help out. And, of course, your clergy are available by phone, text, and e-mail to provide pastoral care,
Glory Parish Church Update
New Glory Parish Church Update
In this time of Holy Week, the new Glory Parish church appears to be rising out of the ground. The foundation is in and the second
phase will soon begin.
Grace Church donated $20,000 for the first phase. There is another $30,000 that will go to the second phase. This money was part of the proceeds from the sale of the parish house.
We pray that at next year at this time, that there will be a new church for Glory Parish. And that Grace Church
and Glory Parish will be celebrating Easter in our own chu
|Excavation--old church in background
The diocese of Renk is presently free of COVID - 19. But South Sudan confirmed the first case on April 5, 2020. A 29 year old p
atient from the Netherlands via Addis Ababa. She is in isolation.
As always, Bishop Joseph sends his prayers. He is thankful for the unlimited support that Grace Church offers to Glory Parish.
--Donna Davis Outreach Ministries
Update: After reviewing the progress report, the Vestry has directed that the remaining allocated
funds be forwarded to the Diocese of Renk.
Wednesday Morning Study Group
Wednesday Morning Study Group
The Wednesday morning study group has been active and well attended, especially during the Coronavirus shutdown.
The group currently is studying the Gospel of Matthew.
All are welcome to join us one hour weekly, beginning at 10:30 a.m. If interested in receiving the Zoom invitations, send a message to Greg Serwich at email@example.com.
Resurrection and Meditation Gardens
The Resurrection and Meditation Gardens
While the church and parish house closed due to the Governor's orders, the Resurrection Garden and the Meditation Garden are still accessible. According to the Governor's edict, playgrounds are off limits but being in other outdoor space is open so long as people follow the 6 foot rule. If you find comfort visiting the graves in the Resurrection Garden, you may do so. There are three prayer stations in the Meditation Garden with votives and prayers in the drawers. When you feel drawn to visiting the Meditation Garden, you may do so. Please, however, observe the 6' physical separation rule if there are others in the garden when you arrive.
We have been going over the church directory and would like to update it with current information. Please take a quick look at your reference information and inform Nancy by email if there is any change to your listing: address, phone numbers, or email addresses. We will try to have a more current directory available on the website and hopefully in paper form soon! Thank you!
The most up-to-date directory may be found on the church website in the "Nuts & Bolts" tab in the Member Portal link.
Collecting the Blue UTO Box
UTO isn't simply a
tip jar for Jesus
to say, "Hey man, nice work!" but it is a moment to stop and notice. UTO is that space to remember that our humanity is bound up with the hope and love of
I want to start by saying that I find the term "tip jar for Jesus" a great one. It makes me think about the people who work at our Galena restaurants. Right now, we are all concerned for them because their jobs are temporarily gone. But, like Fried Green Tomatoes, most places are setting up funds for their workers. We are encouraged to leave tips for them. Tipping them, is not only helping them financially, it is thanking them for the work they do to take care of us. Stopping to think of thanking them is a pause of gratitude that recognizes their humanity and mine and the fact that we are bound together in spite of being strangers to one another and that our charge is to take care of each other.
We don't often allow ourselves time to stop and notice, and when we don't, our blessings start to unravel with the busy nature of our modern lives or get washed away with worries. It's why researchers often suggest that the best way to combat anxiety is with gratitude. Gratitude interrupts the neurological processes that feed worry. Gratitude helps us to notice, to hem up, to give thanks, and to remember whence the blessing sprouted. Without gratitude, then, the blessings can simply drift away, and that can leave behind resentment, frustration, anxiety, and depression. We can miss the blessings right in front of us and begin to feel like everyone else is blessed except us if we let the small blessings pass by without that moment to stop, notice, and give thanks.
In the year 2018, UTO provided over $1,200,000. In grant money. Your change "tips" a lot of people. That financial support and taking a moment to be grateful are the reasons for the UTO box...every time you drop change in, count a blessing!
Quotes and information taken an article titled "Tip Jar for Jesus" from The Rev. Canon Heather L. Melton, Staff Officer for the United Thank Offering
estry Liaisons' primary purpose is to assure two-way communications between the various ministries and the
to represent the ministries for resources
policy issues, and to
Building and Grounds: Greg Serwich (Sr. Warden 2019-2021)
Worship Committee: Charlotte Stryker (class of 2022)
Formation and Spirituality: Elizabeth Ludescher (class of 2022)
Fellowship & Hospitality: Anita Sands (class of 2021)
Ministry of Care/LEMs: Nancy Cook (class of 2023)
Tony Packard (class of 2021)
Communications: Eric Kallback(class of 2023)
Governance: Wardens & Rector
Officers: Greg Serwich, Senior Warden
Lynn Giles, Junior Warden,
Richard Luther, Treasurer
Diann Marsh, Clerk
The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Staff: Robin French, Director of Music
Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
Chris Ludescher, Nursery Attendant
Second Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2020
ROTA: December 2019-May 31,2020
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Lector: Greg Serwich
Pianist: Robin French
|For a current prayer list, click on the following link:
Grace Prayer List
Request For Prayers notebook is in the Narthex/ Entrance area of the Church. Please feel free to request prayers for yourself or others at any time by filling out a form or contacting the office by either phone or email. May we first and always be "a people of prayer."
Events This Week:
Easter Two Service online
Morning Prayer* online --7:30 am
Bible Study** online--10:30 am
To be invited to online events, please contact *Gloria at
or **Greg Serwich at firstname.lastname@example.org
Compline or Evening Prayer TBD
All are welcome!
For current and
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calendar on the website
eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates
are provided. Use
what you need from
Remember: Keep it simple. We usually have about 35-40 attending.
**Coffee schedule sign up is on the bulletin board in the Parish House.**
|You can now get information on Formation Ministries directly from the new Grace website at the following links:
Children and Youth Adults
If you are in need of assistance while ill or recovering: meals, transportation, visits, please contact the
Ministry of Care
Ministry of Care Leadership
Facilitators who can assist you and connect you with parishioners who have trained and committed to this ministry that includes Parish Visitors, Meals, Rides, as well as the ongoing Servants through Prayer, LEMs, and the Greeting Card ministry.
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