The Garden of Repose remains open in the Chapel for prayer and meditation until the evening
A Noontime United Churches Liturgy
will be held at the Galena United Methodist Church.
The second part of the Triduum begins at 7 pm in the stripped and barren church. The altar party enters in silence. We hear the Passion narrative, venerate the cross, and receive Communion in silence from the reserved sacrament. Again, there is no benediction as the altar party exits and the congregation departs.
All forecasts point toward a sunny and warm Easter Sunday! We shall assume that will hold and that we will be able to light our New Fire outside the front entrance of the church. If you plan to take part in that preliminary liturgy to our First Eucharist of Easter, please gather on the sidewalk and steps by about 10:20 am.
Last evening, we observed Maundy Thursday with our tr
||Parish Hall ready for Agape Meal
aditional Agape meal in the new Parish House for the first time. It was a lovely affair in that space and an easy walk to the church for the rest of the service. Many, many thanks to Char Kennedy and her crew who organized and served the meal. And to our musicians, altar party, and Altar Guild for their parts in making the liturgy--and all of our Holy Week and Easter liturgies so special.
|Garden of Repose in the Chapel
This noontime, I participated in a moving service of Tenebrae (darkening) sponsored by the United Churches of Galena and held at the Galena United Methodist Church. And I look forward to worshiping once again with you this evening when we continue the liturgy of Christ's Passion. The story according to St. John will be read by three voices. We will meditatively venerate the cross as the choir sings the moving "Contemporary Reproaches" of John Bell in the Iona Community in Scotland. And we will receive communion from the Reserved Sacrament before departing in the silence lingers until we gather once more on Sunday when the alleluias return as we celebrate the empty tomb.
Blessings through the remainder of your Holy Week.
See you in church
: Peter preaches that God shows no favouritism, but that anyone who believes in Jesus, who did good and healed those oppressed by the devil, was crucified, and was raised, receives life and forgiveness.
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
: A song celebrating God's mercy and strength, and celebrating the restoration of God after struggle - foreshadowing "the stone that the builders rejected" who "became the cornerstone".
1 Corinthians 15:19-26
: Christ is the one who died and came back to life in order to bring all people to life. Finally, death itself is destroyed.
: The women find the tomb empty and meet two angels who report that Jesus is risen. They return and report the event to the disciples, who are initially sceptical.
This Easter the focus is, of course, on the resurrection, but the particular emphasis is on the liberation that Jesus brings. It is notable that the Acts reading is included, reminding us of that great moment of inclusion in the church's history, where Peter proclaims, "But God has shown me that I should no longer call anyone impure or unclean." In addition, the Gospel reading focuses on the women's role in the great resurrection drama, another great moment of inclusion in the history of God's people. The message is clear - the resurrection is not just about finding life for after we die. It is a doorway to life now for all who are denied life through exclusion, oppression or judgment. The challenge, then, is to embrace this life each day - to learn to become both those who are enlivened by God's resurrection life, in the face of the violence, oppression, injustice and death of our world, and to become those who bring resurrection to those around us, through service, welcome, generosity, compassion, solidarity, dignity and love. As long as the resurrection is only an anomaly in history, it has no real value for us. But, when it becomes a reality that infiltrates our lives and our beings, it transforms us into those whose every thought, word, action, value and attitude celebrates and releases life into our world.
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
Outreach Ministries Update
United Churches Food Pantry Needs
If you are not already a Food Pantry volunteer, might you consider it? Some of the long term volunteers are wishing to retire. So, there are opportunities available for the 2nd and 4th Thursday distributions (you may sign up for one or both). The
volunteer coordinator is Celeste Mancini at
Galena River Sampling Update
Your Grace Episcopal Environmental Committee supported our Galena River sampling project (sampling took place in August of 2017 and May of 2018), and I'm hoping you can share the presentation information below with them - an opportunity to see the results of your/their contribution. Thanks, again, to you and to the committee!
From 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th at the Galena City Hall, scientists from the University of Illinois will be presenting on the water quality sampling they have been doing in Jo Daviess County. Sam Panno, Principal Scientist at the Illinois State Geological Survey and Walt Kelly, Groundwater Science Section Head at the Illinois State Water Survey, will summarize their work sampling springs, wells and the Galena River and explain what we can learn from the results. For questions, please contact Beth Baranski at 563/580-6192 or email@example.com
At its April 16 meeting, the Grace Church Vestry reviewed a goal-setting worksheet prepared on the basis of discussions at the March Vestry retreat, with particular focus on how to increase exposure to Grace through personal invitations to events and activities. The Vestry has placed a high - perhaps its highest -- priority on making this a welcoming and inclusive parish. A first step will be to ask Vestry liaisons to the various Church ministries (Outreach, Christian Formation, and so forth) to review how their projects and sponsored events can maximize the participation of interested parties. Liaisons will be asked to report back to the Vestry at the June meeting.
The intention of Pat Terry to step down as choir director later this year has necessitated planning the future of the music program at Grace, in close consultation with musicians and other members. Another transition is better described as an interim: the need to plan for Gloria Hopewell's upcoming sabbatical as rector.... And we are still transitioning to our new building, drawing on advice from others with respect to the installation of artwork, furnishings, maintenance of stained glass windows, and a multi-functional approach to the new space. The Vestry is continuing to monitor these developments and will be reporting in more detail in the weeks ahead.
Treasurer Richard Luther reported on a modest but welcome balance of income over expenses in March. The full Treasurer's report will posted on the church website and in the parish hall across from the entrance to the lift and can be consulted by interested parishioners.
Bishop Search Committee
On Monday, April 22, the Standing Committee of the diocese will open applications for lay leaders and clergy to serve on the Search & Nomination Committee for the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago. Applications will be due by May 3, and the Standing Committee expects to announce the members of the committee on May 22.
Appointment to the 13 person team is open to both lay members and clergy who are able to commit an averages of 10 hours per week for 9 months to this effort that will include at least two weekend retreats as well as having the ability to communicate by e-mail and video meetings. Those interested must submit applications. The Standing Committee will make the selection.
A special Election Convention has been scheduled for June 20, 2020. Diocesan Convention delegates appointed or elected by each parish for the 2019 Convention will also serve at the special convention. That is because the November Convention will not be adjourned but recessed until reconvened in June.
A special edition of the Diocesan e-newsletter will be issued next week with the applications and further information about the process.
Four of our Ministry of Care Visitors will take part in the first Bishop Anderson House Online Spiritual Care Visitor Training program beginning on
May 4 at Emmanuel Church, Rockford.
In addition to this one day retreat and workshop session, they will spend
six months completing online modules and undertaking practical experience and supervision.
Bishop Anderson House has long provided this kind of lay chaplaincy training but this is the first hybrid program that can be done through online and distance learning.
2019 Parish Directory
It's that time of year again...please send any phone or address updates to Fräni at firstname.lastname@example.org - this is also a good time to verify birthdays and anniversaries!
|Grace Church will host three events in May:
May 2: The United Churches of Galena Board Meeting at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall.
May 16: The Rockford Deanery of the Diocese of Chicago at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall.
May 17: The Chicago Athaneum's poetry reading by the winner of the first James Gates Percival Prize for literature in the church from 3-5 pm. Open to the public.
Cooking with God's Bounty
Parmesan Lemon Zucchini
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 zucchinis, thinly sliced to 1/2-inch thick rounds
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Zest of 1 lemon
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic to the skillet, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Working in batches, add zucchini, thyme and lemon zest. Cook, flipping once, until golden, about 1-2 minutes on each side; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan and lemon juice.
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 2018-2020)
Worship Committee: Charlotte Stryker (class of 2022)
Formation and Spirituality: Elizabeth Ludescher (class of 2022)
Fellowship & Hospitality: Anita Sands (class of 2021)
Pastoral Care/LEMs: Bonnielynn Kreiser (class of 2020)
Tony Packard (class of 2021)
Communications: Larry Poston (class of 2020)
Governance: Wardens & Rector
Officers: Greg Serwich, Senior Warden
Lynn Giles, Junior Warden,
Richard Luther, Treasurer
Diann Marsh, Clerk
The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Parish Administrator: Fräni Beadle
Organist/Pianist: Robin French, Nancy Cook
Choir Director: Pat Terry
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Master of Ceremonies:
Molly Beadle & Jayme Frank
Pam Malik & Debbie Kallback
Greg & Karen Serwich
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
April 28, 2019
for your own study:
|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."
Midweek Morning Prayer
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
St. Francis Room
Morning Bible Study Parish House
|Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
For current and
upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:
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calendar on the new website
4/21 - Easter Brunch
4/28 - Available
5/5 - Available
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
o Carol Poston
o Charlotte Kennedy
who can assist you and connect you with parishioners who have trained and commited to this ministry that includes Parish Visitors, Meals, Rides, as well as the ongoing Servants through Prayer, LEMs, and the Greeting Card ministry.
: Carol Poston, Charlotte Kennedy
Gloria Hopewell, Linda Packard
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