Grace Episcopal Church 
5th Sunday in Lent
April 7, 2019 10:30am
Rik & Jennie Fjelde
Ruth Beegle
Venoncia Baté 
Coming Right Up! 
Theological Thrillers  
Saturday, April 6, 2-4 pm in the Parish Hall.  
Short Meditative Pieces, discover   &  discuss the poets' thoughts on Lent & Christianity. No "homework," copies available at session.
  For more information or to sign up, please contact Bill Foltz at 608 759-2088 or  
Lenten Soup and Supper Continues on Tuesdays  
Each Tuesday, a brief session of  Taize Prayer
will take place prior to the soup supper.
5:30 pm in the Galena UMC sanctuary .
    This Tuesday, April 9, Grace Church will host the Lenten Soup and Supper. Please sign up to help serve or to bring accompaniments to the soup. 
    The sixth and final session takes place on Tuesday of Holy Week. 
We meet at Galena United Methodist Church with the soup supper at 6pm and discussion at 6:45 pm, ending by 7:30 pm.   
Holy Week Schedule 
Palm Sunday--Sunday, April 14 at 10:30 am 
Weather permitting, gather by 10:25 am in the parking lot for the blessing of the Palms, palm procession, and Holy Eucharist.
Maundy Thursday, April 18: 
  5:30 pm-- Agapé Meal in the Parish House. Please sign up for attendance and a dish for the meal in the Narthex or Parish House
foyer or call t he church office.  
7 pm--Footwashing, Eucharist, Stripping of Altar & Relocation of Sacrament; followed by Vigil in the Garden of Repose until midnight.
Good Friday, April 19 at 7 pm:
 12 noon--United Churches of Galena service at The Galena United Methodist Church.
7 pm--Liturgy at Grace with St. John's Passion, Veneration of the Cross, and communion from the reserved sacrament.
Rector's Ramblings 
Today, I turn this space over to Lynn Giles, Junior Warden for some exciting news coming out of the Formation Committee, Vestry Retreat, and now approved for going forward by the Vestry with a completion date of June 1.

See you in church!

Pop-Up Soft Spaces (AKA "Pray Grounds)
Children enjoy church services more if they can see and hear what is happening at the altar. For that reason, there is an open space between the altar and the formal seating at the Eucharist during our Diocesan Conventions. The children can be involved in quiet activities while seeing and hearing the whole service in a soft and safe place.
       During this year's Vestry Retreat, a small group set a goal of developing a similar space at Grace. Since we don't have children present all the time, we will use the "pop-up concept" - a pop-up nursery in the Parish Hall and a pop-up kids' space beneath the pulpit. This concept allows for rapid set-up and dismantling of the elements of the space that includes our present activity bags for the children. It does not require permanent structural change.  
      We are still working on the details and will welcome input from members of Grace. Meanwhile, below are two rough, preliminary, and amateur sketches of what we have in mind.  
"Pray Ground" for Nave 
Nursery for Parish Hall 

Lynn Giles, Junior Warden
Preparation for Sunday  
On Lenten Sundays, it is our practice at Grace Church to use the Rite1 penitential order of worship that is appropriate to the season. The colors of vestments and paraments are purple, the crosses are veiled, and the silver communion ware and brass candlesticks are replaced. Stark twigs take the place of flowers. No "alleluias" are used, and the service music is more somber and majestic to reflect the Lenten themes.
Isaiah 43:16-21: The God who has saved Israel in the past invites God's people to believe that a new salvation is coming for them in their exile.
Psalm 126:  A psalm celebrating the return of exiles to Jerusalem, and asking for God's grace as they seek to rebuild their lives and their homeland.
Philippians 3:4b-14: Paul, who has every reason to trust in his goodness under the law, explains why he chooses rather to trust in Christ for his righteousness, and how he commits to continually striving to reach the reward that is promised in Christ.
John 12:1-8: In Bethany, Mary anoints Jesus' feet with expensive perfume. Judas, however is unimpressed.

In a rather startling turn, right before Jesus' enters his period of suffering, the Lenten readings move us to a place of joy and celebration. Isaiah promises the exiles a new salvation of God; the psalm celebrates this salvation as it is realised; Paul celebrates the righteousness he has found in Christ, which far surpasses the value of the "goodness" he enjoyed under the law; and Mary celebrates Jesus and her extravagant love for him through this almost embarrassing public display. This can be quite shocking in the midst of the discipline and confession that usually characterises the Lenten period. But, the message is clear - the journey through the desert is a journey toward life and joy, for it leads us to recognise, and own for ourselves, the truth that Christ brings us salvation - life in all its fullness. Mary, Paul and the people of Israel all received this gift with tremendous joy, and wild expressions of love. This passionate worship of the Saviour, is a challenge to us to allow our faith to be not just of the head, but of the heart, and not just of the way of justice, judgment or righteousness, but also of the way of joy, celebration and appreciation. And, although Jesus proclaims Mary's act as a preparation for his burial - with the shadow of the cross looming over this scene - the promise of God's life, and the demonstration that neither evil nor death can extinguish the love of Christ, give cause for celebration even as we prepare to remember the sacrifice.
The thumbnails and reflections excerpted from
Worship Ministries 
Easter Flowers
The sign-up sheet for Easter lilies and flowering plants is in the Narthex and Parish House foyer.  The cost for an Easter lily is $15.00.  Please sign-up and help make the church look festive this Easter Sunday.
Formation Ministries  
Imagine "Entering the Passion of Jesus" with a Jewish scholar! For six Tuesday evenings we will delve into this study by Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. All sessions will take place at Galena United Methodist Church with the soup supper at 6pm and discussion at 6:45pm. Please join us!
April 9         The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
 Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church
April 16        Gethsemane: Risking Temptation
Hosted by Galena United Methodist Church
Movie Night: Grand Canyon, Friday April 12th
Our next movie will be "Grand Canyon", a unique film starring Kevin Kline, Mary McDonnell, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Mary-Louise Parker and Alfre Woodard. It illustrates the fulfillment that can come from recognizing miracles and the natural human inclination to help others, notwithstanding the barriers dividing us, especially in modern times and large urban areas like Los Angeles. The cast, under the direction of Lawrence Kasdan ("The Big Chill"), skillfully portrays how we can be totally consumed with our daily lives and concerns until confronted, or saved, by a "miracle". Also, on rare occasions, a transforming transcendence can yank us from our natural predilection to dwell on our aspirations and anxieties. In this secular movie, that occurs at the southern rim of the Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon 1991 Movie 
Grand Canyon 1991 Movie
Of course, as Christians seeking the Kingdom of God amongst us, we too can find transcendence at the Grand Canyon, or beneath a dark night sky covered by a canopy of stars, or even in the eyes of a baby. We also can find it in worship, prayer, and scripture or, perhaps most importantly, in being Jesus to others, especially to those outside the doors of our churches. Similar to water and wind in the Grand Canyon, we possess the God given power to change the earth.
As usual, Movie Night will begin at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring your own snack if you wish to (quietly) dine during the movie. Coffee and hot water (for tea) will be provided.
Administrator's Notes 
2019 Parish Directory
It's that time of year again...please send any phone or address updates to Fräni at - this is also a good time to verify birthdays and anniversaries!
Cooking with God's Bounty 
Asparagus Casserole
  • 2 pounds Asparagus , fresh
  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 8 ounces Gruyere grated
  • 6 Hard-boiled eggs
  • 6 slices Bacon cooked
  • 10 RITZ crackers crumbled
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Trim the asparagus ends. Divide into two bunches and wrap each bunch of asparagus in a wet paper towel.
  3. One at a time microwave the asparagus bunches for 2-3 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave) until the asparagus is tender but still has a crunch to it.
  4. Place the asparagus in the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish keeping about ¼ of it aside for the top of the casserole..
  5. Thinly slice the eggs and place them on top of the asparagus. Sprinkled with chopped bacon.
  6. In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat, melt the butter and then quickly whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until the roux turns a light golden brown and then whisk in the milk and water.
  7. Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth. Add the salt and continue to cook until the sauce begins to thicken, 5-7 minutes.
  8. Add the cheese continue to stir until it is fully incorporated.
  9. Pour the sauce over the bacon, eggs, and asparagus. Place the remaining asparagus on top of the sauce and sprinkle with the RITZ cracker crumbs.
  10. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the sauce is bubbling and the cracker crumbles are lightly browned.
  11. Remove and serve.
Vestry Liaisons

V estry Liaisons' primary purpose is to assure two-way communications between the various ministries and the  Vestry,  to represent the ministries for resources or  policy issues, and to  support  their  events  an d activities.

Worship:                               Rector                       
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)  
Outreach:                             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     
This Sunday 
In This Issue
Coming Right Up!
Taking Note of This Sunday
Next Sunday's Readings
Grace's Prayer List
Meetings this Week
Choir Schedule
Ministry of Care
Ministry of Care
Boring Details
April 7, 2019
Sunday Morning  
Lent 5   
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Steve Coates
1st Chalicist:
Elizabeth Ludescher
2nd Chalicist: 
Lynn Giles
Donna Davis
Vestry Coordinator:
Bonnielynn Kreiser
Cathie Elsbree
Altar Guild:
Ann Berry & Amy Hardwicke
The Very Rev. Gloria Hopewell

Next Sunday's
Palm Sunday
April 14, 2019
Eucharistic readings
for your own study:   
Isaiah 50:4-9a   
Psalm 31:9-16      
Philippians 2:5-11    
Luke 23: 1-49 
Grace's Prayer List
For a current prayer list, click on the following link:
Grace Prayer List


The 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."
Meetings this Week 
Wednesday Events  
7:30 am
Midweek Morning Eucharist
8:10 am
Community Breakfast at Victory Café   
Cursillo Reunion  
St. Francis Room
10:30 am
Morning Bible Study Parish House
All are welcome!
Grace's Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:    
April  OR check out the goog le
calendar on the new website
Sunday Social Hour Hosts

4/7 - Jackman/Cook
4/14 - Available
4/21 - Easter Brunch
4/28 - Available  
5/5 - Available 
R eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates are provided. Use what you need from our pantry Remember: Keep it simple. We usually have about 35-40 attending.

  **Coffee schedule sign up is on the bulletin board in the Parish House.**
Formation Schedule  
You can now get information on Formation Ministries directly from the new Grace website at the following links: Children and Youth Adults
Spiritual Practices

Ministry of Care 
If you are in need of assistance while ill or recovering: meals, transportation, visits, please contact the
Ministry of Care
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.

Ministry of Care Leadership Team: Facilitators :  Carol Poston, Charlotte Kennedy
Clergy Advisors: Gloria Hopewell, Linda Packard

Sermons and e-Blasts 
News and prayer requests: 
Sunday Bulletin -- Wed. end of day.
e-Blast: Thursday noon. 

Anniversaries and Birthdays
Have your celebrations been missed in our bulletins?   Send to Frani.
Thank y ou!  

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People want to know
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Grace Galena Lent 4C 2019 Sermon 
Grace Galena Lent 4C 2019 Sermon
Grace Galena Sermon Lent 3C 2019 
Grace Galena Sermon Lent 3C 2019
Grace Galena Sermon Lent 2C 2019 
Grace Galena Sermon Lent 2C 2019

   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

Grace Episcopal Church Office:
107 S. Prospect Street
Galena, IL 61036