Grace Episco pal Church
Week of August 12, 2018  
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost  
10:30 am
This week, try the "Caring" tab to read about our  

click here:  Outreach

Don Mason  
Mary Foltz
Pat & Joe Terry
Steve & Renee Dowe  

The Rev. Linda Packard presides on August 12 and is available for pastoral emergencies. 
Parishioner News  

Come to church this Sunday to send Lillie off for her first year of college.  
Lillie will leave on Tuesday, August 14 for Iowa State in Ames.
Rector's Ramblings 
Miles at Golf Camp

And Grandma's job is driving! Fortunately, not the covered wagon! 
George & Miles

4 Eagle Ranch

See you in next week!
Preparation for Sunday  
1 Kings 19:4-8: A despondent Elijah is hiding out in the desert, but God provides food for him, and then instructs him to get up and he travels to Horeb the mountain of God.
Psalm 34:1-8: A Psalm of thanksgiving and praise in which the psalmist encourages others to join him in praising God for God's redemption and salvation, and in which worshippers are encouraged to "taste and see" that God is good.
Ephesians 4:25-5:2: The apostle instructs the Ephesians believers on how to live as true followers of Christ. He encourages them to be honest with one another, to speak to one another in edifying ways, and to avoid anger, shouting and slander, choosing instead the way of forgiveness and compassion.
John 6:35, 41-51: Jesus proclaims himself as the bread of life, and responds to his critics by comparing the life that he gives to the manna that their ancestors ate in the wilderness - which could not keep them from death. Rather, Jesus, says, he gives life that does not end, and he reveals God to those who are drawn to him.

It doesn't take much thinking to recognise the benefits of living as Paul describes in our homes and communities. What we might not always realise, though, is that it is when we live like this that we make a positive impact on the world. As we follow the Bread of Life and live in ways that bring life to our families, friends, neighbours, strangers, and even enemies, we become little "breads of life" to our world. As we live in ways that extend Christ's invitation to others, so they begin to find life and compassion, forgiveness and restoration through us. And it starts with the small things like being honest, speaking graciously and being quick to forgive. As these simple daily acts become the habits by which we live, we find ourselves growing to the point where love for our enemies, even to the extent of grief at their suffering, becomes a regular feature of our lives as well. This Christlikeness, lived out daily, then contributes to the compassion, integrity and healing of our small section of the world, and becomes like a pebble dropped in a pond, spreading ripples out into the world. It's rather like Gandhi suggested: we become the change we want to see. If we long for a world that begins to reveal God's Reign on earth "as it is in heaven" this is the first step to becoming co-workers with God to make that happen.
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Ministry of Care News 
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)

There will be a short meeting for Lay Eucharistic Ministers in the chapel immediately after church on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Our agenda will be a review of our current practices and suggestions for changes/improvements. Contact Bonnielynn Kreiser (815-777-1468) with any questions.
Outreach Ministry News 
Episcopal Relief and Development
is one of the international agencies supported by Grace Church. Here is a recent press release on efforts related to California wildfires that our donations contribute to: 
Episcopal Relief & Development is partnering with the Diocese of Northern California to provide emergency support to help the most vulnerable in communities impacted by the Carr Fire that started on July 23.  The agency is providing support for rental assistance, short-term storage for recovered belongings, food, gasoline and replacement of lost household supplies.
"The diocese and congregations are working together taking into account lessons from last year's devastating fires," said Katie Mears, Senior Director of Episcopal Relief & Development's US Disaster Program. "It is heartening to witness the church work together at all levels to monitor the fires, assess damage and help those most in need."
The largest of the 17 wildfires currently burning throughout the state, the Carr Fire is heading west after tearing through Redding, a city located approximately 200 miles north of San Francisco. Evacuations began in the middle of the night on Thursday, July 26 which included many parishioners as well as their church, All Saints' Episcopal Church in Redding, California. The fire is considered only 30 percent contained as of Tuesday, but at this time, the evacuation orders for All Saints' neighborhood have been lifted, enabling clergy and leaders to return and reopen the church on Wednesday.
The Carr Fire, which the authorities said was caused by a mechanical failure in a vehicle, has grown to cover 110,000 acres by July 31. The blaze has killed at least six people as of August 1 and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.
Parish House Update 
They cut through the stone this week, so we will have the entrance from the church to the new parish hall.
Interior entrance from church to Parish House 
Really exciting and yes, the floor is at the same height between the church and the new building (had our fingers crossed this would work out as planned). The indentation in the concrete at the front door of the new building will have a mat designed for that spot which will complete the floor height.
The A/C units are all upon the deck now - rock free zone.
Insulation is being installed. The drains worked great with the recent rains. There is power for the lift which will be along the end of August.
The battens are on the front of the building which gives the structure a
Board and batten look with lower window frames 
very different look. The first floor window frames are painted to match the bronze trim.
The front door has been ordered now as it is supposed to be built. Still working out a couple of lock details in relation t o the push bar on the inside of the door.

The interior design team is working on the kitchen details and colors inside.

Thanks a ll.
Pete Stryker
(C) 312 504 8268

PB Curry Update 

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry is resting comfortably following surgery on Tuesday, July 31. According to the Presiding Bishop's family and his medical team, the surgery went well, as had been expected. Bishop Curry is resting, and a full recovery continues to be anticipated.

On July 25 Presiding Bishop Curry shared news that he had recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and would be having surgery to remove the prostate gland.

Presiding Bishop Curry and his family are touched by the outpouring of prayers and well wishes. In their thankfulness, they ask for privacy during his recovery.
Vestry Liaisons

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

Worship:                               Rector                        
Building and Grounds:        
Pete Stryker (Sr. Warden 2017-2019)   
Worship Committee:            Pam Malik
(class of 2019)             
and Spirituality:
  Greg Serwich (Jr. Warden 2018-2019)   
Fellowship & Hospitality:     Anita Sands (class of 2021)                 
Pastoral Care/ LEMs:           Bonnielynn Kreiser (class of 2020)  
Outreach:                             Tony Packard (class of 2021)
                                             Deb Pausz (class of 2019)               
Communications:                 Larry Poston (class of 2020)
Governance:                        Wardens & Rector 

Officers:                Pete Stryker, Senior Warden             
                     Greg Serwich, Junior Warden
                     R ichard Luther, Treasurer                    
                     Elizabeth Ludescher, Clerk      
Rect or :                          The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell           
Administrative Asst.:      Fräni Beadle  
Organist/Pianist:            Robin French, Nancy Cook        
Choir Director:               Pat Terry
Grace Galena Sermon 11th after Pentecost 
Grace Galena Sermon 11th after Pentecost
The sermon audios along with recent archives can also be accessed on the new Grace website under the worship tab or here at: sermons   
In This Issue
Meetings this Week
Choir Schedule
Coffee Hour Reminders
Boring Details
This Sunday 
August 12, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
12th Sunday after Pentecost 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the Service:
Greg Serwich
1st Chalicist:
Bill Boehler
2nd Chalicist: 
Elizabeth Ludescher
Lillie Anderson
Vestry Coordinator:
Pam Malik
Amy Hardwicke
Altar Guild:
Alice Maffit & Frani Beadle
Presider: Rev. Linda Packard

Next Sunday's
13th after Pentecost
August 19, 2018
Eucharistic readings
for your own study: 
Proverbs 9:1-6   
Psalm 34:9-14       
Ephesians 5:15-20 
John 6:51-58
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 (No meetings in August)
All are welcome!
Grace's Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
(Choir practice will resume in September)
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:    
August  OR check out the goog le
calendar on the new website
Sermons and e-Blasts 
Copies of sermons and e-Blasts are available on the Narthex table.
Comments on this e-Blast may be sent here

Sermons are often posted as audio files on the rector's Facebook page.  
Sunday Social Hour Hosts
** If you put out trash, please put in a secure trash can. Thanks to all for your cooperation. **
8/12 - Marsh
8/19 - Davis
8/26 - Hansen/Beadle 
R eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates are provided. Use what you need from our pantry to the right of the coffee maker.  Remember: Keep it simple. We usually have about 20-25 attending.
  **Coffee schedule sign up is in  the Parish House kitchen.**
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

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

Grace Episcopal Church Office:
309 Hill Street
Galena, IL 61036