Grace Episcopal Church
11th after Pentecost
August 25, 2019
10:30 a m

Alice Maffit
Eric Kallback
Bill & Mary Foltz
Coming Right Up! 
Choir Mini-Retreat
Music Director Robin French invites all choir members and all who might be interested in being part of the choir to attend a mini-retreat at the church on Saturday, August 25 from 10 am - 1 pm.
     This will be an opportunity to talk about plans for the months ahead as we begin the fall season and to try out the newly arranged choir area now on the epistle side of the church.

Coffee hour with film attached! Plus!
Prepare for our Bishop's Visitation

#1:  Our coffee hour this coming Sunday, August 25, after the morning Eucharist, will bring not only the usual refreshments but a film from our most recent diocesan convention.  The keynoter at the convention was Ray Suarez, well-known Chicago broadcast journalist and a lifetime Episcopalian, speaking about the future of the church.  In a lively and wide-ranging talk, Suarez called attention to recent demographic trends and the challenges they pose, not only to the Episcopal Church but mainline denominations generally.   
    Our bishop Jeffrey Lee has asked us to acquaint you with this talk and to be prepared to discuss it during his visit to us on Sunday, September 8, specifically in terms of two questions:
  • What opportunities for growth and vitality do we see n our congregation?
  • What help do we need to meet these opportunities?
If you are unable to attend coffee hour this Sunday, we ask that you go the diocesan website to access Suarez's talk online:

But if at all possible, do join us Sunday and stay after church for community conversation in advance of, and preparation for, Bishop Lee's visit. 
Diocesan Convention 2018: Ray Suarez Keynote Address
Diocesan Convention 2018: Ray Suarez Keynote Address
At the 2018 Diocesan Convention, Suarez addressed a rapidly approaching tipping point--the year 2044, when demographers predict that a majority of Americans will be members of minority groups--and what it means for the church.
      "It's going to have a tremendous bearing on the future of The Episcopal Church," says Suarez. "What kind of church do we want to be? If we, as a church, are successful in speaking to that new American mix, we'll be one kind of church. If not, we'll be on life support by the end of the 21st century."

#2:  400th anniversary of the landing of the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Bishop James B. Magness invite Episcopal churches to take part in a national action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans by tolling their bells for one minute on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET.
     Bp. Curry said,"I'm inviting us as The Episcopal Church to join in this commemoration as part of our continued work of racial healing and reconciliation. At 3:00 pm [2:00 CDT] we can join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all."

Bishop Lee's Visitation will take place on Sunday, September 8th. He will visit with St. Paul's Savanna at its service and arrive at Grace in time for our 10:30 service of Holy Eucharist. He will preach and preside as well as receive people into the Episcopal Church.  
     As this will be his last visitation prior to his scheduled retirement in August 2020, we will have a special coffee hour/lunch and spend our time together in conversation and fellowship rather than i n asking him to present a program. He will also meet with the Vestry.
Rector's Ramblings   
For some reason, I am thinking about sabbath today. No doubt it is partly because I've been studying the Gospel for Sunday's sermon about Jesus being scolded for healing on the Sabbath. But, it is equally because I have been lingering on the front porch on this day off. It is a perfect day--amazingly cool for August, with the blue, blue sky with puffy white clouds, a refreshing breeze. Just the kind of day that calls me to put up my feet, read and dream, soak in--and be thankful for--the beauty.  
      And yet, duty calls, too. I can't sit too much longer. Particularly since I overdid it yesterday trying to get ahead so that I could sit on the porch today. But that hope evaporated with just one thoughtless stroke of a button. I touched "no" instead of "yes" when asked if I wanted to save my file. And away went a good hour or two of work that must be redone. Far more important things interrupt Sabbath, of course. This one is fixable, though those hours are gone.
      In the life of a priest, the things that intrude on a Sabbath day are more like important meetings that cannot be held at another time, calls to the hospital for a pastoral need, and--too often--just not getting the work done earlier in the week (a matter of planning and discipline, or just too many things happening in the same timeframe).
      This is true of all of us in our world today. Some need to work two jobs to make ends meet. Some are caring for family members when not at work. Even those of you who are "retired" are actively involved in important activities at work, in the community. How do we keep Sabbath?
      Mind you, I am not suggesting that we discontinue worshiping together on Sunday mornings. But when we are unable to set aside a regular full day, what are other ways that we can keep Sabbath? I'm thinking it is a matter of heart and mind more than it is a specific place or a duty. When can we put aside our lists? If we cannot let go of worries, maybe we can turn them into prayers. Sometimes particular places and rituals help. Other times, being mindful and making room for whatever comes our way can make these moments of Sabbath, too. Just by being deeply attentive and open.
     Well, I'm not sure I can return to the church office and make the redoing of my lost work a moment of Sabbath. But who knows?
See you in church!
Preparation for Sunday  
For these Sundays in August, our hymns will be those requested by the congregation, most from our 1982 hymnal, but at least one each week from another source. Thanks to those who submitted requests.

God promises goodness and honour for God's people if they will act justly and honour the Sabbath.
Psalm 103:1-8: A song of praise and thanksgiving for God's forgiveness, healing and goodness.
Hebrews 12:18-29: Unlike the people of Israel who were afraid of God's appearing at the mountain, followers of Christ have been invited into God's grace and the joyous community of worship in Christ. We have received an unshakeable kingdom, and must be careful to listen to Christ's words, and worship God in thankfulness.
Luke 13:10-17: Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath, incurring the criticism of the synagogue leader. Jesus points out that everyone 'works' on the Sabbath, and that it is right and good that she should be freed.

Jesus spoke about his followers being "in the world but not of it". This was not a call to "otherworldliness" or to check out of the world as we wait for heaven. It is a reflection of the reality that as individuals and churches we face the daily temptation to adopt the broken values and practices of the world around us. It is a call to live the values and practices of God's Sabbath Kingdom within the societies and communities in which we find ourselves. It is all too easy for us to become driven by the same idols of success, wealth and convenience that the affluent sections of our global society embrace - and all too many churches and theological systems have done just this. But, if we are to be Sabbath/Kingdom people, we are to step out of this system, embracing rather the rhythms of justice - meaningful work, joyful rest, compassionate service, generous sharing, and a commitment to equity and compassion. In small but powerful ways we can change the world by living these values in our communities - by worshipping in venues of simple reverence; by adopting technology, practices and programs for their usefulness, not their "sexiness" or fashionableness; by sharing what we have with the people around us, rather than using our wealth to aggrandise ourselves; by using our influence in society to ensure protection for the most vulnerable and needy among us; and by working for a more equitable society using all the tools at our disposal, from votes to prayer. Who are those who have been crippled by the weight of the world's unjust and inequitable systems? How can we allow the Sabbath to become a healing and liberating experience for them and us?

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Several listening sessions have been scheduled across the Diocese to enable churches and members to have input on the profile that will be prepared for potential candidates. Listening sessions will focus on how you see God at work in the diocese, what challenges we face together, and what we seek in our next bishop. 
      In our Deanery, one will take place on September 7 at St. Peter's in Sycamore, Illinois.
Electing Convention Scheduled for June 20 
St. James Cathedral in Chicago
The Special Convention for the Election of the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago is scheduled to take place on June 20, 2020 at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. At the convention, clergy and lay delegates will cast ballots in accordance with the constitution and canons of the diocese.
       A slate of candidates for bishop will be presented to the diocese in April. After the slate is announced, additional candidates may be added to the slate by petition. Before the electing convention, people across the diocese will have the opportunity to meet the candidates in forums called walkabouts.
        The Standing Committee will announce more information about the electing convention, including the delegate certification process, soon.
Worship Ministries News  
  Nave Rearrangement
On Monday afternoon, August 26, the pews that were removed to make way for the new choir, piano, and organ configuration, will be attached to their new locations at the rear of the Gospel side of the nave. So, everything is expected to be in position well before the Bishop's Visitation! Thanks to Robin for the workable solution, and to the heavy lifters from Buildings & Grounds for making it happen!
Sound System Opportunity   
You may not be aware of this ministry--except when things go wrong and we hear squawks or silence through the speakers in the midst of the readings or sermon--or some random instructions meant for the Altar Party are broadcast from the sacristy or altar.
POWER at your fingertips! 
    Most of the time all goes well because we have had devoted individuals who stand at the sound console in the rear of the nave with a bulletin in one hand and a finger poised to adjust a control for the lecturn or one of the body mics worn by the clergy and chalicist. Phil Jackman and his back-up Joe Terry have done this for many years. Then, as Phil's travel schedule increased in retirement, Michael Kennedy stepped up to the plate.
     We have received a very reasonable request from Michael to see if we can develop a team to rotate this responsibility on Sundays. It is not terribly complicated, but is a very important part of assuring that our liturgy is as smooth as can be. Could you help, maybe once a month? If so, please contact the Rector. 
Outreach Ministries Update 
Tour of ARC's New Facility
Sunday, August 25th is the last Sunday to sign up
for the Private Tour of the new ARC site that was  offered by Dave Decker. The sign-up sheet is in the entry way to the Parish Hall. The ARC was extremely happy with the school supplies and check.  The school supplies are currently being used and new and exciting creations are happening.  So please take this opportunity  to visit the new site.  I will let you know the date chosen as soon as possible. Any questions, call  or email Donna Davis.
Bishop Joseph's Visit
We have just learned that Bishop Joseph from the Diocese of Renk, South Sudan will visit Grace on Sunday, September 15. The Outreach Ministries will host the coffee hour on that day. Further details will be forthcoming.
Riverbend Mobile Food Pantry  
will be in Galena once again on Saturday, September 7. Food will be distributed at Crossroads Community Church beginning at 10:30 am. Volunteers are always needed and should plan to arrive at 10 am. 
To the United Churches:
You will remember that Jerry Howard of the Chamber of Commerce did a presentation to the United Churches in May, looking for volunteers to serve in the Chamber's funnel cake booth at Country Fair this fall in exchange for a share of the profits. The Chamber is still seeking additional volunteers, so please get the word out to your congregations. This could be a relatively easy fundraiser for you.  
     If you come up any volunteers, please contact Jerry with their names. His mail is <>.
Formation News -- Inviting Opportunity 
E ducation for Ministry
The Grace EfM Group is set for the 2019-2020 year and there is room for additional members.  Have you thought about starting EfM?  Maybe this is the year to do it. Did you start EfM somewhere else, perhaps in the old format? Maybe this is the year to continue.  It's even possible to retak
 e one of the years in the new format.
If you are curious and want more information , please contact the EfM mentor, Lynn Giles (phone: 815-757-2011, email:
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 

Staff:                              Robin French, Director of Music
                                      Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
                                      Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
                      Chris Ludescher, Nursery Attendant      
This Sunday 
August 25, 2019
Sunday Morning  
    Pentecost 11       
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Steve Coates
1st Chalicist:
Bill Boehler
2nd Chalicist: 
Karlyn VanGelder
Elizabeth Ludescher
Vestry Coordinator:
Lynn Giles
Maren Coates
Altar Guild:
Charlotte Stryker & Pat Golden
Tom & Karlyn VanGelder
The Rev. Linda Packard
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell

Next Sunday's
Pentecost 12
September 1, 2019
Eucharistic readings
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 
*Cursillo & Bible Study are on summer  
break and resume  
after Labor Day.*  
8:30 am
Formation Ministries  
9:00 am  Vestry 
Wednesday Events  
7:30 am
Midweek Eucharist
8:10 am
Community Breakfast at Victory CafĂ©    
9:30 am
Outreach Ministries
9 am-1 pm  
Choir Mini-Retreat
All are welcome!
Grace's Choir Practice
The choir is on recess until September 8.
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, check out the goog le 
calendar on the website
Sunday Social Hour Hosts

9/8--Vestry/Bishop's   Visitation
9/15--Outreach Ministries for visit of Bp. Joseph  
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!  

News and Photos
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People want to know
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Audio files of sermons are posted on the Grace Church website as well as in the next week's e-Blast. They also may be found on the church's FB page. 
Paper copies are available upon re
Grace Galena Mass in the Grass 2019 P11C 
Grace Galena Mass in the Grass 6th after Pentecost 2019 
Grace Galena P12C 2019 Sermon 
Grace Galena 8th after 2019 Sermon

Grace Galena 9th after Pentecost 2019 Sermon 
Grace Galena 9th after Pentecost 2019 Sermon

Grace Galena P15C Sermon 2019 
Grace Galena 10th after Pentecost Sermon 2019
   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

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