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
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.
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!
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.
: A song of praise and thanksgiving for God's forgiveness, healing and goodness.
: 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.
: 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?
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE AND TEC
BISHOP SEARCH UPDATE
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.
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
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.
NOTE FROM JIM McCRAE, UCG BOARD PRESIDENT
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.
Formation News -- Inviting Opportunity
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.
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
Staff: Robin French, Director of Music
Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
Chris Ludescher, Nursery Attendant
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Charlotte Stryker & Pat Golden
Tom & Karlyn VanGelder
The Rev. Linda Packard
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
September 1, 2019
|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."
*Cursillo & Bible Study are on summer
break and resume
after Labor Day.*
9:00 am Vestry
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
9 am-1 pm
All are welcome!
|The choir is on recess until September 8.
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9/15--Outreach Ministries for visit of Bp. Joseph
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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