Grace Episco pal Church
Week of August 26, 2018  
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost  
10:30 am

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Anniversaries:
Bill & Mary Foltz  

 
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THIS SUNDAY, August 26,
during the closing hymn and postlude, we will process to the Resurrection Garden to consecrate the ground where the ashes of those who have died will be put to rest
 
Coming Right Up! 
Canapés & Conversations  
 
This month, the event will be held at the home of Dave & JoAnn Mikelson at 5 Haven Lane in the Galena Territory this Friday, August 24th from 5-7pm. Please bring a nibble and a beverage to share. All are welcome!
  
If you are interested in hosting, please contact Cathie Elsbree at  
 
Galena's Country Fair
Grace church has the opportunity to volunteer serving walking tacos in the Grab n Go booth next to the Wine Garden (bonus)! On Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 5pm, 16 volunteers are needed, taking 2 hour shifts or 8 volunteers willing to take 4 hour shifts. Entrance to the fair is free for volunteers and Grace Church will receive $10 for every hour for each volunteer. Please contact Fräni Beadle in the church office if you are interested in helping.  
Rector's Ramblings 
There were some very special events that took place with Grace people this past week.

First, of course, was the Teresa Hannaman and Dan Burke wedding before an overflowing church of--conservatively--nearly 190! And a wedding party of 15! Still, we managed to fit everyone in, and the ceremony went smoothly--and Teresa and Dan Burke became wife and husband. I was delighted to participate. Here are some photos: 

Mr,. & Mrs. Burke

Relaxed bridegroom and groom's attendants!
Vows


                                    

The second event was Pat Terry's performance in a reading of "4,000 Miles" at the Galena Center for the Arts. Pat was magnificent as Vera, the grandmother.












One of the exciting things about Grace Church is the involvement of its members in the Galena community, in so very many ways. Teresa is known far and wide through her work at the Gazette, her Kiwanis activities and, of course, her children's and youth ministries at Grace. Pat is such a highly respected musician and actor, known throughout the area for directing and performing.

And, our members are everywhere--volunteering their time and their talents on boards, as docents, as artists and performers, serving others through the Food Pantry, Women and Friends, and the ARC, the library, and the Medical Center. Bringing joy and loving kindness to all. I am so pleased to know you--and to be your rector!

See you in church!
Gloria+
Preparation for Sunday  
READINGS
Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18: Joshua challenges the people of Israel to choose which god they will serve, and the people affirm their commitment to the God of their ancestors who brought them out of Egypt.
Psalm 34:15-22: A celebration of the way God watches over the righteous and saves them, but opposes the wicked and brings them down.
Ephesians 6:10-20: The apostle encourages the Ephesian believers to recognise that their struggle is not against human beings, but against spiritual forces of evil, and in order to stay strong they need to put on God's armour and remain faithful in prayer. Then he asks them to pray for him as he seeks to spread the Gospel.
John 6:56-69: Jesus proclaims that he is the bread that came down from heaven, and that whoever eats his flesh and drinks his blood will remain in Christ and Christ in them. Then many disciples grumble and even start leaving, but when Jesus asks the twelve if they want to go too, Peter answers that they have nowhere else to go, because Jesus has the words of eternal life.

This week is all about choices. On the one hand there is the choice to abandon our devotion to God and God's ways. In the Gospel, many of Jesus' followers find his call to be completely united with him - to believe that he is the source of life and to take him into their beings - too much to handle and they abandon Jesus. But, his disciples, although they may be feeling like they want to go, recognise that life is found in Christ and so remain faithful. In the Old Testament related reading, Joshua calls the people to choose where they will put their devotion, while making his own commitment to God clear and public. In a similar way, Psalm 34 describes the differences between those who stay faithful to God and those who are "wicked". Linked with our choice to follow Jesus there is a call to prayer in this week's Lectionary. In the famous passage from Ephesians, Paul calls the believers to prepare themselves for the attacks of evil by putting on God's armour (making a choice to stay faithful), and he calls them to prayer for themselves and for him as he seeks to spread the Gospel.  The theme this week is simple and clear: everyday we will be faced with the choice to remain faithful to Christ or to turn away, and we will need the intimacy with God that comes through prayer and through sharing in the life of Christ to remain true to our calling. In a world where religion is being questioned and falling out of fashion, and in which many parts of the Church are in decline, this choice, and the call to prayer, are as important as ever.
 
The thumbnails come from sacredise.com,
Formation Ministries News 
Five Church Program 
Grace has been invited to participate in a four Thursday series meant to help us get to know more about the faith traditions of the other four churches with which we often participate in discussion groups and in worship. These are Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran (ELCA). Beginning September 13 at 6:30 pm, we will gather at the Galena United Methodist church. Each week, a different denomination will be featured.
 
Theological Thrillers
 We are now unveiling our 2018-2019 season. This fall will be devoted to C. S. Lewis's "space trilogy" (three interplanetary novels with a theological theme), with Larry Poston and Mary Lou Smith as discussion leaders. We'll take time out with a session on a little-read long story ("The Escaped Cock") by D. H. Lawrence, Bill Boehler leading the discussion. Drop in and out of the season as you wish but plan to do the reading whenever you do come. Opening session is on C. S. Lewis's novel, Out of the Silent Planet, on Saturday, September 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the parish hall.
 
For further information on the fall schedule, click here, or ask Larry Poston ( lsposton@uic.edu ) for a copy of the year's plans. Winter and spring meetings have not yet been scheduled.
Outreach News 
The Furniture Ministry
 
Steve Barg presented a Mission Moment during worship on August 19 updating the congregation on the work of the Furniture Ministry in assisting those area families who have no beds, kitchen tables, or sofas. The Grace Church Outreach Ministries provided a donation of $1,000 to support these efforts. 
 
Mark Your Calendars 
Some upcoming events in the fall you may want to note:

Sunday, October 7:  World Communion Sunday at the Galena Arts Center; shared ecumenical worship with Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran churches.

Thursday, October 11: Bp. Joseph from the Diocese of Renk, Sudan, will be with us. Details to follow.
 
Parish House Update 
 
Good progress this week.
 
The interior wall board is installed and is in process of being finished - seam tape and mud to cover seams. I think this will all be completed some time next week. Been mostly a wallboard week in the structure.

The second floor top of stairs window has arrived and been installed.
Window and siding above entrance
 
The siding on that part of the front is finished and the only siding remaining to finish will be around the gothic windows - need the framing for those to come in so this detail can be completed.
 
We are tossing around ideas on ceiling attached sound muffling panels to help those with hearing aids to more clearly pick up conversations. Not sure as to final direction.
 
Been working on analog to digital converter question for the phone in the lift. I to be honest was never ever interested in this question until this week. I actually never wanted to be interested in this question but seems it is interested in me.
 
Hope to begin process to move cremains next week from church to new area behind the stone wall.  Once this is done, we can bring back the markers.
 
Thanks All
 
Pete

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BACK OF PARISH HOUSE 
REAR DECK 
REAR STAIRS 
Leadership  
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)             
Formation
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Sunday 
In This Issue
Title
Coming Right Up!
Rector's Ramblings
Preparing for Sunday
Formation Ministries
Vestry Liaisons
Taking Note of This Sunday
Next Sunday's Readings
Grace's Prayer List
Meetings this Week
Choir Schedule
Calendar
Resources
Coffee Hour Reminders
Ministry of Care
Boring Details
August 26, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
14th Sunday after Pentecost 
10:30am
   
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the Service:
Lector:
Terri Jackman
1st Chalicist:
Elizabeth Ludescher
2nd Chalicist: 
Greg Serwich
Acolyte:
Deb Pausz
Vestry Coordinator:
Pete Stryker
Greeter:
Maren Coates
Altar Guild:
Charlotte Stryker & Pat Golden
Presider: Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell

Next Sunday's
Readings: 
15th Sunday after Pentecost
September 2, 2018
Eucharistic readings
for your own study: 
Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6-9 
Psalm 15        
James 1:17-27  
Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 
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. **
 
 
8/26 -
Hansen/Beadle  
9/2 - Available
9/9 - Available 
 
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
facilitators:
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


DEADLINES !
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.
 
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Grace Galena Sermon 11th after Pentecost
Grace Galena Sermon 11th after Pentecost

THE SERMON FOR AUGUST 19TH WOULD NOT LOAD BECAUSE IT WAS TOO LONG (!) BECAUSE IT DID NOT FOLLOW THE LECTIONARY THERE WAS AN ADDI- TIONAL READING ABOUT KING DAVID'S DAUGHTER TAMAR AND HER ABUSE BY HER BROTHER, AMNON. 
This sermon audio, however, along with recent archives can  be accessed on the new Grace website under the worship tab or here at: sermons  
   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

Grace Episcopal Church Office:
309 Hill Street
Galena, IL 61036
815-777-2590