Apple Tree Project
For those who took apples for the Apple Tree Project, the supplies to help over 75 students in our Galena Schools are to be returned today, August 5th, 2018. There is a table in the front room of the Parish House for your donations. Thanks for your generosity.
Due to the generous contributions, the following will be delivered to the ARC: 26 Fiskars scissors, 36 glue stix, 58 scented markers, 11 paint brushes, 204 colored pencils, 1 ream of construction paper, 40 markers and 328 crayons. Additionally, $220 was received which will be used by the ARC to buy some supplies in bulk. Again, thank you for your kindness and generosity.
As we hear a lot about the Bread of Life in church this August, I was very taken with a reflection posted by the Episcopal Bishop of FonduLac this week. Bp. Matt Gunter was formerly a priest in our own Diocese before being consecrated as bishop. I love the image that he paints here:
Sometimes at the Eucharist, as I am distributing the Sacrament, I imagine I am wielding an invisible needle and thread. With every placing of the Bread in the hands or tongue of a communicant and then the next as I go along the line, the body of Christ is being threaded together anew.
Every Eucharist is a remembering of the body of Christ as we remember and recall the Presence of Jesus in the Sacrament. And every Eucharist is a re-membering of the body of Christ, the Church, in which the threads that bind us together are reinforced. We recall that we are not our own. We are created for communion - communion with God and communion with one another. The Holy Spirit, the Holy Weaver, weaves, knits, and sews us together.
Bp. Gunter expresses powerfully my own thoughts about the importance of the church community. People often insist that they are spiritual but do not need the church -- just their personal relationship with God. They may see the church as more concerned about maintaining the institution than living out the faith. They may have experienced hurt, isolation, or exclusion. They may have a narrow view of all churches being rigid and judgmental.
I do not argue their experiences or the importance of the personal relationship with God, and yet, I truly believe that it is nearly impossible to be a Christian without being part of a faith community. Without being a part of the Body of Christ. We are meant to be communal--to walk together on this challenging journey of faith. We are sometimes examples for one another, often support for one another. Whether it is at the altar rail, in song, or in prayer, or participating in our various ministries, we are bound together with God in ways that hopefully enrich our lives and are carried beyond ourselves into the world. And make it a better place, small step by small step.
Bp. Matt goes on to say:
The Church's vocation is to be a sign and foretaste of the promise that all that is torn and tattered will be mended, rewoven, and knit back together. All that is torn and tattered in you can be mended. The torn and tattered fabric of human relationship and society can be mended. Creation, torn and tattered can be mended.
I think of our knitting ministry here at Grace. All those prayers going into all those stitches. Providing warmth and comfort for those who are torn and tattered, whether by illness or by lack of warm clothes or housing. Come to think of it, knitting and sewing circles have been a big part of ministry through the years. Mending the world, one stitch, one prayer at a time.
See you in church!
This is the second of five weeks in which the Gospel gives us parts of Jesus' discourse on the Bread of Life. Here, on the day after the miracle of feeding the crowd of 5,000, he scolds them about following him only for another meal (or another miracle). Instead, they should seek what lasts for more than the physical need of a single day.
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15:
The Israelites complain because they have no food in the desert, but God promises to supply them with meat and bread. Then a flock of quail arrive in their camp, and the next day they find manna on the ground.
A song remembering how God gave manna to the people in the wilderness and sent birds to provide meat for them to eat.
The apostle encourages the believers to accept one another, to live with humility, patience and love, and to nurture their unity, since God is also one. Within this united community each one has gifts that have been given by God's grace and each should use these gifts to build up the community, even as a body is united but has different parts.
Jesus teaches the crowds that all they need to do is to believe in the one God sent. In response the people ask for a miracle, mentioning the manna that the Israelites received when they were in the wilderness with Moses. In response Jesus tells them that he is the true bread of life and that whoever comes to him will never be hungry or thirsty.
The message is simple, but also very challenging. God's grace is sufficient, and God does seek to sustain and provide for us. But, we have a part to play. As we commit to the unity of the community of faith so we each contribute our share from the gracious gifts God has given us - be it time, talents or treasures. When we do this, we all enjoy abundance and unity and the tremendous life and nourishment that flows as a result. However, when we refuse to do this and make our own personal needs and desires paramount, our unity breaks down, and we all end up hurting and in need. This is not a magical, "reward and punishment" view of faith or of the world. It is the simple reality that the Bread of Life has given us enough for all in the world, as long as we share what we have. When we hoard and take more than we need, we create lack and hunger, and our relationships inevitably break down.
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Lenten Meditation Coordinator
The Parish survey about the Lenten Meditation Booklet has been tabulated. Those who responded were unanimous in their desire to see the tradition continue at Grace Church.Now we are looking for someone to take on this ministry. The responsibilities would start with giving volunteers their writing assignments and end with working with Fräni to produce the familiar daily meditation booklet. Patience, a sense of humor and reasonable computer skills are prerequisites. If this ministry appeals to you, please contact Elizabeth Ludescher (
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.
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
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.
very different look. The first floor window frames are painted to match the bronze trim.
||Board and batten look with lower window frames
The interior design team is working on the kitchen details and colors inside.
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.
estry Liaisons' primary purpose is to assure two-way communications between the various groups and the
to represent the groups for resources
policy issues, and to
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)
: Anita Sands (class of 2021)
LEMs: Bonnielynn Kreiser
(class of 2020)
Tony Packard (class of 2021)
Deb Pausz (class of 2019)
Communications: Larry Poston (class of 2020)
Governance: Wardens & Rector
, Senior Warden
, Junior Warden
chard Luther, Treasurer
: The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Administrative Asst.: Fräni Beadle
Organist/Pianist: Robin French, Nancy Cook
Choir Director: Pat Terry
The sermon audios along with recent archives can also be accessed on the new Grace website under the worship tab or here at: sermons
August 5, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
11th Sunday after Pentecost
Presider: Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the Service:
Ann Berry & Amy Hardwicke
12th after Pentecost
August 12, 2018
|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."
Midweek Morning Prayer
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
St. Francis Room
Morning Bible Study Parish House (No meetings in August)
|Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
For current and
upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:
August OR check out the goog
calendar on the new website
Copies of sermons and e-Blasts are
available on the Narthex table.
Comments on this e-Blast may be sent here
osted as audio files on the rector's Facebook page.
If you put out trash, please put in a secure trash can.
Thanks to all for your cooperation. **
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8/19 - Available
8/26 - Hansen/Beadle
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.**
|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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MASS IN THE GRASS 2018