Grace Episcopal Church  
Week of December 16, 2018 
Third Sunday of Advent 
Birthdays :
Bob Kuntz
Melody Hendricks
Carl Davis  
Automatic Bill Pay for Pledge
If you have this set up to send to the church, this is a reminder to change the mailing address to:  
107 S. Prospect St.  
Thank you.
Coming Right Up! 
The 2019 Flower Chart is on the bulletin board.  Please choose a date to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or a loved one.   
Canapés & Conversations
P ete & Charlotte Stryker will host the December event   TONIGHT Friday, the 14th at their home at 3 Arcadia Court in the
 Galena  Te rritory from 5-7 pm. Please bring friends, nibbles and beverages to share.
 All are welcome!
Santa Lucia Coffee Hour
December 13th, the feast day of Saint Lucia (a Sicilian saint, BTW) is celebrated in Scandinavia as a festive day celebrating the end of the darkness of winter and the upcoming lengthening of days and greater light. It traditionally began the celebration of Christmas. At dawn the eldest daughter in the household dons a crown of candles and brings coffee and traditional saffron buns, called Lusse Kattor, to her family. Our coffee hour on the 16th will include parts of this tradition. Please plan to be part of the celebration during Sunday's coffee hour planned by Mary Nelson and several friends.
Advent Series: Journeying the Way of Love:  
Await the coming of Christ with the Rector on Advent Sunday mornings at 8:45 am. These four sessions use excerpts from the first two chapters of the Gospel of Luke as a pattern for understanding how we can live our Presiding Bishop's "Way of Love" practices as individuals, as families and friends, as a community, and out in the world. 
Dec. 16: The Birth of John the Baptist: Journeying with Community 
Dec. 23: The Birth of Jesus: Journeying with the World
Christmas Family
Grace's annual Christmas family adoption f eatures a family with four children:  10 months and 2, 8, and 10 years old. Ornaments are displayed on the small Christmas Tree in the Parish House with sugge sted items for the children. Please take an ornament and purchase items on it. For the family as a whole, household items such as Kleenex, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, etc. are also welcome. If you can help, please contact Teresa Burke at or 608-732-8628.  Items can be left in the Narthex at church by December 20 , or  delivered to Teresa at the Galena Gazette office.
Heifer International 
Steve Dowe's humorous and informative bulletin insert reminds us "It's Advent; it must be HEIFER time."  Grace Church has raised funds for Heifer International every Christmas since 2002. Heifer International provides people all over the world with animals and instruction in the proper care of the animals. The recipients are expected to give the first off-spring of their animal to a needy friend or relative.  Donations of any amount  made in honor of someone make great Christmas gifts.  This year we have three styles of honor cards with envelopes.  See Lynn Giles for details and to make a donation between now and December 23rd.
**Ne w** The Longest Night Service - Not all people are feeling  joyful during this holiday season. They may be experiencing loss or loneliness, pain, confusion, or fear. As the Full Cold Moon rises on this Winter Solstice, this service of prayer, reflection and lighting of candles acknowledges such feelings. It offers a safe space where warmth and light might bring hope and peace. Diane Luther and the Rector will preside. Friday, December 21, 6pm .
Worship Schedule  
December 16: Advent Worship with Eucharist, 10:30 am
December 21:  Longest Night Service, 6 pm 
December 23:  Advent Lessons and Carols, 10:30 am 
December 24:  Christmas Eve Festival of the Nativity, 5 pm.  
Rector's Ramblings 
So much is happening right now in our church and our community! I am struggling to find the time to devote to the Advent practices that I had hoped to observe. I am not practicing what I preach--at least not to the extent I would prefer.
      Since I expect that I am not alone, perhaps this is the time for mindfulness around those activities and holiday-related tasks. Whether making online purchases (or braving the shopping malls), standing in line at the post office, participating in acts of kindness for those in need, or polishing the silver and making cookies, we can try to approach them, not as necessary busy work, but as opportunities to notice sights, sounds, smells, memories--and anticipation--of friends and family enjoying the fruits of your labors, and offering blessings to those you encounter as you go about daily rounds.
      Oh, and you may wish to spend a quiet hour at the Longest Night Service next Friday evening (see above).

See you in church,
Preparation for Sunday  
Zephaniah 3:14-20: A call for God's people to rejoice because God has restored and forgiven God's people, and now lives in the midst of them, bringing them joy and healing, and including all the marginalised and oppressed ones.
Isaiah 12:2-6: A song of praise for the God who is the salvation of God's people, their strength and shield, who does glorious things for God's people, and is great among them.
Philippians 4:4-7: Rejoice, pray and give thanks, and God's peace will fill you, for God is near.
  Luke 1:39-55: Unborn John leaps in Elizabeth's womb when the pregnant Mary comes to visit. In response Elizabeth celebrates Mary and the way God has blessed her, even as the child she carries is blessed. Then, Mary responds with her song of praise Luke 1:47-55: She celebrates God the Saviour because God has honoured her, even though she is lowly. God shows mercy to all who honour God, scattering the proud and arrogant, sending the rich away empty-handed, but raising up the lowly, and filling the hungry with good things.

In the Gospel, Mary's visit to Elizabeth is testimony to the divine initiative in both the birth of John and of Jesus, but both mothers are participants in the process of incarnation, and Mary's song reveals that, although God is the Saviour, the justice that God brings happens as it takes hold of the lives of people. The challenge this week, then, is to recognise God's work without becoming mere apathetic spectators of God's salvation. We are called to be participants with God in God's saving work, starting with our own lives as we respond in faith and repentance to the sacrifice of Christ. Then, once we have allowed God's Reign to be conceived in us (like Mary), we become participants in the process of salvation, seeking through our attitudes and actions to bring salvation and justice to others in whatever way we can. So, God's Reign comes to us, and then through us to others. Christ sacrifices himself for us, and then we sacrifice ourselves for others. God is born within us, and then we become midwives helping to birth God in others and in our world.

The thumbnails and reflections excerpted from
Parish House Upate
Outreach Update
The steel posts have been installed alongside the church and the hand rail has been welded on.
If the question comes up - is this the color, the answer is yes, until Spring. Need the steel to warm up so it can be painted.
We have some extra posts and will think through how to use those also. No decision that needs to be made today.  
Thanks all.

Pete Stryker
Cell 312 504 8268
EPISCOPAL RELIEF AND DEVELOPMENT (ERD)--just one of many agencies supported by Grace Church Outreach

As a parish we donate $2,500 a year to (ERD).  When we give in December our gifts are matched.  In addition, individuals can also give personal donations that will be matched until the last Sunday in December.
        For over 75 years ERD has been inspired by the faith and compassion of its supporters and partners to continue healing a hurting world.  Its mission is to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being.  In 2004 the agency worked in  21 countries reaching nearly 250,000 people annually.  Now ERD is working in about 40 countries and touches the lives of close to 3 million people annually.  2004-05 large scale disaster response to the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina expanded the organization's capacity, partnerships and visibility.  In 2010 a major earthquake hit Haiti.  ERD offered immediate aid to those affected.  Since then, our efforts in Haiti have shifted to long term recovery programs in the areas of sanitation, shelter, provision & employment.
     In 2014-15 Episcopalians, friends, and partner agencies around the world celebrated ERD's 75th anniversary.  At the end of 2016, ERD's board of directors approved a new strategic plan that affirms and expands the organizations programs in 3 key areas;  Early Childhood Development, Combating Gender Based Violence & Resilience & Climate Change.  The plan will guide ERD activities from 2017-2021.

Carmen Ferguson, Grace Church Outreach Ministries
Cooking with God's Bounty 

Swedish Lucia Saffron Buns

Makes around 15 buns (can easily be doubled)
During the weekend we have also been experimenting with a vegan version, and it came out really delicious too. Just replace the butter with coconut oil and turkish yogurt with soy yogurt (non GMO). Add a little more almond butter for extra yum.
1 tbsp dry active yeast (or 25 g fresh active yeast)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 g (2 sachets) saffron powder
60 g organic butter
1 cup soy milk (non GMO)
6 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp almond butter (optional)
5 tbsp turkish yogurt or quark cheese
4 cups / 1 liter (450 g) spelt flour (we use half whole and half light)
30 raisins
1 egg yolk, beaten (for brushing)
Stir dry yeast, salt and saffron in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Melt butter in a medium size sauce pan, then add milk, maple syrup and almond butter and heat until 100F (40°C). Whisk vigorously to dissolve the almond butter. Pour the mixture into the mixing bowl with yeast. Add yogurt and stir around until dissolved. Add 2/3 of the spelt flour. Stir around with a wooden spoon until it is thick enough to knead with your hands. Add more flour until the dough is easy to work with and has formed into a round ball that doesn't stick to your hands. Cover the bowl with a kitchen cloth and leave to rise in a warm place for about an hour, or until double in size and full of air pockets.
Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for a minute, form it into the shape of a baguette. Divide it into 15 equal pieces and, using your hands, roll each piece into a long 1/2-inch ( about 1 cm) thick string. Then roll both ends tight in opposite direction into an S-shaped bun. Place buns, well spaced apart, on 2 baking sheets, cover with a cloth and set aside in a warm spot to rise for about 30 mins. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Brush the buns with an egg yolk or water and then place one raisin in each circle. Bake the buns until golden brown on top, about 7-9 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool slightly. Serve. Preferably with freshly brewed coffee, tea or glögg.
Store buns in an airtight container for up to a week, but of course they taste best fresh from the oven.

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           

Ad ministrative Asst.:      Fräni Beadle  
O rganist/Pianist:            Robin French, Nancy Cook        
Choir Director:               Pat Terry    
This Sunday 
In This Issue
Coming Right Up!
Vestry Liaisons
Taking Note of This Sunday
Next Sunday's Readings
Grace's Prayer List
Meetings this Week
Choir Schedule
Coffee Hour Reminders
Ministry of Care
Boring Details
December 16, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
Third Advent 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Greg Serwich
1st Chalicist:
Diane Luther
2nd Chalicist: 
Karlyn Van Gelder
Elizabeth Ludescher
Vestry Coordinator:
Deb Pausz
Amy Hardwicke
Altar Guild:
Pam Malik & Debbie Kallback
Rev. Linda Packard
Very Rev. Gloria Hopewell,D.Min.

Next Sunday's
Lessons & Carols
December 23, 2018
Eucharistic readings
for your own study: 

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
All are welcome!
Grace's Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:    
December  OR check out the goog le
calendar on the new website
Sunday Social Hour Hosts
** If you put out trash, please put in a secure trash can. Thanks to all for your cooperation. **
12/16 - Santa Lucia 
12/23 - Available  
12/30 - 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 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!  

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Paper copies are available upon request. 
Grace Galena Sermon Advent 2 2018 
Grace Galena Sermon Advent 2 2018
Grace Galena Sermon Christ the King 2018
Grace Galena Sermon Christ the King 2018

Grace Galena Sermon-Advent 1C 2018
Grace Galena Sermon-Advent 1C 2018

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

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