Grace Episcopal Church
Diann Marsh, Jamie Johnstad, Crystal Mason, Kathy Shannon & Charlotte Kennedy
James Baran & David Robertson
UNITED CHURCHES HUNGER LUNCHEON
Grace Church has purchased its tables for this major fundraiser for the UCG Food Pantry that will take place on
Tuesday, July 16 at noon at the Crossroads Community Church. Rev. Gloria and GUMC Pastor Catiana McKay will present this year's program.
Assistance at set-up on Monday, July 15 at 6 pm would be greatly appreciated!
You may claim a seat at the table by signing up at no charge. The church has covered the cost; however, you are invited to contribute to this worthy cause by placing a donation in the coffee can that will be at the center of each table.
MASS IN THE GRASS
will be held on
July 21st at
the Linmar Gardens.
There will be a potluck picnic after the service-please sign up on the sheet in the Parish House foyer. PLEASE NOTE
THE EARLIER TIME!
The Worship Ministries invite you to submit suggestions for your favorite hymns to be sung in worship during August when the choir is on recess.
Please sign up or send an e-mail to the church. If the hymn is not in our 1982 Hymnal, please provide a copy that includes accompaniment. Hymns that are not in our 82 Hymnal must be covered by our music license so that they can be copied in the bulletin. There are four Sundays in August, so up to four will be selected
each Sunday, depending upon the
preferences of that week's preacher.
Prayer Bead Workshop
On Saturday, July 20 there will be a Anglican prayer bead workshop at the parish house from 1-3pm. Instructions and materials for making your own prayer beads will be provided, as will sample prayers. Prayer beads are a method used in prayer to help keep our minds focused and open to spiritual inspiration. No fee is necessary, but donations will be accepted. The workshop is open to all including kids 3 years of age or older. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
I have not said much about my upcoming sabbatical time. That is mostly because of twists and turns in the planning for 12 weeks away from the congregation. And what I hope was a final twist resulted in a change of plan just this past week.
After shifting dates due to various events and responsibilities in the parish and diocese as well as working with others' schedules, the plan was that I would leave during the week of July 28 and return a day or two prior to All Saints' Sunday on November 3. But because of some important transitions taking place here at Grace over the next few weeks, I have decided to delay the first half of the sabbatical until sometime in the first half of 2020.
Therefore, I shall not be leaving until after the bishop's visitation on September15 (still returning before November 3). Since
my plans for the early part were quite fluid, this will not drastically affect them. The planned part--a trip to Spain with the Diocese of Northern Indiana and the United Thank Offering takes place in October. Some of the folk on this pilgrimage will walk the final 100k of the Camino de Santiago. The rest of us will visit sites funded by our UTO offerings and join up with the walkers for the final mile.
Perhaps some of you are curious about sabbaticals for clergy. It is a standard part of the diocesan covenant between a parish and its rector. Grace Church generously included this in our covenant. Two weeks each year of service are set aside through the sixth year. That time may be taken after five years of service. Since I have passed my seventh anniversary at Grace, I have twelve weeks to "spend."
Sabbaticals are times of renewal and refreshment, usually some combination of pilgrimage and/or study and family time. Some people work on projects that require extended concentrated stretches. Others travel to holy places of retreat and prayer.
There are many variations.
They usually bring back some new thoughts and inspirations to their congregations. And renewed energy.
During my absence, worship will be overseen by our Priest Associate, Linda Packard and our Deacon Postulant Diane Luther. The plan for Sunday mornings is one Morning Prayer service each month while the rest are Holy Eucharist. The opposite pattern will take place on Wednesday mornings. Three Wednesdays each month will be services of Morning Prayer led by a rotation of those who regularly attend on Wednesdays. Linda will preside at one Eucharist each month.
I am working with the Vestry and the ministries to anticipate any special needs. When the time gets closer, the contact persons will be published. And, of course, as our Episcopal Church Canons require, the Senior Warden convenes the Vestry and serves, in the absence of the rector, as the one in charge of the operations of the paris
I look forward to this gift and opportunity to take this time away to nurture my spiritual self. I hope to visit a number of churches to be a "participant observer" in their worship and congregational life, to renew some relationships, and to take some road trips! Do ask questions! It wlll help me to plan and prepare for this adventure! Thank you!
See you in church,
Two weeks ago, I announced the appointment of Robin French as Grace Church's new Director of Music. Her position will include her former role as organist/pianist with the duties of conducting the choir. This is a very different model for our church, though it is not uncommon in other churches of our size.
The role of music has been a very important part of our worship, and we have been grateful for the excellence of this ministry. In order to continue this legacy, we will need to make some adjustments in our limited space in the rear of the nave. In order to facilitate the Music Director's combined role, we will need to rearrange pews and instruments. Robin will direct from the piano or organ rather than from a standing position in front of the choir. Choir members need to be able to both see her direction and project their sound throughout the church-not just for their choral anthems but as they lead the congregational singing.
During August, several pews will be moved from the epistle side of the nave (the right side as you face the altar) to the gospel side (left). The organ and the choir seating will join the piano on the epistle side. The sound system will remain on the gospel side. In addition, the font and paschal candle will need to be placed so that the sacramental act of baptism may be conducted with appropriate reverence.
I trust that in this time of transition, we will all be patient as these adjustments are worked out. Please give your support to Robin as she begins her new role. And remember first and foremost, that our worship is to the glory of God.
: Prosperity and blessing is promised for those who obey God's commands, which are not far off or distant. They are as close as our own lips and hearts.
: A psalm in which David prays to be protected and guided into right ways of living by God, and affirming the promise of God's goodness for those who follow God's guidance and commands.
: Paul's prayer for the Colossians to continue to grow in wisdom, strength and joy, and to enjoy the inheritance of freedom that God has made available through Christ.
: In response to the question of how eternal life can be inherited, Jesus offers the Great Commandment, and then explains the practical outworking of this through the story of the Samaritan who helped the man beaten by robbers on the road to Jericho.
The power of the Gospel is revealed in Paul's prayer - that those who embrace it find joy, strength and vibrant life in love for, and service of, others, in the fruit they bear for God's Kingdom, and in the benefit people experience through this loving, serving community. What a pity that the Church is so often seen by those outside as hypocritical, judgmental and self-serving. What a pity that we have fallen into the trap of measuring spirituality and godliness by the same standards that society uses to measure worldly success - wealth and power. How different might our impact on the world be if we learned to assess ourselves not against the latest 'technique' or formula, but against God's standard of love, compassion, justice and service? How different might our communities feel about us as Church if we were more other-centred, more willing to sacrifice not just money, but time and energy in making our communities more peaceful, equitable and whole? How attractive might communities of faith be if we actually lived what we proclaimed and sang?
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
July 31 at St. James Cathedral
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Formation News -- Inviting Opportunity
Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 EfM class at Grace Church. EfM stands for Education for Ministry. It is a four-year curriculum developed by the University of the South, Sewanee TN for the education of lay people in the church. The first year focuses on the Hebrew Bible; the second year the New Testament while the third years reviews church history and the fourth year reads contemporary theology and ethics. Tuition is $375/year which includes all textbooks. Scholarships are available. You only commit to one year at a time. The group meets once a week for 36 weeks. For more information or for instructions on registration, please contact Lynn Giles (cell:815-757-2011, email:
Inquirers' Classes/Reception by Bishop
In three months, Bishop Lee will visit Grace Galena for the last time before his retirement in August 2020. During his visit, he will be receiving or confirming those who would like to become members of the Episcopal Church. When one has been baptized or confirmed in another
they may be received in the Episcopal Church.
If an adult has not been baptized--or is not sure if they have been
baptized--that can take place as well.
For any of these circumstances, a short class will be offered by Diane Luther. There will be several ways to complete the six-hour class prior to Bishop Lee's visit.
On Saturday, July 27th, there will be a six-hour class at the Parish House. For those who would prefer to attend two three-hour classes, they will be offered on Saturday, August 10 and Saturday, September 7.
We will talk about a number of things, including what we believe and how we worship, the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, a brief history of the Anglican and Episcopal church and of Grace here in Galena. We will look at the structure of our church, our diocese and the national church, and we will explore the Book of Common Prayer. We will watch short videos together and hopefully have interesting discussions.
Taking the class does not obligate anyone to be received. You may come if you are wishing to learn more but are not certain if you are ready to make the decision to be received. You may come if you simply want a "refresher." Those who do wish to be received will, however, be given priority
Please email the church office right away if you are i
nterested. If you have questions about being received in the Episcopal Church, please speak with Rev. Hopewell. Or, check the membership brochure on our website at gracegalena.org/forms.
Outreach Ministries Update
SPECIAL OUTREACH REQUEST
This year the ARC will begin a new journey in its new location. One with more light, more space and eventually more children. As many as 20 children are currently in the 4K program at ARC enjoying a larger classroom. They have already noticed the increase in sunshine that enters their classroom.
In order to support this move, Outreach will be
collecting school supplies or monetary donations during the month of
For the supply list, please click this
Watch for the September Grand Open House. It is a great place. And even has adult classes.
Thank you for your generosity in helping these young children.
LIGHTS FOR LIBERTY--Friday, July 12, 8:30 pm
On Friday, July 12th Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people from locations worldwide into the streets to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants. Across this country, we will gather to shine a light on the horrific abuses of children in human detention camps. To stand in solidarity with the migrants and the cities most impacted by the current situation, join us on Friday, July 12 at 8:30 pm by the Green Street Bridge by the levee. Candles for this vigil will be provided.
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
Parish Administrator: Fräni Beadle
Organist/Pianist: Robin French, Nancy Cook
Choir Director: Pat Terry
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Debbie Kallback & Alice Maffit
Greg & Karen Serwich
Rev. Linda Packard
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Mass in the Grass
July 21, 2019
for your own study:
Genesis 19:1-10a or Amos 8:1-12
Psalm 15 or 52
|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 will take a summer
break and resume
after Labor Day.*
Midweek Morning Eucharist
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
All are welcome!
|Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
For current and
upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:
July OR check out the goog
calendar on the new website
7/14 - Jackman
7/21 - Mass in the Grass
7/28 - Packard
8/4 - Banas
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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The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone: 773-988-3497
Grace Episcopal Church Office:
107 S. Prospect Street
Galena, IL 61036