Seventh Sunda
y after Pentecost   
July 19, 2020  

Kathy Shannon, Diane Banas, 
Charlotte Kennedy, Jennie Fjelde
George & Charlotte Kennedy  


A lot has been going on behind the scenes in order to plan and implement our staged limited re-opening of the church building for worship. It is on target, barring an surge in COVID infections that causes the governor to pull back from Phase 4.
On Wednesday morning July 22, the Wednesday 7:30 am service will be held in the church. It will not be in the chapel as usual due to safe distancing  considerations. The Sunday, July 26  service will also take place in the church. Online worship by Zoom will also be available for those who are not comfortable returning in person.
There are things you need to know. The most important are contained within the following "Ten 'Commandments'." The full plan that was submitted to the Bishop's office for approval may be found  here.
Ten Commandments of In-person Worship 
1 To go, or not to go?: If you have a fever, are sick, infected by the virus, or have been exposed recently to someone with the virus, stay home and worship with Grace online. Also, anyone having a condition that makes them more vulnerable to the virus, should seriously consider avoiding the risk of exposure at church by staying home and worshiping from there.
2 Reservation: Make a reservation to attend. Seating in the Nave is limited to 21 designated spots for a single person or couple living in the same household. (Maximum number of people allowed in the Nave: 32.
3 Mask: You MUST wear a mask covering both your nose and mouth! Please bring your own.
4 Social Distancing: Maintain social distancing (6 feet minimum), both inside and outside the church, at all times except when receiving Communion from the Priest.
5 Entering: Enter the church through the Parish Hall door as directed by the Greeter or Vestry Coordinator.
  6 Seating: Sit in a designated seat marked with a bulletin on the pew or chair.
7 Communion: As directed by the Vestry Coordinator(s), use the center aisle to go to steps in front of the altar. Receive the host from the Priest and hold it in your hand while returning to your seat by the side aisle. Remove your mask to consume the host after getting back to your seat.
8 Leaving after the service: There will not be a coffee hour; so leave as directed by the Vestry Coordinator(s) by rows through either the Parish Hall or Narthex doors. Refrain from blocking the doors and congregating outside.
9 Offerings: Use one of the collection plates placed near the doors while entering or leaving.
10 Love your neighbor as yourself: Should you become sick or aware of being infected by the virus within two weeks after attending a service, let Grace Church know immediately so we can warn others who attended the service. 
On July 16, a Zoom training was held for all who will be involved as Vestry Coordinators, Greeters, or others involved in the logistics of worship. A separate training will be held for the altar guild and those who serve at the altar. I
Meanwhile, online worship and other gatherings will continue. Mail is being picked up and bills are being paid and deposits of pledge payments are being made..

If you wish to read the Bishop's Task Force Guidelines for re-opening, please click this Reopening Guideline. 
SUNDAY, JULY 19: the online Zoom worship is going to look a bit different this Sunday. In order to include both those in the church and those choosing to worship  at home in the same service, the liturgy will no longer be shared on the Zoom screen. Instead, a downloadable bulletin has been prepared. You may download it to your computer or device or you can print it. Each week, the bulletin will be linked to this e-Blast on Fridays. It will also be attached to the e-mail Zoom invitation that you receive on Saturdays.


You will be muted except for during the sharing of the peace, birthday and anniversary blessings, and a time of greeting at the end of the service. As usual, the Zoom will be ready for you to admitted from the waiting room at 10:20 am.

JUST A REMINDER: THERE WILL NOT BE A CONGREGATION IN CHURCH ON SUNDAY! Just a priest, a musician, and a video operator. This will be a "rehearsal" for the full congregation on the 26th.

RESERVING YOUR SEATS FOR JULY 26 & BEYOND: by midweek, you should receive an e-mail invitation to reserve your seats for the next Sunday. Once you do so, you will receive a confirmation. On that Sunday morning, you will come to the Parish House door where a Greeter will check your name(s) off on a list and admit you to the building where you will proceed into the nave to find an empty seat that is designated by a bulletin. Pews that are not to be used will be closed off by lengths of ribbon.There will be hand sanitizer stations at the entrance and also at the back of the nave.
This Sunday
Genesis 28:10-19a: Jacob dreams of angels ascending and descending on a ladder and receives God's promise that the land will be given to him and his descendants. Then he calls that place Bethel (House of God).
Psalm 139:1-12,23-24: God knows us inside and out, and is always with us. There is nowhere we can go that God is not with us.
Romans 8:12-25: We do not have to live according to the desires of our corrupt nature, but we have received God's Spirit who assures us that we are God's children, not just for our sakes, but for all of creation that yearns for God's children to be revealed.
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43: Jesus tells a parable in which weeds are planted by an enemy in a man's field. He instructs his workers not to pull up the weeds, but to let them grow with the wheat until the harvest comes, when the wheat and weeds will be separated and the weeds burned, while the wheat is taken into the barn. At the disciples' request, Jesus explains the parable to refer to the work of the evil one and those who follow evil living alongside his followers until the harvest time when judgement will happen.

For many people the Church has not been seen as a place of hope. Rather it has been seen as a place which offers hope only to a select few, while condemning the rest of the world. However, the Lectionary offers an alternative narrative this week. While Jesus does speak about weeds and wheat, he does not allow the weeds to be pulled up, because they may not be recognised, and some wheat may appear to be weeds. Only God, when the time comes, has the ability and the right to make this distinction. In our time, we are called to live together - "wheat" and "weeds" together - trusting in the hope that the time will come when evil and injustice are removed from our world. What this means is that we cannot judge anyone as "weeds" or "wheat", because be might be seeing wrongly and missing what God knows about the heart. All that is left for us, then, is to embrace our hope and make it available to all. This means that we can welcome those we might be tempted to exclude, we can support and defend those who are vulnerable and marginalised, we can support those who are in need, and we can live - in our communities and our homes - the inclusive, gracious, merciful and generous hope that God offers us. The question this raises for us is this: in what ways can our worship this week proclaim God's hope and help us to live it through the week? In what ways can we, as a community called by the name of Christ, demonstrate the hope of God's reign in our worship and our mission? And, in what ways can we hold out this hope for others, inviting them to share it with us, without seeking to make judgements prematurely?
Thumbprints and commentaries from:
Formation Ministry News
Wednesday Morning Study Group
Communal Bible Study affords an enjoyable and fulfilling way to grow spiritually and exchange insights with fellow parishioners, especially during the pandemic. We currently are studying the Gospel of Matthew. All are welcome Wednesday mornings, 10:30 - 11:30. Contact Greg Serwich for a Zoom invitation.
Meditative Prayer 9:00am Fridays
Looking for a way to improve your prayer life, to open your heart, mind and soul to the Holy Spirit? Consider joining the Centering Prayer Group Friday mornings for about forty minutes of meditative prayer: twenty minutes of Centering Prayer followed by Lectio Divina. Contact Greg Serwich ( for a Zoom invitation which includes a description of these types of prayer.
Education for Ministry (EfM) 
Is next September your time to start EfM? Or continue EfM after a break? Here are some details that might interest you:
The theme for next year is: Living into the Journey with God.
The two interlude books are The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel and Hospitable Plant by Stephen Jurobics. All textbooks and the two interlude books are included in the tuition fee.

Education for Ministry (EfM) is open to anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of their faith.
Anyone who studied under the previous format (with the big red binders) is welcome to jump into any one of the four years, like Mary Lou Smith did last year.
For a registration form or more information, please contact Lynn Giles at 815-757-2011 or
Worship and Ministry in the Midst of COVID-19! 
Pentecost Season Worship
Sunday services will begin at our usual 10:30 time on Zoom. They will also be recorded and uploaded as quickly as possible for those unable to participate on Zoom. The uploads will appear on the church's Facebook page, @FullyGrace and on the Grace website.
Wednesday morning services and Bible Study are also on Zoom each week. If you would like to add your name to any of these  participant lists, please e-mail the church office.
Ministry of Care
Here at Grace, The Ministry of Care has organized regular phone and e-mail contact with our most vulnerable members. If you are in need of assistance,or pick-up and delivery of prescriptions or emergency supplies, please contact Bonnielynn Kreiser.  Also contact her if you are able to help out. And, of course, your clergy are available by phone, text, and e-mail to provide pastoral care, 
Outreach Ministries 
Current list of needs for needy in Galena: 
(although money can always be used)

cleaning supplies
baby wipes
feminine products
size 6 diapers
laundry detergent
outdoor toys for kids (all ages)
toilet paper
paper towels
cleaning sponges
fresh fruit (strawberries, bananas, grapes are popular)

Anything can be dropped off on the porch of 
704 Park Avenue, Galena . Thank you!
Women and Friends Make a Difference

Other Outreach News

During this COVID-19 pandemic, donations have  been made to the ARC for the childcare it is providing for children of essential workers and to the Hispanic Council, Galena Chapter for assistance to those in need. Like our other regular donations, the funds come from the portion of Endowment income allocated to the Outreach Ministries. Its budget, in addition to recurring local, regional, and international organizations, includes a portion that unables us to address unexpected crises and needs.
Vestry Liaisons

V estry Liaisons' primary purpose is to assure two-way communications between the various ministries and the  Vestry,  to represent the ministries for resources or  policy issues, and to  support  their  events  an d activities.

Worship:                                Rector                       
Building and Grounds:         Greg Serwich (Sr. Warden 2019-2021)   
Worship Committee:            Charlotte Stryker (class of 2022)        
Formation and Spirituality:   Elizabeth Ludescher (class of 2022) 
Fellowship & Hospitality:      Anita Sands (class of 2021)                 
Ministry of Care/LEMs:        Nancy Cook (class of 2023)  
Outreach:                              Tony Packard (class of 2021)     
Communications:                 Eric Kallback(class of 2023)
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      
This Sunday 
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
July 19, 2020

Zoom Worship-10:30 am 
Meeting ID: 818 6495 8597  

At the end of worship and exchanging the peace, we will again offer a Zoom conversation time where you will spend about 15 minutes in a break-out room with a few others parishioners.

For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:

Presider:  Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Pianist: Robin French

Next Sunday's Readings: 
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 26, 2020

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 
Events This Week:
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist online 10:30am

  Covid-19 Response Committee mtg 1:00pm
Vestry mtg
online 9:00am

Morning Prayer* online 7:30am  
Bible Study** online 10:30am

Training for Vestry Coordinators online
 1:00 pm

Meditative Prayer** online 9:00am

To be receive an invitation with the link to online events, please contact Gloria at

or **Greg Serwich at
Compline or Evening Prayer TBD  
All are welcome!
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, check out the goog le 
calendar on the website
Updated Directory
Link to most current directory here:
Sunday Social Hour Hosts

Reminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates are provided. Use what you need from our pantry.  Remember: Keep it simple. We usually have about 35-40 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 Facilitators who can assist you
and connect you with parishioners who have trained and committed 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
Bonnielynn Kreiser
Terri Jackman
Clergy Advisors:
Gloria Hopewell,
Linda Packard
Sermons and e-Blasts 
News and prayer requests: 
Sunday Bulletin:
   Wed. end of day.
   Thursday noon. 

Anniversaries and Birthdays
Have yours been missed in our bulletins?   Send to Nancy.   Thank y ou!    

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Grace MP 7 15 2020
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Grace Entry Video with Music 
Grace Entry Video with Music

Virtual Chapel with Compline 
Virtual Chapel with Compline
   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

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