SCAM ALERT--Gift Card Request
Please disregard any message that says it is from me requesting you to purchase gift cards from Amazon (or any other place). This message had to do with my wanting gift cards for women suffering from cancer. If this has happened to you, please report it to Amazon to assist them in their investigation. Also, look carefully at the e-mail address of any suspicious message. The address looked similar to, but was not identical to my church e-mail address.
I will never solicit gift cards, cash, or anything else through the e-mail. If funds are ever required to assist those in need, I will ask for donations to Grace Church that will be placed in the Rector's Discretionary Fund.
If anyone has seen the rainbow banner, please let the Rector know. It was removed from the red door that was formerly the side entrance to the church and sacristy.
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!
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.
On Saturday, July 27, 2019, Grace will sponsor a spiritual drumming circle, facilitated by Taylor Rockwell and Dan Metzger, of New Directions in Freeport. The session will go from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the church
Drum circles are an ancient tradition combining spiritual imagery and poetry. In this New Directions drum circle, you will experience a spontaneous evolving music using hand drums, bells, shakers and flutes. No musical or drumming experience is required. The instruments are provided by New Directions. You are welcome to bring your own instruments. The session is free and open to all. There will be a free-will donation basket, with a suggested donation of $10.
Today was Frani's last day as our Parish Administrator. She has graciously made herself available for some selected critical tasks until we are able to complete a search for a new person. And, she and her family will, of course, continue to be members of Grace.
Please continue to send your requests to the regular voice mail or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be monitored regularly.
SURPRISE CELEBRATION FOR
PAT & JOE TERRY'S MINISTRY
Twenty-four years of Pat's Ministry as Director of Music and Joe's as choir librarian, cellist, and recruiter of singers was celebrated on worship and fellowship on July 14. They received a blessing by the clergy and a book of remembrances from the congregation before enjoying a feast prepared by members of the choir. Their last official day will be Sunday, July
28. At that time, the choir will take its August recess and return to work with their new Music Director, Robin French.
Abraham entertains three mysterious visitors, who prophesy that within the next year Sarah will have a child.
Only those who live lives of truth and justice can worship in God's sanctuary and enjoy God's presence.
Paul celebrates Christ as the visible image of God, the Creator and reconciler of all, and describes his ministry of proclaiming the Good News that leads us into relationship with God.
Jesus is welcomed into the home of Mary and Martha. While Martha serves, Mary sits at Jesus' feet - and he refuses to chide Mary for this as Martha requests.
It is all too easy, in our personal lives and in our communities, to decide that we know what is needed, and what is to be done, without taking the time to listen. It is all too easy to speak, without taking the time to hear carefully and prayerfully, what God's message for us really is, or what the stories of those we seek to serve really are. If we are to be a people who bring Christ's grace and justice into our communities, we will need to listen carefully, and then act justly, compassionately and with integrity in response. We will need to avoid the temptation to assume we know what our communities need, and we will need to resist the urge to see ourselves as 'saviours' coming in to 'fix' things 'for' those who 'need' us. Rather we will need to adopt the humility of Mary, the hospitality of Abraham, the commitment of Paul, the integrity of Amos, and the faithfulness of David, as we come alongside the people within and 'outside' of our churches, and speak, in listening and word and action, the Gospel message of Christ.
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
Bp. Curry on the immigration crisis.
'm Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. It goes without saying that there is a humanitarian crisis at the so
uthern border of the United States. It is a human crisis, a crisis that has deep and complex roots, sources, and origins. But it is a crisis, a crisis of the human children of God.
There is suffering and there is hardship.
There is complexity and difficulty.
But it is a crisis that we as nation, that we as a globa
l community, must face and find a way forward for the sake of our brothers and our sisters, for the sake of us all.
Deeply embedded in the Christian
faith, indeed deeply embedded in the Jewish tradition, which is the mother of the Christian faith, and deeply embedded in the faith and traditions and values of many of the world's great religions, is a profound conviction in a sure and certain value and virtue that care for the stranger, the alien, the visitor, is a sacred duty, a sacred vow.
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
July 31 at St. James Cathedral
Formation News -- Inviting Opportunity
The Grace EfM Group is set for the 2019-2020 year and there is room for additional members. Have you thought about starting EfM? Maybe this is the year to do it.
Did you start EfM somewhere else, perhaps in the old format?
Maybe this is the year to continue. It's even possible to retak
e one of the years in the new format.
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.
NOTE FROM JIM McCRAE, UCG BOARD PRESIDENT
To the United Churches:
You will remember that Jerry Howard of the Chamber of Commerce did a presentation to the United Churches in May, looking for volunteers to serve in the Chamber's funnel cake booth at Country Fair this fall in exchange for a share of the profits. The Chamber is still seeking additional volunteers, so please get the word out to your congregations. This could be a relatively easy fundraiser for you.
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
Organist/Pianist: Robin French, Nancy Cook
Choir Director: Pat Terry
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Karlyn Van Gelder
Debbie Kallback & Pam Malik
Tom & Karlyn Van Gelder
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
July 28, 2019
for your own study:
Genesis 18:20-32 or Hosea 1:2-10
Psalm 138 or 85
|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
7/21 - Mass in the Grass
7/28 - Packard
8/4 - Banas
Ice Cream Social
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
News and prayer requests:
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