Grace Episcopal Church
6th after Pentecost
Mass in the Grass
July 21, 2019
   
10:00 am!!!
1/2 hour earlier
 
 
 Birthdays
Diane Banas & Jennie Fjelde 
Anniversaries
George & Charlotte Kennedy 
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.   Gloria+ 
LOST
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. 
Coming Right Up! 
 
MASS IN THE GRASS
will be held on July 21st at 10am in  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 gracesec@gracegalena.org.    
 
Drum Circle
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.
Transition Status  
Frani with farewell flowers from Vestry
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: gracesec@gracegalena.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. 


     
Preparation for Sunday  
READINGS
Genesis 18:1-10a: Abraham entertains three mysterious visitors, who prophesy that within the next year Sarah will have a child.
Psalm 15: Only those who live lives of truth and justice can worship in God's sanctuary and enjoy God's presence.
Colossians 1:15-28: 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.
Luke 10:38-42: 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.

 
The thumbnails and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
TEC News 
Bp. Curry on the immigration crisis.  
 
I '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. See more.
 
 
 
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry 
July 31 at St. James Cathedral
 
On July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, Presiding Bishop Curry will appear in conversation with Dean Dominic Barrington. Tickets are $22 and include a signed copy of The Power of Love: Sermons, Reflections, and Wisdom to Uplift and Inspire. Purchase  tickets
online  .
 
   
Formation News -- Inviting Opportunity 
  
Education for Ministry
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.
If you are curious and want more information , please contact the EfM mentor, Lynn Giles (phone: 815-757-2011, email: lynngiles@lynngilesphotography.com)
 
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   non-Episcopal church, 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 July.   For the supply list, please click this link. 
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. 

If you come up any volunteers, please contact Jerry with their names. His mail is < jerryhow2014@gmail.com>.
 
Leadership  
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 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)  
Outreach:                             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:    
Organist/Pianist:            Robin French, Nancy Cook        
Choir Director:               Pat Terry     
 
This Sunday 
July 21, 2019
Sunday Morning  
Pentecost 6     
10:30am
 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Service:
Lector:
Richard Luther
1st Chalicist:
Bill Boehler
2nd Chalicist: 
Karlyn Van Gelder
Acolyte:
Molly Beadle
Vestry Coordinator:
Bonnielynn Kreiser
Altar Guild:
Debbie Kallback & Pam Malik
LEM:
Tom & Karlyn Van Gelder
Presider: 
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell

Next Sunday's
Readings: 
Pentecost 7
10:30am
July 28, 2019
Eucharistic readings
for your own study:   
 
Genesis 18:20-32 or Hosea 1:2-10   
Psalm 138 or 85   
Colossians 2:6-15(16-19)    
Luke 11:1-13   
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 
*Cursillo & Bible Study will take a summer  
break and resume  
after Labor Day.* 
Wednesday Events  
7:30 am
Midweek Morning Eucharist
 
8:10 am
Community Breakfast at Victory CafĂ©   
 
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:    
July  OR check out the goog le
calendar on the new website
Sunday Social Hour Hosts
 
   
7/21 - Mass in the Grass
7/28 - Packard
8/4 - Banas
Ice Cream Social 
8/11-
8/18-
8/25-Hansen/Beadle 
 
 
R eminder 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:
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 
 
DEADLINES !
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!  

News and Photos
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interesting tidbit.   Comments on this e-Blast may be sent here.
   
Audio files of sermons are posted on the Grace Church website as well as in the next week's e-Blast. They also may be found on the church's FB page. 
Paper copies are available upon re
quest. 
 
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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
815-777-2590