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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.
Inquirers' Classes/Reception by Bishop
Soon, 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 from 9 am - 3 pm. For those who would prefer to attend two three-hour classes, sessions will be announced soon.
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 are ready to take the step of being received will, however, be given priority
If you have not signed up, please show up anyway.
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.
Saturday, July 27, 2019,
ll 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.
My very first paid position following my ordination as an Episcopal priest (other than as a priest associate on a tiny stipend) was as a very interim parish administrator for my church, St. Luke's in Evanston. I filled in for a couple of months while the rector searched for a permanent administrator. I am reminded of that time right now as I am making certain that some of the weekly tasks here at Grace are completed--and trying really hard not to mess them up too much before we have a new person!
I am also reminded of how on some days, particularly at the end of the week when the bulletin deadline was looming, my world became one of character and line spacing, fonts and formats. As well as making certain that the weekly calendar in the announcement insert was the same as the one being posted in the church and on the weekly e-Blast. And all the while being alert to e-mails and phone messages about some change or other or a special request from a staff person or church member!
I had never realized how many moving parts there were in what appeared to be a simple, straight forward and routine task. But every week was different. The prayers or the readings were longer or shorter than the last week, so finite space had to be adjusted without removing or shortening those elements that needed to appear every week. Fortunately, by the time the liturgical season changed, a new person had been hired to navigate the quagmire between Epiphany and Lent.
I've heard it said that the parish administrator is the most important staff person in a church. I fully believe it to be so, having experienced superbly skilled and personable partners like Frani and like the person who was hired at St. Luke's. I have also experienced those who do not have those qualities. Either they needed to be led and directed and unable to recognize tasks that needed doing or processes that need to be improved. Or, they did not excel at being the first person encountered in the church or the friendly, helpful voice on the phone--or could not juggle multiple tasks and deadlines or multiple "bosses" (as is often the case in a church or other membership organization!). In either case, it was a stark contrast to those who have made my life easier and contributed enormously to the smooth operations of parish life. I have been blessed--and spoiled!
So, please, if you notice a typo in a bulletin, a mismatch in a rota or calendar, a delay in communications, do mention it. But please be gentle. And pray that we will find another exceptional person who wants to be part of our little community here at Grace!
See you in church!
: Abraham bargains with God to try and avert the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and God agrees that if ten righteous people are found, God will spare the city.
: A song of David praising God for God's love, faithfulness and trustworthy promises, and pleading for God's continued protection and care.
Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19)
: Paul encourages believers to sink their roots deep into Christ and find their completeness in Christ. He reminds us that in Christ our sinful nature was 'circumcised' and we have been raised to new life. So we no longer need to pander to legalism.
: Jesus teaches on prayer, and on the need for persistence in prayer, reminding the disciples that God gives the Holy Spirit to all who ask.
The Gospel reading sets the tone for this week's theme. The call to persistence is clear from Jesus, and it is directly linked with our prayer life - our relationship with God. In a similar way. Abraham's bargaining with God reveals both the value of persistence in our seeking God's resources, and God's persistence in seeking our restoration. Both Psalms offer praise and requests in the assurance of God's faithfulness, and out of a persistent commitment to God's ways. Finally, Paul instructs the believers to stay true to the new life that they have received in Christ, and not be drawn away by legalism or by dramatic visions and stories. If we are to follow Christ and make a difference in the world then it will not be quick, dramatic or constantly changing innovations that will help, but rather - to use the name of one of Eugene Peterson's books - "a long obedience in the same direction." This does not mean we cannot be creativity or adopt new ideas and strategies, but that we remain faithful and committed to Christ and the Gospel proclamation of God's reign, working consistently and persistently to fulfill God's purposes in our world a little more each day.
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
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 global
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.
August Movie Night: Chariots of Fire, August 4th at 6 pm
We follow the comedy of "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" in July with a more serious movie: "Chariots of Fire". You wonder sometimes how well a movie has "aged". Like "To Kill a Mockingbird", this low budget ($5 million) sleeper of 1981 has worn very well indeed. It is a true story which portrays, in the period immediately following World War I, the conflict between principle and meritocracy on the one hand, and on the other, hypocrisy, bigotry and entitlement disguised as patriotism and elitism.
It strayed from the Hollywood formula for financially successful movies of the time, free of sex, violence and car chases. Rather, it is the true story of British runners who competed at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. The central characters were portrayed by excellent stage actors previously unknown to the screen. Yet, similar to British Olympic track team, it gained notoriety in France (at the Cannes Film Festival) and went on to take the prize in the form of 4 Oscars: Best Picture, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Best (truly unforgettable) Music and Best Costume Design.
Factoid: To boost attendance at this otherwise G rated movie, American financial backers of this film, shot in Great Britain, insisted on the use of a popular cuss word to merit a PG rating. Come see if you can detect the word and better learn a proper usage. (Hint: The word is not spelled correctly in the subtitles.)
As usual, Movie Night will begin at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring your own snack if you wish to (quietly) dine during the movie. Coffee and hot water (for tea) will be provided.
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
MASS IN THE GRASS
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Charlotte Stryker & Pat Golden
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
The Rev. Linda Packard
August 4, 2019
for your own study:
Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23
Colossians 3:1-11 Luke 12:13-21
|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!
|The choir is on recess for the month of August.
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
7/28 - 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
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