Grace Episco pal Church
Week of July 29, 2018  
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost  
10:30 am

Birthdays:
Alexandra Grosshans
Pat Golden
Art Williams 
Anniversaries:
Jim & Ann Berry

HAVE YOU VISITED THE NEW WEBSITE ??? 
This week, try the "Worship" tab to see our liturgical ministries, sacraments, and sermon archives: click here:
Website worship tab
Coming Right Up 
Two opportunities to help our Galena students!

ARC School Supply Drive

July is Outreach's ARC 4K school supply month.  This year we will again be collecting school supplies for the 15 students enrolled at the ARC. This year there are two options. Option one is to purchase the school supplies that are currently needed. Option two is to contribute money. The money will be used to buy some supplies in bulk. Current  needed school supplies are:
Glue sticks, white construction paper, markers, Colored pencils, crayons, gallon of glue, Fiskars scissors, dry erase markers, paint brushes, Glitter paint bulletin board paper.
Contributions can be placed in the basket in the Narthex during the month of July. The last Sunday to collect supplies is July 29th. Thank you for your generous response.

Apple Tree Program
Our church has been asked to be part of the Apple Tree Program which is helping over 75 students in our Galena Schools this year. If you are interested in taking an "apple" which lists specific school supplies for students, please contact Karlyn Van Gelder. (563-542-2304)
The supplies are to be returned by August 5th, 2018. Thanks for your consideration. This ongoing program has been coordinated by several Galena churches in past years. It is now part of our United Churches of Galena ministries.
Rector's Ramblings 
Summer bits and pieces: Please be sure to be in church this Sunday as the choir completes its season and begins its August holiday! There will be a special sung benediction to send them out! And in August, we will have some special instrumental music as well as the hymns that some of you have requested.

Note that there are several vacant spots on the Coffee Hour Host list for August.

I also wanted to provide you the following news on the Presiding  Bishop.

See you in church!
Gloria+
Presiding Bishop to have surgery for prostate cancer 

Please pray for the Most Reverend Michael Curry as he prepares for surgery on Tuesday, July 31. Even as
he was leading and inspiring the church gathered at General Convention he had a diagnosis   of prostate cancer and had settled upon a treatment course that will include removal of the prostate gland. 
He expects to have 4-6 weeks of recuperation and resume his duties in September. 

For the full text of ++Bp. Curry's letter, click this link:
Presiding bishop's letter 
Preparation for Sunday  
The focus of the Lectionary this week, is on learning to trust in God's grace and God's ways, and learning to live out of that faith in every choice, every decision and every moment. It's a timely word, since so much suffering is caused when we operate from fear, lust, greed and self-sufficiency. Faith in God's ways and God's gracious presence may sound naive and impractical, but, when we take the risk and live as faithful followers of Christ, we discover that the principles of God's Reign really are the best way to live.

READINGS
2 Kings 4:42-44: The prophet Elijah receives a bag of grain and twenty barley loaves, and he instructs his servant to feed one hundred people with them. The servant, although uncertain at first, obeys, and after everyone is fed there is food left over.
Psalm 145:10-18: God's people bless God and give thanks to God, telling everyone about God's power and glory, and God's everlasting Reign, because God is trustworthy and supports, provides for, and rescues all who call out to God.
Ephesians 3:14-21: Paul prays for the Ephesian Christians, asking God, who knows all people, to strengthen them, live in them and enable them to grasp the height, depth and breadth of God's love. Then Paul, celebrates God who can do far more than we can think or imagine.
John 6:1-21: Jesus is followed by a large crowd and he asks Philip where they will find food to feed them, but Philip expresses that it would be far too costly to try and feed them all. Then Andrew points out one youth's five loaves and two fish. Jesus blesses the food and has it distributed to the crowd, and everyone is fed. Then, because he knows they want to force him to be king, Jesus withdraws. But, later, as the disciples sail across the lake, a storm comes up. But, Jesus goes to the disciples on the water and they reach their destination safely.

In every life a choice must be made in which we decide the principles that will guide us. In our relationships, our neighbourhoods, our communities, our work and play we can choose to allow our own self-interest to be primary or we can trust that following the ways of God's Reign truly do lead us to life. The challenge is that we would love to believe that following Jesus guarantees prosperity, health and safety, but this is not what this week's readings promise.  Rather, we are offered a vision of God's grace and presence that calls to the grace and compassion within us. We are challenged, through the Gospel story, to believe that generosity and trust really can help us to enjoy shared abundance and navigate the storms that we will inevitably face. One of the tragedies of the contemporary church is that we have failed to live the faith we proclaim. Where we have spoken about forgiveness and grace, we have been vindictive and condemning. Where we have spoken about trust and generosity, we have been greedy and stingy. Where we have spoken about courage and integrity, we have been fearful and cowardly. If the world is to believe our message, we are going to have to manifest it in our lives and communities, and when we do, we may well discover that we contribute to wholeness and peace in our world.ys they were stunningly successful, despite themselves.
 
The thumbnails come from sacredise.com,
Formation News 
Lenten Meditation Coordinator Needed!
 
The Parish survey about the Lenten Meditation Booklet has been tabulated.  Those who responded were unanimous in their desire to see the tradition continue at Grace Church.Now we are looking for someone to take on this ministry.  The responsibilities would start with giving volunteers their writing assignments and end with working with Fräni to produce the familiar daily meditation booklet.  Patience, a sense of humor and reasonable computer skills are prerequisites.  If this ministry appeals to you, please contact Elizabeth Ludescher (
edgirl83@yahoo.com ) for more details.  
Ministry of Care News 
Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs)

There will be a short meeting for Lay Eucharistic Ministers in the chapel immediately after church on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Our agenda will be a review of our current practices and suggestions for changes/improvements. Contact Bonnielynn Kreiser (815-777-1468) with any questions.
Parish House Update 
Duct work Heating d ucts g oing in, water and sewe r lines being installed, siding being installed, additional framing work, electrical / can lights / conduit, and Carl and I had a wonderful meeting with the install details rep from Garavant Lift Company. We had so much fun discussing shaftway dimensions, electrical connections, support structure, and my favorite, phone code requirements as they relate to the phone in the lift. Unreal. Unrealistic, and because it is code, tough luck.
 
Rep from Spahn and Rose will be along Mon day (was supposed to be yesterday but a problem came up) to do field measurements so cabinets and counters can be ordered.
  Front siding
1st floor windows
Looking out from 1st floor  
Charlotte has heard some folks do not like the Sailcloth color. No problem painting any color wanted if a change is preferred. The color was picked because it is a historical color and because it matches the color of the outside trim around the stained glass windows. I do not have a horse in this race. I will ask the interior design folks fo
Meditation Garden Pond with Lilypads
r their opinion.
 
Thanks a ll.
 
Pete Stryker
(C) 312 504 8268


Meanwhile, on the other side of the church, the Mason duo (Crystal and Don) are hard at work inside and outside the Meditation Garden. They have been clearing away the weeds on the hill leading up to the gate. And, they have populated the fountain with lilypads with fish to follow. The water to the fountain is shut off during construction, so this is expected to control any mosquitos.  
Hillside leading to Garden 
   
Galena Area News 

Volunteers Needed
The Galena Food Pantry has been working with Women and Friends to create a proxy program. The program will coordinate volunteers with folks who are not able to make it to the food pantry because of work, childcare, or transportation issues. Once a month volunteers in teams of two will drop of groceries to families. So far there are 29 families in need of deliveries. The first deliveries will take place on July 12th. The food pantry is in need of as many volunteers as possible! You will be delivering once a month with a partner to two families. Please let Cathie Elsbree know if you are interested.
Leadership  
Vestry Liaisons

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

Worship:                               Rector                        
Building and Grounds:        
Pete Stryker (Sr. Warden 2017-2019)   
Worship Committee:            Pam Malik
(class of 2019)             
Formation
and Spirituality:
  Greg Serwich (Jr. Warden 2018-2019)   
 
Fellowship & Hospitality:     Anita Sands (class of 2021)                 
Pastoral Care/ LEMs:           Bonnielynn Kreiser (class of 2020)  
Outreach:                             Tony Packard (class of 2021)
                                             Deb Pausz (class of 2019)               
Communications:                 Larry Poston (class of 2020)
      
Governance:                        Wardens & Rector 

Officers:                Pete Stryker, Senior Warden             
                     Greg Serwich, Junior Warden
                     R ichard Luther, Treasurer                    
                     Elizabeth Ludescher, Clerk      
                     
Rect or :                          The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell           
Administrative Asst.:      Fräni Beadle  
Organist/Pianist:            Robin French, Nancy Cook        
Choir Director:               Pat Terry 

 
This is a rather noisy recording due to the outdoor venue and no sound system. 
In This Issue
Title
Meetings this Week
Choir Schedule
Calendar
Coffee Hour Reminders
Boring Details
This Sunday 
July 29, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
10th Sunday after Pentecost 
10:30am
   
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the Service:
Lector:
Carmen Ferguson
1st Chalicist:
Bill Foltz
2nd Chalicist: 
Cathie Elsbree
Acolyte:
Donna Davis
Vestry Coordinator:
Deb Pausz
Greeter:
Amy Hardwicke
Altar Guild:
Pam Malik & Kathy Shannon
Presider: Rev. Linda Packard
Preacher
:  Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Next Sunday's
Readings: 
11th after Pentecost
August 5, 2018
Eucharistic readings
for your own study: 
Exodus 16:2-4,9-15   
Psalm 78:23-29     
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35
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 

Wednesday Events  
7:30 am
Midweek Morning Eucharist 
 
8:10 am
Community Breakfast at Victory Café    
9:15am
Outreach Meeting

Cursillo Reunion  
St. Francis Room
 
10:30 am
Morning Bible Study Parish House (No meetings in August)
 
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
Sermons and e-Blasts 
Copies of sermons and e-Blasts are available on the Narthex table.
Comments on this e-Blast may be sent here

Sermons are often posted as audio files on the rector's Facebook page.  
Sunday Social Hour Hosts
** If you put out trash, please put in a secure trash can. Thanks to all for your cooperation. **
 
7/29 - Banas 
8/5 - Available
8/12 - Available
8/19 - Available  
8/26 - Hansen/Beadle 
 
R eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates are provided. Use what you need from our pantry to the right of the coffee maker.  Remember: Keep it simple. We usually have about 20-25 attending.
  **Coffee schedule sign up is in  the Parish House kitchen.**
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


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

 f or e-Blast!
People want to know
what's going on at Grace!  T here are places here for your event,
program, or interesting tidbit.



The sermon audios along with recent archives can also be accessed on the new Grace website under the worship tab or here at: sermons





   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

Grace Episcopal Church Office:
309 Hill Street
Galena, IL 61036
815-777-2590