Please note the lift in the Parish House
has been fixed!
There will be no office hours for the Parish Administrator on Thursday and Friday, June 20-21. The office will be open at the normal time the following week on Tuesday-Friday.
A number of Grace members are performers in the Cemetery Walk who explore the rugged lives of early settlers, sharing stories of prosperity and the challenges of intersecting cultures, politics and cholera.
Cemetery Walk is one of the
Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society's
major fundraising events. A team of researchers, actors and supporters put countless hours of preparation into each year's Walk to create a remarkable experience.
Writer and Director Ronn Toebaas relies heavily on research by local librarian Scott Wolfe and Historical Society Board Member Kris Chapman to find the facts behind the people who are portrayed in each Walk.
An indoor, seated performance is set for TONIGHT at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14 at Grace Episcopal Church, 309 Hill Street. Admission for both the outdoor and indoor events is $15, and proceeds go to the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society's mission to preserve the stories of our region.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2665 sponsored this year's Cemetery Walk.For more information, phone 815-777-9129 or visit
Canapés & Conversations
This month's event will be held at the Apple River Fort State Historic site in Elizabeth by Don & Crystal Mason and Deb Pausz on Friday, June 21st from 5-7 pm. Please note that you can drive and park close to the Fort itself, however, there is uneven terrain inside the Fort. Buildings will be open but seating will be limited so feel free to bring a chair. Assorted bug juice will be available. Please bring a guest, a beverage and a nibble to share. All are welcome! Any questions, please call Don & Crystal 815-291-0071 (Don cell phone).
The theme this week is clear - the nature of God as Triune. This "difficult" doctrine of the Church is a tough one to address in a sermon or in worship.However, the very mystery of this doctrine, provide a wonderful array of options. There is the opportunity to acknowledge again the limitations of our language and thinking about God, and to embrace God's glorious, infinite mystery. There is the chance to recognise how God has chosen to reveal God's self to humanity in flesh and Spirit, and how Jesus and the Spirit really do show us what God is like. There is also the chance to recognise the work of all three Persons in the life of every woman and man. There is also the opportunity to explore God's nature as community, as Love, as relationship, and what this means for us. Ultimately, though it is wise to bear in mind Richard Rohr's words: "Trinity leads you into the world of mystery and humility where you can not understand, you can only experience." And perhaps the heart of that experience is 'mutuality' - of God within God, and, miraculously, of God with humanity.
: A song of God's majesty, and the honour God has given to humanity.
: In Christ God has given us peace and a place of privilege, and has also strengthened us by giving us the Spirit.
: Jesus promises the Spirit who will lead us into truth, and teach us all that belongs to Jesus and the Father
In the Western culture of individuality and self-interest, we too easily lose our sense of connectedness and responsibility for others and for the collective. In the Eastern and African cultures of community and social responsibility, we too easily lose our sense of self-determination and accountability. In both cases, the vision of God that is offered to us in the Trinity gives us what we lack, and enables us to lean into the paradox which values both individuality and mutuality. In our communities and churches, then, we recognise God's call to hold individuals accountable - those in leadership, and those who follow - and to challenge each one to take responsibility and live faithfully and justly (there are no grand children in faith!). But, we also recognise God's call to bring people into humble, respectful, compassionate and generous relationships of mutuality and sharing, in which grace and respect and mercy triumph over judgment, exclusion and partisanship. The Trinity reveals to us both God's confrontation of our human weakness, sinfulness and injustice, and God's invitation to share in God's love and mutuality in communities of faith. The glory is that justice can only truly be enacted when the trust of mutuality is assured, and mutuality can only be maintained when justice is upheld. We are called both to live this truth, and to proclaim it to the world.
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
An Evening with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
July 31 at St. James Cathedral
The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry
New podcast coming June 2019
"The way of Jesus is the Way of Love. And the Way of Love can change the world," Presiding Bishop Michael Curry says in his new podcast, The Way of Love: with Bishop Michael Curry, which launches on Pentecost [June 9]. These weekly conversations, featuring Bishop Curry along with podcast hosts Kyle Oliver and Sandy Milien, explore living a life committed to living the way of God's unconditional, unselfish, sacrificial and redemptive love.
For further information, click here
Invite Welcome Connect
y, Jun. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. James Cathedral will host a workshop led by the founder of Invite Welcome Connect,
Throughout the day, participants will learn ways to build a deeper culture of hospitality. Lunch is provided, and registration is $25.
Formation News -- Inviting Opportunity
Come enjoy the hilarity of our next feature: "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", the Coen Brothers' 2000 comedy loosely based on Homer's "Odyssey", staring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and other supporting characters. (And we do mean "characters".) Sunday, July 7th in the Parish Hall at 6pm.
We meet regularly at 6 p.m. on 1st Sundays of the month. (So mark your calendars!) Bring your own snack if you wish to (quietly) dine during the movie. (Mustn't interrupt the laughter.) Coffee and hot water (for tea) will be provided.
|O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Outreach Ministries Update
The Mission Outreach Committee invites you to join us as we play the Watershed Game. On Sunday, June 23rd at noon after church and our social hour we'll have the opportunity to play a game, win some chocolate, and learn about our watershed and the many stakeholders impacting water use. Participants learn about practices, plans, and policies that improve and protect the quality of a stream, lake or river. As a church we have supported the Jo Daviess Watershed Project financially. The object of this team-building game is to achieve a clean water goal regarding sediment while balancing financial resources.
United Churches Food Pantry Needs
If you are not already a Food Pantry volunteer, might you consider it? Some of the long term volunteers are wishing to retire. So, there are opportunities available for the 2nd and 4th Thursday distributions (you may sign up for one or both). The volunteer coordinator is Celeste Mancini at
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
River Bend Mobile Food Pantry Distribution will be on Saturday, June 29th at Crossroads Community Church. This is an opportunity to volunteer a couple of hours of your time to help the food insecure population in and around our city and county.
Cooking with God's Bounty
To Cook Shrimp:
- 1 lb large uncooked, unpeeled Shrimp
- 1 Bay Leaf
- ½ Lemon
- ½ Onion
- ½ tbsp of Salt
- ⅓ cup Ketchup
- 24 ounces of Clamato Original Tomato Cocktail
- 2 tsp Valentina Hot Sauce (could use Tapatio or Cholula as well)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- ½ large Cucumber, chopped
- ½ White Onion, chopped
- 1 Serrano Pepper, seeds removed and finely chopped
- 2 Roma Tomatoes, chopped
- ½ bunch Cilantro (reserve some for garnishing)
- Juice of 2 Limes
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Pepper
- 1 Avocado, diced
- Radishes, sliced
- Fill a pot ¾ full with water. Add bay leaf, juice from half of a lemon, the squeezed lemon half, ½ onion, and salt.
- Bring pot of water to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Return pot of water to a boil and then add unpeeled shrimp to pot and cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Remove shrimp from pot and place in an ice water bath for 10 min.
- Drain water and peel shrimp and devein, but leave tails intact. Cover and chill.
- In a large bowl mix all ingredients for cocktail broth.
- Add shrimp to cocktail mixture and let sit in fridge covered for 15 min.
- Serve in bowls or cocktail glasses. Add avocado, radish slices, and cilantro on top.
- Add more lime juice or hot sauce to your liking.
- Enjoy with either saltine crackers or tortilla chips (I prefer tortilla chips).
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
Parish Administrator: Fräni Beadle
Organist/Pianist: Robin French, Nancy Cook
Choir Director: Pat Terry
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Debbie Kallback & Pam Malik
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
June 23, 2019
for your own study:
Psalm 22:18-27, 42 or 43
Isaiah 65:1-9 or 1 Kings 19:1-4
|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 Prayer
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
|Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
For current and
upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:
June OR check out the goog
calendar on the new website
6/16 - Davis
6/23 - Watershed Game
6/30 - Martin/Burton/Walters/Ferguson
7/7 - Available
7/14 - Jackman
7/21 - Mass in the Grass
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.**
PLEASE NOTE: If you plan to be in the church over the weekend, please be aware that the following events will be taking place in the church and/or Parish House as follows. Make your plans accordingly. The office will be open as usual on Thursday and Friday from 9am-Noon.
Thurs. evening , June 13, Cemetery Walk Rehearsal--church
Friday evening, June 14, Cemetery Walk Performance--church
Saturday afternoon, June 15, private party--Parish House
Saturday afternoon, June 15, anniversary vow renewal--church or chapel
|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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