Memorial Service for
4 pm on Friday, June 28
UNITED CHURCHES HUNGER LUNCHEON
Grace Church has purchased its tables for this major fundraiser for the UCG Food Pantry that will take place on
Tuesday, July 16 at noon at the Crossroads Community Church. Rev. Gloria and GUMC Pastor Catiana McKay will present this year's program.
You may claim a seat at the table by signing up at no charge. The church has covered the cost; however, you are invited to contribute to this worthy cause by placing a donation in the coffee can that will be at the center of each table.
The Worship Ministries invite you to submit suggestions for your favorite hymns to be sung in worship during August when the choir is on recess.
Please sign up or send an e-mail to the church. If the hymn is not in our 1982 Hymnal, please provide a copy that includes accompaniment. Hymns that are not in our 82 Hymnal must be covered by our music license so that they can be copied in the bulletin. There are four Sundays in August, so up to four will be selected
each Sunday, depending upon the
preferences of that week's preacher.
One of the hats I wear as Rector, is "head of staff." That means I oversee all personnel employed by the church--interviewing and hiring, setting goals and evaluating, welcoming, and sometimes, saying goodbye.
Today, I have the task of letting you know of two upcoming changes. First, as most everyone knows by now, Pat Terry will retire at the end of July from nearly twenty-five years of directing our choir. We will all miss her infectious spirit and love of her art and give thanks for what she has brought to us. No less, will we miss Joe Terry's assistance in so many ways--and hope that he will continue to play his cello for us. The good news is that they will not be leaving the church community!
Arrangements have now been finalized for Robin French, who has served for nearly four years as our keyboard musician, to take on the additional role of Director of Music. She will begin officially in mid-August after a well-deserved vacation. Since she will be doing dual service at the piano and organ as well as the music stand, there are changes in store! Rehearsals, Robin's way of leading for certain. And, in a practical sense, some rearrangement in the rear of the church to accommodate her being able to direct from a piano or organ bench. I hope you will warmly welcome Robin to this new path in her service to Grace, its choir and its congregation.
Also, four years ago, I was in the process of interviewing for a new parish secretary/administrator. As we were blessed in finding Robin, we were so very lucky to welcome Frani Beadle. She has served us so well. It is her good fortune--and our sadness--that she will be taking a full time position at the bank where she has had her second job for the past year or so. That will be a tremendous loss for us! The good news is, however, that she and her family will remain members of Grace Church and she will continue to serve on the Altar Guild and, perhaps, in other capacities as well. I hope you will join me in wishing her the best in her new pursuits and thank her for all that she has offered to Grace Church. When there is new to report on finding her replacement (is that even possible???), I shall let you know. Meanwhile, I am bereft, while knowing that the Spirit continues to move in our midst, and change keeps us vibrant by bringing us a new thing.
See you in church,
1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21: Elijah anoints Elisha as prophet to succeed him. Elisha offers his oxen as sacrifice, and feeds his community with the meat, then leaves his home to follow Elijah.
: Praise for the God who is a refuge to those who seek God, who provides good companions and a beautiful inheritance, and who makes known the path of life.
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
: Christ gives us freedom, but not as an excuse to engage in destructive behaviour. Rather, through Christ we receive the life-giving fruit of God's Spirit.
: Jesus calls many people, who all have reasons to delay or decline. Jesus proclaims that God's Reign calls us to choose now - to live it and proclaim it.
This week the focus shifts to God's call for us to embrace the positive power of God's reign, and the difference it makes in the world. Elisha is called to be a prophet and follow Elijah's ministry. The Psalmist recognises God's saving work, and the way God leads God's people into the ways of life and life-bringing. In Galatians, Paul contrasts the destructive ways of evil and sin with the life-giving fruit of God's Spirit. And in Luke's Gospel, Jesus urgently calls all people to follow him and to live and proclaim God's reign immediately - not as some after-death hope, but as a world changing reality that we can experience and share now, right where we are.
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
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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?
Registration is now open for the 2019-2020 EfM class at Grace Church. EfM stands for Education for Ministry. It is a four-year curriculum developed by the University of the South, Sewanee TN for the education of lay people in the church. The first year focuses on the Hebrew Bible; the second year the New Testament while the third years reviews church history and the fourth year reads contemporary theology and ethics. Tuition is $375/year which includes all textbooks. Scholarships are available. You only commit to one year at a time. The group meets once a week for 36 weeks. For more information or for instructions on registration, please contact Lynn Giles (cell:815-757-2011, email:
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 interested. 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
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.
Proxy Program--Women and Friends Making a Difference
Proxy volunteers are needed for the food pantry program? We have about six people at this time but I am still having trouble finding people for the last minute requests. It would be great to have a few more dedicated people that we can rely upon. Please let me know if you have any questions. The Galena Bible Church administers the program and I just organize volunteers. The food pantry staff will train people. Thank you for the consideration. --Krista Ginger
Cooking with God's Bounty
BADGER MUFFINS from Donna Davis
PREHEAT OVEN TO 375*
In a small bowl combine:
1 ¼ C whole wheat flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground coriander
¼ tsp salt (opt)
IN A LARGE BOWL combine:
1 C or one large grated apple
½ C chopped cranberries
½ C blueberries or more
½ c chopped walnuts or pecans
½ C grated carrot or 1 large carrot
2/3 C sugar or ¼ Splenda (optional) I do not use either
COMBINE flour mixture and fruit mixture thoroughly
¼ C vegetable oil
Add to above mixture and stir in thoroughly
SPOON INTO 12 MUFFINS CUPS
Bake 22 minutes
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
Pam Malik & Debbie Kallback
Al & Cathie Elsbree
Rev. Linda Packard
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
July 7, 2019
for your own study:
Isaiah 66:10-14 or Kings 5:1-14
Psalm 66 or 30
|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
6/30 - Martin/Burton/Walters/Ferguson
7/7 - Available
7/14 - Jackman
7/21 - Mass in the Grass
7/28 - Available
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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