Grace Episcopal Church
First Sunday in Lent 
March 1, 2020
10:30 am
 

  Birthdays
Molly Beadle 
Jason Frank
Maren Coates  
Carol Poston  
Linda Packard+
 
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday
9am-12pm
 
Coming Right Up!  
Movie Night, is Sunday at 6:00 pm La Vie En Rose
Our next feature is a biopic about the legendary singer Edith Piaf, the "Little Sparrow", whose voice is synonymous with Paris and France. The adult Piaf is played by Marion Cotillard who won the 2007 Golden Globe and Academy Award for best actress. Her spell binding acting was made all the more mesmerizing by the make-up, which also earned that year's Academy Award.
Here's the trailer:
 
and Roger Ebert's four star review. (Spoiler alert: Ebert reveals the major plot developments; but it will prepare you for the emotional challenge of witnessing Piaf's life.):
 
As usual, showtime will 6 p.m. at the Grace Church Parish Hall, 107 S. Prospect St. in Galena. All are welcome, including guests, and guests of guests. Feel free to bring a beverage, snack or popcorn to munch during the movie. A discussion will follow.

World Day of Prayer -- Friday, March 6
 Through the annual WDP service, women from around the world come together for a common day of prayer and action, celebrating their common beliefs, and working together to promote justice and equality for all women. In Galena,  women from the Methodist church will be joined by those from First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, Lord of Love Lutheran. St. Mary Catholic, St. Matthew Lutheran, St. Michael Catholic and Westminster Presbyterian congregations. Each year a different country writes the program, and this year the women of Zimbabwe ask all women to "Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk". 
    Join Galena congregations at noon at the Methodist Church. located at 125. S. Bench Street. for the service and lunch following.
LENTEN WORSHIP AND STUDY 
LENTEN SOUP AND STUDY BEGINS MARCH 3

March 3rd     Worship & Prayer - Hosted by First Pres. Church   
March 10th   Study Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church
March 17th   Serve - Hosted by Lord of Love Lutheran Church
March 24th   Give - Hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church
March 31st   Share - Hosted by Galena United Methodist Church
April 7th          Five Practices from the Cross - TBA
 
Our five churches will hold this program again on Tuesdays evenings at the Galena United Methodist Church beginning with a supper of soup followed by study. 
This year, the book and video series will be The Walk by Adam Hamilton who says: "I wrote this book to be a simple guide for the Christian life
written for ordinary people whose faith is sometimes messy. It is written for those who wish to follow Jesus, to experience more of God in their lives, and to grow to become the people God wants them to be.
It is this idea of walking with Jesus that ...is a simple way of thinking about our Christian life. We are followers of Jesus. We are seeking to learn from him, to emulate him, to go where he wants us to go, to do what he wants us to do, and to walk on the journey of life with him."
Adam Hamilton is senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, one of the fastest growing, most highly visible churches in the country.

Lent Liturgies
Sunday March 1st                           Lent 1
                                                        10:30am Great Litany, Rite I

Sundays March 8th-March 29th      Lent 2 - 5
                                                        10:30am Penitential Order, Rite I
Rector's Ramblings 
This is a public service announcement:
Perhaps some of you have been wondering about whether our Eucharistic practice of sharing the common cup presents risks during epidemics.
    There is evidence--even scientific evidence--that there is very little risk with the common chalice, partly because of the alcohol content of the port wine that we use and partly because of properties of the silver and gold.One Episcopal bishop, a former scientist, studied peer reviewed journals and  provided this:

 

Letter to the Editor from CDC Scientists,
"Risk of Infectious Disease Transmission from a Common Communion Cup", American Journal of Infection Control (Vol. 26, pgs. 538-539).  Key quotes: "no documented
transmission of any infectious disease has ever been traced 

to the use of a common communion cup" and "the risk for infectious disease transmission by a common communion cup is very low"

 
On the other hand, the practice of intinction (dipping the bread into the cup) is less sanitary due to many fingers touching the chalice or even accidentally dipping into the win.
 
Given any concerns, we will, at Grace, immediately adopt the  
following:
  • we will continue offering the common chalice; however, instead of using the usual glass during Lent, we will continue to use the silver;
  • for those who still prefer intinction, you will receive the bread in your hand as usual; the server will take it from you, dip it in the wine and place it on your tongue;
  • the priests and chalicists will use hand sanitizer at the beginning of the Eucharist.
Please remember that if you receive the bread only, you fully partake of the Eucharistic feast. And do your part in regularly washing your hands, coughing or sneezing into your elbow, and staying home if you are sick. 

See you in church,
Gloria+
Bishop Lee's Lenten Invitation
An Invitation to the Keeping of a Holy Lent
An Invitation to the Keeping of a Holy Lent

This Sunday
On this first Sunday of Lent, we begin with the Great Litany in procession. The tone for all of the Sundays of Lent is more somber, as fits this more penitential season--the brass candlesticks have been replaced with two simple pillars. The crosses are covered in purple to match the purple vestments and paraments. The altar flowers are replaced by arrangements of bare twigs. And, of course, the "alleluias" are missing. In this season that parallels Jesus' 40 days if of preparation in the wilderness, we are not morose but more reflective, preparing ourselves spiritually for Jesus' death on the cross and God's gift of love that overcame death.   --GGH

READINGS:
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7: God warns the man and woman in Eden not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but they are tempted by the serpent, and eat some of the fruit, at which point they realise their nakedness and cover themselves with fig leaves.
Psalm 32 A Psalm of David celebrating God's forgiveness which is given so freely to those who confess their sin and do not try to hide it, and also an acknowledgement of God's invitation to guide God's people and lead them to life.
Through one person sin entered the world, and all people have
likewise sinned against God, but in Christ, God has given the free gift of forgiveness and right relationship with God.
Matthew 4:1-11: Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness, but overcomes the temptation to satisfy his appetites by turning stone into bread, to gain power and influence by the miraculous act of throwing himself off the temple, and to gain the world's wealth by worshiping the devil.

The call of the wilderness, and of Jesus' example of facing temptation and overcoming it, is a challenging lesson for our world. Justice can only be done as we learn to live lives of discipline and simplicity, of consideration and sharing, of prayer and service. Global movements that call us to a different way of living are deserving of our support, and it is up to us, through our participation in political process and law-making, and through our own work of advocacy, ethical consumption and Christ-like living, to make a contribution to changing the core values by which our world operates. This will be a wilderness for sure - in many ways life will get more painful and sacrificial before it gets healthier and more comfortable.

Thumbprints and commentaries from:
sacredise.com
Diocese of Chicago 
Electing Convention - Opening for a Delegate  
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, there will be a convention to elect the next Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago. Grace Church may register three voting delegates plus one alternate (who will attend only if one of the three delegates is unable to attend). In advance of the Convention, there will be a walk-about of the diocese. The candidates will travel around the diocese so all the delegates will have a chance to listen to and perhaps meet them. Grace Church delegates will probably have to travel to Rockford for this event. If you wish to be considered by the Vestry as a delegate or alternate, please contact Lynn Giles (text/call 815-757-2011 or email lynngiles @lynngilesphotography.com)
Outreach Ministries
Thanks for Outreach Lunch at Dubuque Rescue MissionA big thank you to all of you who helped with our
Dubuque Rescue Mission meal! We served 90 people and it was very much appreciated.. Grace Church is blessed with generous members who spent time in the the Parish House kitchen preparing the main entrees the day ahead, (Ann Berry, Donna Davis, Teresa Burke, Cathie Elsbree, and Terri Jackman); who baked dessert brownies/bars (Mary Foltz, Ann Berry, Kathy Shannon, Charlotte Stryker, Lynn Giles and Diane Banas); and who prepped and served the meal at the Rescue Mission (Tom Van Gelder, Al and Cathie Elsbree, Deb Pausz, Terri Jackman, and Carmen Ferguson). You are truly a wonderful group!             -Karlyn Van Gelder
 
Magdalene House Chicago is a new recipient of outreach funds this year. $1,000 has been given to assist in the establishment of this first Chicago/Illinois area site that is part of a Nashville, Tennessee ministry founded and lead by The Rev. Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest. These homes work to transition women who have been trafficked into stable and sustainable lives. Please watch this spot for a more detailed description of this ministry by Diane Luther. 
Vestry News
Parish Clerk Needed
Since last year Diann Marsh has served commendably as Parish Clerk, keeping minutes of monthly Vestry meetings and performing other official acts. However, in anticipation of her upcoming hospitalization and recuperation, Diann and the Vestry hope someone will take her place. Please contact Gloria or Greg Serwich if you can do so.
 
Park unto others as you would have them park unto you.
Some parish members have had difficulty finding suitable parking on Sundays. Therefore, starting February 23rd, for the Sunday Eucharist we intend to reserve four (4) spots in the parking lot for those with a state-issued handicap parking pass. . If you are fit and capable of walking from the street, please leave the non-reserved spots in the parking lot for others experiencing some limitation. Thank you.
Formation Ministry News 
Next Theological Thriller
The Next Theological Thriller Does God consign sinners to hell, or do we choose hell ourselves? That question is one of many raised by Charles Williams's dark theological thriller, Descent into Hell, arguably his most accomplished work of fiction.
 
Williams (18 86-1945), along with C. S. Lewis and J. R. Tolkien, was one of the Oxford group known as the Inklings. Like Lewis in particular, Williams' fiction skirts the boundaries of realism, in an amalgam of theology, myth, and a recognizable English landscape with human characters like ourselves. Our group read the first of his novels, War in Heaven, over a year ago, and with this one we will, if interest is sufficient, turn to the last as a Lenten "read."  
 
Rather than schedule an event and hoping someone will come, I am asking this time that those of you who would like to participate signify your interest to me, either in person at church or coffee hour, or by e-mail ( lsposton@uic.edu ).  I will then survey your available dates and times, and check back with you once more before ordering copies. Please let me hear from you no later than Saturday, February 22.
Beyond Our Doors--French Choir is Coming! 
It's all the buzz. Choeur d'hommes de l"Auvignon, a men's choir from southwest France, is coming to perform at the Galena Festival of the Performing Arts on July 10th (and sing in worship on July 12th) 2020. The organizing committee is looking for host families to house our guests for their 5 night stay. We are hoping to find housing for them in homes that are within walking distance of downtown Galena. This will give our travelers some freedom to explore on their own. They will be kept entertained as lots of activities are being planned that you as hosts may or may not want to join into.  Ask Bonnielynn Kreiser for more information and for the Host Family Inventory/ Application to fill out if you have any interest. Fill one out anyway even if you have to drive into town from your home - we may need you! Contact information is: 815-291-9005 (cell), 815-777-1468 (home), or skreiser@aol.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 2019-2021)   
Worship Committee:            Charlotte Stryker (class of 2022)        
Formation and Spirituality:   Elizabeth Ludescher (class of 2022) 
Fellowship & Hospitality:      Anita Sands (class of 2021)                 
Ministry of Care/LEMs:        Nancy Cook (class of 2023)  
Outreach:                              Tony Packard (class of 2021)     
Communications:                 Eric Kallback(class of 2023)
      
Governance:                  Wardens & Rector 
        Officers:                 Greg Serwich, Senior Warden             
                      Lynn Giles, Junior Warden,
                      Richard Luther, Treasurer                    
                                      Diann Marsh, Clerk      
                                      The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector 

Staff:                              Robin French, Director of Music
                                      Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
                                      Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
                      Chris Ludescher, Nursery Attendant      
This Sunday 
March 1, 2020 
Sunday Morning 
First Sunday in Lent 
10:30am
 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Service:
Presider:
Rev. Gloria Hopewell
Lector:
Phil Jackman
First Chalicist:
Elizabeth Ludescher
2nd Chalicist:
Lynn Giles
Acolyte:
Deb Pausz
Vestry Coordinator:
Charlotte Stryker
Altar Guild:
Ann Berry &
     Amy Hardwicke
Greeter:
Cathie Elsbree

ROTA: December 2019-May 31,2020
Next Sunday's
Readings: 
Second Sunday in Lent 
March 8, 2020
10:30am
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121 
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 
John 3:1-17
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 
Events This Week:
Tuesday
7:00pm
Soup & Study
Galena  
United Methodist Church
Wednesday 
7:30am
Mid-Week Eucharist
8:10am
Community Breakfast at Victory Café 
9:30am
Cursillo Group 
10:30am
Morning Study Group  
Thursday 
1:30pm
Knitting Ministry 
6:30pm
EfM
Friday 
9:00am
Centering Prayer
Saturday
10:00am
Choir Practice
   
All are welcome!
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, check out the goog le 
calendar on the website
Sunday Social Hour Hosts

3/1-

3/8-

3/15- Jackman's
      Irish Feast

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 who can assist you and connect you with parishioners who have trained and committed 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
Bonnielynn Kreiser TBA
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 yours been missed in our bulletins?   Send to Nancy.   Thank y ou!    

News and Photos
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People want to know
what's going on at Grace!  T here are places here for your event, program, or
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. Paper copies are available upon re quest. 
 
Older recent sermons  
 Newest sermons:    
 
 
Grace Galena Transfiguration A Sermon 
Grace Galena Transfiguration A Sermon

   
Grace Galena 6th after Epiphany A Sermon 
Grace Galena 6th after Epiphany A Sermon


 
Grace Galena Sermon 5th after Epiphany 
Grace Galena Sermon 5th after Epiphany


   
Grace Galena Presentation/Candlemas Sermon 
Grace Galena Presentation/Candlemas Sermon
 
 
 
Grace Galena 3rd Sunday after Epiphany Sermon 
Grace Galena 3rd Sunday after Epiphany Sermon
   
 
 
 
 
In line for the Ashes 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   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