Grace Episcopal Church   
March 3, 2019
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
10:30 am
Maren Coates
Carol Poston
Linda Packard+
Renee Dowe 
Coming Right Up! 
The Way of Love: Final Session 
This nine session series on the seven practices of "The Way of Love" will wrap up on Tuesday, March 5 from 2:00 - 3:30. This final session will help each of us recognize our way forward in applying the seven practices we have studied: Turn, Study, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, and Rest.
Wednesday, March 6, there will be two services of Holy Eucharist with the imposition of ashes:
7:30 am in the Chapel and
7:00 pm in the Church
Dubuque Rescue Mission Lunch  
As part of our Outreach Ministry we are again going to prepare and serve a noon meal at the Dubuque Rescue Mission. The date will be Thursday, March 7th. Would you like to help? It is a very rewarding endeavor and we have a good time doing it. On Wednesday March 6th, we will need 3-4 volunteers to help prepare the two main dishes at the Parish house. On Thursday March 7th, 5-6 volunteers will be needed to help prepare and serve the meal in Dubuque at the Mission. For dessert, 2 dozen bars or brownies from 4-5 volunteers will be needed and can be brought to church ahead of time. If you are interested in helping, please contact Karlyn Van Gelder (Ph. 563-542-2304 or  
Canapes & Conversations
will be hosted by Al & Cathie Elsbree on March 15th in the Parish Hall with a special presentation by Steve Dowe on the History & Geography of South Sudan and Grace Church's relationship with the Diocese of Renk. Please bring a friend, a nibble and a beverage to share. All are welcome!
Rector's Ramblings 
The season of Lent is upon us. It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world. Clarence Jorden of the Koinonia Movement many years ago wrote this: Jesus founded the most revolutionary movement in human history, a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world, and the mandate to those who follow to live that love.
The season of Lent is upon us. It is a season of making a renewed commitment to participate and be a part of the movement of Jesus in this world. You can see some of that in the Gospel lesson for the first Sunday of Lent where Luke says that after the Baptism of Jesus he went into the wilderness, there to be tempted of Satan.
After the Baptism. Baptism is the sacrament of commitment to the Jesus Movement. It is to be washed, if you will, in the love and the reality of God, and to emerge from that great washing as one whose life is dedicated to living that love in the world.
In this season of Lent, we take some time to focus on what that means for our lives, whether it is as simple as giving up chocolate candy or as profound as taking on a commitment to serve the poor or to serve others in some new way. Whatever it is, let that something be something that helps you participate in the movement of God's love in this world following in the footsteps of Jesus.
And the truth is, the fact that Jesus was baptized and began that movement in the world and immediately found himself tempted by the devil is an ever-present reminder that this movement is not without struggle. It is not easy. The truth is, this movement is difficult. It's hard work. It's work of following Jesus to the cross. And it's work of following Jesus through the cross to the Resurrection. To new life. And new possibility. That is our calling. That is the work of the movement. To help this world move from what is often the nightmare of the world itself into the dream that God intends.
So I pray that this Lent, as they used to say many years ago, might be the first day of the rest of your life. It might be a new day for this world.
God love you. God bless you. Have a blessed Lent, a glorious Easter, and you keep the faith.

I have jumped the gun by a few days, but I hope PB Curry's message will encourage you to attend one of our Ash Wednesday services this year and enter into this time of preparation for Christ's Passion and Resurrection.

On Sunday, this time after the Epiphany will end with the texts of Jesus' Transfiguration. Our church will be dressed in white and we will sing our "alleluias" for the last time until Easter. We will also commission our newly elected Wardens, Vestry Members and our appointed Officers.

Then, on Wednesday, I shall invite you, "in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word." I hope you will avail yourself of the opportunities to deepen your Lenten practices--the Dubuque Rescue Mission meal, the five-church study group on Tuesday evenings, our Wednesday, Sunday, and Holy Week services, and the Lenten Meditation booklet with reflections written by members of our congregation.

See you in church!
Preparation for Sunday  
Exodus 34:29-35: After bringing the tablets of the law down the mountain, Moses' face shines. And every time after speaking with God in the Tent of Meeting, he addresses the people with a shining face, after which he covers his face with a veil.
Psalm 99: A psalm of praise for God's holiness and glory, for God's love of justice, and for God's guidance and discipline of God's people.
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2: In Christ, believer's hearts are unveiled to receive the truth, and we are able to reflect God's glory, being changed to be more and more like Christ.
Luke 9:28-36 (37-43): Jesus takes Peter, James and John up a mountain where his face is transfigured, his clothes shine white, and the disciples, who had fallen asleep, wake up to find Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah.

In every life and in every community we face challenges and struggles that threaten to overwhelm us. Sometimes our response is that of the disciples - to fall asleep, or to check out of life in order to avoid the pain. But the transfiguration offers an alternative in a twofold call. Firstly, we are invited to encounter God anew, and be filled with hope and courage as we meditate on the glory of the incarnate Christ. Secondly, we are invited to open ourselves to our own transfiguration - to be transformed and to begin to reflect God's glory ourselves. Of course, as with Christ, embracing God's glory is also embracing the cross - the suffering of staying awake, and meeting our challenges head on. As we encounter the transfigured Christ again this week, may we refuse the false comfort of quick fixes, and set our minds toward the tough journey of real transformation - in our relationships, our finances, our health, our community's upliftment, and the trajectories of our nation and our world.

The thumbnails and reflections excerpted from
Worship Ministry News  
Ronn Toebaas will lead a Lector Workshop on March 9 at 2:00 pm. This will be for all current lectors and those wishing to become lectors. If you are unavailable on that date, a make-up date of March 18 at 7:00 pm has been set.  Please let Terri Jackman know which date you will attend by e-mailing her at
Outreach Ministries Update 

The next River Bend Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry will take place on March 23rd at Cross Roads Community Church. Volunteers are always needed. Come at 10 am to volunteer. Food recipients register beginning at 10:15 and distribution begins at 11.

Formation Ministries  
The Movie Night Premier showing of "To Kill a Mockingbird" was a success due to the quality of the movie, the ten people who attended, and the engrossing discussion afterwards. Henceforth, Movie Night will be on the second (2nd) Friday of the month, beginning at 6 pm. Therefore, our next movie will begin at 6 pm on Friday, March 8th. It's a brown bag/bring your own snack event. Coffee and hot water for tea will be provided. Ten was a good start; but there's plenty of room for more. Invite people you know to enjoy this free event and meet the rest of us movie buffs.
Our next movie will be "Good Night, and Good Luck": In the mid-1950's Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee's anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program "See It Now," Murrow challenges Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers. It was a threat to the United States and the Constitution that some of us recall. Here's the trailer:
Imagine "Entering the Passion of Jesus" with a Jewish scholar! For six Tuesday evenings we will delve into this study by Amy Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. All sessions will take place at Galena United Methodist Church with the soup supper at 6pm and discussion at 6:45pm. Please sign up and join us!
March 12     Jerusalem: Risking Reputation
Hosted by Revs. Hopewell & McKay
March 19     The Temple: Risking Righteous Anger
Hosted by First Presbyterian Church
March 26    Teachings: Risking Challenge
Hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church
April 2         The First Dinner: Risking Rejection
Hosted by Lord of Love Lutheran Church
April 9         The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
 Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church
April 16        Gethsemane: Risking Temptation
Hosted by Galena United Methodist Churc
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 2018-2020)   
Worship Committee:            Charlotte Stryker (class of 2022)
and Spirituality:
   Elizabeth Ludescher (class of 2022)  
Fellowship & Hospitality:     Anita Sands (class of 2021)                 
Pastoral Care/ LEMs:           Bonnielynn Kreiser (class of 2020)  
Outreach:                             Tony Packard (class of 2021)     
Communications:                 Larry Poston (class of 2020)
Governance:                        Wardens & Rector 

Officers:                Greg Serwich, Senior Warden             
                     Junior Warden, Lynn Giles
                     R ichard Luther, Treasurer                    
                     Diann Marsh, Clerk      
Rect or :                          The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell           

Parish Ad ministrator:     Fräni Beadle  
O rganist/Pianist:            Robin French, Nancy Cook        
Choir Director:               Pat Terry     
This Sunday 
In This Issue
Coming Right Up!
Taking Note of This Sunday
Next Sunday's Readings
Grace's Prayer List
Meetings this Week
Choir Schedule
Ministry of Care
Ministry of Care
Boring Details
March 3, 2019
Sunday Morning  
Last Epiphany     
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Greg Serwich
1st Chalicist:
Bill Foltz
2nd Chalicist: 
Lynn Giles
Donna Davis
Vestry Coordinator:
Anita Sands
Greeter: Cathie Elsbree
Altar Guild: Ann Berry & Amy Hardwicke
The Very Rev. Gloria Hopewell

Next Sunday's
Last Epiphany
March 3, 2019
Eucharistic readings
for your own study:   
Exodus 34:29-35    
Psalm 99  
2 Corinthians 3:12--4:2
Luke 9:28-36(37-43)
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   
Cursillo Reunion  
St. Francis Room
10:30 am
Morning Bible Study Parish House
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:    
March  OR check out the goog le
calendar on the new website
Sunday Social Hour Hosts
** If you put out trash, please put in a secure trash can. Thanks to all for your cooperation. **

3/3 - Bonnielynn & Kim Kreiser
3/10 - Banas
3/17 - Berry
3/24 - Beadle  
R eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates are provided. Use what you need from our pantry under the coffee maker.  Remember: Keep it simple. We usually have about 35-40 attending.
Also, do not forget to turn off stove/oven, lights, take out trash, and lock the door. 

  **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
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

Sermons and e-Blasts 
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!  

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

Grace Episcopal Church Office:
107 S. Prospect Street
Galena, IL 61036