Lenten Soup and Supper Continues on Tuesdays
Each Tuesday, a brief session of
Taize Prayer will take place
prior to the soup supper.
5:30 pm in the Galena UMC sanctuary
All sessions will take place at Galena United Methodist Church with the soup supper at 6pm and discussion at 6:45pm. The first session will be: "Jerusalem: Risking Reputation," hosted by Revs. Hopewell & McKay. See the full description below under "Formation Ministries."
On Maundy Thursday, April 18th, an Agapé dinner will be held in the Parish House at 5:30pm. There is a sign up sheet in the Narthex and Parish House foyer
You can also call Fräni at 815-777-2590 to sign up.
|This week, let's turn to our neighbors in South Sudan with the letter below from Steve Dowe thanking those who attended his Canapes and Conversation presentation recently.
May the second half of Lent be fruitful for you.
See you in church!
On Lenten Sundays, it is our practice at Grace Church to use the Rite1 penitential order of worship that is appropriate to the season. The colors of vestments and paraments are purple, the crosses are veiled, and the silver communion ware and brass candlesticks are replaced. Stark twigs take the place of flowers. No "alleluias" are used, and the service music is more somber and majestic to reflect the Lenten themes.
This 4th Sunday of Lent, the halfway point in this penitential season is called "Laetere Sunday." The term is derived from the opening words of the Latin Mass, "Rejoice (Laetare) Jerusalem" (Is 66:10). The church is called to joyful anticipation of the victory to be won. This joyful theme provides lightening from the penitential emphasis of Lent. Since the thirteenth century the celebrant of the eucharist has been permitted to wear rose-colored vestments which express the change of tone in the Lenten observance. Laetare Sunday therefore may be called "Rose Sunday." This custom is not required in the Episcopal Church, but it is observed by some parishes with a traditional Anglo-catholic piety.
: The Israelites celebrate the Passover, as God proclaims that the "disgrace of Egypt" is removed from them, and have their first meal in Canaan. The day after that the manna stops arriving.
: A celebration of the joy and healing that confession brings, and the restoration that God offers those who admit their sin. God's promise to instruct and guide those who trust in God.
2 Corinthians 5:16-21
: In Christ we are reconciled to God, and we are called to invite others into this reconciliation - both between people and God, and between people and people.
Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
: Jesus' parable of the loving and forgiving father who welcomes back his wasteful and repentant son, and seeks to reconcile him with his resentful elder brother.
The call to repentance continues this week. Although the focus shifts just a little bit, to themes of forgiveness and reconciliation. Often these aspects of the spiritual life are viewed primarily from an individualist perspective. This week's readings, however, bring together the individual and the communal. Our reconciliation with God leads us into the "ministry of reconciliation". Our forgiveness brings wholeness, not just to ourselves, but to others through us. This connection between the "me" and the "we" is such an important theme of the Gospel, and a good place to linger in this week's worship, while also looking at the implications of the practice of forgiveness for justice in our world.
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
Dubuque Rescue Mission
A big thank you to all of you who helped with our Dubuque Rescue Mission meal! Our Grace Church is blessed with generous members who baked delicious cookies/bars, spent time in the Parish House kitchen preparing the main entrees the day ahead, and prepping and serving the meal at the Mission. You are truly a wonderful group!
Glory Parish, South Sudan
"Thank you for breaking bread and listening to me, as I rant on about a ne
w dream for Glory Parish..." To read Steve Dowe's entire letter, please click here
A copy of a letter from the priest at Glory with an update on the use of last year's funds from Grace and an indication of the present need to renovate the church (with pictures) is also at this link.
The sign-up sheet for Easter lilies and flowering plants is in the Narthex and Parish House foyer. The cost for an Easter lily is $15.00. Please sign-up and help make the church look festive this Easter Sunday.
LENTEN SOUP AND STUDY SERIES
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 join us!
April 2 The First Dinner: Risking Rejection
Hosted by Lord of Love Lutheran Church
The Last Supper: Risking the Loss of Friends
Hosted by Grace Episcopal Church
April 16 Gethsemane: Risking Temptation
Hosted by Galena United Methodist Church
Saturday, April 6, 2-4 pm in the Parish Hall. Short Meditative Pieces, discover & discuss the poets' thoughts on Lent & Christianity. No "homework," copies available at session. For more information please contact Bill Foltz at 608 759-2088 or
Movie Night: Grand Canyon, Friday April 12th
Our next movie will be "Grand Canyon", a unique film starring Kevin Kline, Mary McDonnell, Danny Glover, Steve Martin, Mary-Louise Parker and Alfre Woodard. It illustrates the fulfillment that can come from recognizing miracles and the natural human inclination to help others, notwithstanding the barriers dividing us, especially in modern times and large urban areas like Los Angeles. The cast, under the direction of Lawrence Kasdan ("The Big Chill"), skillfully portrays how we can be totally consumed with our daily lives and concerns until confronted, or saved, by a "miracle". Also, on rare occasions, a transforming transcendence can yank us from our natural predilection to dwell on our aspirations and anxieties. In this secular movie, that occurs at the southern rim of the Grand Canyon.
Of course, as Christians seeking the Kingdom of God amongst us, we too can find transcendence at the Grand Canyon, or beneath a dark night sky covered by a canopy of stars, or even in the eyes of a baby. We also can find it in worship, prayer, and scripture or, perhaps most importantly, in being Jesus to others, especially to those outside the doors of our churches. Similar to water and wind in the Grand Canyon, we possess the God given power to change the earth.
As usual, Movie Night will begin at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Bring your own snack if you wish to (quietly) dine during the movie. Coffee and hot water (for tea) will be provided.
2019 Parish Directory
It's that time of year again...please send any phone or address updates to Fräni at firstname.lastname@example.org - this is also a good time to verify birthdays and anniversaries!
Old Parish House Furniture
There are several tables, chairs and bookshelves available from the old parish house. Please call the office if you or an organization you are affiliated with are interested. 815-777-2590
Social Hour Clean-up
Just a reminder that trash should be placed in the outdoor trash cans, counter tops wiped down, oven turned off, coffee maker warmers turned off and dishwasher started.
Cooking with God's Bounty
Grilled Greek Lemon Chicken
- 4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
- 1/3 cup olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 cloves garlic , minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary , crushed
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped fresh parsley , for serving
Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound thicker parts of chicken to even thickness. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary and season with salt and pepper (about 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper).
Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag, pour in olive oil mixture. Seal bag while pressing air out. Rub marinade over chicken. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate 2 - 5 hours (rotate bag and move chicken around halfway through if possible). Preheat grill over medium-high heat (to about 425 - 450).
Brush grill grates lightly with olive oil. Place chicken on grill, close lid, and grill about 4 minutes per side, or until chicken registers 160 - 165 degrees in center of chicken on an instant read thermometer. Let chicken rest 5 minutes, garnish with fresh parsley then serve immediately.
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
Alice Maffit & Fräni Beadle
The Very Rev. Gloria Hopewell
April 7, 2019
for your own study:
|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."
Midweek Morning Eucharist
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
St. Francis Room
Morning Bible Study Parish House
|Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
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upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:
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3/31 - LEMs
4/7 - Jackman/Cook
4/14 - Available
4/21 - Easter Brunch
4/28 - Available
eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates
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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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