Grace Episcopal Church
Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020
 10:30 am

Renee Dowe
Office Hours
Tuesday - Friday
Coming Right Up!  

Coming Right Up!  
GRACE MOVIE MATINEE 1 p.m. THIS SUNDAY, March 8th: Groundhog Day
You read correctly: "Matinee". It's our first! We initially showed this iconic 1993 Harold Remis comedy (starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell) Sunday night, February 9th. However, due to snowfall only two hardcore couples drove to the Parish Hall. This reemergence of the Groundhog will give everyone a second chance to see this hilarious but thought provoking movie. "Thought provoking" because it poses the question: What would you do if given infinite opportunities to make the best use of a single day? And what better movie to repeat than Groundhog Day?!!
You can stick around after this Sunday's Eucharist and coffee hour, or just come at 1pm. That works well for guests, who can also join you for worship and socializing, or just show up for the movie. As usual, there will be a discussion afterwards.  
Meal begins at 6 pm; 6:45-7:30 for study and discussion of Adam Hamilton's The Walk. All sessions are held at Galena United Methodist Church on Bench Street.
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  

Sundays March 8th-March 29th    10:30am Penitential Order, Rite I
In this Lenten season that parallels Jesus' 40 days 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.   
Rector's Ramblings 
I confess that I didn't want to go. It was my day off, in spite of which I had some unfinished church tasks. I preferred, though, to do them at my kitchen table in my bathrobe and slippers with a steaming cup of coffee at hand. But I had slept in, and when I woke, there wasn't time for much except to get ready to go.
     The occasion was the annual World Day of Prayer held around the world on the first Friday of each March. The local gathering, here in Galena, has been offered for many years by the United Churches of Galena and is hosted at one the member churches each March, this year at the Galena United Methodist Church.
      The program materials are created by the women of various countries, this time, Zimbabwe, and include information about the culture, customs, and needs for prayer. Music, the lunch that follows, and decorations reflect the focus country.
      To be clear, I was not reluctant to attend this particular event, I simply didn't want to leave the house this morning! But I decided I needed to be there in support of our ecumenical efforts and of the two members of Grace--Mary Nelson and Terri Jackman--who were part of the program and the meal. This is one of the opportunities that we have in Galena to gather together from our separate churches to share our faith. This is the first time in several years that we had the full participation of our mainline Protestant and our Catholic churches.
       As the United Churches of Galena, we do well in our main focus--the Food Pantry and the fund-raising events that support it. Participation in our other endeavors is not as great. We have competing events in our own congregations, and we have differences in theology, in worship styles and practices, and stances on social issues that work against our unity.
      I do not see these differences being resolved. Actually, I believe "that we all may be one" may indicate that Jesus Christ is the center of faith for all of us. That we need not be a homogeneous blend of sameness but can acknowledge the differences and respect one another as people of God. And then, we can rejoice in those opportunities that we are given to come together to learn and to celebrate God's creation and those whose lives are so different from our own. I guess that is why I participated in the World Day of Prayer. 

See you in church,
Bishop Lee's  Corona Virus Suggestions
As a follow-up to last week's suggestions about changes in our communion practices during this time of concern about the corona virus, here are the measures suggested by Bishop Lee as ways to limit the spread of the virus:
  • It is entirely appropriate to use hand sanitizer visibly when celebrating the Eucharist or distributing the elements.
  • Congregations should avoid intinction (the dipping of the host or bread into the chalice).
  • Some research suggests that illness is less likely to spread when metal, rather than ceramic, chalices are used.
  • If worshippers are concerned or are feeling unwell, they can be reminded that we receive the fullness of communion by receiving only the bread.
  • Hugging and handshaking are best avoided at the moment. Instead, worshipers can greet one another during the peace with waves, bows, or other signs that don't involve physical contact.
  • People who are ill can be encouraged to stay home and assured they will be included in the congregation's prayers.
  • Coffee hour and feeding program volunteers can be reminded to wash their hands and handle food with plastic gloves or utensils.
This Sunday
Genesis 12:1-4a: God calls Abram to leave his home country, and promises that he will be blessed and will be a blessing to others, and Abram obeys.
Psalm 121: A song affirming God's help, attention and care.
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17: Paul holds Abraham up as an example of faith and relationship with God, and points out that it was not so much Abraham's obedience as Abraham's relationship with God through faith that ensured that God's promise would be fulfilled through him.
John 3:1-17: Nicodemus comes to speak to Jesus at night, and is told that he must be born of the Spirit in order to see God's reign, and that Christ came into the world to save through faith, not to condemn and judge.

In our churches it is easy to reduce faith to a system of ideas that we call our people to accept. It is easy to make salvation nothing more than praying the right prayer and signing the right card. But, if we do this, we rob our people of the true power and value of faith. A faith that is simply a set of ideas does not lead us to new birth. It does not change our very lives and give us a new way of seeing or a God's-reign way of being - which may be why Christians are so often accused of being hypocrites. The faith of Abraham that Paul calls us to experience, the faith that leads to new birth, which Jesus offered to Nicodemus, is a transforming encounter with a God who leads us into a whole new world. Once we have embraced this faith, we cannot help but begin to live this new life in such a way that it makes a difference in our families, our places of work and leisure, our communities and our churches. Once we have been born anew, we find ourselves recognising Christ in those we would normally shun, and we begin to care about issues that we would normally ignore. It is not our obedience that leads us to life - as Paul points out - but our faith. However, faith that does not change who we are and how we live, is not faith at all. Ultimately believing does not happen in our heads alone, but in our whole being, and in lives that, in small but significant ways, touch the least with grace and compassion, and seek to make the world a more hopeful, celebratory and gracious place.

Thumbprints and commentaries from:
Outreach Ministries
A Note from Bp. Joseph :

Dear Donna M Davis,
Grace and peace, thank you so much and all friends of Grace Church. I would like to inform you that we received the funds for the new Church building. And the work of construction began yesterday on Glory Church and the Engineer met today with the construction committee and he said by one Month the first stage it will finish. March 2 to April  2/2020
      The committee are ready to send you any progress report and photos from time to time. When the first stage finished they will send
the finished report including financial report so that we can request for the second stage of building.
      The congregation are so much joyful for their new Church building and they said it is going to be a great Church of God and land mark of area and they said too blessing to those whom they build the House of God.

Every blessing 
Thank you
+ Joseph

Outreach Lunch at Dubuque Rescue Mission

A 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
Formation Ministry News 
Next Theological Thriller
Discussions of the next Theological Thriller, Charles Williams', Descent into Hell, are scheduled for the last two Saturdays in March: March 21st and March 28th from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the upstairs meeting room in Parish Hall. 
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."   
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
Due to the seating capacity of St. James Cathedral, attendance at the special convention is limited to voting participants.  
Convention Preliminary Schedule*
* Please note that once convention business begins, scheduled times for voting and breaks will be determined by the chair of convention.
  • 8-10 am: Registration open in St. James Commons (65 E. Huron). Coffee and refreshments will be available.
  • 10-11 am: Eucharist in St. James Cathedral
  • 11:15 am: Convention Call to Order
Transportation, Parking and Lodging
Summer Saturdays are busy in Chicago, especially in the cathedral neighborhood, and using public transportation is strongly encouraged. Advance reservations for hotels and parking  are strongly recommended where possible.
  • Discounted parking is available at Millennium Center Self Park (33 W. Ontario) and Rush-Ohio-Wabash Self Park (50 E. Ohio St.)
  • Parking apps like SpotHero and ParkWhiz may be helpful to reserve a space in advance
  • Blocks of hotel rooms will be reserved. More information to come.
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 8, 2020 
Sunday Morning 
Second Sunday in Lent 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Rev. Gloria Hopewell
Greg Serwich
First Chalicist:
Bill Boehler
2nd Chalicist:
Cathie Elsbree
Elizabeth Ludescher
Vestry Coordinator:
Anita Sands
Altar Guild:
Alice Maffit &
     Kim Kreiser
Amy Hardwicke

ROTA: December 2019-May 31,2020
Next Sunday's
Third Sunday in Lent 
March 15, 2020
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 95  
Romans 5:1-11  
John 4:5-42
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:
Movie Matinee
Executive Committee
Vestry Retreat
Soup & Study
United Methodist Church
Mid-Week Eucharist
Community Breakfast at Victory CafĂ© 
Cursillo Group 
Morning Study Group  
Knitting Ministry 
Centering Prayer
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

3/8- Greg & Karen

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
Clergy Advisors:
Gloria Hopewell,
Linda Packard
Sermons and e-Blasts 

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Older recent sermons  
 Newest sermons:    
Grace Galena Lent 1A Sermon 
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Grace Galena Transfiguration A Sermon 
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Grace Galena Sermon 5th after Epiphany 
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Grace Galena Presentation/Candlemas Sermon 
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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