Our next Outreach Red Bag endeavor will be to support
Galena's Women and Friends Making a Difference in their drive to provide feminine products for the women in our community in need. On Sunday, May 5th, the bags were distributed at church. A suggestion list of what items are wanted are in each bag. Please return the filled bags on Sunday, May 19th. Thank you for your generosity.
Rockford Deanery Mtg.
Grace Church will host the May meeting on Thursday morning, May 16, at 10am in the Parish House.
James Gates Percival International Poetry Festival
The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design will hold the first day of its three day festival at Grace Church on Friday, May 17th at 3pm in the Nave.
On that day, the James Gates Percival Prize fot Literature will be given to Kentucky poet, Christopher P. Collins who will give a reading of his work, followed by readings of poetry by James Gates Percival by the Chicago artist/poet, Mary Petrine Livoni. The general public is invited to attend. Admission is free. For more details on the award and The James Gates Percival International Petry Festival visit the Festival's website at www.galenapoetryfestival.org.
Canapes & Conversations
Larry & Carol Poston will be hosting at their home at 25 Shorewood in the Galena Territory on Friday, May 17th from 5-7pm. Bring a friend, a nibble and a beverage to share. All are welcome!
What a joy it is to be able to reach out to the surrounding community to share our Parish House and/or Church for various events. This is not new, of course, we have long done so with concerts in our Nave, French classes in our old Parish House, and, ongoing 12-Step programs at various times through the week. And we have recently experienced the versatility of our new space and how lovely and elegant it can be for special things like our Holy Week Agape Dinner.
Just this past Saturday, a small group of Galena High School couples enjoyed a pre-Prom dinner at Grace, with mothers serving the catered meal. This was a wonderful way to connect with the youth in the community, and from all reports, the space worked well for them. Here are some photos: (don't worry, those bottles are sparkling grape juice!):
|Parish House ready for
A special bonus was our own Henry Anderson being crowned Prom King!
Next week, the Chicago Athaneum will use our nave for part of its Poetry Festival. In June once again there will be a performance of this year's Cemetery Walk. And discussions have begun about the possibility of a return of Riversong next year.
This will probably take some time as we will need to be thorough and fair, and to comply with our Episcopal Church guidelines as well as applicable laws and ordinances.
Meanwhile, all requests for church and Parish House use must be submitted to the Church Office for review so that they can be placed on a central calendar to avoid conflicts with our ministry programming and church sponsored events. This includes community groups as well as Grace member requests for holding private gatherings like family celebrations or meetings of other organizations.
I would love to see our space bustling with activity throughout the week and providing a safe and attractive environment for a variety of offerings.
See you in church for the rest of the 50 days of Easter,
: Peter raises Tabitha of Joppa, which brings many people to faith.
: David's famous Psalm of thanksgiving, praise and confidence in God for the gift of life.
: The hosts of heaven praise God, and the martyrs rejoice in the God who is their Shepherd.
: Jesus speaks of himself as the Shepherd of his followers who are the sheep he cares for, and who know his voice.
In the midst of all of the bad news that the world brings us of war, violence, crime, climate change, and death, the message of resurrection is both a comfort and a call to remain strong and courageous in working for a more just and peaceful world. In addition, this week's readings speak a prophetic message to those in any kind of leadership, challenging them to be true, life-giving shepherds, and calling us to hold them accountable, while retaining our primary allegiance to Jesus as the one true Shepherd. On a global level this means that we must actively oppose unjust laws and structures that rob people of life. Wherever there is poverty and need, we can oppose international debt structures and unjust trade practices that make such poverty worse. Wherever power is abused and there is corruption, we can support organisations and initiatives that call for transparency and we can blow the whistle on those who are corrupt whenever we encounter them. Wherever there is war and violence, we can work for peace and support any initiatives that contribute to peaceful resolution of conflict and to regulation on the trade and ownership of firearms. In any way that we oppose the forces of death in our world, we contribute to the growth and celebration of life. In addition, in whatever situations we exercise leadership, we can follow in the serving and sacrificial footsteps of Jesus, seeking to be good shepherds in bringing life to those for whom we care. In all of these ways we embrace the resurrection as a daily, lived and life-giving reality.
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
Outreach Ministries Update
United Churches Food Pantry Needs
If you are not already a Food Pantry volunteer, might you consider it? Some of the long term volunteers are wishing to retire. So, there are opportunities available for the 2nd and 4th Thursday distributions (you may sign up for one or both). The
volunteer coordinator is Celeste Mancini at
Galena River Sampling Update
Your Grace Episcopal Environmental Committee supported our Galena River sampling project (sampling took place in August of 2017 and May of 2018), and I'm hoping you can share the presentation information below with them - an opportunity to see the results of your/their contribution. Thanks, again, to you and to the committee!
From 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17th at the Galena City Hall, scientists from the University of Illinois will be presenting on the water quality sampling they have been doing in Jo Daviess County. Sam Panno, Principal Scientist at the Illinois State Geological Survey and Walt Kelly, Groundwater Science Section Head at the Illinois State Water Survey, will summarize their work sampling springs, wells and the Galena River and explain what we can learn from the results. For questions, please contact Beth Baranski at 563/580-6192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At its April 16 meeting, the Grace Church Vestry reviewed a goal-setting worksheet prepared on the basis of discussions at the March Vestry retreat, with particular focus on how to increase exposure to Grace through personal invitations to events and activities. The Vestry has placed a high - perhaps its highest -- priority on making this a welcoming and inclusive parish. A first step will be to ask Vestry liaisons to the various Church ministries (Outreach, Christian Formation, and so forth) to review how their projects and sponsored events can maximize the participation of interested parties. Liaisons will be asked to report back to the Vestry at the June meeting.
The intention of Pat Terry to step down as choir director later this year has necessitated planning the future of the music program at Grace, in close consultation with musicians and other members. Another transition is better described as an interim: the need to plan for Gloria Hopewell's upcoming sabbatical as rector.... And we are still transitioning to our new building, drawing on advice from others with respect to the installation of artwork, furnishings, maintenance of stained glass windows, and a multi-functional approach to the new space. The Vestry is continuing to monitor these developments and will be reporting in more detail in the weeks ahead.
Treasurer Richard Luther reported on a modest but welcome balance of income over expenses in March. The full Treasurer's report will posted on the church website and in the parish hall across from the entrance to the lift and can be consulted by interested parishioners.
Four of our Ministry of Care Visitors took part in the first Bishop Anderson House Online Spiritual Care Visitor Training program on
May 4 at Emmanuel Church, Rockford.
In addition to this one day retreat and workshop session, they will spend
six months completing online modules and undertaking
practical experience and supervision.
Bishop Anderson House has long provided this kind of lay chaplaincy training but this is the first hybrid program that can be done through online and distance learning.
Women of Courage and Commitment present Scandalous Grandmothers. Bring mom and family to meet Deb Pausz', Carmen Ferguson's, Cathie Elsbree's and Gloria Hopewell's grandmothers Saturday, May 11th at 3pm at the DeSoto House Hotel. Cost is $15 and tea, coffee and desserts are provided. For reservations call 815-777-0090
Grace Church will host two more events in May:
May 16: The Rockford Deanery of the Diocese of Chicago at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall.
May 17: The Chicago Athenaeum's poetry reading by the winner of the first James Gates Percival Prize for literature in the church from 3-5 pm. Open to the public.
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
Ann Berry & Fräni Beadle
Al & Cathie Elsbree
The Very Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
May 12, 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
For current and
upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:
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5/12 - Marsh
6/2 - EfM
6/9 - Beadle
eminder for hosts:
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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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|Grace Galena Easter Sunday Sermon 2019