THE CHURCH BUILDING CLOSURE CONTINUES WHILE GRACE CHURCH PREPARES A REOPENING PLAN
TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE BISHOP'S OFFICE.
ONLY WHEN IT IS COMPLETED AND APPROVED WILL WE BE PERMITTED TO RE-ENTER UNDER THE ILLINOIS PHASE 3 RESTRICTIONS THAT BEGAN TODAY.
A GROUP FROM THE VESTRY HAS BEGUN WORK ON THE DETAILED DIOCESAN CHECKLIST.
If you wish to read the Bishop's Task Force Guidelines for re-opening, please click this
There is no target date at this time for the first step of reopening. When that is possible, groups of 5-10 people may be allowed with all safety restrictions of masks, six-foot distancing, and sanitation in place. Meanwhile, online worship and other gatherings will continue as in May.
Mail is being picked up and bills are being paid.
You may mail your pledge payments to the church however it is convenient
for you to do so.
SURVEYS ON WORSHIP IN THE TIME OF COVID-19
A summary of the responses may be found here:
We received very few responses to Part 2. These questions are very important as they concern our readiness to return to church or to remain at home. Please take the time to answer them if you have not done so. The average time to complete the five questions is just 3 minutes. Please do so even if you have not participated in any of the online services.
Part 2 of the survey is now available here:
. Once again, your thoughts are most valuable as we enter into our planning for reentry. Thank you.
ZOOM SOFTWARE UPDATE!
Zoom is continually improving its software. Joining meetings by video after May 30th will require Version 5; so before this Sunday, go here to find the update for your application: https://zoom.us/download (Even if your software doesn't work, you always can call in using the phone numbers in the Zoom email invitation.)
|Our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry has asked all of us to join in a national day of mourning and lament on Monday, June 1, for the more than 100,000 people who have died of the COVID-19 virus. He has also asked that Episcopalians observe this in our worship on Sunday. Monday's observance is an interfaith effort of Muslims, Jews, as well as Christians-=-Protesants, Catholics, and Evangelicals.
His invitation follows:
A number of faith leaders came together this week, and decided that the last weekend in May, we would invite members of our various congregations to offer prayers of grief, of lament, of support for those who have died, for their loved ones and all who grieve, and for the healing of our nation and our world at this time. And so, in the last weekend of May, which is the weekend of Pentecost, I would invite us, as the Episcopal Church, and all of our congregations, in ways that are appropriate to our communities, to offer to join with Jews, Muslims, Christians who are Protestant, Catholic, and Evangelical, who have decided to come together to pray for those who have died, and for all of us who grieve, and to pray for the healing of our nation.
You can do this in any way that's appropriate, as part of the prayers of the people, very simple part of the prayers of the people, or in some other way that is appropriate and fitting for your community. But however you do it, let us pray to the Lord our God, that he may hear us, that he may hear our hurts, and that God may heal our land.
God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.
We will include a new prayer composed by a team of Episcopalians and Lutherans in our worship. It is called "A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit Among the People of God."
In light of events of this week, I as we pray this prayer, we also pray for victims of violence, especially George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and their families and lament the continuing inequalities and injustices that perpetuate such violence and spark devastating conflict. As we hear the sounds of different languages on Pentecost Sunday, as we consider the image of the tongues of the Spirit's fire resting on people from all lands may we renew our efforts to understand those who differ from us and be reminded of our baptismal vows to love God and neighbor and to respect the dignity of every human being.
See you on Zoom on Sunday! Stay safe and well.
When we, as a congregation, are able to return to our church building, there will be many changes. One of them will be face masks. We will be required to wear them for the foreseeable future. By now many of us have obtained or made a face covering. Is there any interest in creating a distinctive Grace face mask? Here are a couple o
1. Use a standard model and add a Grace logo (Menards is selling them in box of 50 quantities);
2. Sew simple masks with a Grace logo;
3. Sew simple masks with distinctive fabric.
If you have an idea or a preference, click
|A NOTE FROM YOUR TREASURER
"Well, this was unexpected."
I've heard that phrase - or something like it - from many over the last few weeks. As Treasurer, I am pleased that we are experiencing continued financial support during this time of upheaval - thanks to you for your faithfulness. Our income is lower than predicted (pre-pandemic) but our expenses are also lower. We continue to pay staff and we are meeting our regular obligations. I encourage you to continue your support by mailing donations to the church address - please note on your check if it is a pledge or non-pledge donation or for if it is for some other use. If you have a concern or question please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
On May 4th we were approved for an SBA Payroll Protection Program forgivable loan of $17,704. This program is part of the federal economic response designed to help small businesses and non-profits maintain jobs during the pandemic. The loan represents 2.5 times our 2019 average monthly payroll. These funds will be used for 8-weeks payroll cost and utilities with the unused balance being paid back. The funds used for eligible payroll & utility costs will be forgiven. --Richard Luther
For your personal reading and devotion this Sunday.
Acts 2:1-21: The believers are filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, and they start to praise God in various languages.
Psalm 104: 24-34.35b: The world and all its creatures depend on God for provision and breath - which leads the Psalmist to commit to praise God.
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
No one can acknowledge Jesus' lordship without God's Spirit, and God's Spirit, given to all of God's people, gives different gifts to each person for the good of all.
Jesus appears to the disciples in the Upper Room and commissions them, breathing on them and giving them his Spirit, and instructing them that they are sent as he was sent.
Pentecost has, all too often, been seen simply as a personal experience that moves the recipient into some sort of spiritual elite. The marks of Pentecost have all too often been seen as personal, supernatural experiences and the benefits of Pentecost have been understood as personal edification, personal euphoria and personal strengthening. Sometimes, the Pentecost experience has even been used as the basis for separation and division of one group from another, and as the justification for withdrawal from the world into a kind of spiritual wagon-circling. But, in every community, every neighbourhood and every church God's Spirit seeks to enable people to "speak one another's languages", to welcome and serve one another, and to work together to serve and empower those who most need help and compassion. This is the opposite of what we have often understood as being "filled with the Spirit". When God's Spirit fills us we find ourselves being "sent" to serve others. Rather than leading us out of the world, Pentecost drives us back into it to proclaim and live the prophetic message of God's reign, as Christ did. In what ways is your church community tempted to separate itself from the world around it? In what ways do you sense the Spirit driving you out to proclaim God's grace and glory to those who are different from you? In what ways are you being equipped and called by the Spirit to bring people together and to serve those who need to experience God's presence and activity through human hands?
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Formation and Spirituality Ministries
EfM (Education for Ministry)
As we reach the end of the academic year, we will look forward to Grace participants in EfM completing their four years of study and graduating. Here, is the fifth of a series of reflections on EfM from the students:
It all started with Mary Lou Smith... she enticed me with the promise of studying the history of Christianity in Year 3. Now, of course, one would first be reading the Hebrew Bible in Year 1 and the New Testament in Year 2. The accompanying college-level textbooks proved to give excellent insight. But then to delve into the first 3,000 years of Christianity - warts and all - was the prize for me. Yes, the first 3,000 years - how else to learn about the 2,000 plus but to learn about the preceding 1,000? Then, to top it all off, there's Year 4 delving into Theology! During these four years I not only learned about Christianity but more about other belief systems and their relationship with Christianity. But most of all, I learned more about myself. More than I could ever have imagined. Many thanks Mary Lou!
Wednesday Morning Study Group
Communal Bible Study affords an enjoyable and fulfilling way to grow spiritually and exchange insights with fellow parishioners, especially during the pandemic. We currently are studying the Gospel of Matthew. All are welcome Wednesday mornings, 10:30 - 11:30. Contact Greg Serwich for a Zoom invitation.
Worship and Ministry in the Midst of COVID-19!
Pentecost Season Worship
Sunday services will begin at our usual 10:30 time on Zoom. They will also be recorded and uploaded as quickly as possible for those unable to participate on Zoom. The uploads will appear on the church's Facebook page, @FullyGrace and on the Grace website.
Wednesday morning services and
Bible Study are also on Zoom each week. If you would like to add your name to any of these participant lists, please e-mail the church office.
Ministry of Care
Here at Grace, The Ministry of Care has organized regular phone and e-mail contact with our most vulnerable members. If you are in need of assistance,or pick-up and delivery of prescriptions or emergency supplies, please contact Bonnielynn Kreiser. Also contact her if you are able to help out. And, of course, your clergy are available by phone, text, and e-mail to provide pastoral care,
We know we are all concerned for our neighbors and friends who live in Galena who are not as lucky as we are. There are many here who have not been paid for 3 month and still have bills to pay and food to buy. In order to lend a helping hand, Grace Outreach Ministries has included a list of local charities who are helping our own needy to make it easier for you to donate. We will get through this together!
- United Churches Food Pantry, 971 Gear Street
- The Workshop, a Salvation Army Extension Service Unit, 706 S. West St
- Galena Elks Club, 123 N Main St
- Women and Friends Make a Difference- this group provides aid to any family in the area who has either been hit by the pandemic or are going through tough times. Checks may be made out to WFMAD and dropped off or mailed to Illinois Bank and Trust, 971 Gear Street. This money goes to help people as identified by the school food pantry or Carmela Cordero.
- Grocery Gift Card- Michelle Heurung, owner of the Lamberson House Bed and Breakfast has been providing grocery gift cards to families who need food. If you woud like to help her in this good work, make a check out to her and mail it to 113 S Prospect St. She then buys the cards so that we do not need to go to the grocery store. If you would rather buy cards yourself, they can be dropped off at Lamberson House.
- Hispanic Council, Galena Chapter at Illinois State Bank- Our own Carmela is checking on the Hispanic families in our area who usually work in our restaurants and hotels. Their jobs have, in many cases, disappeared. They also can receive no money from the government. The money this group receives helps these families with medication, rent and other emergencies. Make out the check to the Council as it is listed above.. mail to Illinois Bank and Trust, 971 Gear Street.
- Galena Unit School District Food Pantry- Because many children in Galena get their breakfast and lunch at school, during the pandemic the school pantry serves meals in the mornings every weekday to any child who comes to eat. They also send care packages home with the children for their families. Anyone can make an appointment to come and shop for food and supplies in the pantry. Heidi O'Shea is in charge of the pantry. She also helps the other charities in Galena by identifying families who are in crisis. Make your check out to GUSD Food Pantry, in care of Heidi O'Shea and mail to the school district office, 1206 Franklin Street
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 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)
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
May 31, 2020
ROTA: December 2019-May 31,2020
At the end of worship and exchanging the peace, we will again offer a Zoom conversation time where you will spend about 15 minutes in a break-out room with a few others parishioners.
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
1 Corinthians 12: 3b-13
John 20: 19-23
Ministers of the
Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
First Sunday after Pentecost
|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."
Events This Week:
Morning Prayer online
Servants through Prayer online 2 pm
Morning Prayer* online --7:30am
Bible Study** online--10:30am
Covid-19 Response Committee mtg online --
United Churches of Galena online. 10:30 am
To be receive an invitation with the link to online events, please contact Gloria at
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Compline or Evening Prayer TBD
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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.**
|You can now get information on Formation Ministries directly from the new Grace website at the following links:
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