Rector's Ramblings

Grace Episcopal Church 
All Saints Sunda
November 1, 2020  


Nancy Cook
Lynn Giles
Henry Anderson
If you need help getting to the polls, call Carmen Ferguson or the Rector.
Our region of Illinois is subject to more rigorous mitigation rules that limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. IN-PERSON WORSHIP IS NOW SUSPENDED until further notice. We will still lead worship from the church, with only the Altar Party, musician, and Zoom operator present in the building.
For those worshiping at home on Zoom, here is the link to the bulletin that you may download and/or print:  BULLETIN. When you log in on Sunday morning, you will be muted except for during the sharing of the peace, birthday and anniversary blessings, and a time of greeting at the end of the service. As usual, the Zoom will be ready for you at 10:20 am.  
A note to those using Zoom: if you have downloaded the Zoom app, you should check the version number. There have been some recent updates that will not work for you in an older version. The newest version is 5.4.1. 
Regular hours will continue. Nancy is available on Tuesday - Friday mornings. I am available Monday by appointment and Tuesday-Thursday. Since the building is still somewhat restricted, please contact us ahead of time if you need to come by. And masks are essential.
Here once again are our "Ten 'Commandments'" for re-opening TEN. The full plan that was submitted to the Bishop's office for approval may be found here.  

This afternoon will be the fourth in our nine days of the Episcopal Church novena, A Season of Prayer: For an Election. We have been "zooming" this not quite 15 minutes Order of Worship for Evening from the Grace Church chapel at 5 pm, Linda Packard, Diane Luther, and I taking turns. This will continue through the day after the election, November 4.  The link for each of these evenings is the same and you may click: Novena
Holding on to Hope - A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
Holding on to Hope - A National Service for Healing and Wholeness

Grace Church will still be worshiping on Zoom-
You may want to have photos and a candle to light for departed loved ones, and a small dish of water for the reaffirmation of baptism.
Interfaith Prayer Service--November 1  
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, at 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST. In the midst of a pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor. The event will be simulcast in English and Spanish.
In addition to Bishop Curry's sermon, the service will include reflections from Father James Martin, a noted Roman Catholic commentator on American life and values, and Valarie Kaur, an inspiring Sikh author, filmmaker, and civil rights attorney. The gathering will be officiated by Washington's Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith, and Reverend Stephanie Spellers, Canon to the Presiding Bishop.
Prayers for the nation will come from leaders like Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFY), Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rabbi Shoshana Conover of Temple Sholom, Chicago, and Shane Claiborne, speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Music from The Coro de la Cathedral of Christ Church Cathedral-Indianapolis and Washington National Cathedral will help to lift and open hearts. Read more about the speakers and participants.
A live prayer hotline in English and Spanish will be open during the service, staffed by Episcopal clergy and chaplains, in partnership with TryTank at Virginia Theological Seminary and General Theological Seminary. The hotline will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. EST from November 1 to November 5.  

An embed code for the national service will be placed on our website and FB page. Otherwise, you may access the service on the websites of The Episcopal Church or Washington National Cathedral.  
See you in church--on Zoom! Stay safe and well.
Rector's Ramblings
Tonight will be the fourth in our nine days of the Episcopal Church
novena, A Season of Prayer: For an Election. We have been "zooming" this not quite 15 minutes Order of Worship for Evening from the Grace Church chapel at 5 pm, Linda Packard, Diane Luther, and I taking turns. This will continue through the day after the election, November 4.

Here at Grace, beginning on Tuesday, October 27 at 5 pm, one of our clergy will lead a short service of prayer each evening through November 4, calling upon God for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation. though it will be strictly on Zoom.
                 The full article is here: Prayer Novena and Bp. Curry requests our participation on this video.
Bishop Michael Curry Invites Election Prayers
Bishop Michael Curry Invites Election Prayers
This Sunday
Revelation to John 7: 9-17 Under duress as a persecuted minority in the Roman Empire, the writer recalls for the community of followers of Jesus fragments from the prophets, and envisions
an ending consistent with the rest of the story of God's relationship with creation.  He sees all those "no one can count" who have believed and died, many as martyrs.Their torment is over, "for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd."
Psalm 34 The psalmist recalls perilous times from his past when
he called on the Lord who answered and saved him.  From his personal experience he extrapolates to all in dire circumstances who look to the Lord and "beam."
I John 3: 1-3 According to this letter, clearly there are some things we know and some things we do not yet know.  We know we are God's children, but "what we will be has not been revealed." We do know we will in some fashion be like God, but not exactly how.  Until all is made clear, purify yourselves as God is pure.  
Matthew 5: 1-12  What they hear from Jesus is a series of contrasts
that are completely counter-intuitive to conventional wisdom: those who "hunger for righteousness" and are currently dismayed by the odds against them will prevail in the end; those who show mercy and make peace even when they are persecuted for their beliefs and actions, following Jesus' example, will be known as "children of God."

The Feast of All Saints is not about a few heroic moments in the lives of a handful of people.  It is about all of us-"no one can count"- who share a common memory.  We have been told that all of us are "children of God;" that we should wager our lives on God's wisdom, not conventional wisdom, (summarized as fully as anywhere in Matthew's gospel by Jesus right at the beginning of his public life as a series of contrasts that is today's appointed gospel), by which we are invited to bet our lives on will prevail and will lead to the best life has to offer.  The stories of those who have already tried this way way to live this life resonate with us only because we see ourselves in them.  By recalling them, we celebrate on this feast day our shared status as a "child of God forever."

Thumbprints and commentaries from:
Diocese of Chicago News
Thursday evening, November 5 at 6 pm on Zoom, the first conversation with the four nominees takes place.  
All people are invited to watch any--or all--as they will be in different formats and different questions will be asked. DELEGATES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. 
ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, our Deanery will partner with the Elgin Deanery to host the session at 10 am. This session may be watched on Zoom at home OR up to 10 individuals may watch it with the Rector at the Parish House. Please contact the Rector if you wish to reserve one of these seats. 
Information including candidate essays and resumes are available on the Bishop Search website here: Bishop Nominees.  

 From left to right: The Revs. Paula E. Clark, Edwin Daniel Johnson, Fulton L. Porter III, and Winnie Varghese.
The electing convention will be held on Saturday, December 12 at 5 pm. All are invited to participate in any or all of these sessions. The voting delegates from Grace are: Lynn Giles, Elizabeth Ludescher, and Georgia Hansen as well as our clergy.
Formation Ministry News
This week's giving campaign reflection:
Lives Shaped by the Beatitudes

 - Matthew 5:1-12
Today's Gospel recalls Jesus' sermon on the mount, commonly referred to as The Beatitudes. In his usual manner, Jesus surprised his followers by uttering godly, countercultural truth. In essence, his teaching that day laid the foundation for what it means to live a Christian life.
What does it mean to be merciful, pure in heart, meek, poor in spirit, mournful, to be a peacemaker, to hunger and thirst for righteousness and be willing to be persecuted for it? The Beatitudes are a guide that, when studied, reveal layers of meaning for us as believers. They challenge many of our basic human desires and behaviors. Of ultimate importance, they clearly reveal what God seeks to bless.
Aren't we fortunate that our God is forgiving and full of grace as we strive to be transformed by these teachings? Our journey of formation requires change and opening our eyes to see God in action all around us. Included in this change is seeing God's endless blessings poured out upon us and developing a posture of gratitude in return.
Being thankful changes us for the better. Being thankful changes our perspective on life and can profoundly impact our understanding of God's generosity. Being thankful can shape us to be stewards of all God has entrusted to us. Being thankful softens our fears. Being thankful turns fear of scarcity into joyful gratitude for God's abundance.
We remember the saints who have gone before us on this All Saints Day. Some were revered as saints of old. Some were modern day saints. Some were simple folks like you and me. One distinguishing characteristic of saints is that we can see how they embodied and lived Jesus' teachings, these very Beatitudes. They generously gave of their lives so much so that we remember them today. We are confident they were blessed by God for their faithfulness. May we be thankful for their witness and see in them lives shaped by The Beatitudes and be willing to do the same.

For reflection 
o How do The Beatitudes impact your understanding of God's generosity?
o How has that understanding changed you?
Canon Mary MacGregor is a member of the board of the Episcopal Network for Stewardship. She has been deeply involved in congregational development for over 25 years, and served as Canon for Congregational Vitality and Mission Amplification for the Diocese of Texas.
Formation Ministry News
Wednesday Morning Study Group 
In our studies of the Gospels, we left off last at Mark 2: 14, where Jesus said to the tax collector, Levi, "Follow me." Heed the call. Join us as we study, ponder and discuss Jesus' ministry and what he taught. We meet on Zoom, Wednesday mornings, 10:30 - 11:30. Contact Greg Serwich for an invitation.

Meditative Prayer 9:00am Fridays
Looking for a way to improve your prayer life, to open your heart, mind and soul to the Holy Spirit? Consider joining the Centering Prayer Group Friday mornings for about forty minutes of meditative prayer: twenty minutes of Centering Prayer followed by Lectio Divina. Contact Greg Serwich ( for a Zoom invitation which includes a description of these types of prayer.

A Zoom Poetry meeting from Grace Church has been organized and meets online on Mondays at 2:00pm. This is not specifically a Grace ministry, but a number of Grace members and friends are part of it If you are interested, write Carol Poston at
or call her at 815-777-0220.
Outreach - Opening Doors 

Would you like to know a little more about one of the recipients of your Outreach funds? In November, $1000.00 will be donated to Opening Doors. It is a nonprofit organization in Dubuque that helps homeless women and children. Opening Doors has three "doorways": Teresa Shelter, which offers emergency and extended stay, Maria House offers transitional housing for up to two years, and Francis Apartments offers income-based affordable housing with support services. The women living there also receive goal setting and life training skills. They are provided with opportunities for education, jobs, child care and the ability to become independent. It can bring bring tears to your eyes to see and hear the success stories of so many of these women.
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 are also now only on Zoom. Bible Study and Centering Prayer 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, 

Vestry Liaisons

Vestry 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 and activities.

Worship:                               The Very Rev.Gloria Hopewell, 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 
                                      The Rev. Linda Packard, Priest Associate
                                      The Rev. Diane Luther, Deacon                            
This Sunday 
All Saints Sunday
November 1, 2020

Zoom Worship-10:30 am 
Meeting ID: 824 2178 3266
Sunday's Bulletin 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the Service:
Presider:  Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Deacon:  Rev. Diane Luther
Lector:  Terri Jackman
Intercessor:  Elizabeth Ludescher
Vestry Coordinator: Lynn Giles
Music Director:  Robin French
Greeter: Charlotte Stryker
Next Sunday's Readings: 
Twenty-Third Sunday 
After Pentecost
November 8, 2020

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:
All Saints Sunday
Holy Eucharist 10:30am
Zoom Poetry Meeting
2:00pm online


Holy Eucharist* 7:30am on Zoom  
Bible Study** online 10:30am


Meditative Prayer** online 9:00am

Rediscovering Our Neighbors
10:00am online

To receive an invitation with the link to online events, please contact Gloria at

or **Greg Serwich at 
All are welcome!
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, check out the Google 
calendar on the website 
Link to most current directory here:

Link to August - December 2020
ROTA Schedule - updated 10/27/20
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
Terri Jackman

Clergy Advisors:
Gloria Hopewell,
Linda Packard

Sermons and e-Blasts 
News and prayer requests: 
Sunday Bulletin:
   Wed. end of day.
   Thursday noon. 

Anniversaries and Birthdays
Have yours been missed in our bulletins?  Send to Nancy.  Thank you!    

News and Photos
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People want to know what's going on at Grace!  There are places here for your event, program, or interesting tidbit.  Comments on this e-Blast may be sent here.
Audio files of sermons are posted on the Grace Church website as well as in the next week's e-Blast. Paper copies are available upon request.
Grace Episcopal Church, Galena IL, Wednesday Eucharist 10 28 2020
Grace Episcopal Church, Galena IL, Wednesday Eucharist 10 28 2020
Grace Galena Sunday Eucharist 10 25 2020
Grace Galena Sunday Eucharist 10 25 2020
Grace Galena Wednesday Eucharist 10 21 2020 
Grace Galena Wednesday Eucharist 10 21 2020
Grace Galena Sunday Eucharist 10 18 2020 
Grace Galena Sunday Eucharist 10 18 2020
Grace Episcopal Church, Galena IL Morning Prayer 
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Grace Galena Sunday Eucharist 10 11 20 
Grace Galena Sunday Eucharist
10 11 20
Grace Galena Wednesday Eucharist10 7 2020 
Grace Galena Wednesday Eucharist
10 7 2020

Grace Entry Video with Music 
Grace Entry Video with Music

Virtual Chapel with Compline 
Virtual Chapel with Compline
Compline from Colorado 
Compline from Colorado
2020-21 Giving Campaign  
Grace Galena 2020 Giving Campaign 
Tom VanGelder 
Grace Galena 2020 Giving Campaign
Sue Anderson 
Season of Prayer Novena #1
Season of Prayer: For an Election Novena #1 10-27-2020 
Grace Church, Galena, IL: Season of Prayer: For an Election Novena #2 10-28-2020
 Season of Prayer: For an Election Novena #2 10-28-2020
   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

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