Grace Episcopal Church
Twenty-Fourth Sunday
After Pentecost
Reign of Christ
November 24, 2019
10:30 a m

Roger Shafer
Anika Kerkhoven
Tom & Karlyn Van Gelder
THANKSGIVING WEEK office hours:  
9-12 Mon -- Wed
CLOSED Thurs-Fri 
Thanksgiving Celebrations
Do you have things for which you are thankful? Do you wish to take some time out with others to give thanks to God?  This year, there will be two opportunities at Grace Church.
Sunday, November 24
It is our turn to host the community at the annual United Churches of Galena Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service. We will do so at 4 pm on Sunday afternoon with a Thanksgiving vesper service of candlelight, hymns, and prayers. Bring a donation of breakfast cereal--
a current need of our Food Pantry.   
Thanksgiving Day : Our usual informal morning chapel service of prayer, reflection, Thanksgiving hymns, and communion at 9:30 am. Come while the turkey is cooking or before you head out over the river and through the woods....   
begins on Sunday, December 1 with the lighting of the first candle of the Advent Wreath. 
United Churches Christmas Concert: December 4, 7 pm  
One of the great traditions of God's people is to sing His praises. We invite you to join in singing the praises of God as we look forward to the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. Please mark your calendars for attending the United Churches of Galena Community Christmas Concert at 7pm on Wednesday, December 4th, at St. Michael Catholic Church. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit the UCG Food Pantry.  
On Saturday, December 7, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, Carol Poston will lead a quiet day based on the writings of Anglican theologian Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), the first woman to lecture on theology at Oxford and the author of two major works on mysticism and worship, as well as other writings. As some of you already know, Carol is the editor of
The Making of a Mystic: New and Selected Letters of Evelyn Underhill (University of Illinois Press, 2010).
No advance reading is required, but art materials, rosaries and other prayer aids will be available; and if you are in the habit of journaling, you may wish to bring your journal with you since there will be ample time for personal reflection. There is no charge, but freewill offerings are welcome to help cover the cost of lunch, which is provided. For this reason, we do request advance registration. Please call the church office at 815-777-2590 no later than Friday, November 29 to reserve your spot.
Shining the Light Stewardship Campaign 

A preliminary report: On Sunday, November 17, our in-gathering of pledge cards resulted in 42 returned pledges (of 58 expected for the year.) The total amount of those 42 pledges is $117,328. Three are first time pledgers, and more than half increased over the current year.  
    Many, many thanks to those who have made this commitment to Grace ministries in 2020. If you have not done so, there is still time. You may drop it off or mail it to the church office. Extra pledge packets are available in the Narthex. Pledging is not required to be a member of Grace. It is encouraged as a practice of faith and as a way of helping the church's leaders plan for the next year's ministry expenses. 
Rector's Rambings 
Off to Diocesan Convention!  A full contingent of delegates, alternates, and guests from Grace. (Photo is from last year.)

See you in church,
Preparation for Sunday  
As Year C closes this week, we are invited, once again, to celebrate the reign of Christ. The readings, though, make it impossible to get too triumphalist about it. The message is clear: this King is no power-monger, no tyrant, no self-aggrandising leader. Rather, Christ embodies what the Scriptures call the Good Shepherd to God's people, the servant leader, the self-giving Messiah. This vision of God's reign is both challenging and inspiring in a world where religions try to claim God's kingdom for themselves, while warring on each other, and where power is all too often abused and hoarded.
May we be challenged to live under the authority of the Servant King as we worship together this week.

Jeremiah 23:1-6: A prophecy of judgement on the unrighteous rulers of God's people, and a promise of a new, righteous leader from David's line.
Psalm 46: A celebration of God's protection and shelter, God's presence and awesome works, and a call to silent and humble recognition of who God is.
Colossians 1:11-20: In Christ, who is supreme over all, and the visible image of God, we have been transferred from the realm of darkness into the realm of God's reign.
Luke 23:33-43: While dying on the cross, Jesus assures the penitent thief that he will be with him in paradise that day.

The celebration of the rulership of Christ is a significant one for our interaction with the world and its power systems. On the one hand it reminds us that no human power, however it may pride itself on military might, wealth or global influence, is truly in control of the world. All human empires ultimately fall. On the other hand, it reminds us that we are called to work within - and also in opposition to - the systems of this world to bring the values and justice of God's reign into being in our human reality. Every interaction, every decision, every moment and every place we find ourselves in must be submitted to the influence of Christ, and must be received as an opportunity to experience God's reign in our lives, and to share the blessing of God's reign with others. This is not about evangelism in the "tell them about Jesus" sense. It's about turning our faith into a life-transforming practice, rather than just an intellectual assent to some ideas about God. Ultimately, for Christ to truly be Monarch in our world, Christ must be Monarch in individual lives in such a way that God's peace and justice, God's love and grace, constantly flow through God's people into the world - one moment, one interaction and one step at a time.  
Thumbnails and commentary from
Grace Movie Night, Sunday 12/1   
Grace Movie Night - Joyeux Noel
Sunday December 1st , 6:00pm
For the month of Christmas, what better movie than one about war interrupted by peace. Film critic Roger Ebert aptly encapsulated Joyeux Noel in this 2006 review:
"On Christmas Eve of 1914, a remarkable event took place in the trenches where the Germans faced the British and the French. There was a spontaneous cease-fire, as the troops on both sides laid down their weapons and observed the birth of the savior in whose name they were killing each other. The irony of this gesture is made clear in the opening scenes of "Joyeux Noel," in which schoolchildren of the three nations sing with angelic fervor, each in their own language, about the necessity of wiping the enemy from the face of the earth."
All who enjoy a good movie are welcome, including guests, and guests of guests. Anyone may bring a beverage, snack or popcorn to munch during the movie.
Ministry News
Worship Ministries--Altar Guild

Pointsettia Sign-up Time!
There is a sign-up sheet in the Narthex for Christmas Poinsettias. There is also a new Flower sign-up sheet for 2020. Please call Ann Berry if you have any questions.

Formation Ministries
Mark your calendars for this Epiphany Retreat on
Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m:

Led by the Rev. Judith Doran
Join us for honest and deep conversation about death, including confronting our own mortality. We will explore the medical, ethical, and theological aspects of what is meant by "sanctity of life," and how what we believe about death affects us and will affect those we love.

Further information will be forthcoming.
News from the Galena Community   
United Churches Food Pantry
Volunteers are needed on Monday, November 25 at 9 am to sort and organize food donations from local organizations. It is that time of year that many hold food drives so that our Pantry can be well stocked for the holidays! The distribution takes place on the 26, just before Thanksgiving. So, if you have a couple of hours to offer, it would be greatly appreciated!   
The Galena Chamber of Commerce will have caroling in town between 1 and 5 pm. Singers--and groups of friends--or choirs are invited to join in. 
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)                 
Pastoral Care/LEMs:           Bonnielynn Kreiser (class of 2020)  
Outreach:                             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 

Staff:                              Robin French, Director of Music
                                      Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
                                      Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
                      Chris Ludescher, Nursery Attendant      
This Sunday 
November 24, 2019
Sunday Morning 
Pentecost 24
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the
Rev.Gloria Hopewell

Carol Poston
1st Chalicist:
Elizabeth Ludescher
2nd Chalicist:
Karlyn Van Gelder
Donna Davis
Vestry Coordinator:
Larry Poston
Altar Guild:
Pat Golden,
Charlotte Stryker
Tom & Karlyn
Van Gelder
Cathie Elsbree

Next Sunday's
Advent 1-
St. Andrew
December 1, 2019
Eucharistic readings
for your own study:
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
Psalm 122
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 
Today's Events
4:00 pm 
UCG Community Thanksgiving Service  
Wednesday Events  
7:30 am
Morning Prayer  
8:10 am
Community Breakfast at Victory Café  
9:30 am
Cursillo Group  
Morning Study Group   
Thanksgiving Day Events
Holy Eucharist  
Friday Events
Centering Prayer 
Saturday Events
10 am
Choir Rehearsal  
All are welcome!
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, check out the goog le 
calendar on the website
Sunday Social Hour Hosts

11/24 -
12/1 -
    Kim & Bonnielynn 

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
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.

Ministry of Care Leadership Team: Facilitators
Carol Poston, Charlotte Kennedy
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 y ou!    

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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 re quest. 
Older recent sermons  
 Newest sermons: 
Grace Galena Pentecost 28C 2019 Sermon
Grace Galena Pentecost 28C 2019 Sermon
Grace Galena 22nd after Pentecost 2019 Sermon 
Grace Galena 22nd after Pentecost 2019 Sermon
Grace Galena All Saints C Sermon 2019 
Grace Galena All Saints C Sermon 2019
   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

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