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.
: 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.
ADVENT QUIET DAY--DECEMBER 7
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.
Off to Diocesan Convention! A full contingent of delegates, alternates, and guests from Grace. (Photo is from last year.)
See you in church,
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.
: A prophecy of judgement on the unrighteous rulers of God's people, and a promise of a new, righteous leader from David's line.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
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Grace Movie Night, Sunday 12/1
Grace Movie Night -
Sunday December 1st
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.
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.
Mark your calendars for this
Epiphany Retreat on
Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m:
THE BEST DEATH EVER
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.
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)
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
Staff: Robin French, Director of Music
Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
Chris Ludescher, Nursery Attendant
November 24, 2019
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Karlyn Van Gelder
December 1, 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."
UCG Community Thanksgiving Service
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
Morning Study Group
Thanksgiving Day Events
All are welcome!
For current and
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calendar on the website
Kim & Bonnielynn
eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates
are provided. Use
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
Clergy Advisors: Gloria Hopewell,
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