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|All Saints and the Faithful Departed
If you did not have a chance to sign-up for remembrance of your loved ones,
there is still time.
s a sign-up sheet posted in the Parish Hall entry to note the names of loved ones who have died in the last year (since 11/1/2018) and for other loved ones you wish to remember.
These will not make it into the bulletin, but the names you add between now and the beginning of the Sunday service will be read. A chime will ring for each of those who have died in the last year. Other names are read while people come forward to light candles.
Photos of your loved ones will also be displayed.
Celebration of St. Paul's Savanna
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Savanna will close its doors on November 3. A service celebrating its 130 years of service will take place at 4 PM with a reception following. The church is located at 304 Washington Street in Savanna. All are invited.
SE Mexico Celebrations
The Diocese of Southeast Mexico recently consecrated a new bishop who will succeed Bp. Benito.
Both Bp. Benito and the new bishop, Bp. Julio, will be visiting the Diocese of Chicago this month. There are, in particular, two events that you might wish to attend.
Both bishops will be joining the Grace community
at the home of Joan Klaus from 5-7pm.
They will also attend Wednesday morning Eucharist at 7:30am on November 20, followed by breakfast fellowship in the Parish House. Bishop Benito's wife and son, Angelica and Eigner, will also attend. Please join in the fellowship and meet the new Bishop.
- November 16: Celebration Eucharist
for Bishop Benito Juarez at 2:00 PM at St. Mark's church in Glen Ellyn, IL, followed by a reception and entertainment.Please consider coming to celebrate his retirement.
- November 19: Galena "Canapes and Conversation"
Pledge Campaign In-Gathering November 17
Please watch for a mailing that will arrive this week from the Senior Warden. It will contain a pledge card for 2020 and some information about recent Grace Church giving. Please prayerfully consider your pledge to the church and, on Sunday, November 17, please bring your completed pledge card to church with you.
The pledges will be gathered and dedicated to God for our ministry and mission in the coming year. If you will not be in church that day, feel free to drop your card off or mail it to the church office.
Shining the Light Stewardship Campaign
Zacchaeus: Model for spiritually motivated giving
As the alumni president of my small Christian college, I worked with the vice president who was a part-time pastor. He told me of a parishioner who came to him for counseling but spent all his time bragging about his love affairs. When my friend finally asked the man, "How much money did you make last year?" the man blushed.
We have a funny relationship with money.
Speaking of how we feel about money - who has it, how they got it, what they do with it - I was inspired to view Jesus' encounter with Zacchaeus as a model for stewardship and was surprised at the depth of the story.
As a child, I sang "Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man." That's as far as I took the story. Later in life as a fund-raiser I came to realize that the story has all the features of spiritually motivated philanthropy.
In development-speak, step one is prospect identification. What's the first thing we learn about Zacchaeus? "He wanted to see who Jesus was." He sought out Jesus. Before he knew anything, Zacchaeus was committed to finding out. We also know that he was rich. He had the capacity to be generous. He also had a guilty conscience.
Step two is cultivation - Jesus singles him out from the many in the crowd. "Zacchaeus, come down immediately." In spite of the fact that the people are critical of Jesus' paying attention to a rich sinner: "They muttered, He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.'" (The Bible seems to use "air quotes.")
Step three - Jesus makes a proposal: "I must stay at your home today." The use of the word "must" implies divine imperative. Then Jesus meets Zacchaeus face-to-face, not in Jesus' "office" but on Zacchaeus's turf.
What is Zacchaeus's response (step four)? He welcomes Jesus gladly. And he takes action: Zacchaeus gives half of his assets to the poor and offers to pay four times the amount if he has cheated anyone - the most extreme repayment required under the law (Ex 22:1; 2 Sam 12:6).
Finally, there's the follow-up. As an individual, Zacchaeus receives a spiritual reward. "Today salvation has come to this house." The community observers learn that even a rich sinner is part of the family: "This man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." Both the individual and the community are blessed by spiritually motivated giving.
Cathy Clement is the retired Director of Philanthropy at Five Acres, a child-abuse prevention, treatment and education center in Altadena, California. She is a member of All Saints Church, Pasadena, and the president of the TENS board of directors.
Rev. Linda Packard's Letter to St. Pauls
30 October 2019
To our fellow Episcopalians at St. Paul's, Savanna
Dear brothers and sisters in the faith,
I write on behalf of the Rector, currently on sabbatical, and the parishioners of Grace, Galena. Grace and Peace to you as you take this important step of ending the particular ministry at St. Paul's. For 130 years you and your predecessors have been crucial witnesses in Savanna to our Lord Jesus Christ. We at Grace send our prayers on this most solemn last worship Sunday for you.
We all know that there is a season for all things. Your actions in closing this site of ministry with grace and celebration are just as important as those actions taken by much earlier Episcopalians in this same place as they opened St. Paul's. You have carried on with great constancy. To such lives we are called, and you answered faithfully.
I would add my personal best wishes to you since I was able to serve, very temporarily, as your pastor during Father Bob's first year of missionary work in South Sudan. It was a privilege to join you in worship and to be one of a very long line of priests who have been called to preach the Word and break bread with you.
From all of us at Grace in Galena, our hearts are with you especially on this All Saints Sunday. As the familiar doors in Savanna close, please remember there are doors open to you in Galena at Grace.
Yours in Christ,
The Reverend Linda Packard
Over the years I've been to many churches. A couple that will not fade from memory are Old St. Pat's in Chicago and St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco.
Karen and I were members of Old St. Pat's when its drab interior was restored, uncovering beautiful Celtic images from the Book of Kells (all around, like the stenciling here at Grace). We attended the Eucharist at St. Gregory's. The Greek Orthodox icons and images of dancing saints along the top of the walls were breath taking. Also memorable was the way the choir gathered to sing its rehearsed hymns, but disbursed amongst the congregation (as our choir now does) to stimulate singing by all.
Karen and I now are blessed to be members Grace Church, Galena, a small church in a remote town that, with its worship services and elegant beauty, "punches above its weight". It's a gift handed down by the faithful who preceded us, and one that we now maintain and preserve for the faithful yet to come. Of course, there's much more to Grace Church than its beauty and liturgical music. There are the people and the abundance of love and grace.
In his testimony at the Prayer Service last Sunday, Jim Berry spoke of the wonderful impression the people made on him and Ann when they first worshipped here, outshining the offsetting physical condition of the church. (It was cold, musty and uncomfortable... in sore need of refurbishment.) Later at coffee hour Jim also described to me how the Erban organist had to wear a fur coat and heated gloves to stay warm during the service. (Think awhile about that image... the dedication.)
Speaking of keeping warm, for about twenty years, two gas furnaces have been dedicated to heating the church. Recently the one that also heats the chapel failed; so in a sense, our church is "flying on one heat engine". Given the season and the wear and tear on the surviving furnace, we thought it wise to order the replacement of both units. Thankfully, we can afford it. Then too, the cost of the replacing the furnaces will be less than buying fur coats and heated gloves for our regular musicians, Nancy (Erban Organist) and Robin (Choir Director).
That isolated episode, involving the integration of volunteers (Building & Grounds, the Treasurer and Vestry), contractors and generous monetary donations from people like you, demonstrates how and why Grace Church is able to continue week by week, year by year, generation by generation.
Getting back to the grace and love at Grace Church, there also is wisdom (a/k/a the upside of aging). Roughly six years ago during a drive to an out-of-town training event, Karen and I had our first opportunity to spend time talking to Mary Lou (a tiny woman who looms large and sings like a bird). What will not fade from my memory of that trip is the pearl of wisdom Mary Lou shared: "You get out of church what you put into it."
Greg Serwich, Senior Warden
Sirach 44:1-15: This is not the appointed reading for the day. It was substituted because of its broad picture of the contributions of the departed, both the famous and those whose names are not well known.
Psalm 149: This psalm was used in a liturgical setting: note "assembly of the faithful". Worshipers are invited to sing "a new song", perhaps new because God continually reveals more of himself to the faithful. V. 3 tells us that hymns were accompanied by "dancing", the "tambourine" and the "lyre". Praise him because he delights in his people and gives victory (in some sense) to those who hold him in awe. (In v. 5 "glory" is a divine title.) May "the faithful" even "sing for joy" in their homes ("on their couches").
Ephesians 1:11-23 Paul writes to the "saints", those faithful to Christ in Ephesus. He gives thanks for the blessings we have received through Christ:bringing us into union with God; choosing us, before his creative act, to be set apart for him; and as part of his plan, adopting us "as his children" - all of this through the love he expressed in sending Jesus.
In the presence of many people from Israel and beyond, Jesus speaks to his followers. Luke tells us of four beatitudes and corresponding woes or warnings of deprivation in the age to come. Some are "blessed" (happy) by being included in the Kingdom Jesus brings. The warnings are prophecies, cautions. The "poor" are those who acknowledge their dependence on God. The "rich" do not want to commit themselves to Jesus and the Kingdom; they are comfortable in their self-sufficiency. The "hungry" hunger for the word of God, the good news; the "full" are satisfied.
Please Note Date Change!!
Grace Movie Night, 6 pm, Sunday November 10th:
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
In preparation for travel to join family this month for that heavy Thanksgiving dinner, as well as, immediate satisfaction of a yearning for comic relief, we're offering lite fare. It's the 1987 John Hughes comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy... a comedic demonstration of Murphy's Law: "If anything can go wrong, it will." It's also a lesson in learning to love a boisterous neighbor, such as, Dell Griffith.
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.
Sound System Opportunity
You may not be aware of this ministry--except when things go wrong and we hear squawks or silence through the speakers in the midst of the readings or sermon--or some random instructions meant for the Altar Party are broadcast from the sacristy or altar.
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Most of the time all goes well because we have had devoted individuals who stand at the sound console in the rear of the nave with a bulletin in one hand and a finger poised to adjust a control for the lecturn or one of the body mics worn by the clergy and chalicist. Phil Jackman and his back-up Joe Terry have done this for many years. Then, as Phil's travel schedule increased in retirement, Michael Kennedy stepped up to the plate.
We have received a very reasonable request from Michael to see if we can develop a team to rotate this responsibility on Sundays. It is not terribly complicated, but is a very important part of assuring that our liturgy is as smooth as can be. Could you help, maybe once a month? If so, please contact the Rector.
Richard Babcock Memorial Yarn and Blanket Ministries
The Richard Babcock Memorial Yarn Ministry has weekly knitting/crocheting sessions on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Kathy Shannon,301 S Prospect St. All are welcome. Yarn and needles are available for beginners.
The Blanket Ministry will meet again on Thursday, November 14th from 9:30-12:30 to continue working on blankets for Shelter Care Ministries.
The Wednesday Study Group will be having its regular meeting at 10:30am next Wednesday, November 6th, in the upstairs conference room of the Parish Hall. We will continue our discussion of the first book of Maccabees, in the Apocrypha. Texts of the Apocrypha are available in the library or online, if your Bible does not contain it. All are welcome to attend. Previous attendance is not necessary.
All Saints' Chili Luncheon
This year we will observe All Saints' Day on Sunday, November 3 during the Eucharist followed by our traditional All Saints Chili Luncheon.
For the luncheon, we'll have three varieties of chili: 1. Vegetarian, 2, regular/meated chili and 3. Spicy/hot chili. In addition there will be a tossed salad, cornbread/bread and dessert.
Here's the magic of the chili and the salad; Everyone's chili will be added to one of the three pots. The salads will be tossed together. Always interesting!
There's a sign-up sheet on the shelf in the Parish Hall entry. Please let Lynn Giles know if you can help serve or clean up.
NEWS FROM OUR DIOCESE AND TEC
Electing Convention Scheduled for June 20
St. James Cathedral in Chicago
The Special Convention for the Election of the Thirteenth Bishop of Chicago is scheduled to take place on June 20, 2020 at St. James Cathedral in Chicago. At the convention, clergy and lay delegates will cast ballots in accordance with the constitution and canons of the diocese.
A slate of candidates for bishop will be presented to the diocese in April. After the slate is announced, additional candidates may be added to the slate by petition. Before the electing convention, people across the diocese will have the opportunity to meet the candidates in forums called walkabouts.
The Standing Committee will announce more information about the electing convention, including the delegate certification process, soon.
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 3, 2019
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
Karlyn Van Gelder
Ann Berry &
November 10, 2019
for your own study:
Haggai 1:15b-2:9 Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22 or Psalm 98
2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17
Luke 20: 27-38
|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."
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
EfM 6:30 pm
All are welcome!
Choir rehearsals are at 10am on Saturdays.
For current and
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Kim & Bonnielynn
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Napkins and plates
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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
Clergy Advisors: Gloria Hopewell,
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