Regular hours have resumed. 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.
Any ministries that wish to resume meetings or events at the Parish House must contact the rector before scheduling. There are attendance limits to each of the meeting places as well as expectations for masking, maintaining physical distancing and sanitizing the areas following their use. The 1st floor Parish Hall is limited to 15 individuals. The 2nd floor Conference Room and the Chapel each can accommodate no more than 9 people.
SUNDAY WORSHIP--NEW INFORMATION
PLEASE NOTE: with our reduced attendance due to the increase in COVID cases in our region, SUNDAY'S
SERVICE IS FULL.
We are limited to a maximum of 25 people to comply with the Governor's order for mitigation in Region 1 due to increasing numbers of COVID infections
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.
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
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 5.3.2.
ZOOM POETRY GROUP
A Zoom Poetry meeting from Grace Church has been organized and will meet on Mondays at 2:00pm. If you are interested, write
|Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Conversations Series|
DISMANTLING THE DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY,
REDISCOVERING OUR NEIGHBORS
Concludes: A series of conversations offered by Steve Barg.,
Director of the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation,
continuing on Saturday October 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.,
sponsored by the Christian Formation Ministry.
The limited in-person gathering of 15 persons are FULL,
but there are plenty of slots available on Zoom.
Advance registration is required so that you may receive the link to the Zoom sessions.
For further information, contact Larry Poston, 815-777-0220, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we move closer and closer to election day and as the pandemic appears to be surging once again, many are seeking sources of hope and assurance. The Episcopal Church is responding in several ways, including video interviews with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, and a newly announced interfaith prayer service. In addition, Forward Day by Day will be co-sponsoring with the Episcopal Church's Government Relations, a 9 day prayer novena beginning October 27. Please check out the details below. I hope one or more of these will be meaningful to you in the days ahead.
See you in church--in person or on Zoom!
Interfaith Prayer Service--November 1
[Episcopal News Service]
As the United States struggles through a time of turbulence and tension, Washington National Cathedral will host a national interfaith prayer service on Sunday, Nov. 1
- two days before Election Day - featuring Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and other spiritual leaders. The service, titled "Holding Onto Hope: A national service for healing and wholeness," will be livestreamed on The Episcopal Church's Facebook page
in English and Spanish from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time....
|Bishop Michael Curry: 'We The People Can Perfect This Union' | Craig Melvin | MSNBC|
|Bishop Michael Curry Invites Election Prayers|
A Season of Prayer: For an Election
Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations are calling Episcopalians and all others to join in A Season of Prayer: For an Election
. This prayer novena-nine days of devotional prayers-calls upon God for discernment in voting and for the well-being of our nation.
The season of prayer begins Tuesday, October 27, and continues through November 4, the day after the elections in the United States. The full aritcile is here: Prayer Novena
|READINGS: Exodus 33:12-23:
Moses pleads with God for God's presence to go with the Israelites, which is what will distinguish them from other nations, and God promises to do so. Then Moses asks to see God's glory and God agrees to pass by Moses, speaking God's name, while hiding Moses in a cleft in the rock, and then to then allow Moses to see God's back, but not God's face.
: A call to honour and worship God, because God is holy and mighty, and has answered Moses, Aaron and Samuel when they prayed, and has shown that God is forgiving and just.
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10:
Paul expresses his joy and gratitude for the Thessalonian church, for their faith, hope and love, and for the way they have witnessed to Christ in their part of the world, spreading the word they received in the Holy Spirit's power, in spite of their suffering.
The religious leaders try to trap Jesus by asking him whether it is lawful to pay taxes to Caesar. Jesus responds by asking for a coin, and asking whose inscription is on it. When they reply that it is Caesar's, Jesus tells them to give Caesar what is Caesar's and to give God what is God's.
One of the most important questions we face as we seek to follow Christ and manifest God's reign in our world in some way, is how we respond to the God we're seeking to serve. All of the readings this week challenge us to keep God in the place in our lives and thoughts that is rightfully God's. Moses asks for God's presence to go with God's people, and for himself to see God's glory, revealing a recognition of his and Israel's need for God to be acknowledged and worshipped and responded to as God. In the Psalm people of all nations are called to honour and worship God as God deserves, and in the epistle, the Thessalonian Christians are celebrated for their faithful worship and service of God and God's purposes which reveals their true acknowledgement of God. In the light of all this, Jesus' response to the attempted entrapment of the religious leaders is a powerful and challenging word. Where they have missed God and God's new, creative work among them, and have fallen into domesticating God to their purposes, Jesus challenges them to put God into the proper place of sovereignty and majesty in their lives. Essentially Jesus turns their question on its head and bypasses the tax question, confronting the leaders with the insignificance of things like taxation in the face of God's greater claim on our worship and our lives. In a faith culture in which it is often popular for God to be reduced to simply a divine friend, or "the man up there", or a "higher" part of ourselves, this call to recognise God's transcendence is important and life-giving.
Thumbprints and commentaries from:
|Diocese of Chicago News--Women's Retreat|
SLATE OF BISHOP CANDIDATES FINALIZED
No additional candidates were added by petition, so the four nominees below will be introduced in six online "Meet the Candidate" sessions November 5 & 12 at 6 pm; 6 &13 at 10 am; and 7 & 14 at noon.
- The Rev. Canon Paula E. Clark, canon to the ordinary and chief of staff, Diocese of Washington
- The Rev. Edwin Daniel Johnson, rector, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Boston
- The Rev. Fulton L. Porter III, rector, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Chicago
- The Rev. Winnie Varghese, priest for ministry and program coordination, Trinity Church Wall Street, New York City.
Further information including candidate essays and resurmes are available on the Bishop Search website here: Nominees
The Rockford and Elgin Deaneries will host the November 6th session on Friday, November 6 at 10 am.
All are invited to attend any or all of the sessions, but questions
to the nominees on the 6th will specifically include those submitted by lay and clergy from the two deaneries.
if you would just like to view one of these with other interested people, please let me know as soon as possible so plans can be made. Simply e-mail me at email@example.com and say "Yes, I would like to be included in a group "Meet the Bishop Candidates" session.
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.
| This week's giving campaign reflection:
Give to God the things that are God's
Once again in today's gospel the Pharisees are trying to trip up Jesus. If Jesus supports the paying of the tax, his Jewish
siblings who are rebelling against the Roman occupation will shun him. If Jesus says it's unlawful to pay the tax, he'll be in trouble with the Roman authorities. What does Jesus do? He asks them to look at the coin. It is a Roman coin. Pay the tax -meaning give the Emperor back his own coin! Then Jesus adds that wonderful line -give to God the things that are God's.
What exactly IS God's? Well, we are! Our Christian faith in God points us al-ways to live a life of gratitude and generosity. God showed us how we are to live and how to give to God the things that are God's: God gave us God's son, God's first fruit, and we are asked to do the same, remembering that every-thing we have, everything we do, everything we are is a gift from God and it
is a gift that is meant to be shared. When we share from our first fruits, as God shared God's first fruit with us, we are modeling the same generosity God has shown us.
Remember, we have two sets of three legged-stools in our Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement: scripture, reason and tradition, and time, talent and treasure. The first shapes our faith; the second is how we use the gifts we have been given to live out our faith.
* How does practicing your faith help you recognize all the gifts God has given you?
* How are you giving to God the things that are God's through your time, talent and your treasure?
The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce is the Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Her ministry focuses heavily on stewardship, financial sustainability and New Community development.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a Zoom invitation which includes a description of these types of prayer.
ZOOM POETRY GROUP
A Zoom Poetry meeting from Grace Church has been organized and meets 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 email@example.com
or call her at 815-777-0220.
Worship and Ministry in the Midst of COVID-19!
Pentecost Season Worship
Sunday services will begin at our usual 10:30 time at church and 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 in-person in the church and 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' 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
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 18, 2020
Zoom Worship-10:30 am
Meeting ID: 824 2178 3266
Reservation for in-person worship:
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the Service:
Presider: Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Deacon: Rev. Diane Luther
Lector: Steve Coates
Intercessor: Elizabeth Ludescher
Vestry Coordinator: Charlotte Stryker
Erben Organist: Nancy Cook
Greeter: Amy Hardwicke
|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."
Events This Week:
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist 10:30am
both in-person in the church
and online on Zoom
Zoom Poetry Meeting
Holy Eucharist* 7:30am both in-person in the church and on Zoom
Bible Study** online 10:30am
10:00am Parish Hall
Meditative Prayer** online 9:00am
Rediscovering Our Neighbors
To receive an invitation with the link to online events, please contact Gloria at
or **Greg Serwich at firstname.lastname@example.org
All are welcome!
|For current and upcoming events, check out the Google
calendar on the website
Link to most current directory here:
Link to August - December 2020
|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 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
News and prayer requests:
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Anniversaries and Birthdays
Have yours been missed in our bulletins? Send to Nancy. Thank you!
News and Photos
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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 request.
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