SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY WORSHIP--UPDATE
As of Sunday, 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 5.3.2.
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
NEXT SUNDAY IS ALL SAINTS SUNDAY!
Please send the names of loved ones who have died so that we can remember them. Indicate those whose deaths took place in the past year-after November 1, 2019. Send to email@example.com no later than Wednesday, October 28.
Since we will probably still be worshiping on Zoom-
You may want to have a candle to light, a small dish of water and photos of your departed saints. Watch for further information early in the week.
|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,
concludes on Saturday October 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.,
sponsored by the Christian Formation Ministry.
The limited in-person gathering of 15 persons is FULL,
but there are plenty of slots available on Zoom.
For further information, contact Larry Poston, 815-777-0220, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How disappointing to be suspending in-person worship once again! We have worked so hard as a congregation to maintain a safe place and find ways to keep connected. We will continue to be connected even with this setback.
We will continue with our plans to participate in the Episcopal Church's A Season of Prayer: For an Election. Sponsored by Forward Movement and The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations, nine days of devotional prayers will be available each day for those who sign up on Forward Movement.
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.
|Bishop Michael Curry Invites Election Prayers|
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....
Curry will offer "wisdom and encouragement," along with the Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest, and Valarie Kaur, a Sikh filmmaker and speaker. Curry will also preach that same day at the cathedral's All Saints' Day Eucharist at 11 a.m. The full article is here: WNC Prayer
See you in church--on Zoom! Stay safe and well.
|READINGS: Deuteronomy 34:1-12:
Moses climbs Mount Nebo and views the whole of the promised land. Then he dies, but no one knows where his grave is. After the thirty day mourning period, Joshua takes over as leader of the Israelites.
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
: A prayer accredited to Moses, praising God for God's greatness, God's help for God's people and God's calling of the people to turn back to God. Also a plea for God's kindness to be with God's people and for God to sustain their work.
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8:
A description of the faithful ministry of the apostles among the Thessalonians, in spite of persecution - a ministry approved by God, free from impure motives or boasting, not seeking special treatment, but caring and gentle.
Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, and he replies that it is to love God with everything and to love our neighbours as ourselves. Then he asks whose son the Messiah is. When the religious leaders reply that he is David's son, Jesus asks why David refers to the Messiah as "Lord" - and no one is able to give an answer.
In the world of war, climate change, poverty, economic crisis and dread diseases, love may appear to be powerless and irrelevant. This may be because our view of love is so often informed not by Jesus, but by Hollywood. When love is nothing more than a feeling that one "falls" into and out of, it has nothing to say the big issues we face. But, when love is lived as Jesus did - practically, sacrificially, passionately and justly - it speaks directly to the root causes of our struggles. Ultimately all of our dealings in the world will grow out of one of two sources. If fear is the primary driver of our lives, we will ensure we have more than enough weaponry to protect us and we will easily attack any person or country we perceive as a threat. If fear is our foundation, we will hoard our wealth, and we will grab what we can with little concern for the impact on others or on our environment. When fear is our foundation, we will tend to minimise care and compassion for those who are unrelated to us or different from us. But, when love is our foundation, everything changes. Love drives us to seek connection and understanding, not war. Love drives us to share what we have so that all may have their needs met. Love leads us to think carefully about how we treat our environment and how we use our resources, and how we deal with those who are suffering, even if they are unrelated to us. Authentic love is expressed in practical efforts to bring justice, in tough and vulnerable peacemaking, in concern for the "least" and most vulnerable. Authentic love recognises the connections and interdependence between all people and between us and our world. Authentic love is the most desperately needed, and most powerful, solution to the tough struggles of our time. The challenge is whether we are prepared to embrace love, to live love, to "preach" love and to work to spread love through the world. Can we allow love to be the primary force behind our voting, our ethics, our morality, our social participation and our interactions. If we can and do, we will discover that, little by little, the world begins to shift further along a trajectory of compassion.
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MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR BISHOP
The Rockford and Elgin Deaneries will host a session on Friday, November 6 at 10 am. Questions to the nominees will specifically include those submitted by lay and clergy from the two deaneries.
This is one of 6 sessions to be held November 5 & 12 at 6 pm; 6 &13 at 10 am; and 7 & 14 at noon. All are invited to attend any or all of the sessions. Information including candidate essays and resurmes are available on the Bishop Search website here: Nominees
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:
Freely giving our all to God
"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" Jesus said to him, " 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind'....And ... 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' " - Matthew 22:36-39
There's a saying that the chicken who lays an egg makes a contribution, but the chick- en who makes a sandwich offers a sacrifice. One could say that Jesus was alluding to the latter when he responded to the question as to which was the greatest command- ment, "You shall love the Lord your God with all of who you are."He was asking for more than a contribution; he was asking for the sacrifice of our all.
As the Latin root of the word suggests, a sacrifice - a sacrum facere - makes one holy. Giving generously of that of which you are a steward - your heart, soul, mind and all your possessions - is life giving. And it is countercultural. As the bumper sticker declares, "S/He who dies with the most toys wins." That's a powerfully seductive statement. Only with God's help can we avoid being allured into thinking that it is in acquiring possessions that our life gains meaning. May we grow in the wisdom that a rich life results in trusting that it is in God we live and move and have our being.
This reflection is written while visiting Green Bough House of Prayer in Scott, Georgia. Here the three residents, with the company of 77 associ- ates, have dedicated their lives, their all, to God and have taken on a Rule of Life to embrace silence, prayer, simplicity and living in the pre- sent moment, and accept all as coming from God. Do all for God. Offer all to God. This to me is a beautiful example of Faith-Filled Generosity. Very few members of the Church dedicate themselves to full-time contemplative living, but all of us are invited to learn to live Jesus' greatest commandment, trusting that in so doing, Faith-Filled Generosity will flour- ish in our lives.
As we move back into our church buildings, remembering only too well the COVID-19-caused absence of normalcy, may we re-enter with a renewed commitment to freely giving our all to God and faithfully loving our neighbors as ourselves.
o When you have a sense of living within Faith-Filled Generosity, what actions do you see emerging in your life?
o What helps you to live, and interferes with your living a more fruitful life?
Rob Townes received his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University's Candler School of Theology and has spent his professional career as a nonprofit and church fundraising consultant.
FROM THE CHRISTIAN FORMATION MINISTRY
Those of you who attended part or all of Steve Barg's program, "Dismantling the Doctrine of Discove" whether in person or by Zoom, will be receiving an evaluation form by e-mail this coming week. You will be asked not only to evaluate the contents and handling of the topic, as we have always done in the past, but also the success of the delivery mode itself.
Zoom has been not only an important but a necessary ingredient of our life as a parish since the onset of the pandemic. Bible study, Centering Prayer, and all meetings have been Zoomed weekly, and Wednesday and Sunday services have been available in "hybrid" format.
What is different about Steve's program, aside from the hybrid format itself, is that it is the first multi-week Formation program that CFM has sponsored for the parish and the broader community. The Formation Ministry needs your input before it can embark on its program planning for the upcoming year. I'm making a personal guess here, but even after the pandemic is fully under control (and may that day come soon!), I imagine that Zoom will continue to be available as one option for educational purposes.
You should be receiving the evaluation form sometime next week. Please return to firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible. If you have reason to believe that your name has been accidentally omitted from this mailing, please contact the Parish Administrator and she will mail it to you.
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
October 25, 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: Richard Luther
Intercessor: Debbie Kallback
Vestry Coordinator: Tony Packard
Music Director: Robin French
Greeter: Maren Coates
|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:
Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist 10:30am
ONLINE ONLY on Zoom
Zoom Poetry Meeting
Holy Eucharist* 7:30am 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 email@example.com
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
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