DON'T FORGET! There will be NO worship at Grace on October 7.
We will celebrate World Communion Sunday with friends from four Galena churches. As in previous years, the service will begin at
10:15 am at the Galena Center for the Arts,
lower level. Refreshments will follow.
Then, though Bp. Joseph will not join the World Communion celebration as he did last year, he will be with us on Thursday, October 11. Back again from the Diocesan of Renk in South Sudan, he will bring us up to date on our mission partners. Please come to a special Canapes and Conversation in his honor on Thursday, October 11 from 5-7 pm at the home of Bonnielynn Kreiser,Talisman Trace. As always, please bring and appetizer to share and your beveridge of choice.
Mark your calendars for Sunday,
when we will celebrate the completion of the new parish house. The celebration will begin in the church at the end of worship, moving to the new kitchen/ fellowship area for a dedication and lunch. The entree will be provided. Please bring a salad, beverage, or dessert to share. Further information will follow.
Rides to Vote
If anyone one needs a ride to the court house for either early voting or their polling place on November 6th, election day, please contact one of the following: Al or Cathie Elsbree 815-777-2469, Georgia Hansen 312-771-4946, or Bonnielynn Kreiser 815-777-1468.
Many, many thanks for this birthday bouquet! Its presentation during last Sunday's birthday blessings was quite a surprise! For some reason, I had not even begun to think of my approaching birthday. Perhaps it was due to the jet lag after my recent trip to France. Or maybe because there have been so many birthdays, and the years fly by so quickly these days! Anyway, the flowers have brightened my life this week as I have tried to regain my "normal" rhythm after two weeks of a very different kind of living, at least in terms of schedule, activity, and the extra energy it takes to communicate without common language.
What a treat it was to spend time with the French people who visited Galena last October. I did not spend a great deal of time with them. I did not host anyone in my house, but I did greet them when they used our Parish House for their meetings and English lessons. So the chance to get to know them better was quite special.
We saw stunning sights--of medieval villages and castles, churches and museums. We cruised on rivers and canals, and sampled the regional cuisine and wines. We studied French in the mornings and toured in the afternoons and/or evenings. Then, the last few days, we had some time on our own, and people scattered to various places from mountains to seas in southwest France and in Spain.
Speaking of churches and museums: one thing broke my heart. There were so very many churches open to the public, some medi
eval, others neo-gothic, but all lovely in their own ways. Yet very few hold any services any longer. Those that do seem to have few or alternat
e among different sites. Some have been turned into muse
ums or restaurants. And one, s
till with bright and vivid walls and stained glass windows, and a shining pulpit mounted above the nave, is now an antique store filled with upscale furniture and decorative
objects. No longer a worshipful tribute to God but a commercial enterprise. I should not have been surprised. I was, though,
and very very sad.
And in a dark hallway outside, there was a pile of fabric that turned out to be discarded vestments and altar hangings. I
ended up buying a chasable--a "fiddleback" that isn't unknown in the Episcopal Church but certainly not commonly seen. Maybe I will have an opportunity to wear it some time! In honor of the faithful who built and worshiped in these churches.
See you in church,
The Rev. Jim McCrea, pastor at 1st Presbyterian Church will be the preach at our World Communion celebration on Sunday. I have been advised that he will not be preaching from the lectionary. I am providing the regular readings, however, for any readers who may use this column as an individual study or prayer practice.
: God seeks to provide a companion for the man, so he brings all the animals for the man to name, but no companion is found. Then God creates woman, and the man celebrates her, as one like himself.
God is majestic, yet notices human beings, making them just a little lower than the angels and putting them over all of creation as God's stewards.
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12:
God has spoken, as never before, through Jesus Christ, who was made a little lower than angels for a time in order to lead human beings - whom he calls sisters and brothers - to salvation.
The religious leaders challenge Jesus on whether it is acceptable to divorce one's wife. Jesus says that the law allowed it only because of our hard hearts, but that if someone divorces and remarries, they commit adultery. Then, when the disciples scold those who bring children to Jesus to be blessed, Jesus stops them and tells them that God's kingdom belongs to those who are like children, and that if we don't welcome children, we cannot be part of God's Reign.
Human beings are not created to live alone, but for connection, community and relationship. Our relationships are not just with one another, but with the God who created us as well. But, all of these relationships are destroyed when we become unfaithful, or we when we allow our commitments to be weakened or broken by life's turmoil, or by our own hardness of heart. But, when we remain faithful, our relationships become the place where we experience the grace and salvation of God, and where the Reign of God is dramatically revealed.
and reflections come from sacredise.com,
THE RECTOR and OUTREACH MINISTRIES have received a special invitation to the Celebration of Companion Relationship with Diocese of Renk on
Saturday, October 27 at St. Michael's, Barrington. In addition to the celebration of the diocesan partnership, Grace Church will be recognized for its 15 year relationship with Glory Parish!
It would be wonderful to have a group of Grace folk join me in attending this event. And, I would also love to have any of your stories about the parish partnership as it goes back several years before my time at Grace. Here is the scoop:
On October 27 from 10 am to 1 pm, Bishop Lee and Bishop Joseph Garang Atem of the
Diocese of Renk
in the Episcopal Church of South Sudan will host a celebration of the partnership between the two dioceses at
St. Michael's Episcopal Church
Please let me know if you would be interested in attending with me!
Kitchen sink is in - not the right one but OK for now. Just one more of those "surprises" that need attention.
All electrical should be finished by Friday.
City is to visit Friday for their first inspection.
Lift company to be in next Wednesday to finish and then city will give us formal occupancy permit.
Bathroom accessories have been installed
Quartz kitchen counter should go in tomorrow.
Start on the Gothic windows should be later tomorrow and all day Friday. This will be clear glass at this point. Stained glass still being finished.
Doors are in and installed.
Banister is installed.
Been doing some cleaning - not too much as yet.
Carpet install supposed to start Monday.
Need to get appliances in next week which also means moving refrigerator and stove from PH.
Working on lining up mover for offices etc. And, the date to do this work. Mike Kennedy will handle the switch over of the computers, router, etc.
Civil visited this week. Weather is messing up their paving schedule - not a shock.
Working on door camera and need to work on key system.
Cell 312 504 8268
Cooking with God's Bounty
Butternut Squash Rice Casserole
- 1 butternut squash (1 1/2 pounds)
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup dry RiceSelect Organic Texmati® White Rice
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Coat a 9"x13" casserole dish with baking spray and set aside.
- Cut the squash in half, scrape out the seeds and place the squash face-down in the 9"x13" glass baking dish.
- Fill the dish with about an inch of water.
- Microwave the squash on high for 12 minutes; check to see if the squash is soft enough. It shouldn't be mushy!
- If not thoroughly cooked, microwave the squash for 5 more minutes.
- Carefully remove the squash from the microwave and let it stand for a few minutes to cool.
Peel and cut it into cubes.
- Combine the water, broth and chopped rosemary in a saucepan; cook and bring to a boil.In the meantime, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the onion and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until translucent.
- Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
- Add rice and olive oil; cook and stir for 1 minute.
- Stir in the broth mixture, prepared squash, parsley, seasoning salt, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil.
- Transfer rice mixture to previously prepared casserole dish.
- Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
- Sprinkle with cheese and continue to bake for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese melts.
- Remove the casserole from the oven and serve.
***If using pre-cut squash:
Season with salt and pepper; toss with a tablespoon of
and roast on a baking sheet for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F.
estry Liaisons' primary purpose is to assure two-way communications between the various groups and the
to represent the groups for resources
policy issues, and to
Building and Grounds:
Pete Stryker (Sr. Warden 2017-2019)
Worship Committee: Pam Malik
(class of 2019)
Formation and Spirituality:
Greg Serwich (Jr. Warden 2018-2019)
: Anita Sands (class of 2021)
LEMs: Bonnielynn Kreiser
(class of 2020)
Tony Packard (class of 2021)
Deb Pausz (class of 2019)
Communications: Larry Poston (class of 2020)
Governance: Wardens & Rector
, Senior Warden
, Junior Warden
chard Luther, Treasurer
: The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell
Administrative Asst.: Fräni Beadle
Organist/Pianist: Robin French, Nancy Cook
Choir Director: Pat Terry
October 7, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
World Communion Sunday
@Galena Center for the Arts
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
21st Sunday after Pentecost
October 14, 2018
|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."
Midweek Morning Prayer
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
St. Francis Room
Morning Bible Study Parish House
|Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
For current and
upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:
October OR check out the goog
calendar on the new website
Copies of sermons and e-Blasts are
available on the Narthex table.
Comments on this e-Blast may be sent here
osted as audio files on the rector's Facebook page.
If you put out trash, please put in a secure trash can.
Thanks to all for your cooperation. **
10/7 - World Comm. Sunday
10/21 - Available
10/28 -New Parish House Celebration
eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates
are provided. Use
what you need from
our pantry to the right
of the coffee maker.
Remember: Keep it simple. We usually have about 20-25 attending.
**Coffee schedule sign up is in the Parish House kitchen.**
|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
Gloria Hopewell, Linda Packard
News and prayer requests:
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|Sept. 9, 2018 Diane Luther Homily
|Grace Galena Sermon 19th after Pentecost
These audio files, along with recent archived sermons may be found in the "Worship" tabl of the Grace Church website or at this link: