Grace Episco pal Church
Week of September 2, 2018  
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost  
10:30 am  

Birthdays :
Tom Van Gelder  
Coming Right Up! 
River Bend Food Bank
A  Mobile Food Pantry will be happening on Saturday, September 8th at Crossroads Community Church, 900 Galena Square Dr., Galena IL. Volunteers should arrive by 10:00am. Recipient registration begins at 10:15am and distribution begins at 11:00am. We recommend that recipients arrive by11:00am.
Recipients are asked to bring enough canvas grocery bags to pack a cart-full of groceries.
This distribution is open to all who are food insecure. There is no income limitation for this event. Distribution will take place in the Crossroads Community Church parking lot. In the event of inclement weather, the distribution will take place inside the church.
Galena's Country Fair
Grace church has the opportunity to volunteer serving walking tacos in the Grab n Go booth next to the Wine Garden (bonus)! On Saturday, October 6th from 10am to 5pm, 16 volunteers are needed, taking 3 hour shifts (8a-11a; 11a-2p; 2p-5p). Entrance to the fair is free for volunteers and Grace Church will receive $10 for every hour for each volunteer. Please contact Fräni Beadle in the church office if you are interested in helping.  
Rector's Ramblings 
Labor Day weekend holds a special place in my memories, almost none of which has to do with the meaning of the holiday. A lot of it is about nostalgia. First, of course, are memories of what seemed like an endless summer coming to an end and the start of a new school year. In my childhood, it had another meaning--the Sandwich Fair! Our county fair opened in the week after Labor Day, so we started school a few days before, then were dismissed for the fair. Our band would play in the grandstand. I would work in my family's farm equipment stand, mostly selling John Deere toys. And, then, of course, there were the rides and the cotton candy and those corn dogs on a stick!
      As a younger adult, Labor Day weekend came to be the culmination of a summer's work--performances of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta by the local G&S company in which we participated. This was a family affair--not just music and staging rehearsals, but set building, costume making, and everything else it takes to put on a show. Performances would take place all weekend, then Labor Day itself, we engaged in striking the set--and usually having a few beers afterwards as we watched an amateurish video of ourselves and started to come down from the heights of the greasepaint and the stagelights.
     Beginning in 1997, Labor Day weekend revolved around church. My first parish had a tradition of a family retreat at a denominational camp ground. My first time there was a few weeks before I started as their associate pastor, so it was time for me to meet many parishioners for the first time in a casual, relaxed setting.
      Most recently, maybe for 15 years or more, the weekend has been spent with a group of dear friends from the church where I first experienced my call to ministry. This group of a dozen or so--some clergy, others lay people committed to ministries of social justice--migrate to Glen Lake, Michigan where one of the couples has a family compound. Though very much a social time of talking and laughing and reconnecting, it is also a time of being inspired and challenged by the faithful work each one is engaged in. And also supporting one another in our various endeavors and life paths. This small group of friends is, for me, the Beloved Community.
     Our Presiding Bishop has a vision of Beloved Community for the Episcopal Church. It is about love and justice and respect--and it stretches beyond our local congregations and communities to work toward the day that all people regardless of color, economic status, gender or sexual identity live in harmony without discrimination and bias, as equals in the sight of God and one another.
     This is the first year (except for 2008 when I was in Kenya) that I have not been in Michigan with my Beloved Community. I am sad. But don't feel bad for me--it is because I just returned from time in Colorado with my family and am preparing to go to France with my Galena friends. Each of these--and all of us at Grace Church--can be part of the Beloved Community, too. We are blessed.

See you in church!
Preparation for Sunday  
It's all about passion this week! The Lectionary explores what it means to obey God's law and to live a righteous life, and concludes that, if our faith is simply legalistic, outward observance, it is not authentic. Rather, it is about ensuring that our hearts are devoted to God, that we remain passionate in our commitment to Christ and to God's Reign.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9: Moses exhorts the people of Israel to listen to the laws of God, and to follow them, not adding anything to them or subtracting anything from them. These laws give them wisdom and insight, and show Israel to be God's special people, so the people should make sure they don't forget them and that they teach them to their children.
Psalm 15: The ones who are able to dwell in God's presence are those who live blameless lives, speaking truth, refusing to harm or insult others, keeping promises, lending without interest and refusing bribes. Such people do not stumble.
James 1:17-27: God has given us every good and perfect gift. Therefore, we need to live God's law, remembering it and putting it into practice. We are called to be good listeners who are slow to anger, who have a humble attitude and who care for the marginalised and vulnerable in our world.
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23: Jesus is questioned by the religious leaders because his disciples don't wash their hands before they eat. In response Jesus warns against worship that is only lip service, and explains that it is not what comes from outside that defiles us, but what comes from the heart.

It is a pity that for too many people religion - especially Christianity - is seen as cold, institutionalised and heartless. It seems we have become more like the religious leaders who were concerned with keeping the outside clean than we would like. We have, too often, made following Jesus about excluding "sinners", and keeping ourselves pure (read: obedient to the legalistic outward observance of our denomination or group). As such, our faith has driven wedges into families, set communities at odds with one another, and ignored real issues of justice in favour of asserting our own particular "rights" or needs. The passion that has characterised so many revival movements and justice movements in history has often been lost, and replaced with shallow emotionalism and glitzy, escapist worship gatherings. These are hard words for us to face, but until we do, we cannot restore our faith to the passionate, Christ-following, neighbour-loving, heart-capturing movement that it really is. As individuals and churches, we will never be effective in reaching our communities, our friends and our families with the message of the Gospel, until that message is the inspiration of our own lives. But, when our hearts are captured by the Gospel again, and when we become passionate lovers of God, of people and of the world, we won't have to "preach" in order to be heard. The Gospel will be seen in our lives, and others will know the life-giving touch of God through us. As individuals and communities of faith, let us not underestimate the value of passionate hearts, both for our own spiritual health, and in bringing healing and restoration to those around us.
The thumbnails and reflections come from,
Formation Ministries News 
Five Church Program 
Grace has been invited to participate in a four Thursday series meant to help us get to know more about the faith traditions of the other four churches with which we often participate in discussion groups and in worship. These are Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran (ELCA). Beginning September 13 at 6:30 pm, we will gather at the Galena United Methodist church. Each week, a different denomination will be featured.
Theological Thrillers
 We are now unveiling our 2018-2019 season. This fall will be devoted to C. S. Lewis's "space trilogy" (three interplanetary novels with a theological theme), with Larry Poston and Mary Lou Smith as discussion leaders. We'll take time out with a session on a little-read long story ("The Escaped Cock") by D. H. Lawrence, Bill Boehler leading the discussion. Drop in and out of the season as you wish but plan to do the reading whenever you do come. Opening session is on C. S. Lewis's novel, Out of the Silent Planet, on Saturday, September 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the parish hall.
For further information on the fall schedule, click here, or ask Larry Poston ( ) for a copy of the year's plans. Winter and spring meetings have not yet been scheduled.
Outreach News 
The Furniture Ministry
Steve Barg presented a Mission Moment during worship on August 19 updating the congregation on the work of the Furniture Ministry in assisting those area families who have no beds, kitchen tables, or sofas. The Grace Church Outreach Ministries provided a donation of $1,000 to support these efforts. 
Mark Your Calendars 
Some upcoming events in the fall you may want to note:

Sunday, October 7:  World Communion Sunday at the Galena Arts Center; shared ecumenical worship with Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran churches.

Thursday, October 11: Bp. Joseph from the Diocese of Renk, Sudan, will be with us. Details to follow.
Parish House Update 
The lift is installed - got to ride in it yesterday.
2nd floor lift door.
Interior painting is in progress. Still working on walls in Sacristy as of last evening. 
Having  a tough time getting the plaster to dry with all the humidity. Getti ng walls and ceiling repaired which will be very nice.
     The old AC units are removed.
     Grass is growing fairly well on hillside. More to do.
     Trying to get the final details for the fencing in the cemetery resolved. Working on 
the cemetery layout too.
     Getting outside wall on Meditation Garden side repaired also - wood rot. And, getting door into chapel repaired from wood rot too.    
Thanks All
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Doors in front entrance 
Front of building--all but the three stained glass windows
in the upper level!

Following worship on August 26, the ground was concecrated where the urns of ashes from the former garden will soon be reinterred.
 Note the drops of water below!                  
Imagine no construction equipment 
Vestry Liaisons

V estry Liaisons' primary purpose is to assure two-way communications between the various groups and the  Vestry,  to represent the groups for resources or  policy issues, and to  support  their  events  an d activities.

Worship:                               Rector                        
Building and Grounds:        
Pete Stryker (Sr. Warden 2017-2019)   
Worship Committee:            Pam Malik
(class of 2019)             
and Spirituality:
  Greg Serwich (Jr. Warden 2018-2019)   
Fellowship & Hospitality:     Anita Sands (class of 2021)                 
Pastoral Care/ LEMs:           Bonnielynn Kreiser (class of 2020)  
Outreach:                             Tony Packard (class of 2021)
                                             Deb Pausz (class of 2019)               
Communications:                 Larry Poston (class of 2020)
Governance:                        Wardens & Rector 

Officers:                Pete Stryker, Senior Warden             
                     Greg Serwich, Junior Warden
                     R ichard Luther, Treasurer                    
                     Elizabeth Ludescher, Clerk      
Rect or :                          The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell           

Administrative Asst.:      Fräni Beadle  
Organist/Pianist:            Robin French, Nancy Cook        
Choir Director:               Pat Terry
This Sunday 
In This Issue
Coming Right Up!
Rector's Ramblings
Preparing for Sunday
Formation Ministries
Outreach Ministries
Mark Your Calendars
Vestry Liaisons
Taking Note of This Sunday
Next Sunday's Readings
Grace's Prayer List
Meetings this Week
Choir Schedule
Coffee Hour Reminders
Ministry of Care
Boring Details
September 2, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
15th Sunday after Pentecost 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the Service:
Steve Coates
1st Chalicist:
Elizabeth Ludescher
2nd Chalicist: 
Karlyn Van Gelder
Molly Beadle
Vestry Coordinator:
Bonnielynn Kreiser
Karen Serwich
Altar Guild:
Alice Maffit & Amy Hardwicke
Presider: Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell

Next Sunday's
16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 2, 2018
Eucharistic readings
for your own study: 
Isaiah 35:4-7a  
Psalm 146         
James 2:1-17  
Mark 7:24-37  
Grace's Prayer List
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."
Meetings this Week 
Wednesday Events  
7:30 am
Midweek Morning Eucharist
8:10 am
Community Breakfast at Victory Café   
Cursillo Reunion  
St. Francis Room
10:30 am
Morning Bible Study Parish House (No meetings in August)
All are welcome!
Grace's Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
(Choir practice will resume Wednesday, September 5th)
Looking Ahead 
For current and upcoming events, download a copy of the calendar with this link:    
September  OR check out the goog le
calendar on the new website
Sermons and e-Blasts 
Copies of sermons and e-Blasts are available on the Narthex table.
Comments on this e-Blast may be sent here

Sermons are often posted as audio files on the rector's Facebook page.  
Sunday Social Hour Hosts
** If you put out trash, please put in a secure trash can. Thanks to all for your cooperation. **
9/2 - Potluck
9/9 - Van Gelder   
9/16 - Available
9/23 - Available
 **If someone has borrowed the brown insulated beverage dispensers - please return them to the kitchen. Thank you!** 

R 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.**
Formation Schedule  
You can now get information on Formation Ministries directly from the new Grace website at the following links: Children and Youth Adults
Spiritual Practices

Ministry of Care 
If you are in need of assistance while ill or recovering: meals, transportation, visits, please contact the
Ministry of Care
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.

Ministry of Care Leadership Team: Facilitators :  Carol Poston, Charlotte Kennedy
Clergy Advisors: Gloria Hopewell, Linda Packard

News and prayer requests: 
Sunday Bulletin -- Wed. end of day.
e-Blast: Thursday noon. 

Anniversaries and Birthdays
Have your celebrations been missed in our bulletins?   Send to Frani.
Thank y ou!  

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Grace Galena Sermon 14 after Pentecost 
Grace Galena Sermon 14 after Pentecost
 This audio file, along with recent archived sermons may be found in the "Worship" tabl of the Grace Church website or at this link:
   The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone:  773-988-3497

Grace Episcopal Church Office:
309 Hill Street
Galena, IL 61036