|Random Thoughts from Lynn Giles
As Gloria warned you, various people have volunteered to "ramble" in her place while she is on sabbatical. I've put together some random thoughts to share with you.
Last Sunday Bishop Joseph in his sermon described how when we pray, our eyes and hearts are opened to see and understand what we are to do. A couple weeks ago during our coffee hour discussion of Ray Suarez's keynote address at the 2018 diocesan convention, Tom Van Gelder asked a pointed question: Are any of you praying about the growth of Grace Church?
The two questions Bishop Lee asked us to ponder and discuss before his visit were:
What opportunities for growth and vitality do we see in our congregation? And: What help do we need to meet these opportunities?
This reminded me of a series of workshops I attended many years ago in Dubuque. One key idea was to focus your group/church/organization on seeing a need and trying to meet that need in love, Other people will see what you're doing and will join your effort. But not in the sense of the Field of Dreams myth of "Build it and they will come." Out of vitality comes growth.
Look at how many "friends" of the Grace choir are now members of Grace. Look around the room during any Yarn Ministry session. Often there are more friends than members of Grace. On the other hand, we members of Grace tend to be very active in our communities. I looked back at the Vision and Values conversations. Of the 75 members, 12 reported no involvement in activities outside of church, 19 were involved in one or two activities while 44 of us are involved in three or more activities in addition of our church-related activities.
Two weeks ago Bishop Lee met with the vestry after the coffee hour reception. As we talked a bit about the Suarez speech and the direction of mainline churches seem to be going, he said "
We need to be more of what we already are." (I actually wrote that down so I would remember it.) So what does that mean? Who are we? How much more?
See you in church,
: A prophecy against the corruption and greed of the wealthy among God's people who exploit the poor, and whose wickedness God will not forget.
: A song of praise to the God who is over all nations, and who lifts up the poor and needy and includes them among influential people, and who removes the shame of the barren woman making her a mother of children.
1 Timothy 2:1-7
: Paul calls for believers to pray for all people, including leaders, reminding them of Christ's pleading for us with God - for which Paul has been called as an apostle to the Gentiles.
: Jesus parable of the shrewd manager who wins social capital and his master's commendation through the act of radical, inappropriate, forgiveness.
The immediate thought that comes to mind when thinking about this week's theme is the issue of foreign debt and the corrupt system of international finance and trade regulations that has left so many third world countries irreversibly impoverished. The call of God's generous, inappropriate grace can not be mistaken - there needs to be a rising up of God's Jubilee people calling for these debts to be written off, and for effective aid to be offered where needed. But, it also goes further than this. For those of us in wealthy countries there is a tremendous responsibility to watch how we use our wealth and opportunity. We need to avoid anything that is exploitative, using our buying power to ensure that fair trade practices are employed and fair wages are paid to those who produce what we use, and that the impact on our planet is likewise just and sustainable. When we use our opportunity to accumulate wealth for ourselves, we are essentially "dishonourable", but when we use it to uplift others, we bring honour and dignity both to them and to ourselves. As Rev. Dr. Mvume Dandala once said: "The opposite of poverty is not wealth. It is dignity."
and reflections excerpted from sacredise.com
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.
||POWER at your fingertips!
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.
On Tuesday, September 24th, from 2:00-4:00 we will play the Watershed Game at the home of Beth Baranski, the award winning steward of the watershed study program, sponsored by the League of Women Voters and financially supported by our Mission Outreach Committee. Please RSVP to Carmen Ferguson at 815-777-2309 (phone or text) or
so that you can become a more informed steward of our water, and to ensure that we'll have plenty of chocolate to give and for instructions to Beth's house.
The Pray Ground is ready for children! A Vestry goal established at its Spring Retreat, this soft space consists of a vividly colored, washable 4' x 6' rug that can be rolled up and put away when not being used and quickly brought out as needed.
Families are encouraged to bring their children to worship.
Experts in children's learning suggest that they sit where they are able to fully observe what is happening in worship and to participate as they are able. In this way, they become familiar with worship practices even as they may be
coloring or working on
quiet activities. A similar "pop up" nursery is planned for the future.
The Richard Babcock Memorial Yarn Ministry has weekly knitting/crocheting sessions on Thursdays at 1:30 at the home of Kathy Shannon, 301 S. Prospect St. All are welcome. Yarn and needles are available for beginners.
News from Our Diocese and TEC
BISHOP SEARCH UPDATE
Several listening sessions have been scheduled across the Diocese to enable churches and members to have input on the profile that will be prepared for potential candidates. Listening sessions will focus on how you see God at work in the diocese, what challenges we face together, and what we seek in our next bishop.
In our Deanery, one will take place on September 7 at St. Peter's in Sycamore, Illinois.
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.
World Communion Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, October 6th at 10:30am at the Galena Center for the Arts. There will not be a service at Grace Church that day.
Two Country Fair Opportunities
You can volunteer at Country Fair and help raise some money for the church at the same time.
1) Fräni is managing the Grab & Go stand again this year. She is hoping there are some volunteers from Grace that would be willing to help her out on Saturday, October 14th. If you volunteer you get in for free and you get $10/hour that will be donated to Grace Church. Added bonus is the stand is right next to the music and the wine garden!
Five volunteers are needed for each of the two shifts. First shift is 10:30-1:30; second shift is 1:30-4:30. Please let Fräni know if you are able to help out and which shift you prefer.
2) The Galena Chamber of Commerce
Chamber is looking for volunteers to serve in the Chamber's funnel cake booth at Country Fair in exchange for a share of the profits.
While the Rector is Away....
Worship: Linda Packard will be presiding on most Sundays and Wednesdays, and Diane Luther will coordinate and/or officiate at Morning Prayer (9/25, 10/9, 10/27). Linda and Diane will share the preaching.
October 6 will be the annual
World Communion Sunday service held at the Galena Arts Center at 10 AM. November 3, we will observe All Saints Sunday, and I will be back to preach and preside.
Pastoral Care: The Ministry of Care will continue to oversee those who are in need of visits, food, and transportation. Linda Packard will be the contact for emergency pastoral needs and will be the one to determine whether or not I need to be notified.
Other Emergencies or Problems: Sr. Warden Greg Serwich will oversee general operations of the parish and, of course, Buildings and Grounds along with Pete Stryker. Jr. Warden Lynn Giles will oversee communications/personnel issues and the church office functions.
Ministries: Each ministry has a chair and/or a vestry liaison. So, continue to contact them as always. Information on each of the ministries and contacts is on our website. Diane Luther will attend the October United Churches meeting in my place.
Social Media: Nancy Kenney will publish and update the e-Blast and website each week. Please send any ministry news to her by Wednesday, end of day. This "Ramblings" column will take on a new personality as there is a rotation of authors for each week that I am gone. Lynn Giles will be Nancy's back up, and Larry Poston is the communications liaison.
Pledge Campaign: The campaign will begin early in October, and Joan Klaus is already hard at work on the process. Larry Poston will handle communications about pledging in the e-Blast and bulletin.
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
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
Ministers of the
The Rev. Linda Packard
Preacher: Diane Luther
Pam Malik & Charlotte Stryker
Lynn Giles & Mary Lou Smith
September 29, 2019
for your own study:
Amos 6:1a, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:6-19
|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
EfM 6:30 pm
Canapes & Conversations
All are welcome!
Choir rehearsal at 10am on Saturdays.
For current and
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calendar on the website
eminder for hosts:
Napkins and plates
are provided. Use
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
Gloria Hopewell, Linda Packard
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|Grace Galena 9th after Pentecost 2019 Sermon
|Grace Galena 10th after Pentecost Sermon 2019