Grace Episco pal Church
W e ek of Septe mber 23, 2018  
Eighte enth  Sunday after Pentecost  
10:30 am  

Birthdays :
Joe Maffit
Anita Sands 
Coming Right Up! 
(Please note there is no social hour host this Sunday. There are cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes and banana bread in the refrigerator for those who venture over to the Parish House.)

Canapés & Conversations
George & Charlotte Kennedy will be hosting at their home at 946 N. Irish Hollow Drive on Friday, September 21st from 5-7pm. Bring a friend, a nibble and a beverage to share. All are welcome!

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 

Preparation for Sunday  
The is no question that living according to the ways of "wickedness" increases suffering and conflict in the world, while living according to the ways of righteousness brings peace, joy, healing and connectedness. The reality of our world, though, is that most of us live between these two extremes, and as we seek to embrace righteousness more and more, so we find ourselves at odds with any systems and people that are corrupt, selfish and violent. The result is that, like Jesus, Jeremiah and others who have stood for the values of God's Reign, we may well find ourselves being persecuted. But, this is the price we pay for dreaming of a better world and committing to bring it about. And, as more of us embrace the ways of righteousness, so the momentum grows, until finally, one day, the dream becomes reality.

Proverbs 31:10-31 : A good wife is to be valued because she cares for her family and her servants, she provides for her household, she brings honour to her husband and she is hard working and resourceful.
OR Wisdom of Solomon 1:16-2:1, 12-22: The ungodly people detest the righteous person, and plan to attack and persecute him to prove whether God is truly concerned for him, and whether he really is a child of God, but they do not know God's secret plan or the reward that holiness brings.  
OR Jeremiah 11:18-20: Jeremiah discovers a plot against his life and pleads for God's protection, and God's revenge on those who seek to harm him.
Psalm 1: Righteous people are blessed because they do not follow the ways of the wicked, but love God's instruction. They are like trees planted by streams, bearing fruit and always succeeding. The wicked, however, are destroyed.
OR Psalm 54: A plea for God's help and rescue because proud and violent people seek to attack the Psalmist. But, God sustains God's servant and destroys those who attack him. In response the Psalmist gives thanks and offers sacrifices to God.
James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a: Wise followers of Christ should live a humble life. Jealousy and selfish ambition are not wise, but cause evil, conflict, murder and struggle. Therefore God's people should resist evil, submit to God, draw near to God, and seek to be cleansed.
Mark 9:30-37: Jesus predicts his death and resurrection, and then challenges the disciples for arguing about which of them is greatest. Then he teaches them that the greatest in God's Reign must be the slave of all, and that whofe. Jealousy and selfish ambition are not wise, but cause evil, conflict, murder and struggle. Therefore God's people should resist evil, submit to God, draw near to God, and seek to be cleansed.
It is a tough choice to give up personal power and self-interest in favour of the common good, but this is the way of Christ - the way of peace, service, grace and love. In every community there are those who seek to "work the system" to benefit themselves. Sometimes this is done maliciously, but often it is done with simple ignorance or neglect of the needs of the weak, poor, voiceless and defenseless. The truth is that we are all oppressed and we are all oppressor at some point in our lives, and we all need to learn to turn away from our worst selves. Taking up the cross of Christ means that we give up our quest to be the greatest, come alongside those who suffer and are persecuted, and support them, defend them and work with them for their upliftment, while ensuring that the wealthy and powerful do not benefit at their expense.
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.
Outreach News 
  Episcopal Relief and Development is one of the organizations regularly supported by our Outreach funds. As hurricane season is upon us, parishes have been asked to include this information and appeal for support.

We respond to storms in the United States and U.S. territories through our U.S. Disaster Program. Through our partnerships with Episcopal dioceses, we offer resources and training to help people prepare for disasters and provide emergency support so vulnerable people can make a sustained recovery after the storm. The benefit of our partnership with Episcopal churches is that these congregations are already deeply integrated within their communities. In other words, the Episcopal Church is there before responders arrive and will remain long after the news cameras have gone. You can help provide critical relief to affected communities by donating to our Hurricane Relief Fund. To donate and read the latest updates, visit
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 
Good Week:
Sacristy window is repaired - broken earlier in summer by rock fall. Still need some inside trim work but much better.
Gutters are installed - took 3 days. Too much rain.
Vinyl flooring is installed. Carpet is last.
Bathrooms are installed.
Front door concrete pad is poured
Acoustic panels are ordered
Floor mat for inside front door is ordered
Most of the doors are hung - still need a couple more.
Mediacom is being installed. Would have been finished today but one hiccup. Need to get this completed so we can get phone to the lift and can get state inspection completed.
Wood / Glass panels are installed and are being painted.
Figured out concrete dimensions for added pour in front of the new building. Better way to separate parking from building.
Working on the placement of the protection posts in the parking area and maybe new idea for posts in Resurrection Cemetery.
Have all the cremains moved back into the Resurrection Cemetery - still waiting for markets to be returned from Vincent's.
Chairs that were going to be delivered tomorrow will now come in on Monday - need a lift gate delivery.
Electricians on site tomorrow to work on their details.
Hoping for occupancy permit by 10/5 - hoping, not guaranteed. Hoping for parish celebration on 10/14. Anita is taking this part of the project.

Pete Stryker
Cell 312 504 8268

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 23, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
18th Sunday after Pentecost 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the Service:
Carol Poston
1st Chalicist:
Elizabeth Ludescher
2nd Chalicist: 
Lynn Giles
Donna Davis
Vestry Coordinator:
Larry Poston
Maren Coates
Altar Guild:
Charlotte Stryker & Pam Malik
Presider:   Rev. Linda Packard

Next Sunday's
19th Sunday after Pentecost
September 30,2018
Eucharistic readings
for your own study: 
Psalm 19:7-14        

James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50
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 Prayer
8:10 am
Community Breakfast at Victory Café   
Cursillo Reunion  
St. Francis Room
10:30 am
Morning Bible Study Parish House
All are welcome!
Grace's Choir Practice
Wednesdays at 7pm
Saturdays at 10am
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. **
9/23 - Available
9/30 - Available
10/7 - World Communion Sunday
10/13 - Available 

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!  

News and Photos

 f or e-Blast!
People want to know
what's going on at Grace!  T here are places here for your event, program, or
interesting tidbit.

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