The Amazing Work of Hal Martin
If you haven't seen the remarkable paintings by Hal Martin in our new Pa
all, please take the time to do so. Each one tells an important and unique stor
y. The painting included here is of our good friend Richard Babcock.
Hal began his art career very early, aided by a grammar school teacher who allowed him to express his thoughts with drawings instead of words when preparing book reports. After high school Hal spent four years in the Marine Corps and a short time working for Thor Power Tools before enrolling in a two-year course at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, followed by two years at the Institute of Design.
After earning his BFA from the Art Institute, he had to make an important decision. He could either become a starving artist or join the commercial art field. Choosing the later, he went on to become an accomplished advertising artist, spending several years as creative director and vice president of the advertising firm The Leo Burnett Agency. Meanwhile, he continued to paint almost every evening and weekend, perfecting his journey with line and color.
Retiring in 1976, Hal moved to Galena where he was inspired by the beauty of the setting, the friendliness of the people and the presence of Grace Church. He and his partner, Bob Burton have developed Lin-Mar Gardens into an enchanting place, including an historic stone church foundation filled with a variety of natural plantings. Hal, at last, was able to devote all his time to creative art. He has been able to develop and expand artistically and spiritually, and to exhibit his work in more than thirty shows. He continues to add to his body of work.
Our congregation is made up of very special people with a wide variety of educational opportunities, extensive career backgrounds and a wide variety of talents. Many of us left significant, successful and unique lives and careers behind when we retired and moved to Galena from our former lives, whether it be from Chicago, the suburbs or some other location. We have also each experienced a unique set of significant personal religious attitudes and foundations.
What do you know about the person sitting at the other end of the pew from you? Wouldn't it be fun to know more about one another?
|Canapes and Conversations TONIGHT!
Canapes & Conversations at Robin French's house: 4286 N. Ford Rd., Galena
5-7:00 pm tonight, 9/27! All are welcome!
World Communion Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, October 6th, at 10:30am at the Galena Center for the Arts, 219 Summit St. There will not be a service at Grace Church that day.
Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15
: In spite of his prophecies of the destruction of Judah, Jeremiah buys his cousin's field and proclaims God's word that people will again buy property in the land of Judah.
OR Amos 6:1a, 4-7
: Amos proclaims that those who live in comfort and wealth, without grief over the destruction of God's people, will be the first to go into exile.
OR Psalm 146
: A call to trust in God rather than influential people, for God protects and saves those who are marginalised, excluded, poor and suffering.
1 Timothy 6:6-19
: Followers of Christ are encouraged to be content with what they have, not to strive after wealth, and to share generously with others.
: Jesus tells a parable about a wealthy man who failed to share with the poor beggar outside of his gates, and who finds himself in torment after death, while Lazarus, the beggar, finds himself in comfort.
The Lectionary continues to challenge us about money, wealth and poverty. It's not a particularly new theme to explore, but it is a significant focus of the Gospel, and an integral part of our mission as Church.
Systems of inequity and injustice are sustained because individuals don't know how to contribute to change. When it comes to addressing poverty, the quest is to offer those who suffer dignity, hope and networks that can enable them to move out of their poverty and into sustainable livelihoods. For followers of Christ that may mean befriending someone who is poor, or partnering as a community with a less advantaged community. It may mean offering time and abilities to work in shelters, or projects that make a difference. It may mean being more careful about how we use our money, and investing in projects that uplift and support the poor. It may mean simply learning to resist the urge to buy more than we need, and it may mean working to change any laws or practices that disadvantage the poor, the weak and the marginalised.
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 lectern 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.
The Jackmans with the Bishops in
From left to right:
Phil Jackman; Bishop Julio Cesar Martin Trejor;
his son, Julian; Terri Jackman;
Presiding Bishop of Mexico, Francisco Moreno;
and Bishop Benito Juarez.
Grace Movie Night, October 6th, 6:00pm Places in the Heart
Filmed in 1984, Places in the Heart was conceived by writer/director Robert Benton (who won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay) during a trip to his hometown, Waxahachie, Texas. Out of his imagination and memories of real people, Benton fashioned an affecting story about a courageous woman (Sally Field,
who won an Academy Award for Best Actress), her extended family, and their struggle for survival and redemption in 1935 during the Great Depression. It takes place in Waxahachie, a rural, southern community consisting mostly of fine people, but also some who dabble surreptitiously in bigotry, fraud, greed and infidelity. One might well ponder upon the character building going on in the children. This indeed was the crucible from which the "Greatest Generation" (Tom Brokaw's description) emerged. Notable co-stars include Danny Glover, John Malkovich, Ed Harris and Amy Madigan. Story and cast aside, the poignant scenes in this movie are as evocative and mesmerizing as Normal Rockwell paintings.
All who enjoy a good movie and discussion afterward are welcome, including guests. Invite others, even if you can't make it. We begin at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall Bring your own snack if you wish to (quietly) dine during the movie.
Note: A link to the trailer was intentionally omitted so as to not dull a single precious facet of this gem of a movie. If you haven't already seen it, or if it has faded from your memory over these thirty five years, just come without checking it out. Your experience will be more vivid.
The Richard Babcock Memorial Yarn Ministry meets weekly for knitting/crocheting sessions on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Kathy Shannon, 301 S Prospect St. Yarn and needles are available for beginners. All are welcome!
Work Session on October 10th
The knitting ministry will meet on Thursday, October 10th from 9:30am to 3:00pm on the 2nd floor of the Parish House for a work session to make fleece blankets for several homeless shelters.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Presider & Preacher:
Rev. Linda Packard
Charlotte Stryker & Alice Maffit
Lynn Giles &
Mary Lou Smith
October 6, 2019
World Communion Sunday
Galena Center for the Arts
|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."
Community Breakfast at Victory Café
EfM 6:30 pm
Canapes & Conversations
Robin French's house 4286 N. Ford Rd., Galena
Friday 9/27 5-7:00 pm
All are welcome!
Choir rehearsals are at 10am on Saturdays.
For current and
check out the goog
calendar on the website
9/29 Anita Sands & Amy Hardwicke
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 committed 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
Clergy Advisors: Gloria Hopewell,
News and prayer requests:
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