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

Birthdays :
Terri Jackman
Tom Golden
Debbie Pausz
Rev. Gloria Hopewell
Al & Cathie Elsbree  
Coming Right Up! 
Sunday, October 7: 
World Communion Sunday at the Galena Arts Center; shared ecumenical worship with Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Lutheran churches.

Galena's Country Fair We still need 4 people to fill all the shifts for Saturday! Please sign up if you can! 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 8am to 5pm, 16 volunteers are needed, taking 3 hour shifts. 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. 815.777.2590
Preparation for Sunday  
One theme seems to thread its way through all of the Scriptures - God's surprising and unexpected work through unexpected people in unexpected ways.  May our hearts be opened to the unexpected grace, the surprising opportunity and the serendipitous move of God's Spirit as we worship this week.

Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22: The king asks Esther what he can do for her, and she asks him to deliver her people from Haman's plot. The king orders that Haman be impaled upon the stake he had made for Mordecai. Then Mordecai writes to all the Jewish people instructing them to always remember the days of their deliverance.
: The Israelites complain that they have no meat, and in response Moses pleads with God to help him, because he finds leading the people too much of a burden. So God instructs Moses to bring seventy leaders to the Ten of Meeting, where God fills them with some of Moses' spirit and they prophesy. When two leaders who have not gone to the tent begin to prophesy in the camp, Joshua asks Moses to stop them, but Moses refuses, saying that he wished all of God's people were prophets.
Psalm 124: A celebration of God's help for God's people, remembering how, when their enemies sought to destroy them, God helped his people to escape.
OR Psalm 19:7-14: In praise of God's law which brings joy, insight, truth, wisdom, and life, which helps people to know when they have done wrong, and which enables them to be cleansed.
James 5:13-20: Those who suffer should pray, and those who are sick should call on the elders of the church to pray for them and anoint them with oil, because the prayers of righteous people are effective. Also, we should turn one another back whenever we stray from the truth.
Mark 9:38-50 : Jesus tells his disciples not to stop a person who is casting out demons in Jesus' name, and Jesus tells them to let him be, adding that whoever is not against him is for him. Then he teaches that anyone who gives one of Jesus' disciples water will be rewarded, but those who cause little ones to stumble will be cursed. Anything that causes us to sin must be thrown away, and we must "maintain our salt" and keep peace with each other.
Communities which have been open to the creative move of God's Spirit, that have invited questions and experimentation, and that have been willing to reach out to others who are different from them, have made massive positive impacts on the world. But, much of this has been forgotten in the wake of exclusive, condemnatory, rigid, and stagnant faith organisations. Followers of Christ are better known for silencing questions than embracing them in today's society. Churches are better known for rejecting and denouncing other faith communities, and other denominational groups, than embracing them and working with them. We seem to be far more eager to ensure that those who are "for" us look like us, speak like us, think like us, and separate from those who don't, than we are ready to welcome those who are not "against" us. But, in the process, we may well be missing some of the unexpected work of God's Spirit that is happening around us. We may find that, instead of being liberators, healers and comforters, we have become oppressors and destroyers. What an amazingly attractive community the church could be, though, if local groups of Christians could find the openness and creativity to work alongside whomever they can to uplift, heal and celebrate their neighbours and neighbourhoods. When we are willing to let go of our need for "purity" and exclusivism, we might just find that we experience God through the stranger, and in the most unexpected places.

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 
Lots of good progress this week. Inside finishing work with trim, banisters, lighting, doors all progressed.
Outside work included repair of storm water piping, insultation of water line, removal of broken sidewalk and curb, repair of sewer line, concrete pour for sidewalk and curb.
I am sorry for the inconvenience to those who need access to this side door.
If all this comes together without rain Friday, we should have access to the parking area Sunday for the folks who need this flat parking and access.
The cemetery has the markers returned and placed.
In the chapel, the new columbarium is in place.
Pete Stryker
Cell 312 504 8268
Cooking with God's Bounty 

Baked Potato Casserole

7 medium red potatoes - baked
1/4 tsp salt and pepper
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 c sour cream
2 c mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 c cheddar cheese, shredded
3 green onion, sliced
1. Cut baked potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Place half in a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.
2. Sprinkle with half the salt,pepper and bacon.
3. Top with half the sour cream and then the cheeses. Repeat layers.
4. Bake uncovered at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until cheeses are melted. Sprinkle with the sliced onion.
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!
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 30, 2018
Sunday Morning Eucharist
19th Sunday after Pentecost 
For quick reference, find Sunday's readings by clicking here:
The Lectionary

Ministers of the Service:
Greg Serwich
1st Chalicist:
Cathie Elsbree
2nd Chalicist: 
Bonnielynn Kreiser
Deb Pausz
Vestry Coordinator:
Pam Malik
Diann Marsh
Altar Guild:
Charlotte Stryker & Pat Golden
Presider: Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell

Next Sunday's
20th Sunday after Pentecost
October 7, 2018
Eucharistic readings
for your own study: 
Genesis 2:18-24 
Psalm 8          
Hebrews 1:1-4;2:5-12 
Mark 10:2-16  
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
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:    
October  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. **
9/30 - Available
10/7 - World Comm. Sunday
10/14 - Packard/Marsh
10/21 - Available
10/28 - 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!  

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