grace episcopal church
galena, illinois

Third Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, 10:30 am

Week of June 13, 2021

Please note: despite changes to COVID status in the state, we are still under the diocesan restrictions until new ones are issued on June 16th. That means masks covering nose and mouth are required at all church functions, indoors or out, in the church building or elsewhere, vaccinated or not.
Ministers of the Service
Members & Guests, Celebrants
Rev. Linda Packard, Presider
Rev. Diane Luther, Preacher
Richard Luther, Lector
Deb Pausz, Intercessor
Robin French, Music Director
Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
Crystal Mason, Vestry Coord.
Alice Maffit & Maren Coates,
Altar Guild

The following letter was received this week regarding our funds raised for the Glory Parish church building:

Dear Donna and Mother Gloria,

Archbishop Joseph Garang Atem sends you greetings, with this message to you:
"We received, with thanks and blessings, the grant of $16,000 for construction of Glory Church, and your annual commitment of support for Glory Church in the amount of $8,000. Your faithful support gives us encouragement in very difficult times."

On May 16, Bishop Joseph was installed as Archbishop of the Province of Upper Nile State, one of the provinces of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan. He will continue to serve as the Bishop of Renk, at his request. He will now be addressed as The Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Garang Atem. It is more important than ever to keep him in our prayers.

With deep appreciation to the good people of Grace Church,

Terri and Phil Jackman will host Canapes and Converations at their home on Friday, June 18 from 5-7 pm. Parking: for those with mobility issues, drive around back of house and park by the deck. Others can park on the grass. Directions: Blackjack Road to Sand Hill Rd, turn left at the stop sign, house is 1/2 mile on the left.

Our Bishop-elect, Paula Clark will be consecrated on August 28! Prior to her medical emergency she was able to attend our Deanery meeting and talked about her intent to hold deanery-wide services to provide Confirmations, and receive new members to the church. By doing this, those wishing to be received or confirmed would not have to wait for her to visit their parish, which might take two or more years.

Because of this, I will be offering an Adult Inquirers Class sometime this summer (dates will be determined by the schedules of those interested in attending). We will be talking about our identity as Episcopalians, the Book of Common Prayer, a brief history of the Anglican/Episcopal church, our creeds, prayer, Baptism, Eucharist, the Trinity (don’t come looking for an explanation!), and the Jesus Movement as described by Presiding Bishop Curry. Attending does not commit you to being received. You may make that decision after you have completed the class.

This is open to anyone in the church or community, although if there is a large response, those considering reception into the Church will be given priority due to limited space (this is an in-person class). The time commitment is about eight hours. Last time, those taking the class decided to do the whole thing on one Saturday. Other options include but are not limited to two sessions of four hours, or four sessions of two hours. This will be determined by those interested in participating, again with priority to those considering reception.

If you are interested in this or would like more information, please contact Rev. Diane Luther at, or call (815) 281-2301
After the EfM Seminar was introduced to labyrinths and with Gloria’s blessing, Joy VanWolffersdorff designed and drew in chalk, with Melanie Hoffman’s help, a Celtic labyrinth in the Grace parking lot. That style was chosen because it would fit in the available space. The plan was for it to be available for everyone who came to Grace on Pentecost. Sadly, it rained just enough overnight to wash most of the colored chalk down the drain. Joy and Melanie rechalked the white lines before it rained again so that some were able to walk the Celtic labyrinth.
If you have an interest in learning more about the spiritual practice of walking the labyrinth, or, if you would like to try it for yourself, please make that known to the rector or to Joy. Several of us have experience in the practice and would love to share this further!
MEDITATIVE PRAYER 9:00am on Fridays
Looking for a way to improve your prayer life, to open your heart, mind and soul to the Holy Spirit? Consider joining the Centering Prayer Group Friday mornings for about forty minutes of meditative prayer: twenty minutes of Centering Prayer followed by Lectio Divina.
Contact Greg Serwich ( for a Zoom invitation which includes a description of these types of prayer.
Caste is the June EfM Alumni book selection. Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson examines different caste systems around the world and how they damaged the lives of everyone involved, even those at the top. Wilkerson’s premise is that America’s social and political landscapes derive from an infrastructure of human hierarchy implemented 400 years ago when Europeans first arrived. Discussion of this book will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 17th. All wishing to participate are welcome and can obtain a Zoom invitation from Greg Serwich (
Join us to study, discuss and ponder St. Mark’s Gospel. We gather on Zoom, 10:30 – 11:30 Wednesday mornings. Contact Greg Serwich for a Zoom invitation (

For each of us as individual Christ-followers, and for our communities, this week is one of great encouragement. It is easy to become disheartened in our attempts to love others when we so often fall into destructive and hurtful patterns, and when our efforts to love so often feel inadequate. It is easy to lose hope when family members or friends or companions in community seem to ignore or fail to respond to our attempts to serve and love. It can be frustrating when we seek to make a contribution and we feel that our gifts or opportunities are insufficient or that the resources we bring are too meagre. However, this week’s theme calls us to value the small, the insignificant, the hidden. Every act of service, every gesture of love, every gift we give has value and makes a difference in the work of God’s Reign in our communities and in our own hearts. We may not be talented or well-known or wealthy or well-connected, but we all have fruit that we can produce and that God can use – often in ways we that we won’t even know. The invitation, then, is to learn to value our small efforts and contributions as God does, and to stay faithful even when we don’t see the results of our work.

Ezekiel 17:22-24: God speaks through the prophet using an image of a small branch that is planted on a high mountain, becoming a large tree. The message is that God makes small trees large and brings down large trees, and God makes green trees wither and dead trees live.
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15: A celebration of God’s goodness and unfailing love, and an affirmation of how the godly flourish and produce fruit.
2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17: Followers of Christ live by faith and not by sight, and do everything with the view to please God. Although we may at times seem crazy, we are controlled by Christ’s love. So we no longer live our old life, but a new one in Christ for whom we live, and who was raised for us.
Mark 4:26-34: Jesus shares two parables of God’s Reign using the metaphor of seeds. In the first, he speaks about a farmer who plants seeds without knowing how they grow. In the second, he describes how the small mustard seed grows to become a large plant in which birds can nest.

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There has been a flurry of activity in preparation for a new garden at Grace. It is located to the right of the church, along the sidewalk leading to our Meditation Garden. This is a pollinating garden, featuring a burst of colors to attract our native birds, butterflies and bees. Our new garden will be in memory of Richard Pepper, a generous donor to Grace Church.
An apprentice to work with Zoom at Grace Church.

This is an important part of our Worship Ministry, and more people are needed to keep our live online services coming! It may seem very complicated, but those of us who have been handling it for nearly a year now all had to start from very basic computer skills and learn "on the job." If we have a small team, the responsibilities can be rotated, making it easier for all of us--and making it possible to explore better ways to assure the best audio and visual experience for those worshiping in person and those online.

Please contact Lynn Giles if interested and for more information.
ZOOM POETRY GROUP 2:00pm on Mondays
A Zoom Poetry meeting from Grace Church has been organized and meets Mondays at 2:00pm. This is not specifically a Grace ministry, but a number of Grace members and friends are part of it If you are interested, write Carol Poston at or call her at 815-777-0220.

Wednesday Episcopal service of Holy Eucharist: The Rev. Linda Packard, Presider; The Rev. Diane Luther, Deacon; Karen Serwich, Lector; Lynn Giles, Zoom Host.
Day of Pentecost 5/23/2021: A festive celebration of the Day of Pentecost. There were technical difficulties, however, so there are some awkward edits. But it is colorful! The Rev Dr Gloria Hopewell, Presider; The Rev Diane Luther, Deacon; Lynn Giles, Lector and Zoom Host; Debbie Kallback, Intercessor; Deb Pausz, Acolyte; Bill Foltz, Thurifer; Billie Bookless, Boat Boy; Robin French, Music Director; and Nancy Cook, Erben Organist.
Trinity Sunday 5/30/2021: An Episcopal service of Holy Eucharist--The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Presider; The Rev. Diane Luther, Deacon; Richard Luther, Intercessor; Greg Serwich, Lector; Robin French, Music Director; Nancy Cook, Erben Organist; and Lynn Giles, Zoom Host.
Hybrid worship has resumed for both in-person and Zoom congregations. Since our region is in Phase 4 of the State of Illinois COVID recovery, we are able to offer 24 spaces in the nave with a maximum of 35 people. Each space can accommodate one single or a couple who live in the same household. MASKS ARE REQUIRED UPON ENTRY.
For those wishing to attend in-person, reservations are required. You may reserve by going to reserve. If you are assigned to an Altar Party role where you will be sitting in the Chancel, you need not reserve. All others, such as lectors, musicians, vestry coordinators, greeters, and altar guild do need to reserve.
On Sunday morning, you will come to the Parish House door where a Greeter will check your name(s) off on a list and admit you to the building where you will proceed into the nave to find an empty seat that is designated by a bulletin.
For those present in the Church:
Please put your smartphone or other device in airplane mode so that our internet capacity is reserved for our online streaming.
For those on Zoom:
Please mute yourselves before the Prelude begins and immediately after the Peace.
Please review this summary of COVID precautions in worship:  10 COMMANDMENTS

Pews that are not to be used are closed off by lengths of ribbon. There are hand sanitizer stations at the entrance and also at the back of the nave.

Those who will join us on Zoom will receive the usual e-mail invitation with a link to the day's bulletin.
Lynn Giles, Senior Warden
Richard Luther, Jr. Warden
Richard Luther, Treasurer
Crystal Mason, Clerk
The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
The Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
The Rev. Linda Packard, Priest Associate
The Rev. Diane Luther, Deacon
Nancy Kenney, Parish Administrator
Robin French, Music Director
Nancy Cook, Erben Organist
Charlotte Stryker: Worship
Elizabeth Ludescher: Communications
Nancy Cook: Outreach
Eric Kallback: Building & Grounds
Crystal Mason: Pastoral Care
Phil Jackman: Fellowship/Parish Life
The Rev Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Rector
Cell Phone: 773-988-3497

Grace Episcopal Church Office:
107 S. Prospect Street
Galena, IL 61036