grace episcopal church
galena, illinois

First after Pentecost

Week of May 30, 2021
Trinity Sunday
1st after Pentecost
Sunday May 30, 2021

Ministers of the Service
Rev. Dr. Gloria Hopewell, Presider
Rev. Diane Luther, Deacon
Greg Serwich, Lector
Richard Luther, Intercessor

Robin French, Music Director
Nancy Cook, Erben Organ
Elizabeth Ludescher, Vestry Coord.
Alice Maffit & Kim Kreiser, Altar Guild
Karen Serwich, Greeter

Last gathering of the Yarn Ministry
before their summer break.
The Outreach Committee has donated $300 to the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for the support of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City.

Ahli Hospital, founded in 1882, is the oldest hospital in Gaza, serves patients regardless of religious affiliation, has been damaged by the airstrikes and is desperately in need of medicines, medical supplies, food, water, and fuel. Because of the loss of electricity, to keep functioning even at a bare minimum of care they need to run generators to keep the medical equipment (even lights) operating. It needs help now to care for the thousands of post conflict trauma cases, many of them children who have lost family members to the violence.
    We ask all who wish to make a donation to send it to:
        American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
        25 Old King’s Highway North, Suite 13
        Darien, CT 06820

        for benefit of AAH

You can also send it to Grace Church and we will collect the total and send it on.

On a personal note, Linda+ has known the now Most Reverend Hosam Naoum, installed last weekend as the new Archbishop of the Diocese of Jerusalem, for many years, he having visited her parish in Chicago, and she having visited St George’s Cathedral in East Jerusalem at the start of the second intifada. We can think of no better way to celebrate his installation than supporting Ahli Hospital, a particular beneficiary of his ministry.
It is the little blue box time again! United Thank Offering Invites Every Episcopalian to:
“Notice the Good Things That Happen Each Day.
Give Thanks to God for Your Blessings.
Make an Offering for Each Blessing.”
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. Unfortunately it rained just enough overnight to wash most of the colored chalk down the drain. Joy and Melanie have rechalked the white lines for anyone who wants to walk the Celtic labyrinth.

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 read, ponder, and discuss scripture and its relevance to us. Coming next: the Gospel of Mark, Chapter 10. We gather on Zoom, beginning at 10:30 Wednesday mornings.
Contact Greg Serwich ( for a Zoom invitation.

Trinity Sunday is the only week in the year when the focus of our worship is a doctrine. This year, though, the readings move the Trinitarian theme beyond the realm of purely intellectual fascination, into a very practical response to the radical transformation that comes from an encounter with this Triune God. It is impossible to believe in God as Trinity, without also believing in God’s constant, gracious, saving presence in our world and in our lives. It is also impossible to believe in the Trinity without seeking to be changed into more loving and gracious people who bring life and love into our families, our churches and our neighbourhoods in practical ways. This may mean learning to forgive a family member, or serving at a soup kitchen. It may mean volunteering in our churches, or taking care of a sick child. Whatever the details, the more we learn to see and open to the Triune God, the more we will reflect that God’s presence and power in our own lives.

Isaiah 6:1-8: Isaiah receives a vision of God in God’s glory in the Temple, and he hears the seraphim singing “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Then, after he has confessed and been cleansed, he hears God asking for someone whom God can send, and he volunteers.
Psalm 29: A psalm in praise of God’s glory, the power and majesty of God’s voice, and acknowledging God as the eternal ruler over creation, the heavenly beings and all people.
Romans 8:12-17: By the power of God’s Spirit, we are heirs with Christ of God’s glory, we are adopted as children of God, and we are able to live according to the Spirit’s leading, not following our sinful nature.
John 3:1-17: Jesus teaches Nicodemus that, in order to see God’s Reign, he must be born of the Spirit. For whoever believes in Jesus, sent by God into the world to save the world, receives God’s eternal life.

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Soon there will be a flurry of activity in preparation for a new garden at Grace. It will be located to the right of the church, along the sidewalk leading to our Meditation Garden. This will be 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.
The Galena Public Library is currently beginning their strategic planning process to create a plan for the next five years. They want to make sure they get as much community feedback as possible in order to provide the best service. Larissa Distler, the Adult Services Librarian, has asked if we would send a link to a survey which will help them with their process. Here is the link:
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 online on 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 office of Morning Prayer: The Rev Deacon Diane Luther, Officiant; Dave Mikelson, Homilist; 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.
Ascension 5/16/2021: The Rev Linda Packard, Presider; The Rev Dr Gloria Hopewell, Preacher; The Rev Diane Luther, Deacon; Elizabeth Ludescher, Intercessor; Phil Jackman, Lector; Robin French, Music Director; Nancy Cook, Erben Organist; and Greg Serwich, 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