God has called us to live out the gospel--to embody God's hope and promise for our world. God has not called us to create an institution, but rather communities where people may gather to pray, seek the Holy, look for meaning, and use the gifts we have been given to move our world a bit closer to the kingdom of God.

               --Bonnie A. Perry+

get involved

The Episcopal Church Catechism defines four orders of ministry, beginning with lay members. We believe that every baptized person is a vital part of the ministry of the church, and encourage everyone to become engaged in a way that is meaningful. Nearly every ministry is open to everyone. Only members of the Vestry (our governing board), officers of the church, and delegates to denominational conventions are required to make a more formal commitment to Grace (membership definitions and details are described later on this page).

There are ways to be involved in the church with whatever time, talent, and energy you have to give.  Do you have a passion for reaching out to those in need? To those who are ill or homebound? Would you like to plan an annual event or a series of fellowship activities? Perhaps serving at the altar would be satisfying. Or planning or facilitating ongoing learning and formation programs. Maybe your skills lean toward ongoing building and grounds repairs and maintenance. Or social media and promoting the church in the wider community.  There are ongoing projects and programs that involve a monthly commitment. Others are just one-time efforts, and yet others are ongoing. See the list below for some ideas and jump onboard!

grace church ministries
details may be found by clicking on underscored hearders and subheads

Altar Guild:     Ann Berry

Acolyes and Chalicists:   Diane Luther

Choir:   Pat Terry

Lectors:   Terri Jackman

christian formation

Children and Youth:   Teresa Hannaman

Adult:   Elizabeth Ludescher

     Education for Ministry:   Lynn Giles

     Keeping God's People Safe: Lynn Giles

Spiritual Formation: Centering Prayer--Linda Packard & Carol Poston

Local, national, international:  Karlyn  VanGelder

Parish Visitors:   Carol Poston

Meals and Transportation:   Charlotte Kennedy

Lay Eucharistic Ministers:   Bonnielynn Kreiser

Clergy Advisors:   Gloria Hopewell+ and Linda Packard+

Parish Life:    Anita Sands & Georgia Hansen

Welcoming and Greeting:   Maren Coates

Canapes and Conversation:   Cathie Elsbree

Vestry:   Greg Serwich, Sr. Warden, Lynn Giles, Junior Warden, Gloria Hopewell+, Rector

Finance & Stewardship:   Pete Stryker

Buildings & Grounds:   Dave Mikelson

Communications:   Larry Poston

administration:  details may be found here

        Vestry:  Pete Stryker, Senior Warden, Greg Serwich, Junior Warden, Gloria Hopewell, Rector

        Finance and stewardship: Dave Mikelson

        Buildings and Grounds: Carl Davis

        Communications: Larry Poston

grace episcopal church

107 S. Prospect Street

Galena, Illinois 61036

815-777-2590

gracesec@gracegalena.org

office hours are tuesday through friday
9 am-12 pm,
closed mondays (rector available by appointment)
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