Announcements for the week of July 18, 2010

Creating Our Future – Thank you to all those who turned out to begin “unfolding” God’s plans for Grace Lutheran Church. This past week we talked about the process we would follow, the deliverables, and we began to dream. President Kieshnick describes the dream this way. This invitation to dream, however, is not one that asks you to dream with your eyes closed and simply to imagine what can be. Rather, this invitation asks you to dream with your eyes wide open:
so you will see the “fields that are ripe for the harvest;” so you will see the doors of opportunity God has opened and that you will run through them without fear, in the boldness of the Lord; so you will see the undeniable power of God in Christ, who promised we “will see greater things than these.” At our next meeting, on August 19th, we will be discussing our Core Values. Our Core Values are those timeless, critical values which form the foundation on which we perform all our work and guide our conduct.

It’s that time of year again:
The Vacation Bible School Donation Tree has been set up in the Chapel. Over the next few weeks, tags will be placed on the tree asking for donations to help defer some of the costs for our VBS. Each tag will ask for a specific type of donation (item or money) and have contact information if you have any questions. This year’s theme is Planet Zoom. Bee Bold. Bee-lieve. Be HIS. In the past we have been very successful because of your kindness and generosity. We look forward to another fun filled and exciting VBS. VBS will be held the first week in August. Enrollment applications can be found in the chapel or contact the church office.

NIAGARA ZONE LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE will enjoy a potluck supper at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Church Road, North Ridge on TUESDAY, JULY 20th at 6:00pm. Everyone is welcome! Bring a dish to share. A report on the recent Eastern District LWML Convention will be given by the Zone’s Young Woman Representative. Hope to see you there!!

Attn: Grace Ladies picnic has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the church.

TOILETRIES AND STUFFED CRITTERS: Our Social Ministries project for May and June was to collect toiletries and stuffed characters for distribution through Community Mission and Carolyn’s House. Both agencies deal with local homeless individuals who are in need of these items. This past week, we packed and delivered two large boxes of toiletries and 200 “stuffed critters”. Thank you for making the lives of our homeless and struggling neighbors in Niagara Falls a little bit easier!

July’s special mission envelopes are designated for a mission especially close to our hearts—OUR OWN VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—to be held in August. Each year we are privileged to be able to share the Gospel message with our members, and neighborhood children, some of which do not attend church on a regular basis. In recent years, we have had several families join Grace because of their VBS contacts, and we have rejoiced that some of our VBS children have chosen to become baptized believers in Christ! A number of supplies and materials need to be ordered. If your prayers move you to support this year’s VBS in this way, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate during July.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

SUNDAY
9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Communion Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship

MONDAY
6:30 p.m. Community AA Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 a.m. Bible Study
10:30 a.m. Craft Group
7:00 p.m. New Member Class

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
11:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship

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