Annoucements for the week of July 25, 2010

We welcome Pastor Brese and thank him for filling in today while Pastor Sorenson enjoys some vacation time with his family. Pastor Sorenson will be on vacation July 24-28. If you are in need of pastoral assistance please call the church office at 283-1843 or Head Elder Ron Schulz at 283-3628.

Vacation Bible School is almost here! Planet Zoom starts Monday, August 2 with simple supper at 5:30 followed by the VBS program 6-8:00 pm. There are classes for all ages and lots of places for volunteers. If you would like to help out, contact Randy Broeker 731-5687 or the church office 283-1843. Enrollment applications can be found in the chapel or contact the church office.

The Vacation Bible School Donation Tree is set up in the Chapel. Tags placed on the tree are 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. In the past we have been very successful because of your kindness and generosity. We look forward to another fun filled and exciting VBS.

Attn: Grace Ladies picnic has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the church.
PAPYRUS CAMP: Our special mission for May and June was Papyrus Camp for foster children at Camp Pioneer in Angola. Our goal was to raise at least $390, which is the cost of sending one child to camp. Thanks to your generosity and God’s blessings on our project, we were able to exceed our goal with donations totaling $450! A child will learn of the love of Jesus because of your help. May the Holy Spirit bless the message of Christ that this child receives at camp!

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.

Through the LCEF Joyful Response program our church can receive electronic payments directly from personal bank accounts or LCEF Steward Accounts. It’s simple, safe, convenient, and makes it easy to be a faithful servant when you are on vacation. Interested? Talk to Jon Lehning.

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