Announcements for the week of August 8, 2010

The church office will be closed this week. If you are need of pastoral assistance while Pastor Sorenson is out of town, please contact Head Usher Ron Schulz at 283-3628.

There will be a Sunday School Staff meeting after the worship service next Sunday.

A Big Thank You to everyone that donated to and volunteered to help make another successful year of Vacation Bible School. We had some returning faces and some new ones too. Everyone had a great time!

Our first “Creating Our Future” meeting was held last month. At this meeting we talked about the process we would follow, the deliverables, and we began to dream. At our next meeting, on Thursday 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. Please plan on joining us as we plan for our future at Grace.

Our special mission envelopes for August and September are designated to support Christian education locally. The cost of providing quality education in a Christian setting continues to rise, creating challenges for our Lutheran schools, and making it increasingly difficult for parents who choose this type of educational setting for their children. Your gifts will be donated to the two Lutheran schools closest to Grace, St. John and Holy Ghost, to be used toward their tuition financial aid funds. Several of our congregation’s children attend, or have attended, these schools. If your prayers move you to support Christian education in this way, please place your special mission envelopes in the offering plate.

Ladies mark your calendars! Grace Ladies picnic is Tuesday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the church. All ladies are welcome! Bring a dish to pass and join us for food fellowship and fun.

Underwear and Sock Collection: We are collecting undergarments and socks through August for distribution in the fall. This is one of our most appreciated projects, since very few agencies receive these items. Many of the poor among us consider underwear and socks “luxuries” that they cannot afford and they are so grateful when they receive this clothing to keep them warm. Children’s sizes will be given to those in need at Niagara Falls schools, and adult or infant sizes will be distributed to our neighbors through the Community Mission.

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.

Grace Ladies Annual Flea Market is scheduled for Saturday, October 2. Start saving your good “fleas”.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

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

MONDAY
6:00 p.m. Grace Softball
6:30 p.m. Community AA Meeting

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 a.m. Adult Bible Class
10:30 a.m. Communion Worship
11:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
11:40 a.m. SS Staff Meeting

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