Announcements for November 11, 2018

Announcements
Please submit new announcements by Wednesday at noon: office@gracenf.org. Office Hours Sun 8:30-12:30, W-Th 8:30-2:30.

TODAY, VETERANS DAY, IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the end of World War One. We give thanks to God for all of our family members who fought for freedom, and ask Him to protect, guide, and bless our armed forces and veterans today. We actually still have one member today who was alive at the end of WWI: Geraldine Merlin.

LCMS DISASTER RESPONSE is our designated charity for your November special mission envelopes.  Our disaster response teams have had a busy year responding to the needs of the many families displaced by volcanic eruptions, wild fires, flooding, and, most recently, hurricane damage in the Carolinas and Florida.  Hurricane Michael resulted in extensive damage to several of our LCMS churches in the Florida panhandle.  If you wish to support our Lutheran church’s response to the thousands affected by these disasters, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during the month of November.

HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS are needed by Community Mission to help provide holiday meals.  Donations will be accepted into December and can be stored in our downstairs kitchen.  If you need help carrying your donation, please ask an usher for assistance.

OUR THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE will be the last opportunity to donate to our HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items which will be used to support our local food pantry.  All donations are appreciated.  Especially needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta and sauce, and canned fruit and vegetables.  Your gifts will be distributed to Niagara Falls families in need during the Christmas season.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARENTS:  Please make every effort to have your children in Sunday School each week.  We have begun learning our music for the Christmas program on December 16th, and will soon be fitting costumes and learning reading parts.  Also, please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 15th when we will hold our Christmas pageant rehearsal from 10 AM – 12 PM, including a pizza lunch.  Your support is appreciated!

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING is scheduled for today after worship.  A lunch will be provided.  New members are always welcome.

2019 POCKET CALENDARS with an inspirational verse are available on the glass case and in the narthex.  Help yourself.

The Grace Ladies would like to extend a THANK YOU to everyone who donated baked goods for the Election Day Bake Sale.  Your donations helped to raise over $300.00.

THE DALE ASSOCIATION is offering the following:

  • FREE SCREENINGS on Tuesday, November 13th at 33 Ontario Street, Lockport, NY. To schedule a confidential screening(s), call 716-433-1886.
    • Hearing Screenings – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Memory Screenings – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 6 week TAI CHI CLASS for all ages, beginning Tuesday, November 13th at 1:00 PM. Tai Chi is a low impact workout featuring breath, meditation and movement for improved overall health, energy and focus.  Cost:  $60.  To register or learn more, call 716-433-1886 or visit daleassociation.com.

GLEANINGS:  Submissions for the December/January edition are due by Thursday, November 15th.  Please forward information to the office.

St. John Lutheran School PTL is having its 4th ANNUAL VENDOR AND CRAFT FAIR on Saturday, November 17th from 10 AM to 3 PM at the school, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda.  More than 70 vendors are participating, and vendors will raffle off one of their products.  Don’t miss this one stop holiday shopping event!  Lunch is available.

“Visiting Our Ancestral Villages” is the program at the next meeting of the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS.  Cindy Sileo, Don Schroeder and Elaine Timm will show photos and tell about their May visit to the Uckermark region of northeast Germany, nearby villages in Poland, and Lutherstadt Wittenberg.  The meeting will be Thursday, November 15th at 7 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Rd in Wheatfield.  The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

REMINDER:  Grace Ladies Wine & Cheese Party will be held on Tuesday, November 27th at 7 PM.  Don’t’ forget  . . . show and tell a memory item!

The next PEW SISTERS MEETING is Thursday, November 29th 6-8 PM.  If you or a friend would like to join us for Christian fellowship and Bible Study, November is the last opportunity to join Pew Sisters before this becomes a closed group.  Please contact Lacey Bahr.

The LEWISTON CHORALEERS will be holding a concert at Grace on Sunday, December 2nd at 2 PM.  General admission is $5 with children 12 and under free.

LIVE IN CONCERT:  Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will be appearing in concert HERE at Grace on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.  We are in need of donors to assist in bringing this group here and also host families to help accommodate the members.

CHARITABLE ROLLOVERS OF IRAs allow account holders over 70½ effective ministry gift opportunities while avoiding reporting required distributions.  In the current tax environment, giving from IRAs offers attractive financial benefit.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ (Robert.worth@lfund.org) Robert.worth (at) lfund (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR this morning are given in thankfulness for blessings received and in loving memory of parents and grandparents Arlene and Earl Luick, by Kathy Majka, Stephen and Eric Majka and families.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY   Veterans Day
9:00 am     Sunday School / Adult Bible Study
10:30 am   Worship Service / Sunday School Sings
11:30 am   Social Ministries Meeting

MONDAY   Veterans Day Observed
6:30 pm     Survivors’ Group

WEDNESDAY
10:00 am   Adult Bible Study
6:00 pm     Exploring the Lutheran Faith
7:00 pm     Choir Practice

FRIDAY
6:00 pm     Youth Group Lock-In (Drop-Off)

SATURDAY
10:00 am   Youth Group Lock-In (Pick-Up)

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am     Sunday School / Adult Bible Study
10:30 am   Worship Service (HC)