Announcements for 12/9/18

HELP IS NEEDED AFTER WORSHIP TODAY:   Decorations that will help us celebrate the birth of our Savior will be put up in the sanctuary immediately following worship.  Help is needed to arrange the nativity figures, and put up and decorate our trees.  Please plan to stay and help decorate your church.  With enough assistance, it will only take an hour of your time.

NIAGARA FALLS MEALS ON WHEELS has been designated for our December special mission envelopes.  This is a local program that is not connected to any other “Meals On Wheels” agencies, which means that they are able to offer assistance to those in our city that would otherwise fall through the cracks.  Their staff of four minimum wage workers and several volunteers deliver nutritious meals to elderly and disabled that cannot shop or cook for themselves.  If you are able to support their mission, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.

 NEXT SUNDAY OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be held during worship.  Students should arrive at the usual Sunday School time of 9 AM.  Also, students and choir members should plan to ATTEND OUR ONLY FULL REHEARSAL ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th, from 10 AM – 12 PM, ending with a pizza lunch for participants (choir please be here by 10:30 AM).

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are set up in the narthex and chapel.  We are supporting several local agencies through this project.  If you wish to participate, please take a tag off the trees, purchase the item requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  All items will be distributed in January to our neighbors in need.

HATS AND MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

THANK YOU:  November Special Mission envelopes, along with a donation from the Social Minstries’ budget and matching funds from Thrivent, resulted in being able to donate $1372 to LCMS Disaster Relief as they continue to assist after the California fires and other recent disasters around our country.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 PM is the Grace Ladies annual CATERED CHRISTMAS PARTY.  $12 per person and bring a $5 gift to exchange!  Let us know if your attending . . . sign-up sheet located on glass display case.

Order forms for CHRISTMAS FLOWERS can be found on the glass display case.  Orders are due this coming Wednesday the 12th of December.

Pioneer Mayo presents “A CHRISTMAS THEMED EVENT” at Grace on Friday, December 14th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM for children grades K – 12 (friends welcome).  Celebrate the season with karaoke, games, puzzles and time with friends.

The American Red Cross will be holding their next BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, December 22nd from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.  Free long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt when you come to donate (while supplies last).  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit  Walk-Ins Welcome!

BULLETIN BOARD:  Don’t forget to take-a-look at Grace’s bulletin board located near the office.

ASSIGNING LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES TO MINISTRY (whether through ownership or death benefit beneficiary designation) can be a great way to make a ministry gift with a policy no longer needed for its original purpose.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

A CAROLING WE GO:  Carolers needed to visit our homebound members on Sunday, December 23rd following worship.  Please consider helping to spread the holiday spirit please  Sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

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