Announcements for 2/17/19

Next Sunday is the last opportunity to donate to our ANNUAL TOILET TISSUE COLLECTION for Heart, Love, and Soul.  Sister Beth, their director, has shared with us that they have come to look forward to our donations each year.   As we all know, this is an item that is used every day, and yet it cannot be purchased with benefit cards.  Your gifts will help our neighbors maintain their dignity as they deal with the many challenges they face.  Tables are available in the narthex or chapel for your donations.

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life.  There is an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  Dick Crawford would be happy to answer any questions you have about Young Life or the fundraising dinner.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Rev. Duane Meissner, a Lutheran pastor serving as a long-term missionary in Belize, where he lives with his wife and four young children (3 adopted).  Belize is a Central American country on the southern border of Mexico.  Pastor Meissner is a former vicar of Pastor Bahr.  When he began his missionary work in Belize, there were no Lutheran churches in the country.  He has established one congregation and is now working to establish a second.  There is much work left to do in Belize, since most still follow a religion loosely based in Catholicism, but including the worship of deceased ancestors and the frequent sacrifice of animals.  If you wish to support his ministry, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of February.

The next GRACE LADIES gathering is schedule for Tuesday, February 26th at 12:00 PM and will be hosted by Erika Tuscher and Sue Loss.  Mites will be collected, and Erika will present a LWML topic.

We are still in need of a few “groups” to help coordinate and provide LENTEN SIMPLE SUPPER.  Each group may pick from one of the following open dates – Wednesday, March 13th, 20th or April 3rd.  A sign-up sheet can be found on glass display case.

“Visiting the Villages of our Ancestors” will be the program of the next meeting of the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS on February 21st.  Members will show photos of their trip to the Uckermark region of Germany in 2018.  The meeting will be at 2:00 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield.   The public is welcome, refreshments will be served.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  They are aiming for a goal of 16+ donations!

St. John Lutheran School will be holding their next OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00 -7:30 PM.  Call 716-693-9677 today to enroll for Preschool 3 & 4 and Grades K-8.

BAKER’S NEEDED!  Homemade baked goods are needed for an upcoming Grace Ladies Bake Sale being held on Saturday, March 2nd at the American Legion Post #1451 on Ward Road in Sanborn. Bakers please use the sign-up sheet on the glass display case if you can help bake some homemade goodies.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES can transition savings interest into a higher fixed income stream for people over 65.  The tax-free income plus an income tax deduction could put more money in your pocket.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Change in OFFICE HOURS for this week only.  Wednesday, February 20th and Thursday, February 21st the office will be open from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Announcements for 2/10/19

ANNUAL TOILET TISSUE COLLECTION for Heart, Love, and Soul begins and will continue through February.  As we all know, this is an item that is used every day, and yet it cannot be purchased with benefit cards.  Tables are available in the narthex or chapel for your donations.

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28th at 6 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life.  There is an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  Dick Crawford would be happy to answer any questions you have about Young Life or the fundraising dinner.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Rev. Duane Meissner, a Lutheran pastor serving as a long-term missionary in Belize, where he lives with his wife and four young children (3 adopted).  Belize is a Central American country on the southern border of Mexico.  Pastor Meissner is a former vicar of Pastor Bahr.  When he began his missionary work in Belize, there were no Lutheran churches in the country.  He has established one congregation and is now working to establish a second.  There is much work left to do in Belize, since most still follow a religion loosely based in Catholicism, but including the worship of deceased ancestors and the frequent sacrifice of animals.  If you wish to support his ministry, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of February.

THIS WEEK choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday at 7 PM.  We are scheduled to sing next Sunday, so it is important that you attend this week if at all possible.  New members are welcome–we have saved you a chair!  Please see Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee with any questions you may have.

ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS:  If you have investments with Thrivent Financial, it is time to check your account for Choice Dollars that may be available to donate to a charity of your choice (including Grace).  All Thrivent investment members earn these dollars, and they will disappear if you do not designate them for donation.  The deadline for designating 2018 Choice Dollars is March 31.  Just log into your account online, click on “Choice Dollars”, and follow the directions.  It only takes a couple of minutes.

Please plan to stay after worship for a few minutes on Sunday, February 17th when Lyle Heggemeier with NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT will be presenting results of our church development survey.  This is an important first step of the Natural Church Development process.

BAKER’S NEEDED!  Homemade baked goods are needed for an upcoming Grace Ladies Bake Sale being held on Saturday, March 2nd.  Please use the sign-up sheet on the glass display case if you can help bake.

Robert and Doreen Herbst would like to extend a THANK YOU to the Christmas Carolers of Grace who visited them this past Christmas and for the beautiful poinsettia plant.

Please see the glass display case for info. on the many events taking place at ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL.

Announcements for 2/3/19

HELP NEEDED:  If you would be interested in joining a group from Grace to prepare and/or serve a future lunch or dinner at the Magdalene Project on Falls Street, please add your name to the sign up on the glass case.  Once enough volunteers have signed up, you will be contacted with more details, including dates and times.  You can then make a final decision as to your availability.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk with John Loss.

ANNUAL TOILET TISSUE COLLECTION for Heart, Love, and Soul begins today and will continue through February.  Sister Beth, their director, has shared with us that they have come to look forward to our donations each year.   As we all know, this is an item that is used every day, and yet it cannot be purchased with benefit cards.  Your gifts will help our neighbors maintain their dignity as they deal with the many challenges they face.  Tables are available in the narthex or chapel for your donations.

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28th at 6 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life.  There is an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  Dick Crawford would be happy to answer any questions you have about Young Life or the fundraising dinner.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Rev. Duane Meissner, a Lutheran pastor serving as a long-term missionary in Belize, where he lives with his wife and four young children (3 adopted).  Belize is a Central American country on the southern border of Mexico.  Pastor Meissner is a former vicar of Pastor Bahr.  When he began his missionary work in Belize, there were no Lutheran churches in the country.  He has established one congregation and is now working to establish a second.  There is much work left to do in Belize, since most still follow a religion loosely based in Catholicism, but including the worship of deceased ancestors and the frequent sacrifice of animals.  If you wish to support his ministry, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of February.

BELIZE MISSION: Next week, February 10th, during our normal Bible study hour (9AM), we will be welcoming Rev. Duane Meissner, missionary to Belize, via live internet feed. Please plan to attend and hear about the wonderful things God is doing with the first Lutheran mission in Belize!

CHOIR REMINDER:  Rehearsals will resume in another week on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7 PM.  New members are welcome!  Please see Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee with any questions you may have.

MOTHERS RETREAT March 1st-3rd. Mothers of young children get away to Camp Pioneer for only $70 (plus food)!  Activities, Bible study, down time, and fellowship.  Invite a friend! Registration forms are at both entrances, and are due today.  Please contact Lacey Bahr if you need an extension or have any questions. 716-525-5134.

A sign-up sheet for LENTEN SIMPLE SUPPERS can be found on the glass display case.  We are asking that sign-up’s be done in “groups” (I.e. Choir, Elders, etc.) so that each “group” will be responsible for coordinating and providing that weeks supper.

Thrivent Financial local North Tonawanda Office is in need of a PART-TIME OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please call Ed Huber at 716-695-2200.

A PART-TIME POSITION OF FACILITIES MANAGER is open at St. Mark Ev. Church.  Qualifications include knowledge and competency with basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical and facilities maintenance; familiar with facilities’ operations; knowledge of health, safety, and environmental laws and regulatory requirements as required by NYS.  St. Mark does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, or citizenship status, disability, marital status, or partnership.  If interested, please email Mike Dolpp at President@stmarknt.org

ASSET TITLES establish property succession to others when life is complete. Joint tenancy automatically allows property to remain with the surviving tenants without need for another legal action. Sole ownership requires another arrangement. Reviewing asset titles with a guide helps minimize costs and coordinates intent.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.