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.

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