Announcements for 4/28/19

PASTOR BAHR will be on vacation and then training starting Friday, April 26th and returning on Sunday, May 12th.  If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Head Elder Mark Andrews at (716) 807-1758. 

ADULT BIBLE STUDY on Sunday, May 5th will be led by Pastor Brese on the topic of his choosing.  All are welcome to attend.  Pastor Brese will also be leading the 10:30 AM worship service.

Grace’s FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE is taking place next Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Please plan to stop by and stroll around the tables for some new-found treasures.

For those who have volunteered to bake goodies for the May 4th BAKE SALE, items may be dropped-off the morning of the 4th.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to donate to our April Special Mission to help those affected by the “bomb cyclone” (winter hurricane) that devastated Nebraska in March, causing severe wind damage and massive flooding.  Thousands lost their homes in the storm, and it will be many months before the roads and bridges are repaired.  Thrivent Financial is offering to match our donations to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska, as well as pay all transaction fees.  If you wish to support Orphan Grain Train as they work to rebuild homes and supply food and clothing, please place your special mission envelopes in the offering plate today.  The convenience envelopes in the pews may also be used, but please mark them clearly as “April Special Mission”.

USED PRINTER INKJET AND LASER CARTRIDGES from your home and work can be dropped off in the box available in the chapel.  We are able to earn cash back for these items, and we are protecting God’s creation by recycling.  If you have questions, please see Virginia Markel.

CHOIR REMINDER:  We will rehearse at 7:00 PM on Wednesday this week.  We will finalize our remaining spring schedule for rehearsals and singing at that time, so please do your best to attend.

PENNY WAR:  Donations to this year’s Penny War for FogQuest totaled $1623.03.  Nets built by FogQuest collect clean water from fog and rain in rural areas of developing countries.  Each net costs approximately $1000, and will supply enough water for up to 50 people for a minimum of 10 years.  Thank you for your support of our Sunday School mission project.  To God be the glory, great things He has done!

GRACE’S E-CONTACT LISTING is important with keeping our congregation informed and up-to-date.  If you haven’t shared your email address with us, please do so by filling out an e-contact form found on the glass display case.

IRA ROLLOVERS allow stewards over age 70 ½ to redirect up to $100,000 of annual reportable income from qualified Individual Retirement Accounts for exempt charitable purposes, thus lowering their taxable income.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.ALTAR FLOWERS today are in celebration of Ken’s 84th birthday, in memory of my sister Shari’s birthday and in gratitude for blessings received by Brenda Boyd.

Announcements for 4/21/19 – Easter Sunday

ATHENS UPDATE

  • Summer Bible Adventure (VBS) is July 29 – August 2, 2019.  Tell a friend!
  • There are new stickers on the boards at either entrance.  See how you can help!
  • Please pray for the volunteers and the families who will be touched by this program.
  • You can now register by paper form or online at gacenf.org/vbs.

APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to help those affected by the “bomb cyclone” (winter hurricane) that devastated Nebraska in March, causing severe wind damage and massive flooding.  Thousands lost their homes in the storm, and it will be many months before the roads and bridges are repaired.  The Social Ministries committee had agreed to designate ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN as our April Special Mission before this storm hit.  God’s hand was at work in our decision, as it turns out that Thrivent Financial is now offering the opportunity to donate through them to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska, and Thrivent will match our donations as well as pay all transaction fees.  If you wish to support Orphan Grain Train as they work to rebuild homes and supply food and clothing, please place your special mission envelopes in the offering plate before the end of April.

USED PRINTER INKJET AND LASER CARTRIDGES from your home and work can be dropped off in the box available in the chapel.  We are able to earn cash back for these items, and we are protecting God’s creation by recycling.  If you have questions, please see Virginia Markel.

THANK YOU to all of our Sunday School students who participated in last week’s Palm Sunday processional and sang their praises during worship.  Great job everyone!  And thank you to Dillon Deskovic, one of our 5th grade Sunday School students, for a great job on your first solo part.

BENEVOLENCE FUND envelopes are available as an insert in today’s bulletin for those wishing to support this fund.  Our Benevolence Fund is an ongoing resource available for Pastor Bahr’s ministry to be used by him when he encounters a brother or sister with an urgent need, such as emergency overnight housing, food, or transportation for specialized medical care. Donations can be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the office at anytime during the year.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Grace’s FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE is only a few weeks away . . . Saturday, May 4th starting at 9:00 AM.  There is still time for you to donate!  Any gently used articles (no clothing please) may be placed in the Ladies Lounge (label “Donations”).  A SIGN-UP SHEET for baking volunteers can also be found on the glass display case.  This is a large fundraiser and we appreciate your help!!

Announcements for April 14, 2019

Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday 6:30 PM (with Holy Communion)
Good Friday Service of Prayer & Meditation: Noon
Good Friday Tenebrae: 7:00 PM
Easter Sunrise: 7:00 AM
Easter Jubilee: 10:30 AM (with Holy Communion)

APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to help those affected by the “bomb cyclone” (winter hurricane) that devastated Nebraska in March, causing severe wind damage and massive flooding.  Thousands lost their homes in the storm, and it will be many months before the roads and bridges are repaired.  The Social Ministries committee had agreed to designate ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN as our April Special Mission before this storm hit.  God’s hand was at work in our decision, as it turns out that Thrivent Financial is now offering the opportunity to donate through them to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska, and Thrivent will match our donations as well as pay all transaction fees.  If you wish to support Orphan Grain Train as they work to rebuild homes and supply food and clothing, please place your special mission envelopes in the offering plate before the end of April.

USED PRINTER INKJET AND LASER CARTRIDGES from your home and work can be dropped off in the box available in the chapel.  We are able to earn cash back for these items, and we are protecting God’s creation by recycling.  If you have questions, please see Virginia Markel.

Today is the last opportunity to use the donation jars in the narthex or chapel to support our PENNY WAR FOR “FOGQUEST”, a volunteer group that builds special nets in rural areas of developing countries to provide clean water from condensed fog.  Since FogQuest is an all volunteer organization, all donations will be used to pay for the nets and the travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  Today our Sunday School children learned about “putting on the armor of God” from Ephesians 6, as we continued to teach them what it means to serve in the Lord’s Army.  Thank you to all who have supported our Sunday School mission project so far.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Final results will be announced next week!

THANK YOU:  On Saturday, April 6th members from Grace Lutheran Church were part of a Thrivent Action Team to prepare and serve lunch to more than fifty people at Magdalene Project.  The following people shared their time and talents:  Jane Brese, Cathy Hoffman, Donna Hoffman, Sue Loss, Luann Pyska and John Loss.  Their efforts were appreciated by the recipients who enjoyed a wholesome and fulfilling meal that day.

DESSERT DONATIONS for Grace’s 8:00 AM breakfast on Easter morning are needed.  Sweet treats can be brought to the downstairs kitchen prior to 8:00 AM on Easter.

This year’s SUMMER BIBLE ADVENTURE (VBS) takes us to Athens to meet the Apostle Paul.  Come on the journey to Greece Monday, July 29th – Friday, August 2nd 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Registration forms are at the entrances or online at www.gracenf.org (VBS Page).  Invite family, friends, and neighbors!

FLOWERS on the altar this morning are in honor of my parents, Dorothy & Joel Kew’s 56th Wedding Anniversary by Scott Kew.

Announcements for 4/7/19

Join us for the SERMON ON THE MOUNT special service for Week 5 of Lent. In this service we recognize that we build our lives on very shaky foundations, and then we are surprised when things start collapsing. Jesus reminds us in his teachings that the only solid foundation is himself, the Rock of our salvation. On him alone we build.

Last day to place your order for EASTER FLOWERS . . . order forms can be found on the glass display case.

NEXT SUNDAY is Palm Sunday, and our Sunday School students will be singing during our worship service.  They will also participate in a palm processional.  Mark your calendars and please plan to join us!

APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to help those affected by the “bomb cyclone” (winter hurricane) that devastated Nebraska in March, causing severe wind damage and massive flooding.  Thousands lost their homes in the storm, and it will be many months before the roads and bridges are repaired.  The Social Ministries committee had agreed to designate ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN as our April Special Mission before this storm hit.  God’s hand was at work in our decision, as it turns out that Thrivent Financial is now offering the opportunity to donate through them to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska, and Thrivent will match our donations as well as pay all transaction fees.  If you wish to support Orphan Grain Train as they work to rebuild homes and supply food and clothing, please place your special mission envelopes in the offering plate before the end of April.

USED PRINTER INKJET AND LASER CARTRIDGES from your home and work can be dropped off in the box available in the chapel.  We are able to earn cash back for these items, and we are protecting God’s creation by recycling.  If you have questions, please see Virginia Markel.

TODAY AND NEXT SUNDAY are the last opportunities to use the donation jars in the narthex or chapel to support our PENNY WAR for “FogQuest”, a volunteer group that builds special nets in rural areas of developing countries to provide clean water from condensed fog.  Since FogQuest is an all volunteer organization, all donations will be used to pay for the nets and the travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  Today our Sunday School children were excited to see what a $100 dollar bill looks like as they continue to learn more about missions and what it means to serve in the Lord’s Army.  Thank you to the generous anonymous donor, and to all who have supported our efforts so far.  Your support of our Sunday School mission project is greatly appreciated.

FACEBOOK–Check out the Grace Facebook page.  You will find numerous pictures of our Sunday School students, youth, and other activities happening at Grace.

THANK YOU to our members who supported the annual Young Life fundraising dinner on March 28th.  Grace members filled three tables at the dinner, which supports the work done by Young Life with youth from our area as they bring them to the knowledge of the love of God.

PEW SISTERS next gathering is this Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Chapters to be discussed are Chapter 10 “Gabriella” and Chapter 11 “Christine”.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Church Clean-Up Day is right around the corner!  Please join your Grace friends for our annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 13th starting at 9:00 AM.  Plenty to do both inside and out!  Please bring along your yard tools, dusting rags, buckets and sponges.  Many hands make light work!

DESSERT DONATIONS for Grace’s 8:00 AM breakfast on Easter morning are needed.  Coffee cakes, danish, brownies, cookies . . . any sweet treats!!  Items can be brought to the downstairs kitchen prior to 8:00 AM on Easter.

The Grace Ladies will be hosting a FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE event on Saturday, May 4th.  Over the next month please set aside any gently used articles you are willing to donate to the Grace Ladies for this large fundraising event (no clothing please).  These donations (please box and label “Donations”) may be left in the Ladies Lounge.  A SIGN-UP SHEET for baking volunteers can also be found on the glass display case.

This year’s SUMMER BIBLE ADVENTURE (VBS) takes us to Athens to meet the Apostle Paul.  Come on the journey to Greece July 29th – August 2nd 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Registration forms are at the entrances.  Invite family, friends, and neighbors!

Holy Ghost Lutheran School will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday April 9th from 6:00 PM -7:30 PM for Grades Pre-School thru Grade 8.  Holy Ghost is located at 6630 Luther Street, Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority is offering a $500 SCHOLARSHIP for adults (residents of the City of Niagara Falls) who are entering or returning to a college, trade school or formal certification program.  Additional information and applications can be picked-up in the church office.  Application deadline is Friday, April 26th by 4:30 PM. 

The 175th Anniversary of St Martin Church in Martinsville is the program at the next meeting of the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS.  Dennis Sattelberg will tell about the establishment of the church and community in this section of North Tonawanda along the Erie Canal.  The meeting will be Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road in Wheatfield.  The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

St. John Ladies Group invite you to a SPRING INTO WELLNESS! Luncheon on Sunday, April 28th from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM at St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda.  The event includes a presentation by Sara Borgstede who will provide practical steps for renewed physical health, ways to guard your heart to stay emotionally healthy, and how to claim the free refills of spiritual renewal God offers.  The RSVP deadline is April 22; call the church office at 693-9677 or email churchoffice@stjohnnt.com.  A free will offering will be collected.  

THE BEST FINANCIAL GIFTS come from a heart of gratitude to God and are planned from the best assets that advance the Great Commission most effectively through ministries we cherish.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of our Uncle Robert Cutts by Tara Post and Kathi Dubuque.