Announcements for 5/5/19

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. 

The AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE which took place this past Saturday, April 27th, collected a total of 30 donations which will go on to help save up to 90 lives!!!  This is the largest amount of donations at Grace since the start of these drives in 2012.

MAY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Lutheran Braille Workers.  This organization works with the blind and visually impaired to provide Bibles, devotions, and other Christian literature in Braille, large print books, and audio materials throughout the United States and around the world. They recently developed a large print Bible with a specialized binding that meets prison safety standards so that they can respond to the daily requests they receive from prisoners reaching out to find hope and comfort.  They also provide LCMS devotions on audio through the Library of Congress, which makes these items available for free throughout the States.  If you wish to support this mission, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of May.

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.

BEGINNING NEXT SUNDAY we will have baby bottle banks available for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  We will also be accepting donations through Father’s Day (June 16th) of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit is located on Pine Avenue near the City Market.  They work with teens and young women experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and child care classes.  They maintain a boutique of necessary baby items.  Shopping in the boutique is done with tokens earned every time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

MAGDALENE PROJECT–Volunteers from Grace continue to serve a meal each month at the Magdalene Project in Niagara Falls.  If you wish to volunteer to help with a meal, please sign up on the glass case.  Questions should be directed to John Loss.

WILLS AND REVOCABLE TRUSTS are cornerstone documents for estate plans. Christian stewards can include a declaration of faith. Today, when assets increasingly transfer via beneficiary designations, guidance to coordinate assets and intent with transfer documents is essential. Contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427 to learn how a fellow believer can help you plan and direct your passion to give to your loved ones and ministries you care about through your estate and financial gift plans.

Pre-Teen Event (Grades 3-5) “BEGINNINGS” Part 1 will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  Lunch provided.  A brief parent meeting will take place prior to pick-up at 12:00 PM.  If you are able, $5 will help cover the cost of food.  Part 2 will come during the 2019-2020 school year.  Please contact Lacy Bahr at 525-5134 for additional information.

FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR today are placed to the Glory of God by Ron & Jane Schulz and Katelyn Pantano, and in memory of our dad and grandpa, Rev. Lawrence E. Herfurth, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday today.  He was called to his heavenly home in Nov. 2011 at the age of 91.  All thanks and praise to our beautiful Savior!!

St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, will have a CHIAVETTA’S CHICKEN BBQ on Thursday, May 16th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM (drive thru only).  Tickets are $10/person pre-sale (3:00 -5:30 PM) or $12 at the door.  The dinner includes chicken, au gratin potatoes, tossed salad, roll & dessert.  Proceeds will go toward travel expenses for St. John youth who will be attending the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN this summer. 

The Bergholz Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a CHIAVETTA’S CHICKEN BBQ on Sunday, May 19th starting at 11:30 AM.  Event will be held at the Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Wheatfield.  Dinners are $11.00 each for eat-in or take-out and include:  ½ BBQ chicken, choice of bake potato or homemade potato salad, chef salad, roll and butter, homemade dessert and ice tea or fruit punch.  Proceeds will support the Bergholz firefighters and help with the purchase of new equipment to better serve the residents of the Town of Wheatfield.  For more information, call 731-4848.

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