Announcements for 5/19/19

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY to donate to support our May Special Mission, 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.

BABY BOTTLE BANKS are available in the narthex and chapel for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  We will also be accepting donations through Father’s Day (June 16) 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 each time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet today after worship.  This will be our last meeting until September.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting.

SUNDAY SCHOOL DONATIONS:   Please check with superintendents Jane Schulz or Wendy Coleman before leaving donations of any type in the Sunday School office or on the table by the downstairs kitchen.  While we appreciate your generous intentions, please understand that items that we cannot use make extra work for our volunteers as we try to maintain an orderly, accessible storage system for our teachers.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

THANK YOU for your support of our April Special Mission.  Your generous donations, along with Thrivent’s offer to match funds, enabled us to donate $1200 to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska as they continue to aid in the recovery from the severe wind damage and massive flooding associated with the March winter hurricane.

The Berghloz Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a CHIAVETTA’S CHICKEN BBQ today, Sunday, May 19th starting at 11:30 AM and held at Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Wheatfield, NY.  Dinners are $11.00 and are available for take-out or eat-in.  All proceeds will go to support the Bergholz firefighters and help with the purchase of new equipment to better serve the residents of the Town of Wheatfield.

Grace Lutheran Church will be one of the polling places for the ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION/BUDGET VOTE of the Niagara Falls City School District.  Voting is in-regards to adopting the annual budget and for the election of Board members.  Polls will be on Tuesday, May 21st from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The LEWISTON CHORALEERS will be performing at Grace next Sunday, May 26th at 2:00 PM.  Admission is $5 and Children 12 and under are free.  This group has been presenting seasonal concerts since 2007.  See Grace’s Bulletin Board for a listing of their upcoming performance or visit www.lewistonchoraleers.com.

The next meeting of the GRACE LADIES will take place on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church.  Barbara Bidak, Executive Director of Summit Life Outreach Center Inc. will be the guest speaker.  This event will be hosted by Joyce Learned and Lin Matiasz

Looking for something to do with the whole family? Holy Ghost Lutheran Church would like to invite you to the BERGHOLZ 5K AND 1-MILE FUN RUN/WALK happening on Saturday, June 8th at 9:30 AM. Participants are invited to a post-race party with awards, food, and refreshments on the Holy Ghost Lutheran School campus. Paper applications are available on the glass display case or register online at runsignup.com/Race/NY/NIAGARAFALLS/Bergholz5K.

Mark your calendars for a VOTERS MEETING on Sunday, June 2nd following worship to vote on the following officer positions:  President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Registration is now available for VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!  You can register online at gracenf.org/vbs or pick up a paper copy and return it to the church office.

CHARITABLE GIFTS OF APPRECIATED ASSETS are economically effective in supporting the Lord’s Work during life. If given to ministry before selling, these gifts conserve taxable gain and provide deductible gifts valued at full market value. 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.

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