Announcements for 6/30/19

PLEASE WELCOME Pastor Mark Auernhamer from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Pastor Auernhamer will be assisting our Elders today with the sermon, absolution and Holy Communion.

SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, & SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  Beginning next Sunday and continuing until Rally Day on September 8th, Social Ministries will have tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of socks, underwear, and school supplies for our Niagara Falls school children in need.  (Please note that this project is separate from the project for Nebraska.)  Jane Hughes, who spent many years as a teacher in our city’s school system, has shared that there is an acute need for help in our city’s inner city schools.  Please feel free to ask her about the need if you have questions.  All of your gifts will be distributed by the teachers and school nurses, which ensures that your gifts will be placed directly into the hands of local children that are most in need. 

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR:  As soon as they are available, we will have school supply lists available by grade for those who may wish to supply all needed school supplies for one or more Niagara Falls school children.  If you would like to “adopt a virtual student”, you can pick up a list from the donation tables for your preferred grade, purchase everything on the list, and bring the items back in a paper bag (or book bag) with the supply list attached to the outside.  These bags will be distributed by our inner city teachers in September to a child who would otherwise not have the supplies needed for a successful school year.

OUR OLDEST LIVING MEMBER, Geraldine Merlin, will turn 102 on July 11th.  If you would like to send her well wishes for her birthday, you may drop off a greeting card in the office by next Sunday and we will take care of forwarding all cards to her.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE to our June special mission, Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, you may use your special mission envelope or the convenience envelopes in the pews.  If you use the pew envelopes, please clearly mark it for “June special mission Camp Pioneer”.

HELP FLOOD VICTIMS:  Our Thrivent Action Team here at Grace is seeking donations from members of socks, underwear, footwear, and outfits for children 10 and under affected by the devastating floods in Fremont, Nebraska.  In addition, we will be shopping for items to help these young children who are living in temporary housing shelters.  All items will be shipped to them on July 1st.  Thank you for your generosity.  John Loss

HOLY COMMUNION SCHEDULE CHANGE.  Please note thatHoly Communion will be on the 1st and 4th Sunday’s in July.  This will be July 7th and 28th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE:

Check out the board of VBS needs, located in the fellowship hall.  Take a sticker as your reminder and bring items to the table.

ALL volunteers keep Saturday, July 13th on your calendars.  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM will be decor creation; 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM will be volunteer training.  Lunch is provided at noon.

Please keep attending families in your prayers.  God will bring them to us; pray that their hearts are ready for the Word of God.

INVITE! Neighbors, friends, family…this event is for children ages 3 (potty-trained) to entering 6th grade.

WILL WE MAKE IT TO THE END . . . WITH ENOUGH? Fear and anxiety cause many to tightly clench their fists during life. Despite promises for provision, some won’t believe. For all, leaving a portion to honor God confesses saving faith in a planned response of gratitude. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 6/23/19

NEW SUMMER OFFICE HOURS – Sunday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & Thursday 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  Please note that phone messages and emails will be responded to on a regular basis.

SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, & SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  Beginning in July and continuing until Rally Day on September 8, Social Ministries will have tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of socks, underwear, and school supplies for our Niagara Falls school children in need.  (Please note that this project is separate from the project for Nebraska.)  Jane Hughes, who spent many years as a teacher in our city’s school system, has shared that there is an acute need for help in our city’s inner city schools.  Please feel free to ask her about the need if you have questions.  All of your gifts will be distributed by the teachers and school nurses, which ensures that your gifts will be placed directly into the hands of local children that are most in need. 

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR:  As soon as they are available, we will have school supply lists available by grade for those who may wish to supply all needed school supplies for one or more Niagara Falls school children.  If you would like to “adopt a virtual student”, you can pick up a list from the donation tables for your preferred grade, purchase everything on the list, and bring the items back in a paper bag (or book bag) with the supply list attached to the outside.  These bags will be distributed by our inner city teachers in September to a child who would otherwise not have the supplies needed for a successful school year.

OUR OLDEST LIVING MEMBER, Geraldine Merlin, will turn 102 on July 11.  If you would like to send her well wishes for her birthday, you may drop off a greeting card in the office by July 7 (two weeks from today) and we will take care of forwarding all cards to her.

HELP FLOOD VICTIMS:  Our Thrivent Action Team here at Grace is seeking donations from members of socks, underwear, footwear, and outfits for children 10 and under affected by the devastating floods in Fremont, Nebraska.  In addition, we will be shopping for items to help these young children who are living in temporary housing shelters.  All items will be shipped to them on July 1st.  Thank you for your generosity.  John Loss

GRACE LADIES FIELD TRIP to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will take place this Tuesday, the 25th of June.  Those planning to attend should meet at Grace at 11:00 AM.  Admission to the Heritage Center is approximately $7.  Please also note that lunch will follow at Olive Garden.

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will take place at Grace this coming Saturday, June 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins Welcome!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE:

There are NEW items on the board of VBS needs, located in the fellowship hall.  Take a sticker as your reminder and bring items to the table.

ALL volunteers keep Saturday, July 13th on your calendars.  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM will be decor creation; 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM will be volunteer training.  Lunch is provided at noon.

Please keep attending families in your prayers.  God will bring them to us; pray that their hearts are ready for the Word of God.

INVITE! Neighbors, friends, family…this event is for children ages 3 (potty-trained) to entering 6th grade.

Announcements for 6/16/19

NEW SUMMER OFFICE HOURS – Sunday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & Thursday 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  Please note that phone messages and emails will be responded to on a regular basis.

Check out all the VBS PROGRAMS happening around the District . . . http://bit.ly/VBS_ED_LCMS and don’t forget to register for GRACE’S VBS online at gracenf.org/vbs or pick up a paper copy and return it to the church office.

JUNE SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPE donations will go to Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of June.

PLEASE RETURN BABY BOTTLE BANKS:  Thank you to all who donated to Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  If you have not already done so, please return your banks to the donation table or give them to Alice Moll by next week so that they can be delivered to Summit.

HELP FLOOD VICTIMS:  Our Thrivent Action Team here at Grace is seeking donations from members of socks, underwear, footwear, and outfits for children 10 and under affected by the devastating floods in Fremont, Nebraska.  In addition, we will be shopping for items to help these young children who are living in temporary housing shelters.  All items will be shipped to them on July 1st.  Thank you for your generosity.  John Loss

FINAL CORRECTION:  Please note that the Grace Ladies field trip to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will take place on Tuesday, June 25th.  Those planning to attend should meet at Grace at 11:00 AM.  Admission to the Heritage Center is approximately $7.  Please also note that lunch will follow at Olive Garden.

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will take place at Grace on Saturday, June 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins Welcome!

CARING FOR OTHERS is an admirable form of generosity and giving. The desire to care for others wells up from the desire to contribute to the needs of others. Generosity and willingness to share is good work that can honor God. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 6/9/19

JUNE SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPE donations will go to Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of June.

PICNIC TODAY AFTER WORSHIP:  All members and visitors worshiping with us today are invited to stay after worship for our “end of the school year” picnic.  Please join the fun and enjoy some great fellowship along with hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. 

LAST CHANCE!  Next Sunday is the last opportunity to donate to Summit Life Resources’ annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser.  Banks are available in the narthex and chapel.  We are also accepting donations of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit works with teens and young women in our city that are experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and childcare 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.

CELL PHONES are now being accepted for recycling.  All models of phones, old, new, or broken, are accepted along with phone chargers.  A collection box is available in our new Donation Center.  SIM cards may be removed from phones before donating them if desired.  Please speak with Virginia Markel if you have questions.

GENTLY USED PURSE donations are now being accepted in the Donation Center.  They will be filled with sample size toiletries and feminine hygiene products and distributed to women in need served by the local agencies we partner with. 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  Postage stamps being donated to LWML must be cut leaving a half inch border of the envelope around the stamp.  Thank you for helping with this.  You can now find the collection container in our new Donation Center.

DONATION CENTER:  Check out our new Donation Center in the coat room.  We are currently accepting hearing aids, eyeglasses, gently used purses, sample/travel size toiletries, used printer cartridges, cancelled postage stamps, 5 x 7 picture frames, and old cell phones (working or broken).

CORRECTION:  Please note that the Grace Ladies fieldtrip to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will take place on Tuesday, June 18th and not on the 25th as published in The Gleanings.  Admission to the Heritage Center is approximately

$7.  Please note that lunch will follow at Olive Garden.

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will take place at Grace on Saturday, June 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins Welcome!

VBS NEWS:

TODAY all volunteers meet after service for a brief (10-minute) meeting to arrange training and meeting times, confirm positions, turn in paperwork, and answer questions.

SAVE THE DATE: VBS Décor and Training Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th.  Decor prep will be in the morning (10 AM – 12:30 PM – lunch provided), and an overview of the program and volunteer responsibilities will begin with lunch at 12:00 noon.

TO ENDOW OR NOT TO ENDOW is a thoughtful outcome for Christians who plan for this holy opportunity when God calls us Home. You can give a gift in your last plan that continues earthly contributions to keep ministry strong for generations to follow.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are offered to the Glory of God by Cathy Hoffman in memory of her son, Joseph Hoffman.  “The tears in my eyes I can wipe away, the ache in my heart will always stay” – June 8, 2007.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are offered to the Glory of God by Ken and Brenda Boyd in thanksgiving for 58 years of marriage, in celebration of Brenda’s 80th birthday and in memory of their son Kraig’s birthday.SAVE THE DATE:  Rally Day – Sunday, September 8, 2019

Announcements for 6/2/19

JUNE SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPE donations will go to Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of June.

NEXT WEEK is our last SUNDAY SCHOOL session for the school year.  Students will sing during worship and will participate by ushering and reading during the service.  All Sunday School families and Grace members are invited to stay for a picnic after worship.

PICNIC:  Next Sunday we will have our annual “end of the school year” picnic after worship.  All are invited.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages are provided.  Please sign up on the glass case to bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able.

TWO WEEKS remain to donate to Summit Life Resources’ annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser.  Banks are available in the narthex and chapel.  We are also accepting donations of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit works with teens and young women in our city that are experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and childcare 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.

DONATION CENTER:  Check out our new Donation Center in the coat room.  We are currently accepting hearing aids, eyeglasses, gently used purses, sample/travel size toiletries, used printer cartridges, cancelled postage stamps, 5 x 7 picture frames, and old cell phones (working or broken).

CELL PHONES are now being accepted for recycling.  All models of phones, old, new, or broken, are accepted along with phone chargers.  A collection box is available in our new Donation Center.  SIM cards may be removed from phones before donating them if desired.  Please speak with Virginia Markel if you have questions.

GENTLY USED PURSE donations are now being accepted in the Donation Center.  They will be filled with sample size toiletries and feminine hygiene products and distributed to women in need served by the local agencies we partner with. 

POSTAGE STAMPS FOR LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE (LWML):  The cancelled postage stamp collection container has been moved into the new Donation Center.  Please note–in order for the stamps to be donated, they must be cut leaving a half inch border of the envelope around the stamp.  Thank you for helping with this.

SECOND YEAR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS please remember that you and your parents will be meeting with Pastor after church today to make arrangements for your confirmation.  Please meet in the church office after the post-service greeting.

VOTERS MEETING taking place today, following worship to vote on the following officer positions:  President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

PRE-TEEN YOUTH, Grades 3-5 (next year’s 4-6). Have your questions answered, learn about your value, and help us name the Pre-Teen Youth Group!  This Friday, June 7th 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Bring a friend and a snack or drink to share! (Parent meeting begins at 8:40.) Contact: Lacey Bahr 525-5134.

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.

VBS NEWS:  (Contact:  Lacey Bahr 525-5134)

Registration:             The early registration deadline is approaching! Return paper registrations by June 30th to the church office or go to gracenf.org/vbs to be entered into a drawing for De- Dee’s Dairy!

Youth Volunteers:    If you missed today’s meeting, catch the next one next week during Sunday School.

Adult Volunteers:     Save the date: Saturday, July 13th. Decor prep will be in the morning (10 AM – 12:30 PM – lunch provided), and an overview of the program and volunteer responsibilities will begin with lunch at 12:00 noon.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in honor of Beverly Mills’ 75th birthday today, Sunday, June 2nd with love from Debbie, Dave, Gary, Grail, Connor, Tyler, Alex and Sadie!