This week, the LCMS Youth Gathering is taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event brings together 25,000 high school youth from across the LCMS to worship, serve, and play together. Pastor Bahr will be joining about 200 other adult volunteers to staff the Gathering. In addition to supervising one hotel property, he’ll be a member of Gathering Safety, comprising military, law enforcement, and medical personnel. Your prayers for the youth, adults, and staff are appreciated!
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.
The GRACE LADIES Summer Picnic is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23rd at the home of Jane Hughes. Please bring a dish to pass along with a small white elephant gift (placed in a bag) to be used for some fun games!
CORRECTION: After collecting a few more donations, the new grand total collected for Summit Life Resources’ annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser is $431.42. Thank you for all for your donations.
This past Saturday’s AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE which took place at Grace collected a total of 20 donations which will go on to help save 60 lives!!
SUBMISSIONS for the August/September edition of “The Gleanings” are due to the office by Monday, July 15th.
SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, & SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Continuing until Rally Day on September 8, Social Ministries has tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of socks, underwear, and school supplies for our Niagara Falls school children in need. 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. Jane Brese delivers your gifts to Harry Abate Elementary School each year, and she can tell you how they are anticipated and appreciated by the staff. Please feel free to ask either of these ladies 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.
JULY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support LCMS Disaster Response as they continue to work at various disaster sites around our country. LCMS is often one of the first agencies to respond to disasters with needed resources and volunteers to help meet immediate needs, and teams often provide long-term support to help residents rebuild their lives and homes. If you would like to support our church’s work at disaster sites throughout our country, please place your July Special Mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of the month.
TRIANGLES GIVE BALANCE to stabilize the weight of a force. A Christian steward’s life is one of balance between intent, action and Spirit supplied faith. Pray for your gift planning intent to turn to action empowered by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.
The ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of David Broussard by Amanda Stenzel.