Announcements for 7/21/19

THE SALES HAVE STARTED ALREADY!  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.  Stores are already having fantastic sales on school supplies with many items under $1.  Please remember this much appreciated mission project as you do your summer shopping.  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:  Soon 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 will be able to 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.

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST WEEK to donate to support LCMS Disaster Response as they continue to work at various disaster sites around our country, including recent earthquakes and floods.  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 by next week.

This week the 67th LCMS Convention will be held in Tampa, FL.  Pastor Bahr will be in attendance as a delegate representing our Niagara West congregations.  The LCMS convention determines the parameters by which we agree to walk together.  The resolutions of note include the relationship of laity and clergy (especially regarding the service of Deacons), the authority of the Synod President, and much more.

Please join the Brese’s following worship on Sunday, August 4th in celebration of their 60th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.  Anniversary cake, punch and coffee will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

SAVE THE DATE:  There will be a Sunday School Staff Meeting after worship on Sunday, August 11th.  Meeting will include making plans for Rally Day (9/8/19) and the upcoming school year.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE – CONTACT:  LACEY BAHR 525-5134

SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, July 28th.  After worship service we will transform the church for VBS.  Please plan to give of your time to help us set up.

PRE-REGISTRATION helps us prepare for the children coming.  Download the form at gracenf.org/vbs or call the office at 716-283-1843.  Forms are also available at the church entrances.

THE BALANCE OF PLANNING YOUR ESTATE with your intent to care for the people you love, and to bless the ministries you care about, can be achieved with the guidance of a charitable gift planner. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.the cross. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

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