Announcements for 8/25/19

Today we celebrate with Gregory Stenzel II and Tracy Conte the BAPTISMS of their sons, Gregory Lyle Stenzel III and Alexander John Stenzel .  Gregory’s baptismal sponsors are Bruce Stenzel & Amanda Stenzel.  Alexander’s baptismal sponsors are Jeromy Allsop & Lauren Allsop.

CONFIRMATION INTRODUCTORY MEETING for all 6th & 7th Grade Parents & youth September 3rd at 6:00 PM.

BULLETIN BOARD.  Grace recently received a thank you card from Leslie Merlin on behalf of her mother Geraldine for the beautiful birthday cards she received for her 102nd birthday.

ONLY TWO WEEKS REMAIN for our summer mission project.  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies until Rally Day to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank your for your generous support of this annual mission project.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SPONSOR A STUDENT.  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to a local student that they know has a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE TO OUR AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION, designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  To support LCRL, please place your gift in today’s offering plate.  If you choose to use the convenience envelopes located in the pews, please clearly mark them for “SPECIAL MISSION”.  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org. 

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Mark your calendars for September 22nd.  Rite Aid will again be offering flu shots after worship on that day.  Most insurances are accepted.

RALLY DAY AND OUR CONGREGATIONAL PICNIC IS ONLY TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY on September 8!  Sunday School and Bible Class will resume on that day, and there will be a picnic after worship.  All are welcome.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks are provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able and plan to stay after service for good food and fellowship.

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 PM.  We are in need of new members to join the group.  A seat is saved for you!  If you enjoy singing praises to God, Wednesdays at Grace are the place to be!  Practices last an hour or less.  Ability to read music is not required.  And what if you would like to come, but can’t make every single Wednesday?  That’s okay–just attend practice as often as you can.  Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please prayerfully consider if this is a way God is leading you to serve.

Announcements for 8/18/19

If you see a new face in the choir loft this morning, please wave HI!  Jeffrey Crane is our guest organist and is filling in for Maye Smith today.

THREE WEEKS REMAIN for our summer mission project.  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies until Rally Day to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank you for your generous support of this annual mission project.

SPONSOR A STUDENT:  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to a local student that they know has a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

THANK YOU to Wendy Coleman, Ron & Jane Schulz, the Bahr Family and the Bahr’s friend William for helping to get The Gleanings, signed, sealed and delivered!!!

AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.  To support LCRL, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during August.

GENTLY USED PURSES ARE NEEDED for a mission that Social Ministries is working on in cooperation with the Magdalene Project.  Your old purses will be filled with toiletries and feminine products and gifted to homeless and destitute women in Niagara Falls.  A box for your purses is located in our Donation Center in the coatroom near the parking lot door.  Please see Robin Stephenson with questions.  Robin is also looking for some volunteers to help fill the purses.  If you are interested, please speak with her.

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Mark your calendars for September 22nd.  Rite Aid will again be offering flu shots after worship on that day.  Most insurances are accepted.

RALLY DAY is on September 8th, only three weeks from today!  Sunday School and Bible Class will resume on that day, and there will be a congregational picnic after worship.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks are provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able and plan to stay after service for good food and fellowship.

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume on Wednesday, September 11th at 7 PM.  We are in need of new members to add to the group.  A seat is saved for you.  Please plan to join us and have some fun singing your praises to God.

Registration forms for the upcoming LWML EASTERN DISTRICT’S FALL RETREAT, “Listen, Look, Leap” based on Proverbs 3:5-6 can be found on the glass display case.  Author of “Pew Sisters” Katie Schuermann will be the guest speaker.  Event to take place September 20th – 22nd at Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center, Inc.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Richard Krull, who passed away 25 years ago, by the Wendt, Krull and Syuwrs families.

Announcements for 8/11/19

Dear People of Grace,

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate both our 60th wedding anniversary, which coincided with my emergency hip surgery. We are grateful for God’s blessings and for all the people He has put in our life and family to join in praise and thanksgiving. Thank you for welcoming our family and friends on that special day.

Gratefully,

Jane and Pastor Brese

Today we celebrate with Christopher Gordner and Brandi Seiwell the BAPTISM of their son, Christopher William Gordner Jr.  Christopher’s baptismal sponsors are Raymond Gordner and Julianne Reusch.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank you for your generous support of this annual mission project.

SPONSOR A STUDENT:  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to a local student that they know has a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.  To support LCRL, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during August.

GENTLY USED PURSES ARE NEEDED for a mission that Social Ministries is working on in cooperation with the Magdalene Project.  Your old purses will be filled with toiletries and feminine products and gifted to homeless and destitute women in Niagara Falls.  A box for your purses is located in our Donation Center in the coatroom near the parking lot door.  Please see Robin Stephenson with questions.  Robin is also looking for some volunteers to help fill the purses.  If you are interested please speak with her.

The ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in honor of Jim and Aimee Wolf’s 16th Wedding Anniversary. 

Announcements for 8/4/19

CHURCH OFFICE:  Please note that the church office is closed today and will re-open on Thursday, August 8th at 5:00 p.m.

The FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR today are given by Pastor and Jane Brese to thank God for their 60 years of married life.  After the service, all are invited to remain for a celebration with Anniversary cake, punch and coffee.

WELCOME Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky, a professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  Dr. Elowsky will be participating in today’s worship service along with many of the Brese’s family and friends.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – ATEHNS UPDATE:

We had a fantastic week of praising God and join Paul on his dangerous journey in Athens!  Check out the upcoming Gleanings for more details.

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who contributed time, money, and prayers to Vacation Bible School.  You have been a blessing to so many families!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank you for your generous support of this annual mission project.

SPONSOR A STUDENT:  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list to support a “virtual student”, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to our local students that they know have a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.  To support LCRL, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during August.

A SUNDAY SCHOOL STAFF MEETING will be held next Sunday, August 11th following worship.  Meeting to include making plans for Rally Day (9/8/19) and the upcoming school year.

FUNDRAISER:  All are welcome to come out and support Pamela Carr-Simcox today, Sunday, August 4th from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at The Bakery located at 3004 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, NY.  Funds raised will go towards renovating her home bathroom to be handicap accessible.  $20 per ticket with cash bar.  There will be entertainment, 50/50 and baskets.  Food will be served starting at 3:00 PM.

GOLDEN AGERS.  Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center will be hosting a “Golden Agers” event August 26th thru August 29th.  Come for a day or for the whole retreat and experience a faith-filled and fun time.  Contact Pioneer for all the details . . . (716) 549-1420 or www.pioneercamp.org.

THE GLEANINGS.  Please note that the August/September edition will be arriving on your doorstep by the 15th of August.  You may be asking . . . . “Why the late arrival?”.  This will allow us to include a feature on VBS which ran thru August 2nd.

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE to be held at Grace is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  In appreciation of your donation, Amazon is thanking donors with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card.  Donors must provide a valid email address.

TIME IS MANNA. God’s covenant people received daily nourishment during their wilderness journey from slavery. Like them, we also fail to thank God for manna. You can testify of gratitude to God in your estate plan, so your loved ones see your recognition of God’s provision in each moment. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.