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.
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.