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 

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.

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