Announcements for 9/29/19

Today we celebrate with Jennifer Maines the BAPTISM of Elias LeRowne Marcel Parmer.  Elias’ baptismal sponsors are Blaine & Sherry Cassatt.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Pantano if you have questions about either school.  

TRUNK OR TREAT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Please sign up on the glass case in the chapel if you are planning to participate in Trunk or Treat or wish to donate candy.  Trunk or Treat is being held here at Grace on Saturday, October 26th, from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.  We need many volunteers to make this a fun event for the 100 or so neighborhood and member children who attend.  Please consider joining this fun activity.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our fall mission project is right around the corner.  Beginning in two weeks on October 13th, we will have tables available to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All of your donations will be used to help provide supplies and meals for local families in need.  We will also be accepting frozen turkeys and hams which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  Watch for further details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Altar Care.  If interested, please contact Erika Tuscher.

CALLING ALL LADIES AT GRACE!  Pew Sisters resumes Thursday, October 10th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  We will be following the Bible Study God is in the Laundry Room by Susan Senechal.  Sign up on the glass case by September 29thso a book order can be placed.  Invite a friend and enjoy Christian women fellowship!

THANK YOU!  Gladys Beningo would like to extend a thank you to Grace’s  congregation and the individuals who took the time to wish her a very happy 90th Birthday.  She feels truly blessed that so many thought of her with cards and prayer.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dolores Stenzel by Neil, Michele and Amanda Stenzel.

St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, will have its ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.  You can fill a bag for $3.00 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

FIXED INCOME GIFT PLANS can provide attractive income and tax benefits to stewards in their retirement years. These arrangements (Charitable Gift Annuities or Annuity Trusts) pay donors fixed income for life and transfer remainder values to ministry. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 9/22/19

FLU SHOT CLINIC TODAY AFTER WORSHIP!  Rite Aid will be here at Grace after worship to provide flu shots.  Most insurances are accepted.  We hope you take advantage of this convenient opportunity to receive your flu shot! 

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Pantano if you have questions about either school.

PURSE MINISTRY:  Thank you for donating toiletry items as well as gently used purses to this project.  A total of 46 purses have been filled and delivered to the Magdalene Project for distribution to the women in need that they work with.  Please see Robin Stephenson if you are able to assist with this project.  Helpers are needed.

Saturday, September 28th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: PRE-TEEN YOUTH EVENT (Grades 4-6). Bring a snack to share!  Topics vary as we complete the God can questions of last year and make a final decision on the group name.  Games and craft included. Short parent meeting at 11:40 AM.

CALLING ALL LADIES AT GRACE!  Pew Sisters resumes Thursday, October 10th, 6:00 PM -8:00 PM.  We will be following the Bible Study God is in the Laundry Room by Susan Senechal.  Sign up on the glass case by September 29th so a book order can be placed.  Invite a friend and enjoy Christian women fellowship!

GRACE LADIES will be meeting this coming Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 PM at Grace.

HELP AND HOPE FOR HOMELESS Fundraising Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Texas Road, 900 Young Street, Tonawanda, NY  14150.  Come dine and support this cause. Present flyer and Texas Roadhouse will donate 15% of your total food & beverage to this fundraiser.  Flyers can be found on glass display case.

BIBLE SALE ENDS TODAY.  The church office will provide an invoice by next Sunday to those who have placed an order.  Payment is due at time of delivery.  We’ll let you know when your order has arrived.

SELLING APPRECIATED ASSETS typically causes capital gain tax. To manage shrinkage and reallocate income, contributors can make ministry gifts during life with these resources. Whether giving outright support, giving over time or receiving income from managed arrangements, we can help enhance benefits for you. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 9/15/19

“You can leave the checkbook at home! Starting next week, Grace will offer eGiving. You’ll be able to give from your bank account or credit/debit card by internet, smartphone app, or even text message – or stop by the office and Denise will take care of you. You can even set up convenient, automatically recurring offerings. Watch for more details!”

NEXT SUNDAY IS OUR FLU SHOT CLINIC.  Next Sunday, Rite Aid will be here at Grace after worship to provide flu shots.  Most insurances are accepted.  We hope you take advantage of this convenient opportunity to receive your flu shot! 

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Schulz if you have questions about either school.

CHOIR:  It’s not too late to join the choir.  We are in need of new members.  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.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING TODAY:  There will be a committee meeting after worship today in the Ladies’ Lounge.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting. 

GRACE LADIES will be meeting on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 PM here at Grace.  Please note new time.

Registration forms for the upcoming LWML EASTERN DISTRICT’S FALL RETREAT, “Listen, Look, Leap” based on Provers 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.

SUMMIT LIFE OUTREACH CENTER is hosting their 14th Annual Fundraising Banquet “Celebrate Life” and you are invited!  Doors open at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 4th at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at 401 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY.  Seating is limited, please contact the center at (716) 298-8600 or www.summitlifecenter.com for tickets and additional information.

God expects to be FIRST AMONG EARTHLY PRIORITIES IN THOSE created in His image. While opposing forces pull human hearts in divergent directions, the Holy Spirit comforts believers with Christ’s forgiveness, giving ability to honor our highest significance. Does your lifetime and estate plan reflect this? For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

The ALTAR FLOWERS are placed to God’s Glory to celebrate John Loss’s 79th Birthday today.  Thanks be to God for this blessing & Happy Birthday, John.

Announcements for 9/8/19

PLEASE PLAN TO STAY AFTER WORSHIP TODAY for a picnic as we celebrate the start of another year of Sunday School and Bible Class.  All are welcome to join in for good food and fellowship.

THANK YOU FOR your for your generous support of our summer mission project to provide school supplies, socks, and underwear for children in Niagara Falls.  All of your gifts will be delivered to Harry Abate Elementary School, one of our inner city schools, where the need is great.  Their teachers and school nurses will distribute these items directly to the children as they become aware of their needs.  The staff is always grateful for our partnership with this annual project.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Schulz if you have questions about either school.

YOUR DONATIONS of $129 in your August mission envelopes, plus designated funds from the Social Ministries budget, enabled us to send $450 to the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty to support our church’s efforts to protect religious rights in America.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Two weeks from today, on September 22, Rite Aid will be here at Grace after worship to provide flu shots.  Most insurances are accepted.  We hope you take advantage of this convenient opportunity to receive your flu shot!

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume this 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.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING:  Next Sunday there will be a committee meeting after worship.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting.

Next gathering of the GRACE LADIES will take place on Tuesday, September 24at 6:30 PM here at Grace.  Please note new time.

REQUESTED: Old purses in good condition.  A group of ladies from the congregation are putting together care bags for women in the community in need of personal care items.  We hope to deliver shampoo, combs, feminine products, deodorant, razors, etc.  Please see Robin Stevenson for more information.

The ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in honor of Bruce & Alice Moll’s 49th Wedding Anniversary, September 5, 1970.    

Announcements for 9/1/19

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

REQUESTED: Old purses in good condition.  A group of ladies from the congregation are putting together care bags for women in the community in need of personal care items.  We hope to deliver shampoo, combs, feminine products, deodorant, razors, etc.  Please see Robin Stevenson for more information.

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST CHANCE to participate in our summer mission project.  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start to their year.  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.

NEXT SUNDAY IS ALSO THE LAST DAY to donate to our sock and underwear collection.  Our inner city children are 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. 

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.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Schulz if you have questions about either school.

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 NEXT SUNDAY!  Sunday School and Bible Class will resume on that day, and there will be a picnic after worship.  All are welcome.  Hamburgs, hot dogs, and drinks are provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share 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 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.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING:  Two weeks from today (on September 15th) there will be a committee meeting after worship.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting. BIBLE SALE.  Information regarding sale can be found on table in Fellowship Hall.  Now through Sunday, September 22nd