Announcements for 10/27/19

TODAYS REFORMATION WORSHIP SERVICE is being led by Elder Dick Crawford, the Sunday School Staff, and Sunday School students. We thank Amy Folmsbee for preparing/directing this worship and hope you learned more about Martin Luther, the Reformation, and our Reformation banners.  We also hope you enjoyed hearing about our Sept./Oct. Sunday School lessons – The Fruit of the Spirit. NEXT WEEK our worship will be led by Elders, Mark Andrews and Randy Broeker.

TODAY IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools with your special mission envelopes.  If you use the convenience envelopes located in the pew, please mark them clearly as “special mission”.  If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online anytime before the end of October.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these two 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, Lacey Bahr, or Katelyn Pantano if you have questions about either school.    

THANK YOU TO ALL who participated in yesterday’s Trunk or Treat by handing out candy and gifts, serving snacks, running the games, donating goodies, or praying for our safety and success during this community outreach activity.  We couldn’t have done it without your help!

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our fall mission project has begun.  We have tables available in the chapel and narthex to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  Donations will be distributed locally by St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on Military Road to provide meals for families in need over the upcoming holiday season.  All gifts are appreciated, but especially needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, and canned fruit.  Thank you for your generosity toward this project.

HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS:  We are accepting hams and turkeys, which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  They will be used by Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners for the poor and homeless in Niagara Falls.

PLEASE JOIN YOUR FRIENDS for fellowship and snacks during Coffee Hour following worship today.

GIVING MADE EASY by electronic gift giving.  E-giving is fast and secure.  If you would like to give electronically please refer to the “E-GIVING” card found in the pew envelope holder or contact the church office.

DESIGNATED OR UNRESTRICTED is a big consideration when leaving estate gifts to ministry. You may have specific ministry intent to designate, or you may trust ministry leaders. Both can be a blessing or a bane. Why not talk about it with someone who represents ministry? Contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427 for more information.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God by Luann Pyska and in memory of Steven Pyska, who entered Gods heavenly kingdom two years ago go today.

The LUTHER’S ROSE, to observe Reformation today, was donated by Elaine Timm.  The design is representative of Martin Luther’s Theology as printed in the front of the bulletin.

Announcements for 10/20/19

TODAY’S SERVICE will be led by two members of our Board of Elders, Jim Wolf and Gary Krull.

PLEASE WELCOME St. John and Holy Ghost school administrators, Katie and Kevin Gundell.  Both schools are being supported by our September/October special mission envelopes.

LAST OPPORTUNITY:  Next Sunday is the last chance to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools with your special mission envelopes.  (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 IS THIS SATURDAY, October 26, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM.  If you are participating, please plan to be here by 2:45 PM.  It is not too late to sign up on the glass case in the chapel.  The event will be held rain or shine (we will move inside if the weather does not cooperate).  Approximately 100 children attend this event, so if you have signed up to help or donate, please know we appreciate you and are counting on you!  If you have questions, please speak with Amy Folmsbee.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our fall mission project has begun.  We have tables available in the chapel and narthex to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  Donations will be distributed locally by St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on Military Road to provide meals for families in need over the upcoming holiday season.  All gifts are appreciated, but especially needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, and canned fruit.  Thank you for your generosity toward this project.

HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS:  We are accepting hams and turkeys, which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  They will be used by Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners for the poor and homeless in Niagara Falls.

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS will be participating in our Reformation worship service NEXT SUNDAY at 10:30 AM, with our monthly coffee hour to follow the service.  You won’t want to miss this special service as our children help us understand the changes that Luther brought to the church 502 years ago.

The GRACE LADIES will be meeting this coming Tuesday, October 22 at 12:00 PM (bring a bag lunch).  Your hosts will be Gerry Miller and Janette Lemley and mites will be collected.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of Brenda’s sister, Shari by Brenda and Ken Boyd.

Announcements for 10/13/19

Please WELCOME Rev. Alex Knowles as our guest pastor today.  Pastor Knowles has been the executive director of Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center since 2011. He also recently retired from chaplaincy in the United States Army.

CAKE & FELLOWSHIP AFTER WORSHIP TODAY:  We hope you will join us in the chapel after service as we wish Pastor Bahr safe travels and God’s blessings on his training, as well as God’s care and keeping for his family while he is gone.  Enjoy a piece of cake and some fellowship before you leave for home today.

TWO WEEKS LEFT:  September and 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.

TRUNK OR TREAT IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY:  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 26, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM.  We need many volunteers to make this a fun event for the neighborhood and member children who attend. 

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our fall mission project has begun.  We have tables available to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All of your donations will be used to help provide meals for local families in need over the upcoming holiday season.  We will also be accepting HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  Non-perishable items will be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on Military Road.  Turkeys and hams will be used by Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners in Niagara Falls.

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS will be participating in our Reformation worship service at 10:30 AM on October 27.  This will include a skit, staring Dr. Martin Luther, an explanation of our Reformation banners, Children’s message, Sunday School choir, and all “regular” parts of worship.  It is important that students be in attendance at Sunday School for the next two weeks as we prepare for this special day.  A coffee fellowship will follow this worship service.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SNACKS:  As mentioned in our recent Gleanings, we would appreciate donations of snacks for our Sunday School students.  Please bring donations to the chapel and place on bench near the water cooler.

Announcements for 10/6/19

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS will be participating in our Reformation worship service at 10:30 AM on October 27th, with a coffee hour to follow the service.  It is important that students be in attendance at Sunday School for the next few weeks as we prepare for this special day.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET:  September and 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 26, from 3:00 – 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 begins next week (October 13).  We will have tables available to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All of your donations will be used to help provide meals for local families in need over the upcoming holiday season.  We will also be accepting frozen turkeys and hams which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  Non-perishable items will be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on Military Road.  Turkeys and hams will be used by Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners in Niagara Falls.

PEW SISTERS resumes October 10th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  Our new book is God is in the Laundry Room.  If you and/or a guest are planning to attend and have not told Lacey Bahr, please contact her at 716-525-5134 (call or text).

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

The American Red Cross will be hosting their next BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-ins welcome.

GIVING MADE EASY by electronic gift giving.  E-giving is fast and secure.  If you would like to give electronically please refer to the “E-GIVING” card found in the pew envelope holder or contact the church office.

The Annual Dinner for the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS will be Saturday, October 26th.  Carol Rogers, Environmental Educator in the Regional Programs office at the NY State Parks, will present her program, “Niagara Wonders.” She will tell us about unusual natural aspects and historical events of Niagara Falls and the Gorge.  The dinner is at 5:00 PM at Holy Ghost School at Niagara Rd and Luther St in Bergholz, in the Town of Wheatfield.  Tickets are $25 each, please contact Dianne at 716- 731-9763 by October 19th.

LWML NIAGARA ZONE FALL RALLY DAY please join us on Sunday, October 13th. Our host is Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 6965 Ridge Road, Lockport.  Registration ($5.00) 1:00 PM – Meeting starts at 2:00pm.  After an opening devotion we will hear from our guest speaker Joanne Lorenzo of the Magdalene Project. Her topic will be about that ministry and in reaching to women in our Local prison. Afterwards there will be a business meeting and installation of officers.  Please RSVP to your church LWML rep by October 11th.

YOUTH EVENTS

OCTOBER – ALL MONTH Youth, grades 6-12, are selling candy bars and treats throughout the month of October in order to raise money for the Jr./Sr. High retreat at Camp Pioneer.  Would you like to help?  Work with a youth to bring a box to your place of work!  See Virginia Markel with questions.

OCTOBER 7TH – MONDAY

Christian Skate Night, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Rainbow Roller Rink
  • $6 for stakes, $7 for blades.
  • A parent must sign the youth in and out.
  • Grades 4-12

OCTOBER 13TH – SUNDAY

Youth For Truth Monthly Meeting, 11:30 AM

  • Meet in the youth room after service.
  • Grades 6-12

OCTOBER 18TH – FRIDAY

Pre-Teen Youth Event, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • Play Minute to Win It and get ready for the year!
  • Grades 4-6