Announcements for 11/24/19

THANK YOU for your generous donations to this year’s HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION.  Donations can still be added to the tables until Thanksgiving Eve.  We will be delivering your gifts to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry later in the week so that they can restock their pantry for the upcoming Christmas season.  St. Vincent has received numerous requests for assistance, and they are extremely grateful for our partnership in helping our neighbors in need.

OUR FREEZER IS NO LONGER EMPTY!  Donations of turkeys and hams are starting to come in!  We are accepting turkeys and hams to help the Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners provide holiday meals for the poor and homeless in Niagara Falls.  The sales have started!  If you choose to support this mission and need help with carrying to our downstairs freezer, please ask an usher for assistance.  We will continue to accept donations until December 15.

NOVEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for “Help and Hope for Homeless, Inc.”  Help and Hope is a local charity working with homeless, or near-homeless, individuals and families that have a true desire to improve their situation, connecting them with the help they need to become productive and self-sufficient.  We encourage you to speak with the following members of Grace:  John Loss (founder and board President), Sue Loss (board secretary), or Robin Stephenson (board member) about Help and Hope’s efforts to assist the homeless in our community.  If you wish to support this organization, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES to Crystal Michel, who is our oldest member.  Crystal will turn 99 on Thanksgiving Day.  Don’t forget to drop off your birthday greeting card in the office today, and Denise will get them in the mail (or perhaps send one on your own if you prefer).

CLEAN GENTLY USED COATS AND BLANKETS:  If you have either of them and would like them to find a good home, please speak with Robin Stephenson or give her a call (471-7976).  She will deliver them to Niagara Falls agencies that can give them directly to a client in need.

The flowers on our ALTAR today are placed to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for our families; parents (Kroening & Herfurth), children (Jonathan & Katelyn), and the family of believers at Grace – by Ross & Amy Folmsbee and Ron & Jane Schulz.  

Announcements for 11/17/19

Please WELCOME Rev. Bob Spilman as our guest preacher today.

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY to donate to our annual HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION.  We will also accept donations at our Thanksgiving Eve service. Your help is needed.  Our partner, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on Military Road, has already received numerous requests for assistance from our neighbors in need, and they anticipate that their pantry will be depleted after their Thanksgiving deliveries.  They are grateful that we plan to deliver our donations on Thanksgiving weekend, which will be a huge help in restocking for the Christmas season.  We have tables available in the chapel and narthex to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All gifts are appreciated, but especially needed to restock their pantry are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, and canned fruit.  Thank you for your generosity toward this project.

OUR FREEZER IS EMPTY!  We are accepting HAMS AND TURKEYS to help the Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners provide holiday meals for the poor and homeless in Niagara Falls.  The sales have started!  If you choose to support this mission and need help with carrying to our downstairs freezer, please ask an usher for assistance.

NOVEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for “Help and Hope for Homeless, Inc.”  Help and Hope is a local charity working with homeless, or near-homeless, individuals and families that have a true desire to improve their situation, connecting them with the help they need to become productive and self-sufficient.  We encourage you to speak with the following members of Grace:  John Loss (founder and board President), Sue Loss (board secretary), or Robin Stephenson (board member) about Help and Hope’s efforts to assist the homeless in our community.  If you wish to support this organization, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES to Crystal Michel, who is now our oldest member.  Crystal will turn 99 on Thanksgiving Day.  If you would like to help her celebrate, you can drop off a greeting card in the office by next Sunday and we will make sure it is mailed to her.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is in need of volunteers to help with their upcoming community Thanksgiving meal.  They need volunteers to answer phone lines, assist at “pie parties”, prepare the meals, serve the meals, and deliver meals.  If you are interested in helping, please call Chaplain John Bornhoeft at 940-3054.

On Tuesday, November 19th the Grace Ladies will be hosting a WINE & CHEESE PARTY at 6:30 PM.  Don’t’ forget to bring a memory item to show and tell.  In preparation for their next fun event, their annual Christmas Party, a sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will resume on Tuesday, November 26th at 6:00 PM.

SIMPLE SUPPER sign-up sheets can be found on the glass display case.  Dinners will be held Wednesday, December 4th, 11th and 18th starting at 5:30 PM followed by worship at 6:30 PM.

Order forms for CHRISTMAS FLOWERS can be found in today’s bulletin.  The Grace Ladies are offering members of our congregation the opportunity to purchase poinsettia plants.  Plants may be picked up after the 10:30 AM Christmas Morning Service.  Orders are due no later than Sunday, December 8th

2020 POCKET CALENDARS with an inspirational verse are available on the glass display case and in the narthex.  Help yourself.

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 HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS IN WNY will meet at 7:00 PM on Thursday November 21st at the Wheatfield Community Center.  This promises to be a very interesting meeting as Jeremy Hogan from the Barge Brewing Company will be the speaker.  He will update us on the newest plans for the old Meeting Place which the brewery has purchased, as well as their plan for restoring the old truck hall and bringing it back to its original glory.  He is eager to answer all our questions on the Brewery and Restaurant project.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Join us.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  With the holidays fast approaching, below are a few important dates for your calendars:

  • Wednesday, November 27th – Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 4th – Simple Supper 5:30 PM / Advent Service 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 8th – Voter’s Budget Meeting / Help Decorate the Church / Flower Orders Due
  • Wednesday, December 11th – Simple Supper 5:30 PM / Advent Service 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 18th – Simple Supper 5:30 PM / Advent Service 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 21st – Christmas Pageant Practice – Lunch Provided
    • Sunday School Students – 10:00 AM
    • Adult Choir – 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, December 22nd – Christmas Pageant 10:30 AM / Christmas Caroling to our Shut In’s
  • Tuesday, December 24th – Lessons & Carols Service 5:00 PM / Candlelight Service 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 25th – Christmas Day Service 10:30 AM

The ALTAR flowers are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of loved ones by the Crawford and Strasburg families.

Announcements for 11/10/19

Please WELCOME Rev. Dr. Chris Wicher as our guest pastor today.  Pastor Wicher is the President of the Eastern District of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. 

ONLY TWO SUNDAYS REMAIN to donate to our annual HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Your help is needed.  Our partner, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on Military Road, has already received numerous requests for assistance from our neighbors in need, and they anticipate that their pantry will be depleted after their Thanksgiving deliveries.  They are grateful that we plan to deliver our donations on Thanksgiving weekend, which will be a huge help in restocking for the Christmas season.  We have tables available in the chapel and narthex to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  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.  The sales have started!  If you choose to support this mission and need help with carrying, please ask an usher for assistance.

NOVEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for “Help and Hope for Homeless, Inc.”  Help and Hope is a local charity working with homeless, or near-homeless, individuals and families that have a true desire to improve their situation, connecting them with the help they need to become productive and self-sufficient.  We encourage you to speak with the following members of Grace:  John Loss (founder and board President), Sue Loss (board secretary), or Robin Stephenson (board member) about Help and Hope’s efforts to assist the homeless in our community.  If you wish to support this organization, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

SOCIAL MINISTRIES COMMITTEE will meet after worship today.  New members are welcome to join us in the Ladies Lounge.  Our meetings last about one hour and a light lunch is available during the meeting.

Flowers on the ALTAR today are given to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Arlene and Earl Luick, by daughter Kathy, grandsons Stephen and Eric and families.

Announcements for 11/03/19

The CHURCH OFFICE will be closed today but will reopen on Wednesday, November 6th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  We have tables available in the chapel and narthex to receive donations of non-perishable food items for our fall mission project, which will continue until Thanksgiving.  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.

NOVEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for “Help and Hope for Homeless, Inc.”  Help and Hope is a local charity working with homeless, or near-homeless, individuals and families that have a true desire to improve their situation, connecting them with the help they need to become productive and self-sufficient.  We encourage you to speak with the following members of Grace:  John Loss (founder and board President), Sue Loss (board secretary), or Robin Stephenson (board member) about Help and Hope’s efforts to assist the homeless in our community.  If you wish to support this organization, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

SOCIAL MINISTRIES REMINDER:  Our last committee meeting of this calendar year will be held next Sunday after worship.  As usual, a light lunch will be available and new members are welcome.

Our YOUTH FOR TRUTH students (Grades 6th – 12th) are returning today from a Jr./Sr. High Fall Retreat held at Pioneer Camp & Retreat Center.  The retreat was an opportunity for youth to come together for a weekend of meaningful worship, relationships that blossom and grow, service projects, and fun games.

The ALTAR FLOWERS, week by week, are a welcome offering to our worship. Flowers are alive. They are of God’s creation. They are a fragrant offering to the God who created them. They are a symbol of new life in Christ. For all of these reasons, we give thanks to everyone who is moved to give flowers on a particular Sunday. People have given flowers in thanksgiving to God for a family member’s birthday, wedding anniversary, or other blessing. They are also given in memory of a departed loved one or friend.  A flower chart is located in the narthex where available Sunday dates are listed.  The church office will then contact you to obtain your preference in color(s), size (centerpiece/$43 or two (2) vases/$54) and your personalized bulletin announcement.