Announcements for 3/1/20

THANK YOU to everyone for your cards, messages of well wishes and especially your prayers during my recent surgery.  Cathy Hoffman

PLEASE SIGN UP BY NEXT SUNDAY–March 8 is the deadline to sign up if you plan to attend YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6:15 PM at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard.  A signup sheet is located on the glass case.  There is no charge to attend this dinner, however if you wish to support Young Life, donations will be accepted during the event.  Please see Dick Crawford for more information on Young Life or this annual event.

WE HAVE ENOUGH plastic gallon milk jugs.  Thank you for your donations!

PENNY WAR:  Today begins our annual Sunday School mission project.  This year we are participating in OPERATION STARFISH through Food for the Poor.  Every $75 we raise will feed one starving child in a developing country for one year.  There are several opportunities to support this mission, including our March Special Mission envelopes, and Loose Change Sunday on March 22.  You may also donate your spare change to the Penny War jar which is located on the glass case, or give a donation to one of our Sunday School children for their class banks.  Watch for updates as we continue our project throughout Lent.

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for March have been designated to support our Penny War mission, Operation Starfish.  If you would like to support our Sunday School project in this way, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of March, or donate to “special mission” online.

ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS:  If you have a Thrivent policy or investment, you may have Choice Dollars available from 2019.  Choice Dollars are dollars Thrivent will donate to a charity of your choice, including Grace if desired.  But 2019 dollars need to be designated by 3/31 or you will lose them, so don’t delay.  Log on to Thrivent and scroll down to “Thrivent Choice Dollars”, then follow the directions to designate Grace or another charity.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES has a meeting scheduled for next Sunday after worship with a light lunch included.  New members are welcome.  We meet five times a year and meetings last about an hour.

Registration forms are due today for the GRACE WOMEN’S RETREAT taking place Friday, May 1 thru Sunday, May 3 at Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center.  Please see Lacey Bahr with questions.

LENT SIMPLE SUPPER sign up sheets can be found on the glass case.  Sign up to bring an entrée, side dish, bread and butter or a delicious dessert.  Supper’s start Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 PM.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dan Kelly by Peggy Kelly.

THANK YOU to all that participated in last Saturday’s American Red Cross Blood Drive.  A total of 21 donations were received which will go on to help save up to 63 people.

LENT 1:  This week, we look through Judas’s “Betraying Eyes” and learn why he did this awful deed.  Yet the behind-the-scenes-reality is that Jesus was “handed over” (another way of translating the verb for “betray”) by God the Father Himself, so that Jesus could die for the sin of the world.

Announcements for 2/23/20

CHOIR PRACTICE is held every Wednesday after our Lent service.  All are welcome to attend.  The only requirement is a desire to sing your praises to God.  Please consider joining the group! 

STILL NEEDED–PLASTIC GALLON MILK OR JUICE JUGS for a Sunday School Penny War activity.  Please rinse them and leave them near the water cooler in the chapel. 

TODAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY to donate to our February Special Mission, Wings Flights of Hope.  If you would like to support this local organization, please place your donation in today’s offering plate or designate a special mission donation online before Saturday.  If you are using a convenience envelope located in the pews, please mark it clearly as “Wings Flights of Hope”.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide air transportation to specialized doctors and hospitals for any person, any age, in need of medical attention.  Medical transport by air normally costs $20,000 or more.  WINGS’ pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is available for FREE to the patient and their family. 

PLEASE SIGN UP BY MARCH 8 if you plan to attend YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6:15 PM at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard.  A signup sheet is located on the glass case.  There is no charge to attend this dinner, however if you wish to support Young Life, donations will be accepted during the event.  Please see Dick Crawford for more information on Young Life or this annual event.

PENNY WAR:  Next Sunday begins our annual Sunday School mission project.  This year we are participating in OPERATION STARFISH through Food for the Poor.  Every $75 we raise will feed one starving child in a developing country for one year.  There will be several opportunities to support this mission, including our March Special Mission envelopes, and Loose Change Sunday on March 22.  You may also donate your spare change to the Penny War jar which will be located on the glass case beginning next week, or give a donation to one of our Sunday School children for their class banks.  Watch for updates as we continue our project throughout Lent.

The next gathering of the GRACE LADIES is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 starting at 6:30 PM and is hosted by Joyce Learned and Lin Matiasz.  Mites will be collected and sorting through old files is on the agenda.

The GRACE WOMEN’S RETREAT is taking place Friday, May 1 thru Sunday, May 3 at Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center.  Registration forms and additional information can be found on the glass case.  Please see Lacey Bahr with questions.

LENT SIMPLE SUPPER sign up sheets can be found on the glass case.  Sign up to bring an entrée, side dish, bread and butter or a delicious dessert.  Supper’s start Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 PM.

The Grace Ladies will be HOSTING A BAKE SALE on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM during the In-Door Flea Market hosted by the American Legion Post #1451 located at 6525 Ward Road, Sanborn.  A sign-up sheet is on the glass case for those interested in donating a bake good.  Please see Ursula Zimmerman with questions.

Announcements for 2/16/20

NEXT SUNDAY is the last opportunity to donate to our toilet tissue mission project.  Heart, Love & Soul is in critical need of this item to help those living in poverty in our city maintain their dignity.  Since it cannot be purchased with EBT cards, it is one of their most requested items.  If you wish to participate in this mission, please leave your donations on the table in the narthex or chapel by next Sunday.

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume this Wednesday, February 19, at 7:00 PM in the chapel.  All are welcome to attend.  The only requirement is a desire to sing your praises to God.  Please consider joining the group! 

PLASTIC GALLON MILK JUGS NEEDED for a Sunday School Penny War activity.  Please rinse them and leave them near the water cooler in the chapel. 

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to help Wings Flights of Hope.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide air transportation to specialized doctors and hospitals for any person, any age, in need of medical attention.  Medical transport by air normally costs $20,000 or more.  WINGS’ pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is available for FREE to the patient and their family.  If you would like to help us support this local organization, please place your Special Mission envelope in the offering plate during February, or designate a special mission donation online.

A SIGN UP SHEET is available on the glass case for YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6 PM at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard.  There is no charge to attend this dinner, however if you wish to support Young Life, donations will be accepted during the event.  Please see Dick Crawford for more information on Young Life or this annual event.

The GRACE WOMEN’S RETREAT is taking place Friday, May 1 thru Sunday, May 3.  Registration forms can be found on the glass case.  Please see Lacey Bahr with questions.

The next gathering of the GRACE LADIES is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 starting at 6:30 PM and is hosted by Joyce Learned and Lin Matiasz.  Mites will be collected and sorting through old files is on the agenda.

LENT SIMPLE SUPPER sign up sheets can be found on the glass case.  Sign up to bring an entrée, side dish, bread and butter or a delicious dessert.  Supper’s start Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 PM.

The Grace Ladies will be HOSTING A BAKE SALE on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM during the In-Door Flea Market hosted by the American Legion Post #1451 located at 6525 Ward Road, Sanborn.  A sign-up sheet is on the glass case for those interested in donating a bake good.  Please see Ursula Zimmerman with questions.

The HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS invites members and the public to our meeting on Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 PM.  Our theme will be “Taste of the Old Country, Winter Cooking.”  Come and enjoy some delicious rice pudding, wedding cabbage and other traditional German recipes.  The meeting will be at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road.

HOLY GHOST LUTHERAN SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE for grades Pre-K4 thru 8 is being held on Tuesday February 25 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.  Come out, meet the teachers and see the classrooms.

Announcements for 2/9/20

ANNUAL BATHROOM TISSUE COLLECTION:  Tables available in the chapel and narthex through February to receive donations of toilet tissue.  Heart, Love, & Soul tells us it is one of their most requested (but least donated) items, and their supply is CRITICALLY low at the present time.  This is something that all of us use daily and most of us take for granted (until we run out, that is).  But it cannot be purchased with EBT cards (formerly called food stamps), so those living in poverty in our city often have difficulty providing this item for their families.  Your gifts will help our neighbors in need maintain their dignity.  Thank you for helping with this mission.

YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS to our January mission, along with matching funds from the Social Ministries’ budget line, allowed us to send a check for $825 to our local Young Life organization.  Grace will appear as a full page sponsor in their annual fundraising dinner brochure.    Thank you for supporting this Christian group that is doing wonderful work with our local youth.

HELP NEEDED:  We are in need of one or more volunteers to trim and send donated postage stamps to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).  LWML is able to use these stamps to raise funds for the many mission projects they support.  This is a task that can be done from the comfort of your home.  If you are interested in assisting with this project or have questions, please speak to Erika Tuscher.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to help Wings Flights of Hope.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide air transportation to specialized doctors and hospitals for any person, any age, in need of medical attention.  Medical transport by air normally costs $20,000 or more.  WINGS’ pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is available for FREE to the patient and their family.  If you would like to help us support this local organization, please place your Special Mission envelope in the offering plate during February, or designate a special mission donation online.

A SIGN UP SHEET is available on the glass case for YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6 PM at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard.  There is no charge to attend this dinner, however if you wish to support Young Life, donations will be accepted during the event.  Please see Dick Crawford for more information on Young Life or this annual event.

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume on Wednesday, February 19 at 7 PM in the chapel.  All are welcome to attend.  The only requirement is a desire to sing your praises to God.  Please consider joining the group! 

YOUTH FOR TRUTH is looking for recliner chairs and sofa beds to replace broken furniture in the Youth Room.  Please notify a youth leader if you have a donatable item.

CHURCH DIRECTORY:  Photography sessions start this week.  Visit the sign-up table in the Fellowship Hall after worship to reserve your session.  Each participating family will receive a free directory and a complimentary 8×10 photograph.  Bring a canned good to your session and receive a $5 coupon towards your order.

Announcements for 2/2/20

A NOTE FROM PASTOR BAHR: By the time you read this note, we’ll be in sunny Florida visiting a certain mouse. Perhaps you didn’t know we were going? That’s because Lacey and I decided to surprise our boys with a secret vacation, and since they’re in church every week, we couldn’t say anything! (A special challenge was cancelling Confirmation this week – since John is in the class.) Having packed their bags clandestinely, we picked them up from what they believed was a normal day of school on Friday and, rather than go home, we went to the airport to catch our flight. I look forward to sharing their reaction with you. We’ll be back late Saturday and see you in church next week. Special thanks to Pastor Emeritus Erv Brese for standing in for me at worship today.

ANNUAL BATHROOM TISSUE COLLECTION:  Tables available in the chapel and narthex through February to receive donations of toilet tissue.  Heart, Love, & Soul tells us it is one of their most requested (but least donated) items, and their supply is especially low at the present time.  This is something that all of us use daily and most of us take for granted (until we run out, that is).  But it cannot be purchased with EBT cards (formerly called food stamps), so those living in poverty in our city often have difficulty providing this item for their families.  Your gifts will help our neighbors in need maintain their dignity.  Thank you for helping with this mission.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to help Wings Flights of Hope.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide air transportation to specialized doctors and hospitals for any person, any age, in need of medical attention.  Medical transport by air normally costs $15,000 or more.  WINGS’ pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is available for FREE to the patient and their family.  If you would like to help us support this local organization, please place your Special Mission envelope in the offering plate during February, or designate a special mission donation online.

A SIGN UP SHEET is available on the glass case for YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner, scheduled for Thursday, March 26, beginning at 6 PM at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard.  There is no charge to attend this dinner, however if you wish to support Young Life, donations will be accepted during the event.  Please see Dick Crawford for more information on Young Life or this annual event.

YOUTH FOR TRUTH is looking for recliner chairs and sofa beds to replace broken furniture in the Youth Room.  Please notify a youth leader if you have a donatable item.

NOW HIRING:  If you or someone you know are considering the Office Administrator position here at Grace, please go to https://indeedhi.re/2QTJmng and apply ASAP.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  We are in need of greeters for Grace’s upcoming photography sessions taking place in February.  Volunteers will be greeting families, providing families with paperwork to be completed prior to their photo session and keeping the flow of traffic within the building running smoothly.  A sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Have an hour or two of spare time and a warm welcoming smile . . . then we need your help!  We’re  in need of greeters for Grace’s upcoming photography sessions taking place in February.  Volunteers will be greeting families, providing families with paperwork to be completed prior to their photo session and keeping the flow of traffic within the building running smoothly.  If interested, a sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.

TASTE OF ST. PAUL is taking place on Saturday, February 8th at 453 Old Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda, starting at 5:00 PM.  Tickets will be on sale at the door on the day of the event.  Taste everything that St. Paul members are well-known for making.  Ticket Cost – $1/ticket, $5/6 tickets, $10/12 tickets.

ALTAR FLOWERS are in appreciation for our family in Christ from Mark and Trisha Andrews.