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.

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