Announcements for 3/8

LENT 2:  This week “Sleepy Eyes” is the theme for the second week of Lent.  In Gethsemane, Jesus’ inner circle of Peter, James, and John cannot keep their eyes open to watch and pray with Jesus for even an hour, while Jesus comes to see that His Father’s will is that He drink the cup of God’s wrath when He comes to the “hour” of His suffering.

LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP–Today 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.

PENNY WAR:  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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL MILK JUG HAPPENINGS:  Each week during our Penny War, we take a few minutes to talk about the purpose of mission projects and discover what life is like in developing countries.  Today your milk jug donations (filled with water) were used to help our students experience first hand how difficult it is to carry needed water long distances, as is done by children in remote villages on a daily basis.  Thank you for helping us with your donations.

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 choose “Thrivent Choice Dollars”, then follow the directions to designate Grace or another charity.

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

DO YOU LIKE TO EAT?  Our non-profit, Help and Hope For Homeless, Inc, has a ” Dine to Donate” fundraiser at the Texas Roadhouse in Tonawanda. It takes place on Tuesday, March 17 and goes from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM. You would give our flyer to your server and we will receive 15% of your total food and beverage costs from your bill. Thank you for your support of our fundraiser. Flyers are on the glass case in the fellowship hall. Any questions please see John Loss

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