Announcements for Sunday 1/3/21

FLOWER CHART for2021 is now up and hanging in the narthex. You may also sign up by calling the office. Cost for a centerpiece is $45, or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF NIAGARA FALLS is our designated special mission for January.  This is a local agency that delivers meals to Niagara Falls residents who are in need of help with cooking due to illness, disability, or age related issues.  Since they have no income requirements to qualify for assistance, they are able to serve many who would otherwise fall through the cracks.  However, that also means that they are NOT eligible to receive any government funding.  Their only sources of revenue are from donations and from a nominal fee they charge for the meals ($7.50 per day for two meals).  This organization was started 50 years ago by members of St. Paul Lutheran Church on 18th Street, and many of our members have volunteered with them over the years.  If you would like to support their work, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during January, send it to the office, or donate online under “special mission”.  If you would like to volunteer in their kitchen, or as a driver, server, or on cleanup, please contact them at 282-3468.

Announcements for Sunday 12/27

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS on our altar are given to the Glory of God, in memory of our loved ones, and in thankfulness for all Blessings received. “Glory to the Newborn King!”

THANK YOU for participating in this year’s Advent Giving Tree project.  Please place your donations on the tables by next Sunday, January 3.  We are partnering with four agencies this year, including Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Resources, Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Magdalene Project.  Your gifts will be delivered at the beginning of January to help our neighbors in need.

TODAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY to donate to our December Special Mission, HELP & HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS, INC.  This is a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss, This charity continues to work toward helping the homeless in our city through job training and associated skills.  If you would like to support this work, please place your Special Mission envelope in the offering plate, send it to the office, or donate to Special Missions online at www.gracenf.org.

Announcements for Sunday, 12/20

THANK YOU for your generous donations of turkeys and hams to help provide our neighbors with a warm Christmas meal.  Your gifts of 6 hams and 18 turkeys have been delivered to Heart, Love & Soul, the Magdalene Project, Community Mission, and the Niagara Falls Lord’s Day Dinner, all of which are anticipating a greater than normal attendance of those in need of assistance.  Thank you to Ross Folmsbee for delivering to Community Mission, and to John Loss for delivering to the other agencies.

NEXT WEEK IS THE LAST SUNDAY to donate to our December Special Mission, HELP & HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS, INC.  This is a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss, This charity continues to work toward helping the homeless in our city through job training and associated skills.  If you would like to support this work, please place your Special Mission envelope in the offering plate, send it to the office, or donate to Special Missions online at www.gracenf.org.

THERE IS STILL TIME to donate to our ADVENT GIVING TREE PROJECT.  Please place your donations on the tables by Sunday, January 3.  We are partnering with four agencies this year, including Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Resources, Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Magdalene Project.  Your gifts will be delivered at the beginning of January to help our neighbors in need.

IF YOU ARE LIVE-STREAMING and you would like to participate in our Advent Giving Tree project, you can find a list of needed items in the recent edition of the Gleanings, found online at www.gracenf.org.  Please call Erin at 283-1843 to arrange a convenient drop off time during office hours.  The side door near the office has a doorbell if the church is locked.

GRACE LADIES have ordered 25 poinsettia plants for our altar/ chancel for this Christmas season. If you would like to help defray the cost, please place your check or cash in an envelope marked Grace Ladies. You may place this special donation in offering plates or you may drop it off in the church office.

FLOWER CHART for2021 is now up and hanging in the narthex. You may also sign up by calling the office. Cost for a centerpiece is $45, or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56.

WEDNESDAY Bible study will not be held on December 23rd or 30th. It will resume in January.

NO SUNDAY CE or ELF class on December 27th.

Announcements for Sunday 12/13

TODAY is the last day to donate TURKEYS & HAMS.  Most of your donations have already been delivered to our partner agencies as they prepare to serve holiday meals to our neighbors in need.  Watch next week’s bulletin for final donation totals and the agencies we were able to assist.  Thank you for your generous gifts.  

ADVENT GIVING TREES are available in the narthex and chapel.  If you would like to participate in this project, please take a tag (or tags) from the tree and bring the item (unwrapped) back to the table as soon as you are able.  We are supporting four agencies this year, including Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Resources, Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Magdalene Project.  All donations will be used locally to help those in our community who are struggling.  

IF YOU ARE LIVE-STREAMING and you would like to participate in our Advent Giving Tree project, you can find a list of needed items in the recent edition of the Gleanings, found online at www.gracenf.org.  Please call Erin at 283-1843 to arrange a convenient drop off time during office hours.  The side door near the office has a doorbell if the church is locked.

HELP & HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS, INC., a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss, is designated as our December Special Mission envelope agency.  This charity continues to work toward helping the homeless through job training and associated skills.  If you would like to support the homeless in our city through this charity, please place your Special Mission envelope in the offering plate during December, send it to the office, or donate to Special Missions online at www.gracenf.org.

Announcements for Sunday, 12/6

HOLY COMMUNION DISTRIBUTION in the parking lot for those participating online will be from 1:30-1:45 today. This is a one-time-only change due to the Voters’ meeting.

“EXPLORING THE LUTHERAN FAITH” CLASS starts today after the Voters’ meeting.

LAST OPPORTUNITY:  Next Sunday is the last day to donate TURKEYS & HAMS.  Donations are needed to help our local soup kitchens provide holiday meals for our neighbors in need.  They can be stored in our downstairs kitchen freezer.  If you need help carrying your donation, an usher will be glad to assist you.  

IF YOU ARE LIVE-STREAMING and you would like to donate a turkey or ham, you can arrange a drop off time by calling Erin in the office.  We are also accepting gift card donations from grocery stores, Walmart, & Target, which the soup kitchens can use to purchase the items they need to serve our neighbors in need.  If you wish to participate in our Advent Giving Tree project, you can find a list of needed items in the recent edition of the Gleanings, which can also be found online at www.gracenf.org.

ADVENT GIVING TREES are now available in the narthex and chapel.  If you would like to participate in this project, please take a tag (or tags) from the tree and bring the item (unwrapped) back to the table as soon as you are able.  We are supporting four agencies this year, including Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Resources, Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Magdalene Project.  All donations will be used locally to help those in our community who are struggling.

HELP & HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS, INC., a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss, is designated as our December Special Mission envelope agency.  This charity continues to work toward helping the homeless through job training and associated skills.  If you would like to support the homeless in our city through this charity, please place your Special Mission envelope in the offering plate during December, send it to the office, or donate to Special Missions online at www.gracenf.org.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HISTORY? We have received a box of GLC historical documents. Some very interesting, others mundane. We’re looking for someone who’d like to be a hobbyist historian to go through the documents, sorting, cataloging, and comparing it to our archives to decide what should be kept. Please call the office if this is a good fit for your interests & talents.