Announcements for November 11, 2018

Announcements
Please submit new announcements by Wednesday at noon: office@gracenf.org. Office Hours Sun 8:30-12:30, W-Th 8:30-2:30.

TODAY, VETERANS DAY, IS THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY of the end of World War One. We give thanks to God for all of our family members who fought for freedom, and ask Him to protect, guide, and bless our armed forces and veterans today. We actually still have one member today who was alive at the end of WWI: Geraldine Merlin.

LCMS DISASTER RESPONSE is our designated charity for your November special mission envelopes.  Our disaster response teams have had a busy year responding to the needs of the many families displaced by volcanic eruptions, wild fires, flooding, and, most recently, hurricane damage in the Carolinas and Florida.  Hurricane Michael resulted in extensive damage to several of our LCMS churches in the Florida panhandle.  If you wish to support our Lutheran church’s response to the thousands affected by these disasters, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during the month of November.

HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS are needed by Community Mission to help provide holiday meals.  Donations will be accepted into December and can be stored in our downstairs kitchen.  If you need help carrying your donation, please ask an usher for assistance.

OUR THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE will be the last opportunity to donate to our HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items which will be used to support our local food pantry.  All donations are appreciated.  Especially needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta and sauce, and canned fruit and vegetables.  Your gifts will be distributed to Niagara Falls families in need during the Christmas season.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARENTS:  Please make every effort to have your children in Sunday School each week.  We have begun learning our music for the Christmas program on December 16th, and will soon be fitting costumes and learning reading parts.  Also, please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 15th when we will hold our Christmas pageant rehearsal from 10 AM – 12 PM, including a pizza lunch.  Your support is appreciated!

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING is scheduled for today after worship.  A lunch will be provided.  New members are always welcome.

2019 POCKET CALENDARS with an inspirational verse are available on the glass case and in the narthex.  Help yourself.

The Grace Ladies would like to extend a THANK YOU to everyone who donated baked goods for the Election Day Bake Sale.  Your donations helped to raise over $300.00.

THE DALE ASSOCIATION is offering the following:

  • FREE SCREENINGS on Tuesday, November 13th at 33 Ontario Street, Lockport, NY. To schedule a confidential screening(s), call 716-433-1886.
    • Hearing Screenings – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Memory Screenings – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 6 week TAI CHI CLASS for all ages, beginning Tuesday, November 13th at 1:00 PM. Tai Chi is a low impact workout featuring breath, meditation and movement for improved overall health, energy and focus.  Cost:  $60.  To register or learn more, call 716-433-1886 or visit daleassociation.com.

GLEANINGS:  Submissions for the December/January edition are due by Thursday, November 15th.  Please forward information to the office.

St. John Lutheran School PTL is having its 4th ANNUAL VENDOR AND CRAFT FAIR on Saturday, November 17th from 10 AM to 3 PM at the school, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda.  More than 70 vendors are participating, and vendors will raffle off one of their products.  Don’t miss this one stop holiday shopping event!  Lunch is available.

“Visiting Our Ancestral Villages” is the program at the next meeting of the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS.  Cindy Sileo, Don Schroeder and Elaine Timm will show photos and tell about their May visit to the Uckermark region of northeast Germany, nearby villages in Poland, and Lutherstadt Wittenberg.  The meeting will be Thursday, November 15th at 7 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Rd in Wheatfield.  The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

REMINDER:  Grace Ladies Wine & Cheese Party will be held on Tuesday, November 27th at 7 PM.  Don’t’ forget  . . . show and tell a memory item!

The next PEW SISTERS MEETING is Thursday, November 29th 6-8 PM.  If you or a friend would like to join us for Christian fellowship and Bible Study, November is the last opportunity to join Pew Sisters before this becomes a closed group.  Please contact Lacey Bahr.

The LEWISTON CHORALEERS will be holding a concert at Grace on Sunday, December 2nd at 2 PM.  General admission is $5 with children 12 and under free.

LIVE IN CONCERT:  Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will be appearing in concert HERE at Grace on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.  We are in need of donors to assist in bringing this group here and also host families to help accommodate the members.

CHARITABLE ROLLOVERS OF IRAs allow account holders over 70½ effective ministry gift opportunities while avoiding reporting required distributions.  In the current tax environment, giving from IRAs offers attractive financial benefit.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ (Robert.worth@lfund.org) Robert.worth (at) lfund (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR this morning are given in thankfulness for blessings received and in loving memory of parents and grandparents Arlene and Earl Luick, by Kathy Majka, Stephen and Eric Majka and families.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY   Veterans Day
9:00 am     Sunday School / Adult Bible Study
10:30 am   Worship Service / Sunday School Sings
11:30 am   Social Ministries Meeting

MONDAY   Veterans Day Observed
6:30 pm     Survivors’ Group

WEDNESDAY
10:00 am   Adult Bible Study
6:00 pm     Exploring the Lutheran Faith
7:00 pm     Choir Practice

FRIDAY
6:00 pm     Youth Group Lock-In (Drop-Off)

SATURDAY
10:00 am   Youth Group Lock-In (Pick-Up)

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am     Sunday School / Adult Bible Study
10:30 am   Worship Service (HC)

Announcements for November 4, 2018

LCMS DISASTER RESPONSE is our designated charity for your November special mission envelopes.  Our disaster response teams have had a busy year responding to the needs of the many families displaced by volcanic eruptions, wild fires, flooding, and, most recently, hurricane damage in the Carolinas and Florida.  Hurricane Michael resulted in extensive damage to several of our LCMS churches in the Florida panhandle.  If you wish to support our Lutheran church’s response to the thousands affected by these disasters, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during the month of November.

TWO SUNDAYS REMAIN to donate to our HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items which will be used to support our local food pantry.  All donations are appreciated.  Especially needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta and sauce, and canned fruit and vegetables.  Your gifts will be distributed to Niagara Falls families in need during the Christmas season.

HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS are needed by Community Mission to help provide holiday meals.  Donations can be stored in our downstairs kitchen.  If you need help carrying your donation, please ask an usher for assistance.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARENTS:  Please make every effort to have your children in Sunday School each week.  We have begun learning our music for the Christmas program on December 16th  and will soon be fitting costumes and learning reading parts.  Also, please mark your calendars for Saturday, December 15th  when we will hold our Christmas pageant rehearsal from 10 AM – 12 PM, including a pizza lunch.  Your support is appreciated!

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS will sing in church next Sunday.  Please plan to stay for worship so your children can join their voices together in praising Jesus.

TODAY WE WELCOME Holy Ghost Cherub Choir as they join us for worship.  They will be singing during the service as their way of saying “thank you” for our support of Lutheran education with our September & October special mission envelopes.  Please feel free to talk to these families if you have questions about the benefits of Lutheran school education.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING is scheduled for next Sunday, November 11th.  A lunch will be provided.  New members are always welcome!

THANK YOU to all who participated in or donated to last week’s TRUNK OR TREAT.  Approximately 100 children visited us along with their parents and grandparents, and we heard many “thank you’s” from the adults as well as the children.  Thank you also goes out to the SPCA and the Niagara Falls Fire Department for joining the fun!

On behalf of Shirley Somers, she would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone for all of the beautiful greeting cards and well wishes she has received during her recovery.

The next PEW SISTERS MEETING is Thursday, November 29th  6-8 PM.  If you or a friend would like to join us for Christian fellowship and Bible Study, November is the last opportunity to join Pew Sisters before this becomes a closed group.  Please contact Lacey Bahr.

LIVE IN CONCERT:  Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will be appearing in concert HERE at Grace on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.  We are in need of donors to assist in bringing this group here and also host families to help accommodate the members.

Just a friendly reminder to stop by and collect any items they may have accumulated in your CHURCH MAILBOX before departing this morning.

THE DALE ASSOCIATION is offering the following:

  • FREE SCREENINGS on Tuesday, November 13th at 33 Ontario Street, Lockport, NY. To schedule a confidential screening(s), call 716-433-1886.
    • Hearing Screenings – 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    • Memory Screenings – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 6 week TAI CHI CLASS for all ages, beginning Tuesday, November 13th at 1:00 PM. Tai Chi is a low impact workout featuring breath, meditation and movement for improved overall health, energy and focus.  Cost:  $60.  To register or learn more, call 716-433-1886 or visit daleassociation.com.

GIFTING BUSINESS ASSETS can be ideal for economic benefits during operations or at time of sale. Key issues include the type/form of business, its formation and taxation plus the owner(s) goals. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

This Week at Grace

TODAY
9:00 am                Sunday School/Adult Bible Study
10:30 am              Worship (HC) & Holy Ghost Cherub Choir joining us!

MONDAY
6:00 pm                Baked Goods Drop-Off (till 7:00 pm)
6:30 pm                Survivors’ Group

TUESDAY             Election Day
6:00 am                Polls Open
9:00 am                Grace Ladies Bake Sale (till Sold Out!!)
9:00 pm                Polls Close

WEDNESDAY
10:00 am              Adult Bible Study
6:00 pm                Exploring the Lutheran Faith
7:00 pm                Choir Practice

THURSDAY
6:00 pm                Elders Meeting
7:00 pm                Diabetes Education Class

SATURDAY
4:00 pm                 Carr Renewal of Vows

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am                 Sunday School/Adult Bible Study
10:30 am               Worship & Sunday School Sings
11:30am                Social Ministries Meeting

Announcements for October 28, 2018

LUTHERAN SCHOOL SUPPORT:  Today is the last opportunity to support Lutheran education at St. John and Holy Ghost schools with your October Mission envelopes.  Many of our congregational families have taken advantage of the quality education provided by these two schools, and we have members who teach at both schools.  Please keep these families and schools in your prayers, and consider this opportunity to step up and support Christian education by placing your special mission envelopes in the offering plate before the end of October.  Lutheran schools make a difference in the life of a child, especially in today’s world where Christian beliefs are rapidly losing acceptance, and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are now celebrated and encouraged.  Your generosity will contribute to the continued success of these schools as they guide and teach our students.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  We are accepting donations of non-perishable food items which will be used to support our local food pantry.  All donations are appreciated.  Especially needed are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta and sauce, and canned fruit and vegetables.  Your gifts will be distributed to Niagara Falls families in need during the Christmas season.  HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS are also needed to help provide holiday meals.  Donations can be stored in our downstairs kitchen.  If you need help carrying your donation, please ask an usher for assistance.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARENTS:  Please make every effort to have your children in Sunday School each week.  We have already started learning our music for the Christmas program on December 16th, and will soon be fitting costumes and working on learning reading parts.  Also, please mark your calendars for November 11th when all Sunday School children will sing in church, and Saturday, December 15th when we will hold our Christmas pageant rehearsal from 10 AM – 12 PM.  Your support is appreciated!

Grace Ladies will be hosting an ELECTION DAY BAKE SALE on November 6th from 9 AM till Sold Out!  Baked good donations may be brought to Church on Monday, November 5th between 6 PM – 7PM.

ALTAR FLOWERS represent the Luther Rose, to observe Reformation today.  The design is representative of Martin Luther’s Theology:

Black – faith in the Crucified
Red heart – where faith is held, kept aliv
White rose – color of the spirits & angels; for joy, comfort, peace
Sky blue field – heavenly joy in the future
Golden ring – precious, valuable; blessedness in heaven lasts forever, has no end

This past weekends RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE collected 14 donations that will go on to help save up to 42 lives!  The next blood drive will be held on December 22nd and presenting donors will receive a free long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS IN WNY will have their Plattdeutsch (Low German) discussion on Wednesday, October 31st at 12 PM.  Due to the colder weather, we will meet at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road.  The public is invited.  “Komm” and enjoy the fun.  Did you know that Low German was once the primary language of an immense trade empire, the Hanseatic League, that reached all the way from England to Russia?

Come and be Informed!  TWO TALKS BY BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGIST RON E. TAPPY at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 107 Scott St, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Dr. Tappy is the G. Albert Shoemaker Professor of Bible and Archaeology at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He also serves as the project director and principal investigator of the Zeitah Excavations. The expedition that discovered the Tel Zayit Abecedary, the oldest known complete Hebrew alphabetic inscription.  He was the featured archaeologist in NOVA special “The Bible’s Buried Secrets.”  Saturday, November 3rd at 11 AM and 1:30 PM. Free Parking and admission.

 WITHDRAWING IRAs wisely typically involves careful income tax planning and timing to avoid unnecessary taxable ordinary income. IRAs can facilitate lifetime charitable gifts for account holders over 70 ½ experiencing required minimum distributions.  For all IRA holders, it is effective to designate unused portions of IRAs for charitable purposes, like our mission, when earthly life is complete. These beneficiary designations must be planned during life, however, to avoid tax. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

Today
9:00 am Sunday School / Adult Bible Study
10:30 am Worship

Monday
6:30 pm Survivors’ Group

Wednesday – Halloween
10:00 am Adult Bible Study

Next Sunday
9:00 am Sunday School / Adult Bible Study
10:30 am Worship (HC), Holy Ghost Cherub Choir will be participating with us!

FFP’s The Rev. Bruce E. Rudolf Coming April 29, 2018

The Rev. Bruce Rudolf, who is representing the ministry of Food for the Poor in our Church today, has been a pastor of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod for over 50 years, having been ordained in 1966. He served congregations in Rockville Conn., Newton  NJ, and for 20 years was Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church and School in Patchogue NY, from which he retired in 2004. He is presently the pastor at SonRise Lutheran Church in the Adirondacks.

He’s been married to Dorothy for 54 years and our Lord has blessed their marriage with six children, four born to them, a fifth, an African-American adopted daughter, and a sixth, a Vietnamese foster son. Now God has given them eight terrific grandchildren.

Food for the Poor is among the largest international relief and development ministries in the U.S. and seeks to support missionaries and ministries serving in the Caribbean and Latin America. It is distinguished by providing more than 96% of every dollar donated directly to the needy and has received the highest evaluation from the Better Business Bureau and three other charitable “watch dog” organizations. Pastor Rudolf has participated in field trips to Haiti four times (most recently this past June), as well as Nicaragua, Jamaica and Honduras, visiting a number of ministries assisted by FFP and other sites they are considering helping. He has represented their ministry to about 250 LCMS congregations in 32 different states around the country.

Announcements for April 15, 2018

Newsletter Party: Please join us Wednesday, April 25th at Noon to assemble The Gleanings! Many hands make light work! No technical ability needed, we will be folding and applying the address labels so that The Gleanings can be mailed on time.

Food for the Poor and the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod have much in common. In a number of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America where both the LCMS and Food for the Poor are engaged Food for the Poor has assisted the work of our church. 9 Lutheran schools in Guatemala were aided by FFP under the guidance of the Lutheran Church of Guatemala Pastor Bruce Rudolf, a LCMS pastor, will be with us on April 29th to speak about this ministry.

APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to establish a Benevolence Fund at Grace.  This fund will be an ongoing resource for Pastor Bahr’s use in his ministry for emergency situations he may encounter, such as an immediate need for food, gasoline, payment of a utility bill, overnight housing, etc.  Often when this type of need arises, it is of an urgent nature.  Having a Benevolence Fund available will ensure that those in need of assistance can receive the help they require.  If you would like to assist in establishing this fund, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during April.  Benevolence Fund envelopes located in the chapel and narthex may also be used to donate to this fund.

The Historical Society of North German Settlements will meet Thursday, April 19, at  7 P.M. at the Wheatfield Community Center, St. Johnsburg.  The video about our North German communities, that was filmed here and shown on German television, has been translated to English.  We will be viewing it on large screen, so come and enjoy!

GRACE LADIES would like to invite the congregation to a Soup Supper on April 24th @ 6pm, with Guest Speaker Chet Ferry, The Bread Man, who will be sharing his “Bread-time Stories”. Each guest will also receive a homemade loaf of bread. Please sign up on the Glass-Case by April 15th to ensure there is enough bread and soup for everyone!

GRACE GAME NIGHT: April 27th @ 5:30-8 PM. Bring a friend and your favorite game, and let’s play together!  Games, toys and activities for young children will be available.  Food provided.

Ascension Day BBQ – There is a sign-up sheet on the Glass case. We need side dishes and desserts.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL:

Registration is now available!  You can register online at gracenf.org/vbs/, or pick up a paper copy and return it to Lacey Bahr’s church box (or send it to the church office).

Items are needed for decorating and story telling! At each entrance, please use the blue boards to see what we need.  If you are going to purchase or lend us an item, please TAKE THE STICKER off the board and bring it home as your reminder.  Items can be brought as soon as you have them; we will store them until VBS.

Announcements for April 8, 2018

Although their name is FOOD FOR THE POOR, this Christian Ministry is also about education, housing, job training, medical assistance, orphanages and many other ways of assisting some of the poorest people in the world who happen to live nearby. This ministry supports missionaries and ministries of all Christian denominations in 17 third world countries at our doorstep. Pastor Bruce Rudolf, an LCMS pastor, will be with us on Sunday, April 29th to share with us about this work.

APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to establish a Benevolence Fund at Grace.  This fund will be an ongoing resource for Pastor Bahr’s use in his ministry for emergency situations he may encounter, such as an immediate need for food, gasoline, payment of a utility bill, overnight housing, etc.  Often when this type of need arises, it is of an urgent nature.  Having a Benevolence Fund available will ensure that those in need of assistance can receive the help they require.  If you would like to assist in establishing this fund, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during April.  Benevolence Fund envelopes located in the chapel and narthex may also be used to donate to this fund.

THANK YOU for your generous support of this year’s Sunday School Penny War, “Soles for Souls”.  Donations totaled $1503.  Each dollar donated will supply a pair of shoes for someone in Puerto Rico who is still recovering from last September’s hurricanes, which means that this year’s mission project will supply 1503 pairs of shoes for those in need.

GRACE GAME NIGHT: April 27th, 5:30-8 PM. Bring a friend and your favorite game, and let’s play together!  Games, toys and activities for young children will be available.  Food provided.

GRACE LADIES would like to invite the congregation to a Soup Supper on April 24th @ 6pm, with Guest Speaker Chet Ferry, The Bread Man, who will be sharing his “Bread-time Stories”. Each guest will also receive a homemade loaf of bread. Please sign up on the Glass-Case by April 15th to ensure there is enough bread and soup for everyone!

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE:

Registration is now available!
Register online at gracenf.org/vbs/ or pick up a paper copy and return it to Lacey Bahr’s church box (or send it to the church office).

Items are needed for decorating and story telling! At each entrance, please use the blue boards to see what we need.  If you are going to purchase or lend us an item, please TAKE THE STICKER off the board and bring it home as your reminder.  Items can be brought as soon as you have them; we will store them until VBS.

Announcments for April 1, 2018

Food for the Poor is among the largest international charities in the US. This ministry, focused on the Caribbean and Latin America, the third world at our doorstep, has been well supported by LCMS congregations. FFP is presently building more than 10,000 homes this year for the poorest of the poor in 17 countries in this region. Pastor Bruce Rudolf, an LCMS pastor, will be with us on Sunday, April 29th to speak about this ministry.

THANK YOU for your generous support of this year’s Sunday School Penny War, “Soles for Souls”.  Each dollar donated will supply a pair of shoes for someone in Puerto Rico who is still recovering from last September’s hurricanes.  Total donations will be announced this morning.

THANK YOU to the 27 members of Grace who attended the March 22 fundraising dinner for Young Life.  A total of $85,000 was raised at the dinner, surpassing their goal of raising $60,000.  All funds will go to support the work being done locally in Western New York with our youth as they come to know the love of Christ.  To God be the glory!

APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to establish a Benevolence Fund at Grace.  This fund will be an ongoing resource for Pastor Bahr’s use in his ministry for emergency situations he may encounter, such as an immediate need for food, gasoline, payment of a utility bill, overnight housing, etc.  Often when this type of need arises, it is of an urgent nature.  Having a Benevolence Fund available will ensure that those in need of assistance can receive the help they require.  If you would like to assist in establishing this fund, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during April.

BENEVOLENCE FUND DONATION ENVELOPES are being included in today’s bulletin for your convenience.  If you wish to support this fund (as described in today’s “April Special Mission” paragraph), you may use this envelope and/or your April Special Mission envelope and place them in the offering plate during April.  Thank you for helping to meet the emergency needs that Pastor Bahr may encounter in his ministry.

Grace Ladies would like to invite the congregation to a Soup Supper on April 24th @ 6pm, with Guest Speaker Chet Ferry, The Bread Man, who will be sharing his “Bread-time Stories”. Each guest will also receive a homemade loaf of bread. Please sign up on the Glass-Case by April 15th to ensure there is enough bread and soup for everyone!

Grace Ladies will be having a Bake sale table April 7th from 9a-1p at the Indoor Yard Sale @ the American Legion on Ward Rd. Please visit them if you can! They also need people to Bake Goods for the Sale. You may drop off baked goods between 6-7pm here on Friday the 6th, or just bring to the Legion on Saturday. Please see Ursula, Erika or Dorothy if you can help out!

SAVE THE DATE: Grace Family Game Night: April 27th, 5:30-9 PM – come and go as you need.  Bring a friend and your favorite game, and let’s play together!  Games, toys and activities for young children will be available.  Food provided.

Announcements for the week of May 3, 2015

Announcements

MAYFEST is coming up May 30. There will be short meeting after worship today. If you would like to volunteer to help and cannot attend the meeting today, please see Ursula Zimmerman or the sign up sheet on the glass case.

SPECIAL OFFERING – A special offering will taken for the next two Sunday to help those suffering from the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

MAY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Summit Life Outreach’s annual fundraising campaign.  This group, located on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls, provides support, counseling, and education to teens and young women in crisis pregnancy situations.  If you wish to participate in the opportunity, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate any Sunday during May.

Donations of BOTTLES AND CANS are appreciated by the youth group so that they can return them as an ongoing fundraiser for their treasury.  They can be taken to the junior/senior high classroom downstairs, or given to any youth group member.  We are no longer storing them in the food pantry since Pastor Bahr is using that room as a reception area.

SPRING SOCIAL MINISTRIES OPPORTUNITIES:  There is a table available in the chapel for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources with donations of diapers and diaper creams and Heart, Love, and Soul with donations of toilet tissue.  Both of these agencies work with those in need in our own city.  Summit is also running their annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser.  Feel free to take a baby bottle from the table and use it to donate your spare change to help support Summit.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
9:00 am Young Adult SS
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service
11:30 am Mayfest Meeting

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
7:00 pm Diabetes Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
10:30 am Worship Service

Announcements for the week of April 26, 2015

VBS MEETING TODAY:  If you are interested in volunteering for International Spy Academy VBS this year, please stay for a short meeting after church today.  If you wish to volunteer and cannot attend today’s meeting, please let Amy Folmsbee know.

ANTIQUE NIGHT – hosted by Grace Ladies is this Tuesday, April 28 from 6-8:00 pm. Bring antiques, heirlooms or “old stuff” for informational appraisals. Cost is $5.00 for up to 2 appraisals, dessert and tea or coffee. This is a fundraiser for the organ repair fund. Come and bring a friend!

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for April have been designated to support Papyrus Camp at Camp Pioneer, a special program for children and teens in foster care or other out of home placement.  Papyrus Camp includes all the usual fun camp activities, as well as opportunities for learning coping skills and improving self-esteem.  For many, it may be the only opportunity they have to learn of the love Jesus has for them.   If you wish to support this project, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate during April.

MAYFEST 2015 is scheduled for May 30 at the American Legion on Buffalo Avenue. There is a sign up chart on the glass case for the many volunteer positions needed to make this event successful.

SPRING SOCIAL MINISTRIES OPPORTUNITIES:  There is a table available in the chapel for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources with donations of diapers and diaper creams and Heart, Love, and Soul with donations of toilet tissue.  Both of these agencies work with those in need in our own city.  Summit is also running their annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser.  Feel free to take a baby bottle from the table and use it to donate your spare change to help support Summit.

Holy Ghost Lutheran School is holding an Open House-Tuesday April 28th from 6:30pm-8pm for grades Pre-K -8 They are located at 6630 Luther Street, Niagara Falls, NY. Call 731-3030 for more information.

Announcements for the week of April 12, 2015

PENNY WAR AGAINST HUNGER: Our Sunday School’s mission project to raise money for Orphan Grain Train resulted in raising $1433.98, which will assist Orphan Grain Train in providing 47,799 meals to the hungry throughout the world. Thank you for your generous support!  To God be the glory, great things He has done!

The LADD thrift shop, a ministry for those with disabilities which is supported by our congregation, regrettably has lost its lease at its current location and may be forced to close. Volunteers are needed on April 25 from 10 AM to 3 PM to assist with the takedown of shelves & racks.  If you are able to help, please contact the church office.

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for April have been designated to support Papyrus Camp at Camp Pioneer, a special program for children and teens in foster care or other out of home placement.  Papyrus Camp includes all the usual fun camp activities, as well as opportunities for learning coping skills and improving self-esteem.  For many, it may be the only opportunity they have to learn of the love Jesus has for them.   If you wish to support this project, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate during April.
SPRING SOCIAL MINISTRIES OPPORTUNITIES:  There is a table available in the chapel for those who wish to support two Niagara Falls agencies that work daily to assist those in need in our city.  Heart, Love, and Soul is in need of toilet tissue, an item that is used daily but not available for purchase with food stamps.  This is one of our most appreciated projects.  Summit Life Resources needs donations of diapers and diaper creams as they work with young women and teens in crisis pregnancy situations.  Summit is also running their annual Baby Bottle Bank fundraiser.  Feel free to take a baby bottle from the table and use it to donate your spare change to help Summit.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL MEETING: There will be a short organizational meeting after church on Sunday, April 26, for this year’s International Spy Academy VBS.  If you are interested in volunteering, please plan to attend the meeting or speak with Amy Folmsbee.  Registrations forms for 3 year old through 6th grade students are located on the book nook in the chapel.

BP CLINIC:  You can stop by the chapel after the service today and have your blood pressure checked for free.  Let’s stay healthy!