Announcements for 1/20/19

HELP NEEDED:  If you would be interested in joining a group from Grace to prepare and/or serve a future lunch or dinner at the Magdalene Project on Falls Street, please add your name to the sign up on the glass case.  Once enough volunteers have signed up, you will be contacted with more details, including dates and times.  You can then make a final decision as to your availability.  If you have any questions, please feel free to talk with John Loss.

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28 at 6 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life.  There is an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  Dick Crawford would be happy to answer any questions you have about Young Life or the fundraising dinner.

JANUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Young Life, an international organization with local chapters.  Young Life is staffed by caring adults who introduce adolescents to Jesus and help them grow in their faith through a variety of social activities, camping experiences, mission trips, and school clubs.  Your donations in your January mission envelopes will help us support the local work of Young Life.  Please feel free to speak with Dick Crawford if you have questions about this organization.

MOTHERS RETREAT March 1st – 3rd, mothers of young children get away to Camp Pioneer for only $70 (plus food)!  Mom’s “time out” with activities, Bible study, down time, and fellowship.  Invite a friend!  Registration forms are at both entrances.

If you haven’t picked up your 2019 ENVELOPES please check the narthex on your departure today.  Need envelopes . . .  please notify the office. 

A new FLOWER CHART for 2019 has been hung in the narthex.  If interested in donating flowers for a particular Sunday throughout the year, please record your name on the preferred date and the office will contact you.

A sign-up sheet for LENTEN SIMPLE SUPPERS can be found on the glass display case.  We are asking that sign-up’s be done in “groups” (I.e. Choir, Elders, etc.) so that each “group” will be responsible for coordinating and providing that weeks supper.

THANK YOU’S:

Gladys Beningo would like to express her sincere thanks to the carolers from Grace, who visited her on December 23rd and for the lovely poinsettia plant and also to the members of Grace that took the time to send Christmas cards.  It truly brightened her holiday spirit to know that she was thought of and she is grateful to be a part of such a caring congregation.

Linda Gullo would like to also express her thanks to the Grace Lutheran Church Choir.  “Thank you so much for caroling here – the music was amazing even more so because it was sung by my friends.  It was a highlight of my Christmas.  Thank you again.”

DONOR ADVISED FUNDS offer flexibility for contributors who wish to establish gifts that keep giving but desire to determine how to allocate portions of the gift over time.For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 1/13/19

JANUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Young Life, an international organization with local chapters.  Young Life is staffed by caring adults who introduce adolescents to Jesus and help them grow in their faith through a variety of social activities, camping experiences, mission trips, and school clubs.  Your donations will help us support Young Life’s annual fundraising dinner at Classics V on March 28th at 6 PM.  If you would like to support the local work of Young Life, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of January.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet today after worship in the Ladies Lounge.

THANK YOU for your generous donations to our Giving Tree project.  Thirty large boxes were packed and on their way this week to Niagara Falls agencies, where your gifts will be distributed to those in need.  Many of our neighbors will be helped by your kindness.

Submissions for the February/March edition of THE GLEANINGS are due in the office by Tuesday, January 15th.  Please send to office@gracenf.org.

2019 ENVELOPES are available in the narthex.  If you would like to request envelopes, please notify the office.

MOTHERS RETREAT March 1st – 3rd, mothers of young children get away to Camp Pioneer for only $70 (plus food)!  Mom’s “time out” with activities, Bible study, down time, and fellowship.  Invite a friend!  Registration forms are at both entrances.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS in Western New York will have its regular membership meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 2 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center.  Martha Haseley will give her presentation on the 175th Anniversary of St. Peter’s Lutheran, Walmore.  The public is invited.

IDENTIFYING ‘RISKS’ and ‘OPPORTUNITIES’ are key to estate gift planning. Risks identify costs and perils that could shrink values. Opportunities illuminate a full spectrum of available options. Many see these in limited view without spiritual perspectives. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 1/6/19

THANK YOU for your generous donations to our December special mission, Niagara Falls Meals on Wheels.  With matching funds from the Social Ministries budget line, we were able to send a check for $824 to this small, local organization that provides meals to the elderly and disabled in our city that do not otherwise qualify for government assisted meal delivery programs.  This will be a huge help to them as they begin their work in the new year. 

OUR THANKS to Brittany Hoffman for volunteering to share her God-given musical talents with us while she has been on break from SUNY Fredonia, where she is pursuing her degree in Music Therapy.  Her solo this morning reminds us that “When there’s no peace on earth, there is peace in Christ.”

JANUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Young Life, an international organization with local chapters.  Young Life is staffed by caring adults who introduce adolescents to Jesus and help them grow in their faith through a variety of social activities, camping experiences, mission trips, and school clubs.  Your donations will help us support Young Life’s annual fundraising dinner at Classics V on March 28 at 6 PM.  If you would like to support the local work of Young Life, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of January.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING:  Next Sunday there will be a Social Ministries meeting after worship.  A light lunch is provided.  New members are welcome–no need to reserve a spot.  Just meet in the Ladies Lounge after worship.

Submissions for the February/March edition of THE GLEANINGS are due in the office by Tuesday, January 15th.  Please send to office@gracenf.org.

2019 ENVELOPES are available in the narthex.  If you would like to request envelopes, please notify the office.

MOTHERS RETREAT March 1st – 3rd, mothers of young children get away to Camp Pioneer for only $70 (plus food)!  Mom’s “time out” with activities, Bible study, down time, and fellowship.  Watch for registration; space is limited.

In 2018 the BLOOD DRIVES, by the AMERICAN RED CROSS, held at Grace have collected a total of 99 donations.  Since each donation can help save up to three lives these drives will go on to help up to 297 people!!

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS in Western New York will have its regular membership meeting on Thursday, January 17th at 2 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center.  Martha Haseley will give her presentation on the 175th Anniversary of St. Peter’s Lutheran, Walmore.  The public is invited.

TAKING INVENTORY helps clarify estate and financial decisions that should be made. Cataloging assets according to their titles helps informed advisors relate relevant succession implications. Charitable planners can give an inspirational viewpoint.    For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 12/30/18

THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY to donate to our December special mission envelopes designated for NIAGARA FALLS MEALS ON WHEELS.  This is a local program that is not connected to any other “Meals On Wheels” agencies, which means that they are able to offer assistance to those in our city that would otherwise fall through the cracks.  Their staff of four minimum wage workers and several volunteers deliver nutritious meals to elderly and disabled that cannot shop or cook for themselves.  If you are able to support their mission, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  If you wish to use the convenience envelopes located in the pews, please clearly mark the envelope “December special mission”. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS over the Advent and Christmas season.  Community Mission picked up all the turkeys and hams that were donated in December, and they were used to help provide Christmas dinner at their agency.  Also, the organizers of the Lord’s Day Christmas dinner in Niagara Falls (open to anyone needing a warm place to share dinner on Christmas) put out a request just before Christmas saying they had a “dire need” for hats and mittens.  We were able to donate a large box from our Giving Tree, and your donations were distributed on Christmas Day.  All other donations will be distributed to those in need over the next couple of weeks.  Your generosity made a difference!

PLEASE NOTE:

Sunday School and Bible classes will resume next Sunday at 9:00 AM.  We will start with a “Welcome Back Breakfast”!  All are welcome–we have classes for all ages.

Wednesday’s Adult Bible Study will not be held on Wednesday, January 2nd.  The group will gather again on Wednesday, January 9th.

ELDERS’ MEETING this Thursday, January 3rd at 6:00 PM.

FROM PASTOR BAHR & FAMILY: Thank you for all of the remembrances, cards, and the gift you gave us this Christmas. We are so glad to be part of your family. Merry Christmas!

Submissions for the February/March edition of THE GLEANINGS are due in the office by Tuesday, January 15th.  Please send to office@gracenf.org.

REMEMBERING SPECIFIC MINISTRIES reflect the wonderful heart of giving that exists among many LCMS worshipers at year end. People want to do God’s Work in specific ways, so they support the causes and missions that reflect their priorities.     For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 12/23/18

OFFICE HOURS:  Please note that the office will have shortened hours this week.  Wednesday the 26th and Thursday the 27th 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

GIVING TREE:  It’s not too late to donate to our annual Giving Tree project.  We are able to accept donations through December and will deliver your gifts during the beginning of January to the local agencies we are supporting.  Please take a tag from the trees and return the item requested to the tables in the narthex or chapel by the end of December.

PLEASE NOTE:  Sunday School and Bible classes will not be held on December 23 and December 30.  Classes will resume with a “Welcome Back Breakfast” on January 6 at 9:00 AM.

NIAGARA FALLS MEALS ON WHEELS has been designated for our December special mission envelopes.  This is a local program that is not connected to any other “Meals On Wheels” agencies, which means that they are able to offer assistance to those in our city that would otherwise fall through the cracks.  Their staff of four minimum wage workers and several volunteers deliver nutritious meals to elderly and disabled that cannot shop or cook for themselves.  If you are able to support their mission, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  If you wish to use the convenience envelopes located in the pews, please clearly mark the envelope “December special mission”.

YEAR-END CONTRIBUTIONS, in order to qualify for the 2018 tax year, must be received or postmarked by December 31. We do have a service on Dec 30, and all offerings received there will be 2018.

Announcements for 12/16/18

NIAGARA FALLS MEALS ON WHEELS has been designated for our December special mission envelopes.  This is a local program that is not connected to any other “Meals On Wheels” agencies,which means that they are able to offer assistance to those in our city that would otherwise fall through the cracks. Their staff of four minimum wage workers and several volunteers deliver nutritious meals to elderly and disabled that cannot shop or cook for themselves.  If you are able to support their mission, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  If you wish to use the convenience envelopes located in the pews, please clearly mark the envelope “December special mission”.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are set up in the narthex and chapel.  We are supporting several local agencies through this project.  If you wish to participate, please take a tag off the trees, purchase the item requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables. All items will be distributed in January to our neighbors in need.

THANK YOU for your generous donation of 19 turkeys and 3 hams which will help the Community Mission serve the homeless in our city through the Christmas season.  Your help is greatly appreciated.

HATS AND MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

Please note that SUNDAY’S ADULT BIBLE STUDY will not be held on December 23rd and 30th.  The group will gather again starting Sunday,January 6th.

There will be NO SUNDAY SCHOOL class the next two weeks – December 23rd & 30th.  We will have a “Welcome Back Breakfast” at9:00 AM on Sunday, January 6th, followed by our lesson and craft with dismissal at 10:15 AM.

2019 ENVELOPES will be available for pick-up on both Sunday, December 23rd and 30th.

 CAROLING WE GO: Carolers needed to visit our home bound members on Sunday, December 23rdfollowing worship.  Please consider helping to spread the holiday spirit.  A sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

The American Red Cross will be holding their next BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, December 22nd from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM. Free long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt when you come to donate (while supplies last).  For an appointment,please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins Welcome!

DETERMINING GIFT DATES becomes an important issue as contributors and recipient ministries approach the end of the calendar year. The doctrine of‘Constructive Receipt’ restrains designation as “charitable receipt” those gifts received by December 31.   Mailed gifts use the post-date stamp from the US Postal Service to determine this date. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner@ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 12/9/18

HELP IS NEEDED AFTER WORSHIP TODAY:   Decorations that will help us celebrate the birth of our Savior will be put up in the sanctuary immediately following worship.  Help is needed to arrange the nativity figures, and put up and decorate our trees.  Please plan to stay and help decorate your church.  With enough assistance, it will only take an hour of your time.

NIAGARA FALLS MEALS ON WHEELS has been designated for our December special mission envelopes.  This is a local program that is not connected to any other “Meals On Wheels” agencies, which means that they are able to offer assistance to those in our city that would otherwise fall through the cracks.  Their staff of four minimum wage workers and several volunteers deliver nutritious meals to elderly and disabled that cannot shop or cook for themselves.  If you are able to support their mission, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.

 NEXT SUNDAY OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT will be held during worship.  Students should arrive at the usual Sunday School time of 9 AM.  Also, students and choir members should plan to ATTEND OUR ONLY FULL REHEARSAL ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15th, from 10 AM – 12 PM, ending with a pizza lunch for participants (choir please be here by 10:30 AM).

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are set up in the narthex and chapel.  We are supporting several local agencies through this project.  If you wish to participate, please take a tag off the trees, purchase the item requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  All items will be distributed in January to our neighbors in need.

HATS AND MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

THANK YOU:  November Special Mission envelopes, along with a donation from the Social Minstries’ budget and matching funds from Thrivent, resulted in being able to donate $1372 to LCMS Disaster Relief as they continue to assist after the California fires and other recent disasters around our country.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 PM is the Grace Ladies annual CATERED CHRISTMAS PARTY.  $12 per person and bring a $5 gift to exchange!  Let us know if your attending . . . sign-up sheet located on glass display case.

Order forms for CHRISTMAS FLOWERS can be found on the glass display case.  Orders are due this coming Wednesday the 12th of December.

Pioneer Mayo presents “A CHRISTMAS THEMED EVENT” at Grace on Friday, December 14th from 6:00 – 9:00 PM for children grades K – 12 (friends welcome).  Celebrate the season with karaoke, games, puzzles and time with friends.

The American Red Cross will be holding their next BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, December 22nd from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.  Free long-sleeve Red Cross T-shirt when you come to donate (while supplies last).  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins Welcome!

BULLETIN BOARD:  Don’t forget to take-a-look at Grace’s bulletin board located near the office.

ASSIGNING LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES TO MINISTRY (whether through ownership or death benefit beneficiary designation) can be a great way to make a ministry gift with a policy no longer needed for its original purpose.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

A CAROLING WE GO:  Carolers needed to visit our homebound members on Sunday, December 23rd following worship.  Please consider helping to spread the holiday spirit please  Sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

Announcements for 12/2/18

NIAGARA FALLS MEALS ON WHEELS has been designated for our December special mission envelopes.  This is a local program that is not connected to any other “Meals On Wheels” agencies, which means that they are able to offer assistance to those in our city that would otherwise fall through the cracks.  Their staff of four minimum wage workers and several volunteers deliver nutritious meals to elderly and disabled that cannot shop or cook for themselves.  If you’re able to support their mission, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY TO DONATE HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS to help Community Mission provide holiday meals.  Donations can be stored in our downstairs kitchen.  If you need help carrying your donation, please ask an usher for assistance.

OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT is scheduled for December 16th during worship.  Students should arrive at the usual Sunday School time of 9 AM on that day.  Also, students and choir members should plan to ATTEND OUR ONLY FULL REHEARSAL ON DECEMBER 15th from 10 AM – 12 PM, ending with a pizza lunch for participants (choir please be here by 10:30 AM).

The LEWISTON CHORALEERS will be holding a concert at Grace this afternoon at 2 PM.  General admission is $5 with children 12 and under free.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are set up in the narthex and chapel.  We are supporting several local agencies through this project.  If you wish to participate, please take a tag off the trees, purchase the item requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  All items will be distributed in January to our neighbors in need.

HATS AND MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner-city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NEXT SUNDAY:  Decorations that will help us celebrate the birth of our Savior will be put up in the sanctuary on December 9th immediately following worship.  Help is needed to arrange the nativity figures and put up and decorate our trees.  Please put this on your calendar and plan to stay and help.  With enough assistance, it will only take an hour of your time.

A BUDGET VOTERS MEETING will take place following worship today.

We are still seeking assistance in accommodating (bed and breakfast) the male members of THE KING’S BRASS.  The group will be here next week on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM for a live concert.  If interested in assisting, please contact the office.

The Grace Ladies annual CATERED CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 PM.  $12 per person and bring a $5 gift to exchange!  Sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

Order forms for CHRISTMAS FLOWERS can be found in the latest edition of The Gleanings or copies can be found on the glass display case.  Orders are due no later than Wednesday, December 12th.

A CAROLING WE GO:  Carolers needed to visit our home bound members on Sunday, December 23rd following worship.  Please notify the office if you’d like to help spread the holiday spirit.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am     Sunday School / Adult Bible Study
10:30 am   Worship Service (HC)
11:30 am   Budget Voter’s Meeting
2:00 pm     Lewiston Choraleers Concert

MONDAY
5:00 pm     Youth Group – Christian Skate Night (Rainbow Roller Rink)
6:30 pm     Survivors’ Group

WEDNESDAY
10:00 am   Adult Bible Study
5:30 pm     Simple Supper
6:30 pm     Advent Worship Service
7:15 pm     Choir Practice

THURSDAY
7:00 pm    Tim Zimmerman & The King’s Brass

SUNDAY
9:00 am     Sunday School/Adult Bible Study
10:30 am   Worship
11:30 am    Youth Group Acolyte Training
11:30 am     Decorate the Church

Advent & Christmas Services 2018

Please Note:  There was an error in the latest edition of the Gleanings (Dec 2018/Jan 2019) with regards to Grace’s special services.  Below represent the correct information.

Wednesday, December 5th
5:30P     Simple Supper                 6:30P     Advent Worship Service

Wednesday, December 12th
5:30P     Simple Supper                 6:30P     Advent Worship Service

Sunday, December 16th
9:00A     Devotional Service (HC)  10:30A    Children’s Christmas Pageant

Wednesday, December 19th
5:30P     Simple Supper                 6:30P     Advent Worship Service

Monday, December 24th
5:00P     Service of Lessons & Carols
11:00P   Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Tuesday, December 25th
10:30A     Christmas Day Service (HC)

Announcements for 11/25/18

PASTOR BAHR will be on vacation through this Tuesday. If you need pastoral care, please contact Elder Mark Andrews at 716-807-1758.

TODAY IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY to donate to LCMS Disaster Response in your November special mission envelopes.  Your donation will be matched by our Social Ministries budget, and the total will then be matched again by Thrivent Financial.  This is a great opportunity to triple your donation.  Our disaster response teams have had a busy year responding to the needs of the many families displaced by multiple natural disasters. You may use the convenience envelopes in the pews to donate, but please be sure to mark the envelope clearly as “November Special Mission”.

THANK YOU for your generous gifts to our HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Your donations will be distributed to Niagara Falls families by St. Vincent de Paul food pantry during the Christmas season.

HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS are needed by Community Mission to help provide holiday meals.  Donations will be accepted through December 9th and 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 are learning our music and parts and fitting costumes for the Christmas program on December 16th.  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!

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

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are set up in the narthex and chapel.  We are supporting several local agencies through this project.  If you wish to participate, please take a tag off the trees, purchase the item requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  All items will be distributed in January to our neighbors in need.

HATS AND MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree, hats, gloves,
and mittens are always needed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.
Many children and homeless adults from our inner-city areas lack these items to help
keep them warm.

On Tuesday, November 27th the Grace Ladies will be hosting a WINE & CHEESE PARTY at 7 PM.  Don’t’ forget to bring a memory item to show and tell.

THE PLATT-DEUTSCH (Low German) CONVERSATION GROUP of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in WNY will meet on Wednesday, November 28th at 12 PNM.  We will meet at Das Haus.  “Komm” and enjoy hearing and speaking, if you can, a language that is thousands of years old.

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.

Adult members (male & female) of our congregation are welcome to attend the ELDER USHER ORIENTATION & REFRESHER BREAKFAST being held on Saturday, December 1st at 8:00 AM.  Sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

A BUDGET VOTERS MEETING will take place following worship on Sunday, December 2nd.  Please see the latest edition of the Gleanings to view the budget worksheet, which will be arriving on your doorstep very soon!

Next Sunday the LEWISTON CHORALEERS will be holding a concert at Grace at 2 PM.  General admission is $5 with children 12 and under free.  The family-friendly program will feature an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary, ethnic, and international holiday music.

Please consider accommodating (bed and breakfast) a member of THE KING’S BRASS who will be live in concert here at Grace on Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 PM.  If interested in helping please contact the office.

The Grace Ladies annual CATERED CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 PM.  $12 per person and bring a $5 gift to exchange!  Sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

Order forms for CHRISTMAS FLOWERS can be found in today’s bulletin.  The Grace
Ladies are offering members of our congregation the opportunity to purchase
poinsettia plants.  Plants may be picked up after the 10:30 AM Christmas Morning
Service.  Orders are due no later than Wednesday, December 12th.

CHARITABLE GIFTS OF REAL ESTATE can be a fitting companion upon sale during life. Such gifts avoid capital gains and can be used in tandem with a charitable trust to produce income for life.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR this morning are in memory of our daughter, Kristen Marshanke, on her birthday by Joel and Dorothy Kew.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Decorations that will help us celebrate the birth of our Savior will be put up in the sanctuary on December 9th immediately following worship.  Help is needed to hang banners, arrange the nativity figures, and put up and decorate our trees.  Please put this on your calendar and plan to stay and help.  With enough assistance, it will only take an hour of your time.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE:

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

MONDAY
6:30 pm     Survivors’ Group

TUESDAY
7:00 pm     Grace Ladies Wine & Cheese Party

WEDNESDAY
10:00 am   Adult Bible Study
7:00 pm     Choir Practice

THURSDAY
6:00 pm     Pew Sisters

SATURDAY
8:00 am     Elder Usher Orientation/Refresher Breakfast
2:00 pm     Piano Recital

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am     Sunday School/ Adult Bible Study
10:30 am   Worship (HC)
11:30 am   Budget Voters Meeting
2:00 pm     Lewiston Choraleers Concert