Announcements for 2/17/19

Next Sunday is the last opportunity to donate to our ANNUAL TOILET TISSUE COLLECTION for Heart, Love, and Soul.  Sister Beth, their director, has shared with us that they have come to look forward to our donations each year.   As we all know, this is an item that is used every day, and yet it cannot be purchased with benefit cards.  Your gifts will help our neighbors maintain their dignity as they deal with the many challenges they face.  Tables are available in the narthex or chapel for your donations.

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 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.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Rev. Duane Meissner, a Lutheran pastor serving as a long-term missionary in Belize, where he lives with his wife and four young children (3 adopted).  Belize is a Central American country on the southern border of Mexico.  Pastor Meissner is a former vicar of Pastor Bahr.  When he began his missionary work in Belize, there were no Lutheran churches in the country.  He has established one congregation and is now working to establish a second.  There is much work left to do in Belize, since most still follow a religion loosely based in Catholicism, but including the worship of deceased ancestors and the frequent sacrifice of animals.  If you wish to support his ministry, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of February.

The next GRACE LADIES gathering is schedule for Tuesday, February 26th at 12:00 PM and will be hosted by Erika Tuscher and Sue Loss.  Mites will be collected, and Erika will present a LWML topic.

We are still in need of a few “groups” to help coordinate and provide LENTEN SIMPLE SUPPER.  Each group may pick from one of the following open dates – Wednesday, March 13th, 20th or April 3rd.  A sign-up sheet can be found on glass display case.

“Visiting the Villages of our Ancestors” will be the program of the next meeting of the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS on February 21st.  Members will show photos of their trip to the Uckermark region of Germany in 2018.  The meeting will be at 2:00 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, Wheatfield.   The public is welcome, refreshments will be served.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.  They are aiming for a goal of 16+ donations!

St. John Lutheran School will be holding their next OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday, February 26th from 6:00 -7:30 PM.  Call 716-693-9677 today to enroll for Preschool 3 & 4 and Grades K-8.

BAKER’S NEEDED!  Homemade baked goods are needed for an upcoming Grace Ladies Bake Sale being held on Saturday, March 2nd at the American Legion Post #1451 on Ward Road in Sanborn. Bakers please use the sign-up sheet on the glass display case if you can help bake some homemade goodies.

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES can transition savings interest into a higher fixed income stream for people over 65.  The tax-free income plus an income tax deduction could put more money in your pocket.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Change in OFFICE HOURS for this week only.  Wednesday, February 20th and Thursday, February 21st the office will be open from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Announcements for 2/10/19

ANNUAL TOILET TISSUE COLLECTION for Heart, Love, and Soul begins and will continue through February.  As we all know, this is an item that is used every day, and yet it cannot be purchased with benefit cards.  Tables are available in the narthex or chapel for your donations.

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28th 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.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Rev. Duane Meissner, a Lutheran pastor serving as a long-term missionary in Belize, where he lives with his wife and four young children (3 adopted).  Belize is a Central American country on the southern border of Mexico.  Pastor Meissner is a former vicar of Pastor Bahr.  When he began his missionary work in Belize, there were no Lutheran churches in the country.  He has established one congregation and is now working to establish a second.  There is much work left to do in Belize, since most still follow a religion loosely based in Catholicism, but including the worship of deceased ancestors and the frequent sacrifice of animals.  If you wish to support his ministry, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of February.

THIS WEEK choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday at 7 PM.  We are scheduled to sing next Sunday, so it is important that you attend this week if at all possible.  New members are welcome–we have saved you a chair!  Please see Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee with any questions you may have.

ATTENTION THRIVENT MEMBERS:  If you have investments with Thrivent Financial, it is time to check your account for Choice Dollars that may be available to donate to a charity of your choice (including Grace).  All Thrivent investment members earn these dollars, and they will disappear if you do not designate them for donation.  The deadline for designating 2018 Choice Dollars is March 31.  Just log into your account online, click on “Choice Dollars”, and follow the directions.  It only takes a couple of minutes.

Please plan to stay after worship for a few minutes on Sunday, February 17th when Lyle Heggemeier with NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT will be presenting results of our church development survey.  This is an important first step of the Natural Church Development process.

BAKER’S NEEDED!  Homemade baked goods are needed for an upcoming Grace Ladies Bake Sale being held on Saturday, March 2nd.  Please use the sign-up sheet on the glass display case if you can help bake.

Robert and Doreen Herbst would like to extend a THANK YOU to the Christmas Carolers of Grace who visited them this past Christmas and for the beautiful poinsettia plant.

Please see the glass display case for info. on the many events taking place at ST. JOHN LUTHERAN SCHOOL.

Announcements for 2/3/19

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.

ANNUAL TOILET TISSUE COLLECTION for Heart, Love, and Soul begins today and will continue through February.  Sister Beth, their director, has shared with us that they have come to look forward to our donations each year.   As we all know, this is an item that is used every day, and yet it cannot be purchased with benefit cards.  Your gifts will help our neighbors maintain their dignity as they deal with the many challenges they face.  Tables are available in the narthex or chapel for your donations.

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28th 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.

FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Rev. Duane Meissner, a Lutheran pastor serving as a long-term missionary in Belize, where he lives with his wife and four young children (3 adopted).  Belize is a Central American country on the southern border of Mexico.  Pastor Meissner is a former vicar of Pastor Bahr.  When he began his missionary work in Belize, there were no Lutheran churches in the country.  He has established one congregation and is now working to establish a second.  There is much work left to do in Belize, since most still follow a religion loosely based in Catholicism, but including the worship of deceased ancestors and the frequent sacrifice of animals.  If you wish to support his ministry, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of February.

BELIZE MISSION: Next week, February 10th, during our normal Bible study hour (9AM), we will be welcoming Rev. Duane Meissner, missionary to Belize, via live internet feed. Please plan to attend and hear about the wonderful things God is doing with the first Lutheran mission in Belize!

CHOIR REMINDER:  Rehearsals will resume in another week on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7 PM.  New members are welcome!  Please see Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee with any questions you may have.

MOTHERS RETREAT March 1st-3rd. Mothers of young children get away to Camp Pioneer for only $70 (plus food)!  Activities, Bible study, down time, and fellowship.  Invite a friend! Registration forms are at both entrances, and are due today.  Please contact Lacey Bahr if you need an extension or have any questions. 716-525-5134.

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.

Thrivent Financial local North Tonawanda Office is in need of a PART-TIME OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR.  If you or someone you know may be interested, please call Ed Huber at 716-695-2200.

A PART-TIME POSITION OF FACILITIES MANAGER is open at St. Mark Ev. Church.  Qualifications include knowledge and competency with basic carpentry, plumbing, electrical and facilities maintenance; familiar with facilities’ operations; knowledge of health, safety, and environmental laws and regulatory requirements as required by NYS.  St. Mark does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex, age, or citizenship status, disability, marital status, or partnership.  If interested, please email Mike Dolpp at President@stmarknt.org

ASSET TITLES establish property succession to others when life is complete. Joint tenancy automatically allows property to remain with the surviving tenants without need for another legal action. Sole ownership requires another arrangement. Reviewing asset titles with a guide helps minimize costs and coordinates intent.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 1/27/19

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 28th 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.

CHOIR REMINDER:  Rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, February 13th, at 7 PM.  New members are welcome!  Please see Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee with any questions you may have.

MOTHERS RETREAT March 1st-3rd. Mothers of young children get away to Camp Pioneer for only $70 (plus food)!  Activities, Bible study, down time, and fellowship.  Invite a friend! Registration forms are at both entrances, and they are due this week.  Please contact Lacey Bahr if you need an extension or have any questions. 716-525-5134.

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.

HOLY GHOST LUTHERAN SCHOOL will be hosting an Open House on Tuesday, January 29th from 6 -7:30 PM. Holy Ghost has been providing quality Christian education for 175 years from Pre-K – grade 8. Please come out and meet our staff and learn about our programs.

The phrase, ‘PLAN FOR THE BASICS’ conveys wisdom. A will and/or trust, assets titled with beneficiary designations coordinated to intent are important criteria to effectively transfer blessings to others. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

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.