Announcements for 10/13/19

Please WELCOME Rev. Alex Knowles as our guest pastor today.  Pastor Knowles has been the executive director of Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center since 2011. He also recently retired from chaplaincy in the United States Army.

CAKE & FELLOWSHIP AFTER WORSHIP TODAY:  We hope you will join us in the chapel after service as we wish Pastor Bahr safe travels and God’s blessings on his training, as well as God’s care and keeping for his family while he is gone.  Enjoy a piece of cake and some fellowship before you leave for home today.

TWO WEEKS LEFT:  September and October special mission envelopes have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.

TRUNK OR TREAT IS ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY:  Please sign up on the glass case in the chapel if you are planning to participate in Trunk or Treat or wish to donate candy.  Trunk or Treat is being held here at Grace on Saturday, October 26, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM.  We need many volunteers to make this a fun event for the neighborhood and member children who attend. 

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our fall mission project has begun.  We have tables available to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All of your donations will be used to help provide meals for local families in need over the upcoming holiday season.  We will also be accepting HAMS & FROZEN TURKEYS which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  Non-perishable items will be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on Military Road.  Turkeys and hams will be used by Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners in Niagara Falls.

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS will be participating in our Reformation worship service at 10:30 AM on October 27.  This will include a skit, staring Dr. Martin Luther, an explanation of our Reformation banners, Children’s message, Sunday School choir, and all “regular” parts of worship.  It is important that students be in attendance at Sunday School for the next two weeks as we prepare for this special day.  A coffee fellowship will follow this worship service.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SNACKS:  As mentioned in our recent Gleanings, we would appreciate donations of snacks for our Sunday School students.  Please bring donations to the chapel and place on bench near the water cooler.

Announcements for 10/6/19

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS will be participating in our Reformation worship service at 10:30 AM on October 27th, with a coffee hour to follow the service.  It is important that students be in attendance at Sunday School for the next few weeks as we prepare for this special day.

PLEASE DON’T FORGET:  September and October special mission envelopes have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Pantano if you have questions about either school.  

TRUNK OR TREAT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Please sign up on the glass case in the chapel if you are planning to participate in Trunk or Treat or wish to donate candy.  Trunk or Treat is being held here at Grace on Saturday, October 26, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM.  We need many volunteers to make this a fun event for the 100 or so neighborhood and member children who attend.  Please consider joining this fun activity.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our fall mission project begins next week (October 13).  We will have tables available to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All of your donations will be used to help provide meals for local families in need over the upcoming holiday season.  We will also be accepting frozen turkeys and hams which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  Non-perishable items will be distributed by St. Vincent de Paul food pantry on Military Road.  Turkeys and hams will be used by Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners in Niagara Falls.

PEW SISTERS resumes October 10th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  Our new book is God is in the Laundry Room.  If you and/or a guest are planning to attend and have not told Lacey Bahr, please contact her at 716-525-5134 (call or text).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Altar Care.  If interested, please contact Erika Tuscher.

The American Red Cross will be hosting their next BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-ins welcome.

GIVING MADE EASY by electronic gift giving.  E-giving is fast and secure.  If you would like to give electronically please refer to the “E-GIVING” card found in the pew envelope holder or contact the church office.

The Annual Dinner for the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS will be Saturday, October 26th.  Carol Rogers, Environmental Educator in the Regional Programs office at the NY State Parks, will present her program, “Niagara Wonders.” She will tell us about unusual natural aspects and historical events of Niagara Falls and the Gorge.  The dinner is at 5:00 PM at Holy Ghost School at Niagara Rd and Luther St in Bergholz, in the Town of Wheatfield.  Tickets are $25 each, please contact Dianne at 716- 731-9763 by October 19th.

LWML NIAGARA ZONE FALL RALLY DAY please join us on Sunday, October 13th. Our host is Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 6965 Ridge Road, Lockport.  Registration ($5.00) 1:00 PM – Meeting starts at 2:00pm.  After an opening devotion we will hear from our guest speaker Joanne Lorenzo of the Magdalene Project. Her topic will be about that ministry and in reaching to women in our Local prison. Afterwards there will be a business meeting and installation of officers.  Please RSVP to your church LWML rep by October 11th.

YOUTH EVENTS

OCTOBER – ALL MONTH Youth, grades 6-12, are selling candy bars and treats throughout the month of October in order to raise money for the Jr./Sr. High retreat at Camp Pioneer.  Would you like to help?  Work with a youth to bring a box to your place of work!  See Virginia Markel with questions.

OCTOBER 7TH – MONDAY

Christian Skate Night, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Rainbow Roller Rink
  • $6 for stakes, $7 for blades.
  • A parent must sign the youth in and out.
  • Grades 4-12

OCTOBER 13TH – SUNDAY

Youth For Truth Monthly Meeting, 11:30 AM

  • Meet in the youth room after service.
  • Grades 6-12

OCTOBER 18TH – FRIDAY

Pre-Teen Youth Event, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • Play Minute to Win It and get ready for the year!
  • Grades 4-6

Announcements for 9/29/19

Today we celebrate with Jennifer Maines the BAPTISM of Elias LeRowne Marcel Parmer.  Elias’ baptismal sponsors are Blaine & Sherry Cassatt.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Pantano if you have questions about either school.  

TRUNK OR TREAT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Please sign up on the glass case in the chapel if you are planning to participate in Trunk or Treat or wish to donate candy.  Trunk or Treat is being held here at Grace on Saturday, October 26th, from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.  We need many volunteers to make this a fun event for the 100 or so neighborhood and member children who attend.  Please consider joining this fun activity.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our fall mission project is right around the corner.  Beginning in two weeks on October 13th, we will have tables available to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All of your donations will be used to help provide supplies and meals for local families in need.  We will also be accepting frozen turkeys and hams which can be stored in our downstairs freezer.  Watch for further details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Altar Care.  If interested, please contact Erika Tuscher.

CALLING ALL LADIES AT GRACE!  Pew Sisters resumes Thursday, October 10th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  We will be following the Bible Study God is in the Laundry Room by Susan Senechal.  Sign up on the glass case by September 29thso a book order can be placed.  Invite a friend and enjoy Christian women fellowship!

THANK YOU!  Gladys Beningo would like to extend a thank you to Grace’s  congregation and the individuals who took the time to wish her a very happy 90th Birthday.  She feels truly blessed that so many thought of her with cards and prayer.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Dolores Stenzel by Neil, Michele and Amanda Stenzel.

St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, will have its ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE on Saturday, October 12th from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.  You can fill a bag for $3.00 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

FIXED INCOME GIFT PLANS can provide attractive income and tax benefits to stewards in their retirement years. These arrangements (Charitable Gift Annuities or Annuity Trusts) pay donors fixed income for life and transfer remainder values to ministry. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 9/22/19

FLU SHOT CLINIC TODAY AFTER WORSHIP!  Rite Aid will be here at Grace after worship to provide flu shots.  Most insurances are accepted.  We hope you take advantage of this convenient opportunity to receive your flu shot! 

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Pantano if you have questions about either school.

PURSE MINISTRY:  Thank you for donating toiletry items as well as gently used purses to this project.  A total of 46 purses have been filled and delivered to the Magdalene Project for distribution to the women in need that they work with.  Please see Robin Stephenson if you are able to assist with this project.  Helpers are needed.

Saturday, September 28th 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: PRE-TEEN YOUTH EVENT (Grades 4-6). Bring a snack to share!  Topics vary as we complete the God can questions of last year and make a final decision on the group name.  Games and craft included. Short parent meeting at 11:40 AM.

CALLING ALL LADIES AT GRACE!  Pew Sisters resumes Thursday, October 10th, 6:00 PM -8:00 PM.  We will be following the Bible Study God is in the Laundry Room by Susan Senechal.  Sign up on the glass case by September 29th so a book order can be placed.  Invite a friend and enjoy Christian women fellowship!

GRACE LADIES will be meeting this coming Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 PM at Grace.

HELP AND HOPE FOR HOMELESS Fundraising Night is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Texas Road, 900 Young Street, Tonawanda, NY  14150.  Come dine and support this cause. Present flyer and Texas Roadhouse will donate 15% of your total food & beverage to this fundraiser.  Flyers can be found on glass display case.

BIBLE SALE ENDS TODAY.  The church office will provide an invoice by next Sunday to those who have placed an order.  Payment is due at time of delivery.  We’ll let you know when your order has arrived.

SELLING APPRECIATED ASSETS typically causes capital gain tax. To manage shrinkage and reallocate income, contributors can make ministry gifts during life with these resources. Whether giving outright support, giving over time or receiving income from managed arrangements, we can help enhance benefits for you. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 9/15/19

“You can leave the checkbook at home! Starting next week, Grace will offer eGiving. You’ll be able to give from your bank account or credit/debit card by internet, smartphone app, or even text message – or stop by the office and Denise will take care of you. You can even set up convenient, automatically recurring offerings. Watch for more details!”

NEXT SUNDAY IS OUR FLU SHOT CLINIC.  Next Sunday, Rite Aid will be here at Grace after worship to provide flu shots.  Most insurances are accepted.  We hope you take advantage of this convenient opportunity to receive your flu shot! 

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Schulz if you have questions about either school.

CHOIR:  It’s not too late to join the choir.  We are in need of new members.  A seat is saved for you!  If you enjoy singing praises to God, Wednesdays at Grace are the place to be!  Practices last an hour or less.  Ability to read music is not required.  And what if you would like to come, but can’t make every single Wednesday?  That’s okay–just attend practice as often as you can.  Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please prayerfully consider if this is a way God is leading you to serve.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING TODAY:  There will be a committee meeting after worship today in the Ladies’ Lounge.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting. 

GRACE LADIES will be meeting on Tuesday, September 24th at 6:30 PM here at Grace.  Please note new time.

Registration forms for the upcoming LWML EASTERN DISTRICT’S FALL RETREAT, “Listen, Look, Leap” based on Provers 3:5-6 can be found on the glass display case.  Author of “Pew Sisters” Katie Schuermann will be the guest speaker.  Event to take place September 20th – 22nd at Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center, Inc.

SUMMIT LIFE OUTREACH CENTER is hosting their 14th Annual Fundraising Banquet “Celebrate Life” and you are invited!  Doors open at 6:00 PM on Friday, October 4th at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at 401 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY.  Seating is limited, please contact the center at (716) 298-8600 or www.summitlifecenter.com for tickets and additional information.

God expects to be FIRST AMONG EARTHLY PRIORITIES IN THOSE created in His image. While opposing forces pull human hearts in divergent directions, the Holy Spirit comforts believers with Christ’s forgiveness, giving ability to honor our highest significance. Does your lifetime and estate plan reflect this? For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

The ALTAR FLOWERS are placed to God’s Glory to celebrate John Loss’s 79th Birthday today.  Thanks be to God for this blessing & Happy Birthday, John.

Announcements for 9/8/19

PLEASE PLAN TO STAY AFTER WORSHIP TODAY for a picnic as we celebrate the start of another year of Sunday School and Bible Class.  All are welcome to join in for good food and fellowship.

THANK YOU FOR your for your generous support of our summer mission project to provide school supplies, socks, and underwear for children in Niagara Falls.  All of your gifts will be delivered to Harry Abate Elementary School, one of our inner city schools, where the need is great.  Their teachers and school nurses will distribute these items directly to the children as they become aware of their needs.  The staff is always grateful for our partnership with this annual project.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Schulz if you have questions about either school.

YOUR DONATIONS of $129 in your August mission envelopes, plus designated funds from the Social Ministries budget, enabled us to send $450 to the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty to support our church’s efforts to protect religious rights in America.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Two weeks from today, on September 22, Rite Aid will be here at Grace after worship to provide flu shots.  Most insurances are accepted.  We hope you take advantage of this convenient opportunity to receive your flu shot!

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume this Wednesday, September 11, at 7 PM.  We are in need of new members to join the group.  A seat is saved for you!  If you enjoy singing praises to God, Wednesdays at Grace are the place to be!  Practices last an hour or less.  Ability to read music is not required.  And what if you would like to come, but can’t make every single Wednesday?  That’s okay–just attend practice as often as you can.  Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please prayerfully consider if this is a way God is leading you to serve.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING:  Next Sunday there will be a committee meeting after worship.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting.

Next gathering of the GRACE LADIES will take place on Tuesday, September 24at 6:30 PM here at Grace.  Please note new time.

REQUESTED: Old purses in good condition.  A group of ladies from the congregation are putting together care bags for women in the community in need of personal care items.  We hope to deliver shampoo, combs, feminine products, deodorant, razors, etc.  Please see Robin Stevenson for more information.

The ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in honor of Bruce & Alice Moll’s 49th Wedding Anniversary, September 5, 1970.    

Announcements for 9/1/19

CONFIRMATION INTRODUCTORY MEETING for all 6th & 7th Grade Parents & youth, this coming Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:00 PM.

REQUESTED: Old purses in good condition.  A group of ladies from the congregation are putting together care bags for women in the community in need of personal care items.  We hope to deliver shampoo, combs, feminine products, deodorant, razors, etc.  Please see Robin Stevenson for more information.

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST CHANCE to participate in our summer mission project.  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start to their year.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank you for your generous support of this annual mission project.

NEXT SUNDAY IS ALSO THE LAST DAY to donate to our sock and underwear collection.  Our inner city children are in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help. 

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SPONSOR A STUDENT.  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to a local student that they know has a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to support St. John and Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools.  We ask that you include these two local schools in your prayers, and consider donating to help them meet the rising cost of providing a quality Christian education to our students.  We are blessed at Grace to have the option of these schools for our families, especially in today’s world where Christian values are rapidly losing acceptance and behaviors that are clearly contrary to God’s Word are too often celebrated and encouraged.  We currently have member families and teachers at both schools.  Feel free to talk with Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, or Katelyn Schulz if you have questions about either school.

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Mark your calendars for September 22nd.  Rite Aid will again be offering flu shots after worship on that day.  Most insurances are accepted.

RALLY DAY AND OUR CONGREGATIONAL PICNIC IS NEXT SUNDAY!  Sunday School and Bible Class will resume on that day, and there will be a picnic after worship.  All are welcome.  Hamburgs, hot dogs, and drinks are provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share and plan to stay after service for good food and fellowship. 

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume on Wednesday, September 11th, at 7 PM.  We are in need of new members to join the group.  A seat is saved for you!  If you enjoy singing praises to God, Wednesdays at Grace are the place to be!  Practices last an hour or less.  Ability to read music is not required.  And what if you would like to come, but can’t make every single Wednesday?  That’s okay–just attend practice as often as you can.  Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please prayerfully consider if this is a way God is leading you to serve.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING:  Two weeks from today (on September 15th) there will be a committee meeting after worship.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting. BIBLE SALE.  Information regarding sale can be found on table in Fellowship Hall.  Now through Sunday, September 22nd

Announcements for 8/25/19

Today we celebrate with Gregory Stenzel II and Tracy Conte the BAPTISMS of their sons, Gregory Lyle Stenzel III and Alexander John Stenzel .  Gregory’s baptismal sponsors are Bruce Stenzel & Amanda Stenzel.  Alexander’s baptismal sponsors are Jeromy Allsop & Lauren Allsop.

CONFIRMATION INTRODUCTORY MEETING for all 6th & 7th Grade Parents & youth September 3rd at 6:00 PM.

BULLETIN BOARD.  Grace recently received a thank you card from Leslie Merlin on behalf of her mother Geraldine for the beautiful birthday cards she received for her 102nd birthday.

ONLY TWO WEEKS REMAIN for our summer mission project.  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies until Rally Day to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank your for your generous support of this annual mission project.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SPONSOR A STUDENT.  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to a local student that they know has a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE TO OUR AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION, designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  To support LCRL, please place your gift in today’s offering plate.  If you choose to use the convenience envelopes located in the pews, please clearly mark them for “SPECIAL MISSION”.  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org. 

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Mark your calendars for September 22nd.  Rite Aid will again be offering flu shots after worship on that day.  Most insurances are accepted.

RALLY DAY AND OUR CONGREGATIONAL PICNIC IS ONLY TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY on September 8!  Sunday School and Bible Class will resume on that day, and there will be a picnic after worship.  All are welcome.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks are provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able and plan to stay after service for good food and fellowship.

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 PM.  We are in need of new members to join the group.  A seat is saved for you!  If you enjoy singing praises to God, Wednesdays at Grace are the place to be!  Practices last an hour or less.  Ability to read music is not required.  And what if you would like to come, but can’t make every single Wednesday?  That’s okay–just attend practice as often as you can.  Maye Smith or Ross Folmsbee would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  Please prayerfully consider if this is a way God is leading you to serve.

Announcements for 8/18/19

If you see a new face in the choir loft this morning, please wave HI!  Jeffrey Crane is our guest organist and is filling in for Maye Smith today.

THREE WEEKS REMAIN for our summer mission project.  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies until Rally Day to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank you for your generous support of this annual mission project.

SPONSOR A STUDENT:  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to a local student that they know has a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

THANK YOU to Wendy Coleman, Ron & Jane Schulz, the Bahr Family and the Bahr’s friend William for helping to get The Gleanings, signed, sealed and delivered!!!

AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.  To support LCRL, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during August.

GENTLY USED PURSES ARE NEEDED for a mission that Social Ministries is working on in cooperation with the Magdalene Project.  Your old purses will be filled with toiletries and feminine products and gifted to homeless and destitute women in Niagara Falls.  A box for your purses is located in our Donation Center in the coatroom near the parking lot door.  Please see Robin Stephenson with questions.  Robin is also looking for some volunteers to help fill the purses.  If you are interested, please speak with her.

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Mark your calendars for September 22nd.  Rite Aid will again be offering flu shots after worship on that day.  Most insurances are accepted.

RALLY DAY is on September 8th, only three weeks from today!  Sunday School and Bible Class will resume on that day, and there will be a congregational picnic after worship.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks are provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able and plan to stay after service for good food and fellowship.

CHOIR PRACTICE will resume on Wednesday, September 11th at 7 PM.  We are in need of new members to add to the group.  A seat is saved for you.  Please plan to join us and have some fun singing your praises to God.

Registration forms for the upcoming LWML EASTERN DISTRICT’S FALL RETREAT, “Listen, Look, Leap” based on Proverbs 3:5-6 can be found on the glass display case.  Author of “Pew Sisters” Katie Schuermann will be the guest speaker.  Event to take place September 20th – 22nd at Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center, Inc.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Richard Krull, who passed away 25 years ago, by the Wendt, Krull and Syuwrs families.

Announcements for 8/11/19

Dear People of Grace,

Thank you so much for helping us celebrate both our 60th wedding anniversary, which coincided with my emergency hip surgery. We are grateful for God’s blessings and for all the people He has put in our life and family to join in praise and thanksgiving. Thank you for welcoming our family and friends on that special day.

Gratefully,

Jane and Pastor Brese

Today we celebrate with Christopher Gordner and Brandi Seiwell the BAPTISM of their son, Christopher William Gordner Jr.  Christopher’s baptismal sponsors are Raymond Gordner and Julianne Reusch.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank you for your generous support of this annual mission project.

SPONSOR A STUDENT:  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to a local student that they know has a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.  To support LCRL, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during August.

GENTLY USED PURSES ARE NEEDED for a mission that Social Ministries is working on in cooperation with the Magdalene Project.  Your old purses will be filled with toiletries and feminine products and gifted to homeless and destitute women in Niagara Falls.  A box for your purses is located in our Donation Center in the coatroom near the parking lot door.  Please see Robin Stephenson with questions.  Robin is also looking for some volunteers to help fill the purses.  If you are interested please speak with her.

The ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in honor of Jim and Aimee Wolf’s 16th Wedding Anniversary.