Announcements for 6/6/19

NEW SUMMER OFFICE HOURS – Sunday 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM & Thursday 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM.  Please note that phone messages and emails will be responded to on a regular basis.

Check out all the VBS PROGRAMS happening around the District . . . http://bit.ly/VBS_ED_LCMS and don’t forget to register for GRACE’S VBS online at gracenf.org/vbs or pick up a paper copy and return it to the church office.

JUNE SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPE donations will go to Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of June.

PLEASE RETURN BABY BOTTLE BANKS:  Thank you to all who donated to Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  If you have not already done so, please return your banks to the donation table or give them to Alice Moll by next week so that they can be delivered to Summit.

HELP FLOOD VICTIMS:  Our Thrivent Action Team here at Grace is seeking donations from members of socks, underwear, footwear, and outfits for children 10 and under affected by the devastating floods in Fremont, Nebraska.  In addition, we will be shopping for items to help these young children who are living in temporary housing shelters.  All items will be shipped to them on July 1st.  Thank you for your generosity.  John Loss

FINAL CORRECTION:  Please note that the Grace Ladies field trip to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will take place on Tuesday, June 25th.  Those planning to attend should meet at Grace at 11:00 AM.  Admission to the Heritage Center is approximately $7.  Please also note that lunch will follow at Olive Garden.

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will take place at Grace on Saturday, June 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins Welcome!

CARING FOR OTHERS is an admirable form of generosity and giving. The desire to care for others wells up from the desire to contribute to the needs of others. Generosity and willingness to share is good work that can honor God. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 6/9/19

JUNE SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPE donations will go to Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of June.

PICNIC TODAY AFTER WORSHIP:  All members and visitors worshiping with us today are invited to stay after worship for our “end of the school year” picnic.  Please join the fun and enjoy some great fellowship along with hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts, and beverages. 

LAST CHANCE!  Next Sunday is the last opportunity to donate to Summit Life Resources’ annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser.  Banks are available in the narthex and chapel.  We are also accepting donations of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit works with teens and young women in our city that are experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and childcare classes.  They maintain a boutique of necessary baby items.  Shopping in the boutique is done with tokens earned each time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

CELL PHONES are now being accepted for recycling.  All models of phones, old, new, or broken, are accepted along with phone chargers.  A collection box is available in our new Donation Center.  SIM cards may be removed from phones before donating them if desired.  Please speak with Virginia Markel if you have questions.

GENTLY USED PURSE donations are now being accepted in the Donation Center.  They will be filled with sample size toiletries and feminine hygiene products and distributed to women in need served by the local agencies we partner with. 

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  Postage stamps being donated to LWML must be cut leaving a half inch border of the envelope around the stamp.  Thank you for helping with this.  You can now find the collection container in our new Donation Center.

DONATION CENTER:  Check out our new Donation Center in the coat room.  We are currently accepting hearing aids, eyeglasses, gently used purses, sample/travel size toiletries, used printer cartridges, cancelled postage stamps, 5 x 7 picture frames, and old cell phones (working or broken).

CORRECTION:  Please note that the Grace Ladies fieldtrip to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will take place on Tuesday, June 18th and not on the 25th as published in The Gleanings.  Admission to the Heritage Center is approximately

$7.  Please note that lunch will follow at Olive Garden.

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will take place at Grace on Saturday, June 29th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins Welcome!

VBS NEWS:

TODAY all volunteers meet after service for a brief (10-minute) meeting to arrange training and meeting times, confirm positions, turn in paperwork, and answer questions.

SAVE THE DATE: VBS Décor and Training Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th.  Decor prep will be in the morning (10 AM – 12:30 PM – lunch provided), and an overview of the program and volunteer responsibilities will begin with lunch at 12:00 noon.

TO ENDOW OR NOT TO ENDOW is a thoughtful outcome for Christians who plan for this holy opportunity when God calls us Home. You can give a gift in your last plan that continues earthly contributions to keep ministry strong for generations to follow.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are offered to the Glory of God by Cathy Hoffman in memory of her son, Joseph Hoffman.  “The tears in my eyes I can wipe away, the ache in my heart will always stay” – June 8, 2007.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are offered to the Glory of God by Ken and Brenda Boyd in thanksgiving for 58 years of marriage, in celebration of Brenda’s 80th birthday and in memory of their son Kraig’s birthday.SAVE THE DATE:  Rally Day – Sunday, September 8, 2019

Announcements for 6/2/19

JUNE SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPE donations will go to Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of June.

NEXT WEEK is our last SUNDAY SCHOOL session for the school year.  Students will sing during worship and will participate by ushering and reading during the service.  All Sunday School families and Grace members are invited to stay for a picnic after worship.

PICNIC:  Next Sunday we will have our annual “end of the school year” picnic after worship.  All are invited.  Hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages are provided.  Please sign up on the glass case to bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able.

TWO WEEKS remain to donate to Summit Life Resources’ annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser.  Banks are available in the narthex and chapel.  We are also accepting donations of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit works with teens and young women in our city that are experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and childcare classes.  They maintain a boutique of necessary baby items.  Shopping in the boutique is done with tokens earned each time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

DONATION CENTER:  Check out our new Donation Center in the coat room.  We are currently accepting hearing aids, eyeglasses, gently used purses, sample/travel size toiletries, used printer cartridges, cancelled postage stamps, 5 x 7 picture frames, and old cell phones (working or broken).

CELL PHONES are now being accepted for recycling.  All models of phones, old, new, or broken, are accepted along with phone chargers.  A collection box is available in our new Donation Center.  SIM cards may be removed from phones before donating them if desired.  Please speak with Virginia Markel if you have questions.

GENTLY USED PURSE donations are now being accepted in the Donation Center.  They will be filled with sample size toiletries and feminine hygiene products and distributed to women in need served by the local agencies we partner with. 

POSTAGE STAMPS FOR LUTHERAN WOMEN’S MISSIONARY LEAGUE (LWML):  The cancelled postage stamp collection container has been moved into the new Donation Center.  Please note–in order for the stamps to be donated, they must be cut leaving a half inch border of the envelope around the stamp.  Thank you for helping with this.

SECOND YEAR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS please remember that you and your parents will be meeting with Pastor after church today to make arrangements for your confirmation.  Please meet in the church office after the post-service greeting.

VOTERS MEETING taking place today, following worship to vote on the following officer positions:  President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

PRE-TEEN YOUTH, Grades 3-5 (next year’s 4-6). Have your questions answered, learn about your value, and help us name the Pre-Teen Youth Group!  This Friday, June 7th 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Bring a friend and a snack or drink to share! (Parent meeting begins at 8:40.) Contact: Lacey Bahr 525-5134.

Looking for something to do with the whole family? Holy Ghost Lutheran Church would like to invite you to the BERGHOLZ 5K AND 1-MILE FUN RUN/WALK happening on Saturday, June 8th at 9:30 AM. Participants are invited to a post-race party with awards, food, and refreshments on the Holy Ghost Lutheran School campus. Paper applications are available on the glass display case or register online at runsignup.com/Race/NY/NIAGARAFALLS/Bergholz5K.

VBS NEWS:  (Contact:  Lacey Bahr 525-5134)

Registration:             The early registration deadline is approaching! Return paper registrations by June 30th to the church office or go to gracenf.org/vbs to be entered into a drawing for De- Dee’s Dairy!

Youth Volunteers:    If you missed today’s meeting, catch the next one next week during Sunday School.

Adult Volunteers:     Save the date: Saturday, July 13th. Decor prep will be in the morning (10 AM – 12:30 PM – lunch provided), and an overview of the program and volunteer responsibilities will begin with lunch at 12:00 noon.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in honor of Beverly Mills’ 75th birthday today, Sunday, June 2nd with love from Debbie, Dave, Gary, Grail, Connor, Tyler, Alex and Sadie!

Announcements for 5/26/19

OUR LAST SUNDAY SCHOOL session is scheduled for two weeks from today on June 9th.  Students will sing during worship on that day and will participate by ushering and reading during the service.  All are invited to a PICNIC AFTER WORSHIP with hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks provided.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share if you are able.

TODAY IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY to donate to support our May Special Mission, Lutheran Braille Workers.  This organization works with the blind and visually impaired to provide Bibles, devotions, and other Christian literature in Braille, large print books, and audio materials throughout the United States and around the world. They recently developed a large print Bible with a specialized binding that meets prison safety standards so that they can respond to the daily requests they receive from prisoners reaching out to find hope and comfort.  They also provide LCMS devotions on audio through the Library of Congress, which makes these items available for free throughout the States.  If you wish to support this mission, the convenience envelopes found in the pews may be used, but please mark them clearly for “May Special Mission”.

BABY BOTTLE BANKS AND BABY ITEMS:  Banks are available in the narthex and chapel for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  We are also accepting donations of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items through Father’s Day (June 16).  Summit works with teens and young women in our city that are experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and childcare classes.  They maintain a boutique of necessary baby items.  Shopping in the boutique is done with tokens earned each time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

CELL PHONES AND PRINTER INK CARTRIDGES are being accepted for recycling.  All models of phones, old, new, or broken, are accepted along with phone chargers.  A box is available in the chapel for your donations of phones and cartridges.  SIM cards may be removed from phones before donating them if desired.  Please speak with Virginia Markel if you have questions.

SECOND YEAR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS please remember that you and your parents will be meeting with Pastor after church on Sunday, June 2nd to make arrangements for your confirmation.  Please meet in the church office after the post-service greeting.

The LEWISTON CHORALEERS will be performing at Grace today, Sunday, May 26th at 2:00 PM.  Admission is $5 and Children 12 and under are free.  A reception will follow with punch and cake served!  This group has been presenting seasonal concerts since 2007.  See Grace’s Bulletin Board for a listing of their upcoming performances or visit www.lewistonchoraleers.com.

The next meeting of the GRACE LADIES will take place this Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church.  Barbara Bidak, Executive Director of Summit Life Outreach Center Inc. will be the guest speaker.  This event will be hosted by Joyce Learned and Lin Matiasz

Mark your calendars for the VOTERS MEETING on Sunday, June 2nd following worship to vote on the following officer positions:  President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  Descriptions of these positions can be found on the glass case.

ALTAR FLOWERS today are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of our parents/grandparents 60th wedding anniversary, May 24th and our father/grandfather’s birthday, May 26th by daughter Kathi Dubuque and granddaughter Tara Post.

Announcements for 5/19/19

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST OPPORTUNITY to donate to support our May Special Mission, Lutheran Braille Workers.  This organization works with the blind and visually impaired to provide Bibles, devotions, and other Christian literature in Braille, large print books, and audio materials throughout the United States and around the world. They recently developed a large print Bible with a specialized binding that meets prison safety standards so that they can respond to the daily requests they receive from prisoners reaching out to find hope and comfort.  They also provide LCMS devotions on audio through the Library of Congress, which makes these items available for free throughout the States.  If you wish to support this mission, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate.

BABY BOTTLE BANKS are available in the narthex and chapel for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  We will also be accepting donations through Father’s Day (June 16) of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit is located on Pine Avenue near the City Market.  They work with teens and young women experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and child care classes.  They maintain a boutique of necessary baby items.  Shopping in the boutique is done with tokens earned each time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet today after worship.  This will be our last meeting until September.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting.

SUNDAY SCHOOL DONATIONS:   Please check with superintendents Jane Schulz or Wendy Coleman before leaving donations of any type in the Sunday School office or on the table by the downstairs kitchen.  While we appreciate your generous intentions, please understand that items that we cannot use make extra work for our volunteers as we try to maintain an orderly, accessible storage system for our teachers.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

THANK YOU for your support of our April Special Mission.  Your generous donations, along with Thrivent’s offer to match funds, enabled us to donate $1200 to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska as they continue to aid in the recovery from the severe wind damage and massive flooding associated with the March winter hurricane.

The Berghloz Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a CHIAVETTA’S CHICKEN BBQ today, Sunday, May 19th starting at 11:30 AM and held at Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Wheatfield, NY.  Dinners are $11.00 and are available for take-out or eat-in.  All proceeds will go to support the Bergholz firefighters and help with the purchase of new equipment to better serve the residents of the Town of Wheatfield.

Grace Lutheran Church will be one of the polling places for the ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION/BUDGET VOTE of the Niagara Falls City School District.  Voting is in-regards to adopting the annual budget and for the election of Board members.  Polls will be on Tuesday, May 21st from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

The LEWISTON CHORALEERS will be performing at Grace next Sunday, May 26th at 2:00 PM.  Admission is $5 and Children 12 and under are free.  This group has been presenting seasonal concerts since 2007.  See Grace’s Bulletin Board for a listing of their upcoming performance or visit www.lewistonchoraleers.com.

The next meeting of the GRACE LADIES will take place on Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00 PM at Grace Lutheran Church.  Barbara Bidak, Executive Director of Summit Life Outreach Center Inc. will be the guest speaker.  This event will be hosted by Joyce Learned and Lin Matiasz

Looking for something to do with the whole family? Holy Ghost Lutheran Church would like to invite you to the BERGHOLZ 5K AND 1-MILE FUN RUN/WALK happening on Saturday, June 8th at 9:30 AM. Participants are invited to a post-race party with awards, food, and refreshments on the Holy Ghost Lutheran School campus. Paper applications are available on the glass display case or register online at runsignup.com/Race/NY/NIAGARAFALLS/Bergholz5K.

Mark your calendars for a VOTERS MEETING on Sunday, June 2nd following worship to vote on the following officer positions:  President, Recording Secretary, Financial Secretary and Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Registration is now available for VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!  You can register online at gracenf.org/vbs or pick up a paper copy and return it to the church office.

CHARITABLE GIFTS OF APPRECIATED ASSETS are economically effective in supporting the Lord’s Work during life. If given to ministry before selling, these gifts conserve taxable gain and provide deductible gifts valued at full market value. Contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427 to learn how a fellow believer can help you plan and direct your passion to give to your loved ones and ministries you care about through your estate and financial gift plans.

Announcements for 5/12/19

SUNDAY SCHOOL DONATIONS:   Please check with superintendents Jane Schulz or Wendy Coleman before leaving donations of any type in the Sunday School office or on the table by the downstairs kitchen.  While we appreciate your generous intentions, please understand that items that we cannot use make extra work for our volunteers as we try to maintain an orderly, accessible storage system for our teachers.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

MAY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Lutheran Braille Workers.  This organization works with the blind and visually impaired to provide Bibles, devotions, and other Christian literature in Braille, large print books, and audio materials throughout the United States and around the world. They recently developed a large print Bible with a specialized binding that meets prison safety standards so that they can respond to the daily requests they receive from prisoners reaching out to find hope and comfort.  They also provide LCMS devotions on audio through the Library of Congress, which makes these items available for free throughout the States.  If you wish to support this mission, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of May.

BABY BOTTLE BANKS are available in the narthex and chapel for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  We will also be accepting donations through Father’s Day (June 16) of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit is located on Pine Avenue near the City Market.  They work with teens and young women experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and child care classes.  They maintain a boutique of necessary baby items.  Shopping in the boutique is done with tokens earned each time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet next Sunday after worship.  This will be our last meeting until September.  New members are welcome!  A light lunch will be served during the meeting.

“SHARE YOUR MEMORIES – INTERESTING ARTIFACTS AND HEIRLOOMS” is the next program at the meeting of the Historical Society of North German Settlements on Thursday, May 16th.  The meeting will be at 7:00 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Rd., Wheatfield.  All are invited to bring an item and tell us about it. Refreshments will be served.

Pre-Teen Event (Grades 3-5) “BEGINNINGS” Part 1 will take place this coming Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  Lunch provided.  A brief parent meeting will take place prior to pick-up at 12:00 PM.  If you are able, $5 will help cover the cost of food.  Part 2 will come during the 2019-2020 school year.  Please contact Lacy Bahr at 525-5134 for additional information.

LWML – LUTHERAN WOMEN IN MISSION:  Niagara Zone of the Eastern District cordially invites you to “A Spring Gathering” on Saturday, May 18th at Trinity Lutheran Church, 67 Saxton Street, Lockport, NY  14094.  Registration is $5 from 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM and lunch will be provided.  Presentation topics include – Reaching Culture and Generations, Engaging and Maintaining Volunteers, Change is good . . . You go first.

CHARITABLE TRUSTS OFFER MULTIPLE BENEFITS. Created by the US Congress to avoid capital gain taxes when appreciated assets are transferred, they offer tax deductions while generating lifetime income and preserving remainder values to bless ministry. Contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427 to learn how a fellow believer can help you plan and direct your passion to give to your loved ones and ministries you care about through your estate and financial gift plans.

Announcements for 5/5/19

PASTOR BAHR will be on vacation and then training starting Friday, April 26th and returning on Sunday, May 12th.  If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Head Elder Mark Andrews at (716) 807-1758. 

The AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE which took place this past Saturday, April 27th, collected a total of 30 donations which will go on to help save up to 90 lives!!!  This is the largest amount of donations at Grace since the start of these drives in 2012.

MAY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Lutheran Braille Workers.  This organization works with the blind and visually impaired to provide Bibles, devotions, and other Christian literature in Braille, large print books, and audio materials throughout the United States and around the world. They recently developed a large print Bible with a specialized binding that meets prison safety standards so that they can respond to the daily requests they receive from prisoners reaching out to find hope and comfort.  They also provide LCMS devotions on audio through the Library of Congress, which makes these items available for free throughout the States.  If you wish to support this mission, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of May.

USED PRINTER INKJET AND LASER CARTRIDGES from your home and work can be dropped off in the box available in the chapel.  We are able to earn cash back for these items, and we are protecting God’s creation by recycling.  If you have questions, please see Virginia Markel.

BEGINNING NEXT SUNDAY we will have baby bottle banks available for those who wish to support Summit Life Resources’ annual fundraiser.  We will also be accepting donations through Father’s Day (June 16th) of diapers (sizes 1, 2, & 3) and baby toiletry items.  Summit is located on Pine Avenue near the City Market.  They work with teens and young women experiencing unplanned and crisis pregnancy situations, offering counseling, parenting, and child care classes.  They maintain a boutique of necessary baby items.  Shopping in the boutique is done with tokens earned every time a client attends a counseling or class session.  If you have questions about Summit, feel free to speak with Alice Moll.

MAGDALENE PROJECT–Volunteers from Grace continue to serve a meal each month at the Magdalene Project in Niagara Falls.  If you wish to volunteer to help with a meal, please sign up on the glass case.  Questions should be directed to John Loss.

WILLS AND REVOCABLE TRUSTS are cornerstone documents for estate plans. Christian stewards can include a declaration of faith. Today, when assets increasingly transfer via beneficiary designations, guidance to coordinate assets and intent with transfer documents is essential. Contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427 to learn how a fellow believer can help you plan and direct your passion to give to your loved ones and ministries you care about through your estate and financial gift plans.

Pre-Teen Event (Grades 3-5) “BEGINNINGS” Part 1 will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.  Lunch provided.  A brief parent meeting will take place prior to pick-up at 12:00 PM.  If you are able, $5 will help cover the cost of food.  Part 2 will come during the 2019-2020 school year.  Please contact Lacy Bahr at 525-5134 for additional information.

FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR today are placed to the Glory of God by Ron & Jane Schulz and Katelyn Pantano, and in memory of our dad and grandpa, Rev. Lawrence E. Herfurth, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday today.  He was called to his heavenly home in Nov. 2011 at the age of 91.  All thanks and praise to our beautiful Savior!!

St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, will have a CHIAVETTA’S CHICKEN BBQ on Thursday, May 16th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM (drive thru only).  Tickets are $10/person pre-sale (3:00 -5:30 PM) or $12 at the door.  The dinner includes chicken, au gratin potatoes, tossed salad, roll & dessert.  Proceeds will go toward travel expenses for St. John youth who will be attending the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN this summer. 

The Bergholz Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a CHIAVETTA’S CHICKEN BBQ on Sunday, May 19th starting at 11:30 AM.  Event will be held at the Bergholz Fire Hall, 2470 Niagara Road, Wheatfield.  Dinners are $11.00 each for eat-in or take-out and include:  ½ BBQ chicken, choice of bake potato or homemade potato salad, chef salad, roll and butter, homemade dessert and ice tea or fruit punch.  Proceeds will support the Bergholz firefighters and help with the purchase of new equipment to better serve the residents of the Town of Wheatfield.  For more information, call 731-4848.

Flea Market & Bake Sale – Saturday, May 4th

Grace Lutheran Church will be hosting a Flea Market & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Stop by, purchase a sweet treat from our Bake Sale and enjoy browsing the many tables of Flea Market items.

We hope to see you!!! Grace Lutheran Church is located at 736 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls, NY. Parking is available in Grace’s parking lot located on 88th Street.

Announcements for 4/28/19

PASTOR BAHR will be on vacation and then training starting Friday, April 26th and returning on Sunday, May 12th.  If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact Head Elder Mark Andrews at (716) 807-1758. 

ADULT BIBLE STUDY on Sunday, May 5th will be led by Pastor Brese on the topic of his choosing.  All are welcome to attend.  Pastor Brese will also be leading the 10:30 AM worship service.

Grace’s FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE is taking place next Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  Please plan to stop by and stroll around the tables for some new-found treasures.

For those who have volunteered to bake goodies for the May 4th BAKE SALE, items may be dropped-off the morning of the 4th.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to donate to our April Special Mission to help those affected by the “bomb cyclone” (winter hurricane) that devastated Nebraska in March, causing severe wind damage and massive flooding.  Thousands lost their homes in the storm, and it will be many months before the roads and bridges are repaired.  Thrivent Financial is offering to match our donations to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska, as well as pay all transaction fees.  If you wish to support Orphan Grain Train as they work to rebuild homes and supply food and clothing, please place your special mission envelopes in the offering plate today.  The convenience envelopes in the pews may also be used, but please mark them clearly as “April Special Mission”.

USED PRINTER INKJET AND LASER CARTRIDGES from your home and work can be dropped off in the box available in the chapel.  We are able to earn cash back for these items, and we are protecting God’s creation by recycling.  If you have questions, please see Virginia Markel.

CHOIR REMINDER:  We will rehearse at 7:00 PM on Wednesday this week.  We will finalize our remaining spring schedule for rehearsals and singing at that time, so please do your best to attend.

PENNY WAR:  Donations to this year’s Penny War for FogQuest totaled $1623.03.  Nets built by FogQuest collect clean water from fog and rain in rural areas of developing countries.  Each net costs approximately $1000, and will supply enough water for up to 50 people for a minimum of 10 years.  Thank you for your support of our Sunday School mission project.  To God be the glory, great things He has done!

GRACE’S E-CONTACT LISTING is important with keeping our congregation informed and up-to-date.  If you haven’t shared your email address with us, please do so by filling out an e-contact form found on the glass display case.

IRA ROLLOVERS allow stewards over age 70 ½ to redirect up to $100,000 of annual reportable income from qualified Individual Retirement Accounts for exempt charitable purposes, thus lowering their taxable income.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.ALTAR FLOWERS today are in celebration of Ken’s 84th birthday, in memory of my sister Shari’s birthday and in gratitude for blessings received by Brenda Boyd.

Announcements for 4/21/19 – Easter Sunday

ATHENS UPDATE

  • Summer Bible Adventure (VBS) is July 29 – August 2, 2019.  Tell a friend!
  • There are new stickers on the boards at either entrance.  See how you can help!
  • Please pray for the volunteers and the families who will be touched by this program.
  • You can now register by paper form or online at gacenf.org/vbs.

APRIL SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to help those affected by the “bomb cyclone” (winter hurricane) that devastated Nebraska in March, causing severe wind damage and massive flooding.  Thousands lost their homes in the storm, and it will be many months before the roads and bridges are repaired.  The Social Ministries committee had agreed to designate ORPHAN GRAIN TRAIN as our April Special Mission before this storm hit.  God’s hand was at work in our decision, as it turns out that Thrivent Financial is now offering the opportunity to donate through them to Orphan Grain Train’s work in Nebraska, and Thrivent will match our donations as well as pay all transaction fees.  If you wish to support Orphan Grain Train as they work to rebuild homes and supply food and clothing, please place your special mission envelopes in the offering plate before the end of April.

USED PRINTER INKJET AND LASER CARTRIDGES from your home and work can be dropped off in the box available in the chapel.  We are able to earn cash back for these items, and we are protecting God’s creation by recycling.  If you have questions, please see Virginia Markel.

THANK YOU to all of our Sunday School students who participated in last week’s Palm Sunday processional and sang their praises during worship.  Great job everyone!  And thank you to Dillon Deskovic, one of our 5th grade Sunday School students, for a great job on your first solo part.

BENEVOLENCE FUND envelopes are available as an insert in today’s bulletin for those wishing to support this fund.  Our Benevolence Fund is an ongoing resource available for Pastor Bahr’s ministry to be used by him when he encounters a brother or sister with an urgent need, such as emergency overnight housing, food, or transportation for specialized medical care. Donations can be placed in the offering plate or mailed to the office at anytime during the year.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Grace’s FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE is only a few weeks away . . . Saturday, May 4th starting at 9:00 AM.  There is still time for you to donate!  Any gently used articles (no clothing please) may be placed in the Ladies Lounge (label “Donations”).  A SIGN-UP SHEET for baking volunteers can also be found on the glass display case.  This is a large fundraiser and we appreciate your help!!