Announcements for Sunday 9/27

Sunday Morning Bible Education is BACK!

OCTOBER 18TH

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Birth through adult

Students under the age of 18 must have full registration forms on file.

Find more information and registration forms at both sanctuary entrances.

God: “Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.  Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live.” Isaiah 55:2-3

ALTAR FLOWERS are given today by Erika Tuscher and Melinda Matiasz in Glory and Praise to God and the Memory of Loved Ones.

FLU SHOT CLINIC TODAY:  If you are participating, please proceed to the chapel after worship (wearing your mask) and choose a seat where you will find paperwork available for you to fill out.  As you complete the form, you will be called into the Ladies’ Lounge one at a time to receive your vaccine.  We will enter the lounge through the door across from the office, and leave through the door near the parking lot.  Thank you for cooperation so that we can maintain Covid safety precautions.

BABY BOTTLE BANKS for our Summit Life Resources mission project should be given to Alice Moll or dropped off in the office as soon as you are able.

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for September & October are designated to support Lutheran education at St. John & Holy Ghost schools.  If you wish to participate, please donate using your Special Mission Envelopes or by designating “Special Mission” on our E-giving option.

Announcements for Sunday 9/20

LAST CHANCE TO STOCK THE SHOPPE:  Next Sunday will end our September Social Ministries project supporting Summit Life Resources.  Summit is a Christian organization located in Niagara Falls that is committed to helping women in crisis pregnancy situations.  Summit offers support through free pregnancy testing and sonograms, counseling, parenting and childcare education, and referrals to agencies that can help meet their many needs.  To encourage attendance at various sessions, clients earn credits with each contact that allow them to choose baby items from the Summit Parenting Shoppe.  We will be accepting donations of baby clothes, diapers, wipes, infant toiletries, and baby blankets to help “Stock the Shoppe”.  If you would like to support this project, tables are available in the narthex and chapel for your gifts.

FLU SHOT CLINIC NEXT SUNDAY:  Rite Aid will be at Grace on Sunday, September 27, at 11:30 to administer flu shots after our worship service.  If you are live-streaming from home, you are welcome to come after the service to receive your vaccine.  Please arrive by noon at the latest.  Masks are required and distancing will be observed.  

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for September & October will support Lutheran education at St. John & Holy Ghost schools.  Students at these schools hear the Word of God daily as they follow New York State approved curriculums.  Both schools are consistently rated as excellent by Business First’s annual review of all area schools.  In today’s world, the choice of quality education for our children in a Christian environment is becoming increasingly important.  If you have questions or would like to learn more, Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, Katelyn Pantano, and Lacey Bahr (all members of Grace) work at these schools, and would be happy to talk with you.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING–we will be meeting in the sanctuary after worship today.  For your safety, PLEASE PLAN TO STAY IN THE SAME PEW YOU ARE USING FOR WORSHIP, since we cannot disinfect the pews prior to the meeting.  The sound system will be used so that everyone can hear.  

Announcements for Sunday 9/13

ALTAR FLOWERS today are given by Sue Loss giving all honor and praise to our Lord for his abundant blessings in her husband’s life, John celebrates his 80th birthday on September 15th.

STOCK THE SHOPPE:  Our September Social Ministries project will support Summit Life Resources.  Summit is a Christian organization located in Niagara Falls that is committed to helping women in crisis pregnancy situations.  Summit offers support through free pregnancy testing and sonograms, counseling, parenting and childcare education, and referrals to agencies that can help meet their many needs.  To encourage attendance at various sessions, clients earn credits with each contact that allow them to choose baby items from the Summit Parenting Shoppe.  We will be accepting donations of baby clothes, diapers, wipes, infant toiletries, and baby blankets to help “Stock the Shoppe”.  If you would like to support this project, tables are available in the narthex and chapel for your gifts.

FLU SHOT CLINIC TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY:  Rite Aid will be at Grace on Sunday, September 27, at 11:30 to administer flu shots after our worship service.  If you are live-streaming from home, you are welcome to come after the service to receive your vaccine.  Please arrive by noon at the latest.  Masks are required and distancing will be observed.  

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for September & October will support Lutheran education at St. John & Holy Ghost schools.  Students at these schools hear the Word of God daily as they follow New York State approved curriculums.  Both schools are consistently rated as excellent by Business First’s annual review of all area schools.  In today’s world, the choice of quality education for our children in a Christian environment is becoming increasingly important.  If you have questions or would like to learn more, Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, Katelyn Pantano, and Lacey Bahr (all members of Grace) work at these schools, and would be happy to talk with you.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEETING–we will hold our September meeting in person next Sunday after worship.  We will distance in the sanctuary and use the microphone so everyone can hear.  Sorry, but no lunch this time around, but the meeting should run no longer than 45 minutes.  Committee members will be receiving an agenda to review ahead of time.  If you cannot attend this meeting, please contact Amy Folmsbee with your opinions and comments prior to the meeting.  Her contact information will be provided with the agenda.

Announcements for 9/6

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS beginning the week of September 7th will be Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10AM – 2PM and Sundays 9:30AM – 12:30PM. Closed Labor Day.

THANK YOU for your generous donations to our July/August special mission envelopes.  We will be sending a check for $375 to four local food pantries, including Heart, Love & Soul, Community Mission, Salvation Army, and Niagara Rescue Gospel Mission.  Your help for our neighbors in need is greatly appreciated.

STOCK THE SHOPPE:  Today begins our September Social Ministries project to support Summit Life Resources.  Summit is a Christian organization located in Niagara Falls that is committed to helping women in crisis pregnancy situations.  Summit offers support through free pregnancy testing and sonograms, counseling, parenting and childcare education, and referrals to agencies that can help meet their many needs.  With each contact, clients earn credits that allow them to “purchase” baby items from the Summit Parenting Shoppe.  We will be accepting donations of baby clothes, diapers, wipes, infant toiletries, and baby blankets to help “Stock the Shoppe”.  If you would like to support this project, tables are available in the narthex and chapel for your gifts.

YOUR SCHOOL SUPPLY & CLOTHING donations filled 12 large boxes!  Thank you for your generous support of our summer Social Ministries project.  Your gifts will be distributed to children in need by the staff at Harry Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls.  

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Rite Aid will be at Grace on Sunday, September 27, at 11:30 to administer flu shots after our worship service.  If you are live-streaming from home, you are welcome to come after the service to receive your vaccine.  Please arrive by noon at the latest.  Masks are required and distancing will be observed.  

CHOIR MEMBER REMINDER:  Choir rehearsals are on hold for now.  However, if you are interested in singing a solo or duet, please let Maye know.  She is willing to arrange practice times as needed.  Be aware there are some restrictions on song selections related to copyright restrictions associated with YouTube, but hymns of public domain can be used as well as selections covered under licenses that Grace currently holds.  So step up to the microphone if you are so inclined!  

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for September & October will support Lutheran education at St. John & Holy Ghost schools.  Students at these schools hear the Word of God daily as they follow New York State approved curriculums.  Both schools are consistently rated as excellent by Business First’s annual review of all area schools.  In today’s world, the choice of quality education for our children in a Christian environment is becoming increasingly important.  If you have questions or would like to learn more, Marla Crawford, Jane Schulz, and Katelyn Pantano, and Lacey Bahr (members of Grace) work at these schools, and would be happy to talk with you.

ALTAR FLOWERS can be ordered by signing up on the flower chart located in the narthex, or calling the office.  Cost for a centerpiece is $45 , or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56.                         

Announcements for Sunday 8/30

REMINDER – Sunday School staff meeting today at 11:45, outdoors at our side office entrance. We are meeting to discuss the plans to kick-off our Sunday School for the 2020-2021 school year.

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY to donate to our July/August special mission for our local food pantries.  Your donations will benefit four pantries, including Heart, Love & Soul, Community Mission, Salvation Army, and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  If you use the convenience envelopes located in the pews, please clearly mark them as “August Special Mission”. Thank you for your generosity in helping our neighbors.

NEXT SUNDAY will begin our September mission to support Summit Life Resources.  Summit is a Christian organization located in Niagara Falls that is committed to helping women in crisis pregnancy situations.  Summit offers support through parenting and childcare education, counseling, and referrals to agencies that can help meet their many needs.  With each contact, clients earn credits that allow them to “purchase” baby items from the Summit Parenting Shoppe.  We will be accepting donations of baby clothes, diapers, wipes, infant toiletries, and baby blankets to help stock the Shoppe.  If you would like to support this project, tables will be available in the narthex and chapel for your gifts.

FLU SHOT CLINIC:  Rite Aid will be at Grace on Sunday, September 27, at 11:30 to administer flu shots after our worship service.  If you are live-streaming from home, you are welcome to come after the service to receive your vaccine.  Please arrive by noon at the latest.  Masks are required and distancing will be observed.  

ALTAR FLOWERS are still able to be ordered for the remaining weeks of the year at this time. The available dates are listed on the chart hanging in the narthex or you can call the church to request a date or see what is available. The cost for a single centerpiece is $45 or you may choose two vases for $56.

CHOIR MEMBER REMINDER:  Choir rehearsals are on hold for now.  However, if you are interested in singing a solo or duet, please let Maye know.  She is willing to arrange practice times as needed.  Be aware there are some restrictions on song selections related to copyright restrictions associated with YouTube, but hymns of public domain can be used as well as selections covered under licenses that Grace currently holds.  So step up to the microphone if you are so inclined!  

THE AMERICAN RED CROSS Blood Drive held last week on August 22nd was a success and they want to thank Grace for hosting. They had 17 donors which will go on to help save up to 51 lives!

Announcements for 8/23

SUNDAY SCHOOL STAFF MEETING: Next week Sunday, August 30, following the worship service there will be a meeting at 11:45 AM outdoors (weather permitting), near our side office door entrance. Bring a camp chair or get a chair from the chapel and join us as we plan to begin this year’s Sunday School program. We are planning to start the first Sunday of October, after giving schools a month to get started with their plans. Hope to see you there to hear your ideas and input to get us off to a successful start!

ENDING SOON:  There are only a few days left to donate SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the children in need at Harry Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls, one of our inner city grade schools.  They continue to have a great need for these items and have already received numerous requests for help related to the economic changes many families have experienced during the pandemic.  Please remember this mission as you are out shopping, and bring your gifts to our donation tables by the end of August.  THANK YOU to those who have already donated!

OUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES need our help.  Community Mission has reported that they are serving DOUBLE the number of meals compared to last year due to the impact of the pandemic.  The Salvation Army has already served 4 TIMES the number of meals that they served for the whole 2019 year.  SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for July & August are designated to support these two pantries, as well as Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, and Heart, Love & Soul.  Your donations in the Special Mission envelopes from your packets, or the Special Mission option online, will be donated directly to these local agencies.  Thank you for your generosity in helping our neighbors.

ALTAR FLOWERS can be ordered by signing up on the flower chart located in the narthex, or calling the office.  Cost for a centerpiece is $45 , or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56.                         

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR EMAIL:  If you are not currently receiving email messages from Grace and would like to, please contact the office with your current email and you will be added to the list.  Also, be sure to keep your email up to date with the office if you make a change.

NO EMAIL?  If you do not have or do not use email regularly, please let the office know.  We want to add you to our list of members that do not have or use email access so that we can keep you up to date when time-sensitive or urgent notices are sent out electronically.

Announcements for 8/16

TWO WEEKS REMAIN to donate SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the children in need at Harry Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls, one of our inner city grade schools.  They continue to have a great need for these items and anticipate that there will be numerous requests for help related to the economic changes many families have experienced during the pandemic.  Please remember this mission as you are out shopping, and THANK YOU to those who have already donated.

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for July & August are designated to support our local food pantries.  Food pantries across the country have experienced tremendous increases in requests for help since the onset of the pandemic, and our local pantries are no exception.  Your donations in the Special Mission envelopes from your packets, or the Special Mission option online, will be split evenly between Community Mission, Salvation Army, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, and Heart, Love, & Soul.  Thank you for your generosity in helping our neighbors.

ALTAR FLOWERS can be ordered by signing up on the flower chart located in the narthex, or calling the office.  Cost for a centerpiece is $45 , or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56.                                   

PLEASE UPDATE YOUR EMAIL:  If you are not currently receiving email messages from Grace and would like to, please contact the office with your current email and you will be added to the list.  Also, be sure to keep your email up to date with the office if you make a change.

NO EMAIL?  If you do not have or do not use email regularly, please let the office know.  We are in the process of compiling a list of members that do not have or use email access so that we can keep you up to date when time-sensitive or urgent notices are sent out electronically.

Announcements for 7/26

WE WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT donations of SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES through August for the children in need at Harry Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls, one of our inner city grade schools.  They continue to have a great need for these items, even with distance learning.  So no matter what the school situation looks like in September, they anticipate that there will be numerous requests for help.  Please remember this mission as you are out shopping, and THANK YOU to those who have already donated.

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for July & August are designated to support our local food pantries.  Food pantries across the country have experienced tremendous increases in requests for help since the onset of the pandemic, and our local pantries are no exception.  Your donations in the Special Mission envelopes from your packets, or the Special Mission option online, will be split evenly between Community Mission, Salvation Army, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, and Heart, Love, & Soul.  Thank you for your generosity in helping our neighbors.

Does life matter? The value of life is not based on assets accumulated or popularity with the most people. Value of days is utterly connected with constant witness to Jesus. Do you ever let your humbleness convince you that you can’t really do much? Even a “modest” gift from an estate may be part of God’s plan to supply crucial future ministry needs, all with an aim at sharing Jesus with a world that desperately needs the life He alone can give. Each one works with whatever gifts God provides. Your LCMS Gift Planning Counselor can help you focus that work through your estate. Contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ (robert.wirth@lfnd.org) robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 7/12

SUMMER MISSION PROJECT:  We have tables available in the narthex and chapel to receive donations of SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the children in need at Harry Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls, one of our inner city grade schools.  We have checked with their administrators, and yes, they are able to accept our donations.  They continue to have a great need for these items, even with distance learning.  So no matter what the school situation looks like in September, they anticipate that there will be numerous requests for help.  Please remember this mission as you are out shopping, and of course, shop safely (masks, distancing, and wash your hands). 

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for July & August are designated to support our local food pantries.  As you’ve seen in the news, food pantries across the country have experienced tremendous increases in requests for help since the onset of the pandemic, and our local pantries are no exception.  Your donations in the Special Mission envelopes from your packets, or the Special Mission option online, will be split evenly between Community Mission, Salvation Army, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, and Heart, Love, & Soul.  Thank you for your generosity in helping our neighbors.

THANK YOU for your generous donations to assist Camp Pioneer in meeting the challenges they face this year because of the pandemic.  Your donations, along with budgeted matching funds, will allow us to send a gift of $750 to our camp.  Pastor Bahr has shared that there are promising plans being considered for the future of Camp Pioneer.

FAMILY OUTPOST VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: Just two weeks away!

Registrations for our Family Outpost VBS are due in the office Friday, July 17th!  Please find information and registration forms at www.gracenf.org/vbs.

If you would like to support Vacation Bible School this year, the best way is to pray for the staff and the families preparing to make a difference in their communities.  If you would like to make a monetary donation, be sure to mark your donations for “Vacation Bible School”.

Exciting pictures to come!

Announcements for 7/5

SUMMER MISSION PROJECT:  We have tables available in the narthex and chapel to receive donations of SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES for the children in need at Harry Abate Elementary School in Niagara Falls, one of our inner city grade schools.  We have checked with their administrators, and yes, they are able to accept our donations.  They continue to have a great need for these items, even with distance learning.  So no matter what the school situation looks like in September, they anticipate that there will be numerous requests for help.  Please remember this mission as you are out shopping, and of course, shop safely (masks, distancing, and wash your hands). 

SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES for July & August are designated to support our local food pantries.  As you’ve seen in the news, food pantries across the country have experienced tremendous increases in requests for help since the onset of the pandemic, and our local pantries are no exception.  Your donations in the Special Mission envelopes from your packets, or the Special Mission option online, will be split evenly between Community Mission, Salvation Army, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, and Heart, Love, & Soul.  Thank you for your generosity in helping our neighbors.

Virtual VBS information is available at gracenf.org/vbs Registration is due July 15th. Become a Family Outpost today!

We are still providing snacks and crafts for VBS families. If you would like to help supply items, please contact Lacey Bahr (525-5134) for a list of needed items.

We look forward to having you join us for this UNIQUE experience!