Announcements for April 14, 2019

Holy Week Services

Maundy Thursday 6:30 PM (with Holy Communion)
Good Friday Service of Prayer & Meditation: Noon
Good Friday Tenebrae: 7:00 PM
Easter Sunrise: 7:00 AM
Easter Jubilee: 10:30 AM (with Holy Communion)

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.

Today is the last opportunity to use the donation jars in the narthex or chapel to support our PENNY WAR FOR “FOGQUEST”, a volunteer group that builds special nets in rural areas of developing countries to provide clean water from condensed fog.  Since FogQuest is an all volunteer organization, all donations will be used to pay for the nets and the travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  Today our Sunday School children learned about “putting on the armor of God” from Ephesians 6, as we continued to teach them what it means to serve in the Lord’s Army.  Thank you to all who have supported our Sunday School mission project so far.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  Final results will be announced next week!

THANK YOU:  On Saturday, April 6th members from Grace Lutheran Church were part of a Thrivent Action Team to prepare and serve lunch to more than fifty people at Magdalene Project.  The following people shared their time and talents:  Jane Brese, Cathy Hoffman, Donna Hoffman, Sue Loss, Luann Pyska and John Loss.  Their efforts were appreciated by the recipients who enjoyed a wholesome and fulfilling meal that day.

DESSERT DONATIONS for Grace’s 8:00 AM breakfast on Easter morning are needed.  Sweet treats can be brought to the downstairs kitchen prior to 8:00 AM on Easter.

This year’s SUMMER BIBLE ADVENTURE (VBS) takes us to Athens to meet the Apostle Paul.  Come on the journey to Greece Monday, July 29th – Friday, August 2nd 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Registration forms are at the entrances or online at www.gracenf.org (VBS Page).  Invite family, friends, and neighbors!

FLOWERS on the altar this morning are in honor of my parents, Dorothy & Joel Kew’s 56th Wedding Anniversary by Scott Kew.

Announcements for 4/7/19

Join us for the SERMON ON THE MOUNT special service for Week 5 of Lent. In this service we recognize that we build our lives on very shaky foundations, and then we are surprised when things start collapsing. Jesus reminds us in his teachings that the only solid foundation is himself, the Rock of our salvation. On him alone we build.

Last day to place your order for EASTER FLOWERS . . . order forms can be found on the glass display case.

NEXT SUNDAY is Palm Sunday, and our Sunday School students will be singing during our worship service.  They will also participate in a palm processional.  Mark your calendars and please plan to join us!

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.

TODAY AND NEXT SUNDAY are the last opportunities to use the donation jars in the narthex or chapel to support our PENNY WAR for “FogQuest”, a volunteer group that builds special nets in rural areas of developing countries to provide clean water from condensed fog.  Since FogQuest is an all volunteer organization, all donations will be used to pay for the nets and the travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  Today our Sunday School children were excited to see what a $100 dollar bill looks like as they continue to learn more about missions and what it means to serve in the Lord’s Army.  Thank you to the generous anonymous donor, and to all who have supported our efforts so far.  Your support of our Sunday School mission project is greatly appreciated.

FACEBOOK–Check out the Grace Facebook page.  You will find numerous pictures of our Sunday School students, youth, and other activities happening at Grace.

THANK YOU to our members who supported the annual Young Life fundraising dinner on March 28th.  Grace members filled three tables at the dinner, which supports the work done by Young Life with youth from our area as they bring them to the knowledge of the love of God.

PEW SISTERS next gathering is this Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Chapters to be discussed are Chapter 10 “Gabriella” and Chapter 11 “Christine”.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Church Clean-Up Day is right around the corner!  Please join your Grace friends for our annual Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 13th starting at 9:00 AM.  Plenty to do both inside and out!  Please bring along your yard tools, dusting rags, buckets and sponges.  Many hands make light work!

DESSERT DONATIONS for Grace’s 8:00 AM breakfast on Easter morning are needed.  Coffee cakes, danish, brownies, cookies . . . any sweet treats!!  Items can be brought to the downstairs kitchen prior to 8:00 AM on Easter.

The Grace Ladies will be hosting a FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE event on Saturday, May 4th.  Over the next month please set aside any gently used articles you are willing to donate to the Grace Ladies for this large fundraising event (no clothing please).  These donations (please box and label “Donations”) may be left in the Ladies Lounge.  A SIGN-UP SHEET for baking volunteers can also be found on the glass display case.

This year’s SUMMER BIBLE ADVENTURE (VBS) takes us to Athens to meet the Apostle Paul.  Come on the journey to Greece July 29th – August 2nd 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Registration forms are at the entrances.  Invite family, friends, and neighbors!

Holy Ghost Lutheran School will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday April 9th from 6:00 PM -7:30 PM for Grades Pre-School thru Grade 8.  Holy Ghost is located at 6630 Luther Street, Niagara Falls.

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority is offering a $500 SCHOLARSHIP for adults (residents of the City of Niagara Falls) who are entering or returning to a college, trade school or formal certification program.  Additional information and applications can be picked-up in the church office.  Application deadline is Friday, April 26th by 4:30 PM. 

The 175th Anniversary of St Martin Church in Martinsville is the program at the next meeting of the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS.  Dennis Sattelberg will tell about the establishment of the church and community in this section of North Tonawanda along the Erie Canal.  The meeting will be Thursday, April 11th at 7:00 PM at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road in Wheatfield.  The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

St. John Ladies Group invite you to a SPRING INTO WELLNESS! Luncheon on Sunday, April 28th from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM at St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda.  The event includes a presentation by Sara Borgstede who will provide practical steps for renewed physical health, ways to guard your heart to stay emotionally healthy, and how to claim the free refills of spiritual renewal God offers.  The RSVP deadline is April 22; call the church office at 693-9677 or email churchoffice@stjohnnt.com.  A free will offering will be collected.  

THE BEST FINANCIAL GIFTS come from a heart of gratitude to God and are planned from the best assets that advance the Great Commission most effectively through ministries we cherish.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of our Uncle Robert Cutts by Tara Post and Kathi Dubuque.

Announcements for 3/31/19

Join us for the SERMON ON THE MOUNT special service for Week 4 of Lent. In this service we recognize that we live in a very judgmental world, so Jesus’ advice not to judge sounds radical to our modern ears. When we leave all judgment up to God, we free ourselves to look at one another through fresh and forgiving eyes.

Join us in welcoming the ST. JOHN LUTHERAN LITTLE LAMBS choir and their families from St. John Lutheran School.  As a special thank you for Grace’s financial support to the school’s tuition assistance fund, the choir will be signing “This Little Gospel Light of Mine” and “Oh, He’s King of Kings” during worship today.

NCD SURVEY RESULTS: If you were unable to join us when Lyle Heggemeier presented our Natural Church Development survey results, Pastor Bahr will lead another presentation after worship today.

EASTER FLOWER orders are due next Sunday, April 7th.  Order forms can be found into today’s bulletin and extras on the glass display case.

THANK YOU for your very generous donations to our Penny War’s Loose Change Sunday.  Your gifts left on the pews totaled $521.62!  This money was added to our students’ team banks, “Christian Soldiers” and “God’s Warriors”, and will support this year’s mission project, “FogQuest”.  We will be continuing to accept donations through Palm Sunday, as our children learn more about missions and what it means to serve in the Lord’s Army.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to use your March special mission envelope, which will support our annual Penny War.  This year we are supporting FogQuest, a charity working in third world countries to provide clean water to remote rural areas.  This group builds special nets which condense the water droplets found in fog.  Each net produces 50 or more gallons of water each day.  FogQuest is an all volunteer organization.  Donations they receive are used to pay for the nets, and for the travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  If you would like to help us raise money for FogQuest, please place your special mission envelope (or an envelope clearly marked “special mission”) in the offering plates.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  Church Clean-Up Day is right around the corner!  Please join your Grace friends for our annual Cleanup day on Saturday, April 13th starting at 9:00 AM.  Plenty to do both inside and out!  Please bring along your yard tools, dusting rags, buckets and sponges.  Many hands make light work!

The Grace Ladies will be hosting a FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE event on Saturday, May 4th.  Over the next few months please set aside any gently used articles you are willing to donate to the Grace Ladies for this large fundraising event (no clothing please).  These donations (please box and label “Donations”) may be left in the Ladies Lounge.  A SIGN-UP SHEET for baking volunteers can also be found on the glass display case.

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority is offering a $500 SCHOLARSHIP for adults (residents of the City of Niagara Falls) who are entering or returning to a college, trade school or formal certification program.  Additional information and applications can be picked-up in the Church Office.  Application deadline is Friday, April 26th by 4:30 PM. 

‘As it is in Heaven,’ the petition from the Lord’s Prayer, helps us recognize that His Will is always best. Baptized believers live in the present with a view of eternity. PLANNING A CHRISTIAN WILL now is a good idea, even if you plan to live to 150. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

ATLAR FLOWERS are placed to the glory of God and in thankfulness for blessings received as they celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary by Ross & Amy Folmsbee.

Announcements for 3/24/19

NCD SURVEY RESULTS: If you weren’t able to join us when Lyle Heggemeier presented our Natural Church Development survey results, Pastor Bahr will lead another presentation after worship next week, March 31.

Join us for the SERMON ON THE MOUNT special service for Week 3 of Lent. In this service we recognize that so much of our lives, even in Lent, is spent worrying about what might happen or what has happened. Christ teaches us to stop being anxious, but simply to trust that he knows what is best and will take care of us to the very end.

Barbara Dockstader would like to extend a THANK YOU for all of the thoughts, prayers and cards she has received during this difficult time.

The Grace Ladies will be hosting a FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE event on Saturday, May 4th.  Over the next few months please set aside any gently used articles you are willing to donate to the Grace Ladies for this large fundraising event (no clothing please).  These donations (please box and label “Donations”) may be left in the Ladies Lounge.

Save the date: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is set for Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 PM for ages 3 (potty-trained) through entering 6th grade.

TODAY IS LOOSE CHANGE SUNDAY!  This annual event helps to support our Penny War.  Those wishing to participate are invited to “lose” their change or paper money donations onto the pews after worship.  Our Sunday School students will hunt for your donations and add what they find to their team banks.  Thank you for your support of FogQuest, as we raise funds to support this charity’s efforts to provide clean water for rural areas in developing countries.

THIS THURSDAY is Young Life’s annual fundraising dinner.  If you signed up to attend but your plans have changed, PLEASE let Dick Crawford know so that Young Life is not responsible for the cost of your dinner.

MARCH SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES will support our annual Penny War.  This year we are supporting FogQuest, a charity working in third world countries to provide clean water to remote rural areas.  This group builds special nets which condense the water droplets found in fog.  Each net produces 50 or more gallons of water each day.  FogQuest is an all volunteer organization.  Donations they receive are used to pay for the nets, and for travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  If you would like to help us raise money for FogQuest, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plates during the month of March.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:  Volunteers from Grace will be cooking and serving lunch at the Magdalene Project on Falls Street on the first Saturday of each month.  The menu and food is provided by Magdalene, and all cooking is done on site with supervision as needed.  If you would like to help cook or serve, please sign up for one or more Saturdays.  Sign up sheets are available on the glass case.  Cooking begins at 9:30 AM and lunch is served at 11:30 AM. 

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK to designate your 2018 Thrivent Choice Dollars, which can be done online or by phone.  “Choice Dollars” is money provided to Thrivent members that can be designated to a charity of your choice, including Grace.  Money not designated disappears after March 31st.  Simply go online to your account and click Choice Dollars and the charity you wish to support, and the money will be sent directly to them by Thrivent.  You can also call 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice”.  Press “1” and a representative will assist you.

Mark your calendars . . . . the PEW SISTERS next gathering is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Announcements for 3/17/19

Join us for the SERMON ON THE MOUNT special service for Week 2 of Lent. In this service we re-member that Lent is a season of prayer and fasting. We grow in our relationship with Christ by communicating with him, and we learn more about him and ourselves by giving up those things that can distract us from our connection to him.

Please join us this evening at 5:00 PM as Lyle Heggemeier with NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT will be presenting results of our church development survey.  This is an important first step of the Natural Church Development process.  All are welcome!

The Grace Ladies will be hosting a FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE event on Saturday, May 4th.  Over the next few months please set aside any gently used articles you are willing to donate to the Grace Ladies for this large fundraising event (no clothing please).  These donations (please box and label “Donations”) may be left in the Ladies Lounge.

Save the date: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is set for Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 PM for ages 3 (potty-trained) through entering 6th grade.

REMINDER:  If you have signed up to attend YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V on March 28th but your plans to attend have changed, PLEASE let Dick Crawford know so that Young Life is not responsible for the cost of your dinner.

MARCH SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES will support our annual Penny War.  This year we are supporting FogQuest, a charity working in third world countries to provide clean water to remote rural areas.  This group builds special nets which condense the water droplets found in fog.  Each net produces 50 or more gallons of water each day.  FogQuest is an all volunteer organization.  Donations they receive are used to pay for the nets, and for travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  If you would like to help us raise money for FogQuest, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plates during the month of March.

SERVICE OPPORTUNITY:  Volunteers from Grace will be cooking and serving lunch at the Magdalene Project on Falls Street on the first Saturday of each month.  The menu and food is provided by Magdalene, and all cooking is done on site with supervision as needed.  If you would like to help cook or serve, please sign up for one or more Saturdays.  Sign-up sheets are available on the glass case.  Cooking begins at 9:30 AM and lunch is served at 11:30 AM. 

NEXT SUNDAY IS LOOSE CHANGE SUNDAY:  This annual event helps to support our Penny War.  Those wishing to participate are invited to “lose” their change or paper money donations onto the pews after worship.  Our Sunday School students will hunt for your donations and add what they find to their team banks.  Thank you for your support of FogQuest, as we raise funds to support this charity’s efforts to provide clean water for rural areas in developing countries.

NEXT SUNDAY IS ALSO SUNDAY SCHOOL SERVICE SUNDAY:  Our Sunday School students will serve during worship as acolytes, ushers, readers, and singers.  We encourage all of our Sunday School students to join us that day and remind them that our Penny War Loose Change event follows the service.

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS:  March 31st is the deadline to designate your 2018 Thrivent Choice Dollars.  This is money provided to all Thrivent members that can be designated to a charity of your choice, including Grace.  Money not designated disappears after March 31st.  Simply go online to your account and click Choice Dollars and the charity you wish to support, and the money will be sent directly to them by Thrivent.

NEEDED:  Alice Moll is in need of 5 x 7 picture frames for ministry work.  If you have any extra frames of this size, she would appreciate your donations.

Order forms for EASTER FLOWERS can be found on the glass display case.  Orders are due no later than Sunday, April 7th.

As a special thank you for Grace’s financial support to St. John Lutheran School’s tuition assistance fund, ST. JOHN LITTLE LAMBS choir will be singing during worship on Sunday, March 31st.

Announcements for 3/10/19

Join us for the SERMON ON THE MOUNT special service for Week 1 of Lent. In this service we re-member that Christ calls us to be salt and light in this world of sin. We who have tasted and seen his great love for us on the cross can spend our Lent savoring his salvation and shining with his glory and grace in the places where he has put us.

Please plan to join us next Sunday, March 17th at 5:00 PM as Lyle Heggemeier with NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT will be presenting results of our church development survey.  This is an important first step of the Natural Church Development process.

Save the date: VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL is set for Monday, July 29th through Friday, August 2nd, 6:00 – 8:00 PM for ages 3 (potty-trained) through entering 6th grade.

LAST CHANCE:  This Wednesday is the deadline for signing up for YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V, scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life, with an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  If you have signed up but your plans to attend have changed, PLEASE cross off your name so Young Life is not burdened with the cost of your dinner.

 MARCH SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES will support our annual Penny War.  This year we are supporting FogQuest, a charity working in third world countries to provide clean water to remote rural areas.  This group builds special nets which condense the water droplets found in fog.  Each net produces 50 or more gallons of water each day.  FogQuest is an all volunteer organization.  Donations they receive are used to pay for the nets, and for travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  If you would like to help us raise money for FogQuest, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plates during the month of March.

THANK YOU is expressed to Grace members Brian Miller, Luann Pyska, Elaine Timm, Sue Loss and John Loss for providing their time and talents to prepare and serve lunch to those at the Magdalene Project on Saturday, March 2nd.  This is an open opportunity for any Grace member to participate in. We will be preparing and serving lunch the first Saturday of each month there. Sign-up sheet is on the glass case in the fellowship hall. Our next date to serve is Saturday, April 6th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

LOOSE CHANGE SUNDAY:  This annual event in support of our Penny War will be held on March 24th.  Those wishing to support the Penny War are invited to “lose” their change or paper money donations onto the pews after worship.  Our Sunday School students will hunt for your donations and add what they find to their team banks.  Thank you for your support of FogQuest, as we raise funds to support this charity’s efforts to provide clean water for rural areas in developing countries.

SUNDAY SCHOOL SERVICE SUNDAY:  On March 24th, our Sunday School students will serve during worship as acolytes, ushers, readers, and singers.  We encourage all of our Sunday School students to join us that day and remind them that our Penny War Loose Change event follows the service.

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS:  March 31st is the deadline to designate your 2018 Thrivent Choice Dollars.  This is money provided to all Thrivent members that can be designated to a charity of your choice, including Grace.  Money not designated disappears after March 31.  Simply go online to your account and click Choice Dollars and the charity you wish to support, and the money will be sent directly to them by Thrivent.

THANK YOU for supporting our Lutheran missionary in Belize, Pastor Duane Meissner, with your February mission envelopes.  With Social Ministries matching funds, we were able to send $675 to support his work in this Central American country.

Announcements for 3/3/19

MARCH 13th is the deadline for signing up for YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V, scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life.  There is an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  Dick Crawford would be happy to answer any questions you have about Young Life or the fundraising dinner.

MARCH SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES will support our annual Penny War.  This year we are supporting FogQuest, a charity working in third world countries to provide clean water to remote rural areas.  This group builds special nets which condense the water droplets found in fog.  Each net produces 50 or more gallons of water each day.  FogQuest is an all volunteer organization.  Donations they receive are used to pay for the nets, and for travel expenses of their volunteer leaders.  If you would like to help us raise money for FogQuest, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plates during the month of March.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet after worship today.  A light lunch will be served, and new members are always welcome!

MAGDALENE:  Specific dates and times are now available for those wishing to help serve a meal at Magdalene.  If you wish to participate, you will need to sign up on the NEW LIST available on the glass case for the specific date(s) you are willing to help.  If you have questions, please speak to John Loss.

THANK YOU to those who participated so generously in our toilet tissue project for Heart, Love, and Soul.  Your gifts, along with a grant from Thrivent, will enable us to deliver 792 rolls of tissue to help our neighbors in need.  This is a very appreciated item, and many will be helped over the coming weeks.

LET’S DO LUNCH:  As announced in the February/March edition of The Gleanings, Pastor would like to sit down with you, for one hour over a meal, to get to know you better.  Please fill out a “Let’s Do Lunch” card found on the glass display case and return to the office.

Order forms for EASTER FLOWERS can be found on the glass display case.  Orders are due no later than Sunday, April 7th.

Last Saturday’s AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE was a huge success.  They received a total of 24 donations which will go on to help save up to 72 lives.  This was the most productive drive since 2016!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10th at 1:30 PM for the first ever TASTE OF PIONEER at 9324 Lake Shore Road, Angola, NY  14006.  Bring your favorite dish, to be entered in a fun & friendly competition or skip the cooking and just enjoy some delicious dishes.  All opinions matter and your vote counts towards crowing the winner of the Taste of Pioneer.  Tickets for tasting dishes will be available at the door.  10 tickets for $5.  All ages welcome.

Please plan to join us on Sunday, March 17th at 5:00 PM as Lyle Heggemeier with NATURAL CHURCH DEVELOPMENT will be presenting results of our church development survey.  This is an important first step of the Natural Church Development process.

Today we celebrate with Daniel and Melissa Tighe the BAPTISM of their son, Daniel Grayson Tighe.  Daniel’s baptismal sponsors are Ryan Tighe, Pat Tighe and Lauren Billotti.    

FLOWERS on the altar this morning are in loving memory of Fred Hanley, who passed away 25 years ago, by the Hanley, Chrestler and Tighe Family.

Think Spring . . . think FLEA MARKET & BAKE SALE.  The Grace Ladies will be hosting this event on Saturday, May 4th.  Over the next few months please set aside any gently used articles you are willing to donate to the Grace Ladies for this large fundraising event (no clothing please).

Lent & Easter Worship Schedule

Date Time Service
Wednesday, March 6th 6:30 PM Ash Wednesday Service (HC)
Sunday, March 10th 10:30 AM Worship Service
Wednesday, March 13th 5:30 PM
6:30 PM
Simple Supper
Worship Service
Sunday, March 17th 10:30 AM Worship Service (HC)
Wednesday, March 20th 5:30 PM
6:30 PM
Simple Supper
Worship Service
Sunday, March 24th 10:30 AM Worship Service
Wednesday, March 27th 5:30 PM
6:30 PM
Simple Supper
Worship Service
Sunday, March 31st 10:30 AM Worship Service (HC)
Wednesday, April 3rd 5:30 PM
6:30 PM
Simple Supper
Worship Service
Sunday, April 7th 10:30 AM Worship Service (HC)
Wednesday, April 10th 5:30 PM
6:30PM
Simple Supper
Worship Service
HOLY WEEK
Sunday, April 14th 10:30 AM Palm Sunday Service
Thursday, April 18th 6:30 PM Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, April 19th 12:00 PM
7:00 PM
Service of Prayer & Mediation
Tenebrae Service
EASTER
Sunday, April 21st 7:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:30 AM
Easter Sunrise Service
Fellowship Breakfast
Jubilee Service (HC)

Announcements for 2/24/19

PASTOR AND LACEY are at a marriage retreat in Rochester this weekend. They will return this evening.

MARCH 13th is the deadline for signing up for YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V, scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life.  There is an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  Dick Crawford would be happy to answer any questions you have about Young Life or the fundraising dinner.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE to our FEBRUARY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES, designated to support Rev. Duane Meissner, a Lutheran pastor serving as a long-term missionary in Belize, where he lives with his wife and four young children (3 adopted).  Belize is a Central American country on the southern border of Mexico.  Pastor Meissner is a former vicar of Pastor Bahr.  When he began his missionary work in Belize, there were no Lutheran churches in the country.  He has established one congregation and is now working to establish a second.  There is much work left to do in Belize, since most still follow a religion loosely based in Catholicism, but including the worship of deceased ancestors and the frequent sacrifice of animals. 

PEW CONVENIENCE ENVELOPES:  If you are using the donation envelopes located in the pews and wish for your donation to go to a particular project, such as the monthly special mission, please be sure to mark this information clearly on the envelope.

REMINDER:  Social Ministries is scheduled to meet after worship next Sunday.  A light lunch will be served, and new members are always welcome!

ATTENTION SOCIAL MINISTRIES MEMBERS:  The Lenten simple supper for March 27th will be provided by Social Ministries.  Please sign up on the glass case or speak to Robin Stephenson if you are able to help.

MAGDALENE MEAL SERVERS:  There is a sign-up sheet on the glass case with specific dates for those who wish to help serve a meal at Magdalene.  If you have questions, please speak to John Loss.

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

BAKED GOODS DROP-OFF is scheduled for Friday, March 1st from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Grace.  These goods will be sold by the Grace Ladies at the American Legion’s In-Door Flea Market being held Saturday, March 2nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Please stop by!  If you can’t get your baked goods dropped-off by Friday, feel free to bring them to the Legion on Saturday!

Announcements for 2/17/19

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

YOUNG LIFE’S annual fundraising dinner at Classics V is scheduled for March 28th at 6:00 PM.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the glass case.  This is a free dinner showcasing the work of Young Life.  There is an opportunity to donate during the dinner if you wish to support this organization.  Dick Crawford would be happy to answer any questions you have about Young Life or the fundraising dinner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements for 2/10/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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