Announcements for the week of March 15, 2015

 

YOU’RE INVITED to Young Life’s annual fundraising dinner to be held on March 26 at 6 PM at Classics V.  Several members of Grace will be attending.  If you would like to join them, please speak to Dick Crawford, Katy Olka, or Justin Smith for reservations.

OUR PENNY WAR AGAINST HUNGER continues through Palm Sunday.  If you want to support the Sunday School’s fundraising efforts for Orphan Grain Train, you can give your donation to any Sunday School student for their bank, leave your donation in the jar on the book nook, or place your Special Mission Envelope (or an envelope marked “Penny War”) in the offering plate any Sunday in March.  If we raise as much money as we did last year, we will be able to help Orphan Grain Train supply over 50,000 meals for those who are hungry all over the world, including in our own country.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PARENTS:  Our Sunday School students will be participating in the Palm Sunday processional and they will be singing in church on both Palm Sunday and the 10:30 AM Easter service.  Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for these special celebrations.

MAYFEST 2015 – is scheduled for May 30. There will be a short planning meeting after the worship service today. If you would like to volunteer but are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Les or Ursula Zimmerman.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
9:00 am Young Adult SS
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service
11:30 am Youth for Truth Meeting
11:30 am Mayfest Meeting

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation
6:30 pm Church Council Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
5:45 pm Simple Supper
6:30 pm Lenten Worship
7:15 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship

Announcements for the week of March 8, 2015

PENNY WAR AGAINST HUNGER:  This year our Sunday School is raising money to support Orphan Grain Train, a Christian volunteer agency that supplies food and other items to those in need.  Over 97% of your donations go directly to providing food and other help for the poor.  We are hoping to raise enough money to help them supply at least 50,000 meals for those who are hungry.  If you wish to support our efforts, you can donate in your March special mission envelopes, the Penny War jar on the book nook, or by giving your spare change to any Sunday School student for their class bank.  Thank you for your generosity.

LOOSE CHANGE SUNDAY to support our Penny War Against Hunger is today!  If you wish to participate, we ask that you “lose” the change out of your pockets or purses onto the pew.  At the end of the service our Sunday School students will search for your donations and add it to their class banks.  Orphan Grain Train is able to supply 500 meals for the hungry for every $15 donated.  Your help with our project is appreciated.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet after today’s service.  A light lunch will be served.  Please consider joining us.  New members are always welcome.

MISSION ENVELOPES FOR MARCH are designated to support Young Life.  Young Life is a local group supported by our church that provides opportunities for teens to get together, socialize in a Christian environment, participate in Bible studies, camps, and other fun activities as well as service projects.  It has had a positive influence on the lives of many teens in our area.  Dick Crawford has been involved with Young Life for many years and would be glad to answer any questions you may have.  If you wish to support Young Life, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of February.

THANK YOU – Beverly Mills would like to thank everyone for their cards and prayers during George’s illness.

ATTN YOUTH FOR TRUTH – There is a meeting scheduled for next Sunday after the worship service.

ALTAR FLOWERS – The following people/families placed bouquets on the altar this morning to the Glory of God, in memory of loved ones, and to help support the mission of Niagara Hospice: Coleman, Crawford, S. Dixon, Folmsbee, Gilmore, Hughes, R. Kumm, W. Luick, K. Majka, V. Markel, Matiasz, Mills, Moll, Peploe, Reed, H. Reisig, C. Schultz, Schulz, L. Smith, Stenzel, and Tuscher. (Flowers may be taken home after worship this morning).

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Social Ministries Meeting

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Diabetes Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
5:45 pm Simple Supper
6:30 pm Lenten Worship
7:15 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
9:00 am Young Adult Sunday School
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service
11:30 am Youth Meeting

Announcements for the week of January 4, 2015

GLEANINGS DEADLINE -The January/February Gleanings deadline is tomorrow. If you have any info you would like included in the January/February issue, please email the church office at secretary (at) gracenf (dot) org or see Karen Kumm.

The 2015 Flower Chart is posted in the narthex. If you would like to purchase flowers, simply write your name in the corresponding week. You can order either a centerpiece or two vases.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will have their first meeting for the new year next Sunday, January 11, after church.  A light lunch will be served.  Please join us as we plan our activities for the upcoming months.

MISSION ENVELOPES for January have been designated to help Heart, Love, and Soul on Ontario Avenue in Niagara Falls.  This agency provides hot meals to those in need, as well as a food pantry, toiletry items, social work services, and summer programs for children.  The number of families they are assisting has increased by almost 40% over the last two years.  Our neighbors need our assistance.  If you want to help us assist Heart, Love, and Soul, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate during January.

Prayer Bookmark – names on the prayer bookmark will be put on the prayer list for one month. Contact the church office at 283-1843 or secretary (at) gracenf (dot) org by the end of the one month period if there is a need for continuation of prayers. If we are not notified, the names will be taken off the prayer list.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/ Adult Bible Class
9:00 am Young Adult Sunday School
10:30 am Comm. Worship

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation Class
7:00 pm Diabetes Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
7:00 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/ Adult Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
11:45 am Social Ministries Meeting

Announcements for the week of November 23, 2014

CHOIR MEMBERS: are reminded to meet after the service for a short practice for the Thanksgiving service.

OFFICE HOURS: The church office will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

CHURCH DECORATIONS: Join your fellow church friends after service next Sunday, November 30th to decorate the church.  With enough hands this will take 30 minutes. Come on, it’s fun, and will help you get into the “spirit”!

OUR SPECIAL MISSION for November is the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Samaritan works out of several locations in Western New York, including Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Bergholz and St. Martin Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Our own Rev. Dr. Erwin Brese is one of several counselors working with Samaritan.  Samaritan offers Christian-based counseling to help those struggling with many of life’s challenges.  If you wish to support the work done by Pastor Brese and the other counselors at Samaritan, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.

ADVENT SERVICES: Advent season begins on Sunday, November 30 and we will begin an Advent series on that day that will continue during the following 3 Wednesdays: December 3rd, 10th and 17th at 6:30 pm.  Please join us before the Wednesday services for a Simple Supper at 5:30 pm.  There is a signup sheet on the glass counter.  This is a wonderful way to simplify and focus on the true beauty of the Christmas season.  Please note communion will not be offered on November 30th.

CAROLING to the SHUT-INS: After church service on Sunday, December 21st.  Meet us in the Ladies Lounge for lunch, then we are off to sing to our church family members who are no longer able to attend. Another thoughtful way to bring Christmas joy to those most in need! Carpooling available, no need to drive.

THE OLD BELL:  have you noticed the old bell sitting In the corner of the common area? It has been there collecting dust for a long time!  Pretty soon you will see a suggestion box there and we hope you will submit ideas on what can be done with it. The possibilities are endless, so be creative and make a suggestion, or two!

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Choir Practice
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Grace Ladies Wine & Cheese

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
6:30 pm Thanksgiving Eve Worship
7:15 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
9:00 am Young Adult Sunday School
10:30 am Worship Service

Announcements for the week of November 9, 2014

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
7:00 pm Choir Practice

THURSDAY
6:30 pm Elders’ Meeting

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
9:00 am Young Adult Bible Class
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service
11:35 am Cong. Voters’ Meeting

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet today after the service.  We will be making decisions regarding our projects for the rest of the year.  New members are welcome.

VOTERS’ MEETING – A Congregational Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for next Sunday, November 16 following the Worship Service to discuss calling a pastor. Please plan on attending.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION:  Our annual collection of nonperishable food items and TURKEYS will continue until Thanksgiving.  Our own food pantry needs restocking, and “extras” will be delivered to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and Community Mission.  Both agencies are in need of assistance to help local Niagara Falls families during the upcoming holidays.  Turkeys will be stored in our downstairs freezer.  Feel free to ask an usher for assistance in carrying turkeys downstairs.  Please remember this project as you do your grocery shopping each week if you are able.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated each year by these agencies.

OUR SPECIAL MISSION for November is the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Samaritan works out of several locations in Western New York, including Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Bergholz and St. Martin Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Our own Rev. Dr. Erwin Brese is one of several counselors working with Samaritan.  Samaritan offers Christian-based counseling to help those struggling with many of life’s challenges.  If you wish to support the work done by Pastor Brese and the other counselors at Samaritan, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.

Announcements for the week of November 2, 2014

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet next Sunday after church.  All are welcome to join this committee as we plan our projects for the upcoming holiday season.  “Soup by Russ” is on the menu!

THANK YOU to all who donated candy or participated in last week’s “Trunk or Treat”.  About 50 – 60 children attended with their families, and a great time was had by all!  A quote from a visitor on our Facebook page sums up the tone of the event: “What a warm, welcoming church and group of people!”.  Job well done, everyone!

FRUIT OF THE VINE FUN RAISER is this Saturday, November 8 at Grace from 6-9 pm. This will be an enjoyable social event with music, plenty of food and wine tastings offered by two wineries from the Finger Lakes region to raise funds for our organ refurbishment. Bring your adult children, a neighbor couple or book a date with friends! This is a dress up affair, for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $20 and are available after church from Trish Andrews.

ATTENTION PARENTS:  Next Sunday our Sunday School students will be dressing in their costumes during Sunday School so that we can take pictures of them for use during this year’s Christmas program.  Please make every effort to have your children in Sunday School so that they can be included in the pictures.

VOTERS’ MEETING – A Congregational Voters’ Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 16 following the Worship Service to discuss calling a pastor. Please plan on attending.

OUR SPECIAL MISSION for November is the Samaritan Counseling Center.  Samaritan works out of several locations in Western New York, including Holy Ghost Lutheran Church in Bergholz and St. Martin Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Our own Rev. Dr. Erwin Brese is one of several counselors working with Samaritan.  Samaritan offers Christian-based counseling to help those struggling with many of life’s challenges.  If you wish to
support the work done by Pastor Brese and the other counselors at Samaritan, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.

HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION – Our annual collection of nonperishable food items will begin next Sunday.  Each year we use your generous donations to restock our food pantry and to assist the Community Mission and St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry in getting prepared for the many requests for help they will receive over the holidays.  We will also be accepting donations of TURKEYS again this year.  If you are able, please remember this project as you grocery shop each week and add an item or two to your cart.  Thank you for your help.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Diabetes Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
7:00 pm Choir Practice

SATURDAY
6:00 pm Fruit of the Vine Fun Raiser

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
10:30 am Worship Service
11:45 am Social Ministries Meeting

Announcements for the week of October 26, 2014

TODAY IS OUR TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT from 4 – 5:30 PM.  It’s not too late to bring your car and join the fun.  There will be free gifts, donuts and cider, and lots of treats.  The Niagara County SPCA will be joining us with their animals, as well as the Greyhound Rescue and Adoption group.  Hope to see you there!

Attention parents:  On Sunday, November 9, our Sunday School students will be dressing in their costumes during Sunday School so that we can take pictures of them.  These pictures are needed for this year’s Christmas program.  Please make every effort to have your children in Sunday School on that day so that they can be included in the pictures.

Fruit of the Vine Fun Raiser will be held at Grace from 6-9 pm on November 8. This will be an enjoyable social event with music, plenty of food and wine tastings offered by two wineries from the Finger Lakes region. Bring your adult children, a neighbor couple or book a date with friends! This is a dress up affair, for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $20 and are available after church from Trish Andrews.

Sunday School Staff Meeting- The Sunday School Staff will meet after worship next Sunday, Nov. 2 to discuss attendance, curriculum and Christmas.

Harvest Food Collection – Our annual collection of nonperishable food items will continue until Thanksgiving.  Each year we use your generous donations to restock our food pantry and to assist the Community Mission and St. Vincent dePaul’s Food Pantry in preparing for the many requests for help they will receive over the holidays.  We are also accepting donations of TURKEYS again this year.  Please remember this project as you grocery shop each week and add an item or two to your cart if you are able.

Lutheran Academy – 1st Annual Fall Gala: this Saturday, Nov. 1 beginning at 5pm. An evening of great food, festivities, and fellowship at St. John Lutheran, highlighting the mission and gathering support for the new Lutheran Academy to open the Fall of 2015 at St. Mark, NT. Keynote speaker is Dr. Wally Schultz. Registration is $15 per person. See Jane or Ron Schulz for a registration form, call St. John (693-9677) or email academy @stjohnnt.com

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship
4-5:30 pm Trunk or Treat

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
12:00 Grace Ladies Lunch Meeting
6-7:15 am Confirmation

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
7:00 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY -Daylight Saving Time
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
9:00 am Young Adult Sunday School
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service
11:30 am Sunday School Staff Meeting

Announcements for the week of October 19, 2014

Trunk or Treat – PLEASE SIGN UP as soon as possible for our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat to be held rain or shine on Sunday, October 26, from 4 – 5:30 PM.  A sign up sheet for participation or donations of candy is available on the book nook.  Last year we had about 60 children and their families attend this fun event.  New participants are welcome!

Fruit of the Vine Fun Raiser will be held at Grace from 6-9 pm on November 8. This will be an enjoyable social event with music, plenty of food and wine tastings offered by two wineries from the Finger Lakes region. Bring your adult children, a neighbor couple or book a date with friends! This is a dress up affair, for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $20 and are available after church from Trish Andrews.

Harvest Food Collection – Our annual collection of nonperishable food items will continue until Thanksgiving.  Each year we use your generous donations to restock our food pantry and to assist the Community Mission and St. Vincent dePaul’s Food Pantry in preparing for the many requests for help they will receive over the holidays.  We are also accepting donations of TURKEYS again this year.  Please remember this project as you grocery shop each week and add an item or two to your cart if you are able.

Lutheran Academy – 1st Annual Fall Gala: Sat., Nov. 1 beginning at 5pm. An evening of great food, festivities, and fellowship at St. John Lutheran, highlighting the mission and gathering support for the new Lutheran Academy to open the Fall of 2015 at St. Mark, NT. Keynote speaker is Dr. Wally Schultz. Registration is $15 per person. See Jane or Ron Schulz for a registration form, call St. John (693-9677) or email academy @stjohnnt.com

Special Mission Envelopes for October – are designated to support Christian education at St. John & Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools. We have students and teachers from Grace at both of these schools. Business First has ranked Holy Ghost and St. John among the top school choices in Western New York.  The cost of providing quality education in a Christian environment continues to rise. If you want to help support the tuition assistance funds at these two schools, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of October.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

MONDAY -Gleanings Deadline
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation Class

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
7:00 pm Choir Practice

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/ Adult Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship
4-5:30 pm Trunk or Treat

Announcements for the week of October 12, 2014

There will be no Confirmation Class this week. Classes will resume Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:00pm.

Flu Shots and BP Clinic Today Stop by the chapel after church–you can enjoy a bowl of soup, have your BP checked, and get your flu shot from a Rite Aid pharmacist, all in one place!  Let’s stay healthy!

Trunk or Treat – PLEASE SIGN UP as soon as possible for our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat to be held rain or shine on Sunday, October 26, from 4 – 5:30 PM.  A sign up sheet for participation or donations of candy is available on the book nook.  Last year we had about 60 children and their families attend this fun event.  New participants are welcome!

Harvest Food Collection – Our annual collection of nonperishable food items will continue until Thanksgiving.  Each year we use your generous donations to restock our food pantry and to assist the Community Mission and St. Vincent dePaul’s Food Pantry in preparing for the many requests for help they will receive over the holidays.  We are also accepting donations of TURKEYS again this year.  Please remember this project as you grocery shop each week and add an item or two to your cart if you are able.

Fruit of the Vine Fun Raiser will be held at Grace from 6-9 pm on November 8. This will be an enjoyable social event with music, plenty of food and wine tastings offered by two wineries from the Finger Lakes region. Bring your adult children, a neighbor couple or book a date with friends! This is a dress up affair, for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $20 and are available after church from Trish Andrews.

Lutheran Academy – 1st Annual Fall Gala: Sat., Nov. 1 beginning at 5pm. An evening of great food, festivities, and fellowship at St. John Lutheran, highlighting the mission and gathering support for the new Lutheran Academy to open the Fall of 2015 at St. Mark, NT. Keynote speaker is Dr. Wally Schultz. Registration is $15 per person. See Jane or Ron Schulz for a registration form, call St. John (693-9677) or email academy @stjohnnt.com

Special Mission Envelopes for October – are designated to support Christian education at St. John & Holy Ghost Lutheran Schools. We have students and teachers from Grace at both of these schools. Business First has ranked Holy Ghost and St. John among the top school choices in Western New York.  The cost of providing quality education in a Christian environment continues to rise. If you want to help support the tuition assistance funds at these two schools, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of October.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Blood Pressure Clinic
11:30 – 1pm Flu Shots

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:45 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
7:00 pm Choir Practice

THURSDAY
6:30 pm Elders’ Meeting

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
9:00 am Young Adult Sunday School
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service

Announcements for the week of October 5, 2014

Wednesday Eve worship service – will be suspended until Advent.

Fruit of the Vine Fun Raiser -tickets are available after worship from Trish Andrews.

Harvest Food Collection – Our annual collection of nonperishable food items will begin next Sunday.  Each year we use your generous donations to restock our food pantry and to assist the Community Mission and St. Vincent dePaul’s Food Pantry in getting prepared for the many requests for help they will receive over the holidays.  We will also be accepting donations of TURKEYS again this year.  If you are able, please remember this project as you grocery shop each week and add an item or two to your cart.  Thank you for your help.

Trunk or Treat – Our 2nd annual Trunk or Treat will be held rain or shine on Sunday, October 26, from 4 – 5:30 PM.  A sign up sheet for participation with your car or donations of candy is available on the book nook.  Last year we had almost 60 children and their families attend this fun event.  New participants are welcome!

Lutheran Academy – 1st Annual Fall Gala: Saturday, November 1 beginning at 5pm. An evening of great food, festivities, and fellowship at St. John Lutheran, highlighting the mission and gathering support for the new Lutheran Academy to open the Fall of 2015 at St. Mark, NT. Keynote speaker is the former Lutheran Hour Speaker, Dr. Wally Schultz. Registration is $15 per person. See Jane or Ron Schulz for a registration form, call St. John (693-9677) or email academy @stjohnnt.com

THIS WEEK AT GRACE
MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:30 pm Confirmation
7:00 pm Diabetes Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
7:00 pm Choir Practice

SATURDAY
9-1 pm Red Cross Blood Drive
5:00 pm Breadbreakers’ Bible Study

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Study
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Blood Pressure Clinic
11:30 am Flu Shots