Announcements for 1/19/20

JANUARY MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Young Life, an international youth organization with local chapters whose purpose is to bring teens to the knowledge of our loving Savior.  Several of our youth are, or have been, involved in Young Life.  Their annual fundraising dinner is scheduled for March 26.  Donations in January will allow us to submit our gifts early enough to be included in the list of supporters at the dinner.  We will also reserve a table for the dinner in March, so if you are interested in attending, watch for a sign up sheet which will be available soon.  Dick Crawford has been active with Young Life for many years and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. 

ANNUAL BATHROOM TISSUE COLLECTION:  Beginning in February, we will have tables available in the chapel and narthex to receive donations of toilet tissue.  Heart, Love, & Soul tells us it is one of their most requested (but least donated) items.  This is something that all of us use daily and most of us take for granted (until we run out, that is).  But it cannot be purchased with EBT cards (formerly called food stamps), so those living in poverty in our city often have difficulty providing this item for their families.  Your gifts will help our neighbors in need maintain their dignity. 

Our OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, Denise Konopka, sadly will need to leave us after February. If you or someone you know are considering the Office Administrator position, please go to https://indeedhi.re/2QTJmng and apply ASAP.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  We are in need of greeters for Grace’s upcoming photography sessions taking place in February.  Volunteers will be greeting families, providing families with paperwork to be completed prior to their photo session and keeping the flow of traffic within the building running smoothly.  A sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.

St. Peter’s Lutheran School in Sanborn will be hosting their 2ND ANNUAL MEAT RAFFLE on Saturday, February 8 at the Sanborn Fire Hall. Doors will open at 6PM and the first spin will take place at 7PM.  More details may be found on Grace’s bulletin board.

The ALTAR FLOWERS, week by week, are a welcome offering to our worship. Flowers are alive. They are of God’s creation. They are a fragrant offering to the God who created them. They are a symbol of new life in Christ. For all of these reasons, we give thanks to everyone who is moved to give flowers on a particular Sunday. People have given flowers in thanksgiving to God for a family member’s birthday, wedding anniversary, or other blessing. They are also given in memory of a departed loved one or friend.  A flower chart is located in the narthex where available Sunday dates are listed.  The church office will then contact you to obtain your preference in color(s), size (centerpiece/$43 or two (2) vases/$54) and your personalized bulletin announcement.

DONATIONS FOR SNACK.  Every Sunday, after our lesson and before music, we give the students a little snack.  At this time we could use donations of drinks (juice boxes, mini water bottles, etc.).  Please feel free to leave donated beverages near the water cooler in the chapel.

Announcements for 1/12/20

JANUARY MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Young Life, an international youth organization with local chapters whose purpose is to bring teens to the knowledge of our loving Savior.  Several of our youth are, or have been, involved in Young Life.  Their annual fundraising dinner is scheduled for March 26.  Donations in January will allow us to submit our gifts early enough to be included in the list of supporters at the dinner.  We will also reserve a table for the dinner in March, so if you are interested in attending, watch for a sign up sheet which will be available soon.  Dick Crawford has been active with Young Life for many years and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet today after worship.  New members are welcome to attend as we begin our planning for the new year.

THANK YOU for your donations to our Advent Giving Tree.  Your gifts will help Summit Life Resources, Heart, Love & Soul, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, and the Magdalene Project.  All four of these agencies are located in Niagara Falls and are doing wonderful work as they assist our neighbors in need.

NIGHTS LIGHTS (grades 4-6) is meeting this Friday, January 17th, 7-9 pm.  The topic is dinosaurs.  When did they live?  What does the Bible say?  Bring a friend and a snack to share. Parents are invited to attend. Contact: Lacey Bahr 716-525-5134.

PEW SISTERS meets this Thursday, January 16th, 6-8 pm. Un-claimed books are still available, so invite a friend. Treats provided.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS invites members and the public to come to our annual Memories meeting on Thursday, January 16, 2020. We will share and discuss memories of days gone by.  The meeting will be at the Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Rd in Wheatfield at 2:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served.

GLEANINGS submissions for the February/March edition are due by Wednesday, January 15th.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  We are in need of greeters for Grace’s upcoming photography sessions taking place in February.  Volunteers will be greeting families, providing families with paperwork to be completed prior to their photo session and keeping the flow of traffic within the building running smoothly.  A sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.

Announcements for 1/5/20

READINGS.  Please note that today’s readings are different than those printed on the back of the bulletin.  Old Testament Reading:  Isaiah 60:1-6, Epistle:  Ephesians 3:1-12, Holy Gospel:  Matthew 2:1-12.

GRACE’S CHURCH DIRECTORY.  After service today stop by the sign-up table in the Fellowship Hall to reserve your photography session appointment.  Appointments taken between 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM, February 11th – February 13th (Tuesday thru Thursday) right here at Grace.  You can also sign-up on-line . . . visit Grace’s website (www.GRACENF.org) scroll to the bottom of the home page, find the photography advertisement, and click on the link.  Please note that his link will be temporarily disabled on Sunday mornings to allow for sign-up in the Fellowship Hall.

CHOIR REMINDER:  Our next choir practice will be held on February 19.  Thank you for your dedication to singing all of the special music during Advent and Christmas, and enjoy your time off!  If anyone would like to sing a solo or small group song in January or February, please speak to Maye or Ross.

JANUARY MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Young Life, an international youth organization with local chapters whose purpose is to bring teens to the knowledge of our loving Savior.  Several of our youth are, or have been, involved in Young Life.  Their annual fundraising dinner is scheduled for March 26.  Donations in January will allow us to submit our gifts early enough to be included in the list of supporters at the dinner.  We will also reserve a table for the dinner in March, so if you are interested in attending, watch for a sign up sheet which will be available soon.  Dick Crawford has been active with Young Life for many years and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES will meet next Sunday after worship.  Please plan to attend as we begin our planning for the new year.

Announcements for 12/29/19

It’s time for us to update GRACE’S CHURCH DIRECTORY. We will be photographing all families February 11th thru the 13th from 2PM – 9PM right here at Grace. Our directory won’t be complete without you. Reserve your spot by stopping by the sign-up table after worship next Sunday, January 5th or see the link on Grace’s website to sign-up today!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE:  Our ADVENT GIVING TREES are located in the chapel and narthex.  This year we are supporting several Niagara Falls agencies, including Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Outreach Center, and the Magdalene Project.  If you would like to participate, please take as many tags from the trees as you would like, purchase the item(s) requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables by next Sunday, January 5.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

GIFT CARDS:  The agencies that we are supporting with our Advent Giving Tree are always appreciative of Target or Walmart gift cards which they can use to purchase various needed items.  For those who might prefer this option, please note we have placed a box for gift card donations under each tree.  The boxes will be checked frequently and gift cards will be stored in a secure location.   

HATS & MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree tags, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed and welcomed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE to our December special mission, designated for Samaritan Counseling, a local Christian counseling agency working with all ages and all types of needs.  Your donations will help Samaritan provide free or reduced fee counseling to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  If you have questions about Samaritan, please feel free to speak with Pastor Brese who worked for many years as a counselor with them, or Trish Andrews who frequently refers clients to Samaritan through her work as a nurse practitioner.  Both would be glad to tell you more about their experiences with Samaritan and the great work they do.  If you wish to support Samaritan, please place your special mission envelope or a convenience envelope located in the pews (clearly marked “special mission”) in the offering plate today.  If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.

CHOIR REMINDER:  Our next choir practice will be held on February 19.  Thank you for your dedication to singing all of the special music during Advent and Christmas, and enjoy your time off!  If anyone would like to sing a solo or small group song in January or February, please speak to Maye or Ross.

THANK YOU to all who donated to our Christmas family this year.  Your generous gifts were greatly appreciated by the family and will be helpful as they continue to deal with their current challenges.

Announcements for 12/22/19

IT’S NOT TOO LATE:  Our ADVENT GIVING TREES are located in the chapel and narthex.  This year we are supporting several Niagara Falls agencies, including Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Outreach Center, and the Magdalene Project.  If you would like to participate, please take as many tags from the trees as you would like, purchase the item(s) requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  We will continue to accept donations until January 5.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

GIFT CARDS:  The agencies that we are supporting with our Advent Giving Tree are always appreciative of Target or Walmart gift cards which they can use to purchase various needed items.  For those who might prefer this option, please note we have placed a box for gift card donations under each tree.  The boxes will be checked frequently and gift cards will be stored in a secure location.   

HATS & MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree tags, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed and welcomed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

DECEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for Samaritan Counseling, a local Christian counseling agency working with all ages and all types of needs.  Your donations will help Samaritan provide free or reduced fee counseling to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  If you have questions about Samaritan, please feel free to speak with Pastor Brese who worked for many years as a counselor with them, or Trish Andrews who frequently refers clients to Samaritan through her work as a nurse practitioner.  Both would be glad to tell you more about their experiences with Samaritan and the great work they do.  If you wish to support Samaritan, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

SUNDAY SCHOOL STUDENTS:  Please note that we will have Sunday School next Sunday, 12/29, as usual at 9 AM as we continue to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

TURKEY AND HAM DONATIONS:  We received a donation of 26 hams and turkeys.  Your generosity enabled us to help the Community Mission, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, The Lord’s Day Dinner and the Magdalene Project.

A total of 17 donations were collected on Saturday, December 14 at the AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE held at Grace.  These collections will go on to save up to 51 people.

JOIN US FOR WORSHIP . . .

Christmas Eve Services – Tuesday, December 24th

5:00 PM – Service of Lesson & Carols

11:00 PM – Candlelight Service

Christmas Day Services – Wednesday, December 25th

10:30 AM – “Christ Mass” Service w/Holy Communion

Announcements for 12/15/19

A SIMPLE SUPPER sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.  Dinner will be held Wednesday, December 18 starting at 5:30 PM followed by worship at 6:30 PM.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are located in the chapel and narthex.  This year we are supporting several Niagara Falls agencies, including Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Outreach Center, and the Magdalene Project.  If you would like to participate, please take as many tags from the trees as you would like, purchase the item(s) requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  We will continue to accept donations until January 5.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

GIFT CARDS:  The agencies that we are supporting with our Advent Giving Tree are always appreciative of Target or Walmart gift cards which they can use to purchase various needed items.  For those who might prefer this option, please note we have placed a box for gift card donations under each tree.  The boxes will be checked frequently and gift cards will be stored in a secure location.   

HATS & MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree tags, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed and welcomed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

DECEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for Samaritan Counseling, a local Christian counseling agency working with all ages and all types of needs.  Your donations will help Samaritan provide free or reduced fee counseling to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  If you have questions about Samaritan, please feel free to speak with Pastor Brese who worked for many years as a counselor with them, or Trish Andrews who frequently refers clients to Samaritan through her work as a nurse practitioner.  Both would be glad to tell you more about their experiences with Samaritan and the great work they do.  If you wish to support Samaritan, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

NEXT SUNDAY our Sunday School will present this year’s Christmas pageant at our 10:30 AM service, with a coffee hour to follow.  Please join us as our students look back at what happened on that first Christmas, as Mary, Joseph, the angels, shepherds, and wisemen all said “yes” to God’s plan.

Our only full Christmas pageant rehearsal FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS is scheduled for Saturday, December 21, at 10 AM with a pizza lunch at noon for students, staff, and choir members.  Please make every effort to arrive on time.  (Choir members–please arrive by 10:30 AM that morning.) 

Mark your calendars for our upcoming CHRISTMAS SERVICES:

  • Tuesday, December 24th – 5:00 PM – Lessons & Carols Service
    • Tuesday, December 24th – 11:00 PM – Candlelight Service
    • Wednesday, December 25th – 10:30 AM – Christmas Day Service

FYI – 2020 CHURCH ENVELOPES can be picked up in the Fellowship Hall after service on Sunday, December 22nd

Announcements 12/8/19

A VOTERS’ BUDGET MEETING will be held in the sanctuary following worship today.

SIMPLE SUPPER sign-up sheets can be found on the glass display case.  Dinners will be held Wednesday, December 11and 18starting at 5:30 PM followed by worship at 6:30 PM.

The Grace Ladies annual CATERED CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held on Tuesday, December 10at 6:00 PM.  $15 per person and bring a $5 gift to exchange!  A sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

TURKEYS & HAMS:  We will continue to accept turkeys and hams until December 15 to help Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinner provide a Christmas meal for our neighbors in need in Niagara Falls.  If you need help with carrying to our downstairs freezer, please ask an usher for assistance. 

ADVENT GIVING TREES are now located in the chapel and narthex.  This year we are supporting several Niagara Falls agencies, including Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Outreach Center, and the Magdalene Project.  If you would like to participate, please take as many tags from the trees as you would like, purchase the item(s) requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  We will continue to accept donations until January 5.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

HATS & MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree tags, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed and welcomed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

DECEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for Samaritan Counseling, a local Christian counseling agency working with all ages and all types of needs.  Your donations will help Samaritan provide free or reduced fee counseling to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  If you have questions about Samaritan, please feel free to speak with Pastor Brese who worked for many years as a counselor with them, or Trish Andrews who frequently refers clients to Samaritan through her work as a nurse practitioner.  Both would be glad to tell you more about their experiences with Samaritan and the great work they do.  If you wish to support Samaritan, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY our Sunday School will present their Christmas pageant during our worship service, with a coffee hour to follow.  It is important that all students be in attendance at Sunday School as we practice our songs and parts.  Our only full rehearsal FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS is scheduled for Saturday, December 21, at 10:00 AM with a pizza lunch at noon for students, staff, and choir members.  (Choir members–please arrive by 10:30 AM that morning.) 

GIFT CARDS:  The agencies that we are supporting with our Advent Giving Tree are always appreciative of Target or Walmart gift cards which they can use to purchase various needed items.  For those who might prefer this option, please note we have placed a box for gift card donations under each tree.  The boxes will be checked frequently and gift cards will be stored in a secure location. 

Crystal Michel would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for the greeting cards she received in honor of her 99th birthday along with the many well wishes to feel better soon.  She also appreciated the beautiful Thanksgiving coloring sheet received from the Sunday School students and staff.

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS invites you to attend our annual German Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long on Friday, December 13 at 7:00 PM.  We will gather at the 104 year old St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 6167 Walmore Rd. in Wheatfield.  The public is invited to attend.  After the program, we will serve refreshments, including cookies made from old family recipes. If you have an old recipe you would like to share, please join us!  Please also note that Martha Haseley is doing well with her rehabilitation since having her knee replaced approximately 3 weeks ago.

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will take placed at Grace on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins are always welcome!

The Youth for Truth and Pre-Teen Youth will be holding their SECRET SANTA/CHRISTMAS PARTY on Friday, December 13.

  • Grades 4-6:                6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Grades 7-12: 6:00 PM – 9:00 AM (Lock-In)
    • Please use side entrance near church office for pick-up on Saturday morning as the Blood Drive will be taking place in the Fellowship Hall.

Announcements 12/1/19

A VOTERS’ MEETING will take place following worship next Sunday, December 8.  Please see the latest edition of the Gleanings to view the budget worksheet, which should have arrived on your doorstep this weekend.

SIMPLE SUPPER sign-up sheets can be found on the glass display case.  Dinners will be held Wednesday, December 4th, 11th and 18th starting at 5:30 PM followed by worship at 6:30 PM.

The Grace Ladies annual CATERED CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:00 PM.  $15 per person and bring a $5 gift to exchange!  A sign-up sheet is located on the glass display case.

THANK YOU for your generous donations to this year’s HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION.   Your gifts were delivered to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry yesterday to help them restock their pantry for the upcoming Christmas season.  St. Vincent has received numerous requests for assistance this year, and they are extremely grateful for our partnership in helping our neighbors in need.

TURKEYS & HAMS:  Because of your generosity, we were able to deliver 12 turkeys to the Community Mission last Sunday to assist them in providing a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless that they serve.  We will continue to accept turkeys and hams until December 15 to help Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinner provide a Christmas meal for our neighbors in need in Niagara Falls.  If you need help with carrying to our downstairs freezer, please ask an usher for assistance. 

ADVENT GIVING TREES are now located in the chapel and narthex.  This year we are supporting several Niagara Falls agencies, including Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, Heart, Love, & Soul, Summit Life Outreach Center, and the Magdalene Project.  If you would like to participate, please take as many tags from the trees as you would like, purchase the item(s) requested, and return it unwrapped to the tree tables.  We will continue to accept donations until January 5.  Thank you for your generosity toward our neighbors in need.

HATS & MITTENS:  In addition to the items listed on our Giving Tree tags, hats, gloves, and mittens are always needed and welcomed as we head into the cold winter months ahead.  Many children and homeless adults from our inner city areas lack these items to help keep them warm.

DECEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for Samaritan Counseling, a local Christian counseling agency working with all ages and all types of needs.  Your donations will help Samaritan provide free or reduced fee counseling to those who cannot afford to pay the full fee.  If you have questions about Samaritan, please feel free to speak with Pastor Brese who worked for many years as a counselor with them, or Trish Andrews who frequently refers clients to Samaritan through her work as a nurse practitioner.  Both would be glad to tell you more about their experiences with Samaritan and the great work they do.  If you wish to support Samaritan, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of December.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

CLEAN GENTLY USED COATS AND BLANKETS:  If you have either of them and would like them to find a good home, please speak with Robin Stephenson or give her a call (471-7976).  She will deliver them to Niagara Falls agencies that can give them directly to a client in need.

THREE WEEKS FROM TODAY our Sunday School will present their Christmas pageant during our worship service, with a coffee hour to follow.  It is important that all students be in attendance at Sunday School weekly as we practice our songs and parts.  Our only full rehearsal FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS is scheduled for Saturday, December 21, at 10 AM with a pizza lunch at noon for students, staff, and choir members.  (Choir members–please arrive by 10:30 AM that morning.)

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will take placed at Grace on Saturday, December 14 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  For an appointment please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.  Walk-Ins are always welcome!

The Youth for Truth and Pre-Teen Youth will be holding their SECRET SANTA/CHRISTMAS PARTY on Friday, December 13. Grades 4-6 – 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Grades 7-12 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 AM (Saturday, December 14).

Announcements for 11/24/19

THANK YOU for your generous donations to this year’s HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION.  Donations can still be added to the tables until Thanksgiving Eve.  We will be delivering your gifts to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry later in the week so that they can restock their pantry for the upcoming Christmas season.  St. Vincent has received numerous requests for assistance, and they are extremely grateful for our partnership in helping our neighbors in need.

OUR FREEZER IS NO LONGER EMPTY!  Donations of turkeys and hams are starting to come in!  We are accepting turkeys and hams to help the Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners provide holiday meals for the poor and homeless in Niagara Falls.  The sales have started!  If you choose to support this mission and need help with carrying to our downstairs freezer, please ask an usher for assistance.  We will continue to accept donations until December 15.

NOVEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for “Help and Hope for Homeless, Inc.”  Help and Hope is a local charity working with homeless, or near-homeless, individuals and families that have a true desire to improve their situation, connecting them with the help they need to become productive and self-sufficient.  We encourage you to speak with the following members of Grace:  John Loss (founder and board President), Sue Loss (board secretary), or Robin Stephenson (board member) about Help and Hope’s efforts to assist the homeless in our community.  If you wish to support this organization, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES to Crystal Michel, who is our oldest member.  Crystal will turn 99 on Thanksgiving Day.  Don’t forget to drop off your birthday greeting card in the office today, and Denise will get them in the mail (or perhaps send one on your own if you prefer).

CLEAN GENTLY USED COATS AND BLANKETS:  If you have either of them and would like them to find a good home, please speak with Robin Stephenson or give her a call (471-7976).  She will deliver them to Niagara Falls agencies that can give them directly to a client in need.

The flowers on our ALTAR today are placed to the Glory of God and in Thanksgiving for our families; parents (Kroening & Herfurth), children (Jonathan & Katelyn), and the family of believers at Grace – by Ross & Amy Folmsbee and Ron & Jane Schulz.  

Announcements for 11/17/19

Please WELCOME Rev. Bob Spilman as our guest preacher today.

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY to donate to our annual HARVEST FOOD COLLECTION.  We will also accept donations at our Thanksgiving Eve service. Your help is needed.  Our partner, St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on Military Road, has already received numerous requests for assistance from our neighbors in need, and they anticipate that their pantry will be depleted after their Thanksgiving deliveries.  They are grateful that we plan to deliver our donations on Thanksgiving weekend, which will be a huge help in restocking for the Christmas season.  We have tables available in the chapel and narthex to receive donations of non-perishable food items.  All gifts are appreciated, but especially needed to restock their pantry are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, cereal, pasta, spaghetti sauce, applesauce, and canned fruit.  Thank you for your generosity toward this project.

OUR FREEZER IS EMPTY!  We are accepting HAMS AND TURKEYS to help the Community Mission and the Lord’s Day Dinners provide holiday meals for the poor and homeless in Niagara Falls.  The sales have started!  If you choose to support this mission and need help with carrying to our downstairs freezer, please ask an usher for assistance.

NOVEMBER SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated for “Help and Hope for Homeless, Inc.”  Help and Hope is a local charity working with homeless, or near-homeless, individuals and families that have a true desire to improve their situation, connecting them with the help they need to become productive and self-sufficient.  We encourage you to speak with the following members of Grace:  John Loss (founder and board President), Sue Loss (board secretary), or Robin Stephenson (board member) about Help and Hope’s efforts to assist the homeless in our community.  If you wish to support this organization, please place your special mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of November.  (If you have signed up for the new e-giving option, you can donate to special missions online.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES to Crystal Michel, who is now our oldest member.  Crystal will turn 99 on Thanksgiving Day.  If you would like to help her celebrate, you can drop off a greeting card in the office by next Sunday and we will make sure it is mailed to her.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  The Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission is in need of volunteers to help with their upcoming community Thanksgiving meal.  They need volunteers to answer phone lines, assist at “pie parties”, prepare the meals, serve the meals, and deliver meals.  If you are interested in helping, please call Chaplain John Bornhoeft at 940-3054.

On Tuesday, November 19th the Grace Ladies will be hosting a WINE & CHEESE PARTY at 6:30 PM.  Don’t’ forget to bring a memory item to show and tell.  In preparation for their next fun event, their annual Christmas Party, a sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will resume on Tuesday, November 26th at 6:00 PM.

SIMPLE SUPPER sign-up sheets can be found on the glass display case.  Dinners will be held Wednesday, December 4th, 11th and 18th starting at 5:30 PM followed by worship at 6:30 PM.

Order forms for CHRISTMAS FLOWERS can be found in today’s bulletin.  The Grace Ladies are offering members of our congregation the opportunity to purchase poinsettia plants.  Plants may be picked up after the 10:30 AM Christmas Morning Service.  Orders are due no later than Sunday, December 8th

2020 POCKET CALENDARS with an inspirational verse are available on the glass display case and in the narthex.  Help yourself.

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

THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF NORTH GERMAN SETTLEMENTS IN WNY will meet at 7:00 PM on Thursday November 21st at the Wheatfield Community Center.  This promises to be a very interesting meeting as Jeremy Hogan from the Barge Brewing Company will be the speaker.  He will update us on the newest plans for the old Meeting Place which the brewery has purchased, as well as their plan for restoring the old truck hall and bringing it back to its original glory.  He is eager to answer all our questions on the Brewery and Restaurant project.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Join us.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  With the holidays fast approaching, below are a few important dates for your calendars:

  • Wednesday, November 27th – Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 4th – Simple Supper 5:30 PM / Advent Service 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, December 8th – Voter’s Budget Meeting / Help Decorate the Church / Flower Orders Due
  • Wednesday, December 11th – Simple Supper 5:30 PM / Advent Service 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 18th – Simple Supper 5:30 PM / Advent Service 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 21st – Christmas Pageant Practice – Lunch Provided
    • Sunday School Students – 10:00 AM
    • Adult Choir – 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, December 22nd – Christmas Pageant 10:30 AM / Christmas Caroling to our Shut In’s
  • Tuesday, December 24th – Lessons & Carols Service 5:00 PM / Candlelight Service 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 25th – Christmas Day Service 10:30 AM

The ALTAR flowers are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of loved ones by the Crawford and Strasburg families.