Announcements for 8/4/19

CHURCH OFFICE:  Please note that the church office is closed today and will re-open on Thursday, August 8th at 5:00 p.m.

The FLOWERS ON THE ALTAR today are given by Pastor and Jane Brese to thank God for their 60 years of married life.  After the service, all are invited to remain for a celebration with Anniversary cake, punch and coffee.

WELCOME Rev. Dr. Joel Elowsky, a professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  Dr. Elowsky will be participating in today’s worship service along with many of the Brese’s family and friends.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – ATEHNS UPDATE:

We had a fantastic week of praising God and join Paul on his dangerous journey in Athens!  Check out the upcoming Gleanings for more details.

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who contributed time, money, and prayers to Vacation Bible School.  You have been a blessing to so many families!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  We are accepting donations of all types of school supplies to help Niagara Falls school children get off to the best possible start in September.  Your gifts may be left on the tables available in the chapel or narthex.  Thank you for your generous support of this annual mission project.

SPONSOR A STUDENT:  This year we are offering an alternative option for supporting Niagara Falls school children in need.  School supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  Purchase ALL the supplies on the list to support a “virtual student”, place the items in a paper bag (or book bag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on (or under) the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school. Your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to our local students that they know have a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

AUGUST SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support the LUTHERAN CENTER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY (LCRL).  Nearly two centuries ago, immigrants that would form the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) came to the U.S. seeking religious freedom.  Today, the freedoms they sought are eroding.  That is why LCMS has recently established the “Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” in Washington, D.C.  Your donations will support this group as they work to protect our religious rights.  If you would like to know more about this initiative, please visit www.lcrlfreedom.org.  To support LCRL, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during August.

A SUNDAY SCHOOL STAFF MEETING will be held next Sunday, August 11th following worship.  Meeting to include making plans for Rally Day (9/8/19) and the upcoming school year.

FUNDRAISER:  All are welcome to come out and support Pamela Carr-Simcox today, Sunday, August 4th from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at The Bakery located at 3004 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, NY.  Funds raised will go towards renovating her home bathroom to be handicap accessible.  $20 per ticket with cash bar.  There will be entertainment, 50/50 and baskets.  Food will be served starting at 3:00 PM.

GOLDEN AGERS.  Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center will be hosting a “Golden Agers” event August 26th thru August 29th.  Come for a day or for the whole retreat and experience a faith-filled and fun time.  Contact Pioneer for all the details . . . (716) 549-1420 or www.pioneercamp.org.

THE GLEANINGS.  Please note that the August/September edition will be arriving on your doorstep by the 15th of August.  You may be asking . . . . “Why the late arrival?”.  This will allow us to include a feature on VBS which ran thru August 2nd.

The next AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE to be held at Grace is scheduled for Saturday, August 24th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  In appreciation of your donation, Amazon is thanking donors with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card.  Donors must provide a valid email address.

TIME IS MANNA. God’s covenant people received daily nourishment during their wilderness journey from slavery. Like them, we also fail to thank God for manna. You can testify of gratitude to God in your estate plan, so your loved ones see your recognition of God’s provision in each moment. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427. 

Announcements for 7/28/19

CHURCH OFFICE:  Please note that the secretary will not be in the office on Sunday, August 4th. The office will re-open on Thursday, August 8th from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

AUGUST CALENDAR:  With the August/September edition of The Gleanings arriving after the 1st of the month we didn’t want you to miss any upcoming events.  Please find a copy of August’s calendar in the bulletin today.

THEY’RE HERE!  The school supply lists for Niagara Falls Harry Abate Elementary School are now available in folders on the donation tables in the chapel and narthex.  Feel free to take a list from the grade of your choice.  You can purchase any of the supplies on the list and bring them back to the donation table.  OR you can purchase ALL the supplies on the list to support a “virtual student”, place the items in a paper bag (or bookbag), attach the list to the outside of the bag, and leave the bag on the table.  There is a critical need for supplies at this inner city school.  School supply donations of all types are appreciated.  All of your gifts will be distributed by the teachers directly to our local students that they know have a need.  Thank you for your generosity toward our children.

PLEASE NOTE:  Several of the school supply lists request ear buds or ear phones.  Hint–there are nice models available for $5 or less at Five Below in the strip plaza located in the Walmart shopping complex.  You may be able to find them even cheaper than $5 if you watch the sales.

SOCKS & UNDERWEAR:  Our inner city children are also in need of socks and underwear for the coming school year.  While these items are taken for granted by most of us, they are considered a luxury by families that are struggling to provide the basics needed for everyday life.  Grace members have given generously to this annual mission project for several years, and our school nurses have come to depend on us as partners as they try to provide for the dignity of the children in their care.  Boxes are available in the chapel and narthex to accept your gifts.  Thank you for your help.

TODAY IS THE LAST SUNDAY to donate to support LCMS Disaster Response as they continue to work at various disaster sites around our country, including recent earthquakes and floods.  LCMS is often one of the first agencies to respond to disasters with needed resources and volunteers to help meet immediate needs, and teams often provide long-term support to help residents rebuild their lives and homes.  If you would like to support our church’s work at disaster sites throughout our country, please place your July Special Mission envelope in the offering plate or use a convenience envelope located in the pew and clearly marked “LCMS Disaster Response”.

Please join the Brese’s following worship next Sunday, August 4th in celebration of their 60th WEDDING  ANNIVERSARY.  Anniversary cake, punch and coffee will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

FUNDRAISER:  All are welcome to come out and support Pamela Carr-Simcox on Sunday, August 4th from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM at The Bakery located at 3004 Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, NY.  Funds raised will go towards renovating her home bathroom to be handicap accessible.  $20 per ticket with cash bar.  There will be entertainment, 50/50 and baskets.  Food will be served starting at 3:00 PM.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE – CONTACT:  LACEY BAHR 525-5134

THIS WEEK IS VBS! Please keep our volunteers and participating families in your prayers.

TODAY is the decoration setup.  If you are able to help, even for a short time, please stay after service to help us prepare the building for the week-long event.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER! Friends, family, neighbors: follow up with invitations you’ve made, or extend new ones.  Registration forms are at both entrances or can be downloaded at gracenf.org/vbs.

GOLDEN AGERS.  Pioneer Camp and Retreat Center will be hosting a “Golden Agers” event August 26th thru August 29th.  Come for a day or for the whole retreat and experience a faith-filled and fun time.  Contact Pioneer for all the details at (716) 549-1420 or www.pioneercamp.org.

GOD’S WAY IS BEST. This truth is known to those who follow God’s Spirit, revealed in Jesus. God’s love wants everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of truth. Our own last words to the world can also reflect God’s truth, balancing love for God and others.  For help creating your statement, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 7/21/19

THE SALES HAVE STARTED ALREADY!  Continuing until Rally Day on September 8, Social Ministries has tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of socks, underwear, and school supplies for our Niagara Falls school children in need.  Stores are already having fantastic sales on school supplies with many items under $1.  Please remember this much appreciated mission project as you do your summer shopping.  All of your gifts will be distributed by the teachers and school nurses, which ensures that your gifts will be placed directly into the hands of local children that are most in need. 

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR:  Soon we will have school supply lists available by grade for those who may wish to supply all needed school supplies for one or more Niagara Falls school children.  If you would like to “adopt a virtual student”, you will be able to pick up a list from the donation tables for your preferred grade, purchase everything on the list, and bring the items back in a paper bag (or book bag) with the supply list attached to the outside.  These bags will be distributed by our inner city teachers in September to a child who would otherwise not have the supplies needed for a successful school year.

NEXT SUNDAY IS THE LAST WEEK to donate to support LCMS Disaster Response as they continue to work at various disaster sites around our country, including recent earthquakes and floods.  LCMS is often one of the first agencies to respond to disasters with needed resources and volunteers to help meet immediate needs, and teams often provide long-term support to help residents rebuild their lives and homes.  If you would like to support our church’s work at disaster sites throughout our country, please place your July Special Mission envelope in the offering plate by next week.

This week the 67th LCMS Convention will be held in Tampa, FL.  Pastor Bahr will be in attendance as a delegate representing our Niagara West congregations.  The LCMS convention determines the parameters by which we agree to walk together.  The resolutions of note include the relationship of laity and clergy (especially regarding the service of Deacons), the authority of the Synod President, and much more.

Please join the Brese’s following worship on Sunday, August 4th in celebration of their 60th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.  Anniversary cake, punch and coffee will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

SAVE THE DATE:  There will be a Sunday School Staff Meeting after worship on Sunday, August 11th.  Meeting will include making plans for Rally Day (9/8/19) and the upcoming school year.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE – CONTACT:  LACEY BAHR 525-5134

SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, July 28th.  After worship service we will transform the church for VBS.  Please plan to give of your time to help us set up.

PRE-REGISTRATION helps us prepare for the children coming.  Download the form at gracenf.org/vbs or call the office at 716-283-1843.  Forms are also available at the church entrances.

THE BALANCE OF PLANNING YOUR ESTATE with your intent to care for the people you love, and to bless the ministries you care about, can be achieved with the guidance of a charitable gift planner. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.the cross. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 7/14/19

HOLY COMMUNION SCHEDULE CHANGE.  Please note thatHoly Communion will be on the 28th of July and not on the  21st.

The 67th LCMS Convention will be held in Tampa, FL July 20-25th.  Pastor Bahr will be in attendance as a delegate representing our Niagara West congregations.  The LCMS convention determines the parameters by which we agree to walk together.  The resolutions of note include the relationship of laity and clergy (especially regarding the service of Deacons), the authority of the Synod President, and much more.

The GRACE LADIES Summer Picnic is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23rd at the home of Jane Hughes.  Please bring a dish to pass along with a small white elephant gift (placed in a bag) to be used for some fun games!  A sign-up sheet can be found on the glass display case.

THE GLEANINGS.  Please note that the August/September edition will be arriving on your doorstep by the 15th of August.  You may be asking . . . . “Why the late arrival?”.  This will allow us to include a feature on VBS which runs July 29th thru August 2nd.  Please notify the office should this cause any conflicts.  Please submit your submissions for this edition to the office as soon as possible.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE – CONTACT:  LACEY BAHR 525-5134

NEW ITEMS are on the VBS needs board.   See if there is anything you can contribute.  Please bring in items by Sunday, July 21st (aka NEXT Sunday).

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who came to help prepare props and decorations for VBS!  You are an important part of the program.

NEEDED:  simple costumes made for adults. If you can sew simple costumes and are willing, please let me know!

SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, July 28th.  After worship service we will transform the church for VBS.  Please plan to give of your time to help us set up.

PRE-REGISTRATION helps us prepare for the children coming.  Download the form at gracenf.org/vbs or call the office at 716-283-1843.  Forms are also available at the church entrances.

Please continue to PRAY for the volunteers preparing for VBS, and for the families who will attending.

TRIANGLES CREATE TENSION by pulling forces of similar strength in opposing directions. Many of life’s decisions present both risk and opportunity. Wisdom is knowing the difference between God’s will and ours. Planning your gifts to family and ministry is a discovery of this tension under the cross. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 7/7/19

This week, the LCMS Youth Gathering is taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This event brings together 25,000 high school youth from across the LCMS to worship, serve, and play together.  Pastor Bahr will be joining about 200 other adult volunteers to staff the Gathering. In addition to supervising one hotel property, he’ll be a member of Gathering Safety, comprising military, law enforcement, and medical personnel. Your prayers for the youth, adults, and staff are appreciated!

HOLY COMMUNION SCHEDULE CHANGE.  Please note thatHoly Communion will be on the 1st and 4th Sunday’s in July.  This will be July 7th and 28th.

The GRACE LADIES Summer Picnic is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23rd at the home of Jane Hughes.  Please bring a dish to pass along with a small white elephant gift (placed in a bag) to be used for some fun games!

CORRECTION:  After collecting a few more donations, the new grand total collected for Summit Life Resources’ annual Baby Bottle Bank Fundraiser is $431.42.  Thank you for all for your donations.

This past Saturday’s AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE which took place at Grace collected a total of 20 donations which will go on to help save 60 lives!!

SUBMISSIONS for the August/September edition of “The Gleanings” are due to the office by Monday, July 15th

SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, & SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  Continuing until Rally Day on September 8, Social Ministries has tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of socks, underwear, and school supplies for our Niagara Falls school children in need.  Jane Hughes, who spent many years as a teacher in our city’s school system, has shared that there is an acute need for help in our city’s inner city schools.  Jane Brese delivers your gifts to Harry Abate Elementary School each year, and she can tell you how they are anticipated and appreciated by the staff.  Please feel free to ask either of these ladies about the need if you have questions.  All of your gifts will be distributed by the teachers and school nurses, which ensures that your gifts will be placed directly into the hands of local children that are most in need. 

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR:  As soon as they are available, we will have school supply lists available by grade for those who may wish to supply all needed school supplies for one or more Niagara Falls school children.  If you would like to “adopt a virtual student”, you can pick up a list from the donation tables for your preferred grade, purchase everything on the list, and bring the items back in a paper bag (or book bag) with the supply list attached to the outside.  These bags will be distributed by our inner city teachers in September to a child who would otherwise not have the supplies needed for a successful school year.

JULY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support LCMS Disaster Response as they continue to work at various disaster sites around our country.  LCMS is often one of the first agencies to respond to disasters with needed resources and volunteers to help meet immediate needs, and teams often provide long-term support to help residents rebuild their lives and homes.  If you would like to support our church’s work at disaster sites throughout our country, please place your July Special Mission envelope in the offering plate before the end of the month.

TRIANGLES GIVE BALANCE to stabilize the weight of a force. A Christian steward’s life is one of balance between intent, action and Spirit supplied faith. Pray for your gift planning intent to turn to action empowered by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

The ALTAR FLOWERS are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of David Broussard by Amanda Stenzel.

Announcements for 6/30/19

PLEASE WELCOME Pastor Mark Auernhamer from St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.  Pastor Auernhamer will be assisting our Elders today with the sermon, absolution and Holy Communion.

SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, & SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  Beginning next Sunday and continuing until Rally Day on September 8th, Social Ministries will have tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of socks, underwear, and school supplies for our Niagara Falls school children in need.  (Please note that this project is separate from the project for Nebraska.)  Jane Hughes, who spent many years as a teacher in our city’s school system, has shared that there is an acute need for help in our city’s inner city schools.  Please feel free to ask her about the need if you have questions.  All of your gifts will be distributed by the teachers and school nurses, which ensures that your gifts will be placed directly into the hands of local children that are most in need. 

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR:  As soon as they are available, we will have school supply lists available by grade for those who may wish to supply all needed school supplies for one or more Niagara Falls school children.  If you would like to “adopt a virtual student”, you can pick up a list from the donation tables for your preferred grade, purchase everything on the list, and bring the items back in a paper bag (or book bag) with the supply list attached to the outside.  These bags will be distributed by our inner city teachers in September to a child who would otherwise not have the supplies needed for a successful school year.

OUR OLDEST LIVING MEMBER, Geraldine Merlin, will turn 102 on July 11th.  If you would like to send her well wishes for her birthday, you may drop off a greeting card in the office by next Sunday and we will take care of forwarding all cards to her.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO DONATE to our June special mission, Camp Pioneer, located on the shore of Lake Erie in Angola and owned by LCMS Eastern District.  Camp Pioneer offers daily admission passes including beach access and picnic areas, cottage rentals, camps and retreats for all ages, and special camps for military families, developmentally challenged, foster children, and inner-city youth.  They also host many special events and retreats.  As you can imagine, keeping our camp and its programs up and running becomes more expensive each year.  If you would like to support Camp Pioneer and its mission of sharing the love of Christ, you may use your special mission envelope or the convenience envelopes in the pews.  If you use the pew envelopes, please clearly mark it for “June special mission Camp Pioneer”.

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

HOLY COMMUNION SCHEDULE CHANGE.  Please note thatHoly Communion will be on the 1st and 4th Sunday’s in July.  This will be July 7th and 28th.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE:

Check out the board of VBS needs, located in the fellowship hall.  Take a sticker as your reminder and bring items to the table.

ALL volunteers keep Saturday, July 13th on your calendars.  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM will be decor creation; 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM will be volunteer training.  Lunch is provided at noon.

Please keep attending families in your prayers.  God will bring them to us; pray that their hearts are ready for the Word of God.

INVITE! Neighbors, friends, family…this event is for children ages 3 (potty-trained) to entering 6th grade.

WILL WE MAKE IT TO THE END . . . WITH ENOUGH? Fear and anxiety cause many to tightly clench their fists during life. Despite promises for provision, some won’t believe. For all, leaving a portion to honor God confesses saving faith in a planned response of gratitude. For more information, contact Robert Wirth, LCMS Foundation Gift Planner @ robert.wirth (at) lfnd (dot) org or 716-863-4427.

Announcements for 6/23/19

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

SOCKS, UNDERWEAR, & SCHOOL SUPPLIES:  Beginning in July and continuing until Rally Day on September 8, Social Ministries will have tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of socks, underwear, and school supplies for our Niagara Falls school children in need.  (Please note that this project is separate from the project for Nebraska.)  Jane Hughes, who spent many years as a teacher in our city’s school system, has shared that there is an acute need for help in our city’s inner city schools.  Please feel free to ask her about the need if you have questions.  All of your gifts will be distributed by the teachers and school nurses, which ensures that your gifts will be placed directly into the hands of local children that are most in need. 

SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR:  As soon as they are available, we will have school supply lists available by grade for those who may wish to supply all needed school supplies for one or more Niagara Falls school children.  If you would like to “adopt a virtual student”, you can pick up a list from the donation tables for your preferred grade, purchase everything on the list, and bring the items back in a paper bag (or book bag) with the supply list attached to the outside.  These bags will be distributed by our inner city teachers in September to a child who would otherwise not have the supplies needed for a successful school year.

OUR OLDEST LIVING MEMBER, Geraldine Merlin, will turn 102 on July 11.  If you would like to send her well wishes for her birthday, you may drop off a greeting card in the office by July 7 (two weeks from today) and we will take care of forwarding all cards to her.

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

GRACE LADIES FIELD TRIP to the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center will take place this Tuesday, the 25th of June.  Those planning to attend should meet at Grace at 11:00 AM.  Admission to the Heritage Center is approximately $7.  Please also note that lunch will follow at Olive Garden.

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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL UPDATE:

There are NEW items on the board of VBS needs, located in the fellowship hall.  Take a sticker as your reminder and bring items to the table.

ALL volunteers keep Saturday, July 13th on your calendars.  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM will be decor creation; 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM will be volunteer training.  Lunch is provided at noon.

Please keep attending families in your prayers.  God will bring them to us; pray that their hearts are ready for the Word of God.

INVITE! Neighbors, friends, family…this event is for children ages 3 (potty-trained) to entering 6th grade.

Announcements for 6/16/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements for 6/9/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VBS NEWS:

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

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

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

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

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

Announcements for 6/2/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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