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

Announcements for the week of September 28, 2014

Wednesday Eve worship service – will be suspended until Advent.

Our Special Mission Envelopes for September and 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.

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.

LWML Niagara Zone celebrates 70 years!
Join us for our 70th anniversary celebration at the Fall Rally on Sunday, October 12 starting at 2:30 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Scott and William Streets in Tonawanda. Events include a business meeting with elections, a combined LWML Sunday worship service with Pastor Rickus officiating, and an anniversary banquet catered by Suzanne’s Fine Dining. Cost is $10 and includes the banquet. All are welcome! RSVP is required so contact Erika Tuscher to RSVP by October 1.

Das Haus Annual Harvest Dinner – is Saturday, October 18, 5:00pm. at St. James Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. All-Inclusive price of $20.00 includes breaded pork chops, potatoes and gravy, local squash, wedding cabbage, local applesauce, spring salad, homemade pies and beverages. Nona McQuay of from the History Center of Niagara will be the guest speaker. Proceeds benefit the maintenance of Das Haus Museum. To reserve tickets, contact Diane Retzlaff at 731-9763 by October 10.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am SS/Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
6:00 pm Confirmation Class

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

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 September 21, 2014

Annual Flea Market and Bake Sale is this Saturday, September 27. Donations can be dropped off at the church this week. Baked goods can be brought to church on Friday evening.

Our Special Mission Envelopes for September and 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.

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.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

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

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

TUESDAY
12:00 pm Grace Ladies Lunch Meeting
6:00 pm Confirmation Class

WEDNESDAY
9:45 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
6:30 pm Midweek Worship
7:00 pm Choir Practice

SATURDAY
9-2 pm Flea Market and Bake Sale

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

Announcements for the week of June 15, 2014

Weird Animals VBS – Please register as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Registration forms are available on the book nook. Completed forms can be dropped off or mailed to the office, or handed to Amy Folmsbee.

Special Mission – K-9 COMFORT DOGS from Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is our Special Mission for June.  These specially trained dogs travel with their volunteer owners throughout the United States to areas recovering from natural and man-made disasters.  They are currently working at California fire sites as well as areas affected by recent tornadoes and floods, and they continue their work in Oklahoma, Boston, and Sandy Hook.  The dogs provide comfort to those in need while creating an opening to share Christian counseling services.  LCC guarantees that 100% of our donations will go directly to the travel and care expenses for these dogs.  If you wish to support this project, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate during June.

Self Study Meeting – We are working on the self study that is required to prepare to call a new pastor. We need lots of input. Our next meeting is Wed. June 18 at 7:00 if you would like to help as we prepare these documents.

Summerfest – Camp Pioneer will hold its annual Summerfest on Sunday, July 13. The day begins with worship at 10:30am, Chicken BBQ from 11:30 – 3:30, and all day activities including bounce house, bazooka ball, water slide, crafts and live music. The beach and boating will also be available. Tickets for the all day event are $12.00 for adult and $5.00 for children 5-12 and are available in through the church office. This is a Thrivent Financial Fundraising Event.

Gleanings Deadline – The deadline for the Summer issue (July & Aug) is this Friday, June 20. If you have info that you would like included, please forward to the church office at secretary (at) gracenf (dot) org or contact Bev Mills.

Grace Ladies Planning Meeting – Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00pm. Come bring your ideas for upcoming meetings.

THIS WEEK AT GRACE

TODAY
9:00 am Bible Class
10:30 am Comm. Worship Service

MONDAY
6:30 pm Community AA Meeting

WEDNESDAY
9:30 am Bible Study
10:30 am Craft Group
6:30 pm Midweek Worship
7:00 pm Self Study Meeting

SATURDAY
5:00 pm Breadbreakers’ Bible Study

NEXT SUNDAY
9:00 am Bible Class
10:30 am Worship Service
11:30 am Coffee Fellowship