Announcements for Sunday, 5/9

We will observe ARMED FORCES SUNDAY on May 16, 2021. As part of the service, we will remember all those people special to our congregation who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of liberty. If someone in your family or friends has been killed or missing in action, please submit their name to the office by Tuesday, May 11. We’ll also honor active military personnel and veterans, who are invited to attend in uniform. Are you a veteran, reservist, or active duty and intend to be present at our service that day? Please let our office know.

MAY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support FOOD FOR THE POOR.  Food for the Poor is a Christian ministry that primarily serves some of the world’s poorest countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, providing food, housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, and emergency relief, reflecting God’s unconditional love for all people.  One of our former ministers, Rev. Daniel Otto, was a long time volunteer with this agency. You can support Food for the Poor by using your May special mission envelope, or by donating on the Grace web page under “special mission”. 

“STOCK THE SHOPPE”–BEGINNING TODAY and continuing through Father’s Day in June, we have tables available in the chapel and narthex to accept donations of new baby clothes, diapers, and baby toiletries for SUMMIT LIFE OUTREACH CENTER.  Summit is a Christian organization located on Pine Avenue (near the Niagara Falls City Market) that is devoted to helping young women who find themselves in unplanned pregnancy situations.  Their clients receive free counseling as well as pregnancy and parenting education.  Their “earn while you learn” program awards credits for attendance at counseling and educational sessions, and the credits can be used to “purchase” needed baby supplies in their “Parenting Shoppe”.  Your donations will help to stock the Parenting Shoppe.

BABY BOTTLE BANKS are also available on our Summit Life Outreach tables.  Feel free to take a bank or two and fill them with your spare change.  The money raised from this annual fundraiser will help to purchase supplies needed by the volunteers at Summit.  Please return your banks to the office or to Alice Moll by Father’s Day.  Thank you for your generosity!

LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN & CHILDREN CENTER (Magdalene Project) will receive a donation of $600 from our April Special Mission envelopes.  Thank you for supporting this volunteer agency that works with women on the streets of Niagara Falls, as well as under supervised children in our city.

Announcements for Sunday, May 2

We will observe ARMED FORCES SUNDAY on May 16, 2021. As part of the service, we will remember all those people special to our congregation who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of liberty. If someone in your family or friends has been killed or missing in action, please submit their name to the office by Tuesday, May 11. We’ll also honor active military personnel and veterans, who are invited to attend in uniform. Are you a veteran, reservist, or active duty and intend to be present at our service that day? Please let our office know.

MAY SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support FOOD FOR THE POOR.  Food for the Poor is a Christian ministry that primarily serves some of the world’s poorest countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, providing food, housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, and emergency relief, reflecting God’s unconditional love for all people.  One of our former ministers, Rev. Daniel Otto, was a long time volunteer with this agency. You can support Food for the Poor by using your May special mission envelope, or by donating on the Grace web page under “special mission”.

“STOCK THE SHOPPE”–NEXT SUNDAY (Mother’s Day) we will begin our annual collection to support SUMMIT LIFE OUTREACH CENTER.  This mission project will continue until Father’s Day in June.  Tables will be available to accept donations of new baby clothes, diapers, and baby toiletries.  Summit is a Christian organization located on Pine Avenue (near the Niagara Falls City Market) that is devoted to helping young women who find themselves in unplanned pregnancy situations.  Their clients receive free counseling as well as pregnancy and parenting education.  Their “earn while you learn” program awards credits for attendance at counseling and educational sessions.  Credits can be used to “purchase” needed baby supplies in their “Parenting Shoppe”.  Your donations will help to stock the Parenting Shoppe.

BABY BOTTLE BANKS are also available on our Summit Life Outreach tables.  Feel free to take a bank or two and fill them with your spare change.  The money raised from this annual fundraiser will help to purchase supplies needed by the volunteers at Summit.  Thank you for your generosity!

GRACE LADIES will be getting together in the Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, May 11th at 2pm. Please contact Erika Tuscher with any questions.

Vacation Bible School needs you!  If you or someone you know is willing to help with our virtual VBS, let us know!  Needs may include putting together family kits, recording and posting videos, and downloading premade videos and music.  Help us reach out to our community this summer in a way unique to Grace!  To help, contact Erin in the church office.

Announcements for Sunday, 4/25

LAST CHANCE–This is the last week to donate to LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN & CHILDREN CENTER (formerly Magdalene Project) which is our APRIL SPECIAL MISSION.  Lighthouse ministers to the physical, personal, and spiritual needs of women on the streets of Niagara Falls, as well as the homeless, and under supervised children.  They offer meals, warm clothing, Bible studies, and an after school program at their Falls Street location.  They also minister weekly at various inner city and senior housing locations, such as Packard Court, Jordan Gardens, and Wrobel & Spallino Towers.  If you wish to support their work, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate today, or send a clearly marked donation to the office or donate online to special missions during April.

THANK YOU for your generous support of our MARCH special mission, Wings Flights of Hope.  We will be able to send them $1075 to help them with their mission of transporting patients to needed medical care at specialized facilities.  Your help will make a life-changing difference!

Vacation Bible School needs you!  If you or someone you know is willing to help with our virtual VBS, let us know!  Needs may include putting together family kits, recording and posting videos, and downloading premade videos and music.  Help us reach out to our community this summer in a way unique to Grace!  To help, contact Erin in the church office.

Announcements for Sunday, 4/18

SAME ORGANIZATION, NEW NAME:  The Magdalene Project has adopted the new name LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN & CHILDREN CENTER to reflect their increased ministry to children.  This charity is the recipient of our APRIL SPECIAL MISSION envelopes.  LIGHTHOUSE ministers to the physical, personal, and spiritual needs of women on the streets of Niagara Falls, as well as the homeless, and under supervised children.  They offer meals, warm clothing, Bible studies, and an after school program at their Falls Street location.  They also minister weekly at various inner city and senior housing locations, such as Packard Court, Jordan Gardens, and Wrobel & Spallino Towers.  If you wish to support their work, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate, send a clearly marked donation to the office, or donate online to special missions during April.

Vacation Bible School needs you!  If you or someone you know is willing to help with our virtual VBS, let us know!  Needs may include putting together family kits, recording and posting videos, and downloading premade videos and music.  Help us reach out to our community this summer in a way unique to Grace!  To help, contact Erin in the church office.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Announcements for Sunday, 4/11

SAME ORGANIZATION, NEW NAME:  The Magdalene Project has adopted the new name LIGHTHOUSE WOMEN & CHILDREN CENTER to reflect their increased ministry to children.  This charity is the recipient of our APRIL SPECIAL MISSION envelopes.  LIGHTHOUSE ministers to the physical, personal, and spiritual needs of women on the streets of Niagara Falls, as well as the homeless, and under supervised children.  They offer meals, warm clothing, Bible studies, and an after school program at their Falls Street location.  They also minister weekly at various inner city and senior housing locations, such as Packard Court, Jordan Gardens, and Wrobel & Spallino Towers.  If you wish to support their work, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate, send a clearly marked donation to the office, or donate online to special missions during April.

Vacation Bible School needs you!  If you or someone you know is willing to help with our virtual VBS, let us know!  Needs may include putting together family kits, recording and posting videos, and downloading premade videos and music.  Help us reach out to our community this summer in a way unique to Grace!  To help, contact Erin in the church office.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Announcements for Sunday, 4/4

THE MAGDALENE PROJECT will be the recipient of your special mission donations during April.  Joanne Lorenzo began this project several years ago when she was moved to share the love of Jesus with women in Niagara Falls that she saw working the streets to support themselves and their children.  Many of these women are victims of abuse.  Joanne continues to reach out to them on the streets, praying with them and offering them Bible tracts and personal toiletry items.  Through the years, Magdalene has expanded to include offering meals, warm clothing, Bible studies, and an after school program for under supervised children in our inner city community.  Joanne continues to meet her clients where they are, on the streets and in motels.  If you wish to support her work, place your special mission envelope in the offering plate, send a clearly marked donation to the office, or donate online to special missions during April.

Vacation Bible School needs you!  If you or someone you know is willing to help with our virtual VBS, let us know!  Needs may include putting together family kits, recording and posting videos, and downloading premade videos and music.  Help us reach out to our community this summer in a way unique to Grace!  To help, contact Erin in the church office.

A Big Thank You to Capitol Cleaners who donated their services to launder the altar garments.

The American Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE at Grace on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Announcements for Sunday, 3/28

TODAY is the last opportunity to donate to our MARCH SPECIAL MISSION to help Wings Flights of Hope.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide free air transportation to any person, any age, in need of medical attention at a specialized medical center.  Their pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is FREE to the patient and their family.  Considering that an air ambulance would normally cost in the vicinity of $20,000, Wings provides an important service to our community.  Their fundraising activities over the past year have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and help is needed so they can continue their mission.  If you would like to offer your support, please use your special mission envelope or another clearly marked envelope, or donate on the Grace website under “special mission”.

Announcements for Sunday, 3/21

LENTEN HYMN SING – WEDNESDAY 6:30 PM – Our final Lenten hymn sing will be this Wednesday at 6:30. Find the link (https://youtu.be/Z9qtYPdba00) on our YouTube channel or scan this QR code. How do we choose what hymns to sing? You ask for them!

NEXT SUNDAY is the last opportunity to donate to our MARCH SPECIAL MISSION to help Wings Flights of Hope.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide free air transportation to any person, any age, in need of medical attention at a specialized medical center.  Their pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is FREE to the patient and their family.  Considering that an air ambulance would normally cost in the vicinity of $20,000, Wings provides an important service to our community.  Their fundraising activities over the past year have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and help is needed so they can continue their mission.  If you would like to offer your support, please use your special mission envelope or another clearly marked envelope, or donate on the Grace website under “special mission”.

TODAY is the last day to place your order for Easter flowers. If you are attending the service remotely and you would still like to place an order please call the church office. You can find the order form in the bulletin.

FLOWER CHART for2021 is hanging in the narthex. You may also sign up for a date by calling the office. Cost for a centerpiece is $45, or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56.

Announcements for Sunday, 3/14

LENTEN HYMN SING – WEDNESDAY 6:30 PM – There will be another Lenten hymn sing this Wednesday (and each Wednesday during Lent) at 6:30. Find the link (https://youtu.be/ctz_GdxH-M0) on our YouTube channel or scan this QR code. How do we choose what hymns to sing? You ask for them! Last week’s requested hymns were: O Jesus So Sweet, O Jesus So Mild; Beautiful Savior; Drawn to the Cross, Which Thou Hast Blessed; Lord of All Hopefulness; Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus; Jesus Loves Me; I Bind Unto Myself Today; A Mighty Fortress; The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want; My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less; When Peace, Like A River; Go to Dark Gethsemane; We Praise Thee and Acknowledge Thee, O God; Abide with Me.

MARCH SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to help Wings Flights of Hope.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide free air transportation to any person, any age, in need of medical attention at a specialized medical center.  Their pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is FREE to the patient and their family.  Considering that an air ambulance would normally cost in the vicinity of $20,000, Wings provides an important service to our community.  Their fundraising activities over the past year have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and help is needed so they can continue their mission.  If you would like to offer your support, please use your special mission envelope during March, or donate on the Grace website under “special mission”.

THANK YOU for your generous donations to our February mission project of providing toilet tissue for our neighbors in need.  Your gifts, along with support from Thrivent, resulted in being able to donate 864 rolls of tissue to Heart, Love & Soul.  They will distribute these donations to their clients over the coming weeks.  It is one of their most appreciated items since it is something that is needed everyday but seldom available for distribution.

GRACE HISTORICAL TEAM’S next meeting is set for Saturday, March 20 at 1 p.m. We will look over any new items brought to the Team’s attention. Suggestions are always welcome. Stories are the most prized items. Contact any of the Team members: Ken Boyd, Marla Crawford, Elaine Timm, or emeritus Pastor Brese.  Items may also be left with our office manager, Erin.

Announcements for Sunday 3/7

Make sure you check the bulletin for the Easter flower order form. Deadline to order is March 21st.

MARCH SPECIAL MISSION ENVELOPES have been designated to help Wings Flights of Hope.  Wings is a local 100% volunteer organization that is completely reliant on charitable donations.  They provide free air transportation to any person, any age, in need of medical attention at a specialized medical center.  Their pilots donate their time, planes, and all expenses so that this service is FREE to the patient and their family.  Considering that an air ambulance would normally cost in the vicinity of $20,000, Wings provides an important service to our community.  Their fundraising activities over the past year have been greatly impacted by the pandemic, and help is needed so they can continue their mission.  If you would like to offer your support, please use your special mission envelope during March, or donate on the Grace website under “special mission”.

LENTEN HYMN SING – WEDNESDAY 6:30 PM – Since participants continue to request that we do another hymn sing, we will! There will be another Lenten hymn sing this Wednesday (and each Wednesday during Lent) at 6:30. Find the link (https://youtu.be/aOjXpc3g0uY) on our YouTube channel or scan this QR code. How do we choose what hymns to sing? You ask for them! Last week’s requested hymns were: Were You There; On Eagles’ Wings; Come to Calvary’s Holy Mountain; My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less; How Great Thou Art; O God, O Lord of Heaven and Earth; Amazing Grace; Water, Blood, and Spirit Crying; Alabaré; Great Is Thy Faithfulness; Lift High the Cross; and Just As I Am, without One Plea.