GIVING STATEMENTS – If you have not yet received your year-end giving statement and would still like a copy please see Erin in the church office.
LOST & FOUND: Please check out our “lost and found” area above the coats in the coat room near the parking lot entrance. Items not claimed will be donated soon.
DONATION CENTER – RECYCLING CHANGES: Recent recycling restrictions have resulted in changes to what we can accept in our donation center. We are currently able to accept only eyeglasses, hearing aids, sample-sized toiletries, and 5 x 7 picture frames. There are boxes for donations of these items located in the coat room near the parking lot entrance.
TWO WEEKS REMAIN to donate to help our sister congregation, St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Beecher, Illinois. In September, while celebrating their Octoberfest in a tent set up on the church grounds, the congregation watched in disbelief as smoke began to pour from the steeple of the church. Despite the response of 31 fire companies to truck in water from the closest fire hydrant (over a mile away), their historic 150 year old wooden church burned to the ground. Only a cross and a chalice survived the fire. Check out the pictures near the parking lot entrance. St. Paul plans to rebuild. If you wish to help, please place your January mission envelope in the offering plate or donate online at gracenf.org. All donations received will go directly to St. Paul to support their construction efforts.
ONLINE GIVING – in the next few weeks, we will be changing our online giving provider. It will still use Vanco as a processor, but now our gifts will be given through the Lutheran Church Extension Fund’s (LCEF) Joyful Response program (https://lcef.org/joyful-response). LCEF will pay the fees Grace has been paying for any gift made from a bank account or LCEF StewardAccount, as a service to the church free of charge. Please stay tuned for more information to follow!
OLD CLOTHES in any condition (rips, holes, broken zippers, etc) can now be donated to Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission. They are recycling by the pound to a textile company, and the money they earn will benefit their clients. The Mission is located at 1317 Portage Road (the old YMCA). Their phone is 716-205-8805. Please do NOT leave your donations at Grace. We currently do not have storage space or volunteers to deliver your donations.
The 2022 FLOWER CHART is now hanging in the narthex. Cost for a centerpiece is $45, or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56. When you sign up for a date, please find the altar flower order form outside either sanctuary entrance. Please complete the form and return to the church office no later than the Monday before your date.
BEYOND THE SURFACE: Christian education Wednesday, January 12th at 10:00am. We will be looking at the following verses: Jeremiah 1: 4-10, 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13, and Luke 4: 31-44.