Announcements for Sunday, January 23rd

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.

Announcements for Sunday, January 16th

CHURCH OFFICE will be closed this Monday, January 17th for the federal holiday.

JANUARY MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to assist 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.  All donations received will go directly to St. Paul to support their construction efforts. 

THANK YOU from the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission for Grace’s generous stuffed stocking donations and other gifts. They were also able to feed around 700 people in the community with the ham and turkey donations. Please note that they are continuing to take used clothes and are now even accepting stained and ripped clothing at their location at 1317 Portage Road.

NOTE OF APPRECIATION – The five members of the board for Help and Home for Homeless, Inc. would like to thank Grace Lutheran for your generous donation of $785.00 for the December special mission. This will be put to good use with our goal of helping an individual man or woman to be able to leave their homeless lifestyle. From – John Loss.

BEYOND THE SURFACE Christian education continues this Wednesday, January 19th at 10:00am. We will be looking at the following verses: Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10; 1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a; and Luke 4: 16-30.

Announcements for Sunday, January 9th

JANUARY MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to assist 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.  All donations received will go directly to St. Paul to support their construction efforts. 

SOCIAL MINISTRIES REMINDER–Today’s meeting has been postponed and will be held at a later date.

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.

COMMUNITY BOARD – Don’t forget to check our the community bulletin board outside the church office for upcoming events, letters and cards including a heartfelt note from Crystal Michel thanking Grace for her birthday cards and wishes.

THE ALTAR GUILD is currently looking for members to join. The guild is run on a monthly commitment and you will be matched with a current guild member and/or trained on the weekly guild duties. Please contact either the church office or Erika Tuscher if you are interested.

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: Isaiah 62: 1-5, 1 Corinthians 12: 1-11, and John 2: 1-11.

Announcements for Sunday, January 2nd

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will be starting this Wednesday, January 5, 5:00-6:30 PM. All youth 6th grade and up who have not completed Confirmation instruction are encouraged to attend. Students may bring dinner. Please contact Erin ( (office@gracenf.org) office (at) gracenf (dot) org) to register, including returning students.

SOCIAL MINISTRIES:  The committee meeting scheduled for January 9 has been postponed. Watch for further details.

JANUARY MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to assist 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.  St. Paul plans to rebuild.  All donations received will go directly to St. Paul to support their construction efforts. 

NEXT SUNDAY is the last day to drop off your donations to our Advent Giving Tree.  We will then deliver your gifts to Heart, Love & Soul, Lighthouse (Magdalene), and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  Thank you for helping our neighbors in need during the cold winter months ahead.

BEYOND THE SURFACE Christian education continues this Wednesday, December 15th at 10:00am. We will be looking at the following verses: Micah 5: 2-5a, Hebrews 10: 5-10, and     Luke 1: 39-45.

Announcements for Sunday, December 26th

The CHURCH OFFICE will be closed the week of December 26th. In case of any immediate concerns please contact Pastor Bahr.

VOTERS MEETING will be held directly after this morning’s service to review and vote on the 2022 proposed church budget.  

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will be Wednesdays starting January 5, 5:00-6:30 PM. All youth 6th grade and up who have not completed Confirmation instruction are encouraged to attend. Students may bring dinner. Please contact Erin ( (office@gracenf.org) office (at) gracenf (dot) org) to register, including returning students.

DECEMBER MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Help & Hope for the Homeless, Inc.  This is a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss.  The purpose of Help and Hope is to aid a homeless individual or family as they receive job training and associated skills needed to get their life on track toward success.  If you would like to support their efforts, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate, send it to the office, or donate to Monthly Missions online during December.  Feel free to talk with John if you have questions.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are available through January 9 in the chapel and narthex.  We are accepting items that will help Heart, Love, & Soul, Lighthouse (Magdalene), and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  If you would like to support these agencies, please take a tag (or two) from the tree and bring the items back to the table unwrapped by January 9.

GIFT CARD donations to Wegmans, TOPS, and Walmart will be used by our Advent Giving Tree partner agencies to purchase needed food and toiletry items for their clients.  If you care to donate in this way, please place gift cards in the box provided under each tree by January 9,       or give them to Erin in the office.  All donated cards will be stored securely.

THE ALTAR GUILD is currently looking for members to join. The guild is run on a monthly commitment and you will be matched with a current guild member and/or trained on the weekly guild duties. Please contact either the church office or Erika Tuscher if you are interested.

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 Tuesday before your date.

BEYOND THE SURFACE Wednesday Christian education will resume on January 5, 2022.

ENDURING FAITH Sunday morning classes will resume on Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Announcements for Sunday, December 19th

CHRISTMAS EVE:  Please join us in the sanctuary at 4:45 PM on Christmas Eve as we sing a selection of pre-service Christmas carols led by the choir.  Worship will begin at 5 PM.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES will be Wednesdays starting January 5, 5:00-6:30 PM. All youth 6th grade and up who have not completed Confirmation instruction are encouraged to attend. Students may bring dinner. Please contact Erin ( (office@gracenf.org) office (at) gracenf (dot) org) by December 26 to register, including returning students.

DECEMBER MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Help & Hope for the Homeless, Inc.  This is a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss.  The purpose of Help and Hope is to aid a homeless individual or family as they receive job training and associated skills needed to get their life on track toward success.  If you would like to support their efforts, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate, send it to the office, or donate to Monthly Missions online during December.  Feel free to talk with John if you have questions.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are available in the chapel and narthex.  We are accepting items that will help Heart, Love, & Soul, Lighthouse (Magdalene), and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  If you would like to support these agencies, please take a tag (or two) from the tree and bring the items back to the table unwrapped.  We will continue to accept donations until January 9, after which your gifts will be delivered to the appropriate agency.

THANK YOU – Because of your generosity, we were able to donate a total of 21 turkeys and 4 hams to the Community Mission, Lord’s Day Dinner, Salvation Army, and Lighthouse Women’s & Children’s Center (Magdalene) for their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Thank you for caring for our neighbors in need.

GIFT CARD donations to Wegmans, TOPS, and Walmart will be used by our Advent Giving Tree partner agencies to purchase needed food and toiletry items for their clients.  You can place gift cards in the box provided under each tree, or give them to Erin in the office.  All donated cards will be stored securely.

THE ALTAR GUILD is currently looking for members to join. The guild is run on a monthly commitment and you will be matched with a current guild member and/or trained on the weekly guild duties. Please contact either the church office or Erika Tuscher if you are interested.

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.

VOTERS MEETING will be held directly after the December 26th Sunday service to review and vote on the 2022 proposed church budget.  

BEYOND THE SURFACE Wednesday Christian education will not be held for the rest of the year. We will reconvene on January 5, 2022.

Announcements for Sunday, December 12th

THANK YOU for your generous donations to our November monthly mission to help our sister church, Grace Lutheran, in Houma, LA, as they rebuild from flood damage associated with Hurricane Ida.  We were able to send $600 to help them with construction costs.  When we talked with them by phone to let them know our check was on the way, they said to pass on their sincere appreciation, and then they ended the conversation with a warm southern “Thanks so much y’all!”  

CHOIR:  We will rehearse this week after the Wednesday Advent service.  This will be our LAST REHEARSAL before singing at the Christmas Eve 5 PM service.  Also, please plan to meet in the balcony at 4:30 PM on Christmas Eve for a warmup.

DECEMBER MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Help & Hope for the Homeless, Inc.  This is a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss.  The purpose of Help and Hope is to aid a homeless individual or family as they receive job training and associated skills needed to get their life on track toward success.  If you would like to support their efforts, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate, send it to the office, or donate to Monthly Missions online during December.  Feel free to talk with John if you have questions.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are available in the chapel and narthex.  We are accepting items that will help Heart, Love, & Soul, Lighthouse (Magdalene), and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  If you would like to support these agencies, please take a tag (or two) from the tree and bring the items back to the table unwrapped.  We will continue to accept donations until January 9, after which your gifts will be delivered to the appropriate agency.

GIFT CARD donations to Wegmans, TOPS, and Walmart will be used by our Advent Giving Tree partner agencies to purchase needed food and toiletry items for their clients.  You can place gift cards in the box provided under each tree, or give them to Erin in the office.  All donated cards will be stored securely.

THE ALTAR GUILD is currently looking for members to join. The guild is run on a monthly commitment and you will be matched with a current guild member and/or trained on the weekly guild duties. Please contact either the church office or Erika Tuscher if you are interested.

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 Tuesday before your date.

The American Red Cross blood drive will be held here at Grace on Saturday, December 18th from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

BEYOND THE SURFACE Christian education continues this Wednesday, December 15th at 10:00am. We will be looking at the following verses: Micah 5: 2-5a, Hebrews 10: 5-10, and Luke 1: 39-45.

Announcements for Sunday, December 5th

CHOIR:  There is no rehearsal this week. We will rehearse after the Wednesday Advent service on December 15, which will be our last rehearsal before singing at the Christmas Eve 5 PM service. Also, please plan to meet in the balcony at 4:30 PM on Christmas Eve for a warmup.

TURKEYS AND HAMS–ONE MORE WEEK:  We will continue to accept donations of turkeys and hams until next Sunday, December 12.  Because of your generosity, we were able to donate turkeys and hams to the Community Mission, Lord’s Day Dinner, Salvation Army, and Lighthouse Women’s & Children’s Center (Magdalene) for their Thanksgiving dinners.  Additional help is needed for their upcoming Christmas meals.  Donations can be stored in the downstairs kitchen freezer.  Please ask an usher for assistance to carry your donation if needed.

DECEMBER MISSION ENVELOPES are designated to support Help & Hope for the Homeless, Inc.  This is a local charity founded by Grace member John Loss.  The purpose of Help and Hope is to aid a homeless individual or family as they receive job training and associated skills needed to get their life on track toward success.  If you would like to support their efforts, please place your mission envelope in the offering plate, send it to the office, or donate to Monthly Missions online during December.  Feel free to talk with John if you have questions.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are available in the chapel and narthex.  We are accepting items that will support Heart, Love, & Soul, Lighthouse (Magdalene), and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  If you would like to support these agencies, please take a tag (or two) from the tree and bring the items back to the table unwrapped.

GIFT CARD donations to Wegmans, TOPS, and Walmart will be used by our Advent Giving Tree partner agencies to purchase needed food and toiletry items for their clients.  You can place gift cards in the box provided under each tree or give them to Erin in the office.  All donated cards will be stored securely.

LAST DAY to place a Christmas Poinsettia order from the Grace Ladies. Order forms are at both sanctuary entrances, please turn in your order to the church office after today’s service. The cost is $8 a piece.

THE ALTAR GUILD is currently looking for members to join. The guild is run on a monthly commitment and you will be matched with a current guild member and/or trained on the weekly guild duties. Please contact either the church office or Erika Tuscher if you are interested.

The next American Red Cross blood drive will be held here at Grace on Saturday, December 18th from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

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 Tuesday before your date.

BEYOND THE SURFACE Wednesday Christian education continuing this Wednesday, December 8th at 10:00am. We will be looking at the following verses: Zephaniah 3: 14-20, Philippians 4: 4-7, and Luke 7: 18-28.

Announcements for Sunday, November 28th

CHOIR will rehearse this week and December 15 immediately following the Wednesday Advent service.  New members are still welcome to attend these two practices as we prepare for Christmas Eve.

TURKEYS AND HAMS:  We will continue to accept donations of turkeys and hams until December 12.  They are needed  by local soup kitchens for their upcoming holiday dinners.  Donations can be stored in the downstairs kitchen freezer.  Please ask an usher for assistance to carry your donation if needed.

TODAY is the last Sunday to donate to our November mission envelopes for GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Houma, Louisiana.  Their minister, Pastor Rudnik, was a seminary classmate of Pastor Bahr.  Grace suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Ida.  Many windows were broken, the roof needs replacement, and water damage ruined most of the inside which now needs to be gutted and rebuilt.  Your donations will be sent directly to Grace to help with construction costs as they move forward.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES are available in the chapel and narthex.  We are accepting items that will support Heart, Love, & Soul, Lighthouse (Magdalene), and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  If you would like to support these agencies, please take a tag (or two) from the tree and bring the items back to the table unwrapped.

PLEASE SIGN UP:  This coming Saturday, December 4, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm the Board of Education will host a free pizza and sub dinner in the chapel. EVERYONE is welcome to attend our Enduring Faith Celebration, as we gather for food, fellowship, and fun! Test your Bible knowledge with Bible trivia, cheer on our Enduring Faith students as they are awarded prizes for work they have completed, and do some early Christmas shopping at the display of books and resources that will be available for purchase.  There is a sign-up sheet available on the glass case.  

GRACE LADIES Christmas Poinsettia sale is currently going on until Sunday, December 5th. Order forms are at both sanctuary entrances, please turn in your order to the church office no later than the 5th. The cost is $8 a piece.

The 2021 FLOWER CHART still has a few dates for the remainder of the year and is hanging in the narthex. Cost for a centerpiece is $45, or you can choose two vases at a cost of $56. If you sign up or already have signed 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 Tuesday before your date. 2022 Chart will be up in the beginning of December.

BEYOND THE SURFACE Wednesday Christian education returns this Wednesday, December 1st at 10:00am. We will be looking at the following verses: Malachi 3: 1-7b, Philippians 1: 2-11, and Luke 3: 1-14.

Announcements for Sunday, November 21st

CHOIR will NOT rehearse this week.  Our next rehearsal will be on December 1 immediately following the Wednesday Advent service.

THANK YOU for your generous donations to this year’s Harvest Food Collection.  Your gifts will be delivered next weekend to help St. Vincent de Paul food pantry restock as they begin the busy holiday season.  

TURKEYS AND HAMS:  We will continue to accept donations of turkeys and hams until December 12.  They are needed  by local soup kitchens for their upcoming holiday dinners.  Donations can be stored in the downstairs kitchen freezer.  Please ask an usher for assistance to carry your donation if needed.

NEXT SUNDAY is the last Sunday to donate to our November mission envelopes for GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH in Houma, Louisiana.  Their minister, Pastor Rudnik, was a seminary classmate of Pastor Bahr.  Grace suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Ida.  Many windows were broken, the roof needs replacement, and water damage ruined most of the inside which now needs to be gutted and rebuilt.  Your donations during November will be sent directly to Grace to help with construction costs as they move forward.

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREES will be available in the chapel and narthex beginning next Sunday.  We are accepting items that will support Heart, Love, & Soul, Lighthouse (Magdalene), and Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission.  If you would like to support these agencies, please take a tag (or two) from the tree and bring the items back to the table unwrapped.

SAVE THE DATE and join the fun!  On Saturday, December 4, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm the Board of Education will host a free pizza and sub dinner in the chapel.  EVERYONE is welcome to attend our Enduring Faith Celebration, as we gather for food, fellowship, and fun! Test your Bible knowledge with Bible trivia, cheer on our Enduring Faith students as they are awarded prizes for work they have completed, and do some early Christmas shopping at the display of books and resources that will be available for purchase.  There is a sign-up sheet available on the glass case.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS are available at both entrances.  Advent begins Sunday, November 28th.  Please take a book to share!

BEYOND THE SURFACE will not be meeting this Wednesday, November 24th, next meet will be on December 1st.