Grace United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

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C H U R C H   L I F E




September 20, 2018


Words from the Pastor


"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger"

Proverbs 15:1


Dear Church Family,


I take this opportunity to say thank you for being part of the body of Christ here at Grace.  Your presence and work are appreciated and have made Grace a loving and welcoming place to worship, fellowship and do ministry.  Grace is because of who you are, the work you have done, and the work you continue to do.  You are a vital part of the body of Christ. 

As we look forward to a new year in the life of our church, I pray that God will continue to bless you and your families. As we continue to look to God who is our help in every situation, let our response be of praise and thanksgiving. 

On Sunday, we welcomed our regular family members and family members and friends who were greatly missed.  There were 28 participants in Sunday school.  Continue to invite your friends and family to church.  Encourage them to be a part of our church family.  Know that God will guide and empower us as we remain faithful.   

To those who attended church council meeting, thank you for your time, reports, shared ideas and help with setting up and cleaning up.  We need the help of all to do God’s work to advance God’s kingdom.  In addition, to your time and work, we also need your financial assistance to pay our bills, keep ministry going, and introduce and grow new ministries.  Is there a ministry that you would like to see in our church? Please share your ideas to help us introduce, develop and grow this ministry. We would love to hear from you.  Please speak to me, Andrea or Brian. 

We discussed the Alpha Course at church council. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, honest environment.  Time for fellowship and refreshment is included.  Please let Andrea or Coleen know of your interest in the Alpha course.

If you are interested in getting more information about our church, becoming a member, transferring your membership to our church, please speak to Pastor Nation.  We welcome you and thank you for your desire to share in our ministries at Grace. We would like to plan for a new member’s class this fall.

To help us continue to grow in our relationship with God and with others I invite you to read the scripture readings for worship service on Sunday, the 18th Sunday after Pentecost.  The scripture readings are:  Proverbs 31:10-31; Psalm 1; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37.  At least two of these scriptures will be read during our service and will be the focus of the message.


Thought for the Week

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.   C. S. Lewis


Looking forward to a blessed and fruitful year,

Pastor Nation



Sunday, September 23, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Nursery Attendant is Marisa Pershad; Liturgist is Brian Stone; Reader is Earl Boyd; Ushers are Jenifer Hartig, Chris Ukanwoke, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Sonia Khan, Phil Osei-Boah, Ken Pearce, Yvonne Pearce and Marisa Pershad.



Prayer List.  ♥Rev. Sungchan Kim♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Family of Phito Polycarpe (father of Renée and Marlon Polycarpe), ♥Linda Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Rev. Barbara Melzer, ♥Family of Excelencia Price-Edwards, ♥Monica Godinho, ♥Susan Felsen, ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Melissa Ortiz (neighbor of Sonia Khan), ♥Wilfredo Ortiz (brother of Frances Ortiz), ♥Gisela Nunez (friend of Naomi Brown), ♥Nadia Gay (aunt of Renée and Marlon Polycarpe), ♥Valerie Miles (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Cliff McBride (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Richard Keidel, ♥Rose Ramsaran (mother of Savi Thomas); ♥Carmelita Seraphin (grandmother of Brianna and Jessica Knice),♥Loretta Lewis Zimmer, ♥Vincent Morrison, ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥John Simpson, ♥Bob Zimmer (husband of Loretta Lewis Zimmer).  Note. Prayer List names will continue to be listed for two weeks. After that period of time, the names will be removed unless you call us with current information.



CALENDAR SIGN-UP.  Please email or call the Church Office with your group plans beginning in September 2018.  The calendar has been filling up very quickly, especially the Gym, so as soon as you decide on days/times, etc. let me know.If you have been meeting on the same days the last six months, please let me know if you would like to continue that routine.  Some of our days/events have changed beginning in September, so please check with me in case you may have to alter your days/times.  ( or 516/825-1182).  Thank you.



COFFEE HOUR.  Please sign up to help out at Coffee Hour.  There is a sign-up sheet in the BKR.  Check with Margo Morrison for details!!!



Church School.  Twenty-eight students were in attendance at Church School on September 16th.  There were two students present in the PreK/Kindergarten.  There were four students present in the First and Second grade class.  There were four students in the Third and Fourth grade class.  There were six students in the Fifth and Sixth grade class. There were twelve students in the Seventh through Ninth grade.  Our lesson next week will be “Who is the Greatest?” from Mark 9:30-37.  We look forward to working with your children next Sunday!           Janet Stone, Church School Director



Change for Change Mission.  The Church School students are collecting change in order to see change in the world!  Send in your change with your Church School student on Sunday where it will be collected and counted.  The proceeds will be used to benefit Dominica Community High School in Dominica, West Indies, which was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey in the fall of 2017.  Our financial gift will help the school rebuild and obtain furniture, equipment and school supplies for the students.  Our Change for Change collection will run until Sunday, October 14th so keep sending in your change!  Thank you so much for your support!




BLOOD DRIVE.  GIVE BLOOD, GIVE LIFE.  On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, from 2:30PM to 8:30PM in the Education Building gym, we will be hosting our Fall Blood Drive.  Please keep the date open and available to give of yourself, just as Jesus has given life to us, we can give life to others.  Your donation will help to save up to THREE lives.  Our community hospitals need your help.  Please share this lifesaving gift!  Dinner will be served to all donors and their families between 5PM and 7:30PM.  Please join us.  Please contact Bob DiSalvo (516/561-2513) to volunteer to help.  Even if you cannot donate, you can still make a difference by volunteering to get involved.  Thank you for caring, and God bless you.                                                    Bob DiSalvo



International Potluck Dinner.  The International Potluck Dinner is being sponsored by our Missions Committee.  It will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018, in the Gym beginning at 6 PM.  Please plan your dishes to share with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.  Our mission focus is Puerto Rico. We want everyone to come!



As part of the Stewardship Committee efforts we will be highlighting the various activities and committees of the church which impact the life of our church as well as the community at large.


Grace United Methodist Women –

We have a story to tell you!


The Grace United Methodist Women reorganized in April 2018 and became a local unit of the United Methodist Women.  This means we are now connected to the UMW at the district, conference and national level.  Mission is the heart of the UMW. Locally our focus has been on hunger sponsoring meals at the INN and collecting food for both the INN and the Long Island Council of Churches.  Our International outreach included support to a school in Jamaica that was destroyed in a fire, a school in Dominica that was ravaged during a hurricane and support for a women’s project in the Sudan.  For the coming year we are adding a social justice team to educate and act on social justice reform.The third Sunday of the month we sponsor coffee hour and encourage fellowship.  We also send birthday cards to our members so they have a greeting on their special day.


The Grace United Methodist Women are women of faith, hope and love.  We are called to action and invite you to attend our meetings the second Sunday of the month.


The Stewardship Team has asked each committee to submit a summary of activities for the year which we will add to Church Life each week through October.



Children's Winter Clothing Drive.  The UMW will start collecting children's winter weight clothes for the INN in Hempstead through the end of October.  These donations will help clothe children in their shelters and others.  They are in need of winter jackets, boots, pants and NEW socks, underwear and pajamas.   There will be a box in the Narthex for donations.  The INN will be very grateful for our efforts.  Thank you.


The NY Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) will be holding a free program to provide free legal services to the community on October 12th at the District Office, located at 1690 Central Court in Valley Stream, from 10AM-3PM.  Appointments arerequired (516/599-2972).  For more information please call the above number.  If you are more than 15 minutes late, there is no guarantee that NYLAG will be able to see you. 



September Calendar


Wednesday, 9/19 – Blood Drive 2:30PM-8:30PM/G-K

Saturday, 9/22 – International Pot Luck Dinner 6PM/G

Tuesday, 9/25 – LIWD Clergy Meeting 8:30AM/St. John’s

Wednesday, 9/26 – Youth Ministry Meeting 4:15PM

Sunday, 9/30 – Youth Sunday




Have a Happy Week!








21 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580

Church Office:  516/825-1182

Music Office:  516/825-1940; Nursery School:  516/825-2354

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