Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

 Our weekly newsletter


May 21, 2018


Words from the Pastor


A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.  It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.”  (Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 NIV).


            You might wonder why I chose to focus on death for this article.  Well here is my reason:  I just lost a long time friend, and as I comforted the family, I wondered how this experience can help to prepare me for the time when I will need someone to comfort me.  You see, God has a way of preparing us for the major events in life, and we need to pay attention.  The death of a loved one is one of those major life-changing events.  How can we help to prepare ourselves for the death of a loved one?

            Death is inevitable; life is brief; most human pleasure is fickle and fleeting.  But as we let those realities touch us, we have the opportunity to discover what is eternal, what cannot be taken from us because it is a good gift from God.  Life and love are two good gifts from God.  The Gospel of John 3:16 reminds us that, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  This is one of the best-known, most-loved and most significant verses in the Bible.  This verse spells out the heart of the teachings in the Gospel of John and the very essence of the gospel message.

            When we lose a loved one to death, it is perfectly normal to grieve.  Grief may be defined briefly as the response to loss.  More specifically, grief is the process of experiencing numerous physical, psychological, emotional, social, behavioral, and spiritual responses to some type of loss.  Loss falls into two categories: psychosocial loss (death of a loved one, divorce, loss of purpose, etc.), and physical loss (health, job, home, possession, etc.).  Both types represent loss that has brought change into our lives.

            One way that we can continue to grow in faith and prepare ourselves for the death of a loved one is to consistently read the Bible.  The lectionary readings for worship service on Sundays are one way we can read the same scriptures.  The scriptures for this Sunday, Trinity Sunday and Peace with Justice Sunday are: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 29; Romans 8:12-17 and John 3:1-17.  At least two of these scriptures will be read during our service and will be the focus of the message.

Journeying in Pentecost,

Pastor Nation


Sunday, May 27, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Liturgist is Enid Simpson; Reader is Dr. Simon Nzuzi; Nursery Attendant is Naomi Brown; Ushers Jenifer Hartig, Chris Ukanwoke, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Barbara Casey, Pat Eshun, Debbie Nicosia, and Maria and Alan Towson.


Prayer List.  ♥Beatrice Honeyghan (mother of Pastor Nation), ♥Monica Godinho, ♥Susan Felsen, ♥Pam O’Brien, ♥Alden Doane (friend of Pam O'Brien), Carol Sarlo (friend of Samantha and Pam O'Brien), Kathy Chambers (friend of Samantha and Pam O'Brien), ♥Marjorie Shapiro, ♥Jeanette Dowdell, ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Melissa Ortiz (neighbor of Sonia Khan), ♥Wilfredo Ortiz (brother of Frances Ortiz), ♥Gisela Nunez (friend of Naomi Brown), ♥Connor Murray (friend of Fran and Al Greifenberger), ♥Helen Phillip (mother of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Cliff McBride (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Justin Deebrah and Cynthia Ronald (friends of Coleen Murray), ♥Michelle Fitch (daughter-in law of Everett Fitch), ♥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), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥John Simpson, ♥Bob Zimmer (husband of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Bess Condelles.  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.


This Sunday May 27 is Peace With Justice Sunday.  Peace with Justice Sunday is one of six churchwide Special Sundays (with offerings) of the United Methodist Church. Peace with Justice Sunday enables the United Methodist Church to have a voice in advocating for peace and justice through a broad spectrum of global programs. The special offering collected in our church benefits peace with justice ministries in the New York annual conference and globally through the General Board of Church and Society.  How does the United Methodist Church distribute the offerings received from our church on Peace with Justice Sunday?  The New York annual conference treasurer retains 50 percent of receipts for Peace with Justice ministries in the New York annual conference. The New York conference board of church and society administers this portion.  The remaining 50 percent goes to the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA). The GCFA treasurer distributes net receipts, after payment of promotional expenses, to the administering agency for Peace with Justice ministries.


Wanted!  We are looking for someone who would like to join the Westminster Ringers beginning in September 2018.  We meet every Thursday from 7PM-8PM.  You do not have to read music.  If you are interested (and we hope you are), please contact Kim Neri or Eileen in the Church Office (516/825-1182).




Church School.  Twenty-three students were in attendance at Church School on May 20th.  There were three students present in the PreK/Kindergarten.  There were four students present in the First and Second grade class.  There were six students in the Third and Fourth grade class.  There were three students in the Fifth and Sixth grade class. There were seven students in the Seventh through Eighth grade.  Next Sunday will be a Family Worship day.  We look forward to working with your children on Sunday, June 3rd.                                                             Janet Stone, Church School Director



Garage Sale.  The United Methodist Women are sponsoring a Garage Sale on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9am-2pm.  Clean out your closets and garages. Rent a table for $25.00 and make a little bit more.  Come One, Come All.



Rolling River Rampage - Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  Vacation Bible School at Grace Methodist Church will be held June 25-June 29 daily from 9AM-12PM.  Children who will be in K-8 in September may participate in VBS.  Teens who are 14 and older may serve as assistants.  Adult volunteers are needed to lead groups!  Registration information will be available soon.  Please see Janet Stone or email if you are interested in volunteering.



We are having a DIAPER DRIVE!  Did you know that Social Services benefits such as Welfare do NOT cover the cost of diapers?  And that in order to leave a child with a subsidized daycare the parent MUST provide disposable diapers, not cloth?  As we celebrate mothers during the month of May, let’s remember to donate diapers, wipes and baby food to those less fortunate.  Collection boxes are located in the Church and in the Education Building.  All donations will benefit organizations like The INN or the Long Island Council of Churches.  We will be accepting donations through June 1st.  If you have any questions, please see Janet Stone or email  Thank you so much for your generous donation!



The United Methodist Women are hosting "A Self Care in The Final Stages of Life Seminar" by Rev. Janet Cox on Saturday, June 16th from 10am-12pm.  Please invite your friends and let us come together to participate in this informative seminar.



The church is in the process of replacing wooden folding tables (seat 8) with plastic folding tables.  If anyone is interested in taking some wooden tables, please contact the church office.  Thank you.



Education Scholarship Applications.  If you did not receive one via email, they are available from the Church Office.  Applications are due no later than Sunday, May 27, 2018.



May Calendar

Saturday, 5/26 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K

Saturday, 5/26 – LEGS 12N-3PM/BKR

Sunday, 5/27 – Education Scholarship Applications Due

Tuesday, 5/29 – Campership/Education Scholarship Meeting 7PM/BKR


June Calendar

Saturday, 6/2 – UMW Garage Sale 9AM-2PM

Sunday, 6/3 – Evangelism Committee after Church/UL

Sunday, 6/10 – Church School Sunday

Sunday, 6/10 – Camperships & Education Scholarships

Sunday, 6/10 – UMW after Church/UL

Monday, 6/11-6/13 – GMNS Pictures/Graduation

Saturday, 6/16 – Seminar-End of Life/Pastoral Care by Janet Cox 10AM-12N/BKR

Sunday, 6/17 – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Saturday, 6/23 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K

Sunday, 6/24 – Church Council after Church

Monday, 6/25-6/29 – VBS 9AM-12N/Education Bldg


Have a great week!  Don't forget your application for the Education Scholarship is due no later than this coming Sunday, May 27, 2018.             Eileen




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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