Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

 Our weekly newsletter

January 11, 2018


Words from the Pastor


As the New Year began, one expression I frequently heard was, “I want to be a better person, a better Christian in 2018.”  This is a noble goal that I will work on as well.  When we become better people and better Christians, our homes, church, workplaces, communities and our country will be better. 

How can we become better persons and better Christians?  John Wesley, founder of Methodism, states that when we participate in Bible Study, worship, Holy Communion, Prayer, and Christian Fellowship, we prepare ourselves for God to work in our lives.  Wesley calls these activities in which we participate “means of grace,” or “practices of faith.”  These means of grace make us ready for God to work in our lives.  Richard Foster uses a different name for some of these practices and calls them “spiritual disciplines.”

Other “means of grace” are meditation, witnessing, fasting, silence, living simply, devotional reading, Lectio Divina, journaling, keeping the Sabbath, hospitality, self-denial, singing from the soul, and spiritual friendship. You may choose to make a list of all of these “means of grace,” or “practices of faith.”  Then place a check mark on those you have experienced, a plus mark beside those you do regularly, and then circle those you want to know more about or that you would like to try.  Blessings on you as you work on this exercise.


Journeying with you in 2018,

Pastor Nation


Sunday, January 14, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Greeter is Coleen Murray; Liturgist is Alan Towson; Reader is Jeannette Tatum; Ushers are Earl Boyd, Pat McKnight, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Sonia Khan, Philip Osei-Boah, Ken Pearce, Yvonne Pearce, and Marisa Pershad.


Prayer List.  ♥Jeanette Dowdell, ♥Wilfredo Ortiz (brother of Frances Ortiz), ♥Eulalee (Dell) Murray, ♥Connor Murray (friend of Fran and Al Greifenberger), ♥Helen Phillip (mother of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Rita Gallagher (friend of Naomi Brown), ♥Anna Shirshokiba (friend of Naomi Brown), ♥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, ♥Bernard Basnight (son of Yvonne Basnight), ♥John Simpson, ♥Marge Frank, ♥Bob Zimmer (husband of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Bob Bryant, Robert T. Bryant (nephew of Bob Bryant), Arthur Lund (friend of Bob Bryant), Elizabeth Bryant (daughter of Bob Bryant), Donna and Brian Turner (friends of Bob Bryant), Myra Bryant (sister-in-law of Bob Bryant), ♥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.


NOTICE.  Offering envelopes have not arrived yet.  Please put your envelope number on your check or place your offering in an envelope and put your envelope number on it.  Hopefully they will arrive before next week.  Thank you for your understanding.


WE NEED YOU!!!!  We are seeking a volunteer to complete our Counting Teams.  You would meet once every six weeks for approximately one-half hour.  If you can count money you are qualified!  Ask one of your church friends, your husband or wife to join you and help out your Church.  If you need any further information, please contact Eileen in the Church Office either at 516/825-1182 or  Thank you. 


Calligraphy.  We are looking for someone who is adept at calligraphy and would be willing to update our Book of Remembrance which is located in the Narthex.  Please call the Church Office if you are interested.  Thank you.


Registration for programs during the 2018-2019 school year is now open to members of Grace United Methodist Church who have children who will be 2 1/2 by September 1st and/or children who will be three or four years of age by December 1, 2018.  Please contact the Grace Methodist Nursery School office (516/825-2354) for information or to request a registration packet.


Church School.  Seven students were in attendance at Church School on a frigid January 7th.  There was one student present in the PreK/Kindergarten class and no students in the First and Second grade class.  There were three students present in the Third and Fourth grade class and one student in the Fifth and Sixth grade class. There were two students in the Seventh through Eighth grade class. Next week (1/14) will be a Family Worship as it will be Martin Luther King weekend. Church School resumes on January 21st.             -Janet Stone, Church School Director


January Calendar

Tuesday, 1/9 – GMNS Committee Meeting 7PM/Rm#2

Wednesday, 1/10 – Board of Trustees 7:30PM/BKR

Sunday, 1/14 – UMW after 10AM Service/UL

Sunday, 1/14 – Martin Luther King Service 6PM/G

Wednesday, 1/17 – Finance Meeting 7:30PM/BKR

Sunday, 1/21 – Church Council after 10AM Service/G

Saturday, 1/27 – Evangelism Prayer Breakfast 9:30AM/G


I hope everyone had a Safe, Warm, Healthy and Happy New Year!







Grace United Methodist Church

Evangelism Committee Presents

  Third Annual Prayer Breakfast







Prayers for our children, our leaders, our church, and community



Guest Ministries


Songs: I.M.A.G.E


          Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church



 Prayers: Pastor Robert Grimm             Rev. David Henry

St. Marks UMC, Rockville Center           St. Paul’s UMC, Inwood


Saturday, January 27, 2018


9:30 AM – 12 NOON

Church Gym (enter on Lincoln Avenue)

Tickets are $12 per person


For additional information

Contact Andrea Owen-Boyd at 347/229-6633

or  call  the  Church  Office  at  516/825-1182

Rev. Gertude V. Nation, Pastor

21 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580  




Grace United Methodist Church

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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