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Valley Stream, New York
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November 23, 2017


Words from the Pastor


It was during the time of President Lincoln that our current Thanksgiving holiday became official in 1863.  The original purpose for the holiday is to thank God for all His provisions and blessings.  Amidst the feasting, football, and early Christmas shopping, we can easily lose sight of the real purpose of the holiday.  Colossians 2:7 reminds us that we should be “overflowing with gratitude.”


Thankfulness is a choice we can make daily.  If we find ourselves lacking in gratitude in our lives, we must decide that we want to change.  God can transform our lives when we start to recognize and acknowledge God’s wonderful blessings and ask God to give us grateful hearts.  Then as we live more and more in step with Christ, His characteristics of goodness, love, kindness, and generosity will flow through us until we are overflowing with gratitude. Gratefulness is the state of the heart most pleasing to God.  Be thankful for all that God has done for you, and let your thankfulness overflow to those around you. Gratefulness occurs when we recognize our status as forgiven and renewed, when we recognize our need for God’s faithfulness in our lives, and when we have such joy that it can’t help but spill over and influence others.


A grateful heart is an expression of God’s indwelling presence.  We can evaluate our relationship with God by our degree of gratitude.  A grateful heart tends to complain less about circumstances because he or she is focusing on what God is doing in his or her life.  A humble spirit is the result of knowing that God is the source of every good thing.

During this Thanksgiving set aside time to give thanks to God as you remember all of God’s blessings throughout the year.  As you reflect, may you be encouraged knowing that Jesus has walked with you through every circumstance, sustaining you with His loving care.


Have a joyful Thanksgiving.

Pastor Nation


Sunday, November 26, 2017 (United Methodist Student Day).  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Greeter is Naomi Brown; Liturgist is Pat Eshun; Ushers are Jenifer Hartig, Chris Ukanwoke, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include William Hartmann, Jennifer Morton, Eleanor Phillip, and Karen Vetter.


Prayer List.  ♥Family of Pastor Robert W. Howard, ♥Family of Mark Treske, ♥Eulalee (Dell) Murray, ♥Herb Hoffman (friend of Debbielee Thomsen); ♥Connor Murray (friend of Fran and Al Greifenberger), ♥Carlos Godinho (son of Gloria Godinho), ♥Pastor Brook, ♥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), ♥Regina Krebs (friend of Christine and Adam Doeringer), ♥Herb Hoffman (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Kristen DeMasi-Lopez (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Emma Nicole Lewis, (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Andrew Thomsen (nephew of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Richard Keidel, ♥Family and friends of Beverly Budde, ♥Rose Ramsaran (mother of Savi Thomas); ♥Carmelita Seraphin (grandmother of Brianna and Jessica Knice)♥Loretta Lewis Zimmer, ♥Sandy Jones (niece of Edith and Charles Zipperlen), ♥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, ♥Peggy Lee (mother of Laurel Brown).  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.


Book of Remembrance.  A gift has been given in memory of Bob Howard by Kathleen Keller.


NYAC 2017 Intercessory Prayer Calendar:  UMC Far Rockaway (Mission Cong.-LW); Uniondale (LE); United Churches of Durham (CT); Vails Gate (NC); Valhalla (MET); Valley Stream: Grace (LW); Verbank (NC); Wading River: North Shore (LE); Walden (CH).


Church School.  Twenty-five students were in attendance at Church School on November 19th . There was one student present in the PreK/Kindergarten class and three students in the First and Second grade class.  There were six students present in the Third and Fourth grade class and six students in the Fifth and Sixth grade class.  There were nine students in the Seventh through Eighth grade class.  Sunday, November 26th is a Family Worship Sunday.  Happy Thanksgiving!              

Janet Stone, Church School Director


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 GraceVSNY@aol.com.  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.



Fall Food Drive

Boxed or canned foods only

Collection dates:  November 5, 12, 19 & 26

Collection boxes

will be in the Narthex and Education Building

Food will benefit the INN in Hempstead and the Far Rockaway Mission



Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast with Santa and the Dinglebells will take place on Saturday, December 9th, 2017, from 9:30AM to 11:30AM in the Education Building. Please join us for breakfast, crafts, holiday songs, sing along with the Dinglebells and visit with our special guest, Santa. Parents will have the opportunity to take pictures as their children meet Santa.  Tickets are $10.00 per person, please email juleast@earthlink.net or contact the Church Office for tickets.


Gifts of Love.  Are you looking for a way to share the joy of Christmas with others? Give to others by giving a Gift of Love!  It's easy!  Here's what you need to do:

Choose a category of recipient and go shopping!  Gift items should fit into a shoebox, shirt box or gift bag.  Choose whatever you'd like to give.  Please be sure to purchase NEW items.  Please do NOT give food, candy, money or gift cards.  Some ideas are described below.  Because everyone loves to open presents, please be sure to wrap your gift!  Clearly LABEL your gift with the category of recipient including the gender (ie: teenage girl or, boy toddler age 2-4).  Bring your Gift of Love to church no later than December 18th.  There will be collection boxes in the Narthex and in the Education Building.  Items will be delivered to families in need the week of Christmas. 

Here are some suggestions:

Babies - onesies, washcloths, towels, blankets, clothes, bottles, pacifiers, toys

Toddlers, Children, young teens - toys, clothes, toiletries, books

Young adults and Adults - hats, gloves, socks, undergarments, books, toiletries, handbags, wallets, belts

If you have any questions, please contact Janet Stone at mom2springers@gmail.com.


THANK YOU.  A big Thank You for the MANY coats donated to Big Brothers/Big Sisters during this year’s Coat Drive.  The generosity of the Grace Methodist community is a joy to behold.                                                                     Janice Biegler


CHRISTMAS WREATHS.  Boy Scout Troop 109 will be selling Christmas Wreaths after Church this Sunday, November 26, 2017.  They are $15.00 each.  Let’s keep supporting this fantastic group of young men.


Blood Pressure Screening.  BP Screening will take place on Sunday, December 3, 2017, after Church. 

For those students who are participating in the Christmas Pageant - rehearsals will be held on Saturday, December 2, 9 and 16 at 3PM in the Church, as well as at 8:30AM on the morning of our Pageant performance, December 17th.


November Calendar

Sunday, 11/19 - Church Council Meeting after Church

Sunday 11/19-11/26 is National Bible Week

Thursday, 11/23 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Saturday, 11/25 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K

Sunday, 11/26 – United Methodist Student Day

Sunday, 11/26 – Wreath Sale after Church by Troop 109


 December Calendar

Saturday, 12/2 – 2017 Charge Conference 10AM/BKR

Sunday, 12/3 – 1st Sunday of Advent

Sunday, 12/3 – Commitment Sunday

Sunday, 12/3 – Blood Pressure Screening after Church

Sunday, 12/3 – Evangelism Committee after 10AM Service/UL

Saturday, 12/9 – Breakfast w/Santa 9:30AM/Gym

Sunday, 12/10 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, 12/10 – UMW after Church/UL

Sunday, 12/10 – Christmas Concert 5PM/Church

Sunday, 12/10 – Soup and Sandwich following Concert/Gym

Tuesday, 12/12 – GMNS Committee 7PM/Rm#2

Sunday, 12/17 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Sunday, 12/17 – Christmas Pageant during Church

Saturday, 12/23 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K

Sunday, 12/24 - 4th Sunday of Advent/Christmas Eve

Sunday, 12/24 – Christmas Eve Services 7:30PM and 11PM

Monday, 12/25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Sunday, 12/31 – Youth Sunday

Sunday, 12/31 – Happy New Years’ Eve

Sunday, 12/31 – Watch Night Service 10PM


Happy Thanksgiving.  Have a Safe and Blessed Day.




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

E-Mail:  GraceVSNY@aol.com

Website:  GraceVSNY.org

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