Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, December 13, 2019
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

Our weekly newsletter


December 11, 2019


Words from the Pastor


Mission statement:

Grace United Methodist Church is a family of faith striving to share God’s love with all people.


Dear Church Family,


On the second Sunday of Advent we lit the candle of peace.  Advent means coming, and refers not only to Jesus coming as a baby in Bethlehem but also to his Second Coming.  During this time we will continue our spiritual preparation leading up to Christmas.  Symbols of the Season of Advent celebration, the Advent wreath, advent candles, and purple paraments, are part of our sanctuary décor.  We give thanks to our members who put up the Advent symbols.  We also thank the members who put up the Christmas tree, wreaths, etc.  These are reminders of the celebrations of Advent/Christmas seasons.  May you have a fruitful Advent/Christmas Season.


During the Season of Advent, the reading and hearing of the scriptures provide instructions and encouragement to give us hope through endurance.  May the God of endurance and encouragement give us the same attitude toward each other, similar to Christ Jesus’ attitude.  In that way we can glorify God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ together with one voice.


Let us encourage each other during this Season of Advent that as we light the candles of hope, peace, love, and joy, we will take time to reflect on the messages from the scriptures.  Ponder where we do see hope, peace, love and joy in the scriptures.  Then reflect on our stories of gratitude and salvation and share with family, friends, coworkers and classmates.  Furthermore, let us pray that God will help us to seek Him everywhere with expectant eyes that invite us to see hope, peace, love and joy in the world today.  Let's remember the beauty and grace of Jesus and how He entered our dark, broken world on the first Christmas long ago, and how He’s working, even now, to restore light, peace, and life. 


On the second Sunday of Advent we lit the candle of peace.  During this week and beyond, we are called to remember that Jesus in the gospel of John, chapter 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not be afraid.”  Jesus gives us his peace, and we are reminded to take Jesus and this peace with us every day and share it with others.  In this way we can help to make this world a peaceful place.  This hymn:  “Let There Be Peace on Earth” reminds us that we should let peace begin with you and me.  Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.  Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, since as members of one body, we were called to peace.  And be thankful.


Here are the Scriptures for worship service on December 15, 2019, 3rd Sunday of Advent:  Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:47-55; James 5:7-10; and Matthew 11:2-11.  One or two of these scriptures will be the focus of the message.  We will light the third Advent candle representing LOVE.


Journeying together during the Season of Advent,

Pastor Nation



Sunday, December 15, 2019.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Children’s Message will be given by Lenore Kurz; Ken Richardson is our Organist and Director of the Chancel Choir; Ushers are Donna Hartmann, Carol Provenzano, Elias Tarquino, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Naomi Brown, Al Greifenberger and Debbie Nicosia.



Prayer List.  ♥Family of Herb Biegler, ♥Pam O’Brien, ♥Eugene O’Brien, ♥All who were affected by the Corona Avenue/Valley Stream Fire, ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Jonathan Greifenberger, ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo Morrison, ♥Herb Biegler, ♥Carol Provenzano, ♥Coach Trudy, ♥Alwyn Daniel (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Ryan Aldovino (step-grandson of Gloria Godinho), ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Annemarie Michel (friend of Gloria Godinho), ♥Peter Tanner (friend of Samantha and Pam O'Brien), ♥Ian Lewis, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥Family of Courtney Fray (cousin of Barbara Woodford), ♥Sasha (Navy-Japan), ♥Bob LoBello, ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥Lascelles Boyd (father of Earl Boyd), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Iris Molina, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Buddy Dookhi, ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Donna Lowe (daughter of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Vincent Morrison, ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥John Simpson.  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.


Sad News.  We received the sad news of the passing of Herb Biegler on Friday, December 6.  He is survived by his wife Jean; children David, Doug (Lisa), Karen and Karl (Janice); and several grandchildren.  Herb was a long-time member of Grace Church, over 50 years.  He was involved in many of the church groups and was our "go to" when things needed fixing!!  He will be missed.  Herb is being cremated.  There will be a memorial service on Sunday, December 15, 2019, from 12PM to 4PM at Moore's Funeral Parlor. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that you give to your favorite charity in honor of Herb.  We at Grace Church send our deepest sympathy to Herb's family and all his many friends.



Church School.  I would like to say 'thank you' to the Third and Fourth grade class for spreading the love of Christ in church this week.  Students worked to make cards and small candy bags which they distributed to people they did not know during the Passing of the Peace.  Many people were surprised and delighted by this action, with more than one teary eyed appreciative recipient!  I know the students benefited greatly from this act of kindness.  There were 29 students in Church School this Sunday, December 8th.  There were three students in the PreK/K class and four in the First and Second grade class. There were seven students in the Third and Fourth grade class and eight students in the Fifth and Sixth grade class.  There were seven students in the Youth class.  Our lesson next week (12/15) will be on “John the Baptist”, Matthew 11:2-11.  We look forward to working with your students. 

~Janet Stone, Church School Director~


The Church School students will be making some craft items to sell at the Soup and Sandwich supper.  Tables will be set-up for people to shop while they dine.  The proceeds from our craft sale will be used to help fund the supplies needed to make the health kits for UMCOR.



GIFTS OF LOVE.  Share the joy of Christmas.  Give to others by giving a Gift of Love.  Choose a category of recipient.  Choose whatever you want.  It must be a new item.  (No food, candy, money or gift cards).  Do not wrap gifts.  Bring Gift of Love to church no later than December 15, 2019.  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, books, undergarments, toiletries,

                                             handbags, wallets, belts



The Christmas Pageant will be on December 22nd!   Our 2019 Christmas Pageant will be “Christmas Joy”.  We are looking forward to a heartwarming, spirit filled Christmas Pageant!



POINSETTIA.  If you would like to place a beautiful Poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas in honor of or in memory of a loved one, friend, soldier, etc., please fill out an order form which is located in the Narthex of the Church or in the Church Office.  The deadline is Sunday, December 19, 2019.  Poinsettias are $13 each.  Please send your check (made out to GUMC) with the order form to the Church Office, place it in the Offering Plate (in a sealed envelope marked for the Church Office) or email your request to and send your check to the Church Office.  Mark your check, “Poinsettia” and if appropriate, include your Envelope Number.  Thank you.



Volunteer needed.  We are looking for someone to join our Counting Team.  You would only count once every six weeks after church.  Please call the Church Office if you are interested.  516/825-1182  Thank you.



Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT is Sunday, December 15th at 3PM**.  SOUP AND SANDWICH follows.  Tickets for the Soup and Sandwich dinner are available prior to Church, during Coffee Hour or at the Church Office.  Adults:  $12/Children (Under the age of 12) $7

**PLEASE NOTE.  There has been a change in the time for our Christmas Concert.  It is now 3PM.  Due to the widespread advertising that was sent out to Nassau County towns, please advise any of your friends or neighbors who may be attending of this change.  Thank you for your understanding.



Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD SIGN-UP LIST started on Sunday, December 1st and continues through Sunday, December 15th.  All money collected will go to the GRAMETH FUND, a discretionary fund for those in need.  (Single Name is $1; Family Name is $2; Family Listing is $4).  Any Contributions will be Merrily Accepted!  To sign-up, please stop by the sign-up desk at Church (with Lenore Kurz) or at Coffee Hour.  You can also sign-up with Eileen in the Church Office. 


December Calendar

Tuesday, 12/10 – GMNS Committee 7PM/Rm#2

Tuesday, 12/10 - ALPHA 7:30PM/BKR

Saturday, 12/14 – Soup/Sandwich Set-up All Day/G-K

Saturday, 12/14 – Grace Thunderettes Christmas Event 5PM/UL

Sunday, 12/15 – Christmas Concert in the Church 3PM**

Sunday, 12/15 – Soup and Sandwich after Concert/Education Building

Tuesday, 12/17 - ALPHA 7:30PM/BKR

Wednesday, 12/18 – Troop 109 7:30PM/G

Sunday, 12/22 – Christmas Pageant during Church

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

Wednesday, 12/25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, 12/28 – Far Rockaway Sandwich Prep 10AM/K

Tuesday, 12/31 – Watch Night Service 11PM



Have a great week.  Enjoy the Christmas Concert!!









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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