Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

 Our weekly newsletter


C H U R C H   L I F E




October 11, 2018


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,


Many of us have heard the cliché “as patient as Job.”  The biblical story of Job informs us that he was a deeply religious man who feared God.  In an agreement between God and Satan, Job was tested.  He was afflicted, losing everything- wealth, children and health.  However, with exemplary courage in adversity Job maintained his faith in God and was richly rewarded.  Job regained his health and more children and wealth than he had before.  The story of Job begs the question: Why do bad things happen to good people?


Only God understands why the good are allowed to suffer.  Through suffering we learn that God is enough for our lives and our future.  We ought to love God regardless of whether he allows blessings or suffering to come to us.  Testing is difficult, but the result is often a deeper relationship with God.  Those who endure the testing of their faith will experience God’s great rewards in the end.

The biblical story of Ruth is another example of one who endured much pain and suffering.  However, in the end she experienced God’s great reward of becoming the great-grandmother of King David.  He is regarded as Israel’s greatest king.  Come to the Bert Keller Room in the Education Building, Wednesday October 10th at 11- 12 noon to learn more about Ruth.  The Alpha study will begin on October 24th at 7PM in the Bert Keller Room.  Please come and share with us.


Speak to Pastor Nation or call the church office at 516/825-1182 to get more information about our church, becoming a member, transferring your membership to our church.  We welcome you and thank you for your desire to share in our ministries. Please come to the chapel in the church building on October 14th at 9:15AM to hear more about our church or to become a member.

To help us learn more of the Bible and prepare for the worship service on Sunday, please read the following scriptures:  Job 23:1-9, 1617; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 14:12-16; Mark 10:17-23.  At least two of these scriptures will be read during our service and will be the focus of the message.


Thought for the Week

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive.  He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.  There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.  When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.~


Looking forward to a blessed and fruitful year,

Pastor Nation



Sunday, October 14, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Nursery Attendant is Andrea Owen-Boyd; Greeters are Jenifer and Abigail Hartwig; Liturgist is David Dorsey; Reader is Donna Hartmann; Ushers are Earl Boyd, Pat McKnight, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Helen Avedisian, Everett Fitch, Michael Provenzano, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge.



Prayer List.  ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Linda Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Rev. Barbara Melzer, ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Family of the brother of John Schnur (friends of Elaine Treske), ♥Monica Godinho, ♥Susan Felsen, ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥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), ♥Timothy Thomsen (nephew of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Richard Keidel, ♥Rose Ramsaran (mother of Savi Thomas), ♥Family of Excelencia Price-Edwards, ♥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.



News of Members and Friends.  Erica Provenzano, daughter of Michael Provenzano and granddaughter of Carol Provenzano, will be marrying David Tuller on November 3, 2018 at 1:30PM.  The wedding will be at St Rose of Lima Church located at 2 Bayview Avenue, Massapequa, NY 11758.  Best wishes on this wonderful journey, as you build your new lives together from your friends at GUMC.



Book of Remembrance.  A gift has been given in loving memory of Beatrice Lenora Honeyghan by the Board of Trustees.



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!



A Word from the Trustees

The trustees oversee, maintain and supervise all of our church property so that our church can effectively carry out the ministries of our congregation.  In addition, we receive and administer all bequests/gifts made to the church and oversee the financial investments in the endowment fund.  In conjunction with the Pastor, we are also responsible for the use of the church building and grounds.  For the past few years, we have been focusing on general upkeep, maintenance and repair, which is significant given the size of our educational building and the grandeur of our church. 

Significant expenditures are anticipated in the future given the age and size of our facilities including church basement windows, new sprinkler system for the church and related landscaping, façade and masonry work, and the painting of the sanctuary. Our congregation and the communities surrounding Valley Stream are truly blessed by the physical presence of our church and buildings, which are here to serve our mission.  Thanks be to God!!



Children's Winter Clothing Drive.  The UMW will be 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.


Sunday Food Collection.  Please remember the food collection box on Sunday morning.  Tuna fish, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and rice are always needed.  We are bringing food to both the INN and the Long Island Council of Churches in Freeport.  Both food pantries really appreciate our donations.  Thank you. 



Acolytes.  To the parents of children over 8 - If your child would like to acolyte, please find the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the Narthex to reserve a Sunday.         John Biegler, Acolyte Coordinator



October Calendar


Tuesday, 10/9 – GMNS Meeting 7PM/Rm#2

Wednesday, 10/10 – Woman of the Bible/Ruth 11AM/BKR

Sunday, 10/14 – UMW Meeting after Church/UL

Sunday, 10/14 – New Members Class Begins 9:15AM/Chapel

Wednesday, 10/17 - Woman of the Bible/Ruth 11AM/BKR

Sunday, 10/21 – UMW Bake Sale after Church/BKR

Sunday, 10/21 – Blood Pressure Screening after Church/BKR

Wednesday, 10/24 - Woman of the Bible/Ruth 11AM/BKR

Wednesday, 10/24 – Alpha Study 7PM/BKR

Saturday, 10/27 – Far Rockaway Food Prep10AM/K

Wednesday, 10/31 - Woman of the Bible/Ruth 11AM/BKR


Have a wonderful 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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