Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

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March 13, 2018


Words from the Pastor

Prayer of John Chrysostom

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name, you will be in the midst of them.  Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come, life everlasting.  Amen.                                                                            UMH 412.


This prayer by John Chrysostom reminds us that coming together with one accord to make our common supplication to God is desirable. Supplication is our prayers of intersession (prayers for others) and prayers of petition (prayers for self).  Last Sunday, we were blessed with your presence in worship.  We give God thanks for you, your family and friends.  To help us grow in our faith and keep connected with our church family we are encouraged to continue participating in weekly worship.  Worship is one of your “spiritual disciplines” also called “practices of faith” recommended by our founder, John Wesley.

Last Wednesday book study and Lenten service was cancelled due to the weather.  We will meet on Wednesday, March 14 for book study and Lenten service.  Please note the assigned chapters and facilitators for last Wednesday will be used for this Wednesday.

As we continue our Lenten journey, we can help prepare ourselves for worship service on Sunday by reading the following scriptures:  Jeremiah 31;31-34, Psalm 51:1-12, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12: 20-33.  These are the lectionary readings for Sunday, the 5th Sunday in Lent.  Two of these scriptures will be read during our worship service and one or two will be the focus of the message.

You are invited to Lenten services on Wednesday evenings at 8PM in the chapel.  Before the service we will have our book study at 7PM-8PM.  The book we are reading and studying is Holy Habits by Andrew Roberts.  A copy of the book is available at the church.  We pray that the services and book study will help to equip you to journey through Lent to a glorious Easter Sunday morning.

The 2018 Confirmation class began March 6th in the Bert Keller Room.  New member class will begin when we have at least three persons who express a desire to become members.  If you are interested in these classes, please contact the church office at 516/825-1182 or speak to Pastor Nation at 646-483-1221.

Journeying through Lent,

Pastor Nation


March 18, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Kim Neri is the Director of the Rainbow Ringers who will be ringing “The Church’s One Foundation”; Greeter is Andrea Owen-Boyd; Liturgist is Tonia Ukanwoke; Reader is Amos Akinyooye; United Methodist Women are hosting Coffee Hour; Ushers are Donna Hartmann, Carol Provenzano, Elias Tarquino, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members are Helen Avedisian, Everett Fitch, Michael Provenzano, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 8PM Pat Eshun will give the message; Enid Simpson is the Liturgist and Reader.


Prayer List.  ♥Jeanette Dowdell, ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥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 and Theodore Boyd (friends 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, ♥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.


Thank you all who participated in the Jean and Ken Larson Memorial Sunday.  It was a huge success.  An enormous amount of food was collected and is being brought to the LICC by Don Pike.  Thank you Don!  The money that was donated will also be given to the LICC to help all those in need.  Thank you so much!!!!


Twenty-eight students were in attendance at Church School on March 11th.  There were three students present in the PreK/Kindergarten class and four students in the First and Second grade class.  There were eight students present in the Third and Fourth grade class and four students in the Fifth and Sixth grade class.  There were nine students in the Seventh through Eighth grade class.  Next week’s lesson will be “Serve and Follow” from John 12:20-33.  We look forward to working with your children!         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  Thank you. 




Sight & Sound – “Jesus” … The Story of His Life

October 20, 2018

Tickets are: $165/Adult - $130/Child.  The first deposit of $65 is due ASAP.  Second deposit of $50 is due by Sunday, April 22.  Final balance must be paid by Sunday, June 10. 

If you are interested in going on this trip, please see the sign-up sheet posted by the Church Office. 

Itinerary: 8AM – Assemble;  9AM – Departure;  Kitchen Kettle Village shopping;  3PM – Showtime;  6PM – Good & Plenty Restaurant;   7:30PM – Departure.


GIVE BLOOD, GIVE LIFE. On Wednesday, March 21, 2018, from 2:30PM to 8:30PM in the Education Building gym, we will be hosting our Spring Blood Drive.  Please keep the date open and available to give of yourself, just as Jesus has given life to us, we can give life to others.  Your donation will help to save up to THREE lives.  Our community hospitals need your help.  Please share this lifesaving gift!  Dinner will be served to all donors and their families between 5PM and 7:30PM.  Please join us.  Please contact Bob DiSalvo(516/561-2513) to volunteer to help.  Even if you cannot donate, you can still make a difference by volunteering to get involved.  Thank you for caring, and God bless you.         Bob DiSalvo


SAVE THE DATE.  The 5th Annual Evangelism Outreach Service is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 9:30AM to 12N.  Reverend David Gilmore will be our guest speaker.  All are welcome to attend.


United Methodist Women – BAKE SALE is scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2018.  Stop by and pick up some delicious goodies!!


 On April 6, 2018, the Grace United Methodist Women are sponsoring a meal at the INN in Hempstead.  If you would be interested in helping and sharing the experience of serving those in need, please let me know at  The commitment is from10AM to 2PM.  Thank you.


DS 365 Challenge for Brooklyn United Methodist Church Home (BUMCH). So far we have collected $225 for the DS 365 Challenge by giving up a coffee or a snack during Lent and giving that money to the challenge.  It is not too late to give.  You can label an envelope with "DS 365 Challenge-BUMCH" and put it in the offering plate or write a check out to Grace United Methodist Church with "DS 365-BUMCH" on the memo line.  Thank you.        Katherine Perkins, Missions Chair



March Calendar

Tuesday, 3/13 – Confirmation Class 6PM-7:30PM/BKR

Tuesday, 3/13 – GMNS Committee 7PM/Rm#2

Wednesday, 3/14 – Book Study 7PM/Chapel

Wednesday, 3/14 – Lent Service 8PM/Chapel

Wednesday, 3/14 – Trustees Meeting after Lenten Service

Thursday, 3/15 – New Members Class 6:30PM-8PM/BKR

Saturday, 3/17 – HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Tuesday, 3/20 – Confirmation Class 6PM-7:30PM/BKR

Wednesday, 3/21 – Blood Drive 2:30PM-8:30PM/G

Wednesday, 3/21 – Book Study 7PM/Chapel

Wednesday, 3/21 – Lent Service 8PM/Chapel

Thursday, 3/22 – New Members Class 6:30PM-8PM/BKR

Thursday, 3/22 – Finance Meeting 7:30PM/Rm#2

Saturday, 3/24 – Evangelism Outreach Service 9:30AM/Educ Bldg

Sunday, 3/25 – PALM SUNDAY

Sunday, 3/25 – UMW Bake Sale after Church

Tuesday, 3/27 – Confirmation Class 6PM-7:30PM/BKR

Thursday, 3/29 – New Members Class 6:30PM-8PM/BKR

Thursday, 3/29 – HOLY THURSDAY 8PM

Friday, 3/30 – GOOD FRIDAY 2PM and 8PM


Evangelism Outreach Service, Saturday, March 24, 9:30 - noon. Please see the attached flyer.



 Have a great week and Happy St. Patrick's Day!   Eileen


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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