Grace United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

 Our weekly newsletter

 

April 17, 2018

 

Words from the Pastor

 

All reports indicate that those who attended Pastor Howard’s memorial service on Saturday, April 14 enjoyed fruitful worship and fellowship. It was a big reunion of family, members and friends of Grace.  Some had not seen each other for a long time.  Pastor Howard’s wife, Barbara, her daughters, Betsy and Gwen, and other family members were appreciative of our efforts.

 

We were able to accomplish this celebration of Pastor Howard’s life and ministry in Valley Stream with the love, support and hard work of many people.  A big, big thank you to everyone for all you did.  Special thanks to:  Brian Stone for planting the idea and seeing it through; the hospitality team for the set-up, preparation and service, break down and clean-up of refreshments; George J. Simmons and Jeanne, the Chancel choir, Kim Neri, Lucille Bjorneby, and Kenneth Richardson for the music ministry; Reverend John Carrington for offering the eulogy; Eileen Robertson for her administrative contributions; Pastor Cole and Polly, the Valley Stream Fire Department, and Mayor Ed Fare for their presence and support.  We did it! Together!

 

On Sunday, April 22, during our worship service we will have the reorganization ceremony for the United Methodist Women of Grace, and installation of officers.   After the service, we will celebrate with a special coffee hour in the Bert Keller Room.  We have a strong and vibrant UMW unit that has accomplished much since our reorganization.  To the women who have answered the call to this ministry, many thanks for all you do, are doing, and will continue to do.  Many hands make light work so if you have not yet participated in this ministry, it is not too late to do so. Sending love and thanks to our men who have supported the UMW.  We look forward to the day when the United Methodist Men will reorganize; I know the women stand ready to support them.

 

Evident in our work together is a spirit of love, unity and fellowship.  We are moving unto perfection according to John Wesley’s teachings.  I encourage you to read the lectionary readings for this week, the 4th Sunday of Easter.  They are Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23, 1 John 3:16-24 and the Gospel of John 10:11-18.  One or more of these scriptures will be read during our service and will be the focus of the message.

 

As we journey through Easter, be encouraged as we remember that at first God was God for us, as our protector and shield.  Then, when Jesus came, God became God with us, as our companion and friend.  Then, finally, when Jesus sent his spirit, God was revealed to us as God within us, as our very breath and heartbeat.

 

Journeying through the Easter Season,

Pastor Nation

 

THANK YOU FROM THE HOWARD FAMILY

The Howard family thanks the Grace Church family for the service of celebration and thanksgiving for the life of Pastor Robert Howard.  The personal testimonies, the glorious music, the ceremony of firefighters, the food, the fellowship, the laughter - it's just the way he would have loved it.  We thank Pastor Nation for planning the service, George Simmons for organ and piano music, Kim Neri for violin, the choir for singing, Lucille Bjorneby for her solo.  We were honored by the return of Reverend John Carrington giving the eulogy.  We were also honored by the presence of Pastor John Cole and his wife, Dr. Polly Wheat.  We thank Bob DiSalvo, Diane Panzarino, and Brian Stone for giving tributes.  We thank Bob, Terry, and Julianne DiSalvo and their helpers for the reception; the mayor and the firefighters for their tributes; Diane Vitacco for the flowers; and all who came to share stories and hugs - Amazing Grace!  Amazing Grace Church!!

 

Sunday – April 22, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Greeter is Coleen Murray; Nursery Attendant is Andrea Owen-Boyd; Liturgist is Walter McKnight; Reader is Judith Vendryes; Coffee Hour is hosted by the Evangelism Committee; Ushers are Jenifer Hartig, Chris Ukanwoke, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Yvonne Basnight, JoAnne Hazell, Vicki Pemberton, Don Pike, and Matt Roth.

 

Prayer List.  ♥Family of Margie Frank, ♥Ryan Spencer, ♥Marjorie Shapiro, ♥Jeanette Dowdell, ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Delcina Gopaul (great-niece of Pat Lewis), ♥Melissa Ortiz (neighbor of Sonia Khan), ♥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, ♥Bob Zimmer (husband of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥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.

 

Book of Remembrance.  A very generous gift has been given in loving memory and honor of Pastor Robert W. Howard by his wife Barbara and the Family.

 

Wanted!  We are looking for someone who would like to join the  Westminster Ringers beginning in September 2018.  We met every Thursday from 7PM-8PM.  You do not have to read music.  If you are interested (and we hope you are), please contact Kim Neri or Eileen in the Church Office (516/825-1182).

 

Church School.  Eleven students were in attendance at Church School on April 16th.  There were three students present in the PreK/Kindergarten.  There were three students present in the First and Second grade class.  There was one student in the Third and Fourth grade class.  There were four students in the Seventh through Eighth grade.  We look forward to working with your children next Sunday! 

Janet Stone, Church School Director

 

April Food Drive ~ Grace Church will be collecting boxed or canned food items throughout the month of April.  Please bring your donated items to one of the collection boxes in the Narthex and Education Building.  All food donations will benefit the INN in Hempstead and the Far Rockaway Mission.  Questions?  See Janet Stone or call the Church Office 825-1182.  Thank you!

 

Garage Sale.  The UMW is sponsoring a Garage Sale on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 10AM – 3PM.  Tables are $25 each.  Please see Jennifer Morton or Kim Neri for further information. 

 

There will be an Installation of Officers for the UMW at our worship service on this Sunday. 

 

 

April Calendar

 

Tuesday, 4/17 - Confirmation Class 6PM/BKR

Sunday, 4/22 – UMW Installation of Officers 10AM Service

Tuesday, 4/24 – Confirmation Class 6PM/BKR

Saturday, 4/28 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K

Sunday, 4/29 – Youth Sunday

 

Have a great week.  I've been told that Spring/Summer will eventually be here!

 

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

E-Mail:  GraceVSNY@aol.comWebsite:  GraceVSNY.org

 

10 AM Worship Service; 10 AM Sunday School

 

 

EASTER 2018

Altar Lilies have been given –

 

In loving memory of my husband, Ned Mahoney, by Anne.

 

In loving memory of my son and daughter-in-law, David Carl Mahoney and Lydia Mahoney Buttafuoco, by Mom.

 

In loving memory of my parents, Amanda and Walter Hubbs, by Anne Mahoney.

 

In loving memory of our dad Ned Mahoney by Barbara and Ray Hamel.

 

In loving memory of our brother David Carl Mahoney and sister-in-law, Lydia, by Barbara and Ray Hamel.

 

In loving memory of our dad, Ned Mahoney, by Carol and Steven Tepper.

 

In loving memory of our brother and sister-in-law, David Carl Mahoney and Lydia Mahoney Buttafuoco, by Carol and Steven Tepper.

 

In loving honor and memory of Loved Ones by the Panzarino Family.

 

In loving memory of Marion Kruger, June Henderson and Florence Rothage by a friend.

 

In loving memory of Irene Belsky and Irene and Thomas Robertson by Eileen and Sarah Robertson.

 

In loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. Keller and George Condelles by Sarah Robertson.

 

In loving memory of my brothers David and Daniel Nelson Jr. by Enid Simpson.

 

In loving memory of Zoe Davis and Olga Nelson by Enid Simpson.

 

In loving memory of my parents Rebecca and Daniel Nelson by Enid Simpson.

 

In loving memory of Barbara Ehlinger by a friend.

 

In loving memory of Bev Budde by Gloria Godinho.

 

In loving memory of my mother, M. Esther Marcell, by Gloria Godinho.

 

In loving memory of my sister, Marina Marcell, by Gloria Godinho.

 

In loving honor of Pearl Hamilton by Maudlyn Scarlett.

 

In loving honor or my mother, Rose Ramsaran by Savi Thomas.

 

In loving memory of Gregory Ike by Marilyn and Brud Ike.

 

In loving memory of our parents Lillian and Nils Olsen by Marilyn and Brud Ike.

 

In loving memory of our parents Mary and Clarence Ike by Marilyn and Brud Ike.

 

In loving memory of Loved Ones by Edith and Charlie Zipperlen.

 

In loving memory of our parents, Helen and Ludwig Kurz, by Lenore and Manny Kurz.

 

In loving memory of our parents, Jeannette and Gilbert McCormick, by Lenore and Manny Kurz. 

 

In loving memory of our parents by Nancy and Alan Davis.

 

In loving memory of Ruby Walrond by Maudlyn Scarlett.

 

In loving memory of Ruby Walrond by Eileen and Sarah Robertson.

 

In loving memory of my Deceased Family and Friends by Pearl Hamilton.

 

In loving memory of our parents and siblings by Margo and Vincent Morrison.

 

In loving honor of our children and grandchildren by Margo and Vincent Morrison.

 

In honor of our loving mother, Beatrice Honeyghan by Pastor Nation and family.

 

In memory of our loving aunt, Malverine Clarke by Pastor Nation and family.

 

In memory of our loving parents, Owen Honeyghan and Salvin Nation, by Pastor and Desmond Nation and family.

 

In loving memory of Loved Ones by the Hartmann Family.

 

In loving honor of Loved Ones by the Hartmann Family.

 

In loving memory and honor of Loved Ones by Marianne and Don Pike.

 

In loving memory of Edward Knice by his wife Honey.

 

In loving memory of Edward Knice, our grandpa in Heaven watching over us. Love, Kara, Emily, Jessica, Anthony, Danielle, Brianna, David Edward and  Nicky.

 

In loving memory of my parents, Hazel and George Wolf,  by Carolyn O’Loughlin.

 

In loving memory of my sisters, Audrey and Barbara, and my brother Herbert by Carolyn O’Loughlin.