He is Risen!
Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Valley Stream, New York

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C H U R C H   L I F E


September 21, 2017


Words from the Pastor


“Forgiveness does not excuse their behavior.

Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.”


When someone wrongs us, we often do the opposite of what Jesus recommends.  We turn away in hatred and resentment, seek revenge, or engage in gossip.  By contrast, we should go to that person first, as difficult as that may be.  Then we should forgive that person as often as he or she needs to be forgiven.  You will feel better and the person you have forgiven will feel better. This will create a much better chance of restoring the relationship.


Because God has forgiven all our sins, we should not withhold forgiveness from others.  When we acknowledge how completely Christ has forgiven us, this should produce in us a free and generous attitude of forgiveness towards others.  Remember when we say the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6:9-13, in verse 12, we ask God to “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”  When we fail to forgive others we are setting ourselves outside and above Christ’s law of love.


Peter knows that Jesus has all the right answers so he asks Jesus this troubling question:  “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive?”  As many as seven times?  Jesus responds not seven but seventy times seven” Matthew 18:21-22.  In my calculation that is 490 times.  To make sure Peter and others understand what Jesus means he teaches the parable of the unforgiving servant.  I will not get into the parable today.  That is for another time.  Peter, using the ‘perfect’ number seven, taught that to forgive someone seven times, he was being generous.  You see, in those days, the rabbis taught that people should forgive those who offend them – but only three times.  Jesus answer to forgive others seventy times seven, means that we should not even keep track of how many times we forgive someone.  We should always forgive those who are truly repentant, no matter how many times they ask to be forgiven.  As a matter of fact, we are encouraged to forgive others even if they do not ask us to forgive them.


The next time you struggle with forgiving someone, remember this quote:  “Forgiveness does not excuse the behavior.  Forgiveness prevents the behavior from destroying your heart”.


The journey continues,

Pastor Nation



Sunday, September 24, 2017.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir director; Greeter is Theresa DiSalvo; 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.  ♥Carlos Godinho (son of Gloria Godinho), ♥Family of Nicholas and Anthony Aurilio, ♥Michelle Fitch (daughter-in law of Everett Fitch), ♥Regina Krebs (friend of Christine and Adam Doeringer), ♥Kristen DeMasi-Lopez (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Richard Keidel, ♥Beverly Budde, ♥Rose Ramsaran (mother of Savi Thomas); ♥Carmelita Seraphin (grandmother of Brianna and Jessica Knice)♥Mary Anne Zimmer (daughter-in-law of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Thomas Onorato and the Onorato Family, ♥Sandy Jones (niece of Edith and Charles Zipperlen), ♥Vincent Morrison, ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥Elaine and Mark Treske, ♥Francesca Artusa (mother of Sal Artusa), ♥Bernard Basnight (son of Yvonne Basnight), ♥John Simpson, ♥Marge Frank, ♥Andrew Thomsen (nephew of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Monica Knight (sister of Sheila Reece Gordon), ♥Bob Zimmer (husband of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Arthur Anslyn (father of Vicki Pemberton), ♥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.




Church School.  Twenty-one students were in attendance at Church School on September 17.  There were four students present in the PreK/Kindergarten class and four students in the First and Second grade class.  There were five students present in the Third and Fourth grade class and four students in the Fifth and Sixth grade class.  There were four students in the Seventh through Eighth grade class. Next weeks lesson will be The Vineyard Workers - Matthew 20:1-16.  Please support our Change for Change mission by sending in your change with your church school child next week.  We look forward to seeing you in church and working with your children.

Janet Stone, Church School Director


Change for Change -The 2017-2018 Church School is kicking off the school year with a MISSION!  We 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 by the children.  The proceeds will be used to benefit The Airy Castle Primary School, St. Thomas, Jamaica which was ravaged by fire (extensive damage was done to one building housing the cafeteria, kitchen, library and computer lab).  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 1st so keep sending your change in!  Thank you so much for your support!



GIVE BLOOD, GIVE LIFE.  September 20, 2017, from 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Education Building Gym, we will be hosting our Fall 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.  To make our Fall Drive a success, we are looking for 6 drive captains to make schedules and about 15 phone calls.  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 and God bless you.




International Potluck Dinner, September 30, 2017.  The Missions Committee is hosting the annual International Potluck Dinner on Saturday, September 30 at 6PM in the gym.  Sign the yellow sheet on the easel in the narthex to tell us what dish you will bring.  We especially look forward to tasting food from other countries!  The focus this year is Haiti.  The speaker will be Pastor Wendy Vencuss, who is one of the coordinators of the New York Annual Conference-sponsored Mountains of Hope for Haiti mission. The potluck dinner is a Missions fundraiser.  We will take up a collection at the dinner for the mission in Haiti.






UMCOR Responds to Hurricane Harvey/Irma


1.  Please continue to pray for those whose lives have been impacted hurricane Harvey and Irma.


2.  Clean-up Buckets.  We (GUMC) will be assembling clean-up buckets for UMCOR to pass out to people cleaning up their homes and churches after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  We will be collecting money for the items that go into the buckets at church on September 24. The estimated cost for each bucket full of cleaning supplies is $65, so please be generous with your donations.  You can place your donation in the plate in the provided Clean-up Buckets envelope and/or you can write Clean-up Buckets on the memo line on your check.  Thank you!  We will be assembling the buckets after church in the gym on October 1. Churchgoers of all ages are invited to help assemble the buckets.


3.  Partner with UMCOR in responding to the needs of communities and individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma by giving to Advance #901670:

To give by mail:

Advance GCFA
P.O. Box 9068 
New York, NY 10087-9068
Please note in the memo line:  Advance 901670 (Harvey or Irma)


UMCOR - United Methodist Committee On Relief is grateful for your relentless prayers and support.  





 (poem by Bertha Adams Backus)


Build for yourself a strong box,

Fashion each part with care.

When it’s as strong as your hand can make it,

Put all your troubles there.

Hide there all thought of your failures,

And each bitter cup that you quaff.

Lock all your heartaches within it,

Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Tell no one of its contents,

Never its secrets share.

When you’ve dropped in your care and worry,

Keep them forever in prayer, there.

Hide them from sight so completely,

That the world will never know half,

Fasten the strong box securely~

Then sit on the lid and laugh!


Submitted by Debbielee Thomsen 





September Calendar


Wednesday 9/20 – Fall Blood Drive 2:30PM-8:30PM/Education Building-Gym

Sunday, 9/24 – Collecting money for items for Clean-Up Buckets

Sunday, 9/24 – Blood Pressure Screening after 10AM Service 

Sunday, 9/24 - UMW Planning Meeting after Church/UL

Wednesday, 9/27 – Youth Ministry 7PM/Rm#2

Saturday, 9/30 – International Pot Luck Dinner 6PM/G


October Calendar



Sunday, 10/1 – Evangelism Committee after Church/UL

Sunday, 10/1 – Assemble Clean-up Buckets after Church/G

Friday, 10/6 – Set-up for Eagle Scout Ceremony 7:30PM/G

Saturday, 10/7 – Troop 109 Eagle Scout Ceremony 2:30PM/C-G

Sunday, 10/8 – UMW after Church/UL

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

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

Saturday, 10/28 – Pack 109 Fundraiser 1PM/G-K

Sunday, 10/29 – Youth Sunday

Tuesday, 10/31 – HAPPY HALLOWEEN




Have a wonderful week.  






21 South Franklin Avenue 

Valley Stream, NY  11580 




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