Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

 Our weekly newsletter


June 14, 2018


Words from the Pastor


On June 7-10, the 434 churches in New York and Connecticut attended the 219th Session of the New York Annual conference of the United Methodist Church.  It was a blessing to participate in this conference.  I was fully engaged, encouraged, motivated, uplifted, and inspired to continue my Christian journey in a more God focused way.  In addition, Desmond was there to hear some of these messages, so he too had a similar experience.  This allows us to hold each other accountable to grow in our relationship with God, each other and others.  Lord, thank you for your many blessings.

This prayer for illumination was included in the opening worship service at conference, and the words speak to me.  I am sharing this prayer with you and hoping that the words will speak to you, also:

Lord, how can your people keep their path pure?   By carefully reading the map of Your Word.

We’re single-minded in pursuit of You; don’t let us miss the road signs You’ve posted.

We keep Your word close, in our heart, so that we won’t transgress against You.

Be blessed, God; train us in Your ways of wise living.

We’ll transfer to our lips all the counsel that comes from Your mouth; We delight far more in what You tell us about living than in gathering a pile of riches.

We will think about Your precepts and examine all Your paths.

We will delight in Your statutes; we will not forget what You have said.                                                   

     Adapted from Psalm 119:9-16 from CEB & MSG


One of the challenges that Bishop Bickerton shared with us at the conference is that he is taking on fasting for the next year.  Every Friday morning until noon he will fast on behalf of our conferences, which includes all the local churches.  I have committed to take on this challenge as well.  I invite you, if so let by God’s Holy Spirit, to take on this challenge for our churches with special focus on our church, GRACE UMC.  Lord, thank you for your many blessings.

To help us continue to grow in our relationship with God and with others I invite you to read the scripture readings for worship service on Sunday, 4th Sunday after Pentecost, and Father’s Day.  The scripture readings are: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, Psalm 20, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13), 14-17, and Mark 4:26-34.  At least two of these scriptures will be read during our worship service and will be the focus of the message. Lord, thank you for your many blessings.

Journeying in Pentecost,

Pastor Nation


Father’s Day Sunday, June 17, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Greeter is Lydia Quick, Liturgist is Vicki Pemberton; Reader is Ryan Pemberton; Nursery Attendant is Katherine Perkins; Coffee Hour will be hosted by the United Methodist Women; Ushers are Donna Hartmann, Carol Provenzano, Elias Tarquino and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Pamela Applewhaite, Al Greifenberger, Debbie Nicosia, and Fazile Remy.



Prayer List.  ♥Beatrice Honeyghan (mother of Pastor Nation), ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Monica Godinho, ♥Susan Felsen, Alden Doane (friend of Pam O'Brien), Carol Sarlo (friend of Samantha and Pam O'Brien), Kathy Chambers (friend of Samantha and Pam O'Brien), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥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), ♥Nadia Gay (aunt of Renée and Marlon Polycarpe), ♥Cliff McBride (friend 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), ♥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.



The History of Flag Day



The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.  BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'.  In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.


On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York.  On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.


Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th.  Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.


Two weeks later on May 8th, the Board of Managers of the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution unanimously endorsed the action of the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames.  As a result of the resolution, Dr. Edward Brooks, then Superintendent of Public Schools of Philadelphia, directed that Flag Day exercises be held on June 14, 1893 in Independence Square.  School children were assembled, each carrying a small Flag, and patriotic songs were sung and addresses delivered.


In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings.  With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises.  On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.


Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs.  Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: "I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself."


Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.  While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.  Flag Day is not a federal holiday, but it is a state holiday in New York and Pennsylvania.




We are looking for individuals who would like to join the Westminster Ringers beginning in September 2018.  We meet every Thursday from7PM-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).




Rolling River Rampage - Experience the Ride of a Lifetime with God!  Vacation Bible School at Grace Methodist Church will be held June 25-June 29 daily from 9AM-12PM.  Children who will be in K-8 in September may participate in VBS.  Teens who are 14 and older may serve as assistants.  Adult volunteers are needed to lead groups!  Registration information will be available soon.  Please see Janet Stone or email if you are interested in volunteering.




The United Methodist Women are hosting "A Self Care in The Final Stages of Life Seminar" by Rev. Janet Cox on Saturday, June 16th from 10am-12pm.  Please invite your friends and let us come together to listen to this informative seminar.




The church is in the process of replacing wood folding tables (seat 8) with plastic folding tables.  If anyone is interested in taking some wood tables, please contact the church office.  Thank you.




Congratulations to all the Campership and Education Scholarship recipients.  Camperships:  Jaxson Baptichon, David Earl Boyd, Gavin Donaghy, Patrick Donaghy, Casey Morton, Jackson Morton, Danny Neri, Stephanie Neri, and Tim Neri.  Education Scholarships:  Candice Biegler, Marlon Polycarpe, Chigozie Ukanwoke, and Chukwuemeka Ukanwoke.  



June Calendar

Monday, 6/11-6/13 – GMNS Pictures/Graduation

Thursday, 6/14 – Flag Day

Saturday, 6/16 – Seminar-End of Life/Pastoral Care by Janet Cox 10AM-12N/BKR

Sunday, 6/17 – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

Saturday, 6/23 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K

Sunday, 6/24 – Church Council after Church

Monday, 6/25-6/29 – VBS 9AM-12N/Education Bldg

Thursday,6/28 – Last issue of Church Life until September



Have a wonderful week!  Happy Father's Day!







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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