Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

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C H U R C H   L I F E




June 28, 2018


Words from the Pastor


God, bless this food we are about to receive. Give bread to those who are hungry, and hunger for charity and justice to us who have bread.  Amen.


Table grace is one of the prayers that most parents tend to teach their children at an early age.  It is good for us to thank the Lord before every meal, but it should not stop there.  The apostle Paul saw every activity, every endeavor, as something for which we should thank God and that we should do for His glory.  The best place to “say grace” is anywhere and anytime we want to give thanks to the Lord and honor Him.  “Recreation, occupation, and education are all avenues through which we can honor the Lord and express our gratefulness to Him.”


Here is how G. K. Chesterton addresses the issue of saying grace:  “you say grace before meals, that is all right.  But I say grace before the play and the opera, and grace before the concert and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing; and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. Who is G. K. Chesterton?  He is an English writer, poet, philosopher, lay theologian, orator, biographer, journalist, and literary and art critic.  His humor and insight causes one to chuckle and then pause for more serious contemplation. 


Below are 6 simple prayers we can say anywhere and anytime to enhance our prayer life.  This will help to us to respond to the apostle Paul’s encouragement to “pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).

1.    “Lord, have mercy.”  (Psalm 123:3)

2.    “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:9)

3.    “My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.”                  

      (Psalm 121:2)

4.    “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3)

5.    “Not my will, but yours.” (Luke 22:42)

6.    “Come, Lord Jesus.” (Revelation 22:20)


To help us continue to grow in our relationship with God, with others and enhance our prayer life, you are invited to read the scripture readings for worship service on Sunday, 6th Sunday after Pentecost.  They are: 2 Samuel 1: 1, 17-27, Psalm 130, 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, and Mark 5:21-43.  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 Word.


Source: Our Daily Bread, June 2018


Journeying in Pentecost,

Pastor Nation



Communion Sunday, July 1, 2018.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Nursery Attendant is Michelle Lewis; Greeters are the Neri Family; Liturgist is Andrea Owen-Boyd; Ushers are Everett Fitch, Easton Hazell, Brian Lynch, Carol Provenzano, Michael Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Sonia Khan, Phil Osei-Boah, Ken Pearce, Yvonne Pearce and Marisa Pershad.



Prayer List.  ♥Family of Bess Condelles, ♥Beatrice Honeyghan (mother of Pastor Nation), ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Rev. Barbara Melzer, ♥Family of Excelencia Price-Edwards, ♥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), ♥Valerie Miles (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥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)♥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.




Margie Frank.  There will be a Memorial Service for our beloved Margie Frank on Saturday, July 7th at 3PM.  A Repast will follow. 



Summer and Vacation Time is here.  Please make sure to keep your Church in your thoughts and prayers during this time.  Keeping up with our monthly expenses unfortunately does not allow for a vacation.  Your continued support would be more than appreciated.  Thank you. 



CALENDAR SIGN-UP.  Please email or call the Church Office with your group plans beginning in September 2018.  The calendar has been filling up very quickly, especially the Gym, so as soon as you decide on days/times, etc. let me know.  If you have been meeting on the same days the last six months, please let me know if you would like to continue that routine.  Some of our days/events have changed beginning in September, so please check with me in case you may have to alter your days/times. ( or 516/825-1182).  Thank you.


The INN Needs Our Help


Hunger and food insecurity remain urgent issues facing Long Island's poor.  Close to 40% of those are children.  Many are working poor unable to earn enough money to buy food to meet basic nutritional needs. 


What does the Bible say about feeding the hungry?  Isaiah 58:10:  "If you give food to the hungry and satisfy those who are in need, then the darkness around you will turn to the brightness of noon."


The Mary Brennan Inn in Hempstead provides meals for approximately 300 guests daily Monday through Friday.  The guests may be homeless or food insecure unable to feed themselves or their families.  The INN also has a food pantry which supplies additional support to those in need.


Summertime means a notable increase of families coming to the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen because school is out.  The children no longer receive a school breakfast and lunch.  Many now rely on the INN to provide a meal that may be their only meal that day.  

Remember the words of Matthew 25:35:  "For I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was a stranger and you received me in your homes."

Because the need is so great this summer, we are asking members of Grace United Methodist Church to support the INN in a special collection, Sunday, July 1st, to help them carry out their mission of feeding hungry children this summer. Also, remember to bring food throughout the summer to support their food pantry.  Please give as you are able.  Thank you.



Church Life.  This is the last issue of Church Life until September.  You will be emailed any important updates.  Have a very safe and enjoyable summer!     Eileen



June Calendar

Wednesday, 6/27 – SPPR Meeting 7:30PM/BKR

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


July Calendar

Saturday, 7/7 – Margie Frank’s Memorial Service 3 PM                  

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 7/10-8/2 8:30AM-11:30AM – GMNS Summer Program

Saturday, 7/21 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K


August Calendar

Wednesday, 8/15 – Worship Committee 7:30PM/BKR

Saturday, 8/25 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K






I hope everyone has a happy, safe and healthy Summer!!!!  Church Life is officially on Vacation.










21 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580

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