Grace United Methodist Church
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

 Our weekly newsletter


October 17, 2019


Words from the Pastor


Mission statement:

Grace United Methodist Church is a family of faith striving to

share God’s love with all people.


Dear Church Family,


One of the greatest motivators to living a hope-filled life is to remember God’s promises.  In the Bible are hundreds of God’s promises.  Here are some of God promises to us - “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).  So let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promises.


Remember that God’s promises are yours today.  It is not in this church or that church.  It is not in this city or that city.  It is not in this land or in some other land, that the Lord may be found.  But Jesus, the Lord your God, is within your own heart and mind.  And everyone today, may take the Cup of Life, and may fill themselves with the promises of the Lord, to the point where weakness, fear, and dread have no place in their life.  For when your heart is filled with Jesus, God’s promises fill your life (Ken Pilcher).


As the Psalmist writes “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.  I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds”.  What a difference it would make if we lived our best life steeped in the knowledge that God’s promises are yes, yes and amen.  One song writer reminds us that “Standing on the promises that cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail, By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God”.


When we stand on God’s promises we are more equipped to advance our commitment to the church by our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  Therefore, let us encourage one another to participate in the following learning and sharing ministries:  Bible Study, Alpha Course, and Book Study coming this fall.  More information will be provided in the weeks ahead.


The Scriptures for worship service on October 20, 2019, Laity Sunday, the 19th Sunday after Pentecost are: Jeremiah 31:27-34; Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, and Luke 18:1-8.  At least two of these scriptures will be the focus of the message.  Lay members will assist with putting the order of worship together and delivering the message.


Journeying together,

Pastor Nation   



Laity Sunday, October 20, 2019.  Pat Eshun will be giving the Message, “Don’t Give Up”; Ken Richardson is our Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Liturgist is Victor Mensah; Reader is Svetlana Hamlet; Children’s Message will be given by Katherine Perkins; Invitation to Christian Discipleship and Prayer will be given by Earl Boyd;



Prayer List.  ♥Herb Biegler, ♥Ryan Aldovino (stepgrandson of Gloria Godinho), ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Family of Josephine A. Asare (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Annemarie Michel (friend of Gloria Godinho), ♥Erica (Provenzano) Tuller, ♥Family of Alden Doane (friend of Pam and Gene O’Brien), ♥Peter Tanner (friend of Samantha and Pam O'Brien), ♥Family of Sheila Aja, ♥Ian Lewis, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥Courtney and Marva Fray (cousin of Barbara Woodford), ♥Sasha (Navy-Japan), ♥Family of Rosaura Rios Velez (mother of Jessica Calderon), ♥Bob LoBello, ♥Danny DiSalvo (nephew of Bob DiSalvo), ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥Lascelles Boyd (father of Earl Boyd), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Debbielee Thomsen, ♥Iris Molina, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Buddy Dookhi, ♥Marilyn Ike, ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Donna Lowe (daughter of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Vincent Morrison, ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥John Simpson.  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.




Good News.  Congratulations to “first time grandpa” Michael Provenzano.  His daughter, Erica (Provenzano) Tuller, gave birth to a baby girl, Autumn Lynne Tuller.  The baby was born Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 5:30 PM weighing in at 6lbs. 11oz.  Both mom and daughter are doing fine. 



Grace Methodist Nursery School will be having an Exhibit Night and Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday, November 14 from 6:30PM - 8:30PM.  The school will open for tours; there will be refreshments and opportunities to purchase books for holiday gifts. 



The 2019-2020 Church School has kicked off the school year with a MISSION!  We are collecting change in order to see change in the world!  Bring in your change on Sunday where it will be collected and counted by the Church School students.  The proceeds will be donated to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), to be used specifically for those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.  Our Change for Change collection will run until Sunday, November 3rd.  Thank you so much for your support!



On Sunday, October 20th, the UMW are having a bake sale after church to raise funds for our ongoing mission’s projects including our new prison ministry.  We invite the bakers of our church to contribute a cake, cookies or any other baked goods to support this effort.  You may leave your contribution Sunday before church or Saturday. Clearly mark the item for the bake sale. 


UMW is also hosting a "Getting to Know You Coffee Hour" on the same day in the gym.  There will be a table of crafts for the children. Let's take this opportunity to greet one another in a special and meaningful way. 



October Calendar


Sunday, 10/20 – Religious Badges Distributed to Scouts                               10AM

Sunday, 10/20 – UMW Bake Sale and Getting to

                    Know You after Church/Gym

Saturday, 10/26 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/see                                   Katherine Perkins

Saturday, 10/26 – NY Conf UMW Annual Meeting/                                    Education Building

Wednesday, 10/30, 31 – AM/PM Nursery                                    School Halloween Parades


Friday, 10/31 – HAPPY HALLOWEEN


Have a great week.





21 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580

Church Office:  516/825-1182

Music Office:  516/825-1940 

Nursery School:  516/825-2354




10AM Worship Service; 10AM Sunday School