Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, February 28, 2021
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

Mission statement:  Grace United Methodist Church is a family of faith striving to share God's love with all people.

 

 

Words from the Pastor

 

 

February 22, 2021

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

 

 

Our combined Ash Wednesday service was well attended and received.  It was an uplifting time to begin the season of Lent.  The churches that participated were St. John’s - Elmont, St. James- Lynbrook, First Oceanside, Island Park, St. John’s-Inwood, St. Mark’s-Rockville Centre, First Roosevelt, Floral Park, and Grace-Valley Stream.  Your journey through the Lenten season can be a richer experience if you can take on a new spiritual practice.  Here is a list of some spiritual practices:  Bible study, prayer, fasting, daily devotional readings, Christian fellowship, worship, singing from the soul, self-denial, silence (solitude), mediation, witnessing, spiritual friendship, Holy Communion, Lectio Divina, and keeping the sabbath.

 

If observing the season of Lent presents a challenge for you, look to Jesus as our Lenten model.  Remember that when Jesus was faced with trials and temptations the Holy Spirit guided and supported him.  When we are faced with trials and temptations, we need the guidance and support of the Holy Spirit to help us to be more faithful to God.  Come to the Zoom Wednesday evening Lenten Bible Study at 7 PM and Worship service at 8 PM on February 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2021.  On March 31st there will be no worship service, only Bible Study.  We are studying six women in the Bible. Please see additional information in this issue of Church Life relating to Bible Study and worship.  Consider this question as you observe the season of Lent:  What can I do to better prepare myself to follow the greatest commandment to love God and neighbor.  My prayer for us during this season of Lent is to draw closer to God so that God can draw closer to us (James 4:8a).

 

The weekly lectionary provides the opportunity for our church family and friends to read the same scriptures during the week.  The scripture readings for February 28, 2021, Second Sunday in Lent, Genesis 17:1-7,15-16, Psalm 22:23-31, Romans 4:13-25, and Mark 8:31-38.  Read and pray.  When we pray, we should remember to pray for others – not only for ourselves, but also family, friends, teachers, leaders, our country, and even people we have trouble getting along with.  Make a list of the people you want to pray for and pray for at least one person on the list every day.

 

Please gather with us on Zoom for our Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10AM. Zoom invitation is sent to you on Saturday.  Zoom Sunday School is at 11:45AM.  A separate Zoom Invitation is sent out on Saturday.  We will try to be live on Facebook.

 

Please visit the church’s website at GraceVSNY.org.  From the website homepage you can visit the church’s Facebook.  Please share with your families and friends.  Thank you.

 

Journeying towards Lent 2021,

Pastor Nation

 

Prayer List.  Family of Al Greifenberger, ♥Jim Poch, ♥Peggy Robinson, ♥Anne Mahoney, Family of Clarice Shivrattan (mother of Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi), ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Patients, Family, Caregivers and First Responders connected to the Coronavirus, ♥Debbie and Kenny Keeney (parents of Lisa Becker), ♥Dee McMahon (friend of Kim Neri), ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥Yong Cha Joseph (mother of Doreen Page), ♥All United Methodist Women in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Pearl Clarke, ♥Debbie Rifenbury (friend of Sing Larson), ♥Chrissy Widera (friend of Pam and Samantha O’Brien), ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Philis Harris (mother of Yaneika “Nicky” Brown), ♥Maudlyn and Keible Scarlett, ♥Amy Cooke (sister of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Bob von Schmid (son-in-law of Adam and Christine Doeringer), ♥Kenneth Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Sasha (Navy-Japan), ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Iris Molina, ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥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.  - Death in family, ♥ - New entry

 

NOTICES

 

Counting Team Schedule for February 2021

                     28       Nicosia

Counting Team Schedule for March 2021

                     07       Pike

                     14       Fitch

                     21       TBD

                     28       Morton

 

SPECIAL SUNDAY DONATIONS IN FEBRUARY:  Missions

SPECIAL SUNDAY DONATIONS IN MARCH:  UMCOR Sunday March 14, 2021

 

Grace Methodist Nursery School.  Grace Methodist Nursery School is now registering for the 2021-2022 school year.  GUMC church members do receive a discount on tuition.  Please call the Nursery School Office at 516/825-2354 for further information.  Please come and join us during our 50th year of service to our communities. 

 

Please join us this Wednesday evening, February 24, 2021, as we journey through lent with a Bible Study at 7PM on Women of the Bible.  This week's study is about Rebecca, Mother of Jacob and Esau.  Rebecca, the woman whose favoritism brought sorrow.  (Genesis 22:23;24;25:20-28;26:6-35;27;28:5;29:12;35:8; 49:31; Romans 9:6-16). Come let us fellowship, share, learn and grow together.  A collaborative study led by UMW, Evangelism, Worship, Missions, SPPR and the Diversity Committee.  All are welcome.

 

Our 8PM Lenten Service follows the Bible Study.  Coleen Murray will be giving the Message on February 24.  Michele Lewis will be the Liturgist/Reader.

 

New Members and Confirmation Class.  If you would like to become a member of Grace United Methodist Church or if you have a child who is eligible for Confirmation, please call the Church Office and leave your name and phone number.  We will contact you with more information.  The phone number is 516/825-1182.

 

For Black History month, Kim Neri will be playing "This Little Light of Mine" Traditional, Arr. by Sandy Herrault on violin this Sunday, February 28, 2021.

 

DONATIONS.  We continue to need your help in supporting Grace Church.  Your checks can be mailed to the church office or you can use Venmo.  Venmo allows you to make a direct deposit donation to Grace Church electronically.  If you are already signed up, you can use this now.  If not, it is easy to sign up.  Go to Venmo.com and follow the easy directions.  The Church is listed as Grace Methodist VS.  We are receiving donations on Venmo, so it works!!!  We have also added Zelle (do not use the Church phone number, use the Church email address – GraceVSNY@aol.com) in addition to Venmo.  More and more of our friends and members are using these avenues for their donations.  Thank you.  Please keep Grace Church in your prayers. 

 

Just for your info, you can also donate via Venmo or Zelle to our Special Sunday’s (Missions, Student Day, etc.).  In the memo line just notate Regular Offering and or Regular Offering and Missions.  Also mention the amount you would like to give for each. 

 

UMCOR US Disaster Response and Recovery

Country:  United States

Advance #901670 

Responding to Severe Weather

This week’s winter storm--unofficially named Winter Storm Uri—led to winter weather alerts for 170 million people.  The state of Texas has been hit particularly hard, resulting in power blackouts, loss of heat and broken pipes.  As the snow and ice melts, flooding will be a significant problem.

 

UMC and other churches are serving as warming shelters and food banks.

 

Meanwhile, the same storm system spawned tornados in the Carolinas, destroying homes.

 

UMCOR, working with Conference Disaster Relief Coordinators, is providing immediate funding to assist annual conferences and will provide long-term support once the damage is fully assessed.  Your help is needed, today. Please make a gift, today, to UMCOR United States Disaster Response.

 

If you wish to donate to the United States Disaster Response, please send your check made out to Grace United Methodist Church, 21 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY  11580.  Make the notation on your check - Country:  United States, Advance #901670.  You may also use Venmo/Zelle.  Just make sure you note Country:  United States, Advance #901670  Thank you. 

 

CALENDAR.  ATTENTION LEADERS - More and more meetings are being scheduled, some in person observing social distancing and others via Zoom.  Please let Eileen know if you are going to schedule a meeting and it will be added to the Calendar on our website and in Church Life.  You must also let Eileen know how many people were in attendance.  This is necessary for a Year-End Report.  Thank you. 

 

 

Zoom Sunday School

 

We had 5 kids and 7 in all for Zoom Sunday School on February 21.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we continued learning the Lord’s Prayer and talking about what the words mean.  We learned that sometimes in our lives we will encounter times when we are tempted, but God will lead us in the right path and protect us from evil.  Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “Into My Heart, Come into my Heart Lord Jesus,” “Share a Little Bit of Your Love,” the Lord’s Prayer song, “Father Abraham,” “This is the day the Lord has made,” and “Sing and Celebrate.”  In the older kids’ lesson we shared Bible verses about how we should not worry but instead pray to God.  We listened to, “Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God” using a YouTube link, a song whose words come from Matthew 6: 33.  

 

Please join us next Sunday for Zoom Sunday School!  The younger kids will begin at 11:45 with fellowship and a Bible lesson and then the older kids will join with the younger kids at noon for a time when everyone will sing together, led by Kim Neri. From 12:15 - 12:30 the older kids will have a Bible lesson and a time for fellowship and discussion.    Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

 

 

OFFERING ENVELOPES.  We still have quite an abundance of Offering Envelopes that were not picked up.  PLEASE, if you do not want envelopes let Eileen know so you can be removed from the order list.  You will always maintain your Envelope Number so that you will get credit for your donation.  If you are using Venmo and/or Zelle you most likely would not need the actual Offering Envelope.  Again, let Eileen know.  (A list of the Special Sunday offerings will be listed so you won’t miss out!)  Thank you in advance for your continued support. 

 

March Calendar

 

Tuesday, 3/2 – Church Council 7:30PM/Zoom

Wednesday, 3/3 – Bible Study “LEAH” 7PM-8PM/Zoon

Wednesday, 3/3 – Lent Service 8PM/Zoom

Sunday, 3/7 – Jean and Ken Larson Memorial Sunday (See Below)

Tuesday, 3/9 – Worship Committee 7:30PM/Zoom

Wednesday, 3/10 – Bible Study “ABIGAIL” 7PM-8PM/Zoom

Wednesday, 3/10 – Lent Service 8PM/Zoom

Sunday, 3/14 – Daylight Savings Time Begins

Sunday 3/14 - UMCOR Sunday/Special Offering Envelope for UMCOR

Tuesday, 3/16 – SPPR 7:30PM/Zoom

Wednesday, 3/17 – HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

Wednesday, 3/17 – Bible Study “HANNAH” 7PM-8PM/Zoom

Wednesday, 3/17 – Lent Service 8PM/Zoom

Saturday, 3/20 – Spring Begins!!

Wednesday, 3/24 – Bible Study “MARY MAGDALENE” 7PM-8PM/Zoom

Sunday, 3/28 – Palm Sunday

Wednesday, 3/24 – Lent Service 8PM/Zoom

Wednesday, 3/31 – Bible Study “THE WOMAN AT THE WELL, THE SAMARITAN”

                                  7PM-8PM/Zoom

Wednesday, 3/31 – There is no Lent Service

Thursday, 4/1 – Holy Thursday

Friday, 4/2 – Good Friday

Sunday, 4/4 - Easter

 

 

THE JEAN AND KEN LARSON MEMORIAL SUNDAY IS MARCH 7TH.

The Emergency Food Program, sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches, had its beginning here at Grace Church in 1976 under the direction of Jean and Ken Larson with two appeals made for food throughout the year.  In 1977, Jean and Ken Larson initiated a program of contributions to be made weekly, 52 times a year, and it continues until today.  In their honor and memory, we would usually ask you to bring extra food on this Sunday (March 7th).  Do to the current “situation”, we ask you to make a monetary donation.  The money will be given directly to the LICC.  They are able to purchase food at a lower price than we can.  Checks should be made out to Grace United Methodist Church and marked for LICC.  You can use VENMO, ZELLE or send your donation to the Church Office.  Your donation will be reflected on your Record of Contributions.  Please continue to support this worthwhile tradition which has been going on for 45 years.  Thank you.

 

The time for the services on Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter will be announced shortly.

 

If you have any other meetings or events that you would like to add to our calendar, please let Eileen know via email (GraceVSNY@aol.com) or leave a message on the Church phone.

 

Unless noted, all meetings are currently via ZOOM.