Grace United Methodist Church
Monday, November 29, 2021
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life newsletter

 

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

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

November 22, 2021

 

 

Words from the Pastor

 

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

 

Worship is indeed one of the most compelling and widely experienced means of grace.  Means of grace is a way in which God imparts grace: prevenient, justifying, sanctifying.  Christian worship offers several habit-forming ways for a congregant to engage with God's work and purpose for our lives.  Some are listening for God's voice in the sermon.  Some are drawn into relationships with God (and others) through music.  Many are reformed through the acts of worship (including confession) that occur during corporate public prayer.  The entire worship experience is often described as corporate prayer, but there is a particular moment, which typically follows proclamation, when a worship leader centers our hearts and minds all at once in a public conversation with God.

 

We are planning to facilitate confirmation class starting in January of 2022.  Parents with children 12 years and older who are interested in having their children confirmed, please contact Eileen or Pastor.  Two families have already informed us that they are interested in having their children confirmed.  We need to have at least 4 children to have a more fruitful confirmation class for group activity etc.  The COVID/Delta virus status of our county and state will dictate if we have viral or in-person confirmation classes.  We are planning to meet 12-14 times for approximately two hours.  Please let us know ASAP.

 

The Annual Charge Conference for our church is on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 4:00 pm.  Leaders, please remember to send your Charge Conference reports to Eileen.  Eileen will review the reports for any errors. The reports will be compiled in a booklet. Our District Superintendent will get a copy of the booklet and copies will be available to members.  Reports not sent to Eileen on time may not be included in the booklet. 

 

Zoom Bible Study on Wednesdays has completed the study of the Book of Revelation.  We are taking a break and will resume Bible Study in January 2022.  Zoom invitation will be sent out via email.  We will welcome your presence.

 

Sunday, November 28th is the first Sunday of Advent and marks the beginning of the Christian year.  The scripture readings are Jeremiah 33:14-16; Psalm 24:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; and Luke 21:25-36.  I invite you to read the scriptures for this Sunday and get familiar with the readings before worship on Sunday.  Remember to pray for family, friends, neighbors, church family, those on our prayer list, co-workers, teachers, school administrators, leaders, country, world, and self.

 

Sunday mornings in-person worship service is at 10:00 am.  Zoom and FaceBook at the same time.  The Zoom worship service Meeting ID is 883 8493 0735, Passcode: 086482, Telephone # 1 929-205-6099.  Zoom Sunday School is at 12:30 pm, Meeting ID is 886 7860 9822, Passcode: 673474, Telephone # 1 929-205-6099.  Zoom invitation is sent to you by Saturday.  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 Advent,

Pastor Nation

 

Prayer List.  ♥Kenneth Richardson, ♥Nancy Roman (friend of Sing Larson), Emilia Peeples (granddaughter of Debbie and Joe Nicosia), ♥Alice Shubrick (friend of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Susan Short and her daughter ♥Sarah Short (friends of Nancy Wasek), ♥Faith Pollack (friend of Sing Larson), ♥Pearl Hamilton, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Christine Doeringer, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Douglas Hayes, ♥Ulysses Ceazer (friend of Svetlana Hamlet), ♥Bob LoBello, ♥Hensbert Neville Brooks (husband of Mahalia Brooks), ♥Debbie and Kenny Keeney (parents of Lisa Becker), ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥All United Methodist Women in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥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), ♥Michael Kurz (son of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Airman Jayvee Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥David Biegler, ♥Iris Molina, ♥Olga Molina (sister of 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, ♥Health care workers fighting the Delta Variant, those who are suffering, and grieving families.  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 NOVEMBER 2021

                               28       D. Nicosia

 

COUNTING TEAM SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 2021

                                         05       M. Pershad

                                         12       K. Pearce

                                         19       D. Nicosia

                                         26       D. Pike

 

SPECIAL SUNDAY DONATIONS in November

                    November – World Communion

                     November 28, 2021 – Thanksgiving

                     November28, 2021 – UM Student Day

 

SPECIAL SUNDAY DONATIONS in December

                     December 24, 2021 – Christmas Eve

                     December 25, 2021 – Christmas                    

 

DONATIONS.  We continue to need your help in supporting Grace Church, especially during the continued threat of the corona/delta viruses.  Your checks can be mailed to the church office or you can use Venmo or Zelle.  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.  Currently a good number of the congregation are using Zelle (do not use the Church phone number, use the Church email address – GraceVSNY@aol.comMore and more of our friends and members are using these avenues for their donations and we appreciate it.  Thank you

 

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.

 

WORSHIP ATTENDANCEOn Sunday, 11/21/2021, there were 91 people in attendance.  This includes in-person, Facebook and Zoom. 

 

CHURCH LIFE.  Just a reminder….If you want to put something in Church Life, please get your information to me no later than 11:30AM (Monday).  I try to get it to you on Monday so you will be able to see any meetings, etc. that may be taking place during the week.  Thank you. 

 

 

CONFIRMATION and NEW MEMBERSIf you have a child who is ready for confirmation or you are looking to join our Church, please either contact the Pastor directly or leave a message on the Church phone (516/825-1182).  Thank you.

 

 

THRIFT SHOPReopening of the Thrift Shop is being planned.  We are looking for volunteers to work on Saturdays from 10 to 2pm.  Please let us know how frequently you would be able to volunteer and help your church.  Please send your replies or questions to gracevsny@aol.com.  (Please do not leave any donations for the Thrift Shop until further notice.  Thank you.)

 

 

JOB POSTING.  Grace United Methodist Church in Valley Stream, NY is seeking a Director of Children and Youth Ministries.  This will be a paid position of approximately 15 hours per week.  This tech-savvy person will direct our Sunday School for children ages pre-K through eighth grade, currently remote via Zoom with plans to resume in-person programs soon.  The director is also tasked with revitalizing our youth ministry for youth in middle and high school.  In addition, this person will be responsible for directing Vacation Bible School for a week in the summer.  We are looking for someone who has a strong background in the teachings of the United Methodist Church who can guide the spiritual growth of our children and youth and engage them in fellowship, educational, and mission activities.  If you are interested in the position, please contact gracevsny@aol.com for a complete job description.  Please send a resume that highlights your experience working with children and youth and your educational and theological background, along with a statement of why you would like to be Director of Children and Youth Ministries, to the Grace SPPR Committee at gracevsny@aol.com by December 10.

 

 

Christmas Toys and Clothing Drive.  Grace UMC Missions Committee will be sponsoring a new toys and new children’s clothing drive on December 11 and 12 for families in need this Christmas.  Please mark your calendar and plan to share your blessings this Christmas season.

 

 

ZOOM SUNDAY SCHOOLWe had 4 kids and 9 in all for Zoom Sunday School November 21.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we said the first of the ten commandments and talked about the story of God instructing Joshua how to circle Jericho, blow the horns, and yell to make the walls of Jericho come tumbling down.  Then we sang, “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”, “This Little Light of Mine”, “Deep and Wide”, “Every Day with Jesus”, “This is the Day the Lord had Made”, “Father Abraham”, and “Whisper a Prayer in the Morning”.  We did not have any older kids this week.  Zoom Sunday School is taking a week off for Thanksgiving.  We will be back December 5.                                      Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

 

EVANGELISM ANNUAL PRAYER BREAKFASTPlease join the Prayer Breakfast (via Zoom) on January 29, 2021, at 10AM (Flyer attached).  There is a donation requested of $12 in aid of Prison Ministry.  Use Venmo or Zoom to send your donation.  MAKE SURE TO MAKE A NOTE THAT IT IS FOR “PRAYER BREAKFAST”.  Thank you.

 

 

Meetings:

          *Tuesday, November 23, 2021 – Church Council 7:30PM/Zoom

          *Thursday, December 2, 2021 – Evangelism Meeting 7PM/Zoom

 

Weekly Meetings:

*Every Sunday – Zoom Sunday School (No Sunday School 11/28/2021)

12:30PM – Younger Kids will have a Bible Lesson and Fellowship

12:45PM – Older Kids will join the Younger Kids for singing

1PM -1:15PM – Older Kids will have a Bible Lesson and Fellowship

*Every Sunday – One Room Sunday School (Start in Church/Leave before

                             Sermon)

*Every Tuesday – Rainbow Ringers 4:30PM-5PM/Church

*Every Tuesday – Youth Choir 5PM-5:30PM/Church

*Every Tuesday – Bible Study “Who Am I” 7:30PM/Zoom

*Every Wednesday – Bible Study 7:30PM/Zoom (Will resume in 2022)

*Every Thursday – Westminster Ringers Rehearsal 7:30PM/Church

         

Monthly Meetings:

*Every Second Monday – UMW 7:30PM/Zoom

*Every First Tuesday – Evangelism Meeting 7PM/Zoom

 

Upcoming Events:

 

*Sunday, December 5, 2021 – Annual Charge Conference 4PM/Zoom

*Sunday, December 12, 2021 - Christmas Concert 4PM

*Friday, December 24, 2021 – A combined Zoom Christmas Eve Service

                                                  with other LI Churches 7PM-8PM

*Saturday, January 29, 2022 – Prayer Breakfast 10AM/Zoom

 

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

 

 

Eileen