Grace United Methodist Church
Monday, September 27, 2021
Valley Stream, New York
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Mission statement:  Grace United Methodist Church is a family of faith striving to share God's love with all people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 20, 2021

 

Words from the Pastor

 

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

 

Tuesday, September 21 is World Gratitude Day.  Let us celebrate on Tuesday because gratitude is a powerful practice.  How do I know that because the Bible tells us to “give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NRSV).  The Message Bible put it this way; “Thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.”

 

We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude.  What if, rather than complaining about the things we think we deserve, we take a few moments to focus on all that we have.  Develop or maintain an “attitude of gratitude” which is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.  Here are seven scientifically proven benefits of gratitude:  1) It opens the door to make relationships.  2) It improves physical health.  3) It improves psychological health.  4) It enhances empathy and reduces aggression.  5) Grateful people sleep better.  6) It improves self-esteem.  7) It increases mental strength.

 

What if, you choose one or two of these five thoughtful and inspiring gratitude quotes and see how they may impact your life:

·        "Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life."  Rumi

·        "I live in the space of thankfulness - and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over.  I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased.  That's because - for sure - what you focus on expands.  When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it."  Oprah Winfrey

·        "I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude."  Brené Brown

·        "Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind."  Lionel Hampton

·        "I acknowledge my feeling and gratitude for life by praising the world and whoever made all these things."  Mary Oliver

·        “Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside.  No matter what is going on outside of us, there is always something we could be grateful for.”  Barry Neil Kaufman

 

Zoom Bible Study is on Wednesday, September 22, at 7:30 P.M.  We will continue to study the Book of Revelation.  Please read chapter 11 and come to share, learn, and grow.  Zoom Meeting ID is 838 1446 6717 and passcode is 886678.  Zoom invitation will be sent out via email. We welcome your presence.

 

We are still in the season of Pentecost.  September 26 is the18th Sunday after Pentecost.  The scripture readings are Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; and Mark 9:38-50.  The weekly lectionary allows us to read the same scriptures during the week.  Reading and meditating on these scriptures help us to become more familiar with the narratives.  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 morning 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 through Pentecost,

Pastor Nation

 

Prayer ListSusan Short and her daughter Sarah Short (friends of Nancy Wasek), Faith Pollack (friend of Sing Larson), Servicemen who lost their lives in Afghanistan, ♥Families of those who lost their lives in Afghanistan, ♥Pearl Hamilton, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Those families who are impacted by Hurricane Ida, ♥People of Haiti, ♥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, ♥Chrissy Widera (friend of Pam and Samantha O’Brien), ♥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), ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥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, ♥People in Afghanistan, especially the Christians and women there, Victims of the recent floods and fires and their families, Christians in India, particularly Pastor Shah and his family, 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. 

 

 

NOTICES

 

Counting Team Schedule for September 2021

                                    26     D. Nicosia

 

Counting Team Schedule for October 2021

                                    03     D. Pike

                                    10     E. Fitch

                                    17     D. Nicosia

                                    24     TBD

                                    31     K. Pearce

 

SPECIAL SUNDAY DONATIONS in September (None)

SPECIAL SUNDAY DONATIONS in October

         October 3, 2021 – World Communion

 

DONATIONSWe 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. 

 

REQUEST. 

~If you are making a donation and do not have or use your Church Envelope,

  please put your envelope number on your check in a plain envelope. 

~If you are donating cash, please put it in an envelope with your name and

  envelope number

~If you do not have an envelope number and would like one, please reply to Eileen

  via this email. 

 

~THANK YOU.

 

Zoom Sunday School.  Zoom Sunday School resumed after a summer break on September 19.  We had 7 kids and 11 in all.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we heard the story of Abraham and Sarah and how Sarah had baby Isaac when she was 90 years old.  Nothing is impossible with God!  Then we sang “Father Abraham” and “Deep and Wide” with hand motions.  In the older kids’ lesson, Julie DiSalvo led us in talking about how Ruth went with her mother-in-law Naomi back to Bethlehem after her husband died (wither though goest I will go) and how God made a way for a new life.

Please join us next Sunday for Zoom Sunday School!  The younger kids will begin at 12:30 with fellowship and a Bible lesson, and then the older kids will join with the younger kids at 12:45 for a time when everyone will sing together, led by Kim Neri. From 1:00-1:15 the older kids will have a Bible lesson and a time for fellowship and discussion.  We hope to see you!  Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

 

 

News of Friends and MembersI spoke with Pearl Hamilton the other day.  She is home and feeling better. 

 

 

Our Blood Drive is being held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, beginning at 2:30PM through 8:30PM.  It is being held in the Gym.  Masks are required

 

 

Meetings:

         Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – Worship Committee 8PM/Zoom

         Thursday, September 23, 2021 – Westminster Ringers Rehearsal/8PM

 

Weekly Meetings:

Every Sunday – Zoom Sunday School

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 Wednesday Bible Study 7:30PM/Zoom

        

Monthly Meetings:

Every First Monday – Evangelism Meeting 7PM/Zoom (TBD)

Every Second Monday – UMW 7:30PM/Zoom

Upcoming Events:

         Wednesday, September 29, 2021 – 2:30PM-8:30PM

    BLOOD DRIVE/Gym - Masks are required.

 

         Saturday, October 16, 2021 – 11AM/Bert Keller Room

    Memorial Service for Charlotte and Richard Keidel

 

Saturday, January 29, 2022 – Prayer Breakfast

 

What happened September 20 This Day in History

20 Sept, 1926 U.S.A. Hurricane Relief

 

Following the severe hurricanes that hit Florida and Miami in particular President Coolidge has asked the nations people to help and give donations to the American Red Cross.  The government has sent eight coast guard ships to Miami and the Florida National Reservists have been called to active duty to help distribute help and assistance.  The most damage was caused by the second hurricane just 4 days after the first which cut off all communications to Palm Beach and Miami. Relief trains with food, medical supplies and clothing are arriving hourly from all parts of the United States.  The new city of Hollywood just 17 miles from Miami is totally devastated with just 1 building left standing.  First reports indicate 200 people have died in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas and 800 in Miami and wind speeds for the hurricane reached 140 MPH.  The hurricane then went through Pensacola in Northern Florida with wind speeds still at 100 MPH and the area was evacuated.

 

A message from the NY Annual Conference –

Let us hold our brothers and sisters of Haiti in our hearts.  God, please give us open and willing spirits to attend to their needs.  Every gift can make a difference.  Continued financial support will be essential for a very long time.  Donations are welcome and should be offered through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, International Disaster Response and Recovery on their website. 

To make a donation, please go here to give using the Advance 982450

 

If you would like to make a donation to UMCOR for United States Disaster Response and Recovery, please make your check payable to UMCOR and note Advance Number 901670 (New Orleans) on the memo line.  Mail to:

UMCOR

PO Box 9068 GPO

New York, NY 10087-9068

 

 

   

Eileen