Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, May 14, 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.

 

 

Words from the Pastor

 

 

May 3, 2021

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

  

Happy Easter!  Grace, mercy, and peace to you from God, the Father, and Jesus Christ, His Son.  Yesterday, in worship we were reminded that God is love.  Love originates from God.  The depth of God’s love for us was revealed in God sending His only beloved Son, Jesus to die for our sins.  God commands us to love one another.  This love is inspired and endorsed by God.  This love is more than how we feel about others, it includes how we treat them.  When we fail to love, it is a visible evidence of a breach with the unseen God, and a violation of his commandment to love one another.  To love one another is the only authentication that we know God, whom no one has ever seen.

 

Many thanks to church members who participated in the Long Island West District Conference on May 2, 2021.  You can view the event on the New York Conference Facebook.

 

On Tuesday May 11, at 7:30 – 9:00 PM, there will be a training session in Cultural Diversity.  Rev. Doris K. Dalton, Director of Leadership Development and Intercultural Competency for the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church will facilitate the training.  Kindly, let me know if you plan to attend so we can know how many to expect.  Thank you.

 

There will be a Virtual New York Annual Conference on June 10-13, 2021.  Lay Delegates are required to register to get additional information to allow them to vote.  The theme for the Conference is “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks.”  Additional information will be coming soon.

 

Zoom Bible Study Wednesday, May 5th at 7:30 P.M.  We will continue to study Revelation.  Please read chapters 2 & 3.  Come to learn, share, and grow in biblical knowledge.  Zoom invitation will be sent out next Tuesday, May 4th.  We welcome your presence.

 

The weekly lectionary allows our church family and friends to read the same scriptures during the week.  These are the scripture readings for May 9, 2021, the 6th Sunday of Easter:  Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; and John 15:9-17.  Read and meditate on these scriptures so that you will become familiar with these Sunday scriptures.  Remember to pray for family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, leaders, country, and the world.  Last but not least, pray for yourself.

 

Your presence at our Zoom Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10:00 A.M. is welcomed.  Zoom invitation is sent to you on Saturday.  Zoom Sunday School is at 11:45 A.M., Zoom invitation is sent out on Saturday.  We are also live on Facebook.  To obtain the invitation, please request it by sending an email to GraceVSNY@aol.com.

 

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 in the season of Easter, 

 

 

Pastor Nation

 

Prayer List♥Shaquia Sessoms-Serrano (niece of Lisa and Kenneth Richardson), ♥Janice Holder (friend of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Jim Poch, ♥Samantha O’Brien, ♥Pam O’Brien, ♥Christine Doeringer, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Debbie and Kenny Keeney (parents of Lisa Becker), ♥Dee McMahon (friend of Kim Neri), ♥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), ♥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, ♥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.  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 May 2021

                               09       Morton

                               16       Pearce

                               23       Nicosia

                               30       Pike

 

SPECIAL SUNDAY DONATIONS IN May:

          Missions – Month of May

          Golden Cross – May 23, 2021

          Peace With Justice Sunday – May 30, 2021

 

Cherub Choir.  This Sunday, May 9, the Cherub Choir under the direction of Kim Neri will be singing “Thanks Mom” by John Riggio. 

 

Virtual carnations to all the Moms.

                                                     HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

 

DONATIONSWe continue to need your help in supporting Grace Church.  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.  Many of the congregation are also 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. 

 

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 9 kids and 14 in all for Zoom Sunday School on May 2.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we remembered the story about the day the Holy Spirit came like wind and flame and rested on the disciples, giving them power and courage to share the Good News of Jesus.  Then we heard the story of Peter, who was filled with the Holy Spirit, healing the man who could not walk in the name of Jesus.  After he was healed, the man was leaping and praising God, and the people were amazed.  Then we sang, “This is the Day the Lord has Made,” “Sing and Celebrate,” “Clap your Hands,” “We love because God first loved us,”  “Father Abraham,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”  In the older kids’ lesson, we talked about John 15: 5-17, Jesus the Vine and us the branches, bearing fruit for God.  Katherine said she thinks of Love as the sap in the vine, going down the branches to the fruit.  Then we listened on YouTube to Kris Kristofferson sing his song, “Why Me Lord,” and tell the story behind it.

 

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.

 

Sunday School Around the World.  Grace Sunday School will be starting a series of special Sundays entitled, “Sunday School Around the World,” beginning May 16 at 11:45 AM.  This program will be for both our younger kids and our older kids.  We are asking some of our church members who grew up in other parts of the world to share what it was like to be a child in church in their home country.  Look for more information to come!  Sunday School Team and Diversity Committee

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events/Meetings:

 

Monday, May 3 - Set-up for Nursery School Luncheon/BKR

Wednesday, May 5 - Nursery School Luncheon/BKR 10:30AM-1:30PM

Wednesday, May 5 – Bible Study 7:30PM/Zoom

Monday, May 10 – UMW Meeting 7:30PM/Zoom

Tuesday, May 11 – Training session on Cultural Diversity 7:30PM-9PM/Zoom

Wednesday, May 12- Board of Trustees 7:30PM/Zoom

Sunday, May 16 - Sunday School Around the World 11:45AM/Zoom

Friday, May 21 - Dick Tiedge turns 98!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Tuesday, May 25 – SPPR 7:30PM/Zoom

Wednesday/Thursday, June 16/17 - Set up Gym for Graduation

Thursday-Sunday, June 10-13 – Virtual NYAC

Monday, June 14 – Flag Day

Monday, June 14 – UMW Meeting 7:30PM/Zoom

Friday, June 18 - Nursery School Graduation/Gym

 

 

All COVID protocols are being observed.

 

  

 

Eileen