Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, September 18, 2020
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

 
 
Our weekly newsletter

 

 

September 9, 2020

 

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 and Friends,

Greetings!  I hope that you had an enjoyable Labor Day and you are safe and well.  Can you believe that Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, has come and gone and COVID-19 is still with us?  How are you doing?  Are you wondering why we are going through health, social, economic, racial, and political unrest?  Are you tired of wearing a mask, social distancing, the frequent use of hand sanitizer, and keeping away from families and friends?  Are you asking, “where is God?”  If this brings you some comfort, remember that God’s people have suffered in the past.  God is still in charge of this world, and God is with us.  Think of the Hebrew people enslaved in Egypt; they were treated with cruelty by Pharaoh and the Egyptians.  The Hebrew people prayed to God who answered their prayers by sending Moses to lead them out of Egypt.  “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins and heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

 

Come to Prayer Service on Wednesday evening, September 9, at 7:30 P.M. via ZOOM.  An invitation will be sent out via email.  Come and share your favorite prayer, Bible verse, song, and poem.  Let us humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.  God will hear our prayers, forgive our sins, and heal our country and the world.

 

On September 20th at 10:00 A.M. we are planning to have our first in-person worship service in the sanctuary.  We will also live stream the worship service from the sanctuary via Facebook and Zoom to provide for folks who are not comfortable coming to in-person worship.  Please take the time to answer these questions with yes or no. Then call the church office and let us know.  We need to know how many people to expect at the in-person worship.  Thank you!  Many thanks to our members who have worked to prepare for the church reopening.

 

1.              I will return the first opportunity we have ________                                                  

2.              I will wait several weeks after the church is reopened to return to in-person worship _________

3.             Are you willing to wear a face mask, covering nose and mouth?     _______

4.             Are you willing to do social distancing (at least 6 feet apart)?           _______

5.             Are you willing to refrain from Congregational singing?                   ________

6.             Are you willing to avoid touching, hand shaking, hugging?              ________

 

We are required to follow these guidelines provided by CDC and NYAC guidelines:  1. Social distancing, at least 6 feet between each person - families can sit together.  2. Hand sanitizer and facial mask will be provided if you do not have your own.  3. No shaking of hands, hugging, passing of the peace with touching.  4. Attendance will be taken with contact information for each person or family.  5. No Bibles and hymnals in the pews, you can bring your own.  6. No singing by the congregation and no choir.  7. No gathering of tithes and offering by the ushers, a basket will be provided for you to put your tithes and offering.  8. Copies of order of worship will be available to take a copy.

 

Please visit the church’s website at GraceVSNY.org.  From our website homepage you can visit the church’s Facebook and YouTube.  Become familiar with these platforms so that you can have access to our worship services.  Tell your friends and families about the church’s website, Facebook and YouTube. 

 

Journeying in Pentecost,

Pastor Nation

 

Prayer List.  ♥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, ♥Matt O’Brien and Family, ♥James O’Brien and Family, ♥Pearl Clarke, ♥Debbie Rifenbury (friend of Sing Larson), ♥Joanne Murphy (Kyle O’Brien’s mother- in- law), ♥Chrissy Widera (friend of Pam and Samantha O’Brien), ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Philis Harris (mother of Yaneika “Nicky” Brown), ♥Julius D’Amato, ♥Maudlyn and Keible Scarlett, ♥Bishop Bickerton, ♥DS Sungchan Kim, ♥Cheree Philips (pastor in the NYAC), ♥Danny Neri (father-in law of Kim Neri), ♥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), ♥Tom Moylan (brother-in-law of Michael Kurz), ♥Joe Alberigo (friend of Lenore Kurz), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Carol Provenzano, ♥Alwyn Daniel (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Sasha (Navy-Japan), ♥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), ♥Iris Molina, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥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

 

If you are able and would like to send messages of how you and your family are doing, just a message to say hello, or perhaps add someone to our prayer list, just reply to this email (GraceVSNY@aol.com).  Stay well, stay safe.

 

This is to let you all know that my father, Richard Tiedge, is now back with me in Canada.  We anticipate another spike/second wave of the virus and it's just best that he is with me.  Hope you are all doing well and staying safe.                                                                                      Jeanne Lafranier

(You can send Richard an email through his daughter Jeanne at jmtlaf@gmail.com.)

 

DONATIONS.  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.

 

We would like to update our Prayer List.  If you can update us and either tell us to keep your friend, loved ones, etc. on the list or that they no longer need to be on the list–that would be helpful. 

 

 

v    Zoom Sunday School on Sundays

Please plan to join us via Zoom for fellowship, a Bible lesson, and singing with Kim Neri.

 

Younger kids (pre-K through rising 5th graders) will start at 11:30, all kids will join together for music at 11:45, and older kids (rising 6th graders -12th grade) will stay on after the music. If you did not get the Zoom Sunday School link and would like it for this week, please contact Pastor Nation (Gertude.Nation@gmail.com) or (katherine.lowe.perkins@gmail.com).

 

 

Sunday School Zoom is taking a week off for Labor Day, but we hope all our kids will join us on September 13 for Zoom Sunday School!    Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

 

IF you have changed your email address, are not receiving Church Life, the Order of Worship, have a new cell phone number or any other additions or changes, please either respond to this email GraceVSNY@aol.com or leave a message on the Church phone 516/825-1182.  It is checked several times a day.  Thank you.  Stay well, stay safe.

 

"Calling all Christian Disciples", To Give Life, by Giving Blood.  We are inviting all who are in good health and willing to give of themselves, to be part of this special lifesaving event, our Fall 2020 "Virtual Blood Drive" from September 30, through October 14, 2020.  We encourage you make an appointment with NYBC centers located in Rockville Center, Lake Success, LIC, First Avenue in NYC, and any of the local community drives being hosted during that time period.  Please remember to identify Grace Church Valley Stream and use our Blood Center ID#13584 when making your appointment.  Visit NYBC.org/donate or call 516-478-5023 for more information and to make an appointment.  Thank you and God Bless You. 

 

FIRST IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICE

 

We are planning to have our first in-person worship service in the sanctuary on September 20th at 10:00 A.M.  To help us determine how comfortable you are in returning to in-person worship, please take the time to answer these questions with yes or no.  You can respond to this email or leave your answer on the Church Office phone 516/825-1182!

 

I will return the first opportunity we have ______                                                         

I will wait several weeks after the church is open to return to in-person worship.____

You are required to wear a face mask, covering nose and mouth.  Will you?  ______

You are required to do social distancing (at least 6 feet apart).  Will you?     _______

Congregational singing is not allowed.  Will you follow this guideline?         ________

No touching, hand shaking, hugging.  Will you follow guideline?                  ________

 

 

 

 

Have a safe week.  Eileen