Grace United Methodist Church
Monday, February 19, 2018
Valley Stream, New York

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February 14, 2018


Words from the Pastor

 In the Christian church, Lent is a season of forty days of repentance and fasting to help people prepare for Easter.  Sundays are not counted because they are considered to be “mini-celebrations of the Resurrection.”  The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through the Saturday before Easter.  On Ash Wednesday, many of us receive ashes on our foreheads.  We remember that we will return to dust, we repent and we offer gratitude that, through Jesus’ resurrection, God offers us life and salvation.  (He Set His Face to Jerusalem, Richard B. Wilke).

 In the Bible, the number forty is highly symbolic for prayer, sacrifice, sober thought, and preparation.  In the story of Noah and the Ark, rain fell for forty days, Moses and the people of Israel were forty years in the wilderness, and Jesus began his ministry by going into the wilderness for forty days.  During the season of Lent, we set aside time to read the Scriptures, pray alone and in fellowship, study, and discuss our Lord’s saving ministry.

On Wednesday, February 14 we will observe Ash Wednesday at our 8PM service in the sanctuary.  Holy Communion will be celebrated.  Ash Wednesday is an invitation to look within – to honestly examine our hearts, our relationships with God and with one another.  The Old Testament minor prophet, Joel, beckons us to return to God with urgency.  The psalmist models how to be humble and filled with heartfelt repentance.  Jesus sends us inward, not outward, to pray in our rooms and draw closer to God.  If we heed Ash Wednesday’s invitation to return, repent, and place our trust in God’s grace, we may rise on Easter morning forgiven and reborn.  The Scripture readings for Ash Wednesday are: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21.  We will use some of these readings during our service.  (The Abingdon Worship Annual, 2018)

Please plan to participate in the activities that your church has planned for Lent.  You are invited to Lenten services on Wednesday evenings at 8PM in the chapel.  We will have a book study at 7PM-8PM.  The book we will read and study is Holy Habits by Andrew Roberts.  A copy of the book is available at the church.  We pray that these activities will help us to grow in our relationship with God and with others.

Journeying towards Lent,

Pastor Nation


February 18, 2018. Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir Director; Greeter is Theresa DiSalvo; Liturgist is Joseph Eshun; Reader is Enid Simpson; Missions is hosting Coffee Hour; Ushers are Donna Hartmann, Carol Provenzano, Elias Tarquino, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members are Bill Hartmann, Jennifer Morton, Eleanor Phillip, Savi Thomas and Karen Vetter.

February 14, Ash Wednesday – 8 PM.  The Opening Voluntary, “Jesus, Priceless Treasure”, is being performed by the Westminster Ringers under the Direction of Kim Neri; Andrea Owen-Boyd is the Liturgist; Reader is Coleen Murray.


Prayer List.  ♥Tonia Ukanwoke, ♥Jeanette Dowdell, ♥Wilfredo Ortiz (brother of Frances Ortiz), ♥Connor Murray (friend of Fran and Al Greifenberger), ♥Helen Phillip (mother of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Rita Gallagher (friend of Naomi Brown), ♥Anna Shirshokiba (friend of Naomi Brown), ♥Michelle Fitch (daughter-in law of Everett Fitch), ♥Richard Keidel, ♥Rose Ramsaran (mother of Savi Thomas); ♥Carmelita Seraphin (grandmother of Brianna and Jessica Knice)♥Loretta Lewis Zimmer, ♥Vincent Morrison, ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Bernard Basnight (son of Yvonne Basnight), ♥John Simpson, ♥Marge Frank, ♥Bob Zimmer (husband of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Bob Bryant, Robert T. Bryant (nephew of Bob Bryant), Arthur Lund (friend of Bob Bryant), Elizabeth Bryant (daughter of Bob Bryant), Donna and Brian Turner (friends of Bob Bryant), Myra Bryant (sister-in-law of Bob Bryant), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Bess Condelles.  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.


WE NEED YOU!!!!  We are seeking a volunteer to complete our Counting Teams.  You would meet once every six weeks for approximately one-half hour.  If you can count money you are qualified!  Ask one of your church friends, your husband or wife to join you and help out your Church.  If you need any further information, please contact Eileen in the Church Office either at 516/825-1182 or  Thank you. 


Grace United Methodist Church will be hosting the Long Island West District UMW 2018 Leadership Development Training this Saturday, February 17th.  These training workshops will focus on UMW leadership positions and the work of the UMW.  If you are interested in joining the UMW, learning more about various positions within the United Methodist Women or if you are interested in helping to set up, serve or cleanup for this event as a service to your church, please reach out to Tonia Ukanwoke, Janet Stone, Pastor Nation or any current member of the UMW.  Thank you.


Church School. There were 17 children in attendance at church school on a very wet Sunday morning this past February 11.  Please note that next Sunday, February 18, there will be Family Worship.  Students will stay with their families during church time.  We look forward to working with your children on the following Sunday, February 25.          Janet Stone, Church School Director


DS 365 Challenge.  Our Long Island West District Superintendent Rev. Kim has challenged us to give up our coffee or snack 1 day of the 365 each year and to give that money we would have spent to the mission he designates for that year.  This year Rev. Kim has designated the Brooklyn United Methodist Church Home (BUMCH).  On Sunday, February 18 the Missions Committee will collect (at the back door after church and at coffee hour) for the DS 365 Challenge. Please bring the money you would have spent on a coffee or a snack to church that day to donate to BUMCH. BUMCH has both a 120-bed nursing facility and a daycare facility for community residents.  They offer medical and nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, spiritual services, meals, and social services to seniors and disabled adults.  Katherine Perkins


This Wednesday, all the bathrooms and refrigerators will be professionally cleaned.  Some items may need to be discarded from the refrigerator depending on how long they will be standing out. 


Please be respectful of the Handicapped Parking in front of the Church.  Make sure your sign is displayed.  Thank you. 



Join us on Wednesday evenings from 7PM to 8PM in the Chapel for our Book Study - Holy Habits by Andrew Roberts.  Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.  All are welcome.


February Missions Envelope.  Please find the February Missions envelope in your box or create your own missions envelope to put in the offering plate to give money to missions in February.  The missions committee will use the money collected to provide lunch to the hungry one Saturday a month (resumes in April) at the Far Rockaway Mission, and to give to Anchor House, El Porvenir, and other missions.  Please give generously.  Thank you!     Katherine Perkins


Church Nursery.  Our Church Nursery is located in the Undercroft of the Church.  It is fully staffed during the 10AM service to watch over your children up to the age of 3. 


FOOD DRIVE.  We will be collecting boxed or canned foods only to benefit the INN in Hempstead.  This is a collaboration between the UMW and the Church School.  Collection dates are January 28-February 18, 2018.  Collection boxes are in the Narthex and Education Building.  Thank you for your support.


The corrected Church Offering Envelopes are located in the Narthex.  Please throw away the incorrect envelopes!  Thank you so much for your patience.



February Calendar

Tuesday, 2/13 - GMNS Committee 7PM/Rm#2

Wednesday, 2/14 – Ash Wednesday Service 8PM

Wednesday, 2/14 – Happy Valentine’s Day

Saturday, 2/17 – LIWD UMW Leadership Development Training

Sunday, 2/18 – Coffee Hour Hosted by Missions Committee

Monday, 2/19 – President’s Day (Thrift Shop Closed)

Wednesday, 2/21 – Book Study 7PM/Chapel

Wednesday, 2/21 – Lent Service 8PM

Sunday, 2/25 – Church Council after Church

Wednesday, 2/28 – Book Study 7PM/Chapel

Wednesday, 2/28 – Lent Service 8PM


Have a Great Week and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!




Grace United Methodist Church

21 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580

Church Office:  516/825-1182

Music Office:  516/825-1940; Nursery School:  516/825-2354

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