He is Risen!
Grace United Methodist Church
Monday, August 21, 2017
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

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C H U R C H   L I F E




June 29, 2017


Words from the Pastor


"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" is a song by British singer Phil Collins recorded for soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name.  It is a power ballad in which its protagonist implores an ex-lover to "take a look at me now", knowing that reconciliation is "against all odds" while considering it’s worth trying.  The single, while it reached number two in the United Kingdom, peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, the first for Collins.  It also won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1985, and it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.


Reconciliation is the process by which God and people are brought together again.  The Bible teaches that they are alienated from one another because of God’s holiness and human sinfulness.  It is because of God’s love for us that He takes the initiative in reconciliation while we are still sinners.  Reconciliation is thus God’s own complete act, something that takes place before human actions such as confession, repentance, and restitution.  That is good news for us to know that God has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ(Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary).


Since God is in the business of reconciliation, we too should be in this business.  Reconciliation has the power to make us think more clearly, love more dearly, speak more truthfully, and act more genuinely.  Reconciliation activates the process of transformation so that we become more like Jesus.  We become disciples who find it easier to make disciples for the transformation of the world.


Can you imagine the transformation in our lives; if we acknowledge more God’s love for us, and follow more closely his command to love God and one another?  Can you imagine the impact this would have in our church?  If we can imagine it, then we can do it.  Let us use these summer months to reflect on how we can engage in spiritual renewal.  Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).  I can imagine us provoking one another to love and good deeds to make our church even more vital.  Can you imagine it?  Let’s do it!


Have a safe and enjoyable the summer,

Pastor Nation



Sunday, July 2, 2017.  Pastor Nation will be giving the Sermon; Kenneth Richardson is the Organist and Chancel Choir director; Flowers are given in loving memory of Waltraut (Trudy) and Dr. Fred Budde Jr. by their daughter Petra; Greeter is Lydia Omogun; Liturgist is Alan Towson; Reader is Victor Mensah; Ushers are Everett Fitch, Easton Hazell, Brian Lynch, Carol Provenzano, Michael Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Yvonne Basnight, JoAnne Hazell, Vicki Pemberton, Don Pike, and Matt Roth.



Prayer List.  ♥Richard Keidel, ♥Beverly Budde, ♥Pastor John Cole, ♥Rose Ramsaran (mother of Savi Thomas); ♥Carmelita Seraphin (grandmother of Brianna and Jessica Knice)♥Mary Anne Zimmer (daughter-in-law of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Thomas Onorato and the Onorato Family, ♥Sandy Jones (niece of Edith and Charles Zipperlen), ♥Vincent Morrison, ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥Elaine and Mark Treske, ♥Francesca Artusa (mother of Sal Artusa), ♥Bernard Basnight (son of Yvonne Basnight), ♥Al Davis III, ♥John Simpson, ♥Marge Frank, ♥Andrew Thomsen (nephew of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Monica Knight (sister of Sheila Reece Gordon), ♥Bob Zimmer (husband of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Arthur Anslyn (father of Vicki Pemberton), ♥Walter Harrod, ♥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, ♥Peggy Lee (mother of Laurel Brown).  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 are in need of someone to join one of our Counting Teams.  Due to a family illness one of our team members had to resign. Please, if you are able to give us one hour once every six weeks we would be very appreciative.  All you need to do is count money!  If you are interested, please call Eileen in the Church Office.  Thank you.



NYAC 2017 Intercessory Prayer Calendar:  Manhattan:  John Street, Korean Methodist Church & Institute, Metropolitan Community, Metropolitan Koryo, Morningside, St. Mark’s/Mount Calvary, Park Avenue, Salem - all (MET).



THRIFT SHOP.  The Thrift Shop will be closed the last two weeks in June beginning Monday, June 19 thru and including Thursday, June 29.  Please hold your donations until Monday, July 3, 2017.  Thank you.



KITCHEN It’s that time of the year to clean out the Freezers/Refrigerators.  Please take home, give away, and/or throw away anything that is in the Freezers/Refrigerators.  Any items left after June 30 (unless specifically labeled) will be removed.  Thank you for your cooperation.



Grace Thunderettes are off to a great start! Both teams won first place!!!! Way to go girls!!!! We brought the thunder to Myrtle Beach!



Remember your offerings. Summer and Vacation Time is here.  Please make sure to keep your Church in your thoughts and prayers during this time.  Keeping up with our monthly expenses unfortunately does not allow for a vacation.  Your continued support would be more than appreciated.  Thank you. 



The Missions Committee is sponsoring the International Potluck Dinner on  Saturday, September 30. Start thinking about what dish you will bring! 




Church Life on Vacation.  This is the last issue of Church Life until September.  If there is any important news that needs to be communicated, emails will be sent out and info will be put into the Order of Worship.  Have a great summer!                          Eileen




June Calendar


Monday-Friday, 6/26, 27, 28, 29, 30 – VBS 12N-3PM/Education Building

Wednesday, 6/28 – SPPR Meeting 7:30PM/BKR


July Calendar


Tuesday, 7/4 – HAPPY 4th OF JULY

Sunday, 7/9 – Evangelism Meeting after Church/UL

Saturday, 7/22 – Far Rockaway Food Prep 10AM/K



Weekly Calendar


Thrift Shop 10AM-3PM every Monday (Except last 2 weeks of June)

Troop 109 7:30PM/U every Monday

Grace Thunderettes 6PM/UL every Wednesday

Pack 109 Committee 7:30PM/U every Wednesday

Troop 109 7:30PM/G every Wednesday

Thrift Shop 10AM-3PM every Thursday (Except last 2 weeks of June)

Grace Thunderettes 6PM/G every Thursday

Westminster Ringers 7PM every Thursday

Chancel Choir 8PM every Thursday

Pack 109 7PM/UL every Friday

Rainbow Girls 8PM/U every 2nd and 4th Friday

Grace Thunderettes 10AM/G every Saturday

Topical Bible Study 8:45AM/Counting Room every Sunday

Wesley Ringers 9AM/every Sunday

Bible Study 9:20AM/UL every Sunday

Youth Orchestra after 10AM Service every Sunday

(BKR-Bert Keller Rm; U-Undercroft; UL-Upper Lounge; K-Kitchen; G-Gym)






Have a Happy and Safe July 4th. 





Enjoy your Summer.  Eileen





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

E-Mail:  GraceVSNY@aol.com; Website:  GraceVSNY.org


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