Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 01, 2020
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

Mission statement:  Grace United Methodist Church is a family of faith striving to share God's love with all people.

 

 

Words from the Pastor

 

 

November 16, 2020

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

 

On November 15, the New York Annual Conference held the 2020 Ordination Service at the Dix Hills Bible Korean UMC in Dix Hills, Long Island.  Due to COVID-19 attendance was limited.  The service was recorded and can be viewed on NYAC Facebook or Dix Hills Bible Korean UMC website.  Bishop Bickerton delivered the message on the Book of Esther 14:13-17.  The message was timely and inspiring for such a time as this.  We were reminded of how much COVID-19 has impacted our lives with emphasis on how church life has changed.  So, if you feel mentally, spiritually, and physically fatigued, take heart, you are not alone.  As the saying goes, we are all in the same boat.

 

At the Ordination service, one of the highlights is the Bishop’s naming of the four-fold ministry of the elder.  These are:  1) to preach and teach the Word, 2) to provide pastoral care and counsel, 3) to administer the sacraments (Baptism, Holy Communion), and 4) to order the life of the church for service in mission and ministry.  The authority to carry out the four-fold ministry is given to the elders by the Bishop at the ordination service.

 

You are invited to Prayer Service on Wednesday evening, November 18, 2020, 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.

 

Please come to the Valley Stream Religious Council Zoom Thanksgiving Service on November 19, 2020, 7-8 pm.  Pastor Nation will briefly share on Thanksgiving and Kim Neri will present music on violin.  Please come and give thanks with grateful hearts as we kick off the Season of Thanksgivings.  I will email the Zoom invitation when I receive it.

 

Our Annual Charge Conference is scheduled to be a Zoom gathering with our District Superintendent, Rev. Sungchan Kim on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 11:00 am.  Church leaders, please plan to attend, and remember that your reports were due to Eileen by November 15th.  If you have not sent your reports to Eileen, please do so soon.  Thank you.

 

The weekly lectionary scripture readings provide the opportunity for our church family to read the same scriptures during the week.  The scripture readings for Christ the King Sunday are Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46.  Let us read these scriptures and continue to talk to God (pray) daily.  Pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:16).  May we be blessed with good health and joy.  Earl Boyd, associate Lay Leader, will deliver the message on Sunday.

 

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 Pentecost,

Pastor Nation

 

 

Prayer List.  ♥Brud Ike, ♥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), ♥Hung Hee (mother of DS Sungchan Kim),  ♥All United Methodist Women in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥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), ♥Maudlyn and Keible Scarlett, ♥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), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥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), ♥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

 

Diversity SurveyGrace United Methodist Church's Diversity Committee has created a survey to assess inclusivity and diversity within the church.  We would appreciate the congregation's help with this matter and request that you complete the survey.  The survey is anonymous, so please answer honestly and freely.  Thank you, Grace Church Diversity Committee

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VmTk-_a7kwPoxLVLiUfeFNuEQPGkTgtdRCFLkRYpPm8/viewform?ts=5f96e382&edit_requested=true (copy and paste)

 

DONATIONS.  If you are unable to attend services in the Sanctuary, 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. 

 

CALENDAR.  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.  

 

Book of Remembrance.  A gift has been given in loving memory of Paul Brown by Sharon Columbo.

 

Counting Team Schedule for November 2020: 

 

November     22        Morton

                        29        Pearce

 

December     06        Nicosia

                        13        Pike

                        20        Fitch

                        27        Greifenberger

 

There needs to be two people counting - social distancing observed.  Your captain will contact you to see if you are available. 

 

FOOD DRIVE.  Grace UMC is having a food drive for the next two weeks.  Please drop off non-perishable food items in the driveway of the church’s education building (West Fairview Ave.) on Saturday, November 14 or Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing when dropping off the food.  Or you may bring non-perishable food items with you to church on Sunday and drop them off in the narthex as you enter.  If you are unable to drop the food off at church, please call Brian Stone at 631-806-0039 to arrange a pick-up from your front porch.  Please bag or box the food items.  If you would prefer to donate money, you can send a check to the Church Office made out to Grace United Methodist Church.  On the memo line write “Food Donation”. 

 

All food and monetary donations will be given to the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead.  The INN is in particular need of these food items:

Canned meats, canned tuna, canned soup (flip top can preferred), canned stews and chili, canned vegetables, canned yams, canned fruit, hot and cold cereals (oatmeal, Farina), rice, powdered milk, boxed macaroni and cheese, boxed mashed potatoes, canned gravy

 

Upcoming Calendar Meetings.

11/15/2020 – Charge Conference reports were due to Eileen via Email

11/17/2020 SPPR Meeting 7PM – ZOOM

12/05/2020 Grace Methodist Church Charge Conference – 11AM - ZOOM

 

 

This Sunday, November 22, 2020, the Westminster Ringers will play "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" by George J. Elvey arr. by Martha Lynn Thompson. 

 

 

Zoom Sunday School

 

We had two kids and nine in all for Zoom Sunday School on November 15. We missed our younger kids.  Kim led us in singing, “This is the Day the Lord Has Made” and “Sing and Celebrate.”  Then she taught us a new song, “We Were Made to Love the Lord.”  Julie led the older kids’ lesson about the parable of the talents.  We shared our perspectives on the parable, especially about the third man who buried his talent in the ground.  Please join us next Sunday for a Thanksgiving-themed Sunday School.  Kids, please draw a picture of something or someone you are thankful for so that we can share them during Sunday School!

 

Please join us next Sunday!  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.   Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

 

Have a safe week.

Eileen