Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 17, 2021
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

 

 

January 11, 2021

 

Dear Church Family and Friends,

 

As you journey in 2021, faced with multiple challenges, remember that God is always with you.  The difficulties you are facing are not outside of God’s design for your life, but God is never outside the difficulty unless you put Him there.  Therefore, be intentional in keeping God at the center of your life so that He can help you through life’s difficulties.  There are two ways to deal with difficulties.  One way is to ignore them.  The other way is to face up to them and triumph over them.  It appears that COVID-19 is forcing us to face our difficulties more readily than in the past.  What do you think?

 

Challenges and difficulties can shake our inner security.  They force us to question what motivates us and can break through the facade of our comfortable life.  Questioning does not have to be destructive but instead it could reveal how mixed our inner impulses are.  We may appear brave when in fact we are afraid, bold when we are apprehensive and strong when we feel ourselves to be weak.  When we openly acknowledge such conflicts, we will be more careful about our strengths and more prayerful about our weaknesses.  Come, let us “Turn our eyes more on Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

 

We will continue our Zoom Prayer Service on Wednesday evening, January 13, 2021, at 7:30 P.M.  A Zoom invitation will be sent out via email.  Come and share one of your favorite prayer, Bible verse, song, and poem or testimony.  There is power in a community that works together.

 

The weekly lectionary provides the opportunity for our church family and friends to read the same scriptures during the week.  The scripture readings for January 17th, 2021, Human Relations Sunday/2nd Sunday After the Epiphany/Sunday Before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day are:  1 Samuel 3:1-10, 11-20; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51.  Read and pray.  When we pray, we should remember to pray for everyone – not only for ourselves, but also family, friends, teachers, leaders, and even people we have trouble getting along with.  Make a list of the people you want to pray for and pray for at least one person on the list every day.

 

Please gather with us on Zoom for our Sunday Morning Worship Service at 10:00 A.M.  Zoom invitation is sent to you on Saturday.  Zoom Sunday School is at 11:45 A.M.  A separate Zoom Invitation is sent out on Saturday.  We are sorry for not going live on Facebook on Sunday, January 10, due to some technical challenges.  We will plan to go live on Facebook, Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.

 

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 New Year - 2021,

Pastor Nation

 

Prayer List♥Richard (Dick) Keidel, Family of the father of Shobie Barnes, Clarice Shivrattan (mother of Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi), Ruby Davis, (mother of Hope (Dorrell) DaCosta), Family of Dr. Joyclyn Nelson (sister of Enid Simpson), ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Patients, Family, Caregivers and First Responders connected to the Coronavirus, ♥Jacob Eckstein, ♥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, ♥Pearl Clarke, ♥Debbie Rifenbury (friend of Sing Larson), ♥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, ♥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

 

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to Anne Mahoney on the occasion of her 97th very special day.  We hope you had a wonderful day.  May all your wishes come true.

 

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.

Counting Team Schedule for January 2021

January               17          Nicosia

                             24          Pike

                             31          Fitch

 

Book of RemembranceGifts have been given in loving memory of Brud Ike by Edie and Charlie Zipperlen; in loving memory of Pastor Robert W. Howard by his wife Barbara and family.

 

News from Friends and MembersReceived a request from Jane Keidel Rosen to “Please add my dad (Dick Keidel) to the prayer list.  He’s had Covid, pneumonia, etc. and is in need of prayer.”  All his many friends at Grace are sending prayers of comfort and a swift recovery. 

 

Dear God thank you for your love and for your people.  Thank you Pastor Nation, Desmond, Patricia, Katherine, Vanessa, Earl and Andrea for participating in the prayer for our country this morning.  Seven people showed up and prayed boldly for peace, justice, guidance and sound leadership for our country at 8:00 am-8:30 am on January 6th, 2021.  In God we trust.  Let your perfect will be done.  Amen. 

Sister Andrea Boyd

 

DONATIONS.  We continue to need your help in supporting Grace Church.  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. 

 

For those of you who have continued making regular donations to the church in this coronavirus pandemic year, we say thank you and hope that you will continue to do so.  For those of you who have not been able to keep up with regular donations we ask you to give what you can this year and hope that you will make a pledge for 2021.

 

In lieu of sending out pledge cards we are asking everyone to please respond back to this e-mail with your pledge for 2021.  Please let us know the dollar amount and if it will be a weekly, monthly or yearly donation.  Thank you and God bless.                                                                                             Stewardship Team

 

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.

 

Zoom Sunday School.

We had 9 kids and 14 in all for Zoom Sunday School on January 10.  In the younger kids’ lesson, we talked about John the Baptist telling the people that Jesus was coming soon.  He was called John the Baptist because he baptized people in the Jordan River. Then Kim Neri led us in singing, “This is the day the Lord has made”, “Sing and Celebrate”, “The B-I-B-L-E”, “Father Abraham”, and “This Little Light of Mine”.  Julianne DiSalvo led the older kids’ lesson.  We talked about how God has a plan and a purpose for our lives. We should all help take care of each other.

 

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.                              Katherine Perkins and the Sunday School Team

 

FOOD DRIVE AND OFFERING ENVELOPES

The UMW are sponsoring a Food Drive on Saturday, January 30, 2021, from 1PM to 3PM. Also at that time you will be able to pick up your Church Offering Envelopes.  If you live near someone you could also pick up their envelopes for them.  Weather permitting you will be able to drop off a food donation and/or pick up your envelopes in the Nursery School driveway or at the Nursery School entrance. 

 

 

 

 

Martin Luther King Day Service

Valley Stream Religious Council

Please join us as we build community together!

 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Interfaith Zoom Gathering

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84082382873?pwd=YjJPQ24reGFDeXcyVTZPNXJIUlgzdz09

Meeting ID: 840 8238 2873

Passcode: 292027

        +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

For more information, call Marie at 631-258-3571

 

 

Eileen