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November 28, 2022

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

 

Words from the Pastor 

Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ,

A Methodist preacher tells the story about receiving a call from a woman who was quite upset over the death of her pet cat, Homer.  She wanted the preacher to conduct the funeral service for Homer.  The Methodist preacher explained that this was a little out of his line, so he referred her to a friend, a Presbyterian pastor at a church down the street.  Later, the preacher learned that his Presbyterian friend referred her to a Baptist minister, who had referred her to someone else.  About an hour later, she called the Methodist preacher back and she was still upset.  The woman said she was at her wit’s end.  She couldn’t find a preacher to conduct Homer’s services and didn’t know what to do.  She said she planned to give $1,000 to the church of the minister who performed this service for Homer.  The Methodist preacher said it took him only a moment to mull this over and then say to her, “Well, why didn’t you tell me Homer was a Methodist cat in the first place?!” (Adapted from Unknown Author)

What motivates you?  In the case above it seems a healthy donation was motivation enough to do a funeral for a cat.  There are all sorts of motivations in our lives, but we ultimately decide which motivations we follow. Serving God is the most wonderful thing we can do, but what are your motivations?  Do we serve others in hopes to be compensated?  Are we kind simply because we want to be known as such?  Or do we serve in response to our faith in a loving God?

Advent began yesterday and there is a long road ahead of us.  We enter this season with a sense of wonder and hope of what God can do.  I don’t want you to think of that in some existential way, rather I want you to think about it in a practical way.  Is there something you have been praying for, a way God is calling you to change, or a new way God is calling you to serve?  As our Advent journey unfolds, I pray that you will be motivated by the transformative and redemptive power of Jesus Christ.  So that when the time comes, we are prepared for the birth of promised Christ Child and continue to live our lives faithfully.

In Christ’s service,

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker

P.S.:  Our Advent Study begins this Wednesday on Zoom @7:30 pm.  We will look at each gospel and the authors who begin their books differently:  Matthew and Luke include a narrative about Jesus’s birth, but Mark and John do not.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY
11/30 – Matthew 1 – 2
12/7 – Mark 1
12/14 – Luke 1:1- 2:20
12/21 – John 1

Prayer List

♥Family  of Connie Paige, ♥Family of Thornton (Thornie) Stone, ♥Family of Ella Fort, ♥Juzer Kasubhai, ♥Jennifer Morton, ♥Honey Knice, ♥Bob LoBello, ♥Emma Donnelly, ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Tyrone Jenkins (nephew of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Patricia Sullivan (friend of Jenifer Hartig), ♥Jim Poch, ♥Christine Doeringer, ♥Rasheen Rutledge (cousin of Naomi Brown), ♥All our Military men and women, ♥Ken Richardson,  ♥Barbara Siegl, ♥People of Ukraine, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥All UMW in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥David Biegler, ♥Iris Molina, ♥Olga Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske).  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

Note.  Prayer List names will continue to be listed for one month.  After that period of time, the names will be removed unless you call us with current information.  

Book of RemembranceGifts have been given in loving memory of Thornton Stone by the Grace Methodist Nursery School, by Jeanne and George Simmons (Music Ministry), and by Eileen Robertson.  Gifts have also been given in loving memory of Kay Hartmann by Eileen and Sarah Robertson, by the Board of Trustees, and by Brian and Janet Stone.

COUNTING TEAM SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 2022

                       12/04                 E. Fitch

                       12/11                  D. Nicosia

                       12/18                  M. Pershad

                       12/25                  K. Pearce (includes 12/24)

Special Sunday Offerings 2022

MISSIONS – February/April/July/November 2022

HUMAN RELATIONS DAY – January 16, 2022

UMCOR SUNDAY – March 27, 2022

EASTER – April 17, 2022

NATIVE AMERICAN MINISTRY – May 1, 2022

GOLDEN CROSS SUNDAY – May 8, 2022

PEACE WITH JUSTICE SUNDAY – June 12, 2022

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY – October 2, 2022

THANKSGIVING – November 24, 2022 (Thursday)

UNITED METHODIST STUDENT DAY – November 27, 2022

CHRISTMAS EVE – December 24, 2022 (Saturday)

CHRISTMAS – December 25, 2022 (Sunday)

If you  haven’t already done so, there is still time to pledge before we begin to prepare our Budget for 2023.  There are Pledge Cards in the Narthex of the Church, you can mail in your desired pledge, or you can call the Church Office.  In order to prepare our Budget, we need to have a reasonable amount of money to work with.  We are not quite there yet.  Hopefully we will receive some last minute pledges that will take us closer to our goal. 

The United Women in Faith are looking for a vice president. For more information, please contact Tonia Ukanwoke. 

HOSPITALITY – We are looking for Volunteers to assist at Coffee Hour.  There is a sign-out sheet in the BKR.  Individuals, family, Committees can sign up.  You can also call the Church Office and Eileen will happily add your name to the sign-up sheet.  Also,we would welcome donations of cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, bagels, etc. for the Coffee Hour. 

GRANNY’S ATTIC SALE. We will be holding a community-wide Granny’s Attic Sale on Saturday, December 10th, from 10am-2pm.  Please come and help or come and shop!

If you require a Hearing Aid, please speak with one of our Ushers. 

ISAIAH 58:7 – SHARE YOUR FOOD WITH THE HUNGRY

In Nassau County 34% of food insecure people are  ineligible for state or federal  food assistance programs. Rising inflation has driven up food prices increasing the need for food assistance for many in Nassau including children. Thousands of families seek assistance on a weekly basis at these pantries. The Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead is one such food bank providing essential services to assist those challenged by hunger and poverty. 

As we most thankfully head back to church in person,  let’s remember those who are in greatest  need  and restart our food collection on Sunday mornings. A box will be available in the narthex and delivered to the pantry weekly. If you wish to help with food delivery, please contact Marianne Pike at mariannepike77@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support for those who need us the most. 

We are in need of Volunteers to work on the Counting Teams.  It would require your time only once every six weeks after Church.  Please call Eileen in the Church Office if you have any questions and/or are willing to join!!  Thank you.

Hanging the Greens.   On Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 10:30AM we will be gathering at the Church to finish up our Advent decorations.  Please come out and join us!

THANK YOU. Thank you, Grace! We collected approximately 250 pounds of canned and boxed food in the Thanksgiving Food Drive sponsored by the Missions Committee on November 5 and 6. The food items were donated to the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead. They were very appreciative.

MISSIONS. Dear Church Family, November is one of our four Missions months. Please give to Missions in November! The money collected in the Missions envelopes or designated “Missions” will be divided among Far Rockaway Mission (which provides meals and has a food pantry), Anchor House (faith-based intensive residential treatment program for alcohol and substance abuse), Brooklyn United Methodist Church Home (BUMCH, Nursing Home and Adult Day Care), El Porvenir (clean drinking water for Nicaragua), and the United Methodist City Society (which sponsors many programs, including after school programs, Vacation Bible School and summer day camp, and scholarships for children for Camp Olmsted Methodist summer camp).  Thank you!  Katherine Perkins, Missions chair

SHARE YOUR BLESSINGS THIS CHRISTMAS. GRACE UMC IS HAVING A TOY & CLOTHING DRIVE DECEMBER 10 and 11. Please drop off items in the driveway of the church’s education building (51 West Fairview Ave., Valley Stream) on Saturday, December 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM or bring them with you to church and drop them off in the narthex Sunday, December 11. Items Needed are (not wrapped): New Toys & New Clothing for ages 1-12 yrs. old and New Games & Gift Cards for ages 13-16 yrs. old. We will take the items to Long Island Council of Churches to be distributed to area families. THANK YOU and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Where You Can Volunteer

Liturgist or Reader – Contact Pat Eshun

Sunday School – Contact Kim Neri

Evangelism – Contact Andrea Owen-Boyd

Music – Leave a message for the Music Ministry Office (516/825-1940)

Missions – Contact Katherine Perkins

Worship – Contact Kim Neri or Carol Provenzano

Acolytes – Contact Tim Neri

Ushers – Contact Mike Provenzano or Carol Provenzano

Counting Team – Contact Don Pike or Eileen Robertson

Hospitality – Contact Bob DiSalvo

Greeters – Contact Naomi Brown

(Please call Eileen if you need contact information – 516/825-1182)

Weekly Meetings and Rehearsals

Our Church has re-opened.  Several of our groups will also begin to meet in-person.  However, please check the calendar below for Zoom meetings. Thank you.

*Every Sunday – Choir Rehearsal 8:15AM/Church

*Every Sunday – Junior Choir 9:15AM/Bert Keller Room 

*Every Sunday – Rainbow Ringers 9:15AM/Bert Keller Room 

*Every Sunday – Sunday School (in-person) 10AM (after Children’s sermon)

*Every Wednesday – Bible Study 7:30PM-9PM/Zoom

*Every Thursday – Westminster Ringers 7:30PM

Upcoming Meetings

*Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – Nursery School Meeting 7PM

*Tuesday, November 15, 2022 – Board of Trustees 7:45PM/BKR

*Tuesday, November 22, 2022 – Finance 7:30PM/ZOOM

*Sunday, November 27, 2022 – Church Council after 10AM Service

Monthly Meetings

*Every Second Sunday – UWF after Church/Upper Lounge – In-person

Upcoming Events

 *Saturday, December 10, 2022 – Missions Toy Drive (Nursery School Driveway) 12-2PM

*Saturday, December 10, 2022 – Thrift Shop Sale 10AM-2PM

*Sunday, December 11, 2022 – Missions Toy Drive – Drop off in Narthex/Church Service

*Sunday, December 11, 2022 – Annual Christmas Concert 4:00 PM

*Saturday, December 24, 2022 – Christmas Eve Service 7:30PM

*Sunday, December 25, 2022 – Candles and Carols 10AM

*Saturday, December 31, 2022 – New Year’s Eve 11PM (TBD)

*Saturday, January 28, 2023 – 8th Annual Evangelism Prayer Breakfast 10:30AM/Gym

*Sunday, May 14, 2023 – Music Sunday

Eileen

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