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

Pastor’s Message – February 19, 2024

Dear Grace UMC Community,

I extend grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ as we commence our Lenten journey together.  It is a privilege to embark on this season of reflection, renewal, and deepening of our spiritual commitments to God and to our beloved Church community.

Lent calls us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, who spent forty days in the wilderness seeking clarity, strength, and transformation.  As we enter this sacred time, let us embrace the opportunity for introspection, repentance, and preparation for the celebration of Easter.

I encourage each of you to consider meaningful ways to engage in fasting and spiritual practices that will draw you closer to God and enrich your journey of faith.

Here are some practical suggestions:

  1. Fast from negativity: Make a conscious effort to refrain from negative thoughts, words, or actions, and instead, cultivate an attitude of gratitude and kindness.
  2. Fast from excess: Simplify your life by decluttering your physical space and focusing on what truly matters.
  3. Fast from distractions: Dedicate moments each day to disconnect from technology, embracing silence and solitude for prayer and reflection.
  4. Fast from unhealthy habits: Identify habits or behaviors that hinder your spiritual growth and seek to replace them with wholesome alternatives.


Additionally, consider incorporating the following spiritual practices into your Lenten journey:

  1. Daily devotional readings: Set aside time each day for Scripture readings, meditation, and prayer, allowing God’s word to guide and inspire you. Free copies of Our Daily Bread are available for your use.
  2. Acts of service: Extend compassion and love to those in need by volunteering at local charities, supporting community initiatives, or aiding those facing hardships.
  3. Intentional generosity: Practice generosity by giving of your time, talents, and resources to support worthy causes and uplift those around you.


I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed to the Valley Stream Burn Fund.  Through your generous support, we were able to make a significant $900 donation to assist those affected by burn injuries.  Your kindness and generosity exemplify the spirit of community and compassion that defines our congregation.

As we journey together through Lent, may our hearts be open to God’s presence and grace.  May this sacred season be a time of profound spiritual growth, renewal, and transformation for each of us.  Let us walk hand in hand, supporting and encouraging one another along the way.


In faith and fellowship,

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey L. Hooker

Prayer List

Veronica Stone (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Eugene (Gene) O’Brien, ♥Hedy Kling, ♥Gene Marks, ♥Declan Jurgens, ♥Crystal Richardson, ♥Pat Hamilton, ♥Michelle Hooker-Mirra, ♥Pastor Debra Gallimore (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Roberto Gallimore (friend of Debbielee Thomsen, ♥Karen Kiernan, ♥Carol Whyte, ♥Winston Scarlett (brother-in-law of Maudlyn Scarlett), ♥Patrick Curley (son of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥David Biegler, ♥Vivian (4 months old) Peeples and sister Emilia (4 years old) Peeples, ♥Mary Turbeville (cousin of Lenore Kurz), ♥Jennifer LaRochelle, ♥Michael Ciampi (friend of Kim Neri), ♥Michael Kurz, ♥Walter McKnight, ♥Vin Dowling, ♥Carolyn O’Loughlin, ♥Suella Fredrick (friend of Lorna McKenzie), ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Garvin Phillip (nephew of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Marilyn Eller (sister of Elaine Treske), ♥Irene Misiti (friend of Rosario Hooker), ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Emma Donnelly, ♥Jim Poch, ♥All our Military men and women, ♥Ken Richardson, ♥Barbara Siegl, ♥All UMW in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Iris Molina, ♥Olga Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Milly 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 

Sunday School 

My name is Janet Stone and I am writing to invite your child to join us for in-person Church School each Sunday.  Church School is where students will learn about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and how to live a Christian life.  We learn Bible stories and we learn how to use those stories to help us be better people.  All PreK-8th Grade students are welcome.  Children start out in Church at 10:00 with their families and are sent to Church School following the Children’s Sermon.  Please note that on the first Sunday of the month, children are directed to the Education Building first and then return to the church building in order to be with their family for communion. I am looking forward to a fun-filled Church School year!  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.                                                      

Janet Stone

February 11, 2024

This week’s Church School class lesson was based on Mark 4:35–41, Jesus Calms the Storm. In this Bible story, Jesus has been teaching large crowds, and decides to take some time away with the disciples. Jesus and the disciples take a boat on the sea of Galilee. Jesus, tired from teaching and ministering, falls asleep. Soon, a storm hits, the boat shakes, and the disciples are afraid. They go to Jesus for help and are surprised to find him sleeping. How can anyone sleep when there is a chance the boat might be overtaken by water and they all might drown? But Jesus remains calm. He gets up and calms the storm. He then asks the disciples why they are scared, as if their feelings of fear are unnecessary.  After Jesus woke and handled the storm, the disciples were amazed. What amazing power Jesus has! There is so much mystery in the story.  What a gift it is to know that there is someone like Jesus who can be present with us in the midst of our life storms! It reminds us that there is always something bigger to rely on when we are overwhelmed. The children in our class are learning that the teachings in the Bible and prayer can help us in so many ways. We have to be ready to listen and be aware of God‘s guidance.  There will be no Sunday School on Feb. 18 due to Presidents’ Day weekend.




February 25 – Debbie Nicosia



March 03 – Marisa Pershad (Team 1)

March 10 – Marisa Pershad

March 17 – Debbie Nicosia

March 24 – Everett Fitch

March 31 – Debbie Nicosia


MISSIONS – January/April/July/October 2024


UMCOR SUNDAY – March 10, 2024

EASTER – March 31, 2024






CHRISTMAS EVE – December 24, 2024 (Tuesday)

CHRISTMAS DAY – December 25, 2024


REMINDER.  Please remember to put your Envelope Number on your checks, your donation envelope or include with your Venmo or Zelle.  Thank you.

GRACE METHODIST NURSERY SCHOOL.  Grace Methodist Nursery School, a nurturing early childhood center which has dedicated itself to “celebrating children and childhood” in Valley Stream for 53 years will be closing its doors after the 2023-2024 school year.  Many factors including decreasing enrollment affected by the implementation of UPK in Valley Stream have caused us to make this very difficult decision.  For 53 years GMNS proudly provided a variety of early children programs to the young children of the community and their families. 

During its 53 year tenure GMNS has been blessed with a dedicated team of faculty members whose professionalism and devotion have contributed to its long standing success.  GMNS is grateful for the support and loyalty of the Grace United Methodist Church family throughout the years.  Diane Panzarino, Director

Coffee  Hour: 

Thank you United Women in Faith for hosting Coffee Hour on February 18, 2024. 

Thank you Hazell Family for volunteering to host Coffee Hour this coming Sunday, February 25, 2024. 

If you would like to host a Sunday, please sign up in the BKR, call the Church Office, email or just leave a message.   

Super Bowl 2024 Food Drive 

I am happy to report that our Super Bowl food drive provided a carload filled with boxed and canned foods!  Some of the canned food items were taken by Katherine Perkins to the Far Rockaway Mission.  Additionally, $346.97 was collected in cash donations which includes a $65 donation from the sale of soup which Bob DiSalvo so generously provided.  A supermarket shopping trip is planned this week with all remaining food items being donated to the INN in Hempstead.  What a generous church we have! Thank you so much!   Janet Stone

Where You Can Volunteer

Liturgist or Reader – Contact Pat Eshun

Sunday School – Contact Janet Stone

Evangelism – Contact Andrea Owen-Boyd

Thrift Shop – Contact Andrea Owen-Boyd or Maudlyn Scarlett

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 or or Mike Provenzano

Ushers – Contact Mike Provenzano or Carol Provenzano

Counting Team – Contact Marisa Pershad  or Eileen Robertson

Hospitality – Contact Bob DiSalvo

Greeters – Contact Naomi Brown or Carol Provenzano

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

Weekly Meetings and Rehearsals

Please note whether meetings are in-person at the church or via Zoom. Thank you.

*Every Sunday – Choir Rehearsal 8AM/Church

*Every Sunday – Church School 10AM/start in Church (except 1st Sunday of the month start 10AM/Education Building)

*Every Second Sunday of the month  – Healing Prayer Service after Church/Chapel

*Fourth Sunday of every month – United Women in Faith

*Every Wednesday – Bible Study 7:30PM-8:30PM/Zoom (Same Zoom Link every week; we will have Lenten services in place of Bible study during Lent)

*Every Thursday – Westminster Ringers 7PM/Church

*Every Saturday – Prayer Meeting 8AM/Zoom (Same Zoom Link every week)

*Every Saturday – Thrift Shop 10AM-2PM 

Upcoming Events

*Wednesday, February 28, 2024 – Lenten Service 7:30PM/St. John’s/Elmont-VS

*Wednesday, March 6, 2024 – Lenten Service 7:30PM/Location TBD

*Sunday, March 10, 2024 – Scout Sunday

*Wednesday, March 13, 2024 – Lenten Service 7:30PM/Location TBD

*Sunday, March 17, 2024 – Jean and Ken Larson Memorial Sunday

*Tuesday, March 19, 2024 – Spring Blood Drive 12N-10PM/Gym

*Wednesday, March 20, 2024 – Lenten Service 7:30PM/Location TBD

*Sunday, March 24, 2024 – Palm Sunday 10AM

*Thursday, March 28, 2024 – Holy/Maundy Thursday 7:30PM/GUMC

*Friday, March 29, 2024 – Good Friday 12Noon – 3PM at St. John’s UMC (Seven Last Words)

                                            Good Friday 7:30PM/GUMC

*Sunday, March 31, 2024 – EASTER 6:30AM Sunrise/GUMC

                                             EASTER 10AM/GUMC



Upcoming Meetings

*Sunday, February 18, 2024 – Church Council Meeting following 10AM Service

NOTE:  All of our Grace Church Services will use the same link that we have been using.   Other meetings such as Bible Study have their own link.


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