Grace United Methodist Church
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Valley Stream, New York

Church Life

Our weekly newsletter


December 5, 2019


Words from the Pastor


Mission statement:

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


Dear Church Family,


On the first Sunday of Advent we lit the first candle, the candle of hope.  This begins the Season of Advent.  Advent means coming and refers not only to Jesus coming as a baby in Bethlehem but also to his Second Coming.  We recognize this time as the beginning of the spiritual preparation leading up to Christmas.  For Christians, symbols of the Season of Advent celebration are the Advent wreath and candles.


The Advent wreath was created out of evergreens, symbolizing everlasting life in the midst of winter and death.  The circle reminds us of God’s unending love and the eternal life He makes possible.  Advent candles are often nestled in the evergreen wreath.  Additional decorations, like holly and berries, are sometimes added.  Their red color points ahead to Jesus’ sacrifice and death.  Pine cones can symbolize the new life that Jesus brings through His resurrection. Churches and families begin lighting a candle on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, and they light another candle each subsequent Sunday.


Advent candles shine brightly in the midst of darkness, reminding us that Jesus came as Light into our dark world. A new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas.  Each candle represents something different. Usually there are three purple and one rose candle, although traditions vary.  A fifth white candle is placed in the middle and is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to celebrate Jesus’ birth.  As we light the candles of the Advent wreath, pause to reflect on where you see hope, peace, love and joy.


Know that no matter how we choose to celebrate the Season of Advent, let's remember the beauty and grace of Jesus.  He entered our dark, broken world on the first Christmas long ago, and He’s working even now to restore light, peace, and life. 


Here are the Scriptures for worship service on December 8, 2019, 2nd Sunday of Advent:  Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7,18-19; Romans 15:4-13 and Matthew 3:1-12.  One or two of these scriptures will be the focus of the message.  We will light the second Advent candle representing peace.


Journeying together during the Season of Advent,

Pastor Nation



Sunday, December 8, 2019.  Pastor Nation will be preaching; Ken Richardson is our Organist and Director of the Chancel Choir; Liturgist is Matt Roth; Readers are Josiah Whittaker and Jasmin Whittaker; Ushers are Earl Boyd, Pat McKnight, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge; Counting Team members include Helen Avedisian, Everett Fitch, Michael Provenzano, Carol Provenzano, and Richard Tiedge.



Prayer List.  ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Jonathan Greifenberger, ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo Morrison, ♥Herb Biegler, ♥Carol Provenzano, ♥Coach Trudy, ♥Alwyn Daniel (friend of Debbielee Thomsen), ♥Ryan Aldovino (step-grandson of Gloria Godinho), ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Annemarie Michel (friend of Gloria Godinho), ♥Peter Tanner (friend of Samantha and Pam O'Brien), ♥Ian Lewis, ♥Charles Zipperlen, ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥Family of Courtney Fray (cousin of Barbara Woodford), ♥Sasha (Navy-Japan), ♥Bob LoBello, ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥Lascelles Boyd (father of Earl Boyd), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Joan Bertie, ♥Iris Molina, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Buddy Dookhi, ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Donna Lowe (daughter of Loretta Lewis Zimmer), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Vincent Morrison, ♥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.



Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our annual Fall Food Drive.  You have blessed many through your generosity.    ~Janet Stone~


Church School.  There were 17 students in Church School on Sunday, November 24th.  There was one student in the PreK/K class and one in the First and Second grade class. There were four students in the Third and Fourth grade class and four students in the Fifth and Sixth grade class.  There were seven students in the Youth class.  We look forward to working with your students.  ~Janet Stone, Church School Director~


The Church School students will be making some craft items to sell at the Soup and Sandwich supper.  Tables will be set-up for people to shop while they dine.  The proceeds from our craft sale will be used to help fund the supplies needed to make the health kits for UMCOR.


The Christmas Pageant will be on December 22nd!   Our 2019 Christmas Pageant will be “Christmas Joy”.  We are looking forward to a heartwarming, spirit filled Christmas Pageant!


GIFTS OF LOVE.  Share the joy of Christmas.  Give to other by giving a Gift of Love.  Choose a category of recipient.  Choose whatever you want.  It must be a new item.  (No food, candy, money or gift cards).  Do not wrap gifts.  Bring Gift of Love to church no later than December 15, 2019.  Here are some suggestions:

Babies — onesies, washcloths, towels, blankets, clothes, bottles, pacifiers, toys

Toddlers, Children, young teens — toys, clothes, toiletries, books

Young adults and Adults — hats, gloves, socks, books, undergarments, toiletries,

                                             handbags, wallets, belts




POINSETTIA.  If you would like to place a beautiful Poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas in honor of or in memory of a loved one, friend, soldier, etc., please fill out an order form which is located in the Narthex of the Church or in the Church Office.  The deadline is Sunday, December 19, 2019.  Poinsettias are $13 each.  Please send your check (made out to GUMC) with the order form to the Church Office, place it in the Offering Plate (in a sealed envelope marked for the Church Office) or email your request to and send your check to the Church Office.  Mark your check, “Poinsettia” and if appropriate, include your Envelope Number.  Thank you.


Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT is Sunday, December 15th at 3:00. SOUP AND SANDWICH follows.  Tickets for the Soup and Sandwich dinner are available prior to Church, during Coffee Hour or at the Church Office.  Adults:  $12/Children (Under the age of 12) $7


Our ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CARD SIGN-UP LIST started on Sunday, December 1st and continues through Sunday, December 15th.  All money collected will go to the GRAMETH FUND, a discretionary fund for those in need.  (Single Name is $1; Family Name is $2; Family Listing is $4).  Any Contributions will be Merrily Accepted!  To sign-up, please stop by the sign-up desk at Church (with Lenore Kurz) or at Coffee Hour.  You can also sign-up with Eileen in the Church Office. 


Evangelism and The Good News of the Birth of Jesus, the Christ.  As we prepare for celebrating the Birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world, let us read a chapter a day from the Book of Luke and meditate on the journey to his birth.  There are 24 chapters in the Book of Luke.  Let us share the journey together.


December Calendar

Tuesday, 12/3 – ALPHA 7:30PM/BKR

Friday, 12/6 – Clergy Meeting w/Bishop 9AM-4:30PM

Friday, 12/6 – Bishop’s Youth Discussion 4:30PM-630PM

Friday, 12/6 – Laity Meeting w/Bishop 6:30PM-9PM

Sunday, 12/8 – UMW Meeting after Church/UL

Tuesday, 12/10 – GMNS Committee 7PM/Rm#2

Tuesday, 12/10 - ALPHA 7:30PM/BKR

Saturday, 12/14 – Soup/Sandwich Set-up All Day/G-K

Saturday, 12/14 – Grace Thunderettes Christmas Event 5PM/UL

Sunday, 12/15 – Christmas Concert in the Church 3:00 PM

Sunday, 12/15 – Soup and Sandwich after Concert/Education Building

Tuesday, 12/17 - ALPHA 7:30PM/BKR

Wednesday, 12/18 – Troop 109 7:30PM/G

Sunday, 12/22 – Christmas Pageant during Church

Tuesday, 12/24 – Christmas Eve Services 7:30PM and 11PM

Wednesday, 12/25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, 12/28 – Far Rockaway Sandwich Prep 10AM/K

Tuesday, 12/31 – Watch Night Service 11PM




Have a great week.  Be careful driving!







21 South Franklin Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580

Church Office:  516/825-1182

Music Office:  516/825-1940 

Nursery School:  516/825-2354




10AM Worship Service; 10AM Sunday School