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This is the season of Pentecost

We are open!

Come join us for worship at 11:00 a.m.

We will continue to live stream on Facebook for those who cannot attend.

Annual meeting, June 27, 2021

Immediately following service in the Sanctuary.

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Reflections from Pastor Gary

The COVID virus has been a real “game changer.” The challenges have been many and various, with families being forced to make critical, life-and-death decisions. We will never be the same, but I guess we are always changing. However, the crisis has also been marked by new opportunities for growth.

The organized, institutional church was in sharp decline even before COVID; the virus has forced us to examine and redefine what it means to be church. A growing individualism, along with a general mistrust or lack of concern for community and those supporting institutions, has altered the reality of the “common good.” Besides this, technology has moved us to a new level of reality which has forced uncomfortable changes but has yielded promising returns.

For two Lutheran congregations nestled around “Lady Liberty,” this paradigm shift has moved both congregations from maintenance and survival modes to a more dynamic understanding of mission to the area. Redeemer Lutheran, located in the southern Greenville area of Jersey City and Grace Lutheran in Bayonne, are presently engaged in a “Shared Ministry” effort that offers a more comprehensive, Lutheran outreach plan for the southern end of Hudson County. Since we are stronger together, each church has adopted a common plan that underscores this connectedness through outreach.

Their tagline, “Connected to Christ, Connected to each other, and Connected to community” speaks to this Shared Ministry, offering a consolidated, outreach program that makes more efficient use of each other’s gifts. It also strengthens their weaknesses by leaning on the other’s gifts. Together as “Liberty Lutherans,” and utilizing a Transcontinental Railroad theme, the two churches have begun a train ride that will directly touch the lives of those in the designated parish boundaries of those living along Interstate 78 west and Highway 440 south.

This Shared Ministry vision of Redeemer and Grace Lutheran is crucial, since neither church has the capacity to effectively support the spiritual needs of such a diverse, geographical area as southern Hudson County. This Shared Ministry includes the fiscal and physical support of two, separate houses of worship, in addition to common, pastoral oversight, has already provided a dynamic, core foundation for future ministry. Of course, the thread that binds this relationship together (in addition to the work of the Spirit) is technology. We already serve more people online than we do in person, and this was true even before COVID. Now imagine how much more we can do together.

This Shared Ministry includes a common tagline and slogan. The newly developed logo visually sets the boundaries of this mission. Worship times have already been changed to offer guests and parishioners more times to worship or to seek out pastoral care and support. Common events, such as confirmation classes, are already being held so that duplication of services can be avoided. July 4 has been designated as the kick-off Sunday for these “Liberty Lutherans.” We are using the theme of the Transcontinental Railroad to visually underscore the common “track” we share together. One train at Grace Lutheran is nearly completed and the other will be constructed soon. The national freedom we celebrate on July 4 weekend will also be a weekend recognizing the liberty the Gospel brings us through worship, food and clothing distribution, and a walk through the respective neighborhoods. Stay tuned for more details.

Finally, even though technology has made our congregational lives more dynamic, it has not replaced the need for outreach. The focus of Liberty Lutherans is to provide face-to-face contacts with the larger community. The symbolic, “transcontinental” walk for the two churches on July 4 is the inaugural event for this community outreach. The real outreach push will begin on Independence Day and will continue through Sunday, September 12, the date that has been slated by the larger Lutheran church (ELCA) as its day of “God’s Work. Our Hands.” During the time between holidays, parishioners from both churches will walk the different neighborhoods, piggy-backing on Pastor Grindeland’s Walk of Hope, when he walked every street in Bayonne as a part of community outreach several years ago. All aboard! The trains are pulling out!!

Gary

We are collecting non-perishable food items, and need 500 items by July 4.

A Study of the “Good News” of Mark

          It is not a Bible study; it is a literary study of this work of faith!

          It does not seek to answer what the Bible is saying to me. Rather, it is a study of what the followers of Christ in Mark’s day were confronted with and their answer to the call of this Jesus to follow. These are weekly presentations, focused on sections of Mark’s gospel throughout the Pentecost season. Want to learn more? Want to build a solid base from which to answer the life questions that each of us have? The lectures will be on Zoom for each of the participants. Grow your faith and your biblical understanding of the Holy Scriptures!! Beginning Wednesday, June 16 @ 7:00 p.m.

Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82102287856?pwd=OUdRSHNmL1RaNmo5K3VNdEVHampZdz09

 

1-929-436-2866 US

Meeting ID: 821 0228 7856

Passcode: 650905

Daily Meditation: June 21

Pentecost 4: June 20

Pentecost 3: June 13

Pentecost 2: June 6

Grace Worship

Liturgy for Easter

Setting 5 WOV

Kyrie

Hymn of Praise

Gospel Acclamation

Sanctus

Agnus Dei

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Padlet of Information

Sunday School Lessons

June 20, 2021

Pentecost 4

Jesus calms the storm.

Lesson

Pastor Gary Talks

June 13, 2021

Pentecost 3

Seeds of the Kingdom

Lesson

Confirmation Lessons

Sunday, June 20

Job

Proverbs

 

Psalms for Help and Trust

Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes

Sundays

10:00 a.m.    Sunday School

(Via weekly eMail)

 

11:00 a.m.    Worship 

(Live on Facebook)

 

4:00 pm. Confirmation 

"Here We Stand" 

(Weekly via Zoom)

If you are interested, please call the church at 201-339-3685

 

 

 

Ongoing Activities

Monday Mornings         11:00 a.m.

Bible Study

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4611838857?pwd=THZ4K0tIOUZPeXkwMCticlJ3MW45UT09

Zoom Meeting number:  461 183 8857

Password:  handNhand

2nd Friday of the Month     

 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Book Talk

Zoom Meeting

Dates: , 6/11, 7/9, 8/13

Book: The Only Woman in the Room

Author: Marie Benedict

Next Book: Carnegie's Maid

Author: Marie Benedict

https://zoom.us/j/94183188991?pwd=MUNyekJGTlpaSXZ3V3NpcWg2M1djdz09

 

Meeting ID: 941 8318 8991
Passcode: 691491

3rd Saturday of the Month

10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

Bible Chat

Zoom Meeting

Dates:  6/19, 7/17, 8/21

https://zoom.us/j/99943732748?pwd=NGRQNEZIZ0NxdzJid3M1cnZxY2FnZz09

 

Meeting ID: 999 4373 2748
Passcode: 693244

Discussion will be on Daniel and Esther in Exile.

 

Monthly activities

 

1st Monday @ 6:00 p.m.

Good Grief Group  

 

1st Thursday @ 7:00 p.m.

 Prayer Group

 Bayonne Women's Club

 

1st Saturday  
WELCA group meets @ Trinity Lutheran, Jersey City or Grace Lutheran in Bayonne 


2nd Sunday @12:30 p.m.

Church Council Meeting


2nd Saturday @ 9:00 a.m.
Men's Breakfast

 Saturdays & Sundays Lamaze Childbirth classes By appointment

Programs and Services

Music Classes

TBD

Citizenship Class

Mondays - TBD

ESL Classes 

Tuesdays - TBD

Art Classes

Wednesdays. TBD

All classes suspended until Grace reopens.

 

For more information, please call

201-339-3685

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Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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