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Due to the rise in COVID 19 numbers, in-person worship is cancelled until further notice. We will continue to post a live service Sundays at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook. Communion will be distributed at the end of the service outside the church doors - on the green.

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Reflections from Pastor Gary

My wife Sherri and I bring you new year’s greetings! I have taken a few days off to help my wife take down Christmas decorations as well as begin planning for 2021 and the Lenten season that is just several weeks away. I have also had a chance to reflect on what has happened at Grace during 2020.

The pandemic has dramatically impacted our ministry, to say the least. However, amid the tragic consequences of the pandemic, there has remained a beam of light that has helped move us through the darkness. This light “shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” To hear more about what this light of Christ has meant to us, please look at our Sunday worship on Sunday, January 3, where our Intern Dianne Lewis gives a very encouraging and moving biblical proclamation of how that message of hope has renewed people’s confidence in the presence of God through biblical history. That same light of Christ remains to this day.

That ray of hope has lightened our way at Grace during 2020 in several ways:

  1. Our spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ has expanded exponentially since middle March. At the end of 2020, our social ministry presence had expanded to some 175,000 reaches. These reaches now include reflections, morning meditations, and worship services but are expanding to weekly Bible study, confirmation classes, book club, and coffee together. Reaches do not mean personal contacts, something we are working on in 2021, through such events like offering communion outside the church following live stream worship.

  2. Our community presence has also expanded, using the church green space in providing regular food, clothing, and furniture distribution, in addition to expanding our Grace Sale presence to Trinity and Redeemer Lutheran churches, as well as Eger Lutheran Homes & Services in Staten Island.

  3. Even though we have closed outside foot traffic into Grace Lutheran, we have provided a center for US Census Training and monthly Red Cross blood donations amid the pandemic crisis.

  4. It has also given us a more dynamic menu of musical possibilities. Because our choir has not been able to meet or perform, we have had to rely on soloists and musicians in the area that have included several students from our Hand in Hand Bayonne Music School. What a blessing!

  5. We have used this “down” time to reorganize, clean, and renovate several spaces where we house various ministries. The work is not done; all hands on deck!!

  6. The use of social media has also increased our ability to receive gifts for ministry on-line, which has been a welcomed relief from the stewardship shortfall we have experienced in 2020.

 

The pandemic has forced us to add new leadership at Grace. Our annual meeting has been delayed until the middle of 2021. Rich Dwyer and Jim Pustorino have been appointed to fill unexpired terms until that meeting. This gives us a leadership team consisting of Rich and Jim, along with Jilly Sookdeo, Patty Espejo, Justin Rowley, Herman Brockman, and Ken Poesl.

The pandemic has had a profound impact on our goals and objectives for our vision and mission at Grace. The values remain the same, along with the loftier mission and vision. However, how we get there has changed radically. Again, let me focus on a few:

 

  1. Again, our use of social media will need to be better refined, to ensure an even greater outreach vehicle to the community.

  2. So much of our ministries depend upon the proverbial “committee of one.” We need to expand the base of our ministries and get more people informed and involved in the process, whether that be members of the congregation or members of the larger community.

  3. The mission, vision, and core values of Grace Lutheran need to be translated into real long-term and short-term goals and objectives. Generalities need to be translated into specifics. We need to focus on these specifics, like making Grace Lutheran as energy efficient as we can and looking for a real succession planning model for our leadership, including what the congregation wants in the pastor who will follow me.

 

Most of all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ must remain the main thing! Without Christ, we are left up to ourselves, and you know how that goes! What more can we ask for? We have 2020Vision; let us use that vision to continue to meet the needs of Grace Lutheran and beyond.

Daily Meditation

January 27, 2021

Epiphany 3

January 24, 2021

Epiphany 2

January17, 2021

From Sundays and Seasons.com. Copyright 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #47157. 

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Kyrie

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 31

Epiphany 4

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

Sunday, February 7

Epiphany 5

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

Sunday, February 14

Transfiguration of our Lord

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

Wednesday, February 17

Ash Wednesday

Sunday, February 21

Lent 1

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

Wednesday, February 24

Midweek Lenten Service

TDB

Sunday, February 28

Lent 2

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

 

Wednesday, March 3

Midweek Lenten Service

TDB

Sunday, March 7

Lent 3

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

 

Wednesday, March 10

Midweek Lenten Service

TDB

Sunday, March 14

Lent 4

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

 

Wednesday, March 17

Midweek Lenten Service

TDB

Sunday, March 21

Lent 5

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

 

Wednesday, March 24

Midweek Lenten Service

TDB

Sunday, March 28

Palm Sunday

Live service on Facebook

Communion on the green

Monday, March 29 - Saturday, April 3

Holy Week

TBD

Sunday, April 4

Easter Sunday

TBD

Rich with Grace

A weekly reflection

 

"A Man: by Kim "Morning Star" Snyder

Fall/Winter

Sunday Worship

10:00 a.m.    Sunday School (Via weekly eMail)

11:00 a.m.    Worship  (Live on Facebook)

 

Confirmation classes will be held weekly via Zoom - "Here We Stand" 

Sundays at 4:00 p.m.

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: 12/11, 1/8, 2/12, 3/12

Book: The Muse by Jessie Burton

Reading, Part 1:  Cabbages and Kings - June 1967. (approx. 47 pages)

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 Study

Zoom Meeting

Dates:  12/19, 1/16, 2/20, 3/20  

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

Ongoing

Citizenship Class

Mondays - TBD

ESL Classes 

Tuesdays - TBD

Art Classes

Wednesdays. 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

All classes held at

suspended until February 1, 2021

 

For more information, please call

201-339-3685

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(18th Street)

Bayonne 

 

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