Grace Lutheran Church--ELCA     

 Bayonne, NJ  

            Connected to CHRIST - Connected to EACH OTHER - Connected to COMMUNITY

Pastor Gary A. Grindeland

Intern Pastor A.J. Houseman

From the Pastor

I recently heard some interesting numbers: PSE&G transformers each hold some 230,000 volts. Remember  rubbing the carpet with your feet to pick up a little static electricity before turning to touch someone. That shock packs an unexpected wallop but not even close to the energy passing through those transformers. Same electricity; different power!!

It's much easier to recognize the difference in power with these two examples than it is  to detect power differences in people. For one thing, the power grid we use  may vary from person to person or area of the country. It may be heavily based on earnings or on education. It has even been based on skin color or gender.

The difference in power can be used to destroy the weaker or more inferior. It has had devastating results throughout history. And we don't seem to be any better at finding a grid that fits all people in all seasons. We still favor the stronger, the more gifted and the wealthier.

That is why the church decided to base its grid on something out of this world. It was a grid not based upon human accomplishment or any other human standard; it was based upon the suffering death, and resurrection of God in Jesus Christ. It's so easy to get caught up in discussions about who is the greatest. Human greatness becomes so alluring, although results have seldom varied significantly over the centuries. Famines, plagues, wars, natural disasters continue at alarming rates, even in civilized nations. Our power grids and their human standards offer no relief from such dis-ease.

And in the middle of it all stands Christ. By human standards, he is the least, the most powerless, the person voted least likely to succeed. But, in the end, He is the last one standing. And he invites us to turn the temple tables over and start again. 

The last shall be first, and the first last. Not only is the Cross the example par excellence of that obedience in suffering, but it is in this upsidedowness of the Gospel that a child is set in our midst and we are invited to become like that child.

I know--nice story. But what gives this story legs is that Jesus' message does not end in powerlessness but in eternity. However, this understanding will continue to be challenged, like the person who comes to Jesus and wants some of that eternity. What must I do?
He lacks the very thing that will save him, the courage to take Jesus at his word and goes away sorrowful. Now that's shocking!!


South Hudson

Lutheran (TMZ) News

Jersey City churches: Bethany,
Redeemer, Trinity, Christ Our Savior 
Bayonne: Grace Lutheran




Christ Our Savior


Upcoming Event

       South Hudson Lutherans

October 20

Anniversary Choir Practice

3:00 p.m.

75th Anniversary Worship

4:00 p.m.

November 21

Thanksgiving Eve worship &          
PieFest, 6:300 pm
Christ Our Savior, Jersey City

            Ongoing Events

                       Christ Our Savior
                       Choir Practice, 7-8:30 pm
                       FREE beginning piano                            Wednesday PM's

                       Grace Lutheran, Bayonne
                       Art Classes, 4-6 pm
                 Call for details, 201-339-3685

Volunteers are also needed for the Food Pantry at Bethany

Food Pantry at Trinity, 3rd Saturday of the Month, 10-2 pm

Memorial Brick Fund     
Buy a paver in honor of or in memory of a loved one!!


Frank Family donation a tribute to 

Arthur Frank and the many blessings 

received from Grace Lutheran

Frederick P. Frank, Ph.D, recently made a very generous contribution to Grace Lutheran in memory of his father Arthur, who put the "L" in Lutheran at Grace by building the church addition in 1960, and  for the many ways in which Grace Lutheran has influenced his life.

Dr. Frank, who is now retired in Tallahassee, Florida, spoke of the powerful influence that Grace Lutheran had on his life as a youth in Sunday School, as an acolyte, Boy Scouts, Luther League, church choir, and daily practice on the Sunday School piano and the "weary" Moller pipe organ. This formation gained him a scholarship to Syracuse University where he earned  Bachelor's and Master's degrees.

His father, Arthur, who owned a small, general contracting business in his later years, and his three sons became the extra hands needed to clean up job sites after school or on the weekends. Dr. Frank noted that these "hands on" experiences were very vital to his personal development in sharing this time with his father.

One of his father's great undertakings was his active participation in the ministry of Grace Lutheran Church during the 50's. As the president of the church council, he reveled in this new found camaraderie that led him to his crowning achievement, the building of the "L." His father served as the general contractor on this labor of love, and it remained a proud moment for him until the day he died.

Dr Frank concludes, "And so father, Arthur E. Frank, and son, Frederick P. Frank participated in the life of Grace Lutheran in parallel during these years. We each gave service to the parish and received an abundance of benefits in return in the form of personal growth, friendships, and a sense of community that parishes can provide when things go right."

Thank you, Dr. Frank!! To God be the Glory!!

Wednesdays           4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

                  Art Classes

Autumn Still Life Painting. Students learn brush and 

paint technique while working in casein paint on canvas 

or paper and arrange their own autumnal still 

compositions with a focus on tone/value and 

shadow/light. Recommended for mature students ages 

8+. Walk-ins welcome or register online at (Click on "classes.").

Big Sunday at Grace!!

October 7th

Pet Blessing


It's the Water!! Sunday's 

Grace Choir getting younger!!

9/11 Memorial Service

God will never let us plunge so low 

that God cannot reach us!!

Grace Sale

An Outreach Ministry of Grace Lutheran Church

426 Avenue C-18th Street, Bayonne 

Everything new, priced for your budget & fill your need!


Mon-Fri:  10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

        Sat:  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  Join Us For Fellowship!

Following 11:00 am worship!!!

This is the season of


Fall/Winter Sunday Worship

    10:00 a.m.  Choir Practice

   10:00 a.m.    Sunday School

    11:00 a.m.    Worship and Fellowship
Available worship parking Bayonne Memorial Home
854 Avenue C, Bayonne
(One block north of the church)


Weekly Events

    Bible Study        11:00 a.m.
Citizenship Class        6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

ESL Classes       6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

 Art Classes ($10 a session)
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Confirmation        4:00 - 5:30 p.m.


Monthly Events

    Saturdays & Sundays

    Lamaze Childbirth classes
    By appointment

    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 

    1st Saturday@10:00-2:00 p.m.
    The Fun Factory

    2nd Sunday @12:30 p.m.
    Church Council Meeting

    2nd Friday @ 7:00 p.m
    Book Talk 

    2nd Saturday @ 9:00 a.m.

    Men's Breakfast

    3rd Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.
    Bible Study

For more information, contact 
Kim Martinez at 201-221-6864 or

Bible Odyssey

Bible resources


Daily Bible Reading

Click HERE for daily devotional!

Click HERE Lenten Devotionals  
from Nashotah House Seminary.

Blessed Day

To see the beauty in a day,

Even as the heartaches grow...

To know that there is hope in faith,

Even when the darkness show...

To feel the power prayers hold,

While you're hanging by a thread...

These are the blessings, wrapped up in,

The words our Savior said.

May God take you by the hand,

And lead you by the heart!

May His angels all surround,

And never to depart!

So when the days are hard to face,

And you cannot feel alive...

May the strength of love arise,

To let your spirit thrive!

To see the beauty in a day,

Even when your heart feels worn...

It is a blessing we receive,

With compassion to adorn!

                  Dillia Sookdeo


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Grace Lutheran Church
836 Avenue C (corner of 37th Street), Bayonne, N.J. 07002
phone: 201-339-3685