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

The widow's mite has to do with Jesus judgment on the religiosity of the day. They have turned the House of God into a den of robbers, with people taking what doesn't belong to them. When Jesus overturns those tables in the temple, he is exposing just how far this theft has gone.

In the parable of the absentee landlord, the owner is away but then sends gaents to collect what is due. The tenants mistake presence with entitlement and quickly dispatch all those who are sent, including the owner's son. Their sense of possessing controls them to the point of doing anything to keep what is theirs, even murder.

They then spar with Jesus over what is the acceptable balance between our stuff and what is God's. Everything is God's; no matter how much rendering takes place, it is still God's.

To love God means to do so with everything a person has. To hold anything back is to withhold everything. What do you have in your wallet?

Jesus said it earlier in Mark, "What does it profit a person to gain the whole world and forfeit their live? Or what can a person give in exchange for their life? In walks the widow and deposits her last two coins in the treasury, in stark contrast to those who could easily afford much more.

Perhaps that's why people often fail to see joy in the Gospel. They participate in the Kingdom only to the point where risk begins. Is it any wonder why they go away sorrowful?


South Hudson

Lutheran (TMZ) News

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




Christ Our Savior


Upcoming Events

    South Hudson Lutherans

November 20-January 8

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Reading Group
improve reading and pronunciation of     English @ Grace Lutheran    6:30 pm

November 21

South Hudson Lutherans Thanksgiving Eve 
    Worship & PieFest, 6:30 pm
    Christ Our Savior, Jersey City Preacher--Intern Pastor A.J. Houseman

November 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

South Hudson Lutherans Midweek Advent services at Grace Lutheran
Holden Evening Prayer, 6:30 p.m.

December 4

Good Grief Support Group
meets at Grace Lutheran  6:30pm

December 24
Christmas Eve service @ Trinity Lutheran, Jersey City, 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve & Candlelight Mass @
Grace Lutheran, Bayonne, 
8:00 p.m.

December 25
Christmas Day servuce @ Grace Lutheran, Bayonne, 11:00 a.m.

            Ongoing Events

                      South Hudson Lutherans                         Midweek Advent Services
                 @ Grace Lutheran, Bayonne
                      Holden Evening Prayer
                       Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19
                       6:30 pm
                       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!!

Intern Pastor A.J. Houseman will preach at Grace on Sunday, November 18. Service begins at 11:00am!!

All Saints Sunday  

Local Thanksgiving Services Offered

The Annual Bayonne Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday, November 19, 7:00 pm at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church. The preacher for the service will be Bishop Gregory Cook, Chaplain at the 
Bayonne Medical Center. Special music will be provided by the St. Vincent Roman Catholic Adult Choir and the St. Peter's Prep VOX. Please bring a non-perishable item for the local food pantries.

The Annual South Hudson Lutheran Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fest will be held on Wednesday, November 21, at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in 
Jersey City, beginning at 6:30 pm. The preacher for the service will be our own Intern Pastor A. J. Houseman. Don't miss these opportunities to return thanks for all 
God has first given us!!

Grace Hosts Midweek Advent Services

Grace Lutheran Church will host the South Hudson Midweek Services, beginning on Wednesday November 28, beginning at 6:30 pm along with the remaining three services on December 5, 12,19. 

Pastors Don Egan, John Mack, Beau Nelson, and Gary Grindeland will share preaching duties. A special tree-lighting ceremony will precede the December 5 
service. The liturgy for the service will be the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer. The public is invited to attend.


Improve your reading and pronunciation skills by attending these free reading sessions on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 pm. The sessions are free and informal and are geared to help participants to master conversational English and comprehension. These are drop-in sessions. There is no cost, but there is also no meal or childcare offered.

Next Good Grief support group  Tuesday, Dec. 4

These are opportunities for those who have suffered significant loss to gather for mutual support and consolation. These sessions are free to the public and will be held on Tuesdays, beginning at 
6:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church. For more information, call the church office at 201-339-3685.

Little Free Library now open for use!!

Grace Lutheran is the home of

Bayonne's second Little Free Library, 

thanks to the Bayonne Civic League & 

Boy Scout Troop 25.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.


Reformation Sunday

Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:00 pm

   Hand in Hand 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.").

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 

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.

ESL Reading Clasd       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 Tuesday @ 6:30 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 

    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