Grace Lutheran Church--ELCA     

 Bayonne, NJ  

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

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 7

 Pet Blessing, 9-10:30am
 Community Picnic 
        following 11am worship
Grace Lutheran Church, Bayonne

November 21

Thanksgiving Eve worship &           PieFest, 7:00 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, 4-6pm
                 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

Pastor Gary A. Grindeland

Intern Pastor A.J. Houseman

From the Pastor

Those congregations that use a weekly lectionary as their guide for selecting Scripture readings see only a snapshot of each Old Testament and New Testament book and often miss the context of each story of faith and perhaps the ultimate meaning of the passage for thier lives.

We will be reading from Mark's Gospel until the end of November. First, sit down and read the entire Gospel. It is only sixteen short chapters. It is the equivalent of your daily texts and emails!!

Mark begins by asserting that this is the beginning of the "good news" of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. Much to unpack here. Mark's story of Jesus is only the beginning. The story anticipates an ending sometime in the near future. The "good news" is that Jesus is the appointed one to announce, in word and deed, the coming of God's kingdom that is already dawning, just like the sun rising on the horizon.

However, the "good news" is not a fairy tale. The story is real and even the appointed one feels the brunt of what it means to be fully human. The Spirit that descends upon him at baptism tears through the clouds in the same way that the temple curtain is torn when the appointed one dies. In the desert the appointed one is continually tempted by Satan. And there are lions and tigers and bears, oh my. He is hungry but is also cared for. No triumphal reentry from the desert places.

The appointed one feeds five thousand and four thousand. There are baskets left over but the religious community wants more reassurance. The disciples, having witnessed these testimonies to the appointed one's powers, become upset in the boat because they only have one loaf of bread which is followed by a series of rhetorical questions that ends with "you don't have much faith yet, do you."

And then there is this strange conversation between the appointed one and Peter around the question of who Jesus is. Who Jesus is  will be directly proportional to what we say and do, and Peter doesn't want to have anything to do with it. It's kind of like us when we find out that the free cost of grace comes with a service charge. The appointed one tells Peter that he is no different or perhaps is the personification of the one who kept pulverizing him in the desert.

And then Jesus begins the first of three passion predictions (on the 30's, verses that is) in chapter 8, 9, 10 of Mark's Gospel, each presenting an aspect of what it means to have faith in the appointed one. Sandwiched on both sides of these predictions are two blind healing stories, the first one needing Jesus to heal twice.

What does it all mean? It 's left up to you in your walk of faith. Will you see all of this as the sweet assurance for your faith? Will the good news become really good news? Is there something more that is just beyond our reach? And most of all, will you come to the realization that even in the midst of fear and terror, you can tell the good news to someone else?

Besides, what does it profit a person to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? What can you give in return for your life? Such great reading! I can hardly put the book down!



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!!

Big October Sunday at Grace!!

October 7th

Pet Blessing, 9-10:30am, on The Green

Community Picnic following the 11am worship!!

Bergen Catholic football team 

enjoys a pre-game meal with Grace

before game with St. Peter's Prep

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!!

Find the New Intern Pastor 

in the Picture

Sometimes a picture tells the whole story, and 

this was certainly true on Sunday, August 12, at 

Trinity Lutheran Church in Jersey City as some 

80+ members of Grace Lutheran and Trinity 

gathered together to welcome their new 

Intern Pastor A. J. Houseman. They even look as 

if they are enjoying themselves! Welcome A.J.

Vacation Bible School

But now it's time for Sunday School. 

 10:00 a.m. every Sunday

Preschool-5th Grade. Join us!!

A beautiful day in every way!!

Grace Sale on The Green

last Saturday, Sept. 15

From  the great turnout to bake sale for World Hunger and fresh vegetables, we say thank you for your response to our ministry!!

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.

Tell Me Why

A day beginning with a light,

That turned to acid rain...

A day eventless at its dawn,

That brought on so much pain...

A day emblazed in memory,

Takes its toll upon the heart...

God, why is life so breakable,

Causing us to fall apart?

Tell me why...

Does evil still invade,

As YOUR grace and mercy reign?

Tell me why...

Can we be stripped away,

Like a flame in a hurricane?

A day beginning with a light,

But the darkness quickly came...

Seeking cause without avail,

Or where to place the blame!

Tell me why...

Can life stop on a dime,

As the world goes on each day?

Lord, tell me why...

Do some bear such a weight,

Seeking answers as they pray?

                  Dillia Sookdeo


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