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



    (see midweek schedule below) 

3/17      WELCA Thankoffering Service
             St. Paul's, Jersey City

3/18      Wagner College tour for                         confirmation & high school                     students & parents, leave                      Grace Lutheran at 1:00pm

4/8        South Hudson Lutherans
             Common Worship (one service)
             Redeemer Lutheran, Jersey City              11:00 am 
             Guest Preacher
             The Rev. Dorothy Patterson
             Wallace Temple AME, Bayonne
             & the Wagner College Choir

6/20      Day of Pentecost
             Pulpit exchange between 
             South Hudson ELCA churches

                        Ongoing Events

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

Volunteers are also needed for the Food Pantry at Bethany

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

Wednesday Midweek Lent
       "Radical Renovation" 

March 14 Trinity Lutheran, JC     7pm 
March 21 
         Grace Lutheran , Bayonne 7 pm

(the midweek meals of soup & sandwich precedes the service that follows)

Holy Week Services

March 29   Maundy Thurs, Grace 7pm
                    "Seder Meal"
March 30  Good Friday
        Grace Lutheran, Bayonne  Noon 
        Bethany, Jersey City             7pm
March 31   Vigil, Grace, Bayonne 7pm


From the Pastor

Scholars often comment on how quick the action is in the Gospel of Mark. Things move very quickly. Mark uses the word "immediately" many times in the gospel to underscore the quickening pace of Jesus ministry as he moves to Jerusalem, to the Cross, to the tomb and beyond.

However, the gospel reading for the first Sunday of March takes us completely by surprise. The cleansing of the temple? Why just a couple of weeks ago he was driven into the wilderness to be bombarded by the temptations of Satan. And now he's entering the temple and overturning their marketing tables. That happens in the last week of Jesus' life as he enters Jerusalem triumphant with palm branches no less. That may be true for Mark, and even Matthew and Luke but in John's Gospel this event takes place at the very outset of Jesus' ministry, following his "water into wine" wonder in Cana of Galilee. 

When did this take place? And if Matthew, Mark, and Luke have the sequence right, why place the cleansing of the temple so early in the Gospel of John? Clearly the temple is extremely important to the faith-teller. It is the center of life for the faith community. It is held in such a negative light. For John, the temple has become a house of trade; for the other gospels it is a den of robbers.

The marketplace lives by a simple arrangement: "you give something to get something." The covenant that was established from the very beginning of existence understood that the action is done by the creator and not the creation. There is nothing to barter or trade God for grace. It is simply given as a promise of faith. That's why church people live (or try to live) so differently. They live as if there is no tomorrow because this promise moves them to a life of faith that guarantees that they will live much longer. How does eternity sound?


  Memorial Brick Fund     
In this 500th Anniversary time, buy a paver in honor of or in memory of a loved one!!

Upcoming Events


South Hudson Lutheran churches host midweek


Next Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 pm
at Trinity Lutheran, 195 Claremont, Jersey City!!
Rides are available by calling 201-339-3895

Preacher: The Rev. Donal Egan, pastor, Christ Our Savior Lutheran

"Radical Renovation"

Join us for soup & sandwich followed by the service!



Join Pastor Gary as we tour Wagner College in

Staten Island on Sunday, March 18, following

worship at Grace Lutheran at 1:00pm. Tour the

campus of a Lutheran college and experience

college life. We will eat on campus and return by

early evening. Call to reserve a spot on the van!

Parents are also welcome!! There is no cost!!

Wagner College Choir &

Milwaukee Children's Choir

highlight Spring & Summer worship

for South Hudson Lutherans

Sunday, April 8, 11:00 am  Join all five churches of the South Hudson Lutherans as we celebrate our unity in community. One service that day at Redeemer Lutheran in Jersey City. The guest preacher for the service is Dorothy Patterson, pastor at Wallace Temple AME Zion in Bayonne. Special guests at the service will be the renowned Wagner College choir. Wagner College is a college and university of the ELCA.

And then.. on Saturday, June 23, join the community of Grace Lutheran as we welcome back the Milwaukee Children's Choir at our Neighborhood barbecue, followed by an evening concert from the choir. They will also join us on Sunday morning, June 24, for the 
11:00 am worship service.

Connected to Community

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.

Hand in Hand Music School

Broadway off Broadway

A fun evening of Broadway classics to benefit the Hand in Hand Bayonne Scholarship Fund

Saturday, April 14, 2018    6:30 p.m.

$30 admission

  Join Us For Fellowship!


2018 New Jersey Synod

All rights reserved

This is the season of


Fall Sunday Schedule: 

10:00 a.m.  Sunday School

10:00 a.m.  Choir Practice

11:00 a.m.   Prayer Time

                  & Worship with Communion & Fellowship

            Additional worship parking is available at
   Bayonne Memorial Home, 854 Avenue C, Bayonne
                   (One block north of the church)

Weekly Events

    Bible Study        11:00 a.m.
    Confirmation Class    4:00 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  Next meeting: 1/6/18 at Trinity Lutheran, Jersey City, 10 am

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

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

2nd Tuesday Mornings
Parent Empowerment sessions

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.

At the Center

"He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our his wounds we are healed."  Isaiah 53.5

Caner doesn't discriminate,

It barges through the door;

Destroying all that's in the way.

It takes 'til there's no more!

A stroke can come on quietly,

With no warning it attacks;

It doesn't care about your plans,

It just stops you in your tracks!

Pneumonia settles deep within,

It comes with such a cost;

Its scars remain, embedded deep,

Reminding what was lost.

More questions than the soul can bear,

Overwhelms in each new day;

Seeking peace and strength to rise,

When we stop and truly pray.

At the center of the cross,

Our pains are washed away;

As the rain came pouring down,

On an incomparable day.

At the center of our hearts,

Our strength will come to light;

When pain gives way to hope,

And we find our strength to fight.

Cancer won't discriminate,

It barges through the door.

At the center of our brokenness,

We can rise up from the floor.

                  Dillia Sookdeo


Thank You 

Dear Grace Lutheran, 

On behalf of Mayor Davis, the City of Bayonne, and the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation, thank you for your donation for Baytown and Puerto Rico. Your generous donation of $500 will be a tremendous help to the victims of the hurricanes as they work to find a new normal in their lives. 

Best regards,
Samantha Howard

Dear Grace Lutheran,
On behalf of the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation, thank you for your support of this organization and the people we serve. These items will bring warmth and joy to so many. Please accept our thanks for the toys, blankets, hats & scarves totaling $9,207.
Samantha Howard

Bayonne Civic League 

and the

American Red Cross Blood 

Drive at Grace

The Bayonne Rotary Club

 Dinner and Concert 

Fundraiser at Grace

Hudson County

Family Promise


Pictured above are local representatives of the community:  Family Promise Executive Director Tiffany Kane, Mayor Steven Fulop, Freeholder Anthony Romano, and Caroline Caulfield, Correspondence Coordinator for U.S. Senator Cory Booker.

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