Grace Lutheran Church--ELCA

              Bayonne, NJ  

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

South Hudson Lutheran (TMZ)


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


10/29   Gateway Mission District Reformation Worship
                at Grace Lutheran, 4:00pm   Reception following

11/11     Faith Connectors Gathering

11/22     South Hudson Lutheran Thanksgiving Eve Service
                 & PieFest

                            Ongoing Events

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

Volunteers are also needed for the Food Pantry at Bethany on  10/14, 10/27, 10/28, 11/11, 11/17, 11/22

From the Pastor

The Winds of Change--An Ongoing Reformation

The countdown for the 500th Anniversary celebration at Grace Lutheran Church has now reached single digits. All the planning, the celebration along the way, and the many events that have helped remind us of this reforming spirit are finally giving way to the actual day of reformation. We will only get one chance for this! The next day of reformation like this will far exceed medical life expectancy!

We live in an ahistorical time, a time when the present moment holds sway. It is a time of instant gratification; we live in the now. However, knowing where we are and where we are going presume an appreciation for the past. Luther's call for change challenged the church to remember its roots and where it had come from. Undeserved and unmerited grace did not begin with Luther. It was a part of the core beliefs of an earlier church. Luther simply jogged people's memory; it was the right time and the right place for reform. The church continues to need its memory jogged so that the good news in Jesus Christ does not become lodged in a particular time and place or that its relevance does not get stuck in the moment or in a particular chapter of tradition.

God's action on the Cross of Jesus Christ is relevant for all time. It is this Jesus who is indeed "the man for all seasons." Five hundred years is a watershed moment in church history but likewise year 501 promises to hold just as special significance as God meets us on that same cross. It's not so much that God changes as we change. And that same word of grace, that undeserved and unmerited understanding of God's love, again meets us precisely at our weakest point.

It's not so much that we have discovered the prize in the box of Cracker Jacks, as it is that God has reminded us of the great prize that he has already been revealed to us. God has done this at great cost, but he has done this out of the greatest love for his creation. This is God's reforming love!



Sola Fide!...  Sola Gratia!.....Sola Scriptura!

Solus Christus!.....Soli Deo Gloria!


   500th Anniversary

         of the 


          --Grace style

The Widely-Acclaimed 

                    Lunch & Lecture Series

   Sat., November 4, Noon

Dr. Euan Cameron

Union Theological Seminary & 

Columbia University, New York City

"How Luther & the Reformers saw 

themselves in relation to history"

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

Baking of the bread...


First Communion


September 17, 2017

Grace Sale on The Green!!        Postponed!

In its place, there will be a bake sale on October 21 

beginning at 10:00 a.m. to benefit the victims of 

Puerto Rico.

            Hurricane Harvey Response

We are taking donations for Hurricane Harvey victims

through Lutheran Disaster Response. Please send any

donations to: 

Grace Lutheran Church

836 Avenue C

Bayonne, NJ 07002

Ten-week Bible Study on the Gospel of Matthew

Pastor Grindeland begins a special, ten-week study, focusing on the upcoming Gospel readings from the Gospel of Matthew. The sessions, which rely on the use of higher critical tools, are materials Pastor Grindeland put together as part of a Thrivent grant and practical insights he has assembled from parish ministry experiences. Each session will be presented three times during the week. At Grace Lutheran, the study will be held during the regular Monday morning Bible study at 11:00 a.m. and then repeated on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. The study will also be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jersey City on Wednesday mornings, beginning at 10:30 a.m. It is free to the public.


500th Anniversary Festivities

It's a weekend of celebration at Grace Lutheran & you are invited!!

Saturday, October 28 

Join us for the Medieval Masked Ball 
     7-11 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets available
(no tickets will be sold at the door)

Sunday, October 29  

Grace Lutheran's 110th Anniversary

     Worship service with Confirmation, 11:00am  

Ecumenical Reformation Service

      Celebrating 500th Anniversary,
4:00 pm
        (dinner will follow service in fellowship hall)

Don't wait for the next 500th anniversary

       celebration. Come 
and join us!!

For information contact Joanne at

Post Reformation Events

Tuesday, October 31   4-6:30 p.m.

The Haunted Castle

Trick or Treat: Fun for the whole family!!

Thursday, November 2     6:30-9:00 p.m.

Paint & Sip Party

A fundraiser for Family Promise    $40

A  program to assist homeless families in Hudson County

To save your seat at the party, call Joan at 201-436-7596

A Castle in the Making - 2017 ...






Confirmation/VBS Sunday, August 27, 2017

Painting a Rainbow

Three Baptisms 

Julian Lee Culp, Jada Sweet Stahl, and Jru Aria Adorno 

with family and past and present confirmation students

ESL Classes

Tuesdays through November 14 at 6:30 p.m.


Hand in Hand Art Class Postponed!!

        "Nature-based" Ceramic Mosaics

        Call 201-339-3685 for questions about the program

  Join Us For Fellowship!!



Connected to Community

Grace Sale

AOutreach Ministry of Grace Lutheran Church

426 Avenue C--18th Street

"Everything new, priced to fit your budget                  
                                                 --and fill your need!!"


Mon-Fri:  10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

        Sat:  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.




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

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.
Women's 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.

Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

- John 8:12

His Light For You

While walking down the path of life,

The road just got too dark...

Not seeing what was up ahead,

Each step, a question mark.

Anxiety soon took its toll,

As the fears began to rise...

The only thing I thought to do,

Was just to close my eyes.

And then I saw a long, dirt road,

That was stained along the way...

And then I felt a light within,

As my heart began to pray.

When up ahead, I saw a man,

Who was nailed upon a cross...

More questions came amidst it all,

With a sense of bitter loss.

As tears fell down, I heard a voice,

Said, "He did this all for you...

So, as you face the darkness now,

His light will see you through!!"

While walking down the path of life,

The darkness can invade...

But there is light and there is life,

In God's Grace that was displayed!

Dillia Sookdeo


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