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 know that there is not  nearly enough time to study the Scriptures, even on Sunday morning. And yet we spend more time reading about our new phone or new car, so this needs to be quick.

Well, it will take a lifetime; let's begin. There are three passion predictions in Mark's gospel on the 30's in Chapters 8, 9, and 10. It is of divine necessity that Jesus suffer and die. Disciples follow with varying degrees of allegiance. After each prediction, their loyalties are
brought into question.

Peter wants nothing to do with it, even though gaining the whole world does not necessarily lead to a full life. In fact,  possessions do not have anything to do with God's favor. In fact, a camel has a  better chance to pass through the eye of an needle. Peter again argues that they have left everything. Jesus responds that their reward will be great in heaven.

Finally, James and John, who were among the first to follow Jesus and who left their father Zebedee in the boat to follow, ask for their cut. You can see where this is going. If the disciples don't get it, how difficult it is for any of us to catch the vision.

It is impossible, but not for God. Like the rich man whom Jesus loves unconditionally, even though he walks away sad. It is Jesus who gives his life as a ransom for many. For you...for me...for the world.

That God would love us that much--impossible! But not for God. And something worth living for and following after.


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 6

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

November 20-January 8

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

November 21

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

            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!!

Grace Lutheran is now 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.



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 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.").

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 

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