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 Lutheran

Bayonne: Grace Lutheran

                                
WHAT'S UP??

12/10, 17, 24, 31    Sunday Community breakfasts at              Trinity Lutheran, Jersey City from 8-10:00 am

12/20    SPECIAL BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE     at
                Christ Our Savior, Jersey City, 7:00 pm

12/13 & 20 Mid-week Advent Services at Grace, 6:30 pm
                           Holden Evening Prayer

                        Ongoing Events

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

Volunteers are also needed for the Food Pantry at Bethany 


              Christmas Holiday Schedule


Christ Our Savior, Jersey City                  11:00 am
                December 24, Christmas Eve 

Bethany, Jersey City
                December 24, Advent IV,         11:00 am

Redeemer, Jersey City
                December 24, Advent IV,         11:00 am
                December 24, Christmas Eve,    7:00 pm

Grace, Bayonne
                December 24, Advent IV,          11:00 am
                December 24, Christmas Eve,    8:00 pm
                December 25, Christmas Day,  11:00 am

Trinity, Jersey City
                December 24, Christmas Eve    11:00 am



From the Pastor


A gospel is a gospel is a gospel. Wrong! Things change when we leave the friendly confines of Matthew and head for Mark. The writer of Matthew weaves his gospel together at a very different time in the church's history. Writing some years after the fall of the Temple, Matthew creates a picture of a much more established church. it is a church that has gone through the tribulations of the temple destruction and is now building a case for a stand-alone faith challenging Judaism at the end of the first century A.D.

Mark, however, sees the church in a much different light. The house of faith is under siege and is fighting for its very existence as we see the destruction of the temple on the horizon or just about ready to fall. In the throes of this destruction, the people of faith have been persecuted, undergone enormous suffering, and are at the point of losing all hope. 

What a contrast between the last days stories of Matthew and Mark. One is trying to keep an established household of faith engaged in anticipating the coming of the kingdom. In the other, the people of faith are facing struggles that they could very easily succumb to. Doesn't this sound like the roller coaster ride of church life? When you have it, you take it for granted, and when you don't, you wonder if you have enough strength to endure the trials and tribulations.

The difference is like an 11-0 football team charging onto the field and an 0-11 team barely able to make it out of the locker room. Both have deadly challenges. The undefeated can lose while those who have regularly tasted defeat could win. The question is when.
Given the choice every coach would take winning over losing. even though both have serious adversities to overcome. The hardship of not tasting victory is that the wait can become too long.

This is Mark's story. The dawning of the kingdom of God is so close to being realized and yet the despair is so overpowering. But that is where Christ takes us, through pain and suffering to the Cross, his cross. Even death will not have the final say but for now, the question remains, "Is this really the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the son of God?" Don't let present day realities have the final say. God has acted; God will act. So stay alert Don't let disappointment have the upper hand. God will act soon. He promises it. "There are some of you standing here who will not indeed see death until they see the coming of the kingdom of God with power." Are you ready for this?


Gary


   Christmas Tree Lighting & Service

Wednesday, December 6

6:00 p.m.

Join us for Christmas Carols, hot chocolate, 

refreshments, and worship



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
































Upcoming Events


Trinity Lutheran to host Sunday Christmas Breakfasts

Sunday, December 10, 17, 24 31 from 8-10am in the Fellowship Hall
195 Claremont in Jersey City
Bring in the holiday season by joining the Trinity family for breakfast!


Mid-Week Advent Services

December 13, 20                6:30 p.m.


Satchels for Seafarers 'Christmas at Sea'

(Each satchel should contain the following: Sweatshirt (L-XL)/Three pairs of socks/Tee-shirt (M-L)/Knitted winter cap/Can of nuts or bar of chocolate/Christmas card from you. The cost is approximately $25-30.)

Sunday School Christmas Pageant December 17 



The altar will be adorned with Poinsettia 

Plants in the Memory or Honor of Loved 

Ones and Friends.

$15 per plant/name.

Deadline, Sunday, December 17, 2017

See Jane Wodzanowski


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The Memorial Cross will be lit in the 

Memory of Loved Ones and Friends.

$2.00 per name.

Deadline, Sunday, December 17, 2017

See Marianne Greiman


500th Anniversary Events



 Medieval Masked Ball 
               
    




 
Grace Lutheran's 110th Anniversary

    with Confirmation





   
    





Ecumenical Reformation Prayer Service

      Celebrating 500th Anniversary
                        







Picture Perfect!


Thursday, November 2, fundraiser for Family Promise,
a program for homeless families in Hudson County! 


   
  Join Us For Fellowship!!

         

 



Connected to Community

Grace Sale


AOutreach Ministry of Grace Lutheran Church


426 Avenue C--18th Street
                                                         
                                                            Bayonne

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

    STORE HOURS


Mon-Fri:  10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

        Sat:  10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.






     

     



     




This is the season of

Advent


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

 Monday    
    Bible Study        11:00 a.m.
    
Wednesday
    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.
Bible Study
 






For more information, contact 
Kim Martinez at 201-221-6864 or BirthGraceNJ@gmail.com




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Bible resources


 ELCA

Daily Bible Reading


Click HERE for daily devotional!

Click HERE Lenten Devotionals  
from Nashotah House Seminary.


The Christ in Christmas

Time goes on yet stands so still,

In the grasp of something strong!

Time can conquer and fulfill,

Even when the days are long...

Another year comes to a close;

So much has now gone by.

Reflective thoughts go back in time,

Causing such a wondrous sigh!

I wish you joy! I wish you peace!

I hope your heart can see...

A special love that's streaming forth,

To bless you endlessly!

I wish you praise! I wish you grace!

I know your soul will feel...

That awesome stillness of the light;

So much it will reveal!

Celebrate what He impart...

The beauty of your heart!

Know the gift your praises bring...

The kindness of a King!

As the world slept, He came to earth,

In a humble stable birth...

As our hearts wept, He saw the tears,

And came to calm the fears.

May His Glory fill your days;

Our God is still with us!

Within your heart, to celebrate...

The Christ in Christmas!

Dillia Sookdeo

Dillia.sookdeo@aol.com

201-978-6174

















































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