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

Tis the season to be Advent!! Ho! Ho! What? What’s this Advent? I thought the Christmas rush started just after the Fourth of July fireworks? And with the collapse of the calendar year and its seasons (how many times have you heard that there’s no spring or fall anymore?). And if the calendar seasons are shrinking, you can imagine what’s happening with the seasons of the church year!! More to the point, can you name the seasons of the church year? When does the church year begin? What does each season represent or call to mind, and what is the color for each season?

We know Fall back and Spring forward. We know about Spring Fever and Fall colors. We can’t wait for Summer vacation or Winter holiday break. We anticipate Spring flowers and Summer heat and shudder over the Winter cold and cabin fever. The Church also has its own calendar of things to anticipate and look forward to. Each season has its own rhythm, with each season having its own themes and emphases.

The church year begins with Advent, with the emphasis on anticipation, of getting ready, like a long-awaited movie “coming to a theater near you.” It is the excitement and expectation of seeing what so many have been talking about. This is Advent--will all the hype and early press live up to preconceived expectations?

We are told how many shopping days there are until Christmas, but this is hardly a motivator since Christ continues to be present long after the last string of lights has been put away. Perhaps this season really serves as a modern-day “two-minute” warning, reminding us that there is only so much time to get ready for the unexpected. Advent is a “coming to,” whether that means a movement physically toward something or simply coming to our senses and awaking from slumber.

The time is drawing near. It both anticipates and invites us to turn from our present direction and to get ready. In the movie, “The Education of Little Tree,” Little Tree chases his grandfather up a mountain path, who, with his long strides, has left him farther and farther behind. Finally, his grandfather stops and turns to Little Tree and urges, “Hurry up, Little Tree, she’s just about ready to start.” And Little Tree makes it to the mountain clearing just before the first rays of sunlight peak over the mountain background. God’s time is on the horizon, and she’s just about ready to start.


South Hudson

Lutheran (TMZ) News

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




Christ Our Saviour


Upcoming Events

    South Hudson Lutherans

December 11-January 8

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

December 12, 19

South Hudson Lutherans Midweek Advent service, 6:30pm
        Dec. 19    Rev. Don Egan                 Christ Our Saviour, JC, Blue Christmas 

December 19

Good Grief Support Group
meets at Grace Lutheran  
6:30 p.m.

December 19
Blue Christmas Service
Christ Our Saviour Lutheran
Jersey City

December 24
Christmas Eve service,
Trinity Lutheran, Jersey City 
7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Mass
Bethany Lutheran, Jersey City
7:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve Service
Redeemer Lutheran, Jersey City
7:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Mass Grace Lutheran, Bayonne, 
8:00 p.m.

December 25
Christmas Day Service  
Grace Lutheran, Bayonne, 
11:00 a.m.

December 31
New Year's Eve Service
Redeemer Lutheran, Jersey City
7:39 p.m.

            Ongoing Events

         South Hudson Lutherans                          Midweek Advent Services
         Dec. 19        6:30 p.m.
             @ Christ Our Saviour, JC                         
         Christ Our Saviour
         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!!

Christmas with Grace

Dec. 23 Lessons&Christmas Hymns        Special guest artist and favorite hymns at 11:00am 

Christmas Eve Candlelight 8:00pm
       Preacher: Gary A. Grindeland

Christmas Day Candlelight 11:00am
     Special guest musicians at organ & piano,                                     Paul Citti and Sean Manuel
       Christmas Message: A. J. Houseman
              followed by Christmas turkey and ham dinner 
with all the fixings 
in the fellowship hall!

Bayonne Interfaith Service

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, November 19

All Saints Sunday  

      Final Midweek Advent Service

Dec. 19, 6:30pm   Rev. Don Egan, Christ Our Saviour 

The final Midweek Advent service will be held at Christ Our Saviour in Jersey City, beginning at 6:30pm.The focus of the service will be "Blue Christmas," remembering those who celebrate the holiday alone or following significant loss. Light refreshments will be served after service. 


Improve your reading and pronunciation skills by attending these free reading sessions on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 6:30 pm. The sessions are free and informal and are geared to help participants to master conversational English and comprehension. These are drop-in sessions. There is no cost, but there is also no meal or childcare offered.

   Next Good Grief support group  Wednesday, Dec. 19

These are opportunities for those who have suffered significant loss to gather for mutual support and consolation. These sessions are free to the public and will be held on Tuesdays, beginning at 
6:30 pm at Grace Lutheran Church. For more information, call the church office at 201-339-3685

Grace Sale

An Outreach Ministry of Grace Lutheran 

426 Avenue C-18th Street,  Bayonne 

          Everything new, priced for your budget & fill your need!

                  STORE HOURS

  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 Advent

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.

ESL Reading Class       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 Tuesday @ 6:30 p.m.
Good Grief Group  

  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.

Sanctified Hope

"And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child." Luke 2.4-5

It would be hard, they both had known,

As they started on their way...

The road ahead was cumbersome,

Even in the light of day.

And though they felt the mock and shame,

That could bring on such a fall...

They knew the love that would emerge,

Would surely bless us all.

It would be hard, there was no doubt,

In an unfamiliar place...

Anticipating what's to come,

And the Glory of God's Grace.

"No room" resounded in each step,

There's no place left to stay...

But faith dictated in God's words,

That He would make a way.

It would be hard, they both had known,

This journey in God's light;

They knew the Child that was to come,

Would shine both day and night.

And in those promises, they found,

A hope that we derive...

Within out hearts, throughout our lives,

Oh, we can surely thrive!

                  Dillia Sookdeo


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