Prayer Group

Prayer is an essential part of any faith life. This group meets the first Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.; the tiase bring your prayer requests and an open heart!


Women's Bible Study

This group is open to all women in the community and meets on the third Saturday morning of the month at Grace Lutheran. These studies are short overviews of various books of the Bible. The current study is on the book of Revelation; the study begins at 10:00 a.m.





Book Club
The Book Club meets on the second Friday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Book suggestions are always welcome. Join us!

Men's Breakfast
The men's group meets on the second Saturday of the month at the 53rd Street Diner (Chandelier). Join us from 9-11:00 a.m. as we engage in fellowship and conversation.




Our Worship

All are welcome as we gather for Sunday Worship with Holy Communion. Worship begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Our summer hours are kept through Labor Day weekend with worship at 10:00 a.m.

 Music 
Our style of worship is centered on our corporate response to God's grace rather than performance. We lift one voice to God as a community of faith in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. We do, however, invite those with musical gifts to be involved in worship through choir and special musical offerings, as well as leading liturgy, assisting with communion, or reading the lessons. The choir rehearses at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings and is open to anyone who loves to sing. We also welcome those who play instruments to share their talents. Grace Lutheran offers a variety of worship styles in blended worship from classical to contemporary music. Please contact Marianne Greiman through the church office if you have additional questions.

                                            Our Choir!

and the band plays on!


 Cradle Roll
The "awkward age" in the life of the church are those years in the life of our young people between Holy Baptism and the beginning of Sunday School. Parents, trying to fulfill their parental responsibilities and take seriously those baptismal promises, bring their new son or daughter to church, but then there are colds and travel, along with babies not appreciating worship or lengthy sermons. It is tough. At Grace, we have also pledged to keep that son or daughter in front of the congregation in those early years by developing a "Cradle Roll," where at least once a year we recognize those young people and their "baby steops" of faith. For more information about the Cradle Roll, please contact the church office.



Sunday School

Sunday School is open to children from Preschool though fifth grade. Grace Lutheran uses a lectionary-based curriculum, Whirl, for its Sunday School program, which means that the readings during worship provide the basis for the Sunday School lesson. Classes begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude each Sunday with the pastor leading the children into church to begin worship. We welcome and encourage new registrations throughout the year. Please contact Diane Kostenbader through the church office for more information.




First Communion, 2015
     
Confirmation, 2017


Confirmation, Pentecost II, 2015

And it was very good!! 


Read what our four confirmands 

had to say! [Click Here]


Confirmation, Reformation Sunday, 2013

                  

The Confirmation class begins in September and meets every Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 p.m., using the highly acclaimed Here We Stand curriculum. This two-year study concentrates on the basics of Lutheran theology in the 2016-17 school year. Students are involved in the study of Martin Luther, the Small Catechism, and what it means to be a Lutheran, in the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation. Call the church office for more details.


Prayer Time prior to Worship

The prayer group intercedes on behalf of our church, our community, and the world.The prayer group meets every Sunday at 10:55 a.m. in the church proper. Prayer requests may be sent to the church at pastor.gracebayonne@gmail.com


Monday Bible Study 

Study Weekly Bible study meets every Monday morning at 11 a.m., focusing on the Bible readings for the upcoming Sunday. All are welcome. Need a ride? Call the church office at 201-339-3685.



Reformation Roots

Nearly 500 years ago in 1517, there was a great deal of turmoil and conflict. On October 31, Martin Luther posted his "95 Theses" on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. This was the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Reformation Roots is an oral history and narrative of events that occurred during this turbulent period.


The Bethel Series 

This 20-lesson study of the Old Testament was completed just before Christmas, 2014, and the New Testament study was completed in the fall of 2015. The Bethel Series is an overview of both the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Scriptures. The study has been used in 47 denominations throughout the world. The Bethel Series has been around for more than fifty years, and this study continues to build a strong foundation of biblical knowledge and understanding. Its mission is to lead members of the local church or parish into a disciplined study of Scripture in such a way that they encounter the living Christ. Call the church office for further details about the class and cost. 




Our amazing Mbazi (pronounced: em-bozzi) Singers from Angola! 



Jazz Service - to God be the glory!!
Our worship service with special guests The James Weidman Ensemble and the singing of Ruth Naomi Floyd was truly a gift of God.

Kings' Daughters of Praise Dancers from Trinity Lutheran Church, 
Jersey City visit Grace Lutheran
 
   
   
   


Graduates 2017
Dr. Patricia Espejo - Diakonia Program
New Jersey Synod--ELCA

 Emma Kostenbader - Bayonne High School
St. Bonaventure University



Edward Freeman - Bayonne High School
St. Peter's University


Graduates 2016


Deva Henry - PhD - Steven's Institute of Technology



Grace Zawistowski-Master's Degree

Graduates 2015


Kurt Walter Kostenbader – Master’s Degree
Family Counseling, Liberty University
(pictured here with classmate)


    
Andrew Robert Wodzanowski-Bachelor's 

BFA in Film Making, Montclair State University

        (son of Andrew & Jane Wodzanowski)  


Jake Francis Archambault – Bachelor’s   

Graphic Design, College of New Jersey (TCNJ)

(pictured with mother, Cindi Crane)



Jamie Lynn Ruggirello - Bachelor's Degree

Economics, St. Peter's University

(pictured with parents Rick & Debbie Ruggirello & 

brother Nick)



Kamau Joseph laGuerre-Hudson Catholic High School
attending Wesleyan University on scholarship
(pictured with parents, Maurice & Gerina LaGuerre 
and gran
dmother, Diane Richie)
Vacation Bible School

August 27, 2017
                Worship              10:00 a.m.
                Barbecue            11:00 a.m.
                VBS                    Noon - 3:00 p.m.

June, 2017
"A Mighty Fortress"
A castle, shields, and Martin Luther!

  

June, 2016
Theme: Carnival/Circus
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
with water balloons, too!


June, 2015



What are 40 kids going to do for four days in a church? Why, they attended Camp Discovery and did they discover! There were art projects, scientific experiments, music, and stories, all built around the theme of camping. It was a week of exploring the Bible in a camp-like atmosphere! We studied the lives of King David, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Bartimaeus, and Saul who changed his name to Paul. There was great food, great fun and great fellowship. There was even a campfire and 'smores! 

Anyone who was there would agree--Camp Discovery was tree-mendous!

VBS Carnival 2015

June, 2014
Remember the 38-foot Norwegian sailboat on the front lawn of Grace Lutheran? It truly was a "Gangway to Galilee!"



2017 Scholarship Recipients

Emma Kostenbader - Freshman at St. Bonaventure University

Kamau Joseph La Guerre - Sophomore at Wesleyan University