Our Vision – Grace seeks to be a visible sign of God’s love in this world!

By: Kcynar

08/31/18 09:05 AM
Category: General

But how does it play out in everyday church life? Here are some thoughts


Our Vision –

 

Grace seeks to be a visible sign of God’s love in this world!

 

You can see this phrase on our church literature, on our Web site and FaceBook page and frequently commented on during sermons and in church conversations.  But how does it play out in everyday church life?  Here are some thoughts.

Grace Church through its rector, wardens, vestry, volunteers and members lives this vision in a myriad of ways through actions Inspired by Grace!

·       Food Bank - each year parishioners donate more than 400 lbs of food that is distributed to our seniors at Tobay Housing in East Massapequa; through the Long Island Council of Churches Food Bank to low income families and to others in the greater Massapequa community.  Our efforts help to stop people from going hungry!

·       Thanksgiving Baskets - we collect the fixings for a complete Thanksgiving dinner and distribute to local  needy families so they can celebrate this family oriented holiday.

·       Adopt -a-Family -  each year through your generosity we provide  Christmas gifts to families who because of circumstances are unable to provide one for themselves;  we provide essential winter clothing and, of course,  toys to put smiles on the faces of young children

·       Momma's House - we collect baby and personal items for young women expecting a baby and who do not have a family support network or other means to help them provide for their child.

·       School Supplies - we collect basic school supplies for youngsters who cannot afford the pencils, paper et al.

·       Young At Heart Senior Club - sponsored, organized and staffed by Grace parishioner volunteers, this monthly get together for seniors provides a free lunch and programming and entertainment focused on seniors;  open to all seniors in the greater Massapequa area, they draw 70 seniors each month. Last October they celebrated serving their 1,000th meal to local seniors.

·       TOBAY Senior/FamilyHousing Sunday Dinners - one Sunday each month Grace volunteers cook and serve a dinner for seniors and other individuals living in Town of Oyster Bay Senior and Family Housing in East Massapequa.  Operating for the past three years,  they have  provided  hundreds of meals along with companionship and  a wonderful party atmosphere.

·       Teddy Bear Sunday - during Valentine's week we donate stuffed animals and fill the church altar with more than 100 which are donated to children in local hospitals and to those who have been victims of child abuse.

·       Grace Early Childhood Center - provide a safe, nurturing  and learning environment for Massapequa children from infant to four years old to grow, mature and  prepare for kindergarten;  supports working parents who need childcare in an excellent environment.

·       Raising a Family - lecture series by child-rearing professionals to help young families

·       Thrifty Boutique - provides new and slightly used clothing, kitchen supplies, odds and ends  at bargain prices to families in the greater Massapequa community

·       Community Organizations - we sponsor and/or provide space for Harbor Green Civic Association, Cub Scout Pack 66, AA and  Overeaters Anonymous .

Most importantly Fr.  Walter along with our Pastoral Care Team provide spiritual support and counseling  for parishioners and their families who are  in need and  those who are homebound or in the hospital.

I am sure I left something out but these are some of the Inspired by Grace projects and programs we provide not only to parishioners but to the entire Massapequa Community. 

Going to Church on Sundays helps to feed our soul and lift our spirit....but participating in one of the Inspired by Grace activities helps to lift the spirit of others and spreads God's love.  Think about volunteering.

 

Ken Cynar, warden