Sunday Service: 8 and 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:15 am
Rev. Donald L. Brand Pastor
We, the community of believers of Grace Lutheran Church, in response to God’s love, using the example of Christ and strengthened by the Holy Spirit, are committed to make disciples of all people.
Grace Lutheran Church & School / St. Matthew's Church for the Deaf
2222 Vauxhall Rd, Union, New Jersey 07083 Phone: 908-686-3965 • Fax: 908-686-5111
Grace Lutheran Church / St. Matthew’s Church for the Deaf 2222 Vauxhall Road, Union, New Jersey 07083  |  Phone: 908-686-3965  •  Fax: 908-686-5111
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Worship Services Sunday: 10:30 am (Service Is Interpreted For The Deaf)
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Worship Service Video (Deaf Interpreter View) July 24, 2016: Sunday Service (DEAF)
Worship Service Video (Overall View) July 24, 2016: Sunday Service
Upholding Marriage: God’s Plan and Gift A statement by the Rev. Bart Day, executive director, Office of National Mission Wed. June 26, 2013, 12:08 PM Today the Supreme Court issued its ruling, striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), allowing for federal benefits for legally married gay couples and potentially allowing for gay marriage in all of California with regard to Proposition 8. Though the ruling is not a surprise, we are saddened for our nation, even as we call our fellow Christians to faithfulness and prayer. As Christians, we believe and confess that God Himself instituted marriage as the life-long union of one man and one woman. Same-sex unions are contrary to God’s will, and gay marriage is, in the eyes of God, no marriage at all. As Christians, we proclaim this truth, no matter what the courts or legislatures may say. We are called not to popularity but to truth. Therefore, we call on our fellow Christians to be faithful first to God’s Word, knowing that another court is ultimately supreme. Marriage is a fundamental building block of society, binding parents to their offspring. Every child benefits from the nurture of a mother and the leadership of a father. While having one mother is a blessing, having two mothers or two fathers is confusing for the child and detrimental to her well-being. The divorce culture has done great harm to the institution of marriage as well, and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has and will continue to respond to that heartache with Christ’s comfort while simultaneously working to restore a culture where marriage is upheld. While this occasion reminds us that Scripture calls homosexuality sinful (see Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:24–27), the Bible also says plainly that those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness,” that is to say, those who repent and show genuine sorrow over their sin, are forgiven and loved by Christ. And so as Christ’s Church, we forgive and love too, following His lead with compassion and humility. We forgive and love because we are all sinners in need of His grace and mercy; because no matter the sin, we have all rebelled against our Creator and fallen prey to unbelief; because He has justified us by grace through faith, freely given and joyfully received (Rom. 3:23–24); because Christ has reconciled us to the Father; because He has declared us righteous and we are. Please consider sharing this email with your congregation, family and friends, reminding them that the LCMS will continue to teach marriage according to God’s plan and gift. We will continue to proclaim marriage as a picture of Christ’s love for His bride, the church. And we will continue to be a place of forgiveness, mercy and healing for all people, even as we will continue to proclaim God’s truth in love. As we move forward, we offer up our prayers for the nation and particularly for marriage, family and children. -- Rev. Bart Day, executive director LCMS Office of National Mission Click here to download a marriage toolkit, including a Bible study, FAQs and worship resourcesincluding prayers, related to marriage.
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SCHOOL TO CLOSE With much heartache, it has been decided by our School Board and Church Council to close our Nursery School and Pre-K at the end of this school year. This is due to a couple of factors. The enrollment has been declining with more and more requests for full day care, which we are not licensed to provide, nor could be without renovations. Financially, it was not feasible to continue operating with the numbers we have been. So our school has served us well over the years, but it is time for that ministry to come to an end. Our heartfelt thanks to Anita Brand who has faithzfully served as our Director and Teacher for all these years, as well as to all those who have served as aides and School Board members. We now seek the Lord’s wisdom and guidance as to how Grace can serve its community in a new way and manner. For more information, please see the June Newsletter.
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We are sponsoring a new missionary - the Rev. Tom Chryst, his wife  Brenda and three children.  Reverand Tom and Brenda Chryst served as missionaries of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Singapore, where Tom is the first LCMS church planter in the island nation. Singapore serves as the headquarters for LCMS witness and mercy work in the Southern Asia/Oceania region. The new Lutheran congregation there includes regional support staff, but is working quickly to reach out to native Singaporeans. Tom was born and raised in Baltimore, Md., and is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Concordia College-New York, where he met Brenda (nee Miert). Brenda, from Greenwich, Conn., has a degree in social work from Concordia College-New York and enjoys home-schooling their three children. Before serving as missionary, Tom was associate pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis., for 13 years. Tom's hobbies include chess and football — and he is a Green Bay Packers fan. Brenda enjoys cooking and making the most of her time with their three daughters. Bailey, their oldest, is an avid chess player and swimmer. Helena enjoys gymnastics. Morgan, their youngest, is still in search of a specialty.
ESL Class at Grace Lutheran
ESL Classes at Grace Lutheran --Thanks to Michael and JoAnn Solano volunteering their time and services, we are going to be able to offer free ESL classes on Wednesday mornings from 9:30- 11. The cost of the student books is being covered by our Community Outreach budget allocation, but our November Mission Offering will be to help offset this cost. Pass the word around about these classes to individuals whom you might think would be interested.
Other Resources —A resource site for deaf and hard of hearing people in the Lutheran Church —Official website of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod —Concordia Publishing House —Lutheran Hour Ministries
Pastor Brand has retired from Grace Lutheran Church after serving there for 35 years.  For the past 14 years he had also served as Pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church for the Deaf, which worships weekly with Grace through an interpreter.  His last Sunday was July 3.  Pastor Brand and his wife Anita have moved to Forks Township, PA. Beginning Sunday, July 10, Pastor David Russert will begin serving Grace and St. Matthew’s on a part-time basis.
Looking for a free, online, Bible study on the basics of Christianity?  Try WWW.LHM.ORG/GODCONNECTS This is a 12-session, video-based study, with discussion guides, produced by Lutheran Hour Ministries.  Each of the videos is 6-7 minutes in length.  It is available in both English and Spanish.  The individual sessions are:   Why Jesus? Why the Bible? God’s Law Nature of God Who is Jesus Christ? Who is the Holy Spirit? Prayer Baptism Confession and Absolution Communion The End of Time Christian Life