Happening at Grace

Call Returned—
Pastor Mark Kaesmeyer has returned the call to serve as a fourth pastor here at Grace. The next call meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14 at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Call Received—
Pastor Daniel Bondow received a call to serve at Apostles Lutheran Church in San Jose, CA. Please keep both Grace and Pastor Bondow in your prayers as he deliberates his calls.

Doors Open Milwaukee Recap—
Last weekend, God granted us beautiful weather for Doors Open Milwaukee! Over 30 volunteers and staff members from Grace greeted a total of 359 guests to our church during the weekend. Thank you to everyone who helped make Grace’s eighth year participating in Doors Open a success! 

Decorators & Handy Persons Wanted—Do you have an eye for design and love of special events? Do you enjoy painting or wood-working? Events Director Renee Hundley is looking for individuals to assist with a few fun projects in the events department and around Grace Center. Contact her at rhundley@gracedowntown.org for details, or call the church office.

Moms Group has resumed! Join fellow moms and their children on select Friday mornings in October at 9 a.m. While children can enjoy each other’s company, moms well get to dive into the Word of God. For details, contact Anna Bondow at dabondow@gmail.com.

First Fridays presents APERI ANIMAM—This early music ensemble makes their debut in Grace’s First Fridays concert series on Friday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. The concert features compositions from 1485-1625. Concert is free, donations are gratefully accepted. First Friday concerts last an hour, with light refreshments following.

Women of Grace Gathers—Enjoy fellowship with your sisters in Christ! These casual gatherings are open to all women of the congregation. See below for the last September date:

Sept. 27: Ruby Tap (6:30 p.m.)

Learn more about Women of Grace and Gathers HERE.

Free Day at the Zoo with Grace YP—Get ready to see lions, tigers, bears, and the new baby red panda at the Milwaukee County Zoo on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. This all ages event is free, so bring your friends, family, and children with you. Contact Josh Grefe with questions at josh.grefe@gmail.com or text/call 507-995-4934.

DIY Pumpkin Carving—Bring the whole family down to the Grace Center on Friday, Oct. 12 at 5:30 p.m. for a do-it-yourself pumpkin carving Happy Hobby Hour! This perfect autumn event is fun for all ages. Attendees will have the opportunity to carve or paint a pumpkin. Cost is $5 per person, and includes pumpkin, supplies, appetizers, and beverage ticket. Questions, contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006.

Teen Movie Night—Grace is hosting a Teen Movie Night on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room. Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be provided; teens can also bring their own snacks to share. The movie will be chosen from a pool of movies the night of. Anyone in 7th-12th grade is welcome to attend! If there are any questions please contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org or 512-925-9138.

Gracemade—Group crafting sessions are back! Gracemade meets monthly, 8 a.m.-noon on the third Saturday in the church basement. Anyone and any experience level is welcome to join. Check out their upcoming projects:

Oct. 20: fleece blankets and/or quilts
Nov. 17: pajama pants

Did you know? Since Gracemade’s formation, they’ve donated 175 items to those in need! Want to get involved? Contact Rachel LaMantia at gracemademke@gmail.com.

Grace Center Support - Building Hosts
The Grace Center is bustling with activity, and could use a few more Sunday morning building hosts! Contact Veronica at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006 to learn more.

Nursery Available—Parents of small children, did you know Grace has a staffed nursery available for children three months to three years from 8:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on Sundays? Beginning Sept. 9 (when Sunday morning Bible class resumes), you can drop your child/ren off in the Parish Center - no prior sign-up required - and then go attend Bible class (and sip your Grace Place Coffee while it’s still hot)! The nursery even has a pager system so you can be alerted if anything comes up while you are at class.

Can you help? The Grace nursery is seeking individuals to volunteer their time 8:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. to help care for children. Activities include checking names in and out and assisting with playtime, snack distribution, and clean up. If interested, contact Drew at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Annual Grace Camp-Out 2019—Now is the time to reserve your campsite for next summer’s annual camp-out at Long Lake Campground in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, just northeast of Kewauskum, about an hour drive from the zoo. This is not a group camp so everyone needs to make reservations for their own camp sites. This can be done at reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-888-947-2757. Reserve for any evenings July 25-27 with departure on Sunday, July 28--whatever fits your schedule and tolerance level! Reese (sites 922-967). Some now are non-reservable. If you can’t get one in the upper, go for the lower 900s which is just a shout away. We have one joint meal on Friday at 6:00 p.m. The rest of the meals are on your own. Details on joint devotions, church service, etc. will be sent to you in July. If you decide to reserve a site, please let Drew Carter know which one you reserved at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

A Message from Communications Coordinator Amanda Schumacher

Good Morning Everyone!
I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying the beginning of September. If you are reading this note - thank you. Sincerely! The ways we communicate in this world continue to change, and I’d love to know what is the best way to connect with you. If you are willing, please head to gracedowntown.org/survey and take a few minutes to answer some questions about ways we can better communicate with each other here at Grace. In case you don’t have access to a computer, printed versions of the survey are available in the Parish Center and Grace Center. I want to continue to serve this congregation to the best of my ability, and knowing what you want will help me do that!
God’s Blessings on your week!
-Amanda Schumacher, Communications Coordinator
aschumacher@gracedowntown.org

Happening Around the WELS

Wisconsin Lutheran College Band & Choir Concert—
The Wisconsin Lutheran College Band, Wisconsin Lutheran Choir, and Chamber Choir will perform a Fall Showcase Concert on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall, located in the Center for Arts and Performance (8815 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at wlc.edu/ boxoffice or by calling 414-443-8802.

WLHS 6th-8th Grade Open House—
Wisconsin Lutheran High School (WLHS) invites children in 6th-8th grade and their parents to meet teachers, tour the school, and enjoy faculty presentations during their Open House on Sunday, Oct. 7. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with program starting at 6 p.m.

LWMS Fall Rally—
Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Metro Milwaukee North Circuit Fall Rally will take place 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Faith Lutheran (W244 N6383 Weaver Dr., Sussex). The focus will be on mission work in the Milwaukee area. Contact Christie Fischer at clfis29@yahoo.com with questions or for details.

Bible Study at Grace

Little Looks & Living Truth: 2 & 3 John
Sundays in October
9:00 & 10:15 a.m. | Grace Center Great Hall
Since the time of the apostles, the truth about Jesus as Savior has been on the move. Learn from these two little letters by the Apostle John about what’s essential to all mission work, what threatens it and what opportunities are right in front of us. This study of 2 & 3 John will be on Sunday mornings in October in the Great Hall.

October 7: Truth Walks (2 John 1-6)
October 14: Truth Watches (2 John 7-13)
October 21: Truth Works Together (3 John 1-8)
October 28: Truth Welcomes (3 John 9-14)

365 Bible Reading Challenge
Starts tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 1!
Join your fellow brothers and sisters at Grace in reading the entire Bible! Schedules are in the entry way to church, and can also be found online. The schedule breaks down the Bible into five readings a week, giving readers flexibility to read when and how they want! Choose to read the entire Bible, just the New Testament, just the Old Testament, or just the Psalms. Be sure to join the discussion group on Facebook, and listen in to Most Certainly True, Grace’s newest podcast that will have weekly encouragement regarding readings. Questions, contact Pastor Bondow at dbondow@gracedowntown.org or by calling 414-271-3006.

Friday Bible Breakfast
Every 2nd & 4th Friday, 6:30-7:30 a.m. | Grace Place Coffee
Join Pastor Bondow for Indirect Communication. Through close reading of various Old Testament sections, explore how God communicated his grace before Christ’s birth.

Young Professionals Bible Study
Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. | Grace Place Coffee Shop
Join Grace YP as they study on evangelizing to people of other religious faiths. Meetings take place in the coffee shop. All 20-and-30-somethings are welcome! For more information, send an email to graceypgroup@gmail.com or visit the Grace Young Professional Facebook page.

PrimeTimers Bible Class
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. | Grace Center classroom
Scheduled with retirees in mind but open to all ages, join guest speaker Rev. Kevin Hundley this week for study. Starting in October, the class will focus on the Catechism. Questions, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org. Questions, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Campus Ministry
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. | Marquette University Campus
Wednesday, 7 p.m. | MSOE Campus
Fall is in the air and college campuses are coming back to life! Grace is continuing its commitment to Grace college students at MSOE and Marquette (new this year!) by offering weeknight Bible studies on Wednesday evenings. Contact Pastor Strong at astrong@gracedowntown.org for details.

Weeknight Bible Study
Thursdays, 6 p.m. | Grace Center classroom
Led by Pastor Bondow, this weeknight Bible study is perfect for members who are unable to participate in Sunday morning classes.

Sunday School
Sundays, 9 a.m. | Parish Center basement
Perfect for toilet-trained children ages 3 through 12. For details, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Teen Bible Study
Sundays, 9 a.m. | Parish Center basement
Geared towards children 13 and older. For details, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Nursery
Sundays, 8:45-10:15 a.m.
Sunday morning nursery service is available for infants and children up to 3 years old. The nursery is adjacent to the Parish Center lobby and will be staffed from 8:45-10:15 a.m. during the 9 a.m. service and Bible study. If any Grace members would like to volunteer in the nursery once a month please contact Minister of Discipleship Drew Carter, dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Happening Around the WELS

Point of Grace—Can deception exist if the deceiver thinks that they are telling the truth? Join Point of Grace for Deception, Suggestion & Influence: A Christian’s Guide to Navigating the Truth in an Entertainment Culture. Peter Bloedel leads the conversation on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Warrior Underground at Wisconsin Lutheran College ( 8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee).

LWMS Fall Rally—Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Metro Milwaukee North Circuit Fall Rally will take place 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Faith Lutheran (W244 N6383 Weaver Dr., Sussex). The focus will be on mission work in the Milwaukee area. Contact Christie Fischer at clfis29@yahoo.com with questions or for details.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Band & Choir Concert—The Wisconsin Lutheran College Band, Wisconsin Lutheran Choir, and Chamber Choir will perform in the Fall Showcase Concert on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall, located in the Center for Arts and Performance (8815 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at wlc.edu/boxoffice or by calling 414-443-8802.

WLHS 6th-8th Grade Open House—Wisconsin Lutheran High School (WLHS) invites children in 6th-8th grade and their parents to meet teachers, tour the school, and enjoy faculty presentations during their Open House on Sunday, Oct. 7. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with program starting at 6 p.m.