Holy Week & Easter at Grace—Reflect on Christ’s journey to the cross and celebrate his triumphant victory over death with these Holy Week and Easter Sunday worship opportunities:

Maundy Thursday, Apr. 18
12:10 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
The Anniversary of the Chalice (with Holy Communion)

Good Friday, Apr. 19
12:10 p.m. - The Death of our Lord
6:30 p.m. - Service of the Seven Words

Easter Sunday, Apr. 21
6:30 a.m. - Easter Dawn (with Holy Communion)
7:45, 9 & 10:30 a.m. - Easter Festival
10:30 a.m. - Easter in the Ward at Grace in the Ward

Easter Brunch—Join Grace on Easter Sunday, Apr. 21, for a delicious breakfast in the Great Hall from 7:15-10:45 a.m. Volunteers are needed to help setup, serve and cleanup—contact Drew Carter to offer your assistance. Grace members are also asked to bring food items, such as hard-boiled or deviled eggs, ham, cheese, fruit, and bakery items. Sign-up sheets are located in the Grace Center, or you can email a list of items to Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

Pastor Bondow Out of Town—Pastor Bondow is guest preaching today at Peace in Aiken, South Carolina. We wish him God’s blessings on his travel and a safe return!

Grace in Action April Donation Drive—During the entire month of April, Grace in Action is conducting a donation drive for the Cathedral Center, a homeless shelter for women and families. Donated items can be placed in the designated bin located in the Grace Center on Sundays or during the week between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Items needed include pillows and linens, diapers and new underwear, $5 and $10 gift cards to Walmart and CVS, portfolios, flash drives, and individually wrapped snacks. Questions, contact Kathy Schlecht at kathyschlecht3@gmail.com, or call her at 414-870-5221.

Ladies’ Morning Tea—All women are invited to an inspiration filled morning tea on Saturday, Apr. 27, 9 a.m.-noon in the Grace Center Great Hall. The focus for this event continues the theme for the year, “Be Still...and Know,” and will feature guest speaker, author Naomi Schmidt. Childcare will be provided as well. Questions, contact Women of Grace at womenofgracemke@gmail.com, or call the church office at 414-271-3006. RSVP via the sign up sheet in the Parish Center.

Rooted MKE Milwaukee River Clean-Up—Get outdoors and join Rooted MKE as they help clean up the Milwaukee River! River clean up is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 27, 9 a.m.-noon. Free t-shirt and after party with food, drinks, and music! For details and location(s), contact clean up coordinator Joe Marty via rootedmke@gmail.com.

Annual Beer Pairing Dinner—Kick off summer and beer garden season early with a beer-pairing dinner, featuring Lakefront Brewery and Lisa Kaye Catering! View a full menu HERE. Tickets are $35 per person, and can can be purchased via Eventbrite HERE. Tickets include a four-course meal, Lakefront swag raffle entry, and take-home, keepsake tasting glass. Tickets are now on sale until Friday, April 19, 2019 at 11:30 p.m. Space is limited, so get your tickets today! Questions, contact the church office at 414-271-3006.

Women of Grace Bible Study—The Women of Grace “Be still…and Pray” Bible study will meet Sunday, Apr. 28, 9-10 a.m., in the Grace Center classroom. There will be a brief devotion and Bible study, Table Talk, and time to firm up plans for the future continuation of women’s Bible study and prayer. The book, There’s A Prayer For That from Northwestern Publishing House, is available for a discounted price of $8. This Bible study is open to all women of Grace whether you have participated in our previous study or not. All are welcome!

Hackmann Installation: Save the Date for Sunday, May 19—
Mark your calendars for Sunday, May 19, the day we welcome Pastor Brian Hackmann and his family to Grace! The evening will begin with an installation service for Pastor Hackmann at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Following the service, everyone is invited to join for food, fun, and fellowship in the Great Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. Since Pastor Hackmann is a huge Brewers fan, the event will be Brewer and Milwaukee-themed: brats and burgers and beer will be served, and who knows who else might show up to join us! Christian Yelich? The racing sausages? Bernie the Brewer himself? You’ll just have to come and find out for yourself!

RSVP by Wednesday, May 8, for the dinner HERE or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

After eating, we will present the Hackmann family with a table of gifts, courtesy of Grace leadership, members, and staff. Our events staff has put together a fun, “Welcome to Milwaukee Hackmann Family” registry!, which features several Milwaukee-themed items, and gifts ranging from $5-$250, so there is plenty of variety for every budget.

View the registry here:
https://www.myregistry.com/organization/Grace-Downtown-Hackmann-Installation-Gift-Registry-Milwaukee-WI/1881437

You can also donate food and pantry items for their new home, offer a check to off-set the cost of the reception, or gift your time to set up and/or take down the event. Monetary gifts can be given electronically (if you already have that set up), or you may place a check in an envelope in the offering plate (make the check out to Grace Lutheran Church, and place “Hackmann Installation” in the memo section). If you have questions or want a list of pantry items, contact Events Director Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call the church office.

365 Bible Reading Challenge
All year long!

Join your fellow brothers and sisters at Grace in reading the entire Bible! This week’s readings:

Monday: 1 Kings 12; 2 Chronicles 10-11; Titus 1
Tuesday: 1 Kings 13-14; 2 Chronicles 12; Psalm 47; Titus 2
Wednesday: 1 Kings 15; 2 Chronicles 13-14; Titus 3
Thursday: 2 Chronicles 15-16; 1 Kings 16; Philemon
Friday: 1 Kings 17-18; Psalm 119; Jude

Be sure to join the discussion group on Facebook. Questions, contact Pastor Bondow at dbondow@gracedowntown.org.