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, linens, diapers, 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.

First Fridays Presents Unique Voices—On Friday, May 3, beginning at 5 p.m., enjoy “Unique Voices,” featuring soprano Alicia Berneche. The program includes Poulenc’s “Fiancailles pour rire,” Argento’s “Miss Manners on Music,” and a set by female Czech composer Vítězslava Kaprálová. Grace member Maggie Rebers will accompany her on the piano. Concert is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated. Concert will last approximately an hour; light refreshments will be served afterwards in the entryway of the sanctuary.

Marriage Workshop: ”From Me to We to One” — It’s somewhat of a puzzle, trying to blend two lives together, but just as a jigsaw puzzle reveals a beautiful picture once it’s completed, so are the benefits of a relationship where two lives “fit together” into “one.” Join Pastor James Becker and his wife Denise on Wednesday, May 8, 6-8 p.m. in the Grace Center for a workshop focused on the unifying principles that God gives us in his Word on how to make that a reality in your marriage. Chilcare provided, RSVP to Carolyn in the office at data@gracedowntown.org.

Happy Hobby Hour: Movement 101—Get up and move! Head to the Grace Center on Friday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. and learn how to keep moving during the day with this basics movement class. Cost is $5, and includes drink ticket, supplies for yoga and movement, and raffle entry. RSVP HERE, or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Rooted MKE Disc Golf Outing—Join RootedMKE on Sunday, May 19, 1-4 p.m. for a fun afternoon playing disc golf at Estabrook Park in Shorewood! Start the afternoon off at nearby Estabrook Beer Garden beforehand, and the day will wrap up just in time for Pastor Hackmann’s Installation. Cost is $5 per person, payable on site. Contact Luke Thomford at (989)-751-7694 or via rootedmke@gmail.com with questions.

Gracemade May Event—Gracemade returns on Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m.-noon in the Heritage Room. This session will be led by Jeanne Carbon, and feature a fun project: fidget mats! Curious? Google them; they’re pretty neat. Any questions, email Rachel at gracemademke@gmail.com.

Hackmann Installation Set for Sunday, May 19
Sunday, May 19, is the day we welcome Pastor Brian Hackmann and his family to Grace! The installation service for Pastor Hackmann will take place at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary, with a “Welcome to Milwaukee” dinner following the service in the Great Hall, beginning at 6 p.m. RSVP for the dinner no later than Wednesday, May 8 HERE or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Hackmann Gift Registry—At Pastor Hackmann’s installation dinner, Grace 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 by clicking HERE

You can also donate food and pantry items for their new home or gift your time to set up and/or take down the event. You can also gift a check to off-set the cost of the dinner. 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, contact Events Director Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call the church office.

Brewers Game with Grace—On Friday, June 21 at 7:10 p.m., the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds and we want you to be a part of it! Grace has limited tickets for a section of Loge Infield Box seats; tickets are $22 each. Payment will be required prior to the event and to reserve your tickets. Questions and requests can be directed towards Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org. Go Crew!

Kayak the Milwaukee River with Rooted MKE—Enjoy a day of kayaking on the Milwaukee River Saturday, June 22, 1-5 p.m. The cost is $20 per person, thanks to Grace generously subsidizing this event (normally $35 per person). This event is kid friendly and open to everyone, so bring your friends, family, and coworkers! For those 21 and over, drinks are allowed in the kayaks, and the 21+ group will be docking at a few bars for drinks. Please read Milwaukee Kayak Co.’s waiver on their website and RSVP to Josh Grefe by June 7 via rootedmke@gmail.com to ensure there are enough kayaks for all!

Church Picnic—Sunday, June 23, is the date for the annual Grace Church Picnic! Picnic starts at noon at LaFollette Park (1100 S. 92nd St., West Allis—two blocks north of Greenfield Ave). Please bring a dish to pass, or a dessert to share! Hamburgers, hot dogs, all utensils and soft drinks will be provided. If you’d like adult beverages, you may bring your own. A freewill offering will be taken to help off-set the cost of the picnic. Sign-up sheets are located in both the Parish Center and Grace Center. Contact Staff Minister Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org or call 512-925-9138 with any questions.