Call Meeting Set for Today, Sunday, Dec. 8—A call meeting for calling a pastor to fill the vacancy left by Pastor Bondow is scheduled for today, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Advent at Grace—Advent is a time of the church year to focus on the coming of the Lord, so let’s fills our hearts with joy as we travel . . .

The Long Road to Christmas:
Dec. 11: The people of Mt. Zion
Dec. 18: The King on Mt. Zion

Join Grace for Advent worship on Wednesdays, at either 12:10 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. The 12:10 p.m. service is a half-hour service, making it perfect for those to attend who work in downtown Milwaukee, and an Advent meal is served prior to the evening service.

Advent Suppers—Enjoy a warm meal and fellowship before evening Advent worship! Menus below; RSVP via the sign-up sheets in the Parish and Grace Centers, or online at gracedowntown.org, under the Connect tab. Suggested donations are $5/adult, $2/child. Questions, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006.

Dec. 11: Spaghetti Night
Served by Teen Group: all donations received this night go towards funding the teens attending the 2020 Youth Rally!

Dec. 18: Chili Night
Baked potato bar, salads, and desserts
Served by Moms Group

Thanks to Julie Schoenrock and Campus Ministry for helping to serve last week’s Advent meal!

Christmas Caroling: New Date—On Sunday, Dec. 15, starting at noon, walk the streets of the Historic Third Ward and share the joy of Christmas by singing carols and inviting the community to holiday worship. All ages and levels of singing talent are invited; contact Pastor Strong to sign up: 414-271-3006 or astrong@gracedowntown.org to sign-up. Please note there is no caroling today, due to today’s call meeting.

Family Christmas Eve Service Rehearsals—Remaining rehearsals are in the church’s lower level the following dates:

Dec. 14 @ 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 21 @ 9:30 a.m.

Contact Minister of Music Kevin Becker, kbecker@gracedowntown.org, for more information.

Grace Christmas Luncheon—This annual party is set for Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Grace Center classroom. There will be a catered Christmas meal and music played by our own Paul Sherwood on the piano. The cost is $10 each, to offset the cost of food. All are welcome to attend! RSVP to Drew Carter by calling 512-925-9138 or email him at dcarter@gracedowntown.org by Dec. 14 so he has an accurate head count.

Winter Blood Drive—Grace is partnering with Versiti and the Blood Center of Wisconsin and hosting a winter-time blood drive on Sunday, Dec. 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Grace Center classroom. Sign up today: https://bit.ly/2NJU3Y2. Questions, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org.

Homebound for the Holidays—As we celebrate Christ’s coming with family and friends, let’s remember those who are homebound and wish they could worship along with us. A card, a phone call, or maybe even a scheduled visit would mean a lot to those who miss Grace. If you’d like a list of our homebound members and how to reach them, please email Drew Carter, dcarter@gracedowntown.org, or Carolyn Schulz, data@gracedowntown.org, for an electronic list of names or call 414-271-3006 to ask for a physical copy of the list. Please note: names and addresses on the list have changed since last year!

Offering Envelopes for 2020—Grace members’ 2020 offering envelopes are available in the Parish Center lobby. Those already enrolled in electronic giving are not assigned envelopes, but if you would still like a box of them, please contact the church office or indicate this on the clipboard near the envelopes.

Flower Chart for 2020—Do you have a special anniversary, birthday, or celebration coming up? Consider giving altar flowers at Grace to celebrate! Sign-up on the chart in the narthex; 2020 dates are now available. Questions, call the church office at 414-271-3006 or email data@gracedowntown.org.

Job Openings—Grace Lutheran Church and the Point of Grace have various job openings in the following positions: part-time events staff and part-time campus ministry administration. Log into the member portal at gracedowntown.org and head to the jobs page, or email Communications Coordinator Amanda Schumacher at aschumacher@gracedowntown.org for a list of job descriptions and the point of contact for each role.