Installation for Minister of Music Kevin Becker—Today Kevin Becker will be installed as Grace’s new full-time Minister of Music during the 10:30 a.m. service. A small cake-and-punch reception will follow in the Grace Center atrium; all are invited to attend!

Wedding at Grace—Grace member Lindsay Gauger and Dominic Fiorini were united in marriage here at Grace on Friday, July 19. May God bless this couple in their new life together.

Grace in Action July and August Donation Drive—From July 14 thru August 4, Grace in Action is collecting school supplies for Sojourner Family Peace Center, which provides prevention and intervention services for families affected by domestic violence. Supply lists are located in the Parish Center, and a bin is located in the Grace Center, along with additional supply lists. Items can be dropped off weekdays 7 a.m.-1 p.m., or Sundays before or after church. Questions, contact Kathy Schlecht, via email at kathyschlecht3@gmail.com or by calling 414-870-5221.

Annual Grace Camp-Out—There is still time to reserve your campsite for this summer’s camp out at Long Lake Campground in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, just northeast of Kewaskum (approximately an hour drive from the zoo). This is not a group camp; reservations must be made individually. Go to reserveamerica.com or call 1-888-947-2757 to reserve a spot for any evenings July 25-27 with departure on Sunday, July 28—whatever fits your schedule and tolerance level! Ask for a site in the upper 900s loop (sites 922-967) or the lower 900s, which is just a shout away. There will be one joint meal on Friday at 6 p.m. The rest of the meals are on your own. If you decide to reserve a site, please let Drew Carter know which one you reserved at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

RootedMKE Goes to Wisconsin State Fair—Join RootedMKE on Sunday, Aug. 4, 3-8 p.m., for a fun-filled day at the Wisconsin State Fair! Enjoy an afternoon of strolling the fairgrounds, sampling some great fried fair food, and checking out the best of what Wisconsin has to offer. For details contact Josh Grefe at 507-995-4934 or email rootedmke@gmail.com.

First Fridays Presents Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes—Come to Grace on Friday, Aug. 2, at 5 p.m., and enjoy Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52 and Op. 65. This concert will feature local artists Saira FrankKristen DiNinnoTim Rebers,Thomas WeisJames Nowack, and Maggie Rebers. Concert is free and open to the public, and will last approximately an hour, with refreshments served post-concert. 
Please note: there isn’t a First Fridays concert during the month of July.

Happy Hobby Hour: Cigars—It’s back again! On Friday, Aug. 9, starting at 5:30 p.m., enjoy a fun, summer evening as Uhle’s Cigars and Grace members Joe Gruszka and Troy Hergert lead an informal yet educational presentation on cigars. Cost is $5, and includes tasty appetizers, high-quality cigars, and raffle entry. Must be 18 or older to attend. For details, contact Events Assistant Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org.

Blood Drive at Grace—Grace Lutheran Church and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin are once again teaming up for a summertime blood drive! Supplies have been low this year, so every little bit helps! Sign-up times will be available in July, with links on the Grace website, and will take place between 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This blood drive will be held on Sunday, Aug. 18 in the Grace Center Great Hall. For more information, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org.