Call Meeting—A divine call has been extended to Rev. Jonathan E. Schroeder, who is currently serving Faith Lutheran in Sharpsburg, GA. Please keep both Pastor Schroeder and his family, as well as Grace, in your prayers as he deliberates his calls.

Pastor Bondow Farewell—Pastor Bondow’s farewell gathering is Sunday, Nov. 24, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Grace Center Great Hall. A light lunch will be served, so if you plan on attending, RSVP to Veronica Brewer: email her at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Wedding at Grace—Grace member Kristie Huth and David Schwechel were united in marriage here at Grace on Saturday, Nov. 16. May God bless this couple in their new life together.

Advent By Candlelight—Advent by Candlelight (ABC) is set for Saturday, Dec. 7, 3-5:15 p.m., in the Grace Center Great Hall. This event allows women to focus their hearts on Christ during the busy Advent season while sharing in fellowship with each other. Interested in attending? Sign up in the Parish or Grace Center, call the church office at 414-271-3006 or email ABC Coordinator, Sarah Egelseer, at sarahegelseer@live.com before Nov. 22. Questions, call Sarah at 920-285-8775.

Poinsettias Available to Order—It is time to order poinsettias to beautify the chancel for Christmas. Please use one of the envelopes pro­vided on the Parish Center counter and deposit it in the box. The costs are $17 (single, 5-7 blooms) or $26 (double, 10-14 blooms); you may choose red or white. Orders for white poinsettias need to be in by Thanksgiving, orders for red poinsettias need to be in no later than Friday, Dec. 6. Poinsettias purchased can be taken home after morning worship on Christmas Day. Please make checks payable to Grace.

Angel Tree—Grace’s annual Christmas tradition, the Angel Tree, is back! After worship, head to the Parish Center and choose one of the remaining tags hanging on the tree. Each tag represents a child in foster care and their Christmas gift wish list. These children may not receive any other gifts this year, so please consider choosing a child (or two!). Please add your name to the sign-up sheets on the nearby table, and bring unwrapped gifts no later than Monday, Dec. 2. Gifts can be dropped off at the church office during the week, or given to the building host in the Grace Center on Sunday mornings. Questions, contact Veronica Brewer at 414-271-3006 or email vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

First Fridays Christmas Concert—Join Grace members tenor Tim Rebers and pianist Maggie Rebers and contemplate the mystery of the first Christmas while celebrating modern day traditions in a First Fridays concert on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. This concert includes meditative sacred arrangements and festive secular favorites. Concert is free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted. Concerts last approximately an hour, with a light reception to follow in the narthex.
For details about this concert series, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006

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. Blood supplies have been low and are in dire need, so if you are able to give, please consider making a donation. Grace’s goal this time around is to get 20 units! Sign up today: https://bit.ly/2NJU3Y2. Questions, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org.

Tech Volunteers Needed—Grace is actively recruiting tech volunteers to fulfill several audio, visual, and general technology tasks that take place on a weekly basis. You don’t need to be a tech guru to be able to help—if you can follow a few simple directions and know how to operate a mouse, you can help! Grace is specifically looking for help uploading videos of sermons and Bible classes to YouTube and the Grace website, assistance with set up, take down, and transport of audio/visual equipment, and general assistance with the Most Certainly True podcast. If you are interested in offering a hand, or learning more, contact Pastor Hackmann at bhackmann@gracedowntown.org, Communications Coordinator Amanda Schumacher at aschumacher@gracedowntown.org, or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Job Openings at Grace—Grace is seeking candidates to fill two (2) part-time custodian positions in the Grace Center. Responsibilities include cleaning work and event spaces as well as assisting with special event set up and take down. Positions are for 10 hours a week; candidates must be able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends. Great opportunity for MSOE students and night owls.For a full description and details, contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or 414-271-3006.

Homebound for the Holidays—While 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.