Call Returned—Rev. Jonathan E. Schroeder, who is currently serving Faith Lutheran in Sharpsburg, GA, returned the call to serve here at Grace. Watch future GraceNotes and email communication for details about the next call meeting.

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 Reminder—Bring unwrapped gifts back 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—Tim Rebers, tenor and Maggie Rebers, piano, present “Mystery and Celebration,” a concert of Christmas music on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Featuring favorite jazz standards and beautiful new arrangements of sacred carols, the concert is open to the public and all ages are welcome to attend! Concert is free; donations gratefully accepted. Concerts last about an hour, with light refreshments served afterwards in the narthex.

No December Happy Hobby Hour—There isn’t a Happy Hobby Hour for the month of December. Stay tuned for details regarding the January Happy Hobby Hour: Game Night!

Family Christmas Service Rehearsals—A beloved tradition at Grace, the Family Christmas Eve Service brings children of our Sunday School, high school students, and adults of all ages together to present the message of God’s love through Scripture readings and music. All Grace members are welcome to sing in the choir for this service. Rehearsals are held in the church’s lower level at the following times:

Dec. 7 @ 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 14 @ 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 21 @ 9:30 a.m.

More details will be shared in the coming weeks, but mark your calendars now! Please contact Kevin Becker, kbecker@gracedowntown.org, for more information.

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 enjoying fellowship with each other. Want to attend? 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. Questions, call Sarah at 920-285-8775. Please note: treats are needed for ABC. If you can bring a dessert, fruit or vegetable tray, please sign up by the other sign up sheets or contact Sarah directly.

PrimeTimers Christmas Party—The annual PrimeTimers Christmas 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. This meal is a lovely chance for some fellowship, while getting into the Christmas spirit! The cost is $10 each, to off-set the cost of food. 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. We hope to see you there!

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.

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, ext. 109.

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.