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Grace Open for Worship!— Grace is open for in-person worship! Head to the Grace website to read the guidelines and precautions Grace is taking and to access the online sign-up for worship services. For the time being, those who want to worship in-person must sign-up for a time slot prior to attending. Sign-up sheets go live Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Questions about re-opening procedures, contact Pastor Strong at astrong@gracedowntown.org.

Call Meeting—Grace is holding a meeting this Wednesday, July 1, to call an associate pastor. The meeting is set for 7 p.m., and congregants can attend in-person or via a Zoom link. All are welcome and invited to attend, either on site in the Grace Center or virtually!

Annual Grace Campout UpdatesThe annual Grace campout is still happening! Join your Grace family July 24-26, 2020, at the Long Lake Campground in Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Northern Unit. The state parks have some changes they are enforcing, which can be found online at dnr.wi.gov. Due to these changes, there will be no group cookout Friday night, so please plan accordingly with your meals. If you would like to make a reservation, please do so online at wisconsin.goingtocamp.com, or by phone at 1-888-947-2757. Make reservations in the upper 900s loop or the lower 900s to be near other Grace members. If you have any questions you can contact Chris Midthun at Chrismidthun@wi.rr.com. If you have already made reservations (or when you do), send an email to Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org letting him know and how many are in your group.

Do What You Want & See If God Cares: A Bible Study on the Book of Judges
New! Sunday Morning Bible Class, now through July 19
Picture yourself driving down a freeway on a long trip. Suddenly, your tires hit a stretch of gravel and potholes, and you find yourself weaving between huge, heavy construction machinery. Where were the orange barrels and warning signs? Now imagine living your life with no clue on how to deal with the reality of life’s “gravel and potholes.” You might wonder where were the warning signs? God wants us to understand the realities of life and to be able to cope with life’s “gravel and potholes,” so he posts a huge warning sign. It’s called the Book of Judges. Join us, Sundays via YouTube at 10 a.m. See below for each week's topic and focus:

July          
5       “Only the Strong Survive”    
12     “The Rest of the Story ... and It Isn’t Pretty” (part 1)
19     “The Rest of the Story ... and It Isn’t Pretty” (part 2)

#SamePageSummer Reading Challenge—Join your Grace family in reading the entire New Testament! Focus on the last 27 books of the Bible in five (sometimes six) weekly readings. Download a schedule on the Grace website, grab a Bible (or your mobile device of choice) and get started! This plan is also available on YouVersion, an app that allows you to stay connected with fellow readers, track your progress, and load each day's reading—less work for you and it even comes with audio options. Let's consume the Bible together this summer, by being on (literally) the same page!

Grace in Action Shoe Drive—Grace in Action is ready to finally collect those shoes you've been storing up during COVID! From June 28-July 19, we will be collecting gently used shoes to be sent to Africa. A collection bin will be in the Parish Center at church. Shoes can also be dropped off at the Grace Center office (office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday; ring the door buzzer to get in). Questions, contact Kathy Schlecht via email at kathyschlecht3@gmail.com or call 414-870-5221.

Camp Phillip: Camp Is STILL Happening This Summer!—Camp Phillip, a Christian day camp in northern Wisconsin that offers a fun escape for WELS members and their families, is still able to host certain camps this summer. To read up on what camps are still taking place, what guidelines campers will need to abide by, what events have been canceled and how to cancel your camper's week at camp, visit the Camp Phillip website: campphillip.com.

Final Free Digital Issue of Forward in Christ Available Now—Forward in Christ is giving free access one more time for the June digital issue during this time of uncertainty to help you grow in God’s truth. Share this digital resource with friends, family, and others you know to offer hope and comfort as they stay at home! Visit online.nph.net to read it now! Print copies are available in the church entryway, along with the newest Meditations devotional booklet.

WLHS Job Opening—Wisconsin Lutheran High School is looking to hire a planned and major gifts officer. Applicants should have experience in the field of planned gifts, development and/or sales. For a full job description or to submit a resume, please contact Becky Glass at hr@wlhs.org.