Community Outreach

By God’s design, Grace Church is a beacon of hope and help in downtown Milwaukee. God’s grace is not just for the Church, but for all people. Grace’s many outreach ministries offer invitations to come to Grace and witness God's love first hand as God's people reflect that love in words and action.

Annual Community Rummage

Held annually in September, the annual community rummage is an opportunity for Grace's neighbors to utilize the Grace Center. Many in the downtown area do not have driveways or lawns for garage or yard sales, so the Grace Center is the perfect location for them! Past rummages have featured gently used clothing, furniture, artwork and home decor, kitchen utensils, toys, and more. And since the event is scheduled right at the start of the school year, it is the perfect opportunity for nearby MSOE students and others to finish furnishing their dorm or apartment!

The rummage is set for the first Saturday in September, and runs 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Interested in bringing your items in to rummage?
Contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

Beer Pairing Dinner

Held annually in April, Grace hosts a beer pairing dinner in the Grace Center featuring beers from Lakefront Brewery paired with a several-course meal. This event is open to everyone in the community--not just Grace members!

The 2019 Beer Pairing dinner is set for Saturday, Apr. 27. 6-9 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Interested in learning more?
Contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

Blood Drives

Grace Lutheran Church hosts community blood drives at various points throughout the year, in collaboration with the Blood Center of Wisconsin. Blood drives are held in either the Great Hall Grace Center or in the Parish Center, and are open to the community.

Interested in learning more?
Contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

 

Doors Open Milwaukee

With all of the great events and attractions in downtown Milwaukee, this day opens the doors to numerous buildings downtown free-of-charge.  People from all over draw up their personal itinerary to make visits and participate in special tours, as offered.

We are blessed to participate and see over a thousand people come through our doors each year. We highlight our history, staff the sanctuary and Grace Center with friendly faces. Each visitor receives a coffee sleeve for a free drink in the Grace Place Coffee Shop.

Interested in learning more?
Contact Jon Rupprecht at jhr12447@aol.com.

 

Fine Art & Craft Festival

Held annually the first weekend in November, Grace's Fine Art & Craft Festival is an opportunity to support local artists by showcasing their work at the festival. The festival features artists from all over Wisconsin. Past festivals have included handcrafted pottery, woodwork, paintings and photography, greeting cards, up-cycled clothing pieces, gourmet chocolates and caramels, metalwork, jewelry, home decor, and more.

The festival is set for the first Sunday in November, and runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Interested in being a vendor?
Contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org and request an application.

A great way to serve too!
The Fine Art & Craft Festival is a great way for Grace members to support and serve local artisans, by shopping their wares or by helping out the day of the event. Consider serving these artists next year by helping set-up, load-in, greet, or load-out the event!

 

First Fridays

On the first Friday of every month, the community is invited to attend First Fridays at Five, a free concert series open to Grace members and the public. This concert series spotlights various Milwaukee groups and performers. Past performances have included Chant Claire, Riso Quartet, and Camerata Milwaukee.

Concerts begin at 5 p.m., and last approximately an hour, with light refreshments being served afterwards. Concerts are free, however donations are accepted. Proceeds go to supporting the artists and concert series.

Want to learn more?
If you would like information on next month's concert, contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

 

Grace in Action

A service-based organization of Grace Church that provides and coordinates opportunities for Grace members to let the light of Christ shine in our community.

Grace in Action provides serving opportunities once a month those in need in and around Milwaukee. Past serving events have included serving food and donating meals at The Guest House, sorting through 6,000 pounds of bakery and produce for the hungry at Feeding America, and assembling lunches for homeless mothers and children through a partnership with The Cathedral Center.

Want to serve?
If you would like to become involved with Grace in Action, contact Pastor Strong at astrong@gracedowntown.org.

 

Gracemade

A service-based organization of Grace Church that creates various clothing items for donation to members of the Greater Milwaukee area who are in need.

Gracemade meets once a month to work on specific project, but accepts donations at any time. Past projects have included creating cowl scarves for a homeless men's shelter, hats for cancer patients, and crafting no-sew fleece blankets for the Cathedral Center. 

Want to serve?
If you would like to become involved with Gracemade, contact Rachel LaMantia at gracemademke@gmail.com.

 

Happy Hobby Hour

On the second Friday of every month, the community is invited to join Grace members and their neighbors at Happy Hobby Hour. During Happy Hobby Hour, guests have the opportunity to learn about a new pastime, get crafty, or try to master a new skill! Past Happy Hobby Hours have included wine tastings, painting, cookie decorating, cigars, dog training, card making, and origami flowers.

Happy Hobby Hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and costs only $5 to participate. Cost includes yummy appetizers, a drink ticket, and raffle entry.

Want to learn more?
If you would like to learn more about next month's Happy Hobby Hour, or would like to help out, contact Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

 

Night to Shine

Held annually in February, Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation for individuals with special needs ages 14 and older. Volunteers are needed in many different areas: paparazzi, nurses, chaperones, buddies for attendees, hair, make-up, check-in, set-up and clean-up.

The event is set for the second Friday of February, 6-9 p.m.

Want to serve?
Contact Kevin Becker at kbecker@gracedowntown.org and request an application.