Happening at Grace

Today! Blood Drive at Grace—Grace is hosting another blood drive with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin! The blood drive is set for today, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Grace Center. Walk-ins welcome! You can also sign up in person today and get a free red velvet doughnut! Questions? Contact Veronica at 414-271-3006 or vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

Grace in the Ward Grand Opening—Grace’s second site ministry, located in the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee), is having an official grand opening and welcome to the community on Sunday, Sept. 16! Join Grace in the Ward for a free brat cookout in Catalano Square following the service, and bring non-perishable food items to fill Pastor Strong’s car trunk—all items will be given to Feeding America.

Dedication of Shepherd of the Hills, Las Vegas—Pastor Strong is preaching today during the dedication service of Shepherd of the Hills’ new building in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pastor Strong preached there before accepting his call to Grace.

Call Meeting—On Sunday, Aug. 26, at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary, The congregation will meet to call a fourth pastor to serve here at Grace.

First Fridays—Rebecca Royce, harpist, will perform as part of the free First Fridays concert series on Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. here in the sanctuary. Refreshments provided following the concert; donations happily accepted.

Apple Picking at Apple Holler—Open to all ages, join Grace YP for a fun day of fall activities at Apple Holler (5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon. Cost is $15 for admission to the orchard; includes a quarter peck of apples.

Annual Grace Rummage Seeking Helpers—Grace is once again inviting our downtown neighbors to the Grace Center for its annual community rummage on Saturday, Sept. 8! Can you help our neighbors load items in, set up, load items out, greet our guests, or help in the coffee shop? Contact Drew at 414-271-3006 or

Grace in Action September Event
Join Grace in Action and help serve dinner at The Guest House of Milwaukee (1216 N. 13th St.), a local men’s homeless shelter, on Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30-7 p.m. Contact Suzanne Knapp suzanneknapp@msn.com to sign up. All ages are welcome. Space is limited so sign up early!

Annual Doors Open Milwaukee
Once again, Grace is a stop for Doors Open Milwaukee, September 22 and 23. We are open a few more hours this year than last year, and are in need of volunteers to fill our time slots. Contact Jon Rupprecht if you can help or for more information:
414-559-4110 or jhr12447@aol.com.

Grace Center Support - Building Hosts
The Grace Center is bustling with activity, and could use a few more Sunday morning building hosts! Contact Veronica at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006 to learn more.

Nursery Available—Parents of small children, did you know Grace has a staffed nursery available for children three months to three years from 8:45 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. on Sundays? Beginning Sept. 9 (when Sunday morning Bible class resumes), you can drop your child/ren off in the Parish Center - no prior sign-up required - and then go attend Bible class (and sip your Grace Place Coffee while it’s still hot)! The nursery even has a pager system so you can be alerted if anything comes up while you are at class.

Can you help? The Grace nursery is seeking individuals to volunteer their time 8:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. to help care for children. Activities include checking names in and out and assisting with playtime, snack distribution, and clean up. If interested, contact Drew at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Grace in the Ward—Grace’s second site ministry is another opportunity to connect your friends, family, and community to the life-changing and life-saving message of Jesus. Grace in the Ward meets at 10:30 a.m. at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway) every Sunday. You’re invited - and so are your friends and family! Refreshments provided, casual attire encouraged. Watch for an update on this second ministry of Grace in the September newsletter!

Happening Around the WELS

New Beginnings Ice Cream Social—Join New Beginnings for an ice cream social on Saturday, Aug. 18, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at their home (9215 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee). Lots of family fun, including a bouncy house, tours of the home, and a chance to meet their mothers. For more details or to RSVP, visit their website at homeformothers.com.

Dementia Presentation—Join Christian Family Solutions (CFS) on Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at Wisconsin Lutheran Living Center (9035 N. 97th St., Milwaukee) for “Through the Eyes of Dementia,” led by Julianna Aulenbacher, CFS Client Services Supervisor. This free informative talk discusses the differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s and the effects of memory loss.

Christian Life Resources Golf Outing—Christian Life Resources’ third annual golf outing is set for Friday, Sept. 7, at Ironwood Golf Court (W270N6166 Moraine Dr., Sussex). Registration and range time starts at 9:30 a.m., with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. Event costs $90 ($340 discounted for foursome), and includes lunch and buffet-style dinner. To register visit clrevents.com or call 414-376-0594.

SOUL Ride Motorcycle Event—Enjoy a scenic ride throughout southeastern Wisconsin while supporting the life-saving missions of WELS Lutherans for Life. The day includes morning refreshments and lunch, spiritual encouragement and fellowship with other ministry supporters. Participants will meet at Morning Star Lutheran Church (N171W20131 Highland Rd., Jackson) at 9 a.m. To register and learn more, or to ride virtually, visit soulride.org or call 414-727-8176.