GraceNotes - Dec. 16, 2018

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Dec. 16, 2018 Edition

Happening at Grace

Celebrate Christmas with Grace

Christmas Eve
Monday, Dec. 24
Regular Sunday morning worship at 7:45, 9:00 & 10:30 a.m.

Family Christmas Eve Service, 4:00 p.m.
The Sunday School children and others of Grace present the timeless message of the Christ-child.

Evening Prayer on Christmas Eve, 6:30 p.m.
A service of hymns, prayers, music and a Christmas sermon.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 10:00 p.m. (new time!)
Quiet, contemplative worship with Christmas Scripture lessons and familiar Christmas songs and carols.

Christmas Day - Tuesday, Dec. 25
The Festival of the Nativity of our Lord, 10:00 a.m.
A celebration of Christmas with songs, choir and instruments, with Holy Communion.

Call Update—Grace has called Rev. Brian Hackmann of Eagle River, AK, to serve as an associate pastor of outreach. Please keep him, his family, and Grace in your prayers as he deliberates both his calls.

New! Grace Members Login Feature Live on Website—
After much anticipation, the Grace Members login feature is now live on the Grace Downtown website! Emails with details about the new members-only features, along with how to obtain a login, are being sent out today. An online form for requesting a login is also housed on the website, under the Connect tab. Questions, contact Amanda Schumacher at

Offering Envelopes for 2019—Grace members’ 2019 offering envelopes are available in the Parish Center lobby. Those already enrolled in electronic giving are not assigned envelopes, but if you would still like a box of them, please contact the church office or indicate this on the clipboard near the envelopes.

Advent Dinners—Enjoy food and fellowship before evening Advent service! Advent dinners are served 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. Remaining supper is Dec. 19 (Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast). If you plan to attend, RSVP via the sign-up sheets in the Parish or Grace Center or call the church office to ensure we have enough food prepped for everyone. Suggested donation for the meal is $5 adults, $3 for children.

Family Christmas Eve Service Rehearsal—
Final rehearsal schedule for the 4 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service is Saturday, Dec. 22, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Dec. 22: Grade 3-Adult
Dec. 22: 4-year-old-Grade 2 join from 10-10:30 a.m.

Please contact Kevin Becker,, or call the church office for more information.

Homebound and the Holidays—While we celebrate Christ’s coming with family and friends, let’s remember those who are homebound and wishing that they could be in 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 would like a list of our homebound members and how to reach them, please email Drew Carter at dcarter@ for an electronic copy or speak to him about getting a physical copy of the list.

Flower Chart for 2019—Do you have a special anniversary, birthday, or celebration coming up? Consider sharing that joy with Grace with a gift of altar flowers! Sign-up on the chart in the narthex; 2019 dates are now available. Questions, contact the church office by calling 414-271- 3006 or email

Meal Assistance Requested—Long time Grace member, John Daly, has requested assistance with meals. His wife, Ginny, an active Grace member who handles the altar flowers as well as serves as a building host for wedding ceremonies here, recently suffered a stroke and is currently undergoing rehab. Please consider helping the Dalys at this time so John may focus his time on Ginny as she is recovering. CLICK HERE for more details and to sign up for making meals. Please direct any questions to Sarah Egelseer by calling or texting 920-285-8775 or email her at

St. Marcus Food Pantry—Grace continues to support the St. Marcus Food Pantry by collecting food items in the Parish Center. Specific food needs are currently as follows: canned vegetables (corn, peas, green beans), canned fruit (peaches, pears, applesauce), canned soups (chicken noodle, chicken rice, vegetable), spaghetti noodles and sauce, egg noodles, tuna fish in water, pancake mix and syrup, macaroni and cheese, corn muffin mix, ramen noodles (chicken or beef), and saltine crackers. As always, your donations are much appreciated!

Lost and Found—The lost and found is overflowing with an abundance of coats, scarves, gloves, and random accessories. Missing something? Please check both the lost and found in the ushers room at the back of church as well as in the church office to see if we have it. All remaining items will be donated after the first of the year.

Want to spread the news about an event at Grace? Email Amanda Schumacher, Communications Coordinator, at

Happening Around the WELS

Luther Preparatory School Christmas Concerts—Luther Preparatory School’s Christmas concerts are set for Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. Both concerts are held in the gymnasium. For details, visit

WLHS Installation Service—A special installation celebration service for new WLHS staff will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at Pilgrim Ev. Lutheran Church (W156 N5436 Bette Drive, Menomonee Falls). Academic Dean Mr. Jim Brandt and Mission Advancement Chief Development Officer Mr. John Sebald will be installed. Everyone is invited to attend.

Lutheran Vanguard is Recruiting for Summer 2019!—Attention WELS and ELS high school band musicians (including current 8th grade students and soon-to-be 12th grade graduates!) are invited to join Lutheran Vanguard (LV) for their Summer 2019 marching band tour around the Midwest! First rehearsal is Jan. 5-6 at Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton, WI. For more information or to RSVP, email

Camp Phillip Registration Now Open—Camp Phillip registration is now live! Camp Phillip, located in Wautoma, WI, is where WELS youth and families find relaxation and spiritual renewal in the great outdoors of God’s creation. Check out the camps and programming available for summer 2019 on the Camp Phillip website,


About the author

Amanda Schumacher, Communications Coordinator

Amanda is the Communications Coordinator at Grace, and has been happily serving her congregation in this capacity since 2017. 

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