GraceNotes - Dec. 9, 2018

Find out what's happening next at Grace with this week's GraceNotes
Dec. 9, 2018 Edition

Happening at Grace

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—Join your brothers and sisters in Christ for food and fellowship before each evening Advent service! Advent dinners are served 5:45-6:30 p.m. Remaining nights are Dec. 12 (Ramen and Egg Rolls) and 19 (Biscuits and Gravy Breakfast). If you plan to attend, RSVP via the sign-up sheets in the Parish or Grace Center to ensure we have enough food prepped for everyone. Suggested donation is $4 adults, $3 for children. Can you help serve? If you are willing to help with any of these meals, please contact Veronica Brewer at, Drew Carter at, or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Family Christmas Eve Service Rehearsal—
Rehearsal schedule for the 4 p.m. Family Christmas Eve Service will continue on Saturdays, Dec. 15 and 22, from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Dec. 15, & 22: Grade 3-Adult
Dec. 22: 4-year-old-Grade 2 join from 10-10:30 a.m.

Rehearsals on Dec. 15 will be held in the church basement choir room. Enter by the glass door off the rear church parking lot or through the Broadway entrance doors. Rehearsal on Dec. 22 will be held in the church. Please contact Kevin Becker,, or call the church office for more information.

Christmas Caroling in the Ward—Today, starting at noon, meet Pastor Strong and fellow carolers at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee) to walk the streets of the ward, singing Christmas carols and inviting the community to Christmas worship as part of the WELS C18 goal of one million souls coming together to celebrate the birth of our Savior. All ages and levels of singing talent are invited.

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

Christmas at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary—The Seminary Chorus, a 52-voice men’s choir composed of students at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, presents its annual Christmas Concert on today at 3 and 7 p.m. in the campus auditorium. Traditional and contemporary anthems by the choir and hymns and carols for the audience. There are no advanced tickets sales; a free will offering is appreciated. The seminary is located 11831 N. Seminary Dr. in Mequon. Find more information on Facebook and at

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

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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