Happening at Grace

Called Worker Updates—Pastor Jonathan E. Scharf returned his call to serve as a fourth pastor at Grace. The next call meeting is set for Sunday, July 1, at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Installation Service for Drew Carter—Grace’s new Minister of Discipleship, Drew Carter, will be installed on Sunday, July 15, during the 10:30 service. Meet, greet, and celebrate with Drew and his wife, Diana, at a luncheon in the Grace Center afterward. All Grace members are welcome and encouraged to attend the luncheon (kids, too!). Check your email or gracedowntown.org to RSVP online, or contact the church office by Friday, July 6. Meanwhile, continue to pray for Drew and Diana as they relocate to the Milwaukee area.

To welcome the Carters, consider giving nonperishable food items to stock their pantry or gift cards for restaurants, department stores, Target, Walmart, etc. Gifts will be collected in the Parish Center Lobby July 1-15 and unveiled at the luncheon. If you wish to support the luncheon through a monetary gift, mark it clearly and drop in the offering plate, or send it to the office.

Job Openings at Grace - Assistant Manager for Grace Place Coffee
Grace Place seeks a coffee lover, who wants to work a couple weekday mornings as well as a weekend or two a month to meet neighbors and members, serve great food and drinks, and help with day-to-day tasks. Training (and tasting) by Stone Creek Coffee is provided. Contact Angie Grass at 414-271-3006 or email

New! Grace Stoneware Coffee Mugs For Sale—Wondering what to get Dad for Fathers Day? Consider a new coffee mug! Grace Place Coffee is now carrying handcrafted, stoneware mugs with the Grace logo glazed on them. Mugs are 14 oz. and are dishwasher and microwave safe. Mugs cost $18 each, and can be purchased in the coffee shop.

New Communion Schedule—Beginning in July, Holy Communion at Grace will be celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of the month instead of the second and last Sundays. The change in schedule is in the interest of liturgical variety and to make use of the new resources.

Sign Up for Splash Canyon!—Summertime children’s ministry at Grace is back! Get ready for Splash Canyon, a fun adventure series running Sundays through July 29, 2018 for ages 3 through 12. Sign ups are available in the Grace and Parish Centers, as well as online at
gracedown.org/splashcanyon. Teens 13 and older are encouraged to help! For questions or details, contact Pastor Bondow at dbondow@gracedowntown.org.

Host Family Requested—First Fridays, Grace’s free monthly concert series, is seeking a host family to provide housing for their December guest artist, classical guitarist Kyle Thompson. Kyle is from Michigan, and needs housing for one night, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Anyone interested in opening up their home to Kyle, contact Maggie Rebers at maggie_rodewald@yahoo.com.

Moms Group Summer Park Play Dates—Hey Moms! Friday mornings together are over, but that means Wednesday Park Play Dates are back for the summer!

Dates and locations below:
June 6: Wirth Park, Tot Lot, Brookfield
June 13: Hart Park, Wauwatosa
June 20: Hawthorne Glen, Wauwatosa
June 27: Mitchell Park, Brookfield
July 11: Kinderberg Park, Germantown
July 18: Lake Park Playground, Milwaukee
July 25: Doctors Park, Fox Point

Contact Anna Bondow at
dabondow@gmail.com with questions.

Grace in Action June Event—
Join Grace in Action on Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-noon to plant flower beds with The Neighborhood House of Milwaukee, a local center offering programs for adults, teens, children, and immigrants. All ages welcome! Learn more about the organization at
NeighborhoodHouseMke.org; contact Suzanne Knapp at suzanneknapp@msn.com for details or to sign up.

Church Picnic—The annual Grace church picnic begins at noon on Sunday, June 24 at beautiful LaFollette Park (1100 S. 92nd St.), two blocks north of Greenfield Ave. The park features an indoor shelter, wading pool, basketball court, kickball field, jungle gym, and tennis court. Hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, all utensils, and soft drinks will be provided. If you’d like adult beverages, you may bring your own. Please bring a dish to pass. If anyone would like to bring a dessert in addition, it would be greatly appreciated! A freewill offering will be taken. Sign up soon so our cooks know how much food to purchase. Sign-up sheets are in both the Parish Center and Grace Center, or you may email Fritz Horn at fritzjhorn@gracedowntown.org or by calling 414-271-3006.

This year’s church picnic will also serve as a time to celebrate and thank Fritz Horn for the 27 years he has dedicated to Grace’s ministry, and wish him blessings on the next chapter in his life.

Kayak Milwaukee River—Join Grace YP for kayaking on Saturday, June 30 at 1 p.m. Grace is generously subsidizing this event so you only have to pay $15 (normally $30) for up to four hours on the river. This event is kid-friendly and open to everyone - not just Grace YP, and not just Grace members. Bring your family, friends, and co-workers! For those 21 and older, adult beverages are allowed in the kayaks and we will plan on docking at a few bars for drinks. Please read Milwaukee Kayak Co.’s waiver on their website and RSVP by June 11 to Josh Grefe by calling/texting 507-995-4934 or via email at
graceypgroup@gmail.com. Follow Grace YP on Facebook to stay up-to-date on this event.

First Fridays: French Flute Music for the Summer
Get ready for Bastille Days with some French flair! Julia Richter, flautist, shares some delightful French flute music perfect for a July summer evening. Pieces by Hüe, Boulanger, Saint-Saëns, Godard, Chopin, and more will be performed. Concert is free and open to the public.

Happening Around the WELS

Canticum Novum Concert at Grace—
Enjoy a free concert at Grace, courtesy of Canticum Novum, a WELS chamber choir celebrating their 13th season. Their summer season kicks off on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Customer Appreciation Event—Visit Northwestern Publishing House Christian Books & Gifts Store on Friday, June 22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., for their Customer Appreciation Event. To thank you for your support of the retail store, guests will receive additional discounts on clearance items and enter a drawing for a $100 gift card. Refreshments will also be served. Learn more at www.nph.net.

WELS Night at Miller Park—Join thousands of other WELS members on Friday, Aug. 3 for a 7:10 p.m. game against the
Colorado Rockies. The Brewers are once again offering WELS members up to 50% off the price of tickets. Seats will be along the third base line and in a block with WELS members. Tickets are now on sale! For more information or to purchase tickets, go to wels.net/event/brewers2018.