GraceNotes - Nov. 4, 2018

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Nov. 4, 2018 Edition

Happening at Grace

Today: Open Forum is today at 9 and 10:15 a.m. in the Heritage Room (church basement). Follow your nose to the sizzling bacon, delectable doughnuts and other refreshments are being served, by the church council. Come for an update and discussion of Grace’s strategic plan and goals for 2019, including expanded ministry at Grace and downtown. Presented by congregation president Josh Schermerhorn

Today: Grace Fine Art & Craft Festival—
Grace’s annual Fine Art & Craft Festival is today, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Grace Center. Grace Place Coffee is open the entire time, and Hatched, a local Milwaukee baker, has sweet and savory hand-held pies available for purchase. This year, 20 vendors are showcasing their handcrafted items, which include fire-glazed pottery, wood-etched and laser cut jewelry, collage greeting cards and art prints, Milwaukee landmark photography, vegan body care products, assorted organic teas, recycled yard art, and more. Get some holiday shopping done for your loved ones (or yourself), and support local talent!

Asleep in Jesus—
Long-time Grace member John Kuhr was called home to his heavenly Father on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. A memorial service will be held at Grace 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

Assist with Campus Ministry—Your help is needed! Rides to church are needed for Marquette students on Sunday mornings as well as in forming a Campus Ministry group that would coordinate meals, events, and care-packages for students. If you are passionate about serving young people at this important stage of life, please contact Pastor Strong at

The Point of Grace Christmas Party—Join Point of Grace Campus Ministry on Friday, Nov. 30, @ 6 p.m. for a concert celebration to kick off the Christmas and holiday season! Food and fun start at 6 p.m; Him and Her concert at 7 p.m. Him and Her are Seth and Jenna Herlich who share their passion for God’s Word and music. This event is geared toward college-aged young adults, but the concert is open to everyone!

“Be Still” - Advent By Candlelight
is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1, 3:30-5:15 p.m. in the Grace Center. Hosted by Women of Grace, Grace’s women-led ministry, Advent by Candlelight is a child-free worship and fellowship experience for women. Enjoy an afternoon away from the family and the daily demands of life, and instead re-connect with your sisters in Christ while reflecting on the true reason for the season. Check out the opportunities below to see how you can get involved:

Hostess & Attendees
Women of the congregation are encouraged to host a table for the event. Please sign up to host a table by tomorrow, Nov. 5. For attendees, sign-ups are now available; sign-up before Monday, Nov. 26. All female Grace members 13 years or older are welcome to attend.

Bake a Dessert
Advent By Candlelight is seeking bakers willing to bring desserts to share the day of the event. New this year, hostesses won’t have to worry about providing their tables with food and drinks, and instead can focus on guiding their group through conversation and worship. Please note: due to some severe nut allergies of this year’s attendees, we ask that all desserts be completely nut-free.

Sign-up sheets for everything Advent by Candlelight related are available in the Parish Center, Grace Center, or online. Questions, contact ABC Coordinator Sarah Egelseer at (920)285-8775 or

Grace in the Ward Concert—
Grace’s second site ministry, located in the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee), welcomes Him and Her on Sunday, Dec. 2, as part of the worship service. Him and Her are Seth and Jenna Herlich who share their passion for God’s Word and music. Learn more at

Grace Members in Need—Our Seminary Senior Assistant, Michael Hollmann, and his wife, Erin, recently had a baby who came very early! They have requested some assistance with meals. If you are able to help them, please go to for more information and to sign up! If you have any questions, or do not have computer access and want to help, call Sarah Egelseer at 920-285-8775. Thank you for your consideration in helping them through this difficult time!

Grace in Action November Event—Join Grace in Action at Feeding America (1700 W. Fond du Lac Ave.) on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. We will be sorting, labeling, and packaging food items. Children 10 and older are welcome. Contact Suzanne Knapp to sign up.

Volunteers for Night to Shine—Grace will host Night To Shine on Friday, Feb. 8, from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Grace Center. Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night event sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation for individuals with special needs ages 14 and older. Volunteers are needed in many different areas to make this all come together. Sign-up sheets are available in the Parish Center lobby as well as online. Brief descriptions of responsibilities for each area are included on the sign-up sheets, so pick whatever suits you best. Questions, contact Renee Hundley at rhundley@gracedowntown.orgor Drew Carter at

Happening Around the WELS

Help Rebuild Panama City, FL—WELS Kingdom Workers is seeking volunteer builders to assist with rebuilding Panama City, FL—one of the many cities hit by hurricanes this year. Details can be found at Help Rebuild Panama City, FL—WELS Kingdom Workers is seeking volunteer builders to assist with rebuilding Panama City, FL—one of the many cities hit by hurricanes this year. Details can be found at

Special Donations for Panama City, FL—Can’t help Panama City in person? Consider donating monetary funds to Northwestern Publishing House so hymnals and other worship resources can be donated to Amazing Grace, one of our WELS churches that suffered severe damage when Hurricane Michael hit in October. Contributions can be made in-person and over the phone Friday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1250 N. 113th Street, Milwaukee or by calling 800-662-6022.

WLC Theatre Presents The Tempest—Wisconsin Lutheran College Theatre Department presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest, now through Nov. 10 in the Center for Arts & Performance Raabe Theatre (8815 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee). Learn more about performance dates, times, ticket prices and more at or call 414.443.8802.

Lutheran Chorale Concert—The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, under the direction of Levi Nagel, presents its annual pre-Christmas concert program on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 2 & 4:30 p.m. at Abiding Word Lutheran Church (9420 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee). An organ prelude, presented by Lynn Kozlowski, begins 20 minutes prior to the concert. Learn more at

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. On Sunday mornings, you can find her volunteering in the coffee shop, or enjoying worship at Grace in the Ward! 

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