Happening at Grace

Doors Open Milwaukee—
Milwaukee’s annual tradition, Doors Open Milwaukee, continues today. Grace is one of hundreds of stops in the city, which also includes our sister churches St. John’s on the Hillside and St. Marcus. Consider visiting them today or sticking around after worship and greeting some of our Doors Open guests!

Grace in the Ward Grand Opening Recap—Grace’s second site ministry held its Grand Opening last weekend. Over 90 souls gathered together for worship! Afterwards, over 120 brats and hot dogs were enjoyed by Grace in the Ward attendees and Third Ward neighbors alike in Catalano Square, and 100+ food items were donated to Hunger Task Force as part of Stuff the Trunk. Thank God for his continual blessings on this growing ministry.

Call Update—On Aug. 26, Grace called Pastor Mark Kaesmeyer to serve us as a fourth pastor here. Pastor Kaesmeyer currently serves as lead pastor at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Please keep Pastor Kaesmeyer, his family, and Grace in your prayers as he deliberates both of his calls.

Decorators & Handy Persons Wanted—Do you have an eye for design and love of special events? Do you enjoy painting or wood-working? Events Director Renee Hundley is looking for individuals to assist with a few fun projects in the events department and around Grace Center. Contact her at rhundley@gracedowntown.org for details, or call the church office.

Moms Group has resumed! Join fellow moms and their children on select Friday mornings in October at 9 a.m. While children can enjoy each other’s company, moms well get to dive into the Word of God. For details, contact Anna Bondow at dabondow@gmail.com.

Women of Grace Gathers—Enjoy fellowship with your sisters in Christ! These casual gatherings are open to all women of the congregation. See below for the last September date:

Sept. 27: Ruby Tap (6:30 p.m.)

Learn more about Women of Grace and Gathers HERE.

First Fridays presents APERI ANIMAM—This early music ensemble makes their debut in Grace’s First Fridays concert series on Friday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. The concert features compositions from 1485-1625. Concert is free, donations are gratefully accepted. First Friday concerts last an hour, with light refreshments following.

Gracemade—Group crafting sessions are back! Gracemade meets monthly, 8 a.m.-noon on the third Saturday in the church basement. Anyone and any experience level is welcome to join. Check out their upcoming projects:

Oct. 20: fleece blankets and/or quilts
Nov. 17: pajama pants

Did you know? Since Gracemade’s formation, they’ve donated 175 items to those in need! Want to get involved? Contact Rachel LaMantia at gracemademke@gmail.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.

Annual Grace Camp-Out 2019—Now is the time to reserve your campsite for next summer’s annual camp-out at Long Lake Campground in the northern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, just northeast of Kewauskum, about an hour drive from the zoo. This is not a group camp so everyone needs to make reservations for their own camp sites. This can be done at reserveamerica.com or by calling 1-888-947-2757. Reserve for any evenings July 25-27 with departure on Sunday, July 28--whatever fits your schedule and tolerance level! Reese (sites 922-967). Some now are non-reservable. If you can’t get one in the upper, go for the lower 900s which is just a shout away. We have one joint meal on Friday at 6:00 p.m. The rest of the meals are on your own. Details on joint devotions, church service, etc. will be sent to you in July. If you decide to reserve a site, please let Drew Carter know which one you reserved at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

A Message from Communications Coordinator Amanda Schumacher

Good Morning Everyone!
I hope this finds you doing well and enjoying the beginning of September. If you are reading this note - thank you. Sincerely! The ways we communicate in this world continue to change, and I’d love to know what is the best way to connect with you. If you are willing, please head to gracedowntown.org/survey and take a few minutes to answer some questions about ways we can better communicate with each other here at Grace. In case you don’t have access to a computer, printed versions of the survey are available in the Parish Center and Grace Center. I want to continue to serve this congregation to the best of my ability, and knowing what you want will help me do that!
God’s Blessings on your week!
-Amanda Schumacher, Communications Coordinator

Bible Study at Grace

Relationships: Strengthening Relationships Through Communication
Sundays in September
9:00 & 10:15 a.m. | Grace Center Great Hall
Led by Pastor James and Denise Becker, September’s Sunday Morning Bible Class will be centered on relationships. One of the ways to become closer or develop a better relationship is communicating. However, do you ever find it difficult to talk with or listen to your spouse, or someone of the opposite sex? (Or maybe you have no problem talking but they seem to have a problem listening.) We will discuss the differences of the sexes in communicating, and skills to make our communication more effective, based on the principles God lays down for us. Come and join us as we work and have fun at becoming closer with our spouse and others.

Friday Bible Breakfast
Every 2nd & 4th Friday, 6:30-7:30 a.m. | Grace Place Coffee
Join Pastor Bondow for Indirect Communication. Through close reading of various Old Testament sections, explore how God communicated his grace before Christ’s birth.

Young Professionals Bible Study
Tuesdays, 7-8 p.m. | Grace Place Coffee Shop
Join Grace YP as they study on evangelizing to people of other religious faiths. Meetings take place in the coffee shop. All 20-and-30-somethings are welcome! For more information, send an email to graceypgroup@gmail.com or visit the Grace Young Professional Facebook page.

PrimeTimers Bible Class
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. | Grace Center classroom
Scheduled with retirees in mind but open to all ages, join guest speaker Rev. Kevin Hundley this week for study. Starting in October, the class will focus on the Catechism. Questions, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org. Questions, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Campus Ministry
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. | Marquette University Campus
Wednesday, 7 p.m. | MSOE Campus
Fall is in the air and college campuses are coming back to life! Grace is continuing its commitment to Grace college students at MSOE and Marquette (new this year!) by offering weeknight Bible studies on Wednesday evenings. Contact Pastor Strong at astrong@gracedowntown.org for details.

Weeknight Bible Study
Thursdays, 6 p.m. | Grace Center classroom
Led by Pastor Bondow, this weeknight Bible study is perfect for members who are unable to participate in Sunday morning classes.

Sunday School
Sundays, 9 a.m. | Parish Center basement
Perfect for toilet-trained children ages 3 through 12. For details, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Teen Bible Study
Sundays, 9 a.m. | Parish Center basement
Geared towards children 13 and older. For details, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Sundays, 8:45-10:15 a.m.
Sunday morning nursery service is available for infants and children up to 3 years old. The nursery is adjacent to the Parish Center lobby and will be staffed from 8:45-10:15 a.m. during the 9 a.m. service and Bible study. If any Grace members would like to volunteer in the nursery once a month please contact Minister of Discipleship Drew Carter, dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Happening Around the WELS

Point of Grace—Can deception exist if the deceiver thinks that they are telling the truth? Join Point of Grace for Deception, Suggestion & Influence: A Christian’s Guide to Navigating the Truth in an Entertainment Culture. Peter Bloedel leads the conversation on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Warrior Underground at Wisconsin Lutheran College ( 8800 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee).

LWMS Fall Rally—Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Metro Milwaukee North Circuit Fall Rally will take place 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Faith Lutheran (W244 N6383 Weaver Dr., Sussex). The focus will be on mission work in the Milwaukee area. Contact Christie Fischer at clfis29@yahoo.com with questions or for details.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Band & Choir Concert—The Wisconsin Lutheran College Band, Wisconsin Lutheran Choir, and Chamber Choir will perform in the Fall Showcase Concert on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwan Concert Hall, located in the Center for Arts and Performance (8815 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at wlc.edu/boxoffice or by calling 414-443-8802.

WLHS 6th-8th Grade Open House—Wisconsin Lutheran High School (WLHS) invites children in 6th-8th grade and their parents to meet teachers, tour the school, and enjoy faculty presentations during their Open House on Sunday, Oct. 7. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., with program starting at 6 p.m.