Happening at Grace

Call Meeting—Grace has 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.

Grace in the Ward Grand Opening—Grace’s second site ministry, located in the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee), is having an official grand opening and welcome to the community on Sunday, Sept. 16! Join Grace in the Ward for a free brat cookout in Catalano Square following the service, and bring non-perishable food items to fill Pastor Strong’s car trunk—all items will be given to Hunger Task Force.

Choir Singers Wanted—Do you like to sing? Consider joining a choir at Grace - rehearsals are starting soon. Choose from participating in the Grace Choir (contact Prof. Tiefel at james.tiefel@wls.wels.net) The Motet Choir (contact Angela Hohenstein at cleoang@gmail.com), The Men’s Choir (contact Chris Dostal at musicchristopher@gmail.com), or The Women's Choir (back again this year! contact Robin Lehninger at rlehninger@gmail.com).

You can read more about each choir individually by CLICKING HERE

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 upcoming dates and locations:

Sept. 14: Angie Grass home, bring a project to finish (6 p.m.)
Sept. 19: Humboldt Park Beer Garden, kid-friendly! (5 p.m.)
Sept. 27: Ruby Tap (6:30 p.m.)

Learn more about Women of Grace and Gathers HERE.

Happy Hobby Hour is back! Head to the Grace Center classroom on Friday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. for a beyond-the-basics session in Crocheting 2.0. Cost is $5, and includes appetizers, beverage ticket, and raffle entry. RSVP to Veronica via 414-271-3006 or vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

Welcome Back MSOE Cook-Out—Join Pastor Strong for a free cook-out, 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, here at Grace. MSOE alumni and current MSOE students alike are invited to attend!

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:

Sept. 15: paper flowers (start time is 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.)
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.

Apple Picking at Apple Holler—Open to all ages, join Grace YP for a fun day of fall activities at Apple Holler (5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant) on Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon. Cost is $15 for admission to the orchard; includes a quarter peck of apples.

Advent by Candlelight—Advent by Candlelight (ABC) prep is underway! If you would be interested in helping plan this year’s ABC event, join this year’s coordinator Sarah Egelseer on Sunday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m. in the Grace Center classroom for an informational meeting. Questions, contact Sarah at sarahegelseer@live.com.

Annual Doors Open Milwaukee
Once again, Grace is a stop for the annual Milwaukee tradition, now in its eighth year. Grace will open its doors Sept. 22 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sept. 23 (noon-3 p.m.) 12 time slots remain - if you can help, contact Jon Rupprecht to offer your services or for more information: 414-559-4110 or jhr12447@aol.com. This is an easy and excellent outreach opportunity where you can help visitors see and learn about our church!

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