Poinsettias Available to Order—There is still time to order red poinsettias to beautify the chancel for Christmas. Please use one of the envelopes pro­vided on the Parish Center counter and deposit it in the box. The costs are $17 (single, 5-7 blooms) or $26 (double, 10-14 blooms). The deadline for white poinsettia orders has passed, orders for red poinsettias need to be in no later than Friday, Dec. 6. Poinsettias purchased can be taken home after morning worship on Christmas Day. Please make checks payable to Grace.

Angel Tree Reminder—Unwrapped gifts need to be returned no later than tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 2! Gifts can be dropped off at the church office. Hours for Monday are 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Questions, contact Veronica Brewer at 414-271-3006 or email vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

Lutheran Chorale Christmas Concert—The Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, under the direction of Levi Nagel and whose members include Grace members Kevin Becker, Jeannine Hirschmann, Adam Nass, and Carmen and Jon Rupprecht, presents “Comfort and Joy,” today, Dec. 1, at 2 and 4:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (1052 White Rock Ave., Waukesha). This year’s concert features string and woodwind ensembles. An organ prelude, played by Lynn Kozlowski, begins 20 minutes prior to each concert. More information available at lutheranchorale.org.

Christmas Decorating—Ever wonder how Grace gets to look so pretty at Christmas time? Do you wonder how the trees get put up? Are you really good at making sure strings of lights are all connected? Then come help Grace decorate after the 6:30 p.m. Advent service on Wednesday, Dec. 4! We will meet right after the service. No previous experience required: any and all helping hands appreciated! If you plan on helping, please contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Advent Suppers—Enjoy a warm meal and fellowship before evening Advent worship! Menus below; RSVP via the sign-up sheets in the Parish and Grace Centers, or online at gracedowntown.org, under the Connect tab. Suggested donations are $5/adult, $2/child. Questions, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006.

Dec. 4: Breakfast for Dinner!
Biscuits and gravy, eggs, fresh fruit

Dec. 11: Spaghetti Night
Served by Teen Group: all donations received this night go towards funding the teens attending the 2020 Youth Rally!

Dec. 18: Chili Night
Baked potato bar, salads, and desserts
Served by Moms Group

First Fridays Christmas Concert—Tim Rebers, tenor and Maggie Rebers, piano, present “Mystery and Celebration,” a concert of Christmas music on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m. in the sanctuary. Featuring favorite jazz standards and beautiful new arrangements of sacred carols, the concert is open to the public and all ages are welcome to attend! Concert is free; donations gratefully accepted. Concerts last about an hour, with light refreshments served afterwards in the narthex.

Christmas Caroling—On Sunday, Dec. 8, starting at noon, walk the streets of the Historic Third Ward and share the joy of Christmas by singing carols and inviting the community to holiday worship. All ages and levels of singing talent are invited; contact Pastor Strong to sign up: 414-271-3006 or astrong@gracedowntown.org to sign-up.

Call Meeting Set for Sunday, Dec. 8—A call meeting for calling a pastor to fill the vacancy left by Pastor Bondow is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, at 11:45 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Family Christmas Eve Service Rehearsals—This beloved tradition brings children and adults of all ages together to share God’s message of love through Scripture readings and music. All members are invited to sing in the choir for this service; rehearsals are in the church’s lower level the following dates:

Dec. 7 @ 9:30 a.m.
Dec. 14 @ 10:30 a.m.
Dec. 21 @ 9:30 a.m.

Contact Minister of Music Kevin Becker, kbecker@gracedowntown.org, for more information.

PrimeTimers Christmas Party—This annual party is set for Saturday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Grace Center classroom. There will be a catered Christmas meal and music played by our own Paul Sherwood on the piano. The cost is $10 each, to offset the cost of food. RSVP to Drew Carter by calling 512-925-9138 or email him at dcarter@gracedowntown.org by Dec. 14 so he has an accurate head count.

Winter Blood Drive—Grace is partnering with Versiti and the Blood Center of Wisconsin and hosting a winter-time blood drive on Sunday, Dec. 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Grace Center classroom. Sign up today: https://bit.ly/2NJU3Y2. Questions, contact Julie Schoenrock at jschoenrock@gracedowntown.org.

Homebound for the Holidays—As we celebrate Christ’s coming with family and friends, let’s remember those who are homebound and wish they could 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’d like a list of our homebound members and how to reach them, please email Drew Carter, dcarter@gracedowntown.org, or Carolyn Schulz, data@gracedowntown.org, for an electronic list of names or call 414-271-3006 to ask for a physical copy of the list. Please note: names and addresses on the list have changed since last year!

Offering Envelopes for 2020—Grace members’ 2020 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.

Flower Chart for 2020—Do you have a special anniversary, birthday, or celebration coming up? Consider giving altar flowers at Grace to celebrate! Sign-up on the chart in the narthex; 2020 dates are now available. Questions, call the church office at 414-271-3006 or email data@gracedowntown.org.

Job Openings—Grace Lutheran Church and the Point of Grace have various job openings in the following positions: part-time custodian, part-time events staff , and part-time campus ministry administration. Log into the member portal at gracedowntown.org and head to the jobs page, or email Communications Coordinator Amanda Schumacher at aschumacher@gracedowntown.org for a list of job descriptions and the point of contact for each role.