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Worship at Grace—Worshipers are asked to continue signing up ahead of time for worship services. Head to the Grace website to access the online form HERE; sign-up sheets go live Wednesdays by 7 p.m. Worshipers age 3 and up are required to wear masks or cloth face coverings to attend worship.

Divine Call—Grace has extended a divine call to Philip Moldenhauer, currently serving as an associate pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Please keep him and his family, as well as Grace, in your thoughts and prayers as he deliberates both his calls.

Weddings—Grace member Cheresa Stoll and Michael Frank were united in marriage at a ceremony in Green Bay on Saturday, Aug. 22. Grace members Lynn Vircks and Troy Hergert were united in marriage here at Grace on Friday, Aug. 28. May God bless these couples in their new lives together.

College Students—Last year we started a program called Adopt-a-Student in which we connected Grace members with our Grace college students (maybe you were even on the receiving end of a card, letter, package, or encouraging note!). We'd like to continue and grow that program this year. Please help us out by updating your status for school this year and contact info by contacting the church office. If you graduated this past year, please let us know that as well. God bless and be with you as you move forward in this uncertain time. Know that your church family is praying for you!

Jesus on Christian Living: Sunday Bible Class for Fall 2020In a post-modern world in which everyone has their own opinion on how to live a good life, and we are expected to accept everyone’s choices and decisions as valid, where do we draw the line? How does God want us to act, behave, and live in this world? Where best to turn for answers than our Savior Jesus and his own words! Join us for Sunday Bible Hour beginning Sept. 13 at both 9 and 10:15 a.m. with a seven-part series titled Jesus on Christian Living, a study of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7. This series will be offered in-person in the great hall of the Grace Center and also video recorded and made available on the Grace YouTube channel.

Jesus on Christian Living
A Study of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)

Sept 13                Discipleship status                          Mt 5:1-16
Sept 20                The big roadmap                             Mt 5:17-20
Sept 27                Perfect particulars                           Mt 5:21-48
Oct 4                   Living for the Father                       Mt 6:1-18
Oct 11                 Handling goods & goodies              Mt 6:19-34
Oct 18                 Dealing with fellow sinners             Mt 7:1-14
Oct 25                 Alert to truth & error                      Mt 7:15-29        

First Fridays September Concert—First Fridays’ concert series returns Friday, Sept. 4, at 5 p.m., both in the sanctuary and via live stream on Facebook. September’s concert features guitarist Jeremy Hiniker, and a program comprised of Bach, Tansman, Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos, and Pernambuco. Concert is free and open to the public; masks are required for ages three and up. Donations are graciously accepted, and go towards supporting the series.

5th-6th Grade Confirmation Class—Parents of children in a non-WELS Lutheran elementary school, we plan to start up Confirmation classes in October here at Grace. Last year we started a 5th and 6th grade class to go along with our 7th and 8th grade course. If your child is going into 5th or 6th grade, isn’t attending a Lutheran Elementary School, and you haven’t already heard from us, please email Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org for information and to add your child’s name to our list!

7th-8th Grade Catechism Class—In preparation for communicant membership at Grace Lutheran Church, students (typically in 7th and 8th grades) will deepen their understanding of the Bible’s teachings by studying Martin Luther’s Small Catechism over a two-year period. The introductory class on Monday, Sept. 14 at 7:40pm, is followed by classes on the 1st Monday of each month. For enrollment and participation questions contact Pastor Huebner or Pastor Hackmann.

Spam Emails from Pastors at Grace—Unfortunately, Grace members have been reporting that spam emails, claiming to come from Grace pastors "asking for a favor" with no details as to what the favor is, are being sent to them. Please do not engage with these emails! Send them to your spam or junk folder, report them to Google directly, or alert our communications coordinator Amanda Schumacher. Do not forward the emails to anyone or Grace staff. All official Grace email communication comes through a MailChimp account (like the weekly weekend worship email), and all called workers and staff email addresses are not Gmail addresses—official email addresses will always feature @gracedowntown.org as the address. At this trying time of reaching members electronically, please use discernment and double check email addresses before responding to anyone. Thank you!

WLHS Installation and Anniversary Service—Join WLHS in celebration with an installation and anniversary service on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m., at St. Marcus Lutheran Church (2215 N. Palmer St.), in Milwaukee. The service will include several new faculty installations, and two faculty, Principal Phil Leyrer and Athletic Director Jeff Sitz, will be honored for 40 years in the ministry. All are invited to stay for a reception following the service.

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A Message from the Long Range Planning Committee

Dear Grace Members, 

Every five to seven years, Grace gathers a committee of staff, councilmen, and members to start thinking ahead and facilitating long-range planning of congregational goals. We do not undertake this as a pursuit of unbridled ambition, but rather as an honest analysis of where we are, and as an aspirational look to where God's gifts might be applied in the future. 

We will be texting, emailing, and calling for congregational input in the coming weeks as we survey members. We want as much feedback as possible as we reflect on the past and set our sights on 2025/2030.  

We know that many of us are concerned with daily health and well-being at the moment. While we pray continually for God's mercy and blessing during a pandemic, we also confidently lean on God to fulfill his promises of faithfulness and care, no matter the circumstances. As we do everything God-willing, we also strive to make use of all the time and resources he has allotted.

In Christ’s Service,

Grace Long Range Planning Committee