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Grace Open for Worship! Grace is open for in-person worship! Head to the Grace website to access the online sign-up for worship services. For the time being, those who want to worship in-person must sign-up for a time slot prior to attending, and masks are required, ages three and up, as mandated by the City of Milwaukee. Sign-up sheets go live Wednesdays by 7 p.m.

Divine Call—Pastor Ryan Kolander returned his call to serve as an associate pastor at Grace. A call meeting has been scheduled for today, Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11:45 a.m. in the Grace Center Great Hall. Those who wish to attend may do so in-person or virtually via Zoom. All are welcome and invited to join!  

Wedding—Grace member Sara Kieselhorst and Matthew Aumend were united in marriage here at Grace on Saturday, Aug. 8. May God bless this couple in their new life together.

Grace Bible Study Days Archive Now on WebsiteGrace Bible Study Days, a beloved tradition for almost 40 years at Grace, happened virtually this past week! In case you missed the daily devotional videos, they are now up and archived on the Grace website, under Learn and Grow, under the Bible Study tab.

Happy Hobby Hour: Cigars—Happy Hobby Hour is returning with an annual favorite—cigars! Join Grace members Joe Gruszka and Troy Hergert on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Grace Center surface parking lot for cigars and fellowship! Learn briefly about the history of cigars and the different types out there. Cost is $5 and includes delicious appetizers, one free drink ticket, cigars, and raffle entry. Physical and social distancing will be encouraged, masks required (per City of Milwaukee ordinances), and hand sanitizer will be provided. Attendees will be able to pay cash in-person, or sign-up and pay online via Eventbrite.

September Teen EventTeens of Grace, are you missing baseball this year? If so, then mark your calendars for Friday, Sept. 4, 2020 and make plans to have a socially distant fun-time at a Milwaukee Milkmen home game! Game starts at 6:35 p.m. at Franklin Field (7035 S. Ballpark Dr. Franklin, WI 53132). RSVP to Drew Carter by Aug. 21, or via the event on Facebook. Tickets are $9 each (but will be partially covered by Grace). While some adult chaperones will be needed, this is meant to be a teen event so please RSVP only your teens! RSVPs and questions can be directed to Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

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 Grace 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.

Job Opening at Grace—Grace is seeking candidates to fill one (1) part-time custodian position in the Grace Center. Responsibilities include cleaning work and event spaces as well as assisting with special event set up and take down. Position is for 10 hours a week; candidates must be able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends. Great opportunity for students and night owls. For a full description and details, contact Dave Egelseer at admin@gracedowntown.org or 414-271-3006.

Spam Emails from Pastor Strong—Unfortunately, Grace members have been reporting that spam emails, claiming to come from Pastor Strong "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!

2020-21 Jr. Viking Boys Basketball Tryouts PostponedTryouts have been postponed as we plan for changes in where practices can be held. Please let any eager participants know that we are still planning to hold a season under the safety and health guidelines for the city of Milwaukee.  Contact Coach Ryan Walz at ryan.walz@wlhs.org with any questions.

30th Annual Friends of Wisco Golf Outing—Registration is now open for the Friends of Wisco Annual Golf Outing, rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 24, at Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex (W270N6166 Moraine Dr. #3332). Cost is $160 per person with shotgun start at 10 a.m. Price includes: green fees, golf cart, lunch and dinner, and two drink tickets. For registration and sponsorship information visit bidpal.net/wlhsgolf20. Registration is limited. Please sign up by Friday, Aug. 14.

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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