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New! QR Code for Connect Card & Online GivingAre you visiting Grace for the first-time? Are you participating in Holy Communion or wondering how to give online? Are you a Grace member with a change of address? Grace is thrilled to bring back an easy-to-use QR code that will help you find and share this information with us easily! Scan the QR code in your worship folder with your smart phone, and you will be directed to an improved Friendship Register and Connect Card, online giving, and information about Grace! Unable to scan the QR code? No problem—visit linktr.ee/gracedowntown instead!

Divine Call Declined—Pastor Strong declined the divine call to serve as associate pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Marshall, MN. We thank God for his presence and continual service here at Grace!

Grace Bible Study Days Returns! Grace Bible Study Days returns this week, Aug. 3-5, 2021! Each evening begins with a meal at 6 p.m., followed by a brief devotion. Adults then have their choice of three Bible studies to attend, each taught by one of the Grace pastors. There is also a program for the children, featuring a Bible lesson and crafts. The evening ends with everyone coming back together for dessert and a group sing-along. Sign-up is available on the Grace website, under the Connect tab. You can also sign up by contacting the church office. Questions, contact the church office at data@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006. The Bible study topics for 2021 are as follows:

ALIVE—Thanks to and in Thanks to Jesus! Finding Hope, Joy and Life with Paul and the Ephesians
Enjoy a brisk, but edifying walk through Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and gain the encouragement that Paul offers. Learn from his inspired and inspiring words that our life, our identity and our purpose are all found in Jesus.

Bearing Burdens
This life is full of burdens caused by many things like guilt, anxiety, expectations, and sickness.
How do you handle them? How do you help others? Explore the realities, the promises, and the privileges of bearing burdens as part of the family of Christ.

Dinner Stories: The Gospel of Luke
Everyone likes to eat. Everyone needs to eat. Food is designed by God to nourish our bodies. But Jesus is even more concerned about nourishing our souls. Join together to munch on truths that will satisfy your spiritual appetite and fortify you for life.

Baptism: GBSD For the Kids
Can you remember your baptism? Whether you can or can’t, it was a very special day, but unlike Christmas or Easter it only happens once in your life! Study why baptism is so important with Mr. Drew Carter while also enjoying fun games and snacks!

Next Series at Grace in the Ward—Nourishment, strength, healing, energy, life. What if there was a super-food that provided all of those things and more? What if I told you that there is? But it isn’t found in any grocery or health store. It’s wrapped up in the Bible. Explore the eternal benefits and blessings of The Bread That Gives Life!

August 1                 The Miracle (John 6:1-15)
August 8                 The Right Source (John 6:24-35)
August 15               The Perfect Ingredients (John 6:41-54)
August 22               Eat It Up! (John 6:51-58)
August 29               An Acquired Taste (John 6:60-69)

Back to (Sunday) School: Installation Service and Meet-and-Greet—Sunday School returns on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the Parish Center. Fall Sunday School will focus on the story of Jesus, from his birth until his transfiguration! Want to meet this year’s Sunday School teachers? This year’s Sunday School teachers will be installed at the 7:45 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 29, with a Meet-and-Greet for families in the Grace Center Great Hall from 9-10 a.m.! Kids and parents alike can meet their teachers, while also enjoying some fun refreshments. Watch for details in future GraceNotes. Questions, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

First Fridays Presents Three Tenors Milwaukee—First Fridays returns with a special Saturday night concert! On Saturday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. here in the sanctuary, come enjoy a free concert featuring the Three Tenors Milwaukee! This trio, comprising local musical talents Tommy Hahn and Tim Rebers and Broadway star Andrew Varela, will perform a selection of favorite Broadway and operatic works! Concert is free to attend (donations appreciated) and open to the public. For more details, such as the program repertoire, follow Grace on Facebook or head to the First Fridays page on the Grace website: gracedowntown.org/firstfridays

Grace Church Picnic 2021—The Grace Church Picnic is next Sunday, Aug. 8, following the 10:30 a.m. service. Lunch will be served at noon in the Great Hall. Food will be provided completely by Grace, and will include brats, burgers, and other traditional picnic sides. If you plan to attend, please bring your own drinks for you and your family, as well as any yard games you might want to set up in the parking lot to enjoy with others! There will be games and activities planned by Grace in the parking lot as well. Didn’t RSVP for the meal? You are still welcome to bring your own picnic and join in for fellowship and fun games! While the church picnic might look different than in years past, we are excited to be in a place where fellowship events can be held again and hope you will join us! Questions, email Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Happy Hobby Hour: CigarsHappy Hobby Hour is returning with an annual favorite—cigars! Head to the Grace Center on Friday, August 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the surface parking lot for cigars! 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; hand sanitizer will be provided. Attendees will be able to pay cash in-person, or sign-up and pay online via Eventbrite. Please note attendees must be 18+ years of age. Thank you! For tickets, visit eventbrite.com/e/happy-hobby-hour-cigars-tickets-165030618021

Job Opening at Grace—Grace is seeking a qualified candidate for the role of Events Coordinator. This part-time position works closely with the Events Director and is responsible for select events and activities held at Grace. If you have a passion for working with people, the ability to share your faith, and experience in events, this is a great opportunity! Candidate must be a WELS member in good standing, and willing to work evenings and weekends. For the full job description and more information, contact Veronica Brewer, Events Director at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or 414-271-3006.

WLHS: Fashion Tech Donations Needed—Fashion Technology classes at Wisconsin Lutheran High School are looking for donations of yarn and cross stitch fabrics, floss, and hoops for our students to develop their God-given talents. Please contact Patti Wenzel at 715-360-0407 or patti.wenzel@wlhs.org.

New Beginnings Drive-Thru Baby Shower—Support new moms and “shower” them and their children with love, prayers, and gifts at this year’s drive-thru baby shower! On Saturday, Aug. 28, from noon until 3 p.m., guests can literally drive by the New Beginnings offices (9215 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee) and donate items from their cars. The New Beginnings team will accept much needed items, gift cards, and even monetary donations! To see what items are most needed, view the registries at homeformothers.com. Questions, contact Tabitha at tabithas@homeformothers.com.

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Job Opening—Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) is seeking a part-time Communications Coordinator. This role is responsible for coordinating and implementing strategies to communicate the institutional mission of the seminary. This is a part-time position with a workload of 30 hours a week. Starting wage is commensurate with abilities and experience.  Send resumes or questions to Brian Treichel at brian.treichel@wisluthsem.org or call 262-242-8103. 

New Beginnings Job Opening—New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers is a WELS-based home for single mothers and their children located in Milwaukee, WI. They are currently looking for a paid, part-time Home Manager! For more information, please contact Executive Director, Tabitha Schroeder, at 414-376-0595 or tabithas@homeformothers.com

Job Openings with Christian Family Solutions Home Care—Christian Family Solutions Home Care provides non-medical care and companionship in the homes of individuals who need periodic check-ins, a little extra help, and encouragement. We’re seeking compassionate, Christ-like caregivers who are willing to meet this growing need. CFS caregivers can choose their own schedules, are well-trained for their roles, supported in spiritual growth, and paid competitive wages. Learn more and apply at ChristianFamilySolutions.org/careers or call our team at 262-293-9389.

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Grace Place Coffee Needs You!

Dear Grace members,

If you are looking for opportunities to serve at your congregation as we continue to resume more normal routines, consider service at Grace Place Coffee! You may have enjoyed the convenience of a beverage or snack between Bible Study and worship on Sundays in the past, and we really need you more than ever! 

We would like to resume Sunday operation of the coffee shop once again, starting on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021

To make a pleasant opportunity for those who have not served at the coffee shop in the past, we would like to allow you to serve at your own comfort level. You don’t need to have full knowledge of opening and closing procedures, working the register, or becoming a lead barista, but you can add to your skills—at your own pace when you like. You might enjoy starting as a greeter and going from there!      

Level I: Greeter (Introductory)

Great first step to getting involved at Grace! Bring your kids or a friend and show them how great it feels to get involved. Also a great option to socialize with all your fellow Grace members you haven’t met.
Tasks include: Welcome and direct people at Grace Center and coffee shop; wipe tables down, fill creamers and other supplies, and learn how to brew and refill drip coffee urns.

Level II: Register (Intermediate)

Low pressure way to get involved and help take the load off of the lead barista. Also a great way to get used to the coffee shop if you’re interested in the barista role but want to work your way up to it. Tasks include: Learn to operate the register. We have an intuitive and rather simple program once you do a couple transactions! Help fill orders of bottled beverages and treats, and write simple directions for the barista to make specialty drinks.

Level III: Barista (Experienced)

Love coffee? We’ll make sure you get the training to make some amazing specialty coffee drinks. No previous experience required. Tasks include: Make hot and cold specialty drinks: steam milk, pull espresso shots, and follow posted recipes. Ability to operate opening and closing procedures a plus! Ideally, there would be at least one person at this level per time slot. 

Ideally, we would have three (3) people serving at a time, once a month, for one of three time slots:
6:45-8:45 a.m.; 8:30-10:30 a.m.; or 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Peak hours are 8:45-9 a.m. and 10-10:30 a.m., and it would be great to have some overlap in shifts in an attempt to smoothly transition between time slots, so people can leave on time.

Interested? Let Pastor Hackmann know! Give him a call at 414-271-3006 or send him an email at bhackmann@gracedowntown.org.

Thank you for considering serving Grace in this way!

Paul Demcak, Grace Place Coffee Manager
The Grace Place Coffee Shop Restart Team