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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 the front of the 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!

Sunday Morning Bible Class: Fall Series— “Time flies!” You’ve heard that a gazillion times. But it’s true isn’t it? As creatures under the Creator, we need to ask, “How do we spend our time, and how do we spend our time wisely?” Through King Solomon God answers those questions in a most unique book of the Bible, Ecclesiastes. We’ll dig into this most practical book in Sunday Bible class, beginning Sept.12, 2021, at 9:15 and 10 a.m. Enjoy fresh coffee, juice, and treats and special time for fellowship and interaction before and after each session (which means instead of 60 minutes of class, we’ll wrap up in 45 minutes)! Join us, won’t you, for Our Time Is in God’s Hands (a Study of Ecclesiastes):

Sept. 12                    Is life a waste of time? (Ecc. 1:1-2:16)               
Sept. 19                    At times toil takes a toll (Ecc. 2:17-4:6)           
Sept. 26                    Do you have time for people? (Ecc. 4:7-5:7)   
Oct. 3                        How much time should money get? (Ecc. 5:8-6:12)      
Oct. 10                     It’s high time for mind-time (Ecc. 7:1-8:1)                        
Oct. 17                     Is it ever time to play politics? (Ecc. 8:2-9:18)
Oct. 24                     Time well spent (Ecc. 10:1-12:14)     

Current 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 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)

Sheepshead Returns! The Grace Sheepshead group is meeting again, and is always welcoming new members to our card night! The group plays on the second Thursday of every month (except in September; they meet on Sept. 16). The group plays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Grace Center’s Great Hall. Bring your favorite beverage and snack for our potluck table! For more information, email Sam Ennis at samuel_ennis@yahoo.com.

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 encourage; 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-16503061802.

First Fridays Presents Rebecca Royce, Harpist—Enjoy a free concert performance by harpist Rebecca Royce! On Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. here in the sanctuary, enjoy works by Handel, Bach, Spohr, Hindemith and others. 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

Roadmaps to Bible Reading: New Testament Bible Study—Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 8, enjoy an overview of New Testament Scripture with Pastor James Huebner. This series begins in fall and runs until early winter. To participate, contact Carolyn in the office at 414-271-3006 or email data@gracedowntown.org.

Annual Grace Community Rummage Sale: Seeking Volunteers! The annual Grace Community Rummage Sale returns—and this time, for two days! The Grace Community Rummage Sale will take place Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Grace Center. For the rummage sale to be a success, volunteers are needed! Volunteers are needed for load-in on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 3-8 p.m., day-of the rummage on Friday and Saturday (counters, greeters, and floaters), and load-out on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2-4 p.m. If you are willing to serve your church for a few hours in this way, please contact Veronica Brewer, Events Director, at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call her direct phone line at 414-988-8259. Hope to see you there!

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.

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.

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.

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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