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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 29               An Acquired Taste (John 6:60-69)

Divine Call Extended—Grace extended a call on Sunday, Aug. 15, to Rev. Stephen Helwig, who is currently serving Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Omaha, NE, to serve at Grace as an associate pastor. Please keep Pastor Helwig and his family, as well as Grace, in your prayers as he deliberates his calls.

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.

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

Most Certainly True: Book of Matthew Episode SeriesAre you looking to restart devotional reading after “summer vacation?” Have you always wanted to have a system to read God’s Word, but never knew where to start? No matter where you are, we have an opportunity to announce to you! Join Most Certainly True, Grace Church’s podcast, in reading through the Book of Matthew this fall! Grace members and friends are invited to join read along one chapter of the book of Matthew every weekday, starting Tuesday, Sept. 7 and running through Oct. 14. After reading, tune into the podcast each day to hear your Grace pastors discuss each chapter—you can subscribe to the podcast and receive an alert every time we post new episodes! Questions? Ask Pastor Hackmann at bhackmann@gracedowntown.org. We know you’ll benefit from time in God’s Word and hope you’ll grow along with us by listening to the Book of Matthew episodes on Most Certainly True!   

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 this Sunday, Aug. 29, at the 7:45 a.m. service, 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.

Doors Open Milwaukee—Doors Open is back in person! Grace is once again participating in this great event, and needs your help. This is a great outreach opportunity for many who visit our historic church. We're looking for friendly greeters to act as building hosts and provide guidance—no historical knowledge is needed! There are numerous volunteer slots available for both Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26, noon-5 p.m. Contact Paul Sherwood for details or to sign up: 414-791-6010 or paulsherwood3@gmail.com.

Around the WELS News

WLHS Installation Service—Join Wisconsin Lutheran High School for its installation service today, Sunday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m., at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church (1650 N. Brookfield Rd.) in Brookfield, WI. The service will include several new faculty and staff installations. All are welcome to attend.

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.

Wine & Dine—New Beginnings, a WELS-based home for single mothers, invites you to its annual Wine & Dine on Thursday, Sept. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at Terrace 167 in Richfield. This evening of fine wine, appetizers, and a silent auction will benefit the mothers and babies served through the New Beginnings ministry. The cost is $40 per person. For tickets, go to https://givebutter.com/wine-dine-2021.

NPH Leadership Opportunity—Northwestern Publishing House is currently seeking an experienced business leader to serve as its President. This is a full-time, salaried position located at NPH’s office in the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, WI. If you would like more information or are interested in being considered for this position, please visit nph.net/join-our-team or call Bill Ziche at 414-615-5778.

Temporary Project Manager Needed—WELS Lutherans for Life is looking for a project manager to navigate the STI-STD program to its successful launch in the pregnancy center. The hours are flexible and negotiable. Some work can be done from home or a remote location. If you are a nurse or have experience in the medical field, or if you know of someone who does, and is looking for a short-term project with long-term results and satisfaction, please contact Peter Georgson at Peter@ALife2.com for the position description and more details.

Job Opening at St. Lucas Lutheran School—If you or someone you know is reliable, flexible, and loves working with children, it may be the right time to join the team at Saint Lucas Lutheran School in Bay View. Saint Lucas is currently seeking a Full-Time Preschool Assistant Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information, please contact Mrs. Susan Zeitler, szeitler@saintlucas.org.

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) has two employment opportunities available:

Culinary/Prep Cook—to work in our cafeteria. This individual will assist in preparing meals for the students and setting up the serving line. Two years of experience is preferred, but we are willing to train. Candidates must have a basic understanding of nutrition, health, and safety requirements in food preparation. Being able to take direction is essential. Work schedule during the school session is Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Position requires hours during special events throughout the school year. Send resumes to Jeannie Goljenboom at jeannie.goljenboom@wisluthsem.org or call 262-242-8124.

Part-Time Communications Coordinator—This person will be responsible for coordinating and implementing strategies to communicate the institutional mission of WLS, and will craft key messages, communications, and publications for all audiences consistent with WLS’s strategic advancement initiatives. Special emphasis is given to informational/promotional/direct appeal writing and online publishing. This is a part-time position with a workload of 30 hours a week. Starting wage is commensurate with abilities and experience. Send resumes to Brian Treichel at brian.treichel@wisluthsem.org or call 262-242-8103.

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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