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Worship and Bible Class

Midweek Advent at Grace—The remaining midweek Advent services are set for Wednesdays, Dec. 8 and 15, 2021, from 12:10-12:40 p.m. (a shortened version of the evening service—perfect for attending over your lunch break if you work downtown) and in the evening at 6:30 p.m., with a meal served by a Grace group beforehand. The meals are taco bar (Dec. 8; served by RootedMKE); and chili (Dec. 15; served by Songs, Stories, & Studies group). Questions, contact the church office at 414-271-3006 or data@gracedowntown.org.

Grace in the Ward Current Series: She Shouldn’t Be Here—They weren’t pure, perfect, or holy, and for a lot of reasons, these women didn’t belong. Yet, God chose them and used them for magnificent purposes, namely, to be ancestors of the promised Savior. Join us this Advent season as we prepare our hearts for celebrating the Savior’s birth by looking at the lives of Old Testament women—Sarah, Rahab, and Ruth—to see that while, like them, we don’t belong, God graciously gives us a place by the manger. Join Grace in the Ward Sundays at 10:30 a.m., now through Dec. 12, at the Broadway Theatre Center (158 N. Broadway, Milwaukee).

Sunday Morning Bible Class: Here We Stand: The Legacy of Worms, 500 Years Later is based on the short film of the same name. Revisit Martin Luther’s stand at the Diet of Worms and how it relates to the foundational truths Lutherans treasure today. Sunday morning Bible class is offered at 9 and 10:15 a.m., where attendees enjoy fresh coffee, juice, and treats, spending time in the Word, and interactive fellowship before and after each session (which runs approximately 45 minutes). Questions, contact Pastor Brian Hackmann at bhackmann@gracedowntown.org.

Sunday Morning Bible Class Survey—The pastors of Grace Church are looking for your help in improving the quality of our Sunday morning Bible class! No matter if you attend every week or have never come to Sunday morning Bible class, we’d like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to fill out an anonymous survey and share your feedback. Surveys can be found via the QR code in the front of your worship folder, or under the Connect tab on the Grace website. Printed surveys can also be found in the Parish Center. The pastors are also open and eager to hear your thoughts about Bible class in other ways. Thank you for your time and input to help make this important aspect of our ministry as beneficial as possible!

GraceNotes

Family Christmas Eve Service Rehearsals—All Grace children, teens, and adults are encouraged to be part of this special service, presented at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays, Dec. 11, 18, from 9:30-11 a.m. Any Grace student in a 4-year-old class or older is invited to participate. High school and adult members are invited to sing in the special Family Service choir. Please contact Kevin Becker, kbecker@gracedowntown.org, or call the church office if you or your children are interested.

Angel Tree—Angel Tree is returning! This year, it will look a little different, due to some changes in the logistics of the program, but gifts will still need to be purchased for children in foster care. Watch GraceNotes for future details about how Angel Tree will work this year. Angel Tree will be up next Sunday, Dec. 5, with instructions. Stay tuned!

Offering Envelopes for 2022—Grace members’ 2022 offering envelopes will soon be available in the Parish Center. Those enrolled in electronic giving are generally not assigned envelopes. However, if you would still like a box for 2022, please contact Carolyn in the church office at 414-271-3006, data@gracedowntown.org. Thank you!

Grace Place Coffee Closed Today—Grace Place Coffee, Grace’s on-site coffee shop, is closed today. Please note the doors to the Grace Center will lock at 10:45 a.m. instead of noon.

Flower Chart for 2022—Do you have an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion you’d like to commemorate? Consider giving altar flowers at Grace to celebrate! Sign-up on the chart in the narthex; 2022 dates are now available. Questions, call the church office at 414-271-3006 or email data@gracedowntown.org.

Now Live! Grace Church Directory—Grace's online photo directory is live! Instant Church Directory is available either through a free app or on the web at instantchurchdirectory.com. To begin using the directory, locate the ‘Member Sign-in’ button, and then the “Create Login’ button. Enter the email address you think Grace has on file for you, and create a password. If the email is correct, a link will be emailed to verify your account. Follow the emailed instructions and you will return to the login screen to sign in. If the login is unsuccessful, we either have the wrong email or no email on file for you. Email admin@gracedowntown.org with the email you wish to use and we will update it for you. Once successfully signed in, you can edit/update your account as you wish. We encourage you to upload a photo! Please note, all changes need to be approved by the administrator, so there will be a lag time until any changes are active. If you need further assistance, please email admin@gracedowntown.org with any questions.

Advocate MinistryIs someone you love hurting you? Putting you down? Controlling you? Or do you know of someone in an abusive relationship who needs assistance? Grace Church now has trained and confidential advocates who can help you. Reach out for help today—or to help a loved one—by contacting Edie at 414-202-1410 or edie.graceadvocate1@gmail.com.

Grace in Action: Thank You—Northside Lutheran Ministries would like to thank all those who so generously donated food items during the current and past food drives. The message of the gospel is shared through Bible studies with those who come to receive donated food, feeding them both physically and spiritually!

RootedMKE Sweater Crawl—Join RootedMKE for the Downtown Milwaukee Christmas Sweater Crawl this Friday, Dec.10, 2021! This event starts at 7 p.m. at the Grace Center and is open to those who are 21 years of age or older. Friends, family, and co-workers are welcome. Find the Rooted MKE Facebook page or email rootedmke@gmail.com for more information.

Christmas Caroling in the Ward—Join Grace in the Ward for Christmas caroling next Sunday, Dec. 12, at noon! Join Grace in the Ward at the Broadway Theatre Center for worship at 10:30 a.m., then bundle up and join your Grace family for singing beloved Christmas carols along the streets of the Third Ward. Everyone is invited—and encouraged—to join in the fun! Questions, contact Pastor Strong at astrong@gracedowntown.org.

Free Vintage Red HymnalsWould you like to keep one of Grace’s red CW93 hymnals as a keepsake or collector’s item? Take one home! The red hymnals are stacked on a table in the Parish Center. Please take one (or two)—they are free to take for personal use.

WELS News

Volunteer Drivers Needed—Kingdom Workers is assisting Children’s Hospital in recruiting volunteers in the Milwaukee area. Help is needed to transport children in foster care to and from school—an urgent need due to the bus driver shortage. Are you at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, and auto insurance? Are you willing to help for a limited time? Times and days are determined by volunteer availability. Mileage is reimbursable. To volunteer, visit kingdomwrkrs.co/foster-support and complete the volunteer application.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir Concert—The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir’s final Christmas Festival Concert performance is today, Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Arts and Performance Schwan Concert Hall (8815 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee). Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at wlc.edu/boxoffice or by calling 414-443-8802.

Wisconsin Lutheran High School Concerts—This Christmas season, the fine arts department at Wisconsin Lutheran High School is providing three opportunities to attend sacred and secular music concerts: Winter Band Concert (today, Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m.); Sacred Christmas Choral Concert (Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.) and Winter Chamber Ensembles Concert (Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.). Admission is free, for details visit wlhs.org/calendar.

Job Openings

Job Opening: Kingdom WorkersKingdom Workers is looking to hire a part-time Human Resources Coordinator. This role will maintain and update employee onboarding materials, support the hiring process, assist with benefits questions, and more! To see the full description and to apply, visit their website: kingdomworkers.com/careers/human-resource-coordinator.

Job Opening: Child Care Supervisor—Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Brookfield is looking for an after school care supervisor from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day school is in session. If you are interested, please contact Kimmi Gerlach at kgerlach@christthelordbrookfield.org for more information.