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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!

Divine Call Extended—Grace has extended a call to Rev. Gregory C. Lyon to serve as an associate pastor here at Grace. Pastor Lyon currently serves as pastor at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Please keep Pastor Lyon, his family, and Grace in your prayers as he deliberates both of his calls.  

Grace Bible Study Days Returns! Now in its 38th year, Grace Bible Study Days returns 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, led by Minister of Discipleship Drew Carter. The evening ends with everyone coming back together for dessert and a group sing-a-long. Sign-up is available on the Grace website, under the Connect tab. There are also printed forms available in the Parish Center. 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
with Pastor Brian Hackmann

Enjoy a brisk, but edifying walk through Paul’s letters 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 is all found in Jesus.

Bearing Burdens with Pastor Aaron Strong
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 with Pastor Jim Huebner
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 with Mr. Drew Carter
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!

Summer Sunday Morning Bible Class—Lots of voices. Lots of noise. Lots of attention-getters. Social media, video messaging, news platforms—we are bombarded with siren-calls to listen. To what end? To change our attitude? To improve our life? To win our support? What does our Savior have to say about all that? Better yet, what does our Savior have to say is most important? Join us for Sunday Bible class in-person (9 or 10:15 a.m.) or online (via YouTube), now through July 25, 2021, with the open-eared and open-hearted call to Speak, Lord, Your Servants Are Listening (The Sermons of Jesus in John’s Gospel):

July 11      Guide our decisions!               John 7:14-44
July 18      Keep us in your family!           John 8:12-59     
July 25      Shepherd us!                         John 10:1-21

Current Series at Grace in the Ward—The Apostles' Creed is an ancient statement of faith that is based on the teaching of the apostles and reflects the core elements of what Christians believe. But it's more than just words! This confession helps us guard and hold fast to who God is and the truth of the Gospel. Together we believe:

July 11                        The Holy Spirit Calls                    
July 18                        Forgiveness
July 25                        Life-Everlasting

Prime Timer Bible Study—It’s back! Prime Time Bible Study is held on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Grace Center Classroom. Minister of Discipleship Drew Carter continues to take the class through the book of Hebrews during July. If you have any questions regarding the class, you can contact Mr. Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006.

Celebration of Life for Elfred Bloedel—Elfred Bloedel, who served as a part-time minister of music at Grace for 37 years, passed away last year. His family invites you to his Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 31, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church (1941 Madison Street, Waukesha). The service is at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at noon. If you are able to attend, RSVP to Cari by Saturday, July 17 at we5kellys@gmail.com. Praise be to God that Elfred is now home!

Grace Church Picnic 2021—The Grace Church Picnic is returning this summer! The picnic will be held at Grace on 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. 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! For details, questions or to RSVP, email Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org by Monday, July 26, so as to have an accurate head count for how much food to provide.

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.

Upcoming Events at Wisconsin Lutheran College—Two events are taking place at Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) later this summer! Admissions Discovery Day, which is set for Tuesday, July 13, is the chance for high school students and their parents are invited to visit the campus. To register, visit wlc.edu/pcw. The Rockley Family Foundation, in partnership with Wisconsin Lutheran College, is holding a Piano Sale (where pianos and other instruments will be available for purchase) July 22-24 at WLC. To make an appointment, call 414-405-3148. For details, visit wlc.edu/rockley.

WELS-ELS Singles Group Board Game Event—WELS/ELS individuals who are single, widowed, or divorced are invited to play board games on Saturday, July 31 at 11 a.m. at Star of Bethlehem School (3700 S. Casper Drive, New Berlin). Bring a game and snack to share. RSVP by July 26, 2021. Questions? Please contact Dawn Fanning Jansen at 920-427-9258 or djansen8@hotmail.com. Not able to make it but would like to stay in the loop for future events? Find us on Facebook at WELS & ELS Singles!

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. 

WLHS Job OpeningWisconsin Lutheran High School is looking for part-time staff to supervise and provide care for a globally diverse group of teenagers in our student residential facility at Honey Creek Hall. We are seeking females to work in positions that do not require residing at the dormitory. Duties include working evening and weekend shifts 2-3 days each week. Compensation and benefits vary depending on position. Applicants should have experience working in an educational or residential setting, preferably with international students. They must also be a member in good standing of the WELS or ELS. Interested parties should submit a resume to Becky Glass at hr@wlhs.org.

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

Northwestern Publishing House Leadership Opportunity
Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) connects people with God’s Word through the publishing and sales of trustworthy Christian books and gifts. NPH 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.

Job Openings at St. John’s in Wauwatosa—St. John’s in Wauwatosa is looking to fill two (2) full-time positions: a business administrator and office assistant. Read on for details for each role:

Job Opening – Business Administrator
This position executes the financial bookkeeping of St. Johns by keeping accurate financial records, coordinating purchases and expenditures, generating financial reports for boards and staff, and implementing financial decisions made by the congregation. For a complete job description and application form, visit sjtosa.org/employment. Contact Board of Finance Chair Scott Uecker at mr.scott.uecker@gmail.com with questions and to submit an application.

Job Opening – Office Assistant
This position serves as a receptionist in the church office and answers the phone, works with volunteers, maintains databases, and assists the ministry team as needed. For a complete job description and application form, visit sjtosa.org/employment. Contact Pastor Joel Leyrer at joel.leyrer@sjtosa.org with questions and to submit an application.