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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!

Grace Bible Study Days Returns! 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
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 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 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 18                        Forgiveness
July 25                        Life-Everlasting

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 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.

WLHS Upcoming Events: Jr. Vikings Baseball Tryouts—Do you have a baseball player that is looking to take his skills to the next level and make lasting Christian friendships? Wisconsin Lutheran High School is looking for experienced, competitive boys 8-14 years of age for Jr. Vikings baseball. Tryouts for the U8-U11 teams will be held on Saturday, July 24 at St. Paul's in Muskego. Tryouts for the U12-U14 teams will be held on Wednesday, July 28 at McCarty Park in West Allis. To register, visit wlhs.org/jrvikings and click on "Baseball.” Registration deadline is Tuesday, July 20.

Jr. Viking Basketball Tryouts with WLHS—Be a part of the Jr. Vikings basketball program! Registration to tryout is open to both boys (grades 3-8) and girls (grades 4-8). Increase basketball fundamental skills, compete at a higher level, develop relationships with future classmates in a Christ-centered team atmosphere. Boys tryouts are August 13-14 and girls tryouts are September 10-11. Visit wlhs.org/jrvikings to register. There is a $10 tryout fee.

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.

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!

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

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.