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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 Received—Pastor Strong received a divine call to serve as associate pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Marshall, MN. Please keep him and his family, as well as Grace, in your prayers as he deliberates both his calls.

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. 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. You can also sign up by contacting the church office. 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
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) for the last day of Speak, Lord, Your Servants Are Listening (The Sermons of Jesus in John’s Gospel)!

Next 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 1                 The Miracle (John 6:1-15)
August 8                 The Right Source (John 6:24-35)
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)

Wedding—Grace members Keren Nass and Thomas Long were united in marriage in Door County on Saturday, July 17. May God bless this couple in their new life together.

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: 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 tomorrow, 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

Job Openings with Christian Family Solutions Home Care—Christian Family Solutions Home Care provides non-medical care and companionship in the homes of individuals who need periodic check-ins, a little extra help, and encouragement. We’re seeking compassionate, Christ-like caregivers who are willing to meet this growing need. CFS caregivers can choose their own schedules, are well-trained for their roles, supported in spiritual growth, and paid competitive wages. Learn more and apply at ChristianFamilySolutions.org/careers or call our team at 262-293-9389.