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Upcoming Changes to Worship: Please Read— Over the past month, your congregational leaders have continued to observe COVID-19 numbers and listen to the various feedback of members regarding our current worship arrangements. With prayerful thought and discussion, we have wrestled with this decision, but have chosen to make the following worship changes in the best interest of the congregation as a whole. Starting today, Sunday, July 4, masks will not be required for the 7:45 a.m. service. Members are encouraged to continue following current CDC guidelines for safe gatherings at all worship services and Grace Downtown, Grace in the Ward, and Grace Center activities. Pew signs for socially distant seating will remain, and current practices for Holy Communion will continue at the 7:45 a.m. service. The 9 a.m. Grace Downtown service and the 10:30 a.m. Grace in the Ward service will continue to be live streamed through our YouTube channel, where recordings of Sunday morning Bible class will also be uploaded. Thank you for your patience and understanding over the past year, as your church leadership and staff have continuously navigated a sea of ever-changing guidelines, mandates and protocols. If you have any questions, please contact congregation president Jeff Hatzung (jeff_hatzung@hotmail.com).

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! Save the dates of August 3-5, 2021—Grace Bible Study Days is back! A beloved, annual tradition at Grace Church (now in its 38th year), Grace Bible Study Days provides an opportunity to join together for fellowship and spiritual growth in a fun and relaxed way! Each evening begins with a meal at 6 p.m., followed by brief devotion. Attendees will then have the 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. Watch future GraceNotes for details as to how to sign-up in the coming weeks. Questions, contact the church office at data@gracedowntown.org or call 414-271-3006.Curious as to what will be studied this year? 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.

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 4       Feed us!                              John 6:25-71
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 4                         Judgment Day
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.

Grace Annual Church Camp Out—It’s back! The Grace Church Campout is set for July 22-25 at the Long Lake Campground in Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit. The state parks have some changes they are enforcing, which can be found at dnr.wi.gov. There will be a group cookout for dinner Friday, July 23 at the Long Lake Picnic Pavilion. If you would like to reserve your campsite, you can do so at wisconsin.goingtocamp.com or over the phone at 1-888-947-2757. Look to make reservations in the upper 900s loop or the lower 900s to be closer to other Grace members. If you have any questions you can contact Chris Midthun at Chrismidthun@wi.rr.com. If you have already made reservations (or when you do), please send an email to Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org to let him know you plan on camping and how many people are in your group.

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.

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.

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.