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Changes to Worship: Please Read—Due to the mask mandate expiring, there are some changes for worship at Grace. The 7:45 a.m. service will continue to require masks and be socially distant; all other worship services and activities at Grace Downtown and in the Grace Center will not require masks. For full details as to what the changes include, please visit our website’s COVID Resource Page (listed above), social media channels, or refer to the summer newsletter, which was sent out this past week. Thank you!

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!

Call Meeting Today—Grace members are invited to today’s call meeting, at 11:45 a.m., following the 10:30 a.m. service. Grace is continuing the process of calling an associate pastor to serve here at Grace and to fill the vacancy left by Pastor Bondow. Grace members are invited to attend either in-person or virtually—a Zoom link was emailed out with this week’s weekend worship email. Everyone is invited—and encouraged—to attend!  

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), starting today and running 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):

June 13   Give us life!                            John 3:1-21
June 20   Open our lips!                         John 4:4-42
June 27   Identify yourself!                     John 5:16-47
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:

June 13                     Jesus is God and Man
June 20                     Conquering Victory
June 27                     Ascension
July 4                         Judgment Day
July 11                       The Holy Spirit Calls                    
July 18                       Forgiveness
July 25                       Life-Everlasting

Prime Timers Returns in June—It’s back! Prime Timers Bible Study has returned on Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the Grace Center Classroom. Minister of Discipleship Drew Carter will take the class through the book of Hebrews over the summer months. If you have any questions regarding the class, you can contact Mr. Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

First Fridays Presents Karen Beaumont, Organist, in Concert First Fridays has safely returned, offering concerts in-person! The next concert features organist Karen Beaumont, performing works by Buttstett and Bohm, in the Grace sanctuary. Concert is set for Friday, July 2, 2021, at 5 p.m. The concert will also be live streamed via YouTube. 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

New Date! 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, June 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.

Canticum Novum Choral ConcertCanticum Novum, a WELS chamber choir, is presenting a free concert in your area, and you are invited to attend in person or via livestream. Dan Forrest’s introspective new work for chorus and chamber orchestra, the breath of life, anchors a program that also includes pieces specifically chosen for Canticum Novum to record for the upcoming WELS Hymnal Week. The concert will take place on June 26 at 7 p.m. at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (11831 Seminary Dr., Mequon). Visit canticumnovumwels.org or contact publicrelations@canticumnovumwels.org for details. 

Healing & Helping Golf Outing—Former NFL wide receiver Don Beebe will be the guest speaker at Christian Family Solutions’ Healing & Helping Golf Outing on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Chenequa Country Club (6250 WI-83, Hartland). Besides sharing stories of his career, Don will share the importance of his Christian faith and his perseverance to stay the course and never give up. To register for the event, visit christianfamilysolutions.org/events for details.