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Equipping Christian Witnesses (ECW) Sunday—Equipping Christian Witnesses (ECW) Sunday was last Sunday, where we had the opportunity to focus on the next generation of pastors and teachers who study at Martin Luther College and the ministry’s current needs. If you would like to give a financial gift, you can do so via Martin Luther College’s website, Grace’s online giving portal, or mail a check made out to Martin Luther College. Please continue to keep our mission-focused schools in your prayers!

Open Forum Last Sunday—The annual open forum was last Sunday, and congregation president Jeff Hatzung gave an overview of the past year, as well as current plans and ideas in regards to where Grace is headed next. A full recap will be shared in the next newsletter.

New Series at Grace in the Ward: Heaven Is for Real—Heaven. You long for it. You hope for it. You have questions about it, such as “is it real?” And if it is, how do I get there? In teaching his disciples about heaven, Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” But what did Jesus mean? Join us as we explore the tremendous realities of heaven and what it means for you now and forever with Heaven Is for Real:

Nov. 14            Waiting (Mark 13:26-37)
Nov. 21            Victory (John 11:32-44; Rev. 20:4-6)

New Sunday Morning Bible Class Today: Here We Stand—The next Sunday morning Bible study starts next week (today is a special WLHS presentation). Here We Stand: The Legacy of Worms, 500 Years Later, is a Bible study by Pastor John Braun, based on the short film of the same name. Revisit Martin Luther’s stand at the Diet of Worms and how it relates to the foundational truths Lutherans treasure today. Sunday morning Bible class is offered at 9 and 10:15 a.m., where attendees enjoy fresh coffee, juice, and treats, spending time in the Word, and interactive fellowship before and after each session (which runs approximately 45 minutes). Questions, contact Pastor Brian Hackmann at bhackmann@gracedowntown.org.

Advent by Candlelight—Advent by Candlelight is back! Women of Grace are invited to take some time, during one of the busiest times of the year, to focus their hearts on Christ for Christmas. The theme this year is “Your King is Here.” There will also be time to socialize and enjoy some desserts! Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Doors will open at 6 p.m., the program will start at 6:30 p.m., and will end by 8 p.m. Contact Advent by Candlelight coordinator Sarah Egelseer at 920-285-8775 or at sarahegelseer@live.com to RSVP.

Advent by Candlelight: Hostesses Wanted—Advent by Candlelight is looking for hostesses! Keep it simple or go fancy, use china or paper plates—all you need to do is decorate a table, help your guests as needed, and serve as a conversation starter. This is an excellent opportunity to invite unchurched family or friends to share your faith. You can also invite other Grace friends or get to know other members and make some new ones! Interested in hosting? Contact Sarah Egelseer at 920-285-8775 or sarahegelseer@live.com. Not into decorating, or don’t have time to set up a table? Advent by Candlelight is also looking for volunteers to make or bring a dessert or charcuterie board for our event. Contact Sarah if interested!

Poinsettias Available to Order—It is time to order poinsettias to beautify the chancel for Christmas! Please use one of the envelopes provided on the Parish Center counter and deposit it in the box. The costs are $17 (single, 5-7 blooms) or $26 (double, 10-14 blooms); you may choose red or white. Orders must be in no later than Wednesday, Dec. 1. Poinsettias purchased can be taken home after morning worship on Christmas Day. Please make checks payable to Grace Lutheran Church. Questions, contact the church office at 414-271-3006 or data@gracedowntown.org.

New! Grace Church Directory—Coming Soon! Grace Church will begin using an online pictorial member directory soon! The directory will launch in about a month, and will initially only have members’ names (confirmed members, no children) and email addresses. Members will then have the opportunity to add and/or edit as much information as they want, including mailing addresses, phone numbers, and—most importantly—photos! However, before we roll out the directory, we want to give members the chance to opt-out if they wish to not have their information included. If you wish to opt-out, contact the church administrators at admin@gracedowntown.org, and they will remove your details from the directory prior to launch. Watch your inbox and future GraceNotes for more details in the coming weeks!

Advocate MinistryIs someone you love hurting you? Putting you down? Controlling you? Or do you know of someone in an abusive relationship who needs assistance? Grace Church now has trained and confidential advocates who can help you. Reach out for help today—or to help a loved one—by contacting Edie at 414-202-1410 or edie.graceadvocate1@gmail.com.

Job Opening at Grace—Grace is urgently 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. Hours range between 20-30 hours; includes some nights and weekends based on event need. Pay range is $12-$15 per hour, based on experience. If you have a passion for working with people and experience in events, this is a great opportunity! For the full job description or to apply, contact Veronica Brewer, Events Director at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or 414-271-3006.

Grace in Action: Food Drive—Grace in Action is running a food drive this month for Northside Lutheran Ministries, an inner city charity program. Collection bins are located in the Parish Center and in the Grace Center. Needed items include cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, canned meats, pancake mix, syrup, cake mix and frosting. Questions, contact Kathy Schlecht at kathyschlecht3@gmail.com.

Grace Social Media Photo AskDo you have fun memories and photos of events at Grace? Grace is looking to compile a digital archive of photos for future use on Grace’s social media channels, websites, and special event presentations. High resolution photos (in either .jpg or .png file format) are preferred, however scans of older, non-digital photos are welcome. Watch GraceNotes and your inbox for instructions as to how to share photos in the coming weeks!

Free Vintage Red HymnalsWould you like to keep one of Grace’s red CW93 hymnals as a keepsake or collector’s item? Take one home! The red hymnals are stacked on a table in the Parish Center. Please take one (or two)—they are free to take for personal use.

Volunteer Drivers Needed—Kingdom Workers is assisting Children’s Hospital in recruiting volunteers in the Milwaukee area. Help is needed to transport children in foster care to and from school—an urgent need due to the bus driver shortage. Are you at least 21, have a valid driver’s license, and auto insurance? Are you willing to help for a limited time? Times and days are determined by volunteer availability. Mileage is reimbursable. To volunteer, visit kingdomwrkrs.co/foster-support and complete the volunteer application.

Theatre Production at Wisconsin Lutheran College—Wisconsin Lutheran College Theatre Department presents the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, today and next weekend, Nov. 17-21 in the Raabe Theatre (8815 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee). To learn more or purchase tickets, visit wlc.edu/charliebrown or call 414-443-8802.

Luther Prep Band Concert—You are invited to join Luther Prep (1300 Western Ave, Watertown) on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in their auditorium for their annual Fall Band Concert. The program, entitled "A Salute to the Classics," will highlight famous composers and their music, often with a slight twist.

Lutheran Chorale Hymn Festival—Kick off the Christmas concert season with the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church (1052 White Rock Ave., Waukesha)! This year’s concert, “Light from Light,” will take the form of a hymn festival, featuring selections from the last Sundays of the church year through Christmas and beyond. Included in the repertoire will be arrangements from prominent Lutheran composers John Behnke, Carl Schalk, Kevin Hildebrand, Charles Ore, and—of course—J.S. Bach. During the concert, former Chorale members Lynn and Cal Kozlowski will be honored for over 50 years of service. As her final performance with the Chorale, Lynn will play 20 minutes of pre-concert music, so come early! The concert will also be available via live stream—visit lutheranchorale.org the day of the concert to tune in!

Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir Concert—The Wisconsin Lutheran Choir and Chamber Choir present their Christmas Festival Concert, Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the Center for Arts and Performance Schwan Concert Hall (8815 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee). Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at wlc.edu/boxoffice or by calling 414-443-8802.

Job Opening: Kingdom WorkersKingdom Workers is looking to hire a part-time Human Resources Coordinator. This role will maintain and update employee onboarding materials, support the hiring process, assist with benefits questions, and more! To see the full description and to apply, visit their website: kingdomworkers.com/careers/human-resource-coordinator.

Job Opening: Child Care Supervisor—Christ the Lord Lutheran School in Brookfield is looking for an after school care supervisor from 3:30-5:30 p.m. each day school is in session. If you are interested, please contact Kimmi Gerlach at kgerlach@christthelordbrookfield.org for more information.