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Worship and Bible Class

Midweek Advent at Grace—Midweek Advent services are set for Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15, 2021, from 12:10-12:40 p.m. (a shortened version of the evening service--perfect for attending over your lunch break if you work downtown) and in the evening at 6:30 p.m., with a meal served by a Grace group beforehand. The meals are pizza and salad (Dec. 1; served by the Teen Group; donations will go towards attending the summer 2022 youth rally); taco bar (Dec. 8; served by RootedMKE); and chili (Dec. 15; served by Songs, Stories, & Studies group). Questions, contact the church office at 414-271-3006 or data@gracedowntown.org.

Sunday Morning Bible Class Today: Here We StandHere We Stand: The Legacy of Worms, 500 Years Later is 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.

Grace Notes

Angel Tree—Angel Tree is returning! This year, it will look a little different, due to some changes in the logistics of the program, but gifts will still need to be purchased for children in foster care. Watch GraceNotes for future details about how Angel Tree will work this year. Angel Tree will be up next Sunday, Dec. 5, with instructions. Stay tuned!

Offering Envelopes for 2022—Grace members’ 2022 offering envelopes will soon be available in the Parish Center. Those enrolled in electronic giving are generally not assigned envelopes. However, if you would still like a box for 2022, please contact Carolyn in the church office at 414-271-3006, data@gracedowntown.org. Thank you!

Grace Place Coffee Closed Today—Grace Place Coffee, Grace’s on-site coffee shop, is closed today. Please note the doors to the Grace Center will lock at 10:45 a.m. instead of noon.

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 this 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.

Flower Chart for 2022—Do you have an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion you’d like to commemorate? Consider giving altar flowers at Grace to celebrate! Sign-up on the chart in the narthex; 2022 dates are now available. Questions, call the church office at 414-271-3006 or email data@gracedowntown.org.

Now Live! Grace Church Directory—Grace's online photo directory is live! Instant Church Directory is available either through a free app or on the web at instantchurchdirectory.com. To begin using the directory, locate the ‘Member Sign-in’ button, and then the “Create Login’ button. Enter the email address you think Grace has on file for you, and create a password. If the email is correct, a link will be emailed to verify your account. Follow the emailed instructions and you will return to the login screen to sign in. If the login is unsuccessful, we either have the wrong email or no email on file for you. Email admin@gracedowntown.org with the email you wish to use and we will update it for you. Once successfully signed in, you can edit/update your account as you wish. We encourage you to upload a photo! Please note, all changes need to be approved by the administrator, so there will be a lag time until any changes are active. If you need further assistance, please email admin@gracedowntown.org with any questions.

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.

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.

RootedMKE Sweater Crawl—Join RootedMKE for the Downtown Milwaukee Christmas Sweater Crawl on Friday, Dec.10, 2021! This event starts at 7 p.m. at the Grace Center and is open to those who are 21 years of age or older. Friends, family, and co-workers are welcome. Find the Rooted MKE Facebook page or email rootedmke@gmail.com for more information.

Christmas Caroling in the Ward—Join Grace in the Ward for Christmas caroling on Sunday, Dec. 12, at noon! Join Grace in the Ward at the Broadway Theatre Center for worship at 10:30 a.m., then bundle up and join your Grace family for singing beloved Christmas carols along the streets of the Third Ward. Everyone is invited—and encouraged—to join in the fun! Questions, contact Pastor Strong at astrong@gracedowntown.org.

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.

WELS News

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.

Lutheran Chorale Hymn Festival—Kick off the Christmas concert season with the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee today, 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.

Wisconsin Lutheran High School Concerts—This Christmas season, the fine arts department at Wisconsin Lutheran High School is providing three opportunities to attend sacred and secular music concerts: Winter Band Concert (Sunday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m.); Sacred Christmas Choral Concert (Sunday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.) and Winter Chamber Ensembles Concert (Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m.). Admission is free, for details visit wlhs.org/calendar.

Job Openings

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.