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Sunday Morning Bible Class: Fall Series—As creatures under the Creator, we need to ask, “How do we spend our time, and how do we spend our time wisely?” Through King Solomon God answers those questions in a most unique book of the Bible, Ecclesiastes. Join us at 9 and 10:15 a.m. Enjoy fresh coffee, juice, and treats and special time for fellowship and interaction before and after each session (which means instead of 60 minutes of class, we’ll wrap up in 45 minutes)! Join us, won’t you, for Our Time Is in God’s Hands (a Study of Ecclesiastes):

Oct. 10            Special Sunday Morning Bible Class Presentation by Medical Missions
Oct. 17            It’s high time for mind-time (Ecc. 7:1-8:1)                 
Oct. 24            Is it ever time to play politics? (Ecc. 8:2-9:18)           
Oct. 31            Time well spent (Ecc. 10:1-12:14)     

Current Series at Grace in the Ward: A New Heart—God desires to change your heart for his glory. Whether you are lost and need a new heart or are already connected in faith but need an encouraged heart to serve God even when it’s not easy, our walk through the Bible book of Ezekiel will lead us on a path that will draw you closer to the Lord with a new heart.

Oct. 17            Your Way or God’s Way?
Oct. 24            A New Heart
Oct. 31            Hope in the Lord

Songs, Stories, and Studies: Fall DatesCaregivers—are you looking for fellowship with others as well as for your little ones? Join fellow Grace caregivers for Songs, Stories, and Studies! Formerly known as Moms Group, meet ups will take place Fridays, 9:30-10:45 a.m. outside the nursery in the Parish Center twice a month (dates listed below). Kid time is 9:30-10 a.m., where kids can learn Bible stories, sing songs, and engage in other fun activities. Afterwards, kids head off to the nursery for some supervised free play, while the adults enjoy some coffee and time in the Bible with one of the Grace pastors. Questions, feel free to contact Diana Carter at Diana.Marzinske@blc.edu. Fall Meet Up Dates: Oct. 22; Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 3, 10.

Call Meeting—The next call meeting is scheduled for today, Sunday, Oct. 10, at 11:45 a.m. Grace is continuing the process of calling a pastor to fill the vacancy left by Pastor Bondow. Questions, contact congregation president Jeff Hatzung: jeff_hatzung@hotmail.com.

Open Forum—Mark your calendars—the annual open forum is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7, at 9 and 10:15 a.m. in the Grace Center Great Hall. Questions, contact congregation president Jeff Hatzung at jeff_hatzung@hotmail.com. Everyone is invited—and encouraged—to attend!

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 Adopt-A-Student—Grace is continuing this program that is designed to encourage the faith of our college-bound members. Grace members will write to their “adopted student” at least twice a semester for the next school year. Additional notes, care packages, or other ways to offer encouragement and support to students are welcome. To sign up for a student, contact Peggy Stone, stone.peggyj@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. If you have a passion for working with people, the ability to share your faith, and experience in events, this is a great opportunity! For the full job description and more information, contact Veronica Brewer, Events Director at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or 414-271-3006.

Book Sale—The current podcast series with Most Certainly True is going through a chapter at a time from the People’s Bible Teaching Series: Christian Worship. To learn more about the book, check it out at online.nph.net/pbt-christian-worship.html. Grace is selling the books at a discounted rate of $15. Podcast series will begin mid-to-late October.

Altar Flower RequestDo you have a birthday or anniversary coming up? Consider commemorating the occasion with a gift of flower to adorn the altar! Upcoming available spots are Oct. 17 and during the month of November—sign-up on the poster in Grace Church entry-way. Questions, contact the church office at 414-271-3006 or email data@gracedowntown.org.

Fall Women’s Retreat at GraceWhen you hear the words “authentic living,” what comes to mind? Those words get thrown around a lot these days as popular buzzwords, but what does true, authentic living look like for God’s people? Inspired by Candace Cameron Bure’s book of the same name, join fellow women of Grace on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 and hear what keynote speaker and life coach Gina Grove has to say about authentic Christian living. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $20, and includes door prizes, goodie bag, light breakfast and lunch. Register now: gracedowntown.org/authentic

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!

WELS/ELS Singles Group Hiking Event—Join other WELS/ELS single for hiking at Pike Lake (S. Pike Lake Dr., Hartford) on Saturday, October 16 at 1:30 p.m. The group will park in the beach parking lot and determine their route, and hopefully see some fall foliage! Questions, contact Rachel Fritz at rachelfrtiz@yahoo.com or call 515-778-1374. Not able to make it but interested in future events? Stay in touch via the WELS/ELS Single Group on Facebook!

LWMS Fall RallyThe Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) Metro Milwaukee North Circuit Fall Rally will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Grace's own Pastor Aaron Strong will be the featured speaker, highlighting mission outreach at Grace in the Third Ward. Breakfast is 8-9 a.m.; rally is 9-noon, and will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church (4500 N. Sherman Boulevard, Milwaukee—parking lot entrance off Ruby). No pre-registration necessary. Please join mission-minded women (and men!) and learn about missions and opportunities to spread the Gospel, both here at home and around the world.

Luther Prep Presents Fall ProductionLuther Prep presents No Place Like Nowhere, Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in the Luther Prep Auditorium (1300 Western Ave., Watertown). Tickets are $6 for general admission—no RSVP necessary. Ages 6 and under can attend for free!