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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. 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            A New Heart
Oct. 24            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.

Divine Call Extended—At the last call meeting, Grace called Rev. Ross Chartrand to serve as an associate pastor here at Grace Church. Please keep him, his family, as well as Grace, in your prayers as he deliberates both his calls. If you’d like to send him a note of encouragement, you may do so by emailing him at rsc@mlsem.org. 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. 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.

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 later this month.

First Fridays Presents Aaron Zauner, Cello and Maggie Rebers, Piano—First Fridays returns on Friday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. with a free concert in the sanctuary. Featuring cellist Aaron Zauner and pianist Maggie Rebers, the concert comprises works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Bernstein. Concerts last approximately one hour, and are open to the public to attend. To learn more about the First Fridays concert series, visit gracedowntown.org/firstfridays.

Grace in Action: Food Drive—Grace in Action is running a food drive throughout the month of November for Northside Lutheran Ministries, an inner city charity program. Collection bins will be 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.

Register Soon! 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. Registration closes on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021! 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!

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, next weekend on 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!

WLHS Fall Drama Production—WLHS brings to stage Clue, a mystery based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game. The production features two casts, with performances held on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at 3 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. Purchase tickets online in advance for a discounted rate at wlhs.org/drama. Tickets may also be purchased at the door before each performance.

Job Openings at Center for Mission and MinistryCenter for Mission and Ministry (CMM) is looking to fill several positions on-site at their office in Waukesha. Roles includes those in the areas of web design, tech support, databases and accounting, security, marketing and more! Visit the WELS website (wels.net) and view the careers section for details!

Job Opening: Christian Life ResourcesChristian Life Resources (CLR) has an immediate full-time opportunity as a Donor Relations Associate. This position works to develop CLR reach with a special emphasis on communicating with donors and coordinating fundraising efforts. The pay range for this role is $39,000-$52,000 annually, depending on skills and experience, and includes a generous benefits package (including fully paid insurance coverage). To learn more, view the full job description online at bit.ly/3FbHOwj or contact the CLR office, 414-376-0594 or email at info@christianliferesources.com.

Job Opening: Kingdom WorkersKingdom Workers is looking to hire a part-time Human Recourses 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.