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Equipping Christian Witnesses (ECW) Sunday—Equipping Christian Witnesses (ECW) Sunday is set for Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021 here at Grace. ECW Sunday focuses on the next generation of pastors and teachers who study at Martin Luther College and are the future faces of our synod’s ministry. Rev. Paul Prange will serve as guest preacher, and there will be an opportunity to offer financial gifts in support of these young men and women. Prayerfully consider giving a gift, and please continue to keep our mission-focused schools in your prayers.

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. Bacon and other treats will be served by the church council, so come hungry, both in body and soul, and ready to discuss the exciting things happening at Grace Church! Questions, contact congregation president Jeff Hatzung at jeff_hatzung@hotmail.com. Everyone is invited—and encouraged—to attend!

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. 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. 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). Kids learn Bible stories, sing songs, and have supervised playtime 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: Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 3, 10.

New Prime Time Bible Class StudyIn November, Prime Time Bible Class begins a new study focused on miracles—miracles in the Bible, miracles today, misunderstandings about miracles and clarifying their nature and purpose. Consider joining the study, 10 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Grace Center classroom, for enriching Bible study and friendly fellowship. Contact  Jon Rupprecht at jhr12447@aol.com or 414-559-4110 for details.

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.

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.

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.

Happy Hobby Hour: Wine Tasting—Join wine expert and Grace member Anthony Crowder on Friday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. in the Grace Center classroom for a wine tasting just in time for the holidays! Learn how to impress your guests at Thanksgiving or Christmas with various wines on the market—by trying them first! Cost is $5, and includes wines for tasting and entry into raffle. Please note: all attendees must be 21 years of age or older. RSVP and pay online via Eventbrite (convenience fee will apply) or pay cash at the door. Questions, contact Events Director Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org.

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.

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!

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.

Luther Prep Presents Fall ProductionLuther Prep presents their final performance of No Place Like Nowhere, today, 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, and 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.

WLHS Veterans Day Observance—Wisconsin Lutheran High School will hold its annual Veterans Day observance on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Service men and women are invited to a complimentary plated breakfast that will be served in the WLHS cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. RSVP for the breakfast by Monday, Nov. 1, online at wlhs.org/veterans. For questions, contact Becky Glass at becky.glass@wlhs.org or 414-453-4567 ext. 2291. Everyone is invited to the special Veterans Day presentation in the WLHS main gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. Alumnus Major General Johnny K. Davis (‘87) US Army Commanding General, US Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, will return as keynote speaker. The presentation will also be streamed live online the day of the event at wlhs.org. Out of respect for our guests, masks are strongly encouraged for those in attendance.

WLC Warrior 5K Run/Walk—Wisconsin Lutheran College is hosting a 5K/8K trail run and 2.25 mile walk the morning of Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021 at Greenfield Park in West Allis to benefit New Beginnings, A Home for Mothers. For more information go to WLCSports.com/Warrior5K.

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.