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Sunday Morning Bible Class: Fall Series— “Time flies!” You’ve heard that a gazillion times. But it’s true isn’t it? 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. We’ll dig into this most practical book in Sunday Bible class, starting today, Sept.12, 2021, at 9:15 and 10 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):

Sept. 19           At times toil takes a toll (Ecc. 2:17-4:6)         
Sept. 26           Do you have time for people? (Ecc. 4:7-5:7)           
Oct. 3              How much time should money get? (Ecc. 5:8-6:12)
Oct. 10            It’s high time for mind-time (Ecc. 7:1-8:1)                 
Oct. 17            Is it ever time to play politics? (Ecc. 8:2-9:18)           
Oct. 24            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.

Sept. 19           Another Chance
Sept. 26           The Idols in Your Heart
Oct. 3              God Does the Impossible
Oct. 10            Your Way or God’s Way?
Oct. 17            A New Heart
Oct. 24            Hope in the Lord

Back to (Sunday) School—Sunday School is back, 9 a.m. in the lower level of the Parish Center! Fall Sunday School will focus on the story of Jesus, from his birth until his transfiguration! Questions, contact Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Songs, Stories, and StudiesAttention all caregivers! If you are looking for fellowship for both yourself as well as your little ones, consider joining fellow Grace caregivers for Songs, Stories, and Studies! Formerly known as Moms Group, Songs, Stories, and Studies 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, the 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
Sept. 24
Oct. 8, 22
Nov. 5, 19
Dec. 3, 10

Adopt-a-College Student—Grace is continuing a program called “Adopt-a-Student” in which Grace members are connected with Grace college students (maybe you were even on the receiving end of a card, letter, package, or encouraging note!). Please help us out by updating your status for school this year and contact info by contacting the church office at data@gracedowntown.org. If you graduated this past year, please let us know that as well. Look for info for signing up to participate soon!

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! Candidate must be a WELS member in good standing, and willing to work evenings and weekends. For the full job description and more information, contact Veronica Brewer, Events Director at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or 414-271-3006.

Sheepshead Returns! The Grace Sheepshead group is meeting again, and is always welcoming new members to our card night. The group plays from 6:30-9 p.m. in the Grace Center’s Great Hall on the second Thursday of every month. your favorite beverage and snack for our potluck table! For more information, email Sam Ennis at samuel_ennis@yahoo.com.

Doors Open Milwaukee—Doors Open is back in person! Grace is once again participating in this great event, and needs your help. This is a great outreach opportunity for many who visit our historic church. We're looking for friendly greeters to act as building hosts and provide guidance—no historical knowledge is needed! There are numerous volunteer slots available for both Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26, noon-5 p.m. Contact Paul Sherwood for details or to sign up: 414-791-6010 or paulsherwood3@gmail.com.

First Fridays Presents Stas VenglevskiEnjoy a free concert on Friday, Oct. 1, starting at 5 p.m. here in the Grace sanctuary. October’s First Fridays performance features Stas Venglevski, accordion and bayan. Check out the Grace website or Facebook page for repertoire details in the coming weeks. Concert is free (but donations are welcome) and open to the public, and will last approximately an hour.

Grace in Action October Event—Join Grace in Action to help harvest fruits and vegetables at the Hunger Task Force Farm (9000 S. 68th St., Franklin) on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1-4 p.m. Open to ages 16 and up. This food will go to those in need in the Milwaukee community. To sign up or for more information, contact Kathy Schlecht at kathyschlecht3@gmail.com, or 414-870-5221.

Grade School Football Tailgate—Join the families of Wisconsin Lutheran High School for a fun night at Raabe Stadium (1401 N Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa) on Friday, Sept. 24. As part of our PK-12 partnership, WLHS is sponsoring a tailgate party for our grade school families from 5:15-5:45 p.m. before the varsity football game against South Milwaukee, at 7 p.m. Kids will get to run, pass, kick and catch on the turf of the Raabe Stadium field. Visit wlhs.org/tailgate to RSVP for this FREE event by Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021.

WLHS Work Days—Do you have yard work or fall cleaning that needs to get done such as raking, hedge trimming, or window washing? Consider hiring hard-working members of the WLHS student council for a few hours for a free-will donation. All money raised will go to the 2021-22 WLHS mission project to Malawi and Grenda to aid in their mission work. Workdays will be held on any Saturday or Sunday starting Sept. 25-26 through October 30-31, excluding homecoming weekend (October 9-10). To request a team, email workdays@wlhs.org and include your name, address, phone number, the work you need accomplished, and the day(s) the work could be completed.

Ministry Anniversary Celebration—Please plan to join members on Sunday, Oct. 3, as we celebrate 40 years in the ministry for Pastor Joel Leyrer, 23 years of which have been at St. John’s. A celebratory worship service will be held at 2 p.m. at St. John's (7809 Harwood Ave.), followed by a casual reception in the school gymnasium.

WLHS 6th-8th Grade Open House—Wisconsin Lutheran High School is offering both in-person and virtual options for Open House this year. Register online at wlhs.org/openhouse. In-person Open House will take place Sunday, Oct. 3. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a program at 6 p.m. Grade school parents and students will meet teachers, tour the school, and learn more about tuition assistance, scholarships, and the Choice Program. See what a difference academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment can make in your child's life!

Early Learning Center Job Openings—St. John’s Early Learning Center in Wauwatosa is hiring! We are now accepting applications for a part-time after-school aide and a full-time lead K2 teacher beginning in October and January, respectively. Complete job descriptions and application forms for these positions can be found at sjtosa.org/ELCemployment. Applicants must be WELS members at least 18 years of age. For additional information and details, contact our Early Learning Center director, Rachel Wendland, at elc@sjtosa.org or 414-453-9322.

NPH Leadership Opportunity—Northwestern Publishing House is currently seeking an experienced business leader to serve as its President. This is a full-time, salaried position located at NPH’s office in the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in Waukesha, WI. If you would like more information or are interested in being considered for this position, please visit nph.net/join-our-team or call Bill Ziche at 414-615-5778.

Job Opening at St. Lucas Lutheran School—If you or someone you know is reliable, flexible, and loves working with children, it may be the right time to join the team at Saint Lucas Lutheran School in Bay View. Saint Lucas is currently seeking a Full-Time Preschool Assistant Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. For more information, please contact Mrs. Susan Zeitler, szeitler@saintlucas.org.

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) has two employment opportunities available:

Culinary/Prep Cook—to work in our cafeteria. This individual will assist in preparing meals for the students and setting up the serving line. Two years of experience is preferred, but we are willing to train. Candidates must have a basic understanding of nutrition, health, and safety requirements in food preparation. Being able to take direction is essential. Work schedule during the school session is Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Position requires hours during special events throughout the school year. Send resumes to Jeannie Goljenboom at jeannie.goljenboom@wisluthsem.org or call 262-242-8124.

Part-Time Communications Coordinator—This person will be responsible for coordinating and implementing strategies to communicate the institutional mission of WLS, and will craft key messages, communications, and publications for all audiences consistent with WLS’s strategic advancement initiatives. Special emphasis is given to informational/promotional/direct appeal writing and online publishing. This is a part-time position with a workload of 30 hours a week. Starting wage is commensurate with abilities and experience. Send resumes to Brian Treichel at brian.treichel@wisluthsem.org or call 262-242-8103.