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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 9:15 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. 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. 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

Songs, Stories, and StudiesAttention all caregivers! Are you looking for fellowship with others as well as your little ones? Join 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, 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. 8, 22; Nov. 5, 19; Dec. 3, 10.

Call Meeting—The next call meeting is scheduled for 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.

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.

Doors Open Milwaukee—Grace is once again participating in this favorite annual event today! Guests will have the opportunity to visit our church once again today, Sunday, Sept. 26, from noon until 5 p.m. If you’ve always wanted to take a closer look at Grace, please feel free to stick around and interact with our various volunteers and guests!

First Fridays Presents Stas Venglevski—Enjoy a free concert next Friday, Oct. 1, starting at 5 p.m. here in the Grace sanctuary. October’s First Fridays performance features Stas Venglevski on the bayan (button accordion). Enjoy works by Jeffes, Mores, Rachmaninoff, as well as original works! 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.

Book Sale—The next podcast series with Most Certainly True will be spent 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.

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!

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.

Christian Family Solutions Job Opening—Due to growth, Christian Family Solutions is looking for an experienced accountant to work at their corporate office in Germantown! This full-time position will have the opportunity to work with an already well established accounting team and handle a wide range of general accounting functions, including preparing monthly financial statements, ledger reconciliations, and budget preparations. For details as to how to apply, visit christianfamilysolutions.org or contact the HR department: HRinfo@wlcfs.org or 507-421-6706.

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.