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Worship and Bible Class

Holy Week Worship at Grace—Holy Week is upon us, starting today with The Sunday of the Passion. A full list of upcoming Holy Week services can be found at the very end of your worship folder today. We hope you will take the time to join your Grace family as we reflect on Christ’s path to the cross and his last moments before giving up his life in the ultimate sacrifice.

Victorious! Easter at Grace—Celebrate Christ’s victory over death with Grace! There are five services to choose from: 6:30 a.m. (Easter Dawn), 7:45, 9, and 10:30 a.m. (Easter Festival) on Easter Sunday, Apr. 17, 2022, and 6:30 p.m. (Easter Monday) on Monday, Apr. 18, 2022. The alleluias return, alongside joyous choir anthems and instrumentalists. Easter breakfast also returns, 7:30-11 a.m., in the Grace Center’s Great Hall. All are invited (and encouraged) to join for both worship and fellowship!

Christian Freedom: Sunday Morning Bible Class—When we have freedom, we seem to have everything. When we don’t, life becomes very difficult. Explore one of God’s greatest gifts to you with Christian Freedom—the last class, with the focus “Freedom Enjoyed,” is today at 9 and 10:15 a.m. in the Grace Center Great Hall. Enjoy fresh coffee, juice, treats and catching up with your Grace friends, all while diving into the Word!

Living by Faith Alone: Next Sunday Morning Bible Class—Life isn’t easy—in fact, sometimes it’s just plain hard. There are problems and challenges all around us and even in us. No matter how hard we try, we are left feeling empty and without purpose. But the good news of free and full forgiveness offers a different way of life. Starting Sunday, Apr. 24, join Grace Church for this new Sunday morning Bible class. Explore the core teaching of the Christian faith found in the book of Galatians—justification by faith—and see how you can live by faith alone.

GraceNotes

Easter Breakfast at Grace—Easter Breakfast finally returns to Grace on Easter Sunday! Head to the Grace Center’s Great Hall on Sunday, Apr. 17, 2022 between 7:30 and 11 a.m. and enjoy a delicious spread of delectable breakfast foods. And new this year—an Easter-themed photo booth! Take an updated family photo with everyone in their Easter best in front of a floral and greenery background. (And don’t forget to use the hashtag, #easteratgracedowntown, so you can share your photos with the church!) Want to bring something to pass at the breakfast, or help serve the meal? Sign-up sheets are available in the Parish Center, or online under the Connect tab. Again—all are welcome and encouraged to join the fun at Easter Breakfast!

Annual RootedMKE River Clean-Up—Be a steward of God’s creation and join RootedMKE on Saturday, Apr. 23, 2022 for their fourth annual river clean-up with Milwaukee Riverkeeper! This year, the focus is cleaning up trash and debris along Honey Creek, near Wisconsin Lutheran High School. RootedMKE will meet in the main parking lot behind Wisconsin Lutheran High School (330 N. Glenview Ave., Milwaukee) at 8:45 a.m., then walk to the volunteer meeting location (a four-minute walk) for supplies, a free t-shirt, and to sign a liability waiver. Don’t forget to bring extra gloves and wear boots and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty! To register and sign the liability waiver electronically, visit: https://tinyurl.com/yc5mpspd. Contact Kevin Worm via call or text at 414-238-8399 with any questions.

Grace in Action: Volunteer Opportunity with Hunger Task Force - On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 1-4 p.m., a small group from Grace will help fill stockboxes with food for the elderly and low income families at the new Hunger Task Force warehouse (5000 W. Electric Ave., West Milwaukee). To sign up to help, email Kathy Schlect at kathyschlecht3@gmail.com.

WELS Youth Rally: Registration Now Open! The WELS Youth Rally is back this summer, June 28-July 1, 2022, in Knoxville, Tennessee—and Grace is going! The youth rally is a fantastic opportunity for teens (8th grade graduates and up) to get out of the house, develop fellowship with both Grace teens and teens from around the country, and to be encouraged by presenters and peers through faith-based workshops. Registration is now open until May 31, 2022. If you are a Grace teen and interested in attending the rally, contact Family Minister Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org to learn more.

Seeking: Event Reps for Grace CenterLooking for part-time work or a way to earn some additional cash? The Grace Center events team is now hiring event reps for the 2022 and 2023 event season! Event reps are responsible for overseeing and supervising on-site events. Pay is $100 per Grace Center event rental ($20 per hour for five-hour shift). Evening and weekend availability is a must. Questions, or to apply, contact Events Director Veronica Brewer at vbrewer@gracedowntown.org or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

Seeking: Wedding Hosts for Grace ChurchLooking for part-time work or a way to earn additional cash? The Grace Church events team is now hiring wedding hosts for the 2022 and 2023 wedding season! Wedding hosts are responsible for overseeing and supervising on-site wedding ceremonies and rehearsals. Pay is $75 for wedding ceremonies, with same-day rehearsal and $125 for wedding ceremonies, with day-before rehearsals. Evening and weekend availability is a must. Questions or to apply, contact Events Coordinator Catherine Daly at cdaly@gracedowntown.org or call the church office at 414-271-3006.

WELS News

New Podcast: Life Challenges—Suicide. Suffering. Science and ethics. Keeping your children in the faith. Parenthood’s burdens and blessings. Chances are one or more of these topics may have touched your life, yet how often are they approached from a distinctly Lutheran perspective? These are all modern-day issues discussed recently on the Life Challenges Podcast from Christian Life Resources. Check it out, give a listen, and perhaps you’ll find yourself better prepared the next time you face tough issues like these. Find it at lifechallenges.us or on your favorite podcast platform.

WLHS Spring Sacred Choral Concert—Wisconsin Lutheran High School Choral Department presents their Spring Sacred Choral Concert today, Sunday, Apr. 10, at 7 p.m. in the WLHS auditorium. This free, general admission concert will feature sacred music by the A Cappella Choir, Freshman Choir, Inspiration Vocal Jazz and Chamber Choir, and Jubilation Handbells.

WELS Lutherans for Life—You're invited to Sip for Life on Friday, Apr. 22, 2022, at the Grace Center (250 E Juneau Ave., Milwaukee) at 6 p.m. Sip for Life is a wine tasting three-course dinner and entertaining evening with raffles to benefit the WELS Lutherans for Life pregnancy medical clinic. The evening will feature an appetizer hour and three-course wine paired meal catered by Zilli’s Hospitality Group. To register or for details visit ALife2.com/sip-for-life or contact Julie at jschoenrock@apsmke.com or 414-727-8176.

Seminary Scurry 2022—On Saturday, Apr. 30, 2022, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary is once again hosting its annual “Seminary Scurry!” This family outing invites WELS members all over our area to the seminary campus for a 5K Scurry and ½ Mile Kids Dash. The event includes a bounce house, face painting, tours of the campus, and a lunch for everyone in attendance. Registration for adults is $20, with those 18 and under granted free admission. For more information, visit wisluthsem.org/seminary-scurry-2022.

WLHS International Host Family Informational Meeting—Wisconsin Lutheran High School is hosting an informational session on Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. regarding their host family program. The growing international program at WLHS is in need of caring, supportive, mission-minded families to take in our international students over some of the school breaks throughout the year. This includes hosting opportunities for Thanksgiving break (half-week), Christmas break (two weeks), and spring break (one week). Families are also needed for yearlong international student hosting. Stipends are provided for all these hosting opportunities. For more information or to sign up as a host family, contact Director of the International Program Mr. Eric Duwe at eric.duwe@wlhs.org or visit wlhs.org/homestay.

Viking Summer Explorer Camps—Looking for a productive and fun experience for your grade school students this summer? Sign-up for summer camp at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and explore a wide variety of activities and interests in a Christian setting. Camps include theater, numerous sports, art, robotics, cheerleading, and more! For information and to register, visit wlhs.org/explorers.