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Worship and Bible Class

Open Forum and Congregational Meeting Today—An open forum is scheduled for today, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at 9 and 10:15 a.m., in the Grace Center’s Great Hall (in lieu of Sunday morning Bible class). The church council will propose amendments to the church bylaws and updates to the financial policies document. A congregational meeting will take place at 11:45 a.m., which will include a review of 2021 goals and financials, the introduction of 2022 goals, adoption of the 2022 Ministry Plan (budget), and election of new councilmen. Everyone is invited—and encouraged to attend! Questions, reach out to congregation president Jeff Hatzung at jeff_hatzung@hotmail.com.

Wonder of Wonders: New Sunday Morning Bible Class—Joy and excitement fill our hearts during the Epiphany season of the church year as the Gospel accounts proclaim the wonders of Jesus’ authority in words and works, shining out to the world. What a perfect time to dive into and discuss the impact of his miracles in our life! Join Grace pastors and your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ for this new Sunday morning Bible class series, starting Jan. 30, 2022. Sunday morning Bible class is offered at 9 and 10:15 a.m. Fresh coffee, juice and treats are provided, along with time for fellowship! Sunday morning Bible class is also made available online through the Grace YouTube page, and study guides for participation can be found at gracedowntown.org/docs. Check out the topics for the five-week series!

Wonder of Wonders: The Miracles of Our Lord

Jan. 30            Types and Purpose of Jesus’ Miracles
Feb. 6              Sabbath Miracles
Feb. 13            Demon Possession
Feb. 20            The Gift of Sight
Feb. 27            Raising the Dead

Sunday School—Sunday school has resumed! Set for Sundays at 9 a.m. in the lower level of the Parish Center, the group is currently exploring the life of Jesus. Details about topics for each Sunday can be found in the next newsletter. Questions, contact Family Minister Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org.

Grace Family Ministry Survey—Grace is looking for feedback about how family ministry might best serve Grace and what it might look like at Grace in the years to come. An email survey was sent out to families. If your family did not receive that email, contact Family Minister Drew Carter at dcarter@gracedowntown.org to have it resent to you. The survey is live until Feb 1, 2022.

GraceNotes

Reminder: Grace Church Directory—Did you recently move? Do you need to update your email address? Change it all through Grace’s online church directory! Haven’t logged in yet? It’s super easy—just a few steps to create an account! Instant Church Directory is available either through a free app or on the web at instantchurchdirectory.com. Locate the ‘Member Sign-in’ button, and then click the “Create Login’ button. Enter the email address you think Grace has on file for you, and create a password. If the email is correct, a link will be emailed to verify your account. If not, contact Grace at admin@gracedowntown.org with the email you wish to use. Once you can verify your account, follow the emailed instructions and sign in, where you can edit/update your account as you wish. We encourage you to upload a photo! All changes are approved by the administrator, so there will be a lag time until any changes are active. If you need further assistance, please email admin@gracedowntown.org with any questions.

Grace Place Coffee Closed Today—Grace Place Coffee, Grace’s on-site coffee shop, is closed today, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Doors open for the open forum at 8:30 a.m., and will close at noon.

2021 Statements—2021 statements were mailed and sent out via email this past week. If you are uncertain if Grace has the correct email or mailing address on file for you, please contact the church office at 414-271-3006 or email data@gracedowntown.org. You can also update your information through the church directory. Questions about giving, contact Cate Jaworski at cjaworski@gracedowntown.org.

Offering Envelopes for 2022— Grace members’ 2022 offering envelopes are available in the Parish Center. If you do not find your packet there, please print your name on the sign-up sheet next to the envelopes. Those enrolled in electronic giving are generally not assigned envelopes. However, if you would still like a box for 2022, please contact Carolyn in the church office at 414-271-3006, data@gracedowntown.org. Thank you!

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.

Gracemade Crafting UpdateWhile Gracemade, Grace Church’s crafting group, is not currently hosting in-person meeting sessions at church, they are still donating finished items that are turned in to the donation bin in the Parish Center. Future donation plans include cowl scarves for a men’s’ shelter, so if you are looking for some winter crafting ideas, consider making cowl scarves! Questions, contact Rachel LaMantia at gracemademke@gmail.com.

Songs, Stories, and Studies 2022 DatesAre you a stay-at-home parent or caregiving grandparent who is seeking out-of-the-house activities for you and your child? Consider attending Songs, Stories, and Studies, 9:30 a.m. on Fridays here at Grace! Meeting in front of the nursery, kiddos get to enjoy a half-hour of songs and stories, followed by free play in the nursery while adults participate in a Bible study with a Grace pastor. Coffee and treats are provided as well! The next meet-up date is Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. Check out the Grace Downtown Mom’s Facebook Group or the next newsletter for a full list of meet-up dates. Questions, contact Diana Carter at diana.marzinske@blc.edu.

January Teen Event Today—Calling all Grace teens! Enjoy some wintery fun this afternoon! Head to St. John’s Tosa (7809 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa) today, Sunday, Jan. 23, at 1:30 p.m. for either a snow building competition or indoor board games (events are weather pending). Events will go until 3:30-4 p.m. Questions, talk to Drew Carter after worship today. Can’t make today’s event? Stay tuned for future events in February, March, and April 2022!

First Fridays Presents the New Milwaukee Consort—Warm your spirits with the New Milwaukee Consort on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, here in the sanctuary! This concert, comprising soprano, lute, viola da gamba, Baroque cello and Baroque guitar, will feature a program of fiery dances and passionate songs from the French and Italian. Concert is free to attend (donations appreciated), and will last approximately an hour. Details about the First Fridays concert series, along with the current 2022 line-up, can be found at gracedowntown.org/firstfridays.

WELS News

WLHS Fashion Show—Everyone is invited to the WLHS “In the Image” Fashion Show today, Sunday, Jan. 23, in the atrium from 2-4 p.m. (330 Glenview Ave., Milwaukee). The event is a celebration for women of all ages and will be emceed by alum Dr. Joan Prince ('71). At this fashion show, the Sharon A. Schoeneck ('79) In the Image Scholarship will be awarded to a WLHS junior year female student. Cost is $5 for general admission. Seating is limited.

WLHS 5th Grade Extravaganza—On Sunday, Feb. 6, starting at 5:30 p.m., WLHS invites 5th graders and their families to the 5th Grade Extravaganza. This complimentary event includes dinner, fun, and entertainment. Students and parents have a chance to learn about our caring, Christian environment, superior academics, award-winning co-curriculars, generous tuition assistance, and the amazing opportunities that WLHS offers. Plus, your child could win a pair of Beats wireless headphones by Dr. Dre! To register for this exciting event, visit wlhs.org/5thgrade.

Wine Tasting Night Out—Christian Life Resources invites you to its 7th Annual Wine Tasting Night Out on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, starting at 6 p.m. in the Chandelier Ballroom (150 Jefferson Ave., Hartford). The evening of wine and craft beer paired with gourmet appetizers and desserts, as well as a silent auction, will benefit the CLR ministry. Cost is $45 per person. Go to christianliferesources.com to purchase tickets. Questions, contact Brittany at brittanyj@christianliferesources.com.

Men of His Word Conference—The Thirteenth Annual Men of His Word National Conference is set for Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, 7:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center (1 N. Main St., Oshkosh). Spend a day worshiping God and bonding with your fellow brothers in Christ! This year’s theme is “More Than Conquerors.” Registration is now open and limited to the first 650 registrants. For details, including early-bird or group registration rates, visit the website: menofhisword.org.

Wisconsin Lutheran College Nominations and Job Openings—Wisconsin Lutheran College is accepting nominations for a Dean of Student Success and a Vice President of Student Life, as well as seeking candidates for Accelerated Degree Completion Program Director, Assistant Registrar, E-Sports Coach, and Adjunct Faculty. For details or to fill out the nomination form, please visit wlc.edu/hr.