Grace Notes Email Newsletter


  This Sunday is Rally Sunday, and we'll be switching back to two services (8:00am and 10:30am) with Education Hour from 9:15-10:15.  During Education Hour, adults should meet in the large conference room by the office.  High schoolers should meet in the HYPE room.  Sixth through 8th graders should meet in the JYG room.  Students in 3K-5th grade AND their parents should meet in Fellowship Hall and will participate in education hour together.  We're looking forward to another great year!

  Your Grace Office Staff
This Week's Message: "Big Decisions and Serious Business"
Pastor Paul's sermon on Rally Sunday is all about the importance of hearing God's word and taking it seriously in our lives. Good things happen when we are wise enough to listen to God. The opposite is true when we ignore it and foolishly go our own ways. Moses' words to the people of Israel, just before they entered the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 30), hold up what God said to them and what God also says to us. God calls us to choose wisely.
Adult Forum on Sunday
Pastor Paul will begin the 9:15 a.m. adult forum this Sunday. We will explore the texts in Deuteronomy 30 and Luke 14 which are the basis for this week's sermon. The forum meets in the conference room off the gathering area. Stop in and join the conversation.
Seventh Grade Bible Presentation on Sunday
When our seventh graders were baptized their parents promised that they would place God's Holy Word in their hands and help them learn the teachings and truths in the Bible. This Sunday we help these families keep this promise by presenting student study Bibles to all of our seventh graders. This will take place during both worship services. We celebrate with our seventh graders as they begin their confirmation faith journey.
Looking for A Way to Share Your Gifts at Grace. Choose Your Responsibility  Dates for the Fall!
Are you looking for a new & exciting way to share your gifts at Grace.  Now is the time!  Visit our website to view the links to our Fall 2019 Sign Up Genius page for each area. Our fall session will run from September 8 - January 5. 
 
If you did not check off one of these responsibilities on your Time & Talents form but would be interested in trying something new, you are welcome to volunteer as well.  We will provide training for anyone who needs it.  Use the links on the website to access the sign up form (you will only need to enter your name and email address).  If you do not feel comfortable signing up on your own, you can call Lisa Bernd in the church office at 262.377.4770 and she can sign you up.
 
 
Areas:
  • Assisting Minister
  • Communion Assistant
  • Communion Set Up/Cleanup
  • Communion Linen Care
  • Readers
  • Greeters
  • Nursery 
  • Multi-Media Room
  • Welcome Desk
  • Usher
Thank you all for volunteering for the ministries at Grace.  Each of you plays an important role in helping to keep Grace running!
Sign Up to Help with "God's Work Our Hands"
While we have filled all the spots for the "Rise Against Hunger" food packaging activity on September 15, there are still open spots for our other activities. 
  • We could us more volunteers to help with various jobs for the Outreach For Hope bike ride fund-raiser this Saturday. Call the church office if you'd like to help with this
  • We have lots of open spots for the Milwaukee River clean up. It's a fun and wet way to help beautify the river
  • Five of the ten spots for the Hamburg House music making are still open
  • The weeding crew at Portal in Grafton can use some more volunteers
  • We also need more volunteers to help with the meal on the 15th for all our volunteers
If you haven't yet signed up, please do so this week. We have a lot of family friendly activities this year. 
New This Fall-Parenting in the Pews Tips!
Thanks to a great book, Parenting in the Pews, Grace will be implementing a few exciting updates to help families worship together.  The idea behind these tips is not to teach our kids to be quiet and silent during worship.  Instead, it is the opposite...to encourage everyone, even the littlest of kids, to actively participate in worship!  Here are a few of the changes you will see: worship notes for all ages (kids who turn one in will be entered in a monthly drawing for special prizes), special instructions from the music leaders and pastors to encourage the kids to sing and pray and extra copies of the full service bulletins (pick one up when you walk in so your early readers can follow along!).  There will be more ideas shared throughout the year.  We hope you take this opportunity to help your children (and the children you sit by) to learn about worship and to actively participate in this special time we all share with God!
Register Now for Sunday School!
Registration for Sunday School (students in 3K-5th grade) will take place during Rally Sunday.  If you are not able to attend on Sunday, you can find the registration form online at http://www.gracegrafton.com/christian-education.html  You can email the form to Katie or drop it off in the church office.
Attention Parents of 3 Year Olds
If your child will be 3 by September 1, they are welcome to join us for Sunday School this fall!  Parents and their children will participate in Rally Sunday, the first day of Sunday School, together on Sunday, September 8.  More information will be coming in the mail, soon.  Contact Katie at Katie@GraceGrafton.com if you have any questions. 
Come Join the Lydia Circle Bible Study!
Lydia Circle is a group of women who meet monthly to do a Bible study and eat dessert. New members are always welcome! We usually meet the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the conference room at Grace.  We are continuing our study of the book "Twelve More Women of the Bible." We have a discussion on a different Biblical woman, hear from an expert in a DVD clip, have a brief meeting and then eat dessert.  Our first meeting this Fall is September 24. If you'd like to join, please talk to Pastor Heidi and she can order a book for you. 
Your Cash Donations Can Help with "Rise Against Hunger"
This year we decided to tackle a real big "God's Work Our Hands" project, so we signed up to host the "Rise Against Hunger" event where Grace volunteers will package 10,000 meals to help fight hunger. We have already had forty people sign up to work on this. This event costs $3,700. Each volunteer is asked to contribute $10 and we've designated some church funds to cover part of the cost, but we are looking for individual donations of any size to handle the rest. So far we have received commitments for about $700 in special funding. That's great! Please contact the church office if you are willing to make a donation toward the cost of this worthwhile event or click on the link below and click the green "Donate" button. Even if you can't be here to work on September 15 you can still donate to help the work get done.
 
 
Thank you so much for your support.
Confirmation Classes Begin Next Week
Wednesday evening classes for seventh and eighth graders start on September 11. The seventh graders will spend the fall studying the Old Testament and the eighth graders will study the New Testament. The first class for the ninth-grade class will be at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22.
Bikers! Register for the Outreach for Hope Ride!
Last year Grace had the biggest group of riders participating in the Outreach for Hope ride that starts from Grace. We want to repeat that this year. The ride is next Saturday morning, September 7. You can choose to ride 14, 30 or 50 miles. You need to register by September 3, so please get signed up right away if you want to ride and help support Outreach.
 
Register online here to participate: https://outreachforhope.org/bike-ride-2/
Thursday Morning Women's Bible Brunch 
Bible Study                                      
The Thursday Morning Women's Bible Brunch will start meeting again in September.   We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings at 9:30AM. We start with a ½ hour of fellowship and then an hour of study, including videos from the Women of Faith.   Hope to see on September 12th!
Family Promise Transition and Host Week - September 15 - 22
Our next week hosting Family Promise and sheltering Ozaukee County homeless families is almost upon us.  We are seeking volunteers to make and serve food, host activity time and stay at church overnight.  Volunteering is easy and makes a real difference in our neighbors' lives.  This host week marks a new beginning in our Family Promise ministry.  We have blessed with the support of Living Word Lutheran Church since the beginning of our work with Family Promise.  Over the summer, Living Word moved its support to Parkside UCC in Saukville - a host church which lost its support church and is much closer to Living Word.  We are so grateful to all of the volunteers from Living Word for their support over the years.  Grace and Pilgrim UCC are now a renewed team and I am hopeful that we will seize this opportunity to re-commit ourselves to this important ministry helping our neighbors in need.  There are many more open shifts this week with the loss of Living Word volunteers.  If you are not yet volunteering with Family Promise, I encourage you to consider volunteering.  If you already volunteer with Family Promise, please bring a friend with you.  We have an online signup and I will hang up a signup sheet in the gathering area. Please feel free to call Aaron Anding at (608) 239-3423 or email me at aaroneanding@gmail.com with any questions and to volunteer.  
Join the Handbell Choir. Practices Starting Soon!
Grace's two hand bell choirs will begin rehearsals on Monday evenings, beginning September 9th.  Both choirs are open & welcoming to new members.
 
Sweet Vibrations (meets from 7:15-8:00) is a choir that meets of the needs of those with a limited musical background to enjoy hand bell ringing in a more relaxed environment.  

Hymndingers (meets from 6:15-7:00) is a choir that attracts those with a stronger musical background who enjoy a bit of a challenge & music with special techniques & some difficulty.
 
Hand bells will ring regularly on the first and third Sunday's each month, at either the 8:00 or the 10:30 service.
Please plan to join us!
 
For more information, please contact Deb Donovan @ 262-617-7432 or donodeb@yahoo.com.
There is an Easy Way to Help Grace Earn Extra Money! Have You Signed Up for the Scrip Program?
There is an easy way to help Grace earn money - please tell me more!! Grace has recently joined the Scrip program. The Script program? What is that? And how will it help Grace?
 
When you sign up for the Scrip program and shop as you normally shop at participating stores, you can help give hundreds of dollars each year to Grace. It is that simple!
 
How do you sign up? Well it is easy, just go to www.shopwithscrip.com and sign up. You will need to use our organization code (LECAL22F63645). You can also do it on the Scrip app on your phone.
 
How does it work?
  • After you sign up, you go onto the Scrip app on your phone or log into your scrip account on your computer, look at the ALL of the stores that participate.
  • Once you find the stores you shop at you can order a gift card.
  • Gift cards come in two forms: Physical gift card or E-gift card. Choose what kind you would like to have & place your order.
  • If you choose an physical gift card, you need to place your order (on your scrip site) by the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:00 p.m.
  • They will be delivered to church & can be picked up later that week. E-gift cards will come directly to your Scrip wallet on your app & usually are available to use that same day.
How do you pay? There are two ways to pay for your Scrip orders. You can write a check to Grace Lutheran Church (put your check in Chantal Murack's church mailbox) or you can sign up to use PrestoPay (Scrip's online payment). You just choose your payment type when you check out.
 
How does it help Grace? Every time you purchase a gift card or e-gift card a percentage of the purchase goes to Grace. So if you shop at Pickn' Save buy a Roundy's gift card. Roundy's has a 4% donation. So if you buy a $100 gift card that means Grace earns $4.00! Can you imagine if everyone at church joined how much money we could earn just by shopping!!
 
If you have any questions or need help signing up please contact Chantal Murack, cmurack@uwalumni.com.
Join The Jubilation Choir!
Calling all singers!  Grace Choir will be starting our fall season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 7:20.  We rehearse most Thursday evenings (Wednesdays during Lent) and sing in worship the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.  We always love having new members, so contact Zack or Eryn Durlam if you're interested!  durlams312@gmail.com or (319)321-2217.
22 Keys Left!
So far 66, or 3/4, of the 88 keys have been taken to help us purchase a new electronic keyboard for the worship center. The current one is over 25 years old and has seen better days. There are twenty-two keys left to pull off the bulletin board in the north hallway. Each key represents a $45 donation. Please help us to get rid of all the keys so we can get rid of the old keyboard and purchase a new one. Thank You!
Lunch Bunch
Join us on September 19 at 11:30 am at the beach themed "Highland House" featuring Mexican, Caribbean, & Californian cuisine is our next location.   Located on Port Washington Rd & Highland Rd in Mequon. Come join us for great food and lively conversation.
 
Contact Lois Jeremiah if you need transportation or have any questions 262-894-5290 call/text.
New Thursday Evening Bible Study this Fall 
The Parables of Jesus
I think that Jesus was the greatest teacher the world has seen. At the heart of his wisdom were his parables. These short stories helped Jesus get across eternal truths. This fall I am going to take our Thursday class through many of Jesus' parables. We're going to start with the "Parable of the Good Samaritan" (Luke 10) on Thursday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Join us as we open the Scriptures to explore Jesus' parables.
 
Pastor Paul  
Missionary Meg Preaches on September 26 and 29
We are happy to have Meg Boren share God's Word with us when she preaches at the worship services on Thursday, September 26 and Sunday, September 29. Meg's sermon theme is, "The Faithfulness of God". Come and hear Meg as she also talks about the important work done by the Circle of Empowerment in Nicaragua.
Ozaukee Habitat for Humanity Update
Work has begun to dig the foundation for the new construction behind Sendik's. Within the next several weeks Habitat plans to announce work days for volunteer crews. When this is done those of you who volunteered back in the spring to help will have the opportunity to sign up to either serve on a work crew or to help provide a meal for the volunteers. We hope to share these dates with you very soon.
RNT Event on September 11
On Wednesday, September 11th the RNT group will travel to The Old Wade House in Plymouth. If you have not been there recently, it sure has changed!?? Jerry and I went there to check it out last week. Quite a change from what we remember. A large visitor center with many, many carriages displayed then a ride on a horse-drawn wagon down to the main buildings. After the Old Wade House we will lunch at Antoinette's in the town of Plymouth. Cost is $9.00 each for 15 or more persons and $10 for less persons attending the tour. More information to follow. Diane Kiesow
Grace Quilters
Even though the quilting group has taken some time off during the summer, some of us are still creating quilts getting ready for the fall shipment to Lutheran World Relief, other needy persons and our fall sale. Therefore, we are always in need of material to help us create the quilts now and in the future.   Sheets are needed for the back of the quilts. The sizes we need are twin - flat, full- fitted and flat, queen - flat and fitted and lastly king size - flat and fitted, plain or patterned. Cotton blend is preferred as opposed to polyester or microfiber. Other yard goods are always welcome to help us make beautiful tops for those quilts you will be able to purchase this fall at a cost of $25 each. Recently, we received some very lovely material from several of you along with dollar donations. We are so thankful to all of you who have contributed to this very worthy cause.
It's Not too Late to Join Grace's Team to Fight to End Alzheimer's!
Fall is just around the corner, school is ready to start and the Alzheimer's Walk is just about a month away.   So far, we have 10 members signed up to be on Grace's Team.
Please consider joining our team on the Walk To End Alzheimer's on Oct 5, 2019 at the Veteran's Park in Port Washington.   Registration opens at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10am.
In the past, they have also had information regarding Alzheimer's and other dementia, caregiving tips, other booths pertaining to Alzheimer's and FOOD!
I have put a poster on the Community Bulletin Board with more details about registering.   You can register by mail, phone, online, or on the day of the walk.   If you can't walk, consider a sponsoring one of our walkers.
Questions, please contact Trudi Biefeld at jbiefeld@att.net or 262-375-0958.

Mt. Meru Coffee Project is celebrating 20 years! 
Your efforts have been helping to improve the standard of living for the coffee farmers of the Meru Diocese in Tanzania for 20 years. The increased income to these farm families is being used to educate their children, to access needed health care, and to support their congregations. Stay up to date on the Facebook page and learn more about its history on the web site: www.mtmerucoffee.org.
 
Mt. Meru Coffee is Available for Purchase in the Gathering Space Several varieties of coffee are now available for immediate purchase.  Please complete the order form, include cash or check made payable to the Mt. Meru Coffee Project and deposit in the slotted lock box provided.  If you do not find the type of coffee you need, please complete an order form as the coffee will be restocked monthly.  Regular, decaf, or flavored coffee sells for $10.00/12 oz. bag. Drip and perk grinds as well as whole bean and single-serve cups are available.
 
For more information, check the website: http://www.mtmerucoffee.org or contact Coffee Ambassadors Jeanne and Bob Dries at (262)375-0997.
Do You Like Pizza?
Grace has signed up for an amazing fundraising opportunity at Papa Murphy's in Grafton.  If a Grace member takes a bulletin to Papa Murphy's in Grafton on Sundays, Grace will get back 20% of the cost of the purchase as a donation from Papa Murphy's.  This is an easy and delicious way to support Grace Programs. 
Here are the steps:
1.  Take a bulletin with you when you leave church on Sunday
2.  Order pizza over the phone, online (do not pay online) or in person
3.  Go to Papa Murphy's in Grafton 1965 Wisconsin Ave Suite 102, Grafton
4.  Show them your bulletin
5.  Pay for your pizza
6.  Enjoy your pizza!
This offer is available any Sunday throughout the year.   Please let Erica know if you have any questions.
   
Thanks for your support!
Missing Anything?
 Are you missing a hat, sweatshirt, books, a necklace, reading glasses or coffee mug or two?  We might have what you're looking for!  Check out our Lost & Found bin in the coat room next to the conference room. In the future, any lost items can be placed in there for their owner to re-discover.
Who to Call in the Grace Office
As a general outline - Here are the general areas of coverage for each office support person.   Please direct your communication to the correct person when possible to minimize duplication of efforts.
 
Office - Main #262-377-4770
 
Lisa Bernd - Office Manager/Director of Involvement
  • Building Cleaning
  • Issues with Property Repair/Maintenance Needs
  • Grace Notes & weekly bulletin insert
  • Electronic Offerings & contributions
  • Volunteer Coordination/New Member Orientation
Arcelia Magana - Administrative Treasurer & Office Assistant
  • Expense Check Processing
  • Payroll/Grace Financials
  • Service Bulletins
  • Service PowerPoint Presentations 
Erica Dimmett - Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator
  • Teen and High School Groups
    • 4th Grade - 5th Grade (KFC)
    • 6th Grade - 8th Grade (JYG)
    • High School (HYPE)
  • Confirmation Activities
  • Parent Fellowship Group 
Katie Eippert - Youth Education Coordinator
  • Children Birth to 5th Grade
  • Children's Message and Grace Quiet Sacks
  • Sunday School
  • Vacation Bible School (VBS)
 Staff Schedules
The office is open Monday & Friday from 9:00 -12 & Tuesday thru Thursday from 9-12 and 1-4. 
 
Pastor Paul: Tuesday - Friday
Pastor Heidi: Tuesday-Thursday
Lisa Bernd: Monday-Wednesday 
Arcelia Managa: Tuesday-Friday 
Erica Dimmett:  Various Hours please call to check
Katie Eippert:  Monday: 2-4,  Tuesday: 8-4,  Wednesday: 8-10,  Thursday: 8-4 
 
Pastor Heidi & Pastor Paul are always available in emergencies.  Their phone numbers are on the church voicemail recording- 377-4770.  Please don't hesitate to call us if you need us.  That is what we're here for. 

Don't forget...One Can Plan

Our ongoing mission is collecting nonperishable goods for Ozaukee Family Sharing and All People's Church in Milwaukee.  Please bring one nonperishable food item when you come to worship and place it in the yellow barrel. The yellow barrel is located in the corner of the Gathering Area under the Outreach Opportunity Bulletin Board. 

The Good News is on the Website

There is a lot going on at Grace this month.  You can read all about it in this months Good News.  Follow the link:
http://www.gracegrafton.com/uploads/2/6/4/1/26411638/goodnews_currentmonth.pdf

Responsibility List

Responsibilities for Sunday, September 8
At the 8:00 a.m. service:  Linda Borkenhagen the assistant minister, Kathleen Braun is the reader, VOLUNTEERS are needed for ushering, Jane Johnson & Scott Nielsen are the greeters, VOLUNTEER is NEEDED in nursery, John Bernd is in the multimedia room, Lynda Lalley is hosting coffee hour & Janet Sladky is at the Welcome Desk.
At the 10:30 a.m. service: Lori Mathias is  the reader, Jason Traxel's team is ushering, The Aspenson Family are the greeters, A VOLUNTEER is needed to be in the nursery, Alex Kamenick is in the multimedia rooms & A VOLUNTEER is needed at the welcome desk.

Responsibilities for Sunday, September 15
At the 8:00 a.m. service:  Paul Singer is the assistant minister, Kathy Kehoe is the reader, Emily Freymuth is the acolyte, Linda Scott's team is ushering, Ed & Sandy Schlicht & Jim & Kathy Kehoe are the greeters, Valerie Buchman is in nursery, A VOLUNTEER is in the multimedia room, Christy Loeffler is the communion assistant, Linda Scott has communion by intinction set up, Dan & Jan Ernst are hosting coffee hour & A VOLUNTEER is at the Welcome Desk.
At the 10:30 a.m. service: Kara Flaig is the reader, Dane Wareheim is the acolyte, Dan Mathias' team is ushering, The Aspenson Family are the greeters, Sarah Newell is in the nursery, James Newell is in the multimedia, Darlyne Holle & Laurie Gosselin are the communion assistants, A VOLUNTEER has communion cleanup & Laurie Gosselin is at the Welcome Desk.

Sept. 4, 2019

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