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June 23, 2022
This Weeks Sermon: Acts You Shall Be My Witnesses
The persecution and scattering of the Apostles. By scattering the believers those who wanted to destroy the gospel spread it far and wide. God is revealed in the events of our lives, even suffering. Stephen preaches and is martyred. v1 & 4. (8:1-25) 
Grace is Looking for a Part Time Worship Team Leader
Grace is looking for a part time Worship Team Leader to begin here in August or September. The job description is listed here
Worship Team Leader job posting for you to share with someone who would would be interested in this position.

If you know of anyone who would be interested in sharing their musical gifts to enhance the worship experience at Grace, please submit an application letter and resume by July 11 to Eryn Durlam, Director of Music, at music.by.eryn@gmail.com
Outdoor Worship This Sunday!
You asked for it! Outdoor worship is back at Grace for two Sundays in June and July. Bring your chairs or blankets on Sunday, June 26 and also on July 17 at 9 a.m. for worshiping outdoors. Each Sunday will also include a visit from the ice cream truck after the services. In case of inclement weather, worship will be held inside.
This Sunday is Ice Cream Sunday
Back by popular demand - Ice Cream Sunday's will return to Grace! On Sunday, June 26, July 17 & August 21 the ice cream truck will be here after the 9:00 am service. September 18 the truck will be here after the 10:30 am service. What a yummy way to start your day!

Join us this summer for this sweet fellowship opportunity!
Join Us For a Listening Session on Your Thoughts
on Our 10:30 am Worship This Sunday, June 26
Please join the Worship Committee for a listening session regarding 10:30 worship service after the 9 a.m. service on Sunday, June 26. Grab some ice cream from the visiting ice cream truck and join us in the conference room. If you are one of the regular worshipers at 10:30, we want to hear from you as we move ahead to create meaningful worship for all ages. We will keep the time brief so you can get out and enjoy the rest of your Sunday. 
Volunteers Needed in the Technology Booth
Are you interested in helping run media for worship services at Grace? Volunteers are needed at the Sunday service (and both services in the fall) to help out in the technology booth. Training will be provided for running the PowerPoints and in other needed areas. Confirmation and high school students – this would be a great volunteer opportunity for you, too. All ages welcome. Stop by the Technology Booth before or after worship for more information or contact John Bernd at john.bernd@gmail.com if you are interested.
Summer Office Hours
The church office summer hours are: Monday & Friday 9:00-12:00 Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 -3:00. Office hours may change so please call the church office before stopping in to make sure someone is there.
Summer Opportunities to Serve at Grace are
Now Open!
Our summer worship scheduled begins on Sunday, May 22. We switch to one service at 9:00 a.m. With that change brings lots of new opportunities to you to try something new at Grace! We have the opportunity for you to usher, be a worship assistant, acolyte, to assist with communion or even be a multi-media helper. If you haven't tried something before - now is the time! Sign up now through September 4. Sign up for your opportunity here:
It’s Time to Sign-up for VBS!
VBS will be August 15-19 this year. Sign up your family here: 
As a Grace member, you are welcome to join us even if your child cannot commit to the entire week. We are happy to have you join us for any part of our fun, faith-filled adventure at the Discovery on Adventure Island VBS. Want a peek at what we have in store? Check out this preview of Discovery on Adventure Island https://youtu.be/QWns25VjMps
 
We are also looking for volunteers, so if you or your child (7th grade +) would like to volunteer for a day or the entire week, please let Erica know. Questions? erica@gracegrafton.com.
Make a Splash for Jesus is on July 31
All are invited to join us at the Grafton Pool on Sunday, July 31st for Make a Splash for Jesus. We’ll meet outside of the pool at 9:00am for a camp-style worship (bring a chair or towel to sit on). We’ll also be collecting a free-will offering for Circle of Empowerment at the service. Afterwards, we’ll have open swim from 9:30-11:30. Please bring your own snacks, beverages and floaties or pool toys. There is no cost to attend, and we encourage you to invite family and friends!
Grace Fellowship Event at the Chinooks Game
Grace is heading to the ballpark! We will be watching the Lakeshore Chinooks near the end of the 2022 baseball season. Please check which date works best for your schedule and sign up in the Welcome Area or at this SignUpGenius link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4eacab2ea0f9c61-chinooks1. The choices are Friday, August 5th at 6:35pm or Saturday, August 13th at 6:35pm. Please contact Brittany Lobner at bewellwithbrittanyl@gmail.com with any questions.
RNT Fun!
Last week The RNT group went on a guided tour of West of the Lake Gardens in Manitowoc. If you would like to join in all of their fun - look at the next article!
Upcoming RNT Event!
Our annual RNT Chinooks outing will be Tuesday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.50. Please RSVP by June 20th to Rod Wilterdink at rod553@yahoo.com or call him at 414-690-4709. Ticket payment can be put in Dan and Jan Ernst church mailbox. The gate opens at 5:35. If you choose to have a meal before the game there are tables available near the food stands.
Quilters Always Need Sheets Including Flannel
The word is out about the wonderful quilts we make. More and more organizations locally need our quilts, not just Lutheran World Relief. So please think of us as you attend rummage sales or mention to your friends when they are getting rid of sheets in useable condition. You all know the sizes – twin flat, full flat and fitted, queen flat and fitted, king flat and fitted in cotton or cotton blend and flannel. Please no microfiber or polyester. 
 
Again, thank you for always responding to our requests. Remember the Grace Quilters when donating for memorials. We could not continue without your help, monetary or otherwise. 
Summer Worship Series
Our summer worship series begins May 22 through Labor Day Sunday teaching the book of Acts from beginning to end. Biblically rooted, Christ centered, Holy Spirit empowered—this is the story of Acts that God wishes to communicate to us and through us.  This series mirrors the beginnings of Christianity-come alive through us.  We will teach how the drama unfolded in the first 30 years after Jesus ascension and pray that God moves also through us.  Let’s experience the delight of a Holy Spirit driven renewal of faith and the church. Can’t often be a church this summer? Take us with you. All sermons will be recorded and available at our website.  
Habitat Update
Our Grafton build continues as we resume work on the southern unit. After the home dedication on February 27th, the owner of the north unit moved into her new home. We are currently working on the interior of the south unit so that in a few months our second family can become home owners as well.
 
Once again we are asking for help to feed our crews. If you are interested in providing a lunch or giving us a hand with the build, please contact Peter Federspiel (petlynfed@gmail.com) and he will give you more information.
Schedule an Appointment with Pastor Greg!
Schedule an appointment to allow our interim Pastor to meet you. Plan to share your hopes and dreams for Grace in this time of transition. Typically these will be about 30-minute conversations held at church. If meeting off-site would be better, just let Greg know. If those date or times do not work, please contact Pastor Greg at pastor@gracegrafton.com to set up another time. Sign up HERE

If you have an questions or need help signing up, contact Lisa Bernd at di@gracegrafton.com or call 262.377.4770.
Mt. Meru Coffee is Available for Purchase in the Gathering Space
This special premium coffee is richer and less acidic than normal coffee and is created when a single oval coffee bean is grown within each coffee fruit instead of the normal double coffee beans. Only 5% of coffee grown is peaberry. Drip Grind or Whole Bean $15.00/12 oz. bag
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Premium SAMPLER
For anyone that would like to sample Fair Trade Premium coffee that is imported by a volunteer organization that is improving the standard of living for the peasant farm families on Mt Meru in Tanzania.
6 Sample packages: Regular Drip – Peaberry – Hazelnut – Butter Pecan – French Vanilla – Chocolate Raspberry $18.00
Several varieties of coffee are available in the Gathering Space 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.
Thank you for your support of this worthwhile project!
You can stay up to date at the Facebook page
Facebook.com/MtMeruCoffeeProject
Grace Lutheran Church’s Updated COVID Worship Guidelines Starting Sunday, March 6 
Effective Sunday March 6, 2022, Grace will be moving to optional masking.  
 
Wearing Masks is optional for all events and all ages. 
 
Holy Communion: We offer the sacrament of Holy Communion using pre-packaged communion packets.  

Livestreamed Services: We will continue to offer the 8:00 am service livesteamed every Sunday morning.
Please Pray For:
Pray for our members in nursing care, home bound & assisted living: Sally Musbach, Jules Nelson, Janet Trapp, Phyllis Barber & Sue Bremer 
 
Pray for: 1st Lieutenant David Eichen, Captain Erich McGuffey (cousin of Kate Peterman), Master Sgt. Matthew Wilkerson (son-in-law of Cindy Silverbrandt), Seaman Matthew Kulczyski (grandson of Grace Smaxwill) & Chief Jennifer Kurneta (daughter of Richard & Charleen Breest) who are serving our country in the U.S. Military.

Kathy Bahrke - Health & healing
Darlyne Holle - Health & healing
Jim - Health & healing
Ken Steinhoff - Health & healing
 
Gloria Cmeyla (friend of Janet Sladky) - Cancer
Joan Eippert (mother of Chris & Heidi Martinez) – Health & healing
Natalie Eippert (sister in law of Chris & Katie & Berto & Heidi Martinez) -
                          Cancer
Trudy Hannum (mother of Judy Kloehn) - Health & healing
Len Lapacz (friend of Bob & Jeanne Dries) - Cancer
Sharon Larson (friend of Joan Tuttle) - Health & healing
Barbara Papamarcos (friend of Sarah Newell) - Health & healing
Chris Robinson (friend of Kathy Kehoe) – Health & healing
Kim Saffran (friend of Christy Loeffler) - Cancer
Diane Singer (friend of Grace Lutheran Church) - Health & healing
Joanne Stys (mother of Sarah Brogni) - Health & healing
Steve Zagar (brother of Terri Mullens) - Hodgkin's Lymphoma
George Zajicek (brother of Kathy Braun) - Comfort & strength