Grace Notes
Email Newsletter
September 22, 2022
Worship on Thursdays (6:30pm)
and Sundays (8:00am and 10:30am)

This Weeks Sermon:
Out of Crisis God Creates the future (Genesis 4)
(When sin is lurking at your door)
God overcame the violence of Cain who killed his brother Abel and is still creating amid our chaos today.  

For those who cannot worship with us in person access our live stream and recorded worship in its entirety here

Recorded sermons each Sunday can be accessed online here
September--November
Old Testament Bible Stories highlight our
Fall Worship Series
Worship Style Information
Because we are still looking for a Worship Team Leader, our worship styles are going to be tweaked for the next few months. Some Sundays we will have both services be Traditional, and others we will have both services be Contemporary. This allows us to continue to offer both styles but in a way that is more efficient for our staffing and volunteers. Sept. 18 and 25 will be Traditional Sundays, with Oct. 2 being a Worship Team led Sunday. Please contact Eryn Durlam, our Director of Music, with any questions regarding this. music.by.eryn@gmail.com
Ministry Fair Coming To Grace!
Stewardship time is also a time for considering how we can volunteer at Grace. Many of you have probably questioned from previous Time and Talent forms what some of the volunteer opportunities involved. You may have also not been sure who to ask to get your questions answered. You will have this opportunity after the Thursday, September 29 service and between services on October 2. The Worship Committee is sponsoring a Ministry Fair for you to find out where help is needed in all areas at Grace – from Worship to youth and more. Take a few moments after services to grab a cup of coffee and some sweets, and stop by the tables in the narthex to get your questions answered. Be ready to find out how you can easily share your time and talents at Grace at the Ministry Fair.
Register for Sunday School
Education Hour kicks off at Grace on Sunday, September 18. Education Hour includes Sunday School for 3K-5th grade students, Junior Youth Group for 6th-8th graders and HYPE for 9th-12th graders. Education Hour runs from 9:15-10:15 each Sunday. Students in 3K-5th grade should register for Sunday School HERE.
Cleaning out the toys at home???
We are looking for a doll house for the 3k-4k room.
If you or know anyone that is looking to find a new home for a doll house please contact Arcelia in the Grace office.
Join Us for Sunday School
Thanks to all the families that joined us for Sunday School! It was great to see you! If you weren't able to make it last Sunday, we look forward to seeing you soon. Find out everything that's happening in Sunday School this year in our Sunday School Flyer Link. Questions about Sunday School? Email GraceGraftonYouth1@gmail.com.
Nursery Staffed for Worship
First Sunday of the Month
We are excited to announce that we will once again staff the nursery during worship services! To begin, we will staff the nursery during the 8:00 and 10:30 services the first Sunday of the month in October, November and December. If you would like to utilize the nursery on these days, just drop off your little one and head to worship. The nursery, nursing room, changing room and family bathroom will remain open even when they are not staffed. Interested in helping to staff the nursery on these days? Sign up in the Volunteer Link in Grace Notes.
We Want to See You in Worship Just as You Are!
Nervous about bringing your family to worship because they munch on a buffet of snacks, your teenager looks like they just rolled out of bed or you haven't attended in a few years? We'll let you in on a little secret...God doesn't care! He loves you (and your family) just the way you are! If you have younger ones, we have updated our Busy Bags, hand out instruments for your child to use during the music and provide Worship Notes pre-school and elementary kids can turn in for a prize. If your older kids are less than excited to join us, try encouraging them to actively participate in the service by doing a reading, working in the multi-media booth or assisting with communion. With the start of a new school year, now is the perfect time to get back in the habit of attending worship with your family. We can't wait to see you there!

"Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” --Matthew 19:14
ALC Literacy Week 2022

Your continued support of the Adult Literacy Center has made it possible for the ALC to help so many students achieve their goals the past year. Your support has helped


  • several students earn their US Citizenship,
  • begin one-on-one support to employees before and after their shifts at a farm in Port Washington,
  • expand ALC services in Belgium, WI,
  • several Ukrainian families start to learn English.

Join us September 19-23 to celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. Learn more at adultliteracyoz.org. Drop a check off at Grace; mail your donation to ALC, 715 Sixth AVE, Grafton; or donate online at donorbox.org/alc. Generous sponsors will match your donation!
Call Committee Weekly Update
The committee is grateful for your continued prayers! If you have a recommendation for a pastor, please contact Call Committee Chair Steve Buchman at stephenbuchman@gmail.com by September 26 with the pastor’s name and a few sentences explaining why that person fits Grace’s MSP. The committee will meet next week to put together a list of interview questions for candidates.

Call Committee Members: Katie Eippert, Steve Buchman, Tina Arnold, Avery Newell, Pat Murack and Scot Donovan
Thrivent
We usually have about $14,000 a year used for Action Teams at Grace.  I see Thrivent is offering a free Associate Memberships this month with no need to buy products or spend money. Associate members can do one action team per calendar year, so are covered to do two since their membership will go into 2023.
 
This offer expires at the end of September.
 
Thrivent is a not-for-profit organization which offers member benefits
 
Action Teams is one benefit for members - You get $250 on a Visa Debit card to do one project each calendar year as an Associate Member - around an education, service or fundraising project. You will use the Thrivent.com site to apply for those action teams.
 
As it happens, they are offering the first year for free (you can drop after that if you want). This offer expires at the end of September.
 
 Since this membership runs into 2023 you would have two projects or $500 to use. This does not require buying any products.
 
Let me know if you have questions and see the links below. I am available to walk you through the process should you have any questions.
 
The Thrivent web page says they waive the $19.95 fee for one year if done before September 30.
 
 
The link below explains more about membership benefits.
 
 
Thanks - Chris
QUILT SUNDAY IS COMING!

Thursday September 29th and Sunday, October 2nd is our annual Quilt Sale. Quilts will sell for $25 (such a deal) and they are better than ever.

This sale allows us to continue quilting every Tuesday in the morning because of your donations of material, sheets and money. Without these donations we would not be able to continue this worthwhile service project especially with the rise in prices of material.  We have determined our cost for flannel used for filler is $10.50 per quilt. This does not include material used for the back and front of the quilt. Our chairperson, Donna Harms, scours the rummage sales and is a weekly attendee at Family Sharing where they know her name.  Thru the help of Thrivent with their donation every year, we have been able to continue this service project for many years. Thank you Thrivent!

Many of our quilts are donated to groups within our area such as

  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Salvation Army
  • Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge
  • Street Angels
  • The Lakota Tribe in South Dakota
  • All Peoples Church. 

Lutheran World Relief has been the organization we sent our quilts to in past years, but because of Covid we could not locate a church who was sponsoring an ingathering. That may change. And it did! We will be sending some quilts to Lutheran World Relief!

This year we have created almost 300 quilts, but that number could change by the time we have our Quilt Sale. Thank you in advance for your purchase or for your monetary donation and remember to continue saving the used sheets of flannel or regular cotton in useable condition.

Members of our group are:  Rheva Darling, Jeanne Dries, Tam Duncombe, Jan Ernst, Judy Hahn, Donna Harms, Jan Hoffman, Cheryl Herboek, Jane Johnson, Diane Kiesow, Mary Mauer, Patty Nichols, Nancy Niven, Jan Reinhardt, Debbie Schloerke, Barb Wrolstadt. Thank them for their service.
Grace Is Looking for a Part-Time Church Music and
Worship Team Leader
Grace is looking for a Church Music and Worship Team Leader. The job description is listed here Worship Team Leader job posting for you to share with someone who 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 have them submit an application letter and resume to Eryn Durlam, Director of Music, at music.by.eryn@gmail.com
Office Hours
Monday: 9 am - 12 noon
Tuesday: 9 am - 2 pm
Wednesday: 9 am - 2 pm
Thursday: 9 am - 2 pm
Friday: Closed

Office hours may change so please call the church office before stopping in to make sure someone is there.

COVID Update
Please be aware that The new "bivalent" COVID vaccine that protects against the various Omicron strains are now available. For more information consult your physician and this website - Covid19 Vaccine — Oasis Healthcare
Looking for something new?
Looking for something new? Why not try yoga? There will be a fall yoga session at Grace on Monday nights from 6-7pm in Fellowship Hall. The six week session dates are as follows: 

September 12th, 19th, 26th
October 3rd, 24th and 31st

Cost is $48. Beginner and intermediate levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat and wear comfortable clothing. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wendy Quehl at pquehl@msn.com or 414.617.1135. Hope to see some new faces!

Sign-Up Genius Ready for Volunteers for Worship Services in September and October
Grace members – Sign-Up Genius is ready for the months of September and October to sign up to help in all areas of worship services. Please remember that we begin having an 8:00 and 10:30 service on September 18, so check to make sure you select the service area of your choice. Note: we are back to serving communion, so Communion Assistants and Communion Set Up/Clean Up areas are also available for volunteering. 
 
If you do not care to access Sign-Up Genius from the link below, or you have questions on any of the positions, you are welcome to contact Lori Mathias at lmathias31@outlook.com or at 262-825-6632. Please be specific as to your date, worship service, and position preference you want to volunteer for. If you are new to communion setup/clean up, training will be provided (please note this when you sign up).  

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 Dustin Lobner at dmlobner@gmail.com if you are interested.
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. 
Lydia Circle

Books are in!
Located right outside of office doors.

There are envelopes provided to submit your payment.
Feel free to email or call Arcelia with questions.
Would you like something to go into Grace Notes???
Please have them emailed to Arcelia by Tuesday evening to make it into that weeks email.

arcelia@gracegrafton.com
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 Arcelia at arcelia@gracegrafton.com or call 262.377.4770.
Habitat for Humanity Update
Dedication of the Habitat for Humanity condo was held on Sunday, Sept 18th. A brief ceremony was held with the family as well as key figures with Habitat. 

As the completion of the condo is just around the corner, there is a great need for donations to Habitat for Humanity-Ozaukee to continue their great work. Port Washington State Bank will match every donation up to a total to $10,000. We can make our donations this September through November.   See the Habitat for Humanity poster board for details.
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 (Revised August 1, 2022)

 Here are the updated COVID protocols at Grace: 
 
Wearing Masks is optional for all events and all ages.
 
 As we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion, using individual tear-off kits are optional together with our regular method of distribution.
Please Pray For:
Pray for our members in nursing care, home bound & assisted living: Jules Nelson & Janet Trapp & Phyliss Barber
 
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
Jim - Health & healing
Ken Steinhoff - Health & healing
Hannah Bulgerin –Health & healing
 
Gloria Cmeyla (friend of Janet Sladky) - 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
Richard Winter (father of Cheryl Herboek & Sue Carlson) - Health & healing
Steve Zagar (brother of Terri Mullens) - Hodgkin's Lymphoma
George Zajicek (brother of Kathy Braun) - Comfort & strength
Liam Rice (friend of Biefeld's) - Childhood Leukemia