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May 4, 2022
This Weeks Sermon: Alive Together with Christ
We who are lamenting mom today, all who are celebrating mom today, and all of us who are missing mom today join in this good news: we are alive together with Christ. 
Office Hours
This Friday, May 6th the office will be closed.
It’s Time to Sign-up for VBS!
VBS will be August 15-19 this year. Priority registration for Grace families and volunteer’s children is open now through the end of May.  Sign up your family here: https://forms.gle/KHUuk4jPnzwh1tU99

As a Grace member, you are welcome to join us even if your child cannot commit to the entire week. We’re happy to have you join us for any part of our fun, faith-filled adventure at the Knights of the North Castle VBS. Want a peek at what we have in store? Check out this preview of Discovery on Adventure Island https://youtu.be/QWns25VjMps

We’re also still 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.
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:
RIC Listening Session-May 22nd 9:00am
You are invited to a Listening Session at Grace on Sunday May 22 after our 9:00am worship (our summer worship schedule begins that Sunday). In coordination with the MET, our Church Council is recommending a path forward by consensus rather than vote as we pursue the reconciling work of Jesus Christ with the LGBTQIA+ community. We are eager to hear all voices in our faith community as we present this proposal.
Join Us for The Chinooks Game on June 11
"Take me out to the ball game! Grace is heading back to Kapco Park to see the Chinooks play on Saturday, June 11th. First pitch is at 6:35pm. Please sign up on the charts in the welcome area OR through the SignUpGenius link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAB2EA0F9C61-grace2 by Monday, May 23rd so we can order the tickets. Please contact Brittany Lobner at bewellwithbrittanyl@gmail.com with any questions." 
Affirmation of Baptism Service is May 15th 
Our 9th grade confirmation class has worked so hard and finally the day has come for them to celebrate their Affirmation of Baptism. The service will be on May 15th during the 10:30 service. Pastor Greg and Erica are very proud of this amazing group of kids. Congregation members are welcome to attend this service. The 9th grade class will also be presenting their service projects to the congregation on May 11th at 7:00.  
RNT Event May 18
Our next RNT outing will be Wednesday, May 18th. We will be going to the Warehouse Art Museum in Milwaukee. The current exhibit is 'The Secret Garden'.  

Let's meet at 1:00 at church if you'd like to combine rides or you can meet us at the museum by 2:00 pm. There is no admission fee, but a free will donation is appreciated. There is parking adjacent to the museum. 

We'll tour the museum and then head north to the Crave Restaurant, located at 10401 N Port Washington Rd in Mequon. 

If your calendars are open, please join us and let us know by Friday, May 13th.  Hope to see you there. Marcia & Howard Vrankin
Graduate Sunday is on May 22nd!
It’s time for another group of young Grace youth to graduate from High school. We will be celebrating our Grace graduates on May 22nd at the 9:00 service. We will be serving cake after the service. Join us in celebrating these accomplished adults and wishing them good luck in their next adventures.  
Celebration of Life Service
Don Westby’s Celebration of Life will be held Saturday May 14th at Grace.
 
Visitation is from 9-11 with the service following. Don passed away Nov. 22, 2021 during the Covid pandemic.
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.
Quilters Always Need Sheets
Our quilt Sunday was a huge success thanks to all of you.  But the word is out about the wonderful quilts we make. More and more organizations 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. Please no microfiber or polyester. 

Again, thank you for your participation in our Quilt Sunday and always responding to our requests.  We could not continue without your help, monetary or otherwise.   
Mt. Meru Coffee is Available for Purchase in the Gathering Space
Peaberry Coffee Tasting Event on May 22nd
The Mt Meru Coffee Project is offering special premium Peaberry coffee at the cake and coffee reception for graduates on Sunday, May 22nd. This 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. Packages of Mt Meru peaberry coffee are available at our narthex display or can be ordered for pick up at church the following Tuesday. Price is $15.00 per 12 oz package in bean or drip.
 
Income from the Mt Meru Coffee Project is helping Meru families to send their children to school and to afford health care.
Drip Grind or Whole Bean $15.00/12 oz. bag
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Premium SAMPLER
For anyone who would like to sample Fair Trade Premium coffee which 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. Call or email Bob and Jeanne Dries with any questions.(rdries@wi.rr.com 262.375.0997)

Thank you for your support of this worthwhile project! www.mtmerucoffee.org
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.

Freddy Alvarez - Health & healing
Kathy Bahrke - Health & healing
Darlyne Holle - 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
Sandy Sachse (mother of Dave) - Comfort & peace
Kim Saffran (friend of Christy Loeffler) - Cancer
Marge Salvatore (friend of Darlyne Holle) - Covid
Dorothy Slatter (aunt of Jim Biefeld) – Health & healing
Joanne Stys (mother of Sarah Brogni) - Health & healing
George Zajicek (brother of Kathy Braun) - Comfort & strength

Our sympathy to Cathe Fuchs on the death of her husband, Tim
 
Our sympathy to Bob & Jeanne Dries on the death of his cousin,
Mike Filter