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March 15, 2023
This weeks sermon Title:
"It's about Hope"

Sermon Brief Description: about 2 weeks before his arrest and trial Jesus raises Lazarus. He teaches Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters who had fallen into despair that he is, “the resurrection and the life.” It really is all about hope, isn't it? St. Paul lists it as one of the three abiding gifts from God, along with faith and love. He says hope does not disappoint. That my friends IS our hope
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Recorded sermons each Sunday can be accessed online here
Current Events/Info
Lenten Meal
Come enjoy sub sandwiches!!!!
The meal is hosted by Retired Not Retired. 
Hope to see you there!
Listening Session
We want your feedback on
Sunday March 26 at 9:15AM. 
Please attend!

Following our January 15 Listening Session, our “Welcoming and including LGBTQIA+ persons by consensus," committee has developed the following Draft proposal re: Grace Lutheran Church Core Values. Please consider these core values prayerfully and offer feedback at our Sunday March 26, 9:15AM listening session.

We are GRACE, where;
God’s unconditional love is our center.
Relationships nurture spiritual growth with God and others.
All are welcomed and included regardless of race, age, social class, sexual orientation, gender identity and ability. 
Children, youth, and family discipleship is a primary focus.
Engaging humanity worldwide through generosity, outreach, and service is essential.
Lent Season
We look forward to our Lent season together beginning tonight. Dinner is at 6:00pm each evening. Pastor Paul Bulgerin has written all new skits! Here is the worship schedule:

Holden Evening Prayer with youth skits and sermon reflections
March 15 : Awareness of God’s Presence in Difficult Times
Psalm 139:7-12
March 22: Awareness of Treating Our Bodies as Tools of God
Corinthians 6:19-20 and Romans 12:1-2
March 29: Awareness of the Presence of the Risen Christ
Luke 24:13-33
Help Support Survivors During Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
Get involved and make an impact this April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by considering a donation to our self care kits!

Advocates is currently collecting self care items for clients and residents to help them feel their strongest and most valued inside and out. In addition to the suggested items, they welcome any general appropriate self care products as well. Deadline for drop off is April 1st. Questions? Ask Erica.
Thank you to all that have taken the time to come and help with the church cleaning.
Wednesday Lenten Meals
TODAY Lenten Meal will be
sub sandwiches
Hosted by
Retired Not Retired

March 22nd
Potato Soup and Sandwiches
Hosted by 7th Grade Confirmation

March 29th
Pizza Night
Hosted by Church Council
Worship Updates
Great news for parents with young children who wish to/have need for the nursery during services – the TV in the Nursery room can now livestream services! This means should you choose to take your young child out to the nursery, you can still see and hear the service on any Sunday. Thanks to Dustin Lobner and his technology assistants for making this possible.

In addition there is a family bathroom, changing room and nursing room are all attached to the nursery.
We love seeing all of our Grace families on sundays!
Music Announcement
We will continue to have a variety of worship styles at the Sunday morning services, but due to our staffing needs, the Worship Team is on a break at this time. Our Director of Music will continue to provide different styles of music whenever possible for our worship during this time. Thank you for your understanding!
Sunday worship volunteer positions are now available for both services in Sign Up Genius through Easter. You will also note that there is a spot for Wednesday Lenten services for an Usher Supervisor. This is an easy job for any parent to help direct our Confirmation students.
Please take a moment and sign up for at least one volunteer spot. Your help is greatly appreciated. You can use the following link: 
If you have any questions on the volunteer positions needed for either worship service, you can contact Lori Mathias at 262-825-6632, or by email at: 
Council Updates
Call Committee Weekly Update (03/01/23)
The Call Committee wanted to give a quick update. Last week, we meet with Pastor Kristin from the Greater Milwaukee Synod. She manages the Call process for all our partner ELCA churches. The Synod continues to screen candidates for Grace. We have made some minor updates to our MSP that focused on the generosity that was displayed over the holidays as we worked to pay down our debt. The congregation continues to show how strong in faith we are, and this is just another high point in Grace’s history. 

We will begin communicating weekly with the Synod on the progress they are making and discuss updates/questions they might be fielding about our Call. They are seeing a bit of an uptick in pastors looking for their next call, and they remain hopeful that we will soon meet our next pastor. The Call Committee will continue to provide you with updates and are happy to answer any individual questions that you might have. Thank you!

“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ” John 13:7

Call Committee Members: Katie Eippert, Steve Buchman, Tina Arnold, Avery Newell, Pat Murack and Scot Donovan
Grace Lutheran Church Financial Summary
We as a Church Council have decided in the spirit of continuous improvement and transparency to the congregation to begin publishing a summary of the church's financials on a monthly basis. We feel this is in everyone's best interest to be transparent and aligned upon the financial health of the church.

In these monthly reports, we will include:
  1. Income & Expense Results from the Most Recent Month
  2. Income & Expense Results on a Year-To-Date basis
  3. A Summary of Cash Balances
  4. A Summary of Debt Balances
  5. A Summary of Year-To-Date Giving vs. Prior Periods
We welcome any feedback or suggestions as we continue to find the best ways to engage with the congregation.

Thank you Thrivent Members!

Below are links to most current financial documents that will tell you how you have impacted Grace Lutheran Church!
Signup links below
Check your Email for more details.
Sunday School Info

Hey Sunday School Families!

Make sure to check out the Winter Education Newsletter. It includes important information such as the dates the kids will be singing in church this spring.

Monroe Albiero!!

Please find Jen Jacobson or Katie Eippert to claim your prize.
Next drawing will be at the end of month.
Other Updates/Events
April RNT Event

Our April RNT group event will be lunch at Fox Brewery at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday April 12. Their address is 6411 W. Mequon Rd. Mequon WI.
Please RSVP to Sandy Schlicht by April 4th either call me at 262-377-5607 and leave a message or E-mail at Hope to see you there.

We're on the Road Again

On Friday, May 5 RNT will be traveling to The Fireside Dinner Theatre in Ft. Atkinson. We will be having a delicious meal around 11:15 am and see the entertaining show “Grumpy Old Men” at 1:15 pm. The cost for meal, show and gratuity is $83.33 per person. There are a few shops to browse in between meal and show if you like.

Your meal consists of chopped salad, fresh baked breads from their bakery, entrée, Oreo delight for dessert, coffee, tea and milk  The entrees to choose from are Pretzel Crusted Stuffed Chicken, Grilled Pork Ribeye, or Rainbow Trout. Wine, beer, and mixed drink are available but at your cost, plus gratuity. More details of menu are on church bulletin board.
In order to get the price listed above for meal, show and gratuity we need a minimum of 13 people. Otherwise, the price will go up about $16. I’m confident we can get 13 people who would like to enjoy this day out. Please sign up on the church bulletin board or send me an email,, that you are able to come and let me know what entrée you would like by March 24th.

I do need payment in advance since The Fireside requires this. Please put payment in my church mailbox or give to Trudi Biefeld NO LATER than March 27th. Checks should be made payable to Jan Ernst.
As far as transportation to Ft. Atkinson, we can car pool. This information will be sent to those who have signed up a week or so before May 5.

Click the link for Our Featured Menu For Grumpy Old Men
Travel with Pastor Paul in the
“Footsteps of the Apostle Paul” this Summer

Pastor Paul Bulgerin and Pastor Chris Manke are leading a faith pilgrimage in the “Footsteps of the Apostle Paul” from July 24 to August 4. Pastor Paul led a similar trip in 2018. Participants will travel to Athens and Corinth, Greece, sail the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, visit the ancient city of Ephesus in western Turkey, and see the sites in Rome, Italy. Grace members, family and friends are invited to join this wonderful journey into the lands and times of the Apostle Paul, who traveled around the ancient world sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. If you are interested in the trip, or have any questions about it, please feel free to contact Pastor Paul. His email is:

The cost of the trip is about $5,200 per person. This covers airfare, motor coach travel, hotels, the Mediterranean cruise, gratuities and most meals. You can find out more about the trip on this website:
Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Grafton, Wisconsin is looking for a dynamic Children’s Ministry Coordinator to join our staff in a part-time capacity. For details on position click HERE.

If interested, please submit a letter of application and resume to Erica Dimmett, Youth & Family Ministries, at:, ph: 262-377-4770 
NEW!  Programs for Adults & Youth at Crossways Camps 
Pine Lake Camp (Waupaca, WI) is inviting all adults, wherever you are on your journey of faith, to attend Rooted: An adult faith enrichment experience retreat. Rooted is a New two day retreat on May 30-31, 2023 at Pine Lake Camp. While guest speakers, pastors and faith leaders are brought to camp to lead and train the summer camp staff, they will lead and present an additional session for you, in the Rooted cohort group. The retreat is $98/participant, which covers four meals and 1 night of lodging in the beautiful Evergreen Retreat Center. Scholarships are available. For additional information or answers to your questions, contact Robyn Koehler, Co-Camp Director at Pine Lake Camp (715-258-3813 or by e-mail at: Register on-line at:   

Also New at Pine Lake Camp is a summer camp program for Adults with Disabilities. Self-Determination Camp is a unique opportunity for young adults (ages 18-40) with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Participants will gather in an authentic, faith-filled environmment while growing in their connection to each other, focusing on their ministry arts & advocacy interests, and then return home with renewed enthusiasm and new skills to share their personal faith with others. Camp staff will guide participants through a three night summer program (August 13-16) where campers will fully engage in the joy of ourdoor ministry. This program is $450/participant. Individual's long-term care budgets (e.g., IRIS, Family Care, etc.) may be used to financially support this camp experience. For questions, contact: Robyn Koehler (715-258-3813 or by e-mail at: Register on-line at:  

Waypost Camp on Mission Lake (30 miles southeast of Wausau) is inviting Junior & High School Campers (6th - 12th Graders) to trek through the Porcupine Mountains on a wilderness backpacking trip. This group will deploy from Waypost on July 16th and return on July 21st. For more information or questions, contact the Waypost Camp Director: Andrew Templeman (715-454-6487 or by e-mail at Register on-line at: 
Also, Remember to allocate your Thrivent Choice Dollars by March 31, 2023.  Thrivent Members can always allocate their Thrivent Choice Dollars directly to Pine Lake Camp or to the larger Crossways Camping Ministries.  
If you have any questions or would like more information on Crossways Camping Ministries, please contact Kim or Chris Beloin at or by phone at: 262-376-0259 (Congregational delegates to Crossways) 
or contact Chris Eippert (Member of the Crossways Board of Directors)

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. 
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 to set up another time. Sign up HERE

If you have an questions or need help signing up, contact Arcelia at or call 262.377.4770.
Your purchases of Mt Meru Premium Coffee continue to improve the standard of living in the Meru Diocese in Tanzania where farm families live on 3 – 5 acre sustenance farms and have an average annual income of $400 - $500, primarily from their coffee crop.

By supporting the Mt Meru Coffee Project you are helping to give these hard working farm families a hand up rather than a hand out and if they were here with us now they would say Asante sana (thank you very much). 

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. 

Premium Peaberry is also available.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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For anyone that would like to sample Fair Trade Premium coffee 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
************************************************************************************Any questions? Contact Bob and Jeanne Dries at 262.375.0997 or email
Thank you for your support of this worthwhile project!
You can stay up to date at the Facebook page 
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
Please Pray For:
Pray for our members in nursing care, home bound & assisted living: Janet Trapp & Phyliss Barber
Pray for: 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.
Ron Simon (Friend of Katy Peterman) USAF in the middle east
Bill and Kathy Bahrke - Health & healing
Jim - Health & healing
Hannah Bulgerin – Health & healing
Alex Koenitzer – Health & healing
Gerry and Shelley Zvara – Health & healing
Pastor Dale Erickson – Health & healing (Dale has often been our guest pastor)
Stephen Peltonen – Encouragement
Nora Koenig – Health & healing
Jim Scott – Health & healing
Cindy Silverbrandt – Health & healing
Laurie Gosselin and Family – Comfort & strength
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
Steve Zagar (brother of Terri Mullens) - Hodgkin's Lymphoma
George Zajicek (brother of Kathy Braun) - Comfort & strength
Mike Winter (brother to Cheryl Herboek and Sue Carlson) - Cancer
Debbie Cappelli (daughter of Arlene Liebenstein) - Cancer
Nancy Klaas (mother of Brandon Langer) - Cancer
Nadene Kramer (friend of Kate Peterman) – Health & healing
Rob Pasbrig (friend of Kate Peterman) – Cancer
Joan Eippert (mother of Chris Eippert and Heidi Martinez) - Heath & healing
Office Info
Please call prior or check Grace Calendar to make sure someone will be in office. Thank you!