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August 10, 2022
Worship on Thursdays (6:30pm) and Sundays (9:00am)

This Weeks Sermon:
”The Real Thing
(Acts 19)   
At Ephesus, amid the selling of trinkets to honor the god “Artemis,” the Apostle Paul teaches that the “little gods,” we create amount to nothing when we experience God’s real presence through the love of Jesus Christ. 
Listening Session Sunday August 14, 10:00am
This Sunday our Mission Exploration Team (MET) will lead a listening session and solicit your review and edits of our Mission Site Profile (MSP). The draft of our MSP will be available by August 7 for you to review.  
 
This Listening Session will also provide an opportunity for review of proposed revisions to our Constitution. 
Call Committee Nominated
Per constitution our church council has nominated 6 members for our Call Committee to lead us in consideration of candidates to be our next Pastor. We will seek approval by congregational vote as part of our 10:00am Mission Site Profile (MSP) Listening Session on Sunday August 14: Tina Arnold, Steve Buchman, Avery Newell, Scott Donovan, Katie Eippert and Pat Murack. 
Town Hall with Bishop Paul Erickson
Sunday August 28, at 10:00am we welcome Bishop Paul Erickson and his Assistant Kristin Nielsen as we discuss our Mission Site Profile in preparation, and they begin to consider candidates for us to consider as our next Pastor. Please spread the word! 
Outreach for Hope Ride, Run, Walk
September 24 at Grace
Join Pastor Greg on Saturday September 24 at Grace for the Outreach for Hope bike ride, run, walk, fundraiser. Here’s the details:

Grace is hosting a fundraising bike ride, run, and walk with our Lutheran synod's Outreach for Hope (OFH). OFH supports our partners at All Peoples Church as well as churches and organizations which serve the poor and homeless in Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine. Grace member and Thrivent rep Chris Beloin is coordinating our volunteer team. Let him know if interested in volunteering: christopher.beloin@thrivent.com

Register to run, ride, walk here—click on “register as a team,” and select Grace Grafton: https://www.classy.org/event/15th-annual-ofh-family-ride-run-walk/e410700/start-fundraising
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 for the Week of August 15th
The office hours for the week of August 15th

VBS is this week and office will be CLOSED this week.

A separate Grace Notes will be sent out if things change.
Please call and leave a voicemail and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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. 
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
The interior of our second unit is taking shape. All of the base and door moldings are up, the interior doors are hung and the laminate flooring is just about complete. We’ll need to wait for the counter tops to be installed before the plumbing can be completed. So now our focus turns to the outdoors with the building of the side porch, retaining walls and landscaping for the entire duplex.

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.
 
Jim Biefeld
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.
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 July 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: Sally Musbach, Jules Nelson, Janet Trapp & Phyllis 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
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
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