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September 1, 2021
This Weeks Sermon: Be Strong & Open
Pastor Dale Erickson
Maybe Jesus was just having a bad day. Perhaps, he was exhausted from all the mission trips and miracles. How else can we explain the rough way that he treats this woman who pleads on behalf of her little daughter?

Join us in welcoming Pastor Dale Erickson!
Updated Mask Policy
In light of recent observance in the rise of COVID cases in our community and our commitment to monitoring the situation, Grace leaders have deemed it important that we update our mask policy and resume requiring all members, no matter their vaccination status, to wear masks while in the building for worship, meetings and all other gathers of 10 or more people. Our goal is to keep everyone safe, maintain a consistent approaching using CDC recommendations and to lay a framework to adapt our policies as the COVID climate evolves. 
Update Sunday School Volunteers Needed to Be:
Three More Sunday School Volunteers Needed
We’re looking for three more adults to help with our Sunday School program for our 1st-5th graders. The volunteers are not responsible for teaching the lesson, just making sure the kids stay on task and assist as needed. If we get 3 more volunteers, each person would be responsible for assisting in Sunday School once every 3 weeks. It’s a great way to help with our program, without having to do any planning or prepping outside of Sunday School. If you are interested in helping, contact Katie@GraceGrafton.com.  
God’s Work Our Hands Project Update!
On Sunday, September 12th we are working on various projects for God's Work Our Hands. We will begin with a pizza meal and then break off into the various activities. 
 
Sign up at the tables in front of the sanctuary for the following projects: 
 
Singing for Hamburg House. Meet at 12pm to safely sing to the residents outdoors.
Grace Yard Work Clean Up. Our very own yard needs sprucing up outside of church.
Assisting Member with Home Clean Up. An elderly member of the church is in need of cleaning up her home, mainly the garage and basement.
Chalk-a-Thon 2021. Like last year, we will head to Aurora Hospital in Grafton to spread much needed cheer. This is a great family project.
River Clean Up 2021. We will meet to clean up a portion of the Milwaukee River.
 
Food Donation Sign Up. To go along with the pizza, we will need other items for our early lunch.
 
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Brittany Lobner at bhagermann@gmail.com.
An Afternoon with Meg
On September 19, Please join us at Upper Lake Park in Port Washington, Picnic Area 5, for an Afternoon With Meg! We will be gathering about 12 noon after second service. The lunch will be Picnic Style serving brats and hamburgers and sides. Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for children. A list will be on the table outside the worship area for you to sign up and you can put your check or envelop with money in The Circle of Empowerment mailbox, give to Joan Tuttle, or put in her mailbox. Please sign up so we know amounts for food. Join us for a fun afternoon and talk with Meg and others about the fabulous work being done in Nicaragua!
Update Booster Shots To Be
Many of you received a COVID vaccine through Oasis Healthcare in Vineyard Church in January and February. Oasis is back at Vineyard and offering booster shots on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Day and evening hours are available. At this time, you must have certain medical conditions or be immunocompromised to qualify for a booster, so please contact your doctor first. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Oasis at 262-421-8961 or visit https://www.oasishealthcare.net/covid-19vaccine.
Moving Boxes Needed
We’re looking for some sturdy boxes for one of our cleaning projects on God’s Work Our Hands Day. If you have any boxes that would be an acceptable size and strength for moving, please drop them off in the church office. Thank you in advance for your help!
Backpack Blessing
If your child or grandchild would like a backpack blessing tag for their daycare or school bag, please stop by the table outside of the worship center to pick one up. We look forward to sending our kids back to school with God’s love and support.
Ozaukee Fair Grounds Resumes COVID Testing
If you are in need of a COVID test, the Ozaukee Fair Grounds has resumed testing on Mondays from 8-2 and Wednesdays from 12-6. Pre-register at https://curative.com/ or call 1-888-702-9042.
An Update From Meg
Dear members of Grace,
It has been a good and needed time here this summer to see family, friends and my home church! The work being done in Nicaragua has been especially important in empowering the people get through some difficult circumstances in this past year, as epidemic and hurricanes hit. We can identify with so much unknown in our lives, but they are so much more vulnerable with basic needs. I am so proud that our villages actively participated in activities that helped them help each other!
 
They planted crops on borrowed land (from Many with properties they were unable to live on, and bartered food, services, and other needed items they could not purchase.
Thank you for being part of the generous support of Grace Congregation, and dedicated individuals!
 
I will be preaching on September 16th and 19th to share how these people are empowering themselves with your and Gods support.
 
Please come to our celebration picnic following the service ( 12:00) at Port Washington lake side park on the upper level, and hear about how your support has brought good news to so many!
 
THANK YOU! Missionary Meg

Need Help with Basketball Hoop!
Erica needs help putting together a basketball hoop for the Grace Youth. Please email erica@gracegrafton.com or call the office if you are able to help. 
Register Your Child for Sunday School
Rally Sunday, our first day of Sunday School, will be Sunday, September 19. Education Hour runs from 9:15-10:15 each Sunday. Kids entering 3K-5th grade in the fall are eligible to participate in Sunday School. Because none of our Sunday Schoolers can be vaccinated and to follow building protocols, we will be requiring all students to wear a mask during Sunday School at the start of the school year. We will re-evaluate this policy if the situation changes. This year, Sunday School registration will take place online. Register your 3K-5th grader HERE . Information for our 6th-12th graders will be available soon. If you have any questions about Sunday School, please email Katie@GraceGrafton.com.
Quilters Need: Cotton Sheets
Notice the change in the title? We are so thankful for your past contributions of flannel. You outdid yourself.  We are still in need of cotton and cotton blend in twin flat, double fitted and flat, queen flat and fitted, king flat and fitted. Please no microfiber or polyester. We are working our fingers to the bone for Lutheran World Relief as their supply dwindled because of the pandemic this past year. Because of your help, we may be able to add to our list of needy institutions we contribute our blankets to, such as the Lakota tribe in South Dakota and Family Advocates. Continue checking on Goodwill, St. Vincent DePaul, rummage sales, etc. for those sizes. Monetary contributions are always welcome. We so appreciate your help as does our savings account!
PS: Thank you for your tremendous response to our request. Don’t stop! We continue to use all that you have supplied.  
Grafton Habitat Build Update
I have updated the Habitat board in the gathering area with current pictures of our Grafton build. We will continue the siding work for a few more weeks as the extreme heat last month resulted in shorter work days. Some of the build has now been moved indoors as we start installing the mechanicals (heating ducts, electrical, etc.) in the north unit. Helping out with the build or maybe providing lunch, there are many opportunities for our church family to help these two deserving families get into a home of their own. Please contact the appropriate person below if you can help in any way.

Site coordinator Bob Meyer (Meierdr@sbcglobal.net)

Lunch coordinator Peter Federspiel (petlynfed@gmail.com)
Thank you, Jim Biefeld
Mt. Meru Coffee is again Available for Purchase in the Gathering Space
Several varieties of coffee are now available 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.
 
NEW Spring Blend: Tanzanian Premium Coffee from the small farms of Mt Meru cupped (taste tested) regularly and has been rated higher than most coffees. It is primarily peaberry to give you richer flavor with less acidity. Mt Meru Spring Blend Vienna roasted to accentuate its well-balanced flavor sells for $16.00/12 oz bag, drip or whole bean.
 
Your efforts have been helping to improve the standard of living for the coffee farmers of the Meru Diocese in Tanzania for 22 years. Stay up to date on the Facebook page and learn more about its history on the web site: www.mtmerucoffee.org.
For more information, contact Coffee Ambassadors Jeanne and Bob Dries at (262)375-0997.
Please Pray For
Pray for our members in nursing care, home bound & assisted living: Sally Musbach, Sue Bremer & Jeanette Wagner

 
Pray for: 1st Lieutenant David Eichen, Staff Sgt. Nathan Talbert (grandson of Elaine Kortenhof), 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.
 
Tim Fuchs – Health & healing
Joan Grade – Health & healing
Jerry Plyer - Health & healing
Janet Trapp – Health & healing
 
Angela Blockel (friend of Steve Biedenbender) – Health & healing
Chris Brzakala (mother of Katie Koppa) - Health & healing
Gloria Cmeyla (friend of Janet Sladky) - Cancer
Diane Cole (mother of Valerie Buchman) – Health & healing
Patricia Emerick (mother of Darlyne Holle) - Health & healing
Sharon Larson (friend of Joan Tuttle) - Health & healing
Paul Ohm (friend of Steve Biedenbender)- Health & healing
Chris Robinson (friend of Kathy Kehoe) – Health & healing
Sandy Sachse (mother of Dave) - Comfort & peace
Scott (friend of Steve Biedenbender) – Health & healing
Bill Scott (brother of Jim) - Health & healing
Sue Shepich (sister of Jim Kehoe) - Health & healing
Joanne Stys (mother of Sarah Brogni) - Health & healing