Grace Notes
Email Newsletter
November 22, 2022
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Current Events/Info
The 2022 Pie Social is almost here!
Join us after the Thanksgiving Eve service for some coffee and delicious pie! Please sign up to bring a pie on the sign up located on the gathering area bulletin board. The more the merrier! We would love any assistance with set up and clean up as well. Any questions or to help please contact Brittany Lobner or Tina Arnold." 

Grace will again be collecting canned goods to donate to Family Sharing’s Food Pantry during the Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 23. Donations will be made during the service. If you cannot attend on the 23rd and still wish to donate, you can drop off any canned goods in the office before.
We are very excited to partner with All People’s Church again this year to help provide Christmas meals. We are planning on ordering turkeys again this year and are in need of donations for those turkeys. If you are able to help, please send or drop off a check made out to Grace before Dec. 10th. Make sure you put “turkeys” in the memo line. If you like to do electronic donation the Donate now button below will take you to Graces online donation page. Thank you so much Grace for your generosity.

Please watch Grace Notes and email for more information on how you can support this amazing mission at All People’s Church.  
Order Your Poinsettias Now
You may order a poinsettia plant which will be placed in the worship center for the Christmas season. If you desire to give a plant in memory or honor of a loved one, the name of those loved ones will be shown on the screen at our Christmas services. You can sign-up at HERE
and pay online or an order sheet is on the bulletin board in the gathering space. The cost of each plant is $10.00. If not paying online payment envelopes are provided. Make checks payable to Grace Lutheran Church.  The last day to order is November 27th
Celebrate Jesus’ birthday with a special one-time gift to reduce the debt on our building. Thanks to our finance team we have an excellent 3.35% loan on our $1.69 million building mortgage. However, that interest rate will adjust in March of 2026. We are wise to get ahead of that adjustment.
Christmas Gift Goal: $50,000
If we pay down our mortgage by $50,000, we will reduce our total interest by $79,400.

What if we raised $75,000? Total Interest saved: $119,000!

Can you help us match their generosity? Please submit your gift using the enclosed envelope by December 31, 2022. Gifts may be received in January in order to be tax deductible in 2023. Remember that your Christmas Gift should be a contribution over and above your regular offering. 

Thank you for whatever amount you give. Thank you for your generosity!


Bob has requested that there is a great need for Men’s winter jackets in Large and Extra Large size. Please drop them off at church or at Bob’s Under the Bridge location. That location would be in Grafton at 2360 Dakota Dr. Monday 4-6 p.m. or Thursday 5 – 7 p.m.  
All Peoples Christmas Meals Donations Needed
Grace will be providing 50 meals to All Peoples Church this holiday season. We are doing it a little different this year. There is a large board in the Gathering Space that has items that you can purchase for the meals. 
The Youth Programs will then be packing the meals at a packing party. 
Please take as many items as you want. Please pay close attention to the number of items that you need to purchase. 
Items needs to be returned
by Dec. 16th

We also need to pay for our 50 Turkeys! If you would like to donate $100.00 towards the turkeys, please take of the turkey tabs on the board in the gathering space or email Even easier, just drop a check at church. 
Grace church,

On behalf of Cedarburg churches, Pastor Heidi Borkenhagen has invited Grace to a holiday sing-along at the Grafton Water Street Brewery on Tuesday December 13. Here are the details:

  • Come at 6:00pm if you’d like to order dinner (limited menu for this large group event) 
  • Singing begins around 7pm. 
  • Come "decked out" in their Holiday gear and win the "Christmas Spirit” award! 

Hope to see you there!
A message from Meg Boren
I have been blessed to serve our 9 rural villages in Nicaragua for 20 years.
Your gifts have been used to support this Christian outreach that has
changed so many lives and had transformational effect on our villages. It
has given hope, comfort, and God’s love to so many in need and I thank
you for making a difference in their lives. I am thankful for the spiritual,
cultural, and personal growth it has gifted to me personally, We are all
broken people, but the Good News is that God has amazing power of
transformation and wants to use us, as imperfect as we are, to be part of
that transformation! I feel incredibly blessed to live with His beloved poor
and learn from their abundance! I know that sounds strange, but it is their
abundance of faith, hope, and charity that is amazing and that we have had
the privilege of supporting in our work there. I have seen the power of God
do incredible things that defy understanding. These include opportunities
where none existed, healing of individuals, families, and communities, and
also empowerment to work for wanted change. We have seen the
development of strong leaders with compassion, love, and vision that I
believe are God given. I call those miracles, and yes they still exist!
I am so blessed to have had the privilege to serve!!!
Thank you and May God bless you all!
Worship Updates
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 the end of the year. Please 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: 
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 if you are interested.
Council Updates
We have had a great response to our fall campaign. 140+ Statements of Intent or pledge cards have been received! Your response really matters. Please put your card in the offering at worship this weekend (mail in or drop off at the office if necessary). Whatever may be your response, thank you for your generosity and commitment to this New Era for God’s Grace.
Call Committee Weekly Update
The Call Committee has completed two interviews with highly qualified candidates. We have decided to proceed with a second interview with one of the candidates. We will be in contact with the candidate to hopefully schedule a second meeting soon.

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 is a link to document that will tell you how you have impacted Grace Lutheran Church!
JYG and HYPE Info
We have some fun JYG events happening in the next couple months. 
Please use below link to sign up 

December 4:
It’s Lasata Shopping

December 18:
HYPE/JYG Christmas Celebration

We have some fun events happening for HYPE! Including two service project opportunities for Mr. Bob’s Under the Bridge and All People’s.
Please use the below link to sign-up

December 18:
HYPE/JYG Christmas Celebration

November/December TBD:
Help with the All-People’s Food Drive and meal delivery
Sunday School Info
Save the Date for the Youth Christmas Program
Dec 18th
We'll be holding our Christmas Program at the 8:30am (note time change) and 10:30am services, with the Birthday Party for Jesus between services. All 3K-5th graders will sing at both services, and we'll have many additional speaking/leadership roles within the service. More info will come out in the next few months.
Worship thoughts winners for

If you find your name on the list please find Jen Jacobson or Katie Eippert to claim your prize.
Next drawing will be at the end of month.
  1. Michael C
  2. Amelia
  3. Kennedy
  4. Lila
  5. Gunner
  6. Hazel
  7. Eliza
  8. Connor Langer
  9. Will Eippert
  10. Monroe A
  11. Parker A
  12. Emmeline
Other Updates/Events
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 
Last Yoga Session of 2022!!
Need some time to decompress and slow down during the busyness of the holidays? Come and join us for the last 6 week yoga session of 2022! Take an hour for yourself on Monday nights, 6-7pm. Dates are November 14th, 21st and 28th and December 5th, 12th and 19th. Cost is $48. Beginners welcomed. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Class is held at Grace. Any questions, please contact Wendy Quehl at or 414.617.1135.
November Group Event
Wednesday, November 30th
Brunch at 9:00 AM followed by decorating our church home for Christmas.
Brunch sign up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in the gathering area. 
If you are not able to come for brunch, please come help decorate.
RSVP to Barb Wrolstad at or text: 414-412-8330 by Friday, November 25.
Hope to see you there,
Kathy and Jim Kehoe 
Sandy and Ed Schlicht 
Barb and Dan Wrolstad
Crossways Camping Ministries
As the Grace Grafton member church delegates to Crossways Camping Ministries, we want you to know that there will be a special meeting of member church delegates on December 3rd at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Neenah. 2022 has brought some financial challenges to our camps due to the impact the pandemic has had on our camping ministries.

In order to help address these challenges, Crossways has been offered a $50,000 donation, if they are able to match that amount in donations from individual donors and congregational supporters. All donations made from October 1 through the end of 2022 to Crossways Camping Ministries will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to 50,000, by the Endowment Fund of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin- ELCA. Your gifts and those from the East Central Synod, will help support the important ministry work of Crossways Camping Ministries. Will you consider supporting this ministry that is so important to Grace and other member congregations?

As of November 7, Donations to Crossways matching campaign totaled $42,756. Let's help Crossways unlock the full $50,000 matching gift and reach even higher. Keep the donations coming in by donating at
Chris & Kim Beloin
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.
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
Something Special for the Holidays:
2022 Holiday Blend
This special Vienna Roast accentuates its variety of flavors—it is rich and flavorful—not bitter
Subtle natural flavors include honey and dark chocolate with a winey after-taste!
Drip Grind or Whole Bean $15.00
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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 
Gift Box - Ready for Holiday Giving $18.00
These special holiday items should be ordered at the display in the Gathering Space or directly through Jeanne Dries. Just call 262.375.0997 or email your order ( and it will be delivered directly to you with payment received upon delivery.
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 
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: 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.
Ron Simon (Friend of Katy Peterman) USAF in the middle east
Kathy Bahrke - Health & healing
Jim - Health & healing
Ken Steinhoff - Health & healing
Hannah Bulgerin – Health & healing
Joan Tuttle – Health & healing
Meg Boren – Health & healing
Joan Grade – Health & healing
Alex Koenitzer – 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
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
Mike Winter (brother to Cheryl Herboek and Sue Carlson) - Cancer
Lisa (friend to Kathy Peterman) - Health & Healing
Debbie Cappelli (daughter of Arlene Liebenstein) - Cancer
Office Info
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.
Office Hours
***Thanksgiving week hours***
November 23rd thru 29th

Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED
Monday: 9am - 12noon
Tuesday: 9am - 2pm

Please call prior or check Grace Calendar to make sure someone will be in office. Thank you!