Children’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service -3:00 pm
Celebration Christmas Eve Candlelight Service -4:30 pm
Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Services- 6:30 pm
Listed above are three wonderful Christmas Eve worship opportunities offered at Grace. People of all ages are invited to gather at 3:00 pm for our annual Christmas Eve worship designed especially for families with young children and/or grandchildren. The theme this year is “The ABC’s of Christmas.” Old and young alike will have an opportunity to hear the story of Jesus’ birth. Invite your relatives, friends and neighbors to come along and once again experience the joy and wonder of Christ’s birth through the eyes of children.
At the 4:30 p.m. Candlelight service we will worship the birth of Christ with a Celebration Service led by the Praise Team.
At the 6:30 p.m. Candlelight Service the Jubilation Choir and Hand Bell Choir will be offering praise to the new born King during a more traditional service.
All services will include Holy Communion. Christ came to the earth first as a baby. Christ continues to come to us through his body and blood in the bread and wine. Come and celebrate the best gift the world has ever received on Christmas Eve!
Thanksgiving is not a Christian holiday, but giving thanks to God is a big part of being a Christian! Come to church at 7pm on Wednesday, November 22 for our annual Thanksgiving Eve service, followed by a pie social. Before you gather with your families around your tables at home, gather with your church family to be fed at the Lord's Table. It will be a special night as some of our young people will be receiving communion for the first time at this special service. Special music will be provided by our Jubilation Choir. If you're able to bring a pie, sign up on the sheet in the gathering area. And don't forget to bring a canned good or a monetary donation for Lutheran World Relief. Giving thanks and having pie? It's going to be a great night!
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 10, as we celebrate Rally Sunday and God’s Work Our Hands Day. Here’s what you need to know:
This Sunday, August 27, we are not holding our regular Sunday morning worship service at Grace. Instead we are going to travel to Milwaukee, to All Peoples, and worship with them at their 9:00 a.m. service.
Located at Second and Clarke, All Peoples is our partner congregation in the Greater Milwaukee Synod. For years, Grace and All Peoples have worked to support the gospel's work in Milwaukee.
With the departure of Pastor Steve Jerbi, All Peoples is beginning the process of calling a new pastor to work with Pastor Aida Muniz.
We are meeting at Grace at 8:00 a.m. to drive to All Peoples. If you want to ride with someone we can arrange that when you get here on Sunday.
You can drop off your regular Grace offering before you leave.
Worship is at 9:00 a.m. Worship at All Peoples is always lively and inspiring!
Please plan to join us, especially if you have never been to All Peoples.You will find it a rewarding experience.
All Grace members are encouraged to sign-up to help with one of our many service projects for the ELCA's annual "God's Work Our Hands" day on September 10th. We are joining our fellow Lutherans across the country in giving an afternoon to help others.
We have a lot of opportunities for you to get involved. Several of them are "family friendly" where young children can be involved. Here is what we have:
Milwaukee River Clean-Up: Last year high water kept us from doing a river clean-up, but we're going to try again this year by hauling debris out of the river along Lime Kiln Park. Wear close-toed shoes and shorts or a swimming suit. Bring some heavy-duty trash bags.
Renovating the Nursery at All Peoples Church in Milwaukee: Volunteers will help with cleaning and painting to create a comfortable space for parents and young children.
Blue Lotus Camp: This non-profit camp, serving those with disabilities, is only fifteen minutes from Grace. We need people to help with landscaping projects around the camp.
Bike Ride for Outreach for Hope (on September 9): Raise money and get some exercise as you support this inner-city ministry of our Greater Milwaukee Synod.
Gardening at the North Shore Academy of the Arts: We've done this in previous years as we help the NSAA (located in the old Grafton high school attached to the library) tidy up their garden area.
Singing at Hamburg House in Grafton: Musician are needed to bring songs and joy to the residents of this group home. All ages can join in the singing.
Cards and Crafts for Lasata: This is a great activity for families with young children! Helpers meet at church to make cards and decorations for the residents of the Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg. These gifts will be delivered at a later time.
Ozaukee County Humane Society: Eight helpers are need for weeding and putting down mulch at the Humane Society's building in Saukville. A tour of the facility will follow.
Feed Our Volunteers: We need a small group to help prepare the meal we will feed our workers before they head out.
Sunday, September 10th is Rally Sunday at Grace. We will go back to our regular worship schedule of 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. with Christian Education at 9:15 a.m. Lunch for all our volunteers will be served at 11:30 a.m. and they will then go out to do their service projects.
The Packers' game doesn't start until 3:25 p.m. so you will have lots of time to work!
The sign-up sheets are located on tables in the gathering area. Please pick a project and get involved!
Thank you to the entire Grace congregation for your support of VBS! We had an amazing week at Hero Central with 136 kids and over 60 volunteers "Discovering their Strength in God" each day.
Grace members did an amazing job inviting their friends and family and spreading the word about VBS. Countless people donated food, supplies and super hero décor. Thank you also to the numerous volunteers who helped with clean up on Sunday so we could get ready for Clara's funeral. It was amazing how quickly the church could be cleaned with so many helping hands! If you donated décor, please pick it up in the 3K Sunday School classroom (the one next to Luther).
Thank you to all for a great week! Do Good, Seek Peace & Go After It!
Join Us This Summer for Hero Central Vacation Bible School.
Grace Lutheran Church
August 7-11, 2017
At Hero Central VBS We’ll Discover Your Strength in God! Explore your faith through hands-on art projects, science activities, outdoor games, tasty snacks and more. Meet up with old friends and invite someone new to join you! VBS is open to students entering 3K through 6th grade in the fall.
Click Here to Register Online
If you have any questions, you can contact Katie by Email or at 262-377-4770.
Holy Week at Grace offers you many opportunities to worship our Lord as we follow the story of the last week of Jesus' life.
Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. - Holy Communion and Pastor Paul's sermon on what Jesus said and did for us at the Last Supper will be at the heart of our Maundy Thursday worship.
Good Friday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. - "Cursed Be He" is our Good Friday worship. In Galatians 3 the Apostle Paul declares that when Jesus was hung on the cross he took upon himself the curse for our sins. This powerful service is filled with a series of dramatic readings on Jesus' sacrifice for us as well as music and prayer.
Easter Worship Sunday, April 16 - Come to hear and celebrate the best news the world has ever received- the tomb is empty, Jesus rose from the grave and he promises to raise us, too!
Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.- Come early to discover the empty tomb! We begin the service in quiet and candlelight. We celebrate with songs and praise, and take time to remember our baptism into Jesus' death and resurrection. Hand bells will offer special music.
Traditional Worship, 8:00 a.m.- A service filled with beautiful Easter hymns, liturgy, remembrance of our baptisms, children's message and music by the Jubilation and Bell Choirs.
Celebration Service, 10:30 a.m.- The Praise Team leads us in this service of joyful celebration of the empty tomb. Children's message and special music will also be a part of our Easter worship.
Invite your friends and bring your family to hear the resurrection story, and be filled with new life in Christ!
Each year Grace Lutheran puts on an original play. Our plays are rather silly and light-hearted, but they deal with serious and important biblical themes and teachings.
This year’s play “Choices” is about . . . well . . . it’s about making choices. It’s about making good and godly choices in our lives. The title sort of fits.
Using the stories of Adam and Eve (how to make bad choices), Jesus’ Temptation (how do choose for God in difficult times) and incidences from Jesus’ ministry our play illustrates how God and Jesus teach us how to make the right choices in our lives.
It’s not a boring play. You’ll see a talking serpent (ala Genesis 2) and Jesus’ temptation as a TV game show (definitely not ala Luke 4), a show that includes a Mafia Hitman and a Roman Emperor. We even have the Good Samaritan entering on a skateboard. Our cast of thirty eager actors and actresses are ready to put on our play for you.
The play will be performed at both the 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. worship services on Sunday, March 19th. We hope you will join us for this fun and enlightening morning.
2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany - the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. In honor of this anniversary our Lenten Wednesday worship services are designed around one of Luther’s most famous writings, Luther’s Small Catechism. This small booklet was designed to help parents teach their children the basic beliefs of our Christian faith with simple explanations of the Ten Commandments, Apostles’ Creed, Lord’s Prayer and of our Lutheran sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.
During Lent our 7:00 p.m. services, which will use the beautiful “Holden Evening Prayer”, will focus each week on one part of Luther’s Small Catechism and how it ties into the story of Jesus.
March 8 – The Ten Commandments – God’s laws on how to relate to him and to others are the basis of our lives. Jesus’ ministry was built around how he taught the Ten Commandments, and God’s other laws, in deeper, more meaningful ways. They guided Jesus’ ministry.
March 15 – The Apostles’ Creed – The Creed is nothing more than a brief summary of what we believe; an easy-to-remember Gospel in miniature. The Second Article of the Creed focuses on who Jesus is and what he has done for us which is at the heart of Lent.
March 22 – The Lord’s Prayer – Jesus taught this prayer to his disciples. It is the model of a perfect prayer as it calls upon us to focus, in prayer, on our relationship with our Heavenly Father, on our own faith, and on our relationships with others. Luther called upon Christians to know this prayer, to say it daily and let it guide us on our journey of faith.
March 29 – Holy Baptism – Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. John’s gospel tells us Jesus even baptized others. Baptism in Jesus’ name was the entry rite into the church for the first Christians and continues to be so today. Luther explains to us what the water and God’s holy Word mean for us as followers of Jesus Christ.
April 5 – Holy Communion – On the last night of his life Jesus changed the ancient Jewish Passover meal. He declared that the bread and wine shared at that meal were his body and blood. The power of the sacrament of Holy Communion ties us intimately to our Lord Jesus.