Welcome to Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church!
We invite you to take a look at us—check out our website for the details, and better yet, check us out in person some Sunday morning. If you are looking for a mid-sized, downtown, mainline Protestant Church in Wauwatosa, maybe we are the one for you.
Altar Flowers Needed--Many Dates Still Open
Altar flowers add so much to our Sunday morning worship experience, and we are inviting you to think about providing flowers sometime during the coming year. If you haven’t noticed, there’s a new 2014 altar flower calendar located in Fellowship Hall (on the side of the refrigerator by the sink). Think about a person you might like to honor, a special date you want to observe, a deceased loved-one you would like to remember by giving flowers. Instructions are on the flower calendar.
The typical amount of Sunday altar flowers is $40-60. You are welcome to bring seasonal flowers from your garden, or a plant from home, for the Sunday you choose to provide flowers. You can save money by taking your own vase to the florist. And you may find you will get more for your money if you ask for a floral arrangement that’s not in a fancy container, but is arranged in floral foam in a low disposable plastic dish.
Annual Sarah Strong 5k Run/Walk
Sarah Pease, a friend and member of this church, was diagnosed with leukemia in December of 2010 at the age of 15. For months, she endured countless treatments and endless hospital visits. Throughout it all, she showed positivity and strength.
Sarah lost her battle with leukemia on July 3rd, 2011, but we are working to keep her memory alive through the continuation of the Sarah Strong 5k Run/Walk and the Sarah Pease Service Scholarship Fund, which helps Wauwatosa East students attend college in her name and memory.
The Fourth Annual Sarah Strong 5K Run/Walk will take place at Hart Park at 9:00am on May 10th! Information and registration sheets can be found in the office. There will be a basket in the office for completed forms. Or sign up online at sarahstrong5k.com, and instead of turning in the forms to the office at Wauwatosa East, you can turn them into the church office at WAUMC!
Children's Bulletin New Feature!
We're excited to announce a NEW feature of Children's Worship Bulletins C a secret code on the front of the bulletin that unlocks fun learning at home. This secret code is unique to our church and allows SAFE and secure access to online games that reinforce the message for the week. Several games are rotated C Memory Match, Word Search, Gems of the Bible and Coloring Book C so each week kids will have something new to play. The games are geared toward all age levels so everyone can join in the fun!
Step 1: Your child picks up a bulletin from the ushers with a secret code on the front.
Step 2: At home they enter the secret code at Games.ChildrensBulletins.com.
Step 3: Pick a game and play!
May Habitat Blitz Week Lunch Help
WAUMC will provide the lunch for the Habitat volunteers during their May Blitz Week, during which they plan to frame several new houses in the central city. We will be providing chili for 120 people, along with french bread, fruit and dessert for the lunch on Monday, May 12.
We would like help from you in making the chili. If you are willing to make a batch at home, starting with two pounds of ground beef (no noodles), please contact Mary Spearo at 414-475-0848. Please bring the chili to church on Sunday, May 11. (We’ll have buckets to pour your chili into.) In addition, we would like toppings for the chili, such as oyster crackers, shredded cheese, sour cream and chopped-up onions.
We also will need 120 servings of fruit, washed and ready to go. Habitat suggests apples, oranges, bananas, grapes or strawberries in serving-size ziplock bags, so the workers can pick the fruit and take it with them.
Also, we will need several desserts, and French bread. Please call Mary Spearo at 414-475-0848 to let her know what you can bring. Then bring your contributions to church with you on Sunday, May 11, to the main kitchen.
Sustainability Task Force
We have been challenged by the Strategic Planning Team to find ways to include a Sustainability mindset within our programs and practices at WAUMC. As part of Church and Society Committee, a Sustainability Task Force was set up to be an advocate for this project. A letter was sent to most church committees asking them to discuss at their next meeting ways that they might make their particular church activities more environmentally sustainable conserving resources and as a result saving money in most cases. We are asking for ideas that pertain to the church building, property and activities not ideas for our own homes. We call this effort joining the GREEN TEAM and we will publicize the goals and achievements as they are made. Look for articles in the Tower and on our bulletin board. Give us your suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a way for you to join the church GREEN TEAM. "Opt out" of receiving a paper copy of our Tower newsletter (published 6 times a year). You can read the Tower online at the church website: www.waumc.org. Call the church at 414-453-0700 or send an email to email@example.com with your choice to "opt out" and save paper, ink and labor resources. A notice will go in the bulletin and email announcements when a new Tower is published. If you opt out and find that you prefer a paper copy, you can notify the church office.
Spring Gardening Angels Needed
The WAUMC Garden Committee would very much appreciate your help to restore our lovely grounds for the spring/summer season. We'll be gathering on Sunday, May 4, from 1-3pm (rain date Sunday, May 18, from 1-3pm). Everyone is invited to help, and the more folks who come, the less time we'll need to do a thorough job. It's fun and fulfilling fellowship! Please bring your labeled tools (including rakes), gloves, and any containers or bags for yard waste (which can be emptied on site). Child care will be provided by the senior high youth by calling Wendy Sodnik (414-475-6655) to reserve a spot.
Tshala Mwengo's Untimely Death
As announced last week, Tshala Mwengo, Paul Webster’s fellow missionary at Mujila Falls Agricultural Project, Zambia, was killed in a bus accident on April 9th. He is survived by his wife, Betty, with whom he served in ministry, and their two young children.
Global Ministries General Secretary, Thomas Kemper, gave thanks for the life and service of Mwengo. He stated, “I am thankful for the faithful ministries of Tshala, who had a strong commitment to agriculture and evangelism,” he said. “This kind of unexpected loss is a tragedy and a reminder that even in the 21st century, mission can be a dangerous calling.”
Please pray for Tshala’s wife Betty and their two children during their time of loss.Paul Webster wrote: “Tshala would have loved a love offering to the Mujila Falls Agriculture Center for some of the projects he wasn’t able to complete.” If you would like to do something in Tshala’s memory, a donation may be given to WAUMC, just earmark your envelope or check: Tshala
Ingathering for Tosa Food Pantry--Vegetables
Please help our neighbors! Please bring some canned vegetables to help tide people over until fresh vegetables are available. Bring any canned veggie you want—corn, carrots, beans (of all kinds), peas and so forth to our Ingathering grocery cart at the bottom of the central set of stairs, and we will take the food to the Wauwatosa Food Pantry at St. Bernard’s. Any non-perishable food you want to bring is appreciated! Gifts in the offering plate marked for Ingathering will go to The Hunger Task Force or local pantries and meal programs. Thank you!
Imagine No Malaria
For World Malaria Day, April 25, Imagine No Malaria is encouraging supporters to #CoverTheNet to raise awareness on Facebook and Twitter about a killer disease that claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. Let the world know you're one of a world of people unified in the fight against a needless killer. Here's how you can help us create social media buzz about this life-saving cause:
· ·Add a special World Malaria Day Twibbon to your social media profile photos to spread the word and let people know you support the cause. Twibbon is a microsite where supporters can support a cause in a variety of ways and ask friends to join them. Get your Twibbon here!
· Shout it out via Thunderclap! Thunderclap is a "crowdspeaking" platform that creates a big splash by blasting out a timed Facebook post and tweet from Imagine No Malaria supporters on April 25—all at the same time. When we speak together, our voices can be heard.
· Take cover! Change your Facebook cover image using the one we have posted at Facebook.com/imaginenomalaria. While you're there, check out our shareable posts and videos!
· #CoverTheNet with prayers for those at risk of death from malaria. Add your prayer to our wall on or leading up to April 25.
To learn more, follow Imagine No Malaria on Facebook or join the conversation online using the hashtag #CoverTheNet.
Soda Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Since 2000, little aluminum tabs on the tops of soda cans have meant over $211,000 to the Ronald McDonald House. Revenue from recycling these little bits of aluminum helps provide a home away from home for families whose seriously ill children are undergoing treatment in the Milwaukee area. The recycling proceeds help offset operating costs, and in 2013-14, construction of a building addition. We are collecting aluminum pop tabs at Church in a canister on the shelves near the grocery cart on the lower level. Please look for the can with the red lid and Ronald McDonald label. Thank you!
Sunday Parking Options
Wauwatosa East High School - Parking lot is on 74th Street (74th is a one-way street going south, you can access it from the north-off of Hillcrest)
Underwood Ave. Lot - west side of street, behind the church, between Cody & Co. Salon & the fire department
Cody & Co. Salon - south of the salon (Take Underwood Ave. south to Harmonee, turn right-enter off of Harmonee)
Harmonee Lot - 7600 Harmonee (Take Underwood Ave., which is behind the church, south to Harmonee, turn right onto bridge.) Get into left lane & take a left at the first light (Harwood).
Red Store Lot - 7720 Harwood Avenue (follow the directions above)
Hart's Mill - 7735 Harwood (2 doors south of the church, next to the attorney's office). Access off of Wauwatosa Ave.
Blanchard St. - 7470 Blanchard St. (take Wauwatosa Avenue south-parking lot is on the left shortly after you pass Harwood Avenue, south of Swan Interiors
Here is a link to a map that shows the parking nearby. http://villageofwauwatosa.com/beta/map-parking/. The church is the big grey structure located between Underwood Ave. & Wauwatosa Ave. & north of Harmonee Avenue. Double click on the map on the right for an enlarged picture.
Free Upper Room Daily Devotional App
The Upper Room Daily Devotional is available as a free app for the Apple and Android smartphones. Download the App through the App Store on your iPhone or the Google Play Store using your Android smartphone.
Gathering as Friends, Growing in Faith, Sharing God's Love
Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church
1529 Wauwatosa Ave
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Sunday worship times:
Sunday School: 10am
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