Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church
Thursday, January 29, 2015
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
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 2015 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. Please sign your name on the chart, along with what you want printed in the bulletin (flowers in honor, in memory of someone, or to celebrate a special day). Specific instructions are posted on the chart.

Souper Sunday
Our next Souper Sunday will be held Feburary 1, from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall. The homemade soups will be: Chicken Dumpling, Cream of Mushroom (vegetarian & gluten-free), Ham & Bean (gluten-free), and Rutabaga & Apple (vegetarian & gluten-free). There also will be crackers, bread & butter, coffee, tea, milk and homemade dessert. Free-will offering supports future WAUMC “Souper” Sundays. Fellowship… Food… Fun! No jars needed at this time ― thank you.

Jazz Sunday Returns-February 15th... With a Twist

“Every person prays in his own language.” ―Duke Ellington

For years this annual service has brought a wide variety of great Jazz music to our sanctuary. This year will be all the same… but yet just a little different. The theme for this year’s service will revolve around strings… more specifically the piano strings. Be ready for a service of continuous music, provided by a variety of church members, all tickling the ivories (and maybe a few other stringed instruments). The Praise Ensemble will celebrate February as Black History month, as they present Almighty God Has Those Angels by Duke Ellington, from his reverent series of Sacred Concerts. In addition, our youth choirs will sing It’s Cool in the Furnace and Little David Play on Your Harp. Pastor Sue’s sermon will center on David and his harp.

 Join WAUMC on Facebook and Twitter
Today, many people of all ages in our neighborhood, across our city, and into the greater community communicate via social media. One source estimates there are 1.26 billion active monthly users on Facebook and 241 million active monthly users on Twitter. Add “1” to each of those totals, because Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church is now sharing its messages about “Gathering as Friends, Growing in Faith, Sharing God's Love” on Facebook and Twitter. Visit us on the web at http://waumc.org and click on the Facebook and Twitter icons. Then “like” Wauwatosa Ave UMC on Facebook and “follow” @WauwatosaAveUMC on Twitter to help your church spread the Good News!

Habitat Update

Painting WAUMC's 15th Habitat for Humanity House is now complete! Next is completing the finish carpentry work (installing window sills, closet rods/shelves, doors, baseboards, & millwork in February. Milwaukee Habitat has given us our final carpentry dates:

February 7 - Finish carpentry

February 14- Finish carpentry

Times are 9 am - 3 pm with lunch provided at noon. Address is 2125 North 41st St. (2 blocks south of North Ave.) Volunteers are asked to bring on finish carpentry dates: hammer, nail apron, tape measure (16’ minimum), square (speed or combination), retractable utility knife, two pencils, safety glasses, work gloves) 

Please sign up in the Habitat Book located in the church office. Any questions please contact Anne Neafie.

***Please mark your calendars for Saturday, February 28 for the next musical "Coffee House" event in Fellowship Hall from 6:30-9:00 pm.  Chick Zaffiro & a group of musicians will be performing.  Refreshments will be served.  All for a goodwill offering.  Those offerings will be directed to our Habitat for Humanity house.

Adult Lenten Study
We say the Lord's Prayer every week, yet we may not think much about what we are saying. We will be offering a 6-week Lenten Study, centered on the Lord's Prayer this year. Two times will be offered: Thursday evenings (7pm) and Tuesday afternoons (2:00pm). Jack Kaufman, Natalie Stumpner and Sue Burwell will be sharing leadership. The Thursday group will begin on Feb. 19 and the Tuesday group on Feb. 17. The book we will use to guide our study is "The Lord's Prayer: Jesus Teaches Us How to Pray" by Mary Lou Redding. The book examines each phrase of the Lord's Prayer and explores how we can use this ancient prayer as a model for deepening our prayer today.  Redding shares her personal experiences with prayer, using a warm encouraging tone and helping readers feel "I can do this." Pastor Sue will be preaching a four-Sunday sermon series during Lent, on the Lord's Prayer, so this study will build on that emphasis. If you would like to be a part of these groups, please sign up in the church office. We will be happy to offer both groups, if there are sufficient numbers for both groups. We need a minimum of five people to sign up at either/both times to offer the class at that time. If you want a book ordered for you, please sign up by February 1st. The cost of the books is $7.

Ash Wednesday Service
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. On this day we take the time to reflect upon our mortality as well as recognize the ways we have become separated from God. A joint service of worship with the Mary of Magdala congregation will be held on Wednesday, February 18 at 7pm. The sermon that night (“Taking Inventory”) will be based on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 and Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21. We will also share communion and provide the imposition of ashes. Ashes are a sign of our repentance and our mortality and being marked with ashes can be a humbling experience, as a reminder we are mortal beings. The imposition of ashes on our foreheads will be an option for those who may find it meaningful. Please know that you need not participate in this aspect of the service if it is not comfortable for you.

Coffee House to Support Habitat for Humanity-February 28th
Join with the WAUMC community as we come together for a night of food, fellowship, and fun to help support our host group, Habitat for Humanity. Our Community Coffee House Concert Series returns on February 28 from 7:00 to 9:00, with very special guest―Chick Zaffiro! Yes, our very own in-house “jack of all trades,” guitar player and lover of music will take the Fellowship Hall stage. Our popular WAUMC Open Mic Night will share the evening, so if you have been waiting for the chance to sing a song, recite a poem, or tell a story, now is your chance. A small backup band and sound system will be provided. Please contact Tim Karth (tim.karth@sbcglobal.net) with questions, or if you would like to participate. Free will donation will be collected and all funds raised will be passed on to the WAUMC Habitat for Humanity build team.

Local Food Pantries See Increased Need in Winter Months
The need for food for the hungry increases over the winter months as families stretch their limited budgets to provide warm shelter and clothing. You can help by bringing non-perishable foods 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. Protein items such as canned dinners, tuna, peanut butter, spam, etc. are in particular need. Gifts in the offering plate marked for Ingathering will go to The Hunger Task Force or local pantries and meal programs. Thank you!

 Parking Lot Project and Accessibility

Our Parking lot is open!

We are thrilled to now have paved parking spaces in all our lots. The binder asphalt is down and that will get us through the winter. For those who need to use the wooden ramp on the south side of the building, please park on that side of the building. We would ask that those who can walk further, please use the spaces in the west lot (closest to Underwood Street). Please do not try to use the Wesley Hall entrance door―that entrance will not be functional until next spring. Those places in the lot that aren't paved will eventually become the new vestibule, green spaces or sidewalks.

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. 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:
8:15am - Traditional service in Chapel
9:45am - Blended service in Sanctuary

Sunday School: 10am

Webmaster contact:Natalie Stumpner