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.
Membership Exploration Classes
If you would like to learn more about our church and possibly become a member, the next classes will be held on Sundays, March 23 and April 6, at 4:30pm. Talk to Pastor Sue if you are interested.
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, March 5, at 7pm. The sermon that night (“Alarm Fatigue”) will be based on Joel 2:1-2, 12-17. 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.
WAUMC Spring "Souper" Sunday
Our next Souper Sunday, an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration with five homemade soups, will be held next Sunday, March 9, from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.
Cream of Potato Leek (vegetarian & gluten-free)
Irish Bacon & Cabbage (gluten-free)
Guinness & Onion
Irish-Style Chicken (gluten-free)
Brotchán Roy (Leek & Oatmeal) (vegetarian & gluten-free)
Crackers, Bread & Butter
Coffee, Tea, Milk
Homemade DessertsFree-will offering supports future WAUMC “Souper” Sundays. Daylight savings begins, so “spring ahead” 1 hour and join us for... Fellowship… Food… Fun! Clean, large-mouth jars with lids appreciated. Please bring jars to the church kitchen/dishwasher room on or before Souper Sunday. Thank you!
Coffee Hour Sign Up
Coffee hosts & bakers are needed April 20 (Easter) and May 11 (Mother’s Day). The sign-up sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall kitchen, on the wall just inside the door.
Pastor Sue's Book Discussion
Tosa’s current “All-City Read” book is Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam. Pastor Sue has chosen this book for our next discussion, to be held on March 30 at 11am. If you haven’t yet had a chance to discuss this book, plan to be with us. It’s said to be a uniquely American memoir. A powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the end of the 1950s, it is the story of a mother's love and a father's fears, of growing up and getting out. With the grace of a natural storyteller, the author looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true. Homer paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible. Multiple copies of the book are available in the county library system.
An online sign up is now available for the next Sandwich Service Project date, March 15, as well as the rest of the year at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4DAEA72AAA8-pbj. If you have specific questions regarding the service project itself, direct them to Meg Kruger at 414-771-6010 or email@example.com.
ASP Mission Trip to Host Next Coffee House
Our next Community Coffee House will take place on March 22. Tallymoore, a. Milwaukee-based contemporary folk band has been booked. Their modern adaptations of classic Irish folk tunes have made them a favorite among music lovers and festival goers. Our host group is the WAUMC high school youth as they prepare to travel this summer on their 5th Appalachian Service Project mission trip. Entertainment is scheduled to start at 7:00 and run until 9:00. Free-will offering will be collected
Palm Sunday--April 13
Our Sunday School children will process down the center aisle, waving palms in celebration of this day. (Children are invited to gather in the parlor before the service, to receive palm branches to carry.) The Chancel Choir will provide music for our 9:45am worship.
Holy Week Schedule
Maundy Thursday – April 17
6:30pm in the Sanctuary
We will gather for a meal to experience what we know of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us it was a Passover meal. We will be led in this meal, which will conclude with Holy Communion by Rev. Quentin (Skip) Meracle. Skip has studied and traveled extensively in Israel. Do to the nature of the meal and service, child care will be provided for infants and children age ten and under. Reservations may be made by contacting the church office or signing up on the sheet in the church office by April 13. Because the meal will be prepared for you, reservations are necessary so we have the correct amount of food ready.
Good Friday – April 18
12:30pm in the Chapel
The story of Good Friday centers on the awful tragedy of Jesus’ death. Hearing his last words on the cross reminds us of the ending of his life on earth. Good Friday may be one of those defining moments for Christians. It’s hard to gloss over the serious intent of that day. Yet it may also be a day that defines us, in a good way. Pastor Sue’s sermon, “A Pivotal Moment,” will be based on Luke 23:33-49. The prayers for the day will be centered around Jesus’ last words.
Easter Sunday – April 20
We will gather together to celebrate and proclaim the resurrection! We will sing the stirring songs of Easter and hear the story of that first Easter from John 20:1-18, which actually starts the story with a misunderstanding. Pastor Sue’s sermon, “A Case of Mistaken Identity,” will be based on this text. Music will be provided by our Chancel Choir, a Brass Ensemble, and organ.
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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