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.
Get Social with WAUMC
Do you know that the church has a Facebook page and a Twitter? You can “like” us on Facebook by adding Wauwatosa Avenue UMC as a friend or you may “like” our page, Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church. Either way will get you weekly information, pictures of events, and frequent updates. Make sure you check in often to stay up-to-date with the latest news. If you want to “follow” us on twitter we can be found at @WauwatosaAveUMC. If you are having trouble finding us, you may also check here, and click on the Facebook and Twitter badges (on the left hand side of the screen). They will take you directly to our pages, then sign in to your account and “like” or “follow” us.
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 10, at 7pm. The sermon that night, “Reaching Across the Aisle,” will be based on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:2. 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.
Adult Lenten Study
One of the most loved sections of Jesus' teachings from the Sermon on the Mount, is commonly referred to as the Beatitudes. This year we will center on the Beatitides both for an adult study and for a Sunday sermon series during Lent. We will be offering a 6-week Lenten Study and two times will be offered for the classes, Thursday evenings (7pm) and Tuesday afternoons (2pm). Natalie Stumpner and Sue Burwell will be sharing leadership. The Thursday group will begin on February 11 and the Tuesday group on February 9. The book we will use to guide our study is "The Power of a Focused Heart—Eight Life Lessons from the Beatitudes" by Mary Lou Redding. The book is organized around the various sections of the Beatitudes from the gospel of Matthew. The author gives an opportunity to hear Jesus' words again, explore their meanings, and discover our responses. 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 in the church office. The cost of the book is $10.
Family Movie Night
Bring your sleeping bag, pillow, and favorite stuffed animal and camp out in the West Youth Room for a family movie night! We will be hosting a Family Movie Night on Friday, February 19, starting at 6pm. We will be showing a G-rated movie. Snacks and punch will be provided. Children of all ages are welcome. Please RSPV to Natalie by February 12th so we can make sure we have enough snacks for everyone.
Sandwich Service Project, February 20th
Our next date to make 200 bag lunches for The Gathering is Saturday, February 20. We will meet from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. at our church to make peanut butter sandwiches, bag cookies and carrots or fruit, and pack the lunches. Some of us will take the lunches to St. James Church at 8th and Wisconsin.
Please sign up via the church website at www.waumc.org. Click on Community Service on the left, then on “Sign up here!” under Locally: Make Bag Lunches. Or call Meg Kruger at 414-771-6010, so we can plan on your help and/or coordinate your contributions. We especially need fruit, cookies and workers. Sponsored by Church & Society.
Serving at Summerfield UMC Saturday Meal
On Saturday morning, February 20, while we are in the kitchen making peanut butter lunches, we will also prepare a complete meal to take downtown to the Summerfield UMC meal program at 728 E. Juneau Ave. They feed 80–100 people a hot meal for Saturday supper weekly. A few of us will deliver and serve the food from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Please let Jennie Ehrmann know at email@example.com if you would like to help serve the meal in the afternoon of Saturday, February 20. You can carpool from church at 2:30 p.m. or drive direct arriving by 3 p.m. Please note the times are now an hour earlier in the winter. Going forward, our next quarterly date will be May 21, 2016
Endowment Fund Scholarships
Our Wauwatosa Avenue UMC Endowment Fund administers a scholarship program. These scholarships are available annually, and can be awarded to members of our church who are either graduating high school seniors continuing their education, or someone working on advanced degrees. They must be enrolling at an accredited four year college, university, or technical school. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of academics (30%), community service (15%), service to the church (15%), moral character (20%), and financial need (20%). This fund was established a number of years ago, within our Memorial Foundation. Members of our church are welcome to make contributions to this fund so that more students can be supported (contact the church office for more information). If you, or someone you know, would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2016-17 school year, applications with instructions can be picked up at the church office or found here. Don't forget the reference forms which can be found here. The application form and reference form can also be found on the home page on the left side panel. The applications are due back in the church office by Sunday, March 20, 2016.
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.
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
Webmaster contact:Natalie Stumpner