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.
Sewing Help Needed
Your mission committee is looking for help sewing school bags for the Wisconsin UMC Annual Conference Ingathering in June. We have a goal of 50 bags, and have collected enough supplies for all of the bags. There is a required pattern (which we can get to you.) They need to be made from sturdy material. If you have questions, or would like to help, please contact Carolyn Dressler, firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-453-0666.
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.
Postal Food Drive
On Saturday, May 9, be a part of a nation-wide food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger!" Please leave non-perishable food by your mailbox and your letter carrier deliver the food to the Hunger Task Force. Please donate canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats/protein, and cereal. Other non-perishable foods are welcome. Food collected during this drive is absolutely critical to keeping meal sites and food pantries filled throughout the summer, according to the Hunger Task Force. Please put "food drive" on your grocery list.
Soap Sunday-- Mother's Day, May 10th
On Soap Sunday, Church and Society is again sponsoring a collection of soap and personal care items. We will be collecting the toiletries for the transitional housing program at United Methodist Children's Services. UMCS has said they especially want bar soap and laundry soap. Also shampoo and conditioner, razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, and other personal care items. These should all be new and unused. On Soap Sunday, May 10th, we will have baskets at the church entrances and in the back of the sanctuary and the chapel to collect your items. Than you for your donation!
Serving at Summerfield UMC Saturday Meal
On Saturday morning, May 16, 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 50 - 80 people a hot meal for Saturday supper weekly. A few of us will deliver and serve the food from 4:30 to 6:00 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, May 16. You can carpool from church at 3:30 p.m. or drive direct arriving by 4 p.m. Please note that Summerfield is back to its summer serving schedule. Going forward, our next quarterly date will be August 15, 2015.
The Flamingos Have Been Sighted
A flock of pink flamingos has been sighted in the Wauwatosa area. These birds are expected to land in congregation members’ yards any time after May 17. If you happen to find these pesky pink flamingos in your yard one day, don’t worry. Our youth group will help you out! For a suggested minimum donation of $15, our youth group will remove the flamingos from your yard. The youth group can also direct the flock of flamingos to another congregation member’s yard for an additional $5. Do you want these birds to stay away from your yard all together? Then Flamingo Insurance is for you. Before May 17, congregation members can purchase Flamingo Insurance for $10 and make sure that these pink pals stay far away. Flamingo Insurance can be purchased from the youth on Sunday mornings in Fellowship Hall. All donations will go to support the Youth Mission Trip with Appalachia Service Project in June where our youth will be building and repairing homes for low income families in Morgan County, Tennessee.
May Blitz Week Habitat Lunch Help Needed
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 90 people, along with French bread, fruit and dessert for the lunch on Monday, May 11. 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 10. (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 90 servings of fruit, washed and ready to go. Habitat suggests apples, oranges, bananas, or grapes or strawberries in serving-size ziplock bags, so the workers can choose 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 10, to the main kitchen.
Our Church Wins Award
This past Wednesday, Anne Neafie, Ray Brandt, and Pastor Sue were present at the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity's Blueprint Breakfast, to accept an award for our church. For 15 years, we have been a part of Carpenters for Christ--where a number of congregations have worked together on a Habitat House. The award was given to Christ King Parish and Emmanuel Community UMC also. This summer we will be starting our 16th house. The Carpenters for Christ group, which will be working on this house with us, includes a five church coalition: Christ King, Emmanuel Community UMC, Emmanuel Presbyterian and Crossroads Presbyterian (both east side churches). Congratulations to our congregation for supporting Habitat for Humanity for all these years. And a special thanks to Anne Neafie for her leadership.
Annual Sarah Strong Run/Walk
Sarah Pease, a friend and member of this church, lost her battle with leukemia in 2011 but her memory is being kept alive through the continuation of the Sarah Strong 5K Run/Walk. The fifth annual run/walk will take place at Hart Park on Saturday, May 23. Registration begins at 9am and the run/walk begins at 10am.
Why NAMIWalks Needs Us
Did you know that one in four adults sitting in our pews has a family member struggling with mental health issues? We all see the effects of mental illness in our society, whether it be the crash of the Germanwings plane, the death of Robin Williams or Dontre Hamilton losing his life in Red Arrow Park. Rather than just wringing our hands over these events, there is something we can do to help, which is to join Wesley's Walkers! This team of members of United Methodist Churches in the Milwaukee metro area is supporting the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk, which both raises awareness of mental illness and is the largest fundraiser for NAMI. Click here to see a short (1 1/2 minute) video about the Walk. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9M09zQi2ho&feature=youtube_gdata_player. The NAMI Greater Milwaukee Walk, which takes place at Veterans Park on the lakefront on May 16, makes possible NAMI’s free services of support, education and advocacy for the mentally ill and their families. This year’s goal is to raise the funds to provide a Family Advocate who can provide support after hours and on weekends to families whose loved one is crisis. There is no fee to register for the Walk. However, Wesley's Walkers needs your help in collecting donations! To register or donate to Wesley's Walkers, click on this link: http://namiwalks.nami.org/weswalkers. We even have a free Wesley's Walker t-shirt for you to wear if you raise $50 or more! Contact Team Captain Penny McCanles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-405-6755 for further details about the walk or if you want to order a t-shirt. Thanks for helping Wesley’s Walkers make the world a better place, one step at a time!
Ole Keene School
We wish to thank all who so generously gave to the Ole Keene school sustainable project. The funds have been wired to the school to purchase supplies for our special project, the Poultry House. When we arrive in Narok, Kenya, we will purchase fruit trees, chickens, feed and other supplies. We will also purchase supplies needed for the two solar ovens we bought here and are taking with us. Further, Sallie and I will buy 30 loaves of bread, peanut butter, jelly and fruit juice as a special PB&J sandwich treat for over 200 children. We thank you again for your generosity. We are surely blessed. Evans Nayachoi, head schoolmaster, would say, “Asante sana. Na Mungu awabariki nyote.” (Thank you all and may God bless you.) ― Bruce & Sallie Peterson
Soda Pop Tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Since 2000, little aluminum tabs on the tops of soda cans have meant over $240,000 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. We have a canister for the tabs on the shelves near the grocery cart on the lower level. Please look for the can with the red lid and Ronald McDonald label.
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
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
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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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