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.
Sandwich Service Project
Our next date to make 200 bag lunches for The Gathering is Saturday, April 19. 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 online at www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4DAEA72 AAA8-pbj. Or call Meg Kruger at 414-771-6010 or Jim Justham at 414-331-0111, so they can plan on your help and/or coordinate your contributions. Or see the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall. We especially need fruit, cookies and workers. Co-sponsored by Church & Society.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Ingathering for Tosa Food Pantry
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!
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!
Holy Week Schedule
Maundy Thursday – April 17
6:30pm in Fellowship Hall
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.
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.
Northcott Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 4, is Northcott Neighborhood House’s annual meeting and conference with dinner. It begins at 3:00 with dinner at 4:00, followed by a few additional events. Tyler Pease of our congregation is on their Board of Directors. He is hoping to get a table to represent our church. It is held at "The Garage" at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Cost is $50 per person which goes toward supporting the 501(c)3 organization. There are also advertising opportunities if you know of a group or person that may be interested in supporting the organization.
Northcott Neighborhood House, Inc. is a multi-purpose community center originated by United Methodist’s Wisconsin Annual Conference of the General Board of Global Ministries. Northcott targets its services to the 53212 and surrounding zip code neighborhoods. It also serves the areas surrounding its Head Start and MPS Community Learning Center sites.
Northcott’s mission is to support family stability, provide educational and recreational programs for youth, lessen neighborhood tensions, combat community deterioration, and provide various social services for the residents of Harambee and surrounding neighborhoods. In these capacities, Northcott Neighborhood House serves approximately 10,000 community residents annually. Checks may be made out to Northcott Neighborhood House and given to Tyler by Easter.
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Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church
1529 Wauwatosa Ave
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Sunday worship times:
Sunday School: 10am
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