Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church
Friday, November 24, 2017

Church and Society

The focus of the Church and Society group is on projects that benefit the community, such as providing food for meal programs, coordinating blood drives, organizing the Mitten Tree Christmas gift distribution for needy children, providing meals for Habitat and providing clothing for those in need.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Service Project
Each month volunteers gather to make 200 bag lunches for The Gathering at St. James Church.  Church and Society, along with another small group ministry, co-sponsor this event on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Volunteers meet at 9:00am at the church to make peanut butter sandwiches, bag cookies, carrots, and fruit, and pack the lunches.  After 200 lunches have been made, a few volunteers deliver the lunches to St. James church located on 8th and Wisconsin.   Volunteers willing to donate fruit, cookies, or their time are always appreciated.  Please call Mary Spearo at 414-475-1848 if you are interested in participating. If you would like to sign up online, please click here.
Summerfield Service Project

On a Saturday morning, quarterly, we 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 supper every Saturday.  A few of us will deliver and serve the food.

St. Benedict's Jello Bucket and Milk Sundays
Wauwatosa Avenue UMC provides jello fruit salad and gallons of milk for the St. Benedict's Meal Program.  Jello buckets are available for pick-up on the 1st Sunday of the month.  The recipe for the Jello salad will be located inside the bucket you choose.  Filled Jello buckets and gallons of milk should be returned the following Sunday.  They will be delivered to St. Ben's and served to 400 people participating in the Meal program.
Wauwatosa Food Pantry 
Food pantry donations are collected all year round.  Donations of non-perishable food items can be placed in our Ingathering shopping cart located at the bottom of the central set of stairs.  We will take the food over to the Wauwatosa Food Pantry located at St. Bernard's Church when the cart is full.  During the winter months, there is a large need for protein items such as canned dinners, tuna, peanut butter, and spam.
Mitten Tree
 From mid-November through the beginning of December, the Wilma Halloran Mitten Tree is set up in the church parlor.  Six local agencies provide the church with names of children in need and a gift that child would like for Christmas. Paper mittens are chosen by volunteers off the tree, gifts are purchased for the child listed on the mitten, and returned to the church in early December.  Church and Society then distributes the gifts to the six local agencies in time for Christmas.
Annual Soap Sunday Collection
On Mother's Day, Church and Society sponsors a collection of soap and personal care items.  Items collected are donated to the transitional housing program at United Methodist Children's Services.  Small sizes of shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other personal care items are collected.  Baskets are located at the church entrances and the back of the Sanctuary and Chapel to collect items.
Muffin Ministry
The Muffin baking group meets every 2nd Monday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30pm in the church kitchen.  Approximately 45 dozen muffins are baked each month for the St. James Breakfast meal program.