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.
ASP Stock Sale
The youth who are attending this year’s ASP trip are selling stock. Congregation members will be able to purchase stock in the youth group at the price of $20. A share of stock will get you a hand written postcard from one of the youth while they are on the trip as well as a spot at the brunch. The brunch will be hosted in August. At the brunch you will hear a special presentation about our trip. If you would like to purchase some stock, please see the youth in fellowship hall, after the 9:45 worship service on April 19, 26 and May 3.
Coffee House to Support Habitat for Humanity--April 25th
The April 25 Coffee House is still a go and will feature two great local acts. Local up-and-coming country music artist Nora Collins will headline the evening. The website On-Milwaukee.com states, “College-aged Nora Collins is a young woman that aims to prove the stereotypes about our youth completely wrong. Collins, a budding country singer from the metro Milwaukee area, has already put together an impressive resume of releases, performances and press. Her new album “Run Away With Me” follows the lines of most country hybrid albums today. Collin's voice is soft and still growing in complexity, similar to a younger Taylor Swift. The WAMIs thought enough of her maturing to nominate her for an award at this year's Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards.” Joining Ms. Collins will be our own singer/songwriter Bill Armstrong with his acoustic blues duo featuring Rick Gerek. Our mission hosts for the evening will be Habitat for Humanity. Music begins at 6:30pm. Free-will offering taken with all proceeds benefiting the Habitat build team.
Pastor Sue's Book Discussion
Tosa’s current “All-City Read” book is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. Pastor Sue has chosen this book for our next discussion to be held on April 26 at 11am. If you haven’t yet had a chance to discuss this book, plan to be with us. This book is described as a gripping story of friendship and second chances. Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse… As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life ― answers that will ultimately free them both. Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.
Youth and Adult Mission Opportunity
On Friday, May 1, the youth will be participating in a mission opportunity sponsored by the UMC of Whitefish Bay and we are inviting everyone to participate with us! UMC of Whitefish Bay is partnering with Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for hungry children around the world. We will be carpooling from WAUMC, leaving here at 5pm, packing from 6-8 and returning to church around 9pm. Please let Natalie know if you plan on carpooling with the youth. Everyone who wishes to participate MUST register online at www.umcwfb.org/index.php/missions/feed-my-starving-children. Please choose the 6-8pm shift on Friday, May 1. They are asking that all participants bring a donation of $10 to help offset the cost of the event. The packing event will be held at Portal Industries, located at 1015 Cedar Creek Road in Grafton. If you would like to know more about Feed My Starving Children please visit their website at www.fmsc.org.
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.
Support Northcott Neighborhood House
On Sunday, May 3, Northcott Neighborhood House will hold its 54th annual meeting with a $50 fund raising dinner at the Garage Hall of Harley Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal Street in Milwaukee. In addition to the dinner and program, attendees will receive a 90 day pass to the Harley museum. Northcott Neighborhood House, a United Methodist Mission project, was established in 1961 by the Wisconsin Conference with help from members of our church. Its 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 serves approximately 10,000 community residents annually. The agency goals are:
· To empower families to meet their survival needs and to provide good parenting to their children
· To provide a safe place for youth after school, Saturdays, and in the summer with recreational and skill-building activities
· To provide the neighborhood with space, activities, and the opportunity to engage in community building and crime prevention activitiesTo make a dinner reservation, call Northcott at 414-372-3770. If you cannot attend the dinner, but would like to help someone else attend; donations can be put in the offering marked Northcott dinner.
July 4th Parade
For the past 6 years we have participated in Wauwatosa’s 4th of July Parade. It has been a great free advertisement for our church in a parade that is one of the largest in the Milwaukee area. If we would like to continue this tradition we need your help. Because Natalie and our youth will be on the ASP trip at that time, we are looking for someone who might be willing to coordinate the construction of our float and participation in the parade. This year’s theme is “Your Hometown Parade.” If you are interested please let Pastor Sue or Natalie know. The deadline for us to submit our participation paperwork is May 1.
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.
Habitat House Update
Our homeowners have now moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home. They closed & moved in on April 2 with her daughters bursting with enthusiasm to have their own bedrooms and 2 bathrooms! The construction site is now a home for a deserving family.
This home marks the 15th Habitat for Humanity house Wauwatosa Ave. UMC has sponsored providing construction volunteers and funds raised by the congregation. After they've had some time to settle in we'll be doing a house dedication scheduled for Saturday May 2. All volunteers and pastors from the three participating churches are invited to attend this event where we'll be blessing the house and presenting gifts to the family. Here are details:
Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 1:00 - 2:00
Pastor Sue Burwell will preside.
World Malaria Day
Do you want to be a part of something amazing? A truly world-changing moment in history? What if you could help raise $75 MILLION to end needless death and suffering from malaria… a treatable and preventable disease? On April 25, people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. For the 3.2 billion people at risk of contracting malaria, every day is malaria day. If you haven't yet made your donation to Imagine No Malaria, with Mother's Day and Father's Day approaching, perhaps you might consider making a gift in honor/memory of a parent or grandparent. Please mark your check "Imagine No Malaria" and we will include your donation as a part of our church commitment to this project.
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
Webmaster contact:Natalie Stumpner