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.
Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace
In light of the recent escalations of conflict in the Middle East, The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee will be hosting a special "Interfaith Prayer Service for Peace" on Wednesday evening, July 16, at 5:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Cathedral, 818 E. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee. The public is invited. The program will be perhaps a half hour in length and the cathedral will remain open after the service for individual prayer. If you have any questions, please call Pastor Andy Oren at 414-698-2387 or 414-744-3927.
Energy Awareness Sunday
Imagine beginning worship in the present and gradually stepping back in history to a time of church services without electricity. On July 27, our Sunday morning worship services will engage you in just such an experience to promote an awareness of the modern day uses of electricity we often take for granted in worship. This service is designed to affirm the work of the WAUMC Environmental Task Force that is guiding our church and its ministries toward implementing environmentally sustainable practices. Hopefully, this experience will be a catalyst for reflecting on ways we can put similar practices into action within our everyday lives. Following worship, an “energy fair” display will be set up in Fellowship Hall giving us more information about what we can do on a personal level. Remember every small step helps when we Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,Rejoice!
The Environmental Task Force has asked for the membership to give us suggestions for tasks we can accomplish within the church and its ministries to become more environmentally sustainable. In response to your suggestions, we have already accomplished quite a few of the great ideas. More are in the research stage. To keep you informed, we have created a bulletin board display in Fellowship Hall listing all the tasks we have accomplished to date. We will continue to add more to the bulletin board as progress is made. The title of this bulletin board is “In Our Church•We Care for God’s Creation.” In a few weeks the children of the church will create another bulletin board titled “In Our Homes•We Care for God’s Creation.” They will feature practices they will do- or already do in their homes to be more environmentally sustainable. Every small step helps• we can Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!
Sandwich Service Project--July 19th: Co-Sponsored by K'n'K
Our next date to make 200 bag lunches for The Gathering is Saturday, July 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 http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4DAEA72AAA8-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 and K’n’K.
UMW Reading Program
To the women who are taking part in the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program, please note that your reports are due by July 27. They will be turned in to Metro North District by August 1. There is a folder in our church library for you to put your reports. Thank you for your participation in this worthwhile project. We earn new and wonderful books for our library by doing this.
Pastor Sue's Book Discussion
Pastor Sue's next book discussion book will be "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, which has spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. This is a work of historical fiction inspired by the real Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina. It is an important book for its history of the abolition of slavery and the early days of the movement for women's rights. But it's more than just that-- it's also a book people will want to read for its compelling storytelling and unforgettable characters. Any interested persons are invited to meet in the east end of Fellowship Hall on Sunday, July 20th, at 11am to share in the discussion. This is a popular book. There are numerous copies in our public library system, but you may need to put a hold on a copy.
Everywhere Fun Fair Vacation Bible School--August 14,15 and 16
Come one, come all to WAUMC’s Everywhere Fun Fair Vacation Bible School on August 14, 15, and 16. We will gather from 5:30-7:30pm on August 14 and 15 and from 9-11am on August 16. Registration forms can be found in the June Tower, online HERE, or outside of Natalie’s office. VBS is open to all children ages 3-3rd grade. We also need some adults to help. Please see Natalie if you are interested!
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. 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. Thank you!
Hunger Doesn't Take Summer Vacation
Neither does our Ingathering effort. Please help feed our neighbors by bringing canned goods ― especially protein or meals, breakfast cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, baby food, etc. to church. Put your nonperishable, good-condition food gifts in the grocery cart at the bottom of the central stairs, and we will take the food to the Wauwatosa Food Pantry at St. Bernard’s. Gifts in the offering plate marked for Ingathering will go to The Hunger Task Force or local pantries and meal programs. Also, check out www.hungertaskforce.org for other places to bring nonperishable foods to get discounts on festivals, yoga, or other neat things.
Parking Lot Project and Accessibility
In early July, we anticipate our parking lot project will really be getting underway. We will be keeping our accessible entrance at the Wesley Hall door (top of the ramp) as long as we can, and hope to create another accessible entrance on the south side of the church (off Fellowship Hall) once the ramp has been demolished. We are aware there are persons in our church who rely on an accessible entrance so they can make their way into our church. It would be helpful to us if you could let us know that you are one of those persons—someone who can’t do steps. In addition, let us know how you would like to be contacted (telephone, email) so that week by week, as things change around here, we can inform you about an accessible entrance to the church for the upcoming Sunday. Please call the church office and leave your name (414-453-0700). Robyn Grover may be the person who updates you regularly on these changes.
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.
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