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.
If you are interested in joining Pastor Sue's discussion group this fall, please sign up in the church office. We will read Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World—a Geography of Faith. The author shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a part of everyday life. Taylor shows us how to find altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in. Classes will be on Thursdays, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, 16, & 30, at 2pm. When you sign up, indicate whether you would like the church to order you a book. The cost is $10, but used copies can be found online.
Many churches have a special time to bless the animals that make their homes with so many of us. The Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi is October 4. He was the patron saint of animals, and often churches choose his feast day for their service. Our observance will be on Saturday, September 27, at 10:00 am. Anyone who has a pet of any kind is invited to bring their animal that day. We will gather outside, in the front courtyard, so please feel free to bring a lawn chair for comfortable seating. This gathering (about 30 minutes long) will include a time of worship as well as an introduction of our various pets and the naming of any animal-friends we know of who died in the past year. All varieties of pets are welcome. (Pet owners are responsible for the behavior of their own pet. Barks, whines, and purrs are not a problem!) So, mark your calendar, brush your pet’s coat, invite someone else to come with you who may have a pet, and plan to be with us as we celebrate the gifts pets bring to our lives and recognize our mutual interdependence with God’s creatures.
Ingathering--Back to School
Please help kids get a good start at school by bringing breakfast items and bag lunch items. Pick up a second item for the pantry when you shop. 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. Bernardʼs. Gifts in the offering plate marked for Ingathering will go to The Hunger Task Force or local pantries and meal programs.
Disciple Bible Study
Last year, Jack Kaufman and Milly Strawn led a short 8-week Disciple Bible Study on the Hebrew Bible. This year, beginning October 6, for 8 weeks, they will do a short Disciple Bible Study, “Invitation to the New Testament,” concentrating on the Gospel accounts of Jesus' life and ministry, with correlations from the Hebrew Bible. This class will meet Monday evenings at 7:00-8:30PM in room 4. Jack and Milly believe that previous Disciple class participants and those with limited knowledge of scripture (but a desire to enhance their awareness of the relevancy of Bible) would benefit from this 8-week study. The sign-up sheet and study books are in the church office.
Ingathering For Local Pantries
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. Thank you!
The Hunger Task Force recently reported that in 2013 they distributed over $9.3 million in food to local pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and senior centers. Hunger in southeastern Wisconsin has been increasing over the last 45 years, but so has the donor response to meet it. Thank you all for doing your part to help.
Join WUMC 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
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/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/village_of_wauwatosa_map.pdf.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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