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.
Our Built on Faith - Into the Future appeal is progressing well. As of today, we have received pledges and cash gifts of $1,147,905. It is not too late to turn in your response form for the Capital Appeal and General Fund. If you have not returned your form yet, please bring it to worship next Sunday, or put it in Jodie Hunt’s mailbox in the church office. If you are unable to participate financially, please consider a gift of prayer for the appeal. Thanks for your prayerful consideration
For answers to Questions you might have, Please see the Q & A Document
For more information you can see the brochure.
On Tuesday, December 3, United Methodists are invited to participate in UMC #GivingTuesday, when gifts made online (or on the phone) through The Advance will be matched dollar for dollar. Building on the recent US shopping traditions of Black Friday, Local Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, UMC #GivingTuesday offers an opportunity to start off the holiday season by giving instead of getting through supporting organizations that are transforming the world. This is a great opportunity to build awareness and maximize support for our missionary, Paul Webster’s work in Mujila Falls, Zambia.
Especially if you give online early in the day, your gift on December 3, will also be matched by the United Methodist General Board of Gloabal Ministries, so 200% of your gift will reach its destination. What an opportunity to make an impact! Gifts must be given online at http://www.umcmission.org/give or by telephone (888-252-6174) to be eligible for the matching funds.
Specify: Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre, Advance Special #15016A. More pictures of our work on your behalf can be seen at Paul’s face book page: https://www.facebook.com/MujlaFallsAgCentre.
Morning Star by Joseph M. Martin
Advent is our season of preparation for the birth of the baby Jesus. The star becomes the center of attention as it guides Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the shepherds to the manger, and the Wise Men to the new King. Morning Star is a cantata of traditional carols blended with new anthems by Joseph Martin. The Chancel choir will be joined by a small instrumental ensemble and organ. Morning Star was gifted to the church by Helen Sceales and it is in her honor that we present it on Sunday, December 8, at 9:45am.
Annual Church Conference
Every member and friend is encouraged to attend the annual congregational meeting on December 9 at 7pm. The agenda includes the presentation of the 2014 budget and the election of officers. Pastor Ed Foster who is affiliated with our congregation, will preside.
Children's Christmas Musical
We are once again in for a treat, as the children and young people of our congregation will be sharing their musical and dramatic talents with us on December 15 at the 9:45am service. This year’s musical is “The Case of the Reluctant Innkeeper.” Here comes the judge! Bethlehem court is in session with the Honorable Judge Jody Justice presiding. It's The People vs. a certain "reluctant" innkeeper… reluctant to give a certain young couple a room for the night, that is. Samantha Shepherd is the prosecuting attorney who's out to get to the bottom of this case by calling key animal witnesses to the stand. It's eventually revealed that the greatest miracle of all happened the night before, and God can always turn things around for good. You won’t want to miss this fun musical―plan to be with us on the 15th!
The Willma Halloran Mitten Tree
Come to the Parlor, pick out a mitten, and shop for a needy boy or girl. Buy a $20 gift, wrap it using the mitten as a tag, and bring your gift back by Sunday, December 15. If you don’t want to shop, send or bring a check for $20 to WAUMC, marking it for Mitten Tree, and we will shop for you. We have children from United Methodist Children’s Services, Milwaukee Christian Center, Northcott and other agencies.Sponsored by Church & Society.
As the weather turns very cold, we will be cooperating with Whitefish Bay UMC to collect blankets for the homeless. Please leave clean blankets near the food pantry cart.
Coffee Hour Sign Up
Donations of baked goods are needed for December 1. We are looking for donations of Christmas cookies on December 15. We have hosts those two dates. We still need a host and donations on December 22.Looking ahead we need hosts and donations for January thru May 2014. Signup sheet is in the kitchen.
Paul Webster, our missionary in Mujila Falls, Zambia, writes that he is recovering from a bout of Malaria. Our congregation has a covenant relationship with Paul, which means we are one of the congregations providing the financial support of his work. Paul writes that they are in deep need of funds to buy fertilizer, seeds, fuel, etc. to get this year’s crop in. If you wish to contribute to his mission just mark your contributions “Paul Webster.”
Habitat For Humanity
On Saturday, November 23, our crew of 6 primed the walls of the house in 3 1/2 hours. Due to the upcoming holidays I've asked Habitat to send one of their crews to paint it.
Our next task will include finish carpentry (i.e. closet & door moldings, hanging doors, closet rods & shelves, window sills, base moldings, etc.) This will take a couple of Saturdays in January 2014. I'll be posting those dates as they become available.
Thanks to you for all your hard work in making the house take shape! Have a Merry Christmas!!!
Winter Clothing Drive for City Children
Milwaukee Christian Center and our other Mitten Tree agencies have asked us again this year to provide warm clothing for their children. Church & Society will collect children’s coats, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters and other warm clothing that are clean and in good condition, sizes infant to age 12, during our Mitten Tree project. Children’s mittens, hats and scarves are also needed. Also new unopened packages of underwear or socks. Please bring your donations to the Parlor on Sundays. We will deliver them after December 15.
The Sunday morning study, God’s Gift of Love, has been cancelled.
Pastor Pastor Sue and Natalie Stumpner will be leading a study on three Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, & 19. The book they have chosen is Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam. Christmas or confusion, Bethlehem or bedlam... which will you choose this year? The truth is, we don’t have to choose, because Christmas always happens right in the midst of our confusion. Christ breaks into our chaos and confusion and brings Christmas―Bethlehem always happens in the midst of bedlam. Each chapter of the book includes questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, a focus for the week, and six daily Bible readings for personal devotional time during the week. Because of the daily readings and questions for reflection/journaling, participants would need to pick up their books at least a week early, to be ready to discuss chapter 1 on Dec. 5th. The class will meet once on Thursdays, either afternoons at 2pm at Harwood (8220 Harwood Ave) or 7pm here at the church, depending on participant interest for either of those times. (You don't need to be a resident of Harwood to attend the afternoon class.) Please sign up for this study in the church office and indicate which Thursday time you prefer and if you would like a book. The cost is $8.00.
Christmas Eve Services
4:00 pm - Christmas Eve Family Service
"Child friendly" sharing of carols, story, special music, (no sermon), concluding with candle lighting. An interactive story, "The Donkey Who Carried A King," will be shared along with other stories and poems, all which come from the perspective of the donkey, who played an important role in the birth of Jesus. If there are children who might want to participate, either sharing music (vocal or instrumental) or giving a simple reading, please give their name to Natalie by December 16th. Musical ensembles are being formed and will be providing additional music for the service.
In connection with the donkey theme in the early service, a portion of the offering given at the Christmas Eve services will go towards joining with ONE and Heifer International to provide those living in poverty with a goat. Just as the donkey played an integral role in carrying Mary to Bethlehem, goats play an integral role in the lives of those who live in poverty. Goats provide up to one ton of milk a year, which helps to make cheese, butter and milk to sell at the market and homemade fertilizer to help make crops grow.
7:30 pm - Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
The Chancel Choir will provide music for this service.
Invitation to Centering Prayer Workshop
On Saturday, December 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Mary of Magdala Catholic Community will be sponsoring a free workshop introducing the practice of Centering Prayer in Wesley Hall. Centering Prayer is a practice of silent, contemplative prayer that helps us deepen our relationship and union with the indwelling presence of the Holy Trinity. It is based on the silent prayer practices of the early (Christian) fathers and mothers of the Syrian, Egyptian and Libyan deserts and upon the teachings of the 14th Century anonymous author of “The Cloud of Unknowing.” The current practice of Centering Prayer has been distilled and developed for modern practitioners by three Benedictine, Trappist monks: Frs. Thomas Keating, William Menninger, and Basil Pennington. Centering prayer is practiced around the world by Christians of many denominations. In Southeast Wisconsin there is an interfaith, ecumenical organization, Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Wisconsin (COSEW) that teaches, promotes, and organizes centering prayer events and groups. Ron Mendyke, a practitioner and trained presenter of centering prayer for 18 years, and member of the Mary of Magdala Community will be offering the workshop. There is room for approximately 10-12 more participants. Please register by contacting Pastor Sue Burwell at email@example.com Please bring a bag lunch. Sodas, snacks and beverages will be provided
Free Upper Room Daily Devotional App
The Upper Room Daily Devotional is available as a free app for the Apple and Android smartphones. Download the App through the App Store on your iPhone or the Google Play Store using your Android smartphone.
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