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.
Christmas Eve Services
4:00 pm - Christmas Eve Family Service
“Child friendly" sharing of carols, a story, special music, (no sermon), concluding with candle lighting. Join us as we search for the true meaning of Christmas. Children will be invited to go on a treasure hunt throughout the sanctuary to discover what Christmas is all about. Musical ensembles are being formed and will be providing additional music for the service. In joining with the Wisconsin Annual Conference’s “Imagine No Malaria” campaign, a portion of the offering from this service will go towards our church’s efforts to help end Malaria.
7:30 pm - Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
The Adult Choir will provide music for this service.
NEW! Photos of Parking Project
Watch the Time lapse video of our construction project here!
We will be trying our hardest to keep you updated on the parking project. If you want to see what has happened and what it happening, you can! On the left hand side of the screen there is a link to the page "Parking Structure" that has updated pictures.
December Letter From Mujila Falls
Our missionary, Paul Webster has sent us his December newsletter. You can find it here.
From early Christian time, the rose became a symbol of the divine love of God. It echoes through sanctuaries in beloved carols illuminating the vision of prophets and Biblical passages. Today, the rose continues as an expression of love and peace within the Church and beyond. The appearance of roses signifies the budding spring. Given as a gift, the delicate beauty is reserved for expressions of the heart. Christ, as the Rose of Sharon opens before us this Christmas to encourage each of us to welcome the spirit of God's greatest gift. Within the deepest winter we are people of joy and life. The Winter Rose will be presented by the adult choir with a small instrumental ensemble on Sunday, December 21. Join us to celebrate the arrival of the rose.
Sandwich Service Project--December 20th--Cookies Needed
Help make 200 bag lunches for The Gathering on Saturday, December 20. 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 the St. James Church at 8th and Wisconsin. Please sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080A4DAEA72AAA8-pbj. Or call Sheila Feay-Shaw at 414-967-1380, or Meg Kruger at 414-771-6010, so they can plan on your help and/or coordinate your contributions. We especially need fruit, cookies and workers. Co-sponsored by Church & Society and the Music department. Christmas cookies would be great for December!
Advent Devotional Books
Advent, A Calendar of Devotions is a booklet of daily devotions for the season of Advent (the four weeks before Christmas). These readings are intended to help us slow down during this often busy, sometimes stressful, time of year. These devotions, are written by James W. Moore, a best-selling author of more than forty books and a UM pastor. Donations of $1.00 are appreciated for the cost of these books. The books are on the tables at the back & outside the sanctuary and chapel.
Another Option for Observing Advent
If you are accustomed to doing much of your reading on-line, The United Methodist Church has created something with you in mind. As a part of the “Rethink Church” site, you will find a contemporary Advent Calendar. Check daily, beginning November 30 for something new to do, read or experience as we journey to Christmas together. Grab a cup of cocoa and join us as we prepare, watch and wait for that wonderful something God is sending our way not just at Christmas, but every single day. Will you make it a daily practice to check the Advent Calendar and share with the community how you are experiencing this season? Here’s where to look: http://rethinkchurch.org/articles/spirituality/advent-calendar.
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!
Help Build a Chicken Coop in Kenya
Congregation members Sallie and Bruce Peterson, along with their daughter, Amy Hufnal, and others, have been traveling every couple years, at their own expense, to Kenya. While there, they have undertaken their own mission project. They have funded projects and built an addition to the Ole Kenne School in Narok, Kenya, built tables and benches for the addition, and on their last trip they built and stocked a library for the school. Donations from this congregation helped make these projects a reality.
This coming year, they will be taking two solar ovens they learned about at our church’s Sustainability Sunday. They also have another building project: to build a 10’by14’ chicken coop for the school. It will need to be well built to protect chickens from the wild animals that roam near the school. They will need to raise money for this ambitious building project.
Your mission committee, with the approval of the church council, would like to give the congregation the opportunity to support this project. If you would like to make a donation, you may make a check out to the church with the note Kenya Project, and help them reach their goal.
Winter Clothing Drive for City Children
Milwaukee Christian Center, Northcott, 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 14.
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.
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.
Journey of the Longest Night - Sunday, Dec . 21, 3:00-4:00pm at Whitefish Bay UMC, 819 E. Silver Spring Drive. 414-964-2424. Ecumenical Candlelight Communion Service for Grievers.
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
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