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.
Summer Music Offerings
Summer is the time when our organized choirs take a break, and other soloists and ensembles have the weekly opportunity to share with us. Please consider sharing your musical gifts this summer, whatever your age, or if you are a vocalist or instrumentalist. We especially encourage younger people, who may have a little more free time during the summer, to consider sharing your talents. If you would be interested in singing/playing a solo, duet, small ensemble for our 8:15 and/or 9:45 services on a Sunday beginning June 7 thru September 6, please go to: www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A45AAA829AAF58-summer/14967846. If you have questions, contact Heather Pulkowski at: email@example.com or Tim Karth, 414-476-5951.
Summer Children's Story Time
This summer, our children’s stories during worship will be based on something the children bring to share that day. They will be asked to place something in a bag that’s special to them, something they are thankful for, something that’s a part of God’s creation (no living or dead creatures please) and the pastors will create the story based on whatever they bring. If your child would like to participate by bringing something, you can sign up online at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0944AAA823A6F85-summer1.
Wauwatosa 4th of July Parade
We will be participating in the Wauwatosa 4th of July parade again this year. The parade will be held on Saturday, July 4. We are looking for approximately 15-25 people to walk in the parade and hand out candy during the parade. Everyone is welcome. Children in strollers are just fine. Please note children may not walk in the parade alone. A parent must walk with them. The parade route will be the same as it was last year. We will begin at N. 80th Street and continue to Mayfair Shopping Center. Parade assembly time will be between 7:00 & 8:15am at The Civic Center/Library parking lot. The parade will step off promptly at 9:00am. (We are typically near the end of the parade. When we know our float number, we can give you a more accurate line-up time.) The total distance is approximately 1.7 miles. If you are interested in participating with the church, please contact Natalie. Donations of wrapped candy are welcome and can be dropped off in Natalie’s office.
Pastor Sue's Book Discussion
Pastor Sue’s next book discussion book will be “Ordinary Grace” by Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger. The setting is New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were at the ready at Halderson’s Drug Store soda counter, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. When tragedy unexpectedly comes to call on thirteen-year-old Frank Drum’s family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-beyond-his years kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, and betrayal. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. Any interested persons are invited to meet in the Heywood Room on Sunday, July 12, at 11am to share in the discussion. There are numerous copies in our public library system.
G-Force Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School will be held July 30th and 31st from 5:30-7:45pm, and August 1 from 9-11:15am. VBS is open to all kids, ages 4-3rd grade. Please register in advance. Registration forms can be found in the June Tower, in Natalie's office or online at http://2015.cokesburyvbs.com/tosaaveumc. Please See Natalie if you have any questions.
New Enterance Almost Complete!
Within the next couple of weeks, our new accessible entrance from the parking lot on the west side will probably be open. This entrance takes you right into fellowship hall, and is located in a handy place, right by the elevator. Because this entrance was specifically designed to be easy to use for those with accessibility issues, we are asking that the whole congregation establish the habit of leaving the spots closest to the building in the west parking area (where our old parking garage used to stand), for elders in our congregation or those who need an accessible entrance. For those of us who are able-bodied, please start parking to the south of the church, in the lots on that side. It may take us awhile to get into that pattern, but if we can move that direction, it will leave spaces closer to the accessible entrance for the people who really need them. The wooden ramp on the south side of fellowship hall will remain in place for a number of weeks yet, giving people a chance to begin to use the accessible entrance on the other side of fellowship hall. Then that wooden ramp will come down and that door will go back to being a fire escape exit.
Watering Wizards Needed!
The Gardening Committee needs your help to keep our beautiful new plants and trees thriving this season by keeping everything watered. We need help starting July 1 and will plan to keep watering until early autumn (end date to be determined). Our group is small and cannot manage this task alone. This could be a fun family activity or it could be a chance to have some relaxing, alone time! Of course, on rainy days, this won’t be necessary. We’ve made it easy to sign up! Click on this link: www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c48A4ab2fa7fb6-garden. Pick out a week that works for you. You water when it’s convenient for you (although early mornings or evenings are optimal times for watering). We estimate the commitment each watering session to be about 2 hours. We’ll provide instructions and suggestions on how to cover all the new plantings.
With much appreciation! The WAUMC Garden & Building Committees.
Nothcott Neighborhood House Summer GED Program Needs YOU!
NNH is in need of volunteer help for the summer GED program. Areas of need include: tutoring students, providing materials such as healthy snacks, calculators, GED instruction materials, school supplies, backpacks and of course financial donations. Checks can be made out to WAUMC with the note Northcott GED Program. For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Tyler Smoot, Program Coordinator at Northcott, 414-372-3770 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking Lot Explanation
When the construction fence comes down on the east side of our property, we will have walking access directly from the parking lot, to the sidewalk along Wauwatosa Ave. and to the doors on that side of our church. You may note some striping on the parking lot in that area. Those stripes mark a "turn around" space, so that if you find yourself in that part of our parking lot and there are no spots, you will have space to turn your car around and more easily leave that parking area. Please don't park in that striped area. It was created for a good reason!
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat's Framing Week is coming up soon from June 22-26. This will be the 16th house for Wauwatosa Ave. UMC! The hours Monday through Friday are 8:00 - 4:00 pm. The address is 2226 N. 42nd Street. Our church partners will be Emmanuel Community United Methodist Church, Christ King, Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee, and Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Mequon. Once again we'll be looking for volunteers to work any or all of Framing Week. Our homeowners are a Congolese refugee, his mother, & teenage brother.
New this year is a requirement to sign up online for the date(s) you wish to work. Go to:churchcoalition.mkehabitat.volunteerhub.com/SignIn.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fevents%2findex.
· Click on the register button
· Complete needed information
· Shortly, you'll receive confirmation from Habitat that your information has been received & approved to volunteer.
· At that point you'll be ready to sign up for volunteer dates. This takes the place of having to sign in at the building site each day.
The volunteer sign up book will be located in the church office. Volunteers are asked to bring: hammer, nail apron, tape measure (16’ minimum), square (speed or combination), retractable utility knife, two pencils, safety glasses, work gloves. For additional information, please contact Anne Neafie at 262-797-6562 or email@example.com. Hope to see many of you there!
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.
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
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