FUMC Weekly Update
Monday, June 7th, 2021
The Week's Announcements
Members and Friends of FUMC,
Spring greetings! If you haven’t already, listen to or watch our June 6th service with Rev. Dan Schwerin's reflection on 2 Cor 4:13-5:31 and musical offerings from John Sheaffer, Kurt Eisenmann, The FUMC Combo, Mike and Melanie Jipson HERE. Thank you to all those who are making the technical adaptations possible for worship. Please see the weekly announcements and prayer below.
New This Week
Members and Friends of FUMC- Below is information on two memorial services that will be held this week for past members of First United Methodist Church.
- Barb Grauer - Visitation for Barb will be held on Wednesday June 9, 2021 from 10:30AM until the funeral service at 12:00 NOON at Cesarz, Charapata and Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd. Waukesha, WI 53188. Luncheon will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Barb’s name may be made to First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186; Autism Society of SE Wisconsin, 3720 N 124th St. Suite O Wauwatosa, WI 53222 or St. Croix Hospice, 13255 W. Bluemound Rd. Suite 103 Brookfield, WI 53005.
- Greg Freiberg- Visitation will be Sunday June 13, 2021 from 12:00 pm until the 1:15 pm Masonic Service followed by the 1:30 pm funeral service at The McKinley Masonic Center 4550 N. Pilgrim Rd. Brookfield, WI 53005. The Whitewater Lodge and Rev. Dan Schwerin will preside. Full military honors and a reception will follow the service. Memorials in Greg’s name are appreciated to First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186, Angel’s Grace Hospice N74W35908 Servants Way, Oconomowoc, WI 53066 or the American Cancer Society, N19 W24350 Riverwood Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188.
Covid & Worship Update- Thanks be to God for our launch of a both/and worship format—and for three weeks of experimentation. Initial responses are indicating an increase in attendance because people can enjoy streaming, in-person or recorded services of worship. After three services, we continue to balance our concern for neighbor and personal freedoms. We can celebrate that First UMC has over 225 persons who are fully vaccinated. (If you have been vaccinated and have not let the office know, please do. This will help us know more about our operating context. Contact Grace Callen at 262.542.4256 to let her know.) Since Wisconsin has less than 50% of its population vaccinated, and First UMC has made progress, we are proposing a mix of maintaining concern for other and personal freedom:
- We will continue to encourage people to get the vaccines so their neighbors can move about more freely as case levels drop.
- We will continue to ask worship participants to mask since children have not been vaccinated and we can assume a mixed vaccination context in worship.
- We will lift the sign-up mechanism for worship but continue to ask people to socially distance and for ushers to direct them to their seats.
- We will evaluate more as June continues to unfold.
Thank you for your progress as a congregation, and the neighborliness of your witness.
- You can help increase AmazonSmile donations to First United Methodist Church (at no cost to you) by shopping HERE or with AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app. Prime day (06/21-06/22) is the prefect time to do so!
Freezer Meals Needed! Pathfinders is looking for freezer meal donations. Please reach out to the office if you are interested in helping. We also have volunteers who can deliver the meals to Milwaukee for those who would prefer not to travel.
- In-Person Scripture Readers Needed- Thank you to all of you who have recorded and submitted scripture readings while we have been 100% virtual. Now as we return to limited in-person worship, consider being a scripture reader in the sanctuary! You can sign up HERE or by calling the church office. The guidelines for reading are as follows:
- Please plan on arriving no later than 9:00 am for 9:30 am worship.
- Check in right away with a tech person for a soundcheck and other directions.
- The scripture will be printed and on the lectern.
- Sit in the front pew nearest the lectern with any family members.
- Be prepared to transition quickly into place when it is time for scripture.
- The microphone will be on. You do not need to turn it on or off.
- Begin simply with "a reading from (book, chapter, and verses)" avoiding "good morning" and "from the Revised Standard Version.”
- End with "May God bless the hearing and understanding of the scripture today." or "The word of God for the people of God."
- The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected health systems globally, crippling service delivery in both high and low-resource countries. Right now India is especially suffering. Global Ministries is again promoting its UMCOR COVID-19 Response Fund (Advance #3022612) to allow those throughout the church to share in this outreach. Gifts can be made to FUMC either online or by check (“Advance #3022612” should be written on the memo line) or at https://umcmission.org/advance-project/3022612/.
Weeders and Mowers Needed! Praise God that spring is here and plants are growing, but it does mean we need weeders and mowers. Help us communicate hospitality as we prepare for in-person worship. If you are able to weed, come to church whenever is convenient and devote an hour or two to weed the beds. There is no need to coordinate with anyone. If you are able to mow one week (or more weeks), please contact Brian Hietpas at 414-405-0040 to get on the schedule. The mower is provided.
- FUMC is looking for a volunteer (or volunteers) to lead our social media presence on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Posts including announcements and #eveningprayers created from content from the weekly bulletin and several prayer resources. Posts should be made approximately twice per day and can be prepared in advance. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Cheryl Printz.
Tuesday Night Discussion Group: The Wired Word- Our group has chosen to use The Wired Word for their studies. This material looks at what is happening in the world, how Scripture may guide us, and how we might respond in keeping with our faith. The group meets each Tuesday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour via Zoom. The topic for 6/8 is "Uncovering a Massacre Swept Under the Rug for a Century" - May 30-June 1 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, when the Greenwood District in north Tulsa, Oklahoma, better known as Black Wall Street, was reduced to charred rubble in a vicious attack by white supremacists spurred by racial animus, greed, jealousy and rage. Yet many Americans have never heard of what has been called "the worst incident of racial violence in American history." While this event occurred 100 years ago, the fact that it's only recently become widely known qualifies it for headline news today. We will explore this event and the question of how we can honestly educate our children about difficult aspects of our history, and the benefits to them of doing so. To join, email JoAnn.
Men’s Breakfast group is meeting again (virtually) June 16th.We meet at 8:30am every other week, on Sunday mornings using Zoom. If you’d like more information, contact Dirk Wilken. Click HERE for the Zoom Meeting link.
- Greater Milwaukee El Sistema will be having their Summer Camp here at FUMC on August 9-13 from 9 am until 4 pm. They are looking for some great volunteers to help out with our Safe Sanctuaries policy and be a second adult in the groups. You need to be 18 years old and have a willingness to listen to kids as they learn how to play string instruments. These kids have talent!!! If you are interested please email Cheryl Printz for more info. Thank you in advance!
If you would like to donate altar flowers, please SIGN UP HERE. Please indicate on the sign up if you would like to keep them or donate them to a homebound member after the service.
- Healing Hearts offers virtual support groups for those with a grieving heart. The Adult Grief Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month form 6:00pm-7:00pm. The Family Support Group for children, teens and adults meet on Monday from 6:00pm-7:00pm rotating between children and parent groups (every other week for each). The Young Adult Peer Grief Support Group meets every other Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm. To register for any of these groups call (262)751-0874 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The counting team requests that you continue to use your offering envelopes when mailing in contributions. If you have not received yours, please email Tia Legler with the number of envelopes you would like and she will get those to you.
- Click the link below for the FUMC Photo Directory. If you would like your photo added please contact Cheryl Printz. Link to the Photo Directory: Photo Directory
- Attention Upper Room Readers! Copies of the May/June Upper Room are available. Previous editions are available as well. If you’d like a copy, please contact the Office Manager, Grace Callen, and indicate if you’d like to pick up your copy at church or if you’d like us to mail your copy.
- We appreciate your ongoing financial support of FUMC's mission and ministry. Our online giving account can be found using this link: HERE Your checks can be mailed to the church and designated to support our church budget or other specific missions of our church. Note to church members: When you mail your check-in, please include your green pledge envelope with your envelope number on it inside the mailing envelope. This considerably expedites our process. Thank you!! Our street address: First United Methodist Church, 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.
- Continue to reach out to one another! Please do not hesitate to communicate with the church staff as needed.
Congregational Prayer June 6th, 2021
Gracious God, we give you thanks for the possibility in each day and marvel at the ways your presence is made known to us. As we look forward to the summer season ahead, keep us mindful of your abundant goodness and the new life that keeps emerging.
Today is a day of joy indeed. The white roses on the altar help us celebrate the addition of Camden Scott Sheskey and Lenora Meyrose Venes to our fellowship through the sacrament of baptism following this service. Surround these cousins and their parents, Kate and Garrett and Lizzy and Connor, and grandparents, Scott and Sarah Meyrose, with your love and care. As their community of faith, guide us in to nurturing them in the faith, that they would grow in the love and knowledge of you, that they would claim their identity as children of God and members of the Christian family. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
After this unprecedented school year, give rest and renewal to the teachers and students who have or will soon begin their summer break. We give thanks for our high school seniors who are graduating and pray that exciting futures unfold for Max Jungwirth, Aiden Lincicum, Jadyn Tuft, and Emma Woolridge. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
Give peace to those who are dying and healing to those who are sick. We lift to you:
- Those battling cancer including Bill and Arlene Belmer’s son, Bill Belmer Jr.; Harry Lewis’s daughter, Cathy Hamende; Susan Salmins’s daughter-in-law, Brenda, Gayle Schwerin’s brother, Larry; and Jim Wrinn.
- Covid long-haulers, especially Tarique Alizad.
- Bill Dehnel who has been hospitalized.
- Audrey Hebert’s sister, Susan Risch, in the hospital with sepsis.
- Mary Kost’s sister battling infection, on a respirator and feeding tube, and fighting for her life.
- Mark Greene and his family as they walk with his mother, Twila, who has entered hospice care.
Provide what each of these individuals needs most in these days. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Give comfort to those who mourn and hope to those who despair. We lift to you the family and friends of Veronika Schmadl who died unexpectedly this past week. The yellow roses help us remember the spirit of Greg Carpenter’s mom, Betty. Be a source of peace and strength in the midst of the grief. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Provide bread to those who are hungry and drink to those who thirst. Create justice for those who are oppressed and peace to those who live in fear due to natural and man-made disasters. We lift to you places such as India, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Africa where Covid cases are surging. We pray that vaccines can become more available around the globe. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We join with other Waukesha congregations this week in prayer for The Presbyterian Chaplaincies at Carroll University and Avalon Square. As Rev. Elizabeth McCord offers spiritual guidance to college students and Rev. Erin Hittle serves seniors at Avalon, they have each dealt with unique challenges of specific populations during a pandemic. Grant them wisdom, compassion, and creativity as well as your sustaining grace as they counsel and lead. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We trust, O God that you have heard our petitions, those spoken and those unspoken. We leave them now to your care and keeping, praying in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.