The May Tower Chimes
-SPECIAL SPRING APPEAL
-FUMC WORSHIP HOSPITALITY
-COMMUNION- MAY 1
-NAVIGATING THE UPS AND DOWNS OF GRIEF AND LOSS
-REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT INFORMATION MEETING
-XYZ RISES AGAIN
-FAIR TRADE SALES RESUME
-FORMING FAITH SCHEDULE
-INGATHERING COLLECTION FOR MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER
-SOPHIA INDIGENOUS SACRED FIRE CEREMONY
-SOPHIA PRAYER BREAKFAST
-GO TO A UNITED METHODIST CAMP THIS SUMMER!
-SIGN UPS AND LINKS
SPECIAL SPRING APPEAL, APRIL 18 – MAY 29, 2022
2022 is looking like a year of transitions as we head into the third year of a global pandemic. Most faith communities, including FUMC, find themselves adapting the best they can because of the many changes brought on by the impact of COVID.
Much of what we have experienced in the life of the church has changed. We find ourselves in a place where traditional ways of worship and ministry are being adapted, and a new future is emerging. But we still want FUMC to be our ‘safe’ place, a place to gather in community, a place that provides respite for our tired souls, a place where we can be refueled and replenished for the journey of life, and a place where we can love our children into the faith.
Financially, FUMC will work out of a ‘transitional’ budget, but there are concerns. We are facing a deficit, or shortfall, of $77,000. The biggest increases in the budget include the maintenance of the building (gas, water, electricity, and insurance) and adapting worship for both in-person and online services. Other increases include apportionments and administrative costs.
Because we’re in a time of transition, church leadership does not feel this is the right time to make any cuts to the budget. There have been dramatic changes in the life of the church and undercutting vital ministries will not gain us any traction as we move into a new reality.
We aren’t going to stay in this ‘in-between’ space forever. We will eventually get through this together. What we choose next matters, as we focus on becoming an effective and vital church in the post-pandemic world. Stepping forward in faith, closing our financial gap, and intentionally building community is a bold act of faith. May we do so with gratitude, the grace of God, and the powerful presence of Christ.
Ways to give to this special appeal:
- Write a check. Please designate “spring appeal.” Simply place your gift in one of the offering boxes or the offering plate during worship or mail to the church office.
- Give safely through the website or on the church’s app. Please designate “spring appeal.”
- Increase your annual pledge. If you do so, please contact Tia Legler, FUMC Business Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org so she can make changes to your giving record. If you are currently giving electronically and make any changes, you need to connect with Tia.
Even in this transitional time, God is present, and we are encouraged by the abundant grace God provides. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.
FUMC WORSHIP HOSPITALITY
Hospitality is a spiritual discipline. It’s one of the ways the Church expresses love for Christ and our neighbor, through intentional acts of invitation and service. Following Jesus includes following his practice of hospitality: joyous, authentic, generous, and hope-filled hospitality. There are no strangers in God’s house. Might you join FUMC in the ministry of hospitality for in-person Sunday gatherings by signing up to be a GREETER, provide FLOWERS, organize FELLOWSHIP TIME (coffee after worship), read SCRIPTURE, serve COMMUNION (on the first Sunday of each month)?
To sign up for any of these opportunities, please click on the highlighted word.
*FELLOWSHIP TIME (coffee after worship). Please visit the sign-up if you’d like to coordinate this important time of community on Sunday mornings. Coffee is already made. Cookies are already purchased. All you need to do is set it up and provide clean-up! Directions are available.
*REGISTERING WORSHIP ATTENDANCE – We have started a new way of registering attendance for in-person worship. (Those who worship online are already signing in!) Every pew has a sign-in sheet. PLEASE sign in and PLEASE pass the sign-in clipboard to your neighbor in the pew. This is one of the most effective ways we have of connecting with YOU.
If you have any questions regarding FUMC’s ministry of hospitality, please contact Cheryl Printz (email@example.com).
COMMUNION- MAY 1
FUMC will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, May 1. All are invited to receive the grace of God.
For those worshipping in-person: You will be invited to receive communion at one of four stations, with bread and individual cups of grape juice. A gluten-free option will be available. If you are unable to come to a communion station, you will be served in the pews.
For those worshipping online: Before viewing the worship service, please have your elements ready in preparation for the sharing of the Sacrament. Look through your own kitchen to find bread and beverage. While there is rich symbolism in the elements we traditionally use to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, the Church also has a long history of using the most fitting materials that are readily available in any given time and setting. Be creative and use what you have on hand. God always takes what is ordinary and makes it extraordinary.
To sign up to be a communion server, please click HERE.
NAVAGATING THE UPS AND DOWNS OF GRIEF AND LOSS
Join Family Conversations in the Dining Room on Sunday, May 15 at 10:30 am as Melissa Minkley, the Executive Director of Healing Hearts of Southeast Wisconsin, discusses how to recognize the signs of grief and loss in yourself and family members. Tips and strategies on dealing with grief for all ages will be explored.
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT INFORMATION MEETING
The Missions Team invites you to explore with them the opportunity for FUMC to partner with Lutheran Social Services and become a co-sponsor for a refugee family. FUMC members have fond memories of sponsoring a Laotian refugee family, the Khenthavongs, in 1980. Are we interested in making a 6-month commitment to do this again? Join us in attending a Zoom co-sponsor information session, 6:30 – 7:30 pm on May 3 or May 17 on your own or gather in person at church on May 17 to view together and participate in a follow-up session to discuss congregational interest. Light refreshments will be provided. The LSS Refugee Resettlement staff will share more specific information about the co-sponsorship experience, as well as answer additional questions you may have. The link to join the Zoom meeting from your home is: https://lsswis-org.zoom.us/j/87543989612?pwd=NEdoMUt3MTlLTjU1bTVEQUZVVk1RZz09. Whether you are watching at home or attending at church, please sign up so we know who is attending. You can sign up HERE or the signup sheet in the Asbury Room. You only need to attend one information session.
XYZ RISES AGAIN
After a long hiatus from XYZ get togethers, it’s time now to mark your calendars for our first gathering on September 8 at 12:00 p.m. We will share in a Pot Luck Luncheon and program.
The program portion of the gathering is still in the process of being determined but watch for future announcements with that information. The planning committee will meet on May 10th to put programs in place for the year and attend to all the behind-the-scenes elements that keep XYZ going. The day for XYZ will remain as the 2nd Thursday of the month at noon from September through June.
As many of you know, Gary and Joan Sampson faithfully steered this ministry for six years until COVID shut most of our gatherings down. During the COVID months, they moved to Regency Senior Communities in New Berlin and have become involved in activities there. They made the difficult decision to step down as chairs of XYZ but still participate when they are available. This past February, XYZ was on my mind numerous times as I thought about community in the life of our church and after prayerful consideration, made the decision to step up and keep our group going. I asked Evelyn Hewitt to join me as a co-chair and she agreed so we are the new co-chairs. We’ve had wonderful input from Gary and Joan as well as insights and direction from Pastor Susan. I’m inviting anyone who would like to join the planning committee to please contact me at either firstname.lastname@example.org or my cell # 630-508-1946. New ideas and insights are always welcome.
Spread the word and look forward to continued fun and fellowship in the coming season starting with the September gathering.
-Veronica Radowicz and Evelyn Hewitt
Mark your calendar for Sundays, May 15 and 22, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. This is a class for anyone who wants to get to know new people, including the pastors of FUMC, and explore the questions: Why God? Why Jesus? Why church? Why this church? It touches on basic theology, Bible, church, and ministry and helps you consider what your next step in discipleship might be. Nonmembers may opt to join the church after completing this class. To sign up, please click HERE. Contact Cheryl Printz (email@example.com) with questions or to learn more.
On Sunday, May 22, during the Confirmation Worship service, FUMC will celebrate the faith journeys of our confirmation youth as they reaffirm their baptism vows. They will publicly ‘confirm’ their intention to join in a covenant relationship with God and become professing members of First United Methodist Church.
Confirmation is much more than a class; it’s an experience, a time to grow in faith, learn more about the Church, and build community. This is also an opportunity for the confirmation students to explore their own individual lives of faith.
Please offer strong prayers of encouragement for the faith journeys of our confirmation students:
Also offer prayers of gratitude for the team of confirmation leaders and the support of the congregation.
May 22 will be a day of blessings and joy. Please join us for this important and intentional celebration.
FAIR TRADE SALES RESUME
Church & Society resumes sales of Fair Trade and organic coffee and chocolate bars on Sunday, May 8 (Mother's Day) immediately after the 9:30 worship service in the Asbury Room. Prices will be close to what they were before the pandemic, but for a limited time we will have a special sale on chocolate bars. Please stop by to check out our inventory! We accept cash and checks payable to First United Methodist Church ("Fair Trade" in memo line). See you then!
FORMING FAITH SCHEDULE
INGATHERING COLLECTION FOR MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER
Wisconsin Annual Conference Ingathering 2022 will be collecting donations for Home Care and Personal Dignity Kits for Midwest Mission Distribution Center. Items can be placed in the designated boxes located in the main hallway by June 5.
Donations Needed for Home and Personal Care Kits:
- Liquid Household Cleaners 16-40 oz (no spray)
- Scrub Brushes (with or without handle)
- Dish soap 16-34 oz
- Liquid Laundry Detergents 32-64 oz
- Bath Hand Towels
- Bath Washcloths (not dishcloths)
- Adult toothbrushes (no multipacks)
- Bar Soaps 3-4 oz
- Shampoos 15-18 oz
- Deodorants 2-3 oz (stick, roll on, or pump)
- Resealable plastic bags- gallon size
SOPHIA INDIGENOUS SACRED FIRE CEREMONY
SOPHIA PRAYER BREAKFAST
GO TO A UNITED METHODIST CAMP THIS SUMMER!
Pine Lake and Lake Lucerne offer camps for people of all ages and interests. FUMC helps send kids to camp by offering scholarships for up to half the cost of camp. To get a scholarship, please fill out this FORM and return it to the church office or Pastor Greta. If there is greater financial need, there may also be help from the conference. For information and to register go to www.wiumcamps.org. Camps do fill up fast! Questions? Contact Pastor Greta.
SIGN UPS AND LINKS
- Altar Flowers- SIGN UP HERE
- Scripture Readers- SIGN UP HERE
- Greeters- SIGN UP HERE
- Communion Servers-SIGN UP HERE
- Fellowship Time-SIGN UP HERE