The August Tower Chimes

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-COMMUNION- AUGUST 07

-BIBLE 101: THE OLD TESTEMENT

-PROJECT MOVE COORDINATOR NEEDED

-UMCS YOUTH SUMMER MISSION TRIP

-2022 WISCONSIN ANNUAL CONFERENCE SUMMARY

-CIRCLE OF SISTERS

-SUMMER BOOK CLUB

-SUMMER BIBLE STUDY

-GARDENING AT FUMC

-DIGITAL MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

-FAIR TRADE SALES

- XYZ RETURNS

-FLAT JESUS

-SOPHIA MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY FAIR

-LUTHERAN A CAPPELLA CHOIR OF MILWAUKEE

-FUMC WORSHIP HOSPITALITY

-SIGN UPS AND LINKS

COMMUNION- AUGUST 07

FUMC will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, August 7. 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.

BIBLE 101: THE OLD TESTEMENT

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If you have checked any of the above statements, you may be interested in taking Bible 101: The Old Testament with Pastor Greta on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm. NO KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED! What is required is a desire to learn with an open heart and mind and to be in high school or older. A mandatory first meeting will be held on September 20 (if you want to purchase a new Bible, wait until AFTER this class) followed by classes October 4, 11, 18, 25 and November 1, 8. We will be using the book The Bible from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners. FUMC will order books. The cost is $14. Pay if you can, but don’t let the cost of the book keep you from participating. If you have any questions, please talk with Pastor Greta. (Note: Bible 101: The New Testament will begin this winter. You do not have to take Old Testament to take the New Testament class.) Sign up HERE or in the Asbury Room.

PROJECT MOVE COORDINATOR NEEDED

For about 6 or 7 years, I have been the FUMC coordinator for Project Move, a program through the Hope Center. On Saturday mornings throughout the year, volunteers from different churches drive a truck to 3-5 stops to pick up donated furniture then take it back to the Hope Center and unload it into a storage building. Or volunteers take an already loaded truck and drop off furniture items at apartments or houses where these items are needed. For a while now, FUMC Saturdays have been only pick-ups. Pre-Covid, this often required going into homes and getting the furniture – yes, sometimes from a basement or upstairs. But, post-Covid, most items are required to be outside, in a garage or at least right inside the house.


Thank you to those of you who have helped me on a Saturday or who have taken a Saturday when I was unavailable. I am grateful. The time has come, however, for me to resign as the coordinator. My children who often helped me no longer live in the area and I am out of town a lot on weekends making it more difficult. Ideally, someone from FUMC would pick up the role of coordinator because the need is great. In fact, FUMC used to be assigned to 2 or 3 times a year. Now it is more like 5 or 6. A coordinator could but would not have to actually do the moving. The coordinator would be the contact person for the Hope Center and then recruit volunteers. Only 2-3 people are needed each time – that’s the most that can fit in the truck – and someone needs to be able to drive and back up the moving truck. Additional people would make it faster and easier but this would require another driver and car.


FUMC was a part of Project Move long before I was the coordinator and I would like to see us continue to be involved in this valuable ministry. If you are interested in learning more, please contact me at 414-405-0040 or hietpas@att.net.


Thank you, Brian Hietpas

UMCS YOUTH SUMMER MISSION TRIP

At the end of July, our Youth Group visited United Methodist Children’s Services in Milwaukee where they learned about the mission of the organization as well as their future plans. We spent two days painting hallways in one of the apartment buildings. It was hot, sweaty and messy work done with much enthusiasm. Thank you to Lawson Fingland, Noah Graves, Chris Hansen, Tyler Haskey, Layla Jones, Mira Jones, Maya Jones and Maggie Ross for being a part of this trip. A BIG thank you to Tekla Fingland, Anjana Jones and Joe Rodriguez for attending as adult chaperones. We especially appreciated Joe’s donation of his van for our transportation. Please join us on Sunday, August 28 during worship to hear more about our trip from our youth (Pastor Susan and Pastor Greta surprised us with ice cream sandwiches!!) and learn about the fantastic work UMCS is doing in the community.

2022 WISCONSIN ANNUAL CONFERENCE SUMMARY

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CIRCLE OF SISTERS

Join us beginning September 26th on the fourth Monday of each month in the Asbury Room, 7:00-8:30 pm, September–May (no meeting in December), to read and reflect on the book The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr, a historian and Baptist pastor’s wife. This year we are going to do something a little different and have a second smaller, optional book for spiritual grounding: The Time Is Now by Joan Chittister, a Catholic nun. Attend when you can, even if that is not every month! Please sign up HERE or in the Asbury Room with your preferred email typed into the comment box. You will need to obtain your own books, but let us know if you need assistance. We will email you the reading schedule as we get closer to our first meeting. Please contact Greta (greta.hietpas@fumcwaukesha.org) or Cheryl P (cheryl.printz@fumcwaukesha.org) if you have any questions or concerns.

SUMMER BOOK CLUB

Join in some interesting, easy, and thought-provoking reading and discussion with Pastor Greta and Jenny Daugherty. Sign up in the Asbury Room or HERE for the Zoom or in-person meeting. Please acquire and read the book before the discussion. If you need help obtaining it, please contact Greta.


Now What? How to Move Forward When We’re Divided (About Basically Everything)

By Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers

Monday, August 15, 6:30-8:00 pm on Zoom OR

Tuesday, August 16, 6:30-8:00 pm at church, outside weather permitting

Holland and Silvers offer ideas about engaging with our family, friends, church,

community, politics, government, and social media in ways that lessen frustration,

anxiety, and fear. These two women with different political views also host a podcast as

they seek a future of connection, hope, and love, even with all our differences.

SUMMER BIBLE STUDY

During the summer months of July and August, FUMC will hold a Wednesday morning Bible Study, 9:30 – 11am, in Room 216.


Dates:

August 3, 10, 17, 24


Depending on interest and availability, the class may be extended into the fall months.

Everyone is welcome. No need to sign up, but might you let the office know of your interest? (office@fumcwaukesha.org)


What will we study: the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday.


What to bring: your favorite Bible (the experience is much more interesting when we are able to read from different translations), an open mind, and a willingness to listen to a variety of theological perspectives.


If possible, please use the West entrance when coming to Bible Study.


Facilitator: Rev. Susan Bresser


Coffee will be provided. Others will be invited to bring treats.


At this time, Bible Study will only be offered onsite and in-person. We will reevaluate at the end of the summer to determine if an on-line option will be available for the future. Thank you for your understanding and your patience.

GARDENING AT FUMC

Our second home, First UMC Waukesha, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1983. The church building was designed by Henry F. Starbuck and was built in the Romanesque architectural style in 1895. Thanks to all who have been working hard to beautify the gardens around our historic building! All are welcome to join our informal gardening team. Contact Cheryl Minor at 262-542-4256 or cheryl.minor@fumcwaukesha.org. Thanks to the gardeners who have been sharing produce from home. Nice surprises show up on Sundays at the garden table!

DIGITAL MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

Be a part of this exciting and vital part of our church's ministry. Volunteers help with cameras, slides, and sound. Training will be provided. No technical expertise needed. You can help extend our reach beyond the walls of the church. For more information, contact Tony Linz or the church office.

FAIR TRADE SALES

Church & Society will sell Fair Trade and Organic coffee and chocolate bars on Sunday, August 14 immediately after the 9:30 worship service in the Asbury Room. Note: for a limited time we are having 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).

XYZ RETURNS

It's only 39 more days until we meet in the dining room for the XYZ Potluck and Program. The date is September 8th at 12:00 noon for the potluck. Remember that we bring either a main dish or a salad of some type or a dessert. For those of you who reside in senior living and don't make your own meals, no worries. You can bring something store bought or there is always a basket for a few dollars that goes toward the honorarium for the program or speakers. The important thing is that we're getting together for fun and fellowship after 2 1/2 years. Our program for September is The Stories and Songs of Maine presented by our own Tony Linz. It's sure to be an informative and music-filled program that you won't want to miss.


The XYZ planning committee will be getting together in August to put the finishing touches on plans for September and beyond.


We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the September 8th gathering.

“FLAT JESUS” INTERGENERATIONAL SUMMER PROJECT

We’ve received many pictures of the adventures of “Flat Jesus” this summer. He’s been to cookouts, gardening, anniversary dinners….and even Ireland, Iceland and Spain. Take a look at the pictures on the bulletin board in the main hallway at church or click HERE to view them on the website. If you’d like to participate you can find more information and a “Flat Jesus” template HERE. Send your pictures to office@fumcwaukesha.org. As disciples we are called to take Jesus out into the world to spread lovingkindness and compassion. We look forward to seeing where YOU take Jesus this summer!!

SOPHIA MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY FAIR

SOPHIA is holding its first annual Multicultural Community Fair on August 13th from 11:00am-6:00pm. The event will be held at Cutler Park in Waukesha. It is a free event and everyone is invited. The event will include food and craft vendors, information booths from community organizations, raffles, and a variety of ethnic entertainment. Please come and enjoy the fair.

LUTHERAN A CAPPELLA CHOIR OF MILWAUKEE

Sing with the Lutheran A Cappella Choir of Milwaukee! (You don't have to be Lutheran to join - just love singing sacred choral music!) Auditions are being held August 23rd at Mount Carmel Lutheran in Milwaukee, beginning at 7PM. The Christmas programs will be December 2nd and 4th and will feature Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan Williams. For more information contact music director Tom Ajack at ajack.tom@gmail.com

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 (cheryl.printz@fumcwaukesha.org).

SIGN UPS AND LINKS

Sign Ups

Links

  • Virtual Men's Breakfast- August 14th at 10:30-Email Dirk HERE
  • Living Faith Today- After worship on Sunday and on Zoom every Tuesday at 6:30- Email Joann HERE

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Articles for the next Tower Chimes are due to the Office Manager by 08/26 at 3:30 pm. Articles submitted past 3:30 pm will not be featured in the newsletter. You can email articles to office@fumcwaukesha.org. If you don't have an email, feel free to call the church at 262-542-4256. You can also mail them, our address is 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.