July 1st, 2021
The July Tower Chimes: Website Edition
-Dancey Scholarship Winners
-Sign up for a Summer Book Club for all ages with Pastor Greta
-A Call to Action From the Church and Society Committee
-Circle of Sisters
-Healing Hearts Opportunity
-Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Summer Camp
-In-Person Scripture Readers Needed
-Social Media Volunteers Needed!
-No More Weekly Update Emails
-Pete Marcks Memorial
-Thank You from Pastor Greta
-Sign Ups and Links
-Attention Upper Room Readers!
“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Thank you for all the ways you have been and continue to be the church through so many transitions! For the ways you encourage and build up me and each other, I am deeply grateful. Covid-19 has challenged us in so many ways and now we are in the midst of a significant change in our pastoral leadership. The Administrative Council, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, and the Re-Entry Team are doing their best to make faithful decisions based on the current reality. Your staff team and a few extremely dedicated volunteers have been stretched in so many ways, however, and the ways we are worshipping and communicating continue to change. To make even more adaptations, we need your support in a couple of changes:
New Summer Office Hours for July and August
In order for the office staff to have uninterrupted time to learn new technology and develop new processes, Wednesday and Friday afternoons will be used for this work. Please plan accordingly. If you call the church during that time, please leave a message. The office will be open:
Monday 8:30 am -3:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am -3:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am -12:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am -3:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am -12:00 pm
A Shift in Communication
Now that we are back in worship and have an updated website, we are going to make the following changes:
- Announcements will be accessible constantly and continually updated on our website (eventually available on app to be made available August 1).
- If you are on our email list, you will continue to receive a Sunday email with links for Worship but now an additional link to the Announcements on the website.
- We will no longer send a separate Monday email with Announcements.
In addition, we continue to love our neighbors and seek to do no harm. As our virtual worship continues to evolve, we have finally been blessed to worship together in person as well. We know everyone does not agree about how to handle in-person worship, but for now our
Covid Protocol includes:
- wearing masks
- refraining from congregational singing
Our Re-Entry Team will be making a recommendation to Ad Council on July 12th so that next steps can be decided. We will let you know when we know more. I trust God will continue to bless our ministry together!
Dancey Scholarship Winners
Two young musicians, Laura Tauzell and Trey Wisner, have been selected as the 2021 recipients of the David L Dancey Music Scholarships, given through the FUMC Memorial Foundation. Although we were unable to hold typical in-person auditions, students auditioned by sending video and audio recordings of themselves performing their musical selections for the committee to evaluate along with their written applications.
Laura finished her 8th grade year at Waukesha STEM Academy and will attend West High School in the fall. She auditioned on violin. Laura has been involved in Waukesha String Academy for seven years and her school orchestra for three. In addition to her school experience, she competed in the Bach Double Competition in 2020, WSMA solo/ensemble festival and various scholarship auditions.Her orchestra teacher at school is Alexander Nettesheim and her private teacher is Danielle White.
Trey, a trombonist, is a 2021 graduate of Waukesha North High School. He has been very active in his school’s concert band, jazz ensemble and marching band as well as WSMA solos and ensembles. In 2020, he was selected for the WSMA State Honors Band and also was a member of Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Senior Symphony. Trey plans to attend UW- Eau Claire in the fall and major in Music Education. Trey’s school band instructor was Thomas Battersby and his private instructor is Randy Hake.
These scholarships were established by FUMC in memory of The Honorable David L. Dancey, a longtime member of the Waukesha community, a Circuit Court Judge, and a devoted member of First United Methodist Church and its Chancel Choir. They were established to recognize students with promising musical talent and provide some financial help in their future musical endeavors. We look forward to both of these students sharing their talents with us at summer worship services.
Changing the World with Lovingkindness (Select Sundays this Summer) - We had our first session of Compassion Camp in June and it was great to be together!! This first session focused on the idea that there are opportunities all around us to jump into action with compassion. Pastor Greta introduced us to the Lovingkindness Practice which she shared with the congregation in a recent sermon. We hope you join us at our next session on Sunday, July 11 held right after worship outside in the West parking lot. Compassion Camp is for EVERYONE. Session 2 is entitled “For Myself” and will concentrate on learning to have compassion for ourselves so we can thrive and grow. Visit the website or contact Elizabeth Ross for more information.
Sign up for a Summer Book Club for all ages with Pastor Greta
Educating ourselves about the experiences of others is an excellent way to build compassion and understanding. With that in mind, we’ve chosen two books to read and discuss in the West church parking lot this summer. Bring your own chair and refreshments. Adults, youth, and children are all encouraged to attend. Sign up for one or both HERE. Books and dates are as follows:
Monday, July 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande describes the author’s childhood torn between the United States and Mexico, and shines a light on the experiences, fears, and hopes of those who choose to make the harrowing journey across the border. The memoir (See HERE)is also available in a Young Reader edition (See HERE) which makes this a great choice for all ages.
Wednesday, August 11 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds, a National Book Award Finalist, shows the different paths a kid's walk home can take (See HERE). A middle-grade read, the book is easy to read, but difficult to forget as it reminds us that perspective is everything and compassion is key. This book can be enjoyed by all ages. Elizabeth and Isabell Ross were involved in a book discussion earlier this year here in Waukesha and highly recommend this book. NOTE: This discussion will be followed by an optional neighborhood prayer walk from 7:30 – 8:00 pm.
Yarntwisters is still a regularly active group. We been meeting all throughout this Covid shutdown. Each Tuesday from 9:30 to 11:30, we have met at members homes. It been a wonderful experience. It kept us active, social distance at first, but helped us able to experience friendship and socialization, much needed during this time. We have decided to continue to meet throughout the summer. If you have free time and want to join us, we love to add new members. We would be glad to teach anyone to knit or crochet.
Our summer project, in the past, has been warm hats, for the shelters of Waukesha County. Our group is always working on other projects as well. Since January we have made and distributed 141 individual items. To Waukesha Memorial Hospital we delivered, 40 Baby Hats, 20 Prayer shawls and 18 Lap Robs to Dialysis. To Pewaukee Cancer Treatment Center, we delivered 21 Lap Robs, 24 Chemo Hats. Waukesha Women Center we delivered 12 Warm Hats for woman and children, 8 Car Seat and Baby Blankets. To our Church Family, we always have Pray Shawl ready to pick up, just let us know.
Yarntwisters love yarn donations, they can be left in room 209 or at church office at any time. That yarn will be put to good use. If you have questions, please contact Joyce Collins at 262-544-1781
A Call to Action From the Church and Society Committee
We hope you were successful in being a steward for the earth, after choosing an idea from our last article in April. This quarter, we are again challenging each of you to make a commitment to environmental stewardship by taking a few small changes. Then repeat that change until it becomes a habit. Small actions multiple can have a big impact. There is no better time than summer, to appreciate and protect the wonders of nature. Many species such as the monarch butterfly or bees need your help to survive. Our waterways also need protection. Here are our summertime suggestions:
Plant native plants
Native plants are both beautiful and resilient. Many native plants have developed the ability to fend off native insects. Consequently, you won’t need to use pesticides. Native plants also attract predators like birds which eat bugs. They encourage pollinators which are essential for plants to grow and thrive. Pollinators desperately need some help from their human friends. Even potted plants on porches or balconies can supply food sources for pollinators. Can you help?
Minimize or eliminate use of pesticides and fertilizers
Chemical pesticides kill off good bugs along with pollinators. They can also be harmful to birds, animals, and even people. When they run off from our yards into our waterways they cause disease in fish and pollute our water. Then we eat the the fish and drink the water. Fertilizers also end up in our rivers, lakes and steams where they cause algae blooms. Some of these blooms release toxic chemicals which can harm people and animals. Even the harmless blooms eventually die, sink to the bottom, and decompose. As they do, the amount of oxygen in the water is reduced. This negatively effects the fish population and produces excess silt. This silt feeds weeds which grow excessively and choke off the waterway.
Educate yourself environmental stewardship
Attend the Green Alliance Sustainability Fair on August 28th from 9:30 am - 3 pm at Retzner Nature Center. Even better, volunteer to help with the event. For more information, go to waukeshacountygreenteam.org
Circle of Sisters
Join us beginning September 27th on the fourth Monday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm, September–May (no meeting in December), to read and reflect on the book Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Robin is an indigenous scientist who, through essays, brings us lessons from the world around us. Attend when you can, even if that is not every month! Please sign up at HERE with your preferred email typed into the comment box. Please give us your information even if you cannot make the first meeting. You will need to obtain your own book, and we encourage you to consider ordering the book from an independent bookstore to support smaller vendors. JoAnn Wright will email you the reading schedule as we get closer to our first meeting. We hope to be able to meet in person by September, but just in case we have created a Zoom place to meet and will get you that information if we need to use it. Please contact JoAnn or Cheryl if you have any questions or concerns.
Healing Hearts Opportunity
Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Summer Camp
In-Person Scripture Readers Needed
Social Media Volunteers Needed!
No More Weekly Update Emails
Pete Marcks Memorial
Thank You From Pastor Greta
Thank you for all the prayers, cards, emails, and other support for me and my family as my father declined in health and passed away. I have been truly blessed by this congregation. With much gratitude, Greta
Sign Ups and Links
- Tech Team Seeking Volunteers- Email Cheryl Printz
- Alter Flowers- SIGN UP HERE!
- Scripture Readers- SIGN UP HERE!
Attention Upper Room Readers!
Copies of the July/August Upper Room are available. We still have copies of the past months Upper Room available as well. If you’d like a copy, please contact the Office Manager, Grace Callen. Please indicate if you’d like to make an appointment to pick up your copy at the church or if you’d like us to mail your copy.