The January Tower Chimes

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-EPIPHANY STAR WORDS

-HOLY COMMUNION- JANUARY 1

-DONATIONS TO MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER

-2023 INTERGENERATIONAL MISSION TRIP

-MISSIONS CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

-NEW MISSIONS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

-CHRISTMAS THANK YOU

-FAIR TRADE SALES

-JANUARY XYZ

-BIBLE 101: THE NEW TESTAMENT

-BASICS CLASS

-SUNDAY SCHOOL AND YOUTH GROUP RESUME JAN. 8!

-DE-DECORATING – JANUARY 8

-WINTER WEEKEND IS BACK AND IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP!

-AMAZON SMILE

-BASIC LAY SERVANT MINISTRY CLASS

-GREATER MILWAUKEE EL SISTEMA: NOW HIRING MUSIC INSTRUCTORS

-HEALING HEARTS OF SOUTHEAST WI IS LOOKING FOR MORE FACILITATORS

-PARISH PULSE

-SIGN UPS AND LINKS

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EPIPHANY STAR WORDS

On Sunday, January 1, 2023, we begin the season of Epiphany, remembering the star that led the magi to Jesus. God’s presence is breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness! This can bring comfort to those weary from grief and the stress of the holidays.


First United Methodist Church will be offering Epiphany STAR WORDS to any who would like to begin the new year with an intentional focus. Over 300 different words are printed on gold stars, words such as affirmation, blessing, encouragement, obedience, service, etc. Those in worship will pick a star word from a basket. Those online will be encouraged to reach out to the church office to have a star worded mailed to them (262.542.4256, office@fumcwaukesha.org).


When receiving a star gift:

  • Let the word pick YOU. This is your word of the year. Ponder what significance this word has in your life and how God might be speaking to you through the power of one word. (If requesting a star word through the mail, the office staff will randomly draw a star for you.)
  • You may find that the word fits you perfectly. If so, celebrate that, and see how you can be more intentional about sharing your star gift with the world.
  • You may find it is a word that offers you the encouragement or challenge you need. If so, receive that gift and let it shape you in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
  • If unsure as to the meaning of the word, look it up. You might even search for synonymous words, to help you discover even more about your potential focus. Refrain from getting stuck with one definition. Allow it to broaden your understanding.
  • You may find yourself resisting the word or even wanting to reject the word. If so, sit with it for a while, exploring the source of your resistance, and be open to what this word may have to teach you.
  • Live with your word, reflect upon it, journal about it, pray about it. Place it in a location where you will see it every day: bathroom mirror, car visor, in the pages of your Bible, tacked above your computer or kitchen sink.


The wiseman traveled a great distance to offer their gifts to the Christ-child when responding to the gift first given to them. They received God’s gift, then offered their gifts to God. This will be our Epiphany practice: receiving God’s gift and then offering the gift in service to God throughout the year.


Like any gift, a star gift can either be received with joy or discarded and forgotten. You are encouraged to be intentional about your response to your star word.


Epiphany is the celebration of God’s presence breaking through to shine as a light in the darkness. Let us rejoice in the presence of our generous, giving God, one star gift at a time.

HOLY COMMUNION- JANUARY 1

FUMC will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, January 1. For those at home, please have your communion elements ready.

DONATIONS TO MIDWEST MISSION DISTRIBUTION CENTER

Thanks to Polly Mather and Lea Alexander for delivering FUMC's Midwest Mission donations to Mequon UMC, a drop-off site in Wisconsin. The donations for Flood Buckets/Cleaning Kits for disaster relief are greatly appreciated. Karen Huffman, who received the donations, commented several times how deeply grateful they are to see so much giving toward an important cause. After transferring the items to the donation trailer, Polly and Lea stopped for a picture and a hug! The quantity and quality of FUMC's donations was noted as a blessing. A big Thank You to FUMC from the Missions Team!

2023 INTERGENTERATIONAL MISSION TRIP

FUMC's 2023 Intergenerational Mission Trip to the Midwest Distribution Center in Pawnee, IL will take place July 12-14 with overnight lodging included. There are only 20 spots available for anyone 14+ years old. All ability levels are welcome and tasks may include things such as sorting, assembling, unloading, loading, and organizing. To express interest, please use “2023 Intergenerational Mission Trip” CLICK HERE!

MISSIONS CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE

THANK YOU for your abundant donations for the Hope Center and United Methodist Children’s Services! The Missions Team was able to deliver hundreds of gifts plus gift cards totaling $940 were split between the two organizations in time for Christmas. They were extremely grateful for our generosity. Check out the pictures and video!

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NEW MISSIONS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Join Missions Committee in making grab-n-go lunches for Pathfinders in Milwaukee. Sandwich makers, Fruit and Veggie baggers, dessert lovers all welcome to volunteer a few hours in prepping lunches. Watch for more information and sign up to donate lunch fixings or to help assemble or deliver meals. Contact Kristi Magoon for more info.

CHRISTMAS THANK YOU

Thank you for remembering the FUMC staff with all the gifts of cookies, candy, well-wishes, prayers and goodies during the busy Advent and Christmas season. We appreciate the love and care. – FUMC Staff: Pastors Susan & Greta, Grace, Cheryl P, Cheryl M, Tia, Margie, Greg, John and Tom

FAIR TRADE SALES

Church & Society will sell Fair Trade and Organic coffee and chocolate bars on Sunday, January 8, immediately after the 9:30 worship service in the Asbury Room. Please stop by to check out our inventory. We accept cash and checks payable to First United Methodist Church ("Fair Trade" in memo line).

JANUARY XYZ

Did you ever use Maple Syrup on your pancakes or in a recipe? We have an opportunity for you! On January 12, 2023 at the next XYZ Potluck and Program, you’ll have a chance to hear how real maple syrup is made. We have our own resident maple syrup making experts, Heinz and Henry Melzl, who will present a program on maple syruping which they make every year on Heinz and Helen’s property. It is a fascinating process and one that you won’t want to miss. Please join us for delicious food and an excellent program. If you have any questions, contact Evelyn Hewitt or Veronica Radowicz.

BIBLE 101: THE NEW TESTAMENT

As Christians our relationship to Jesus Christ is rooted in the New Testament, and yet for many different reasons, most of us spend little time connecting to Christ through scripture. But we have an opportunity to deepen that connection. Join us for Bible 101: The New 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. The class will be hybrid so you can opt to come to church or join via Zoom. An introductory class will be held on Jan. 10 (mandatory if new to Bible 101, optional if you took Bible 101 OT) followed by classes Jan. 24, 31; Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28; and Mar. 7 (possibly 14 and 21 if needed for make-up). If you want to purchase a new Bible, wait until AFTER the introductory class. We will be using the book The Bible from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners. The cost of the book is $13. Pay if you can, but don’t let the cost of the book keep your from participating. Sign up in the Asbury Room or HERE. If you have any questions, please talk with Pastor Greta.

BASICS CLASS

Join Pastors Greta and Susan on Sundays, January 15 and 22, 10:30 am-12:30 pm in this class for anyone who wants to get to know new people 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. Please sign up HERE, in the Asbury Room, or contact Cheryl Printz (cheryl.printz@fumcwaukesha.org). Let us know if you need childcare!

SUNDAY SCHOOL AND YOUTH GROUP RESUME JAN. 8!

Sunday School for kindergarteners-6th graders and Youth Group for 7th-12th graders will resume Jan. 8 following worship. This is a great opportunity to grow in faith and strengthen relationships in our community. We are grateful to Joe and Niki Rodriguez for offering their time and leadership. They cannot, however, do this alone. Please contact Joe or Niki or let someone on staff know if you want to be involved!

DE-DECORATING – JANUARY 8

Join in de-decorating the sanctuary following Sunday worship on January 8, taking down the trees and putting away Christmas for another year.

WINTER WEEKEND IS BACK AND IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP!

WHAT: Sledding, Downhill Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Board Games, Snowshoeing, Card Games, Skit Night, Winter Hikes, Singing by the Fire, and MORE

WHEN: January 13-15, 2023…staying Friday and/or Saturday nights.

WHERE: Pine Lake Camp Bishop Rader Retreat Center, individual rooms with private bathrooms (better than a standard hotel room!!)

COST: Lodging: $80 per room (double occupancy) per night, $15 per extra person. Food: We do our own family style cooking so the food cost runs about $8 per person for the entire weekend.

HOW: There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board. Call or text Deb Koller (262-930-0907) or Cindy Peterson (262-853-5522) with questions.

AMAZON SMILE

Please remember if shopping through Amazon, consider using their Amazon Smile program. Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support First United Methodist Church every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to FUMC.


How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting smile.amazon.com, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization. In the past 3 years, First Church has received over $574.93 from members shopping through Smile.Amazon.com

BASIC LAY SERVANT MINISTRY CLASS

On-Line via Zoom

Leader: Rev. Amy Powell

Day One: Friday, January 13, 2023, 6pm to 9pm
Day Two: Saturday, January 14, 2023, 9am to 3pm

You must register and participate in both the Friday evening and Saturday class in order to receive a completion certificate!

The United Methodist Church recognizes that ministry is not only a clergy endeavor. God calls all Christians to their own unique service. The Basic Lay Servant Class is the entry course to Lay Servant Ministry. Lay Servant Ministry classes are designed to help laity discover and/or further explore their own unique call-in serving God, neighbor, and the greater church.
Class Book: Each person will need to purchase their own book prior to the start of class. The class book is Lay Servant Ministries: Basic Course Participant’s Book by Sandy Jackson. It can be ordered at cokesbury.com or amazon.com.
Technology: Each participant will need good internet access and access to a computer equipped with web camera and microphone sound. There is no need to purchase a Zoom subscription. A class link will be sent to you via email prior to class.

Deadline: January 6, 2023

Register here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0548AAA82CA1F94-basic
Questions: Contact Rev. Amy call 608-220-5873.

GREATER MILWAUKEE EL SISTEMA: NOW HIRING MUSIC INSTRUCTORS

Greater Milwaukee El Sistema is looking for a Music Instructor to teach Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm at Hillcrest Elementary School in Waukesha. We are looking for someone available one or both days from January - May. This group would consist of 5 beginning violin students in 2nd - 5th grade. There would be a High School Intern assisting and all music would be provided. Not available this school year...additional Instructors are also needed for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are interested or need more information, please contact Sarena via cell 262-271-1928.

HEALING HEARTS OF SOUTHEAST WI IS LOOKING FOR MORE FACILITATORS

Looking for somewhere to volunteer your time? Love kids? Healing Hearts of Southeast Wisconsin is expanding and looking for more facilitators. Our next facilitator training will be held at FUMC on Monday, January 9 & 16 from 6 – 8:30 pm. Call Melissa Minkley at 262-751-0874 for more info and to register.

PARISH PULSE

Click here to see photos from Bishiop Dan Schwerin's worship celebration at FUMC, December 17 2022.

SIGN UPS AND LINKS

Sign Ups

Links

  • Men's Breakfast- January 08 at 10:30am in the Dining Room
  • Living Faith Today- Meets after worship in room 216.

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