The November Tower Chimes
-2023 STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: FINDING THE SACRED BENEATH OUR FEET
-COMMUNION AND ALL SAINTS RECOGNITION SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
- VETERANS DAY COLLECTION AND CARDS
-FAIR TRADE SALES
-SOPHIA'S RELIGIOUS LEADER'S CAUCUS
-MISSIONS DONATION DRIVE FOR DISASTER RELIEF
-2023 INTERGENERATIONAL MISSION TRIP
-LAITY SUNDAY, NOV 20
-GARDENS AT FUMC WAUKESHA
-ADVENT IS COMING!
-IN PERSON BASIC LAY SERVANT CLASS OFFERED
-WINTER WEEKEND IS BACK AND IT'S TIME TO SIGN UP!
-SIGN UPS AND LINKS
2023 STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: FINDING THE SACRED BENEATH OUR FEET
Commitment Sunday – November 13
Our stewardship focus this year has challenged us to find the sacred beneath our feet, recognizing the presence of God in our everyday moments. We are invited to identify the spiritual treasures that feed us if only we are aware of them. “The most ordinary things are drenched in divine possibility” says Barbara Brown Taylor in our stewardship book, An Altar in the World.
We are well aware that the challenges in the economy open different possibilities for each of us, but we also know that through our gifts and our giving, we invest in God’s vision and God’s purpose, and create an opportunity for God to work through us. Our gifts and our giving are acts of worship, praise and thanksgiving.
Because God first gave to us. Because Jesus invites us to give generously. Because it makes a difference. There are over 2,300 verses in the Bible inviting us to be generous and good stewards of God’s resources. The presence of God is made known in and through our gifts and our act of sharing.
What is expected of me?
The Bible teaches us to give a tithe or the first 10% of what we earn to God and the church’s work. For some, giving 1/10 is a very difficult goal. For others, it is the starting point, and their giving far exceeds 10%. The important thing is that you start somewhere. If you are not yet tithing, consider an annual increase in your giving until you reach your tithing goal.
Do not let your inability to give keep you from participating and serving in the church. God honors your faithfulness and your presence. Your acceptance at FUMC is not based on your capacity to give. But if you are able, every little bit helps. We grow the Kingdom of God together.
Why do I need to return a Pledge/Commitment Form?
Two reasons: 1. The process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then making a commitment to share your financial resources is an act of worship and an expression of gratitude to God. 2. On a more practical note, your commitment allows FUMC to budget and better plan for our ministries and our mission.
Please return your Pledge Form even if it is a limited financial commitment at this time.
How do I give?
You can give in a variety of ways:
1. Check/Cash using your offering envelope. If giving cash, it’s important that we know who the giver is, so please make sure to use your offering envelope or clearly mark on the offering who it’s from.
2. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
3. On the website
4. Using FUMC’s app
Should you have any questions about ways to give, please contact Tia Legler, FUMC’s business manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your generosity in sharing your gifts, your prayers, your presence, your service and your witness.
COMMUNION AND ALL SAINTS RECOGNITION SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
On Sunday, November 6, we will recognize All Saints Sunday, reading the names of those with a connection to FUMC who have died in the past year. You will also have the opportunity to name the saints in your life who have gone on to be with God. This is a day of remembrance, thanking God for all the servants who, having finished their course on earth, now rest from their labors.
We will also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion. 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 representation of bread and beverage, remembering that God always takes what is ordinary and makes it extraordinary.
To sign up to be a communion server, please click HERE.
VETERANS DAY COLLECTION AND CARDS
Thank you for your generous donations for veterans! As an extension of this collection, the Missions Team will have “Thank You” cards in the Asbury Room during Fellowship Time on Sunday, November 6 ahead of Veterans Day on November 11. Please take a moment to write a card or two or more to encourage and say thank you to our veterans. They will be delivered to the VA Hospital.
FAIR TRADE SALES
Church and Society Committee members urge each of you to vote in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8. This election will determine key races in the Senate and House of Representatives. Our governor, attorney general and other key roles in Wisconsin state government are also on the ballot.
There are many websites that can help you research candidates to see if their values align with yours. Here are just a few.
VOTE411.org uses your address to help you determine who is running in your area and what issues are on the ballot. It also allows you to compare candidates side by side.
govtrack.com gives you information about how your representatives have voted on specific bills.
myvote.wi.gov allows you to view a sample ballot, find out if you are registered and determine where to vote. It is a good idea to make sure you are still registered before you go to vote.
You can also call (608) 266-8005 or email email@example.com. to find your voting place and registration information, preview your ballot, and learn what documents are required to vote. If you are disabled and need help returning your ballot, you can call the Disability Rights Wisconsin Voter Hotline at 844-347-8683 or you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that, due to recent redistricting, your voting place may have changed. Be sure to check before you vote.
Voting is both a right and a privilege. Please show your appreciation by learning about the candidates and voting on November 8.
SOPHIA'S RELIGIOUS LEADER'S CAUCUS
What is the relationship between faith and justice? SOPHIA's Religious Leader's Caucus invites everyone to a zoom event where Reverend Elizabeth Howe will discuss this topic. Reverend Howe is the congregational support coordinator of the Wisconsin Council of Churches' Peace and Justice Ministries. The event will be November 9, 2022 from 8:30am -10:00am. To obtain the zoom link please register at sophiawaukesha.org.
Our November XYZ Potluck and Program will be held in the dining room on Thursday, November 10 with serving beginning at 12:00pm. This month's program is called "Conversations of Thanksgiving" and will have a special group of speakers as well as an interactive component for those attending. Are you wondering what that could possibly be? No more hints...but come and be ready for an enjoyable event. We're looking forward to seeing everyone and know that the potluck will be spectacular, as always!! If you have any questions, contact Evelyn Hewitt and Veronica Radowicz
MISSIONS DONATION DRIVE FOR DISASTER RELIEF
2023 INTERGENTERATIONAL MISSION TRIP
LAITY SUNDAY, NOV 20
The worship service on Sunday, November 20 will celebrate the season of Thanksgiving. Our strong team of lay worship leaders are preparing all parts of the service and will offer their gifts of leadership, inviting all to respond to God’s abundant blessings with praise and thanksgiving. This is a special Sunday celebrating our ministry together.
The 2022 Thanksgiving offering will support UMCOR – the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Our gifts will specifically support UMCOR’s US Disaster Response for those devasted communities impacted by Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Fiona.
When a disaster overwhelms a community’s ability to recover on its own, UMCOR provides essential relief supplies and supports long-term rebuilding efforts. While UMCOR is not a first-response organization, it stands ready to accompany communities in need over the long haul of their recovery until a “new normal” is established after a crisis. “Early in and last out” is a guiding principle of UMCOR.
UMCOR’s mission is to alleviate suffering. UMCOR responds to natural or civil disasters of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own. Through UMCOR, we extend God’s loving care. When responding to a disaster, UMCOR provides training, financial assistance, expertise, community collaboration to churches and partners making them more resilient to disasters.
A Thanksgiving letter will be mailed in mid-November and will include an offering envelope. When giving, please designate your gifts as ‘Thanksgiving Offering.’ Thank you for sharing God’s abundance and love with those who need it.
FUMC’s annual Church Conference will be held on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30pm, in-person. An invitation is made to all members and friends to be present as we attend to the business of the Church. Church reports will be received, salaries will be established for pastors and staff, the ministry of FUMC will be evaluated, and our faith community will be celebrated. Rev. Kelly Fowler will preside.
On Saturday, October 8th, FUMC joined 90 other city sites, opening our doors for Waukesha Unlocked to highlight our history and architecture. In addition, FUMC was one of six downtown churches featured in the new Parish Passport – An Historic Parish Walking Tour. Ninety-nine people visited our church that day! A sincere thank you to our 15 volunteers who welcomed them.
Guests enjoyed the beauty of our sanctuary and a special video presentation. Participants were also invited to walk through our pictorial time-line. Tour highlights noted were: FUMC enduring five fires, our social justice involvement with the underground railroad, and FUMC’s current day outreach with community partners. Viewers were treated to film clips of our pastors and worship through music. The most frequently asked question I received was “Does anyone still play the organ?” I proudly answered, “Yes, every Sunday!”, as I invited everyone back to enjoy listening in person.
GARDENS AT FUMC WAUKESHA
We are so grateful for all the gardeners who assisted with fall clean up on October 2nd. The Sunday morning offerings of fall produce, applesauce and apple butter were enjoyed and appreciated by our church family. The Pentecost tomato plant that was adopted by our Avalon church family produced yellow cherry tomatoes that were enjoyed by all the residents! We are coordinating with our ACAP building partners making plans for 2023. FUMC is now an approved site for Extension Master Gardeners to earn volunteer hours. Gardening does not end in November. Now is the perfect time to dream and plan for spring. Contact Cheryl Minor at 262-542-4256 or Cheryl.email@example.com to join our informal team of beginner and experienced gardeners.
ADVENT IS COMING!
Advent, a time of waiting expectantly and intentionally preparing for Christ’s arrival at Christmas, begins Sunday, November 27. Our theme this year is Waiting. Mark your calendar for the following opportunities and watch for more information:
- The Meaning Is in the Waiting by Paula Gooder. With weekly readings, this book will guide us in the spiritual practice of “active waiting: a state that recognizes and embraces the glimmers of God’s presence in the world, that recalls and celebrates God’s historic yet ever present actions, that speaks the truth about the almost-but-not-quite nature of our Christian living, that yearsns for but cannot quite achieve divine perfection.” Books will be available at church soon. ($15 if it is not a hardship). Consider engaging the book as a family or creating a small group to discuss it each week.
- Hanging of the Greens Sunday, November 20, 10:30 am Help us decorate the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas following worship. Brunch selections, juice and coffee will be served. This is a time to enjoy food and fellowship and help prepare our worship space for the celebrations of Advent and Christmas.
- Missions Giving Tree Sunday, November 27 – Sunday, December 18 Take a tag from the tree, purchase a present for the Hope Center or United Methodist Children’s Services, and return by December 18. Or donate through the offering and designate "Mission Giving Tree" for the purchase of gift cards.
- Secret Angel Gift Shop The shop is stocked with affordable gift items priced from $0.25 - $5.00. Donate new or gently used items in a marked bin in the main hallway. We need tissue paper, men’s and teenage girl and boy items. High demand items include toys, lotions/makeup, kitchen items, tools, sports items, stuffed toys, and pet items. More details will be coming about volunteering to set up or help kids from church and Healing Hearts or members of ACAP shop. Contact Debbie Blum (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Music of the Season Sunday, December 4, 9:30 am Worship will include special music celebrating the season.
- Children’s Christmas Program Sunday, December 11, 9:30 am Worship as our youngest lead us.
- Advent Workshop for All Ages Sunday, December 18, 10:30-11:30 am All ages are invited to partake in this interactive Forming Faith Advent experience.
- Christmas Eve Services Saturday, December 24
- 4:30 pm – candlelight service, childcare available
- 7:30 pm – candlelight service
- Christmas Day Service Sunday, December 25, 9:30 am We will worship in the Asbury Room with music and treats and fellowship for all ages.
- De-Hanging of the Greens Sunday, January 8, 10:30 am Help undecorate the sanctuary for the season of Epiphany.
May this season of Advent that we share together be filled with hope, peace, joy and love!
IN PERSON BASIC LAY SERVANT CLASS OFFERED
Introduction to Lay Ministry:
This course is foundational for all courses in Lay Servant Ministries. Participants are encouraged to discover their calling, explore and employ their personal spiritual gifts, consider the importance of exercising servant leadership, develop future leaders, while remaining rooted in consistent spiritual practices, and being part of a group that holds members accountable in their discipleship.
We will be using the book, Lay Servant Ministries, Participant's Book by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson
• DR626 • 978-0-88177-626-3 (Participant’s Book also available in Kindle and ePub formats) Please purchase or borrow the textbook and read chapter 1, if possible, prior to the first class. Books are available for purchase a Cokesbury and Amazon.
Dates: Wednesdays, November 2, 9,16, 30 and December 7,14, 2022
Times: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Place: Whitefish Bay United Methodist Church
819 E Silver Spring Drive, Whitefish Bay, WI
Cost: No cost for the class, Dinner is available for $10 at 5:30pm.
Instructor: Rev. Dr. Don Francis
Call pastor Don at 262-617-9330 or Email at email@example.com if you are interested in participating. Provide your name, home church, and contact information.
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.
With the holiday season beginning, 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, FUMC has received over $521.93 from members shopping through Smile.Amazon.com
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