The September Tower Chimes

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-XYZ...EASY AS 1-2-3!

-BIBLE 101
















As we begin a new school year, we wanted to make you aware of our plans for Children and Youth Programming. After several years of disruption amid already declining participation, we find ourselves at a point where we must rebuild and adapt to meet the current needs of children, youth, and their families. Our guide for this process has included conversations with families, staff, and members as well as reflection and prayer.

Because our highest calling as people of faith is to worship and because children will not learn HOW to worship if they don’t ATTEND worship, having children in worship is a priority. Christian education and children’s programming is valuable and necessary, but the discipline of worship is the beating heart of our faith journey, our nourishment, and our understanding of the Kingdom. Learning to worship gives children ‘touch points’: liturgy, music, prayer, space, environment, routine. When children attend worship, they began to form a working understanding of why we do what we do. It’s how we form disciples. It’s what the Kingdom looks like. It’s how we live in Christian community together.

Taking all of this into consideration, our current plan is:

  • We will be intentional about inviting children and youth to participate in worship leadership: reading scripture, ushering, serving communion, sharing gifts of music, greeting, etc.
  • Beginning September 11, we will resume a weekly ‘Children’s Time’ during worship inviting children to come to the chancel for a special message and prayer just for them.
  • We will invite and encourage adults to be active in the spiritual lives of our children and youth. (Plans are in progress for the building of connections! Stay tuned.)
  • On September 25, we will present bibles to our 3rd and 4th graders during worship and then have a ‘Get to Know Your Bible’ class for these students and their parents during Forming Faith. Our hope is that each child will be assigned a Bible Buddy, an older adult offering support and encouragement as children learn to use their Bibles.
  • During the fall, we will work with children and youth during Forming Faith to plan and prepare the Children’s Christmas Program taking place on Sunday, December 11.
  • We will plan several Youth Group events throughout the school year.
  • We will also organize and schedule several Family Events (mission projects, hands-on projects) to take place during Forming Faith, encouraging all members of the family to attend and participate.
  • We will be intentional about loving our children into the faith, remembering the vows we make in baptism, to be the Church of Jesus Christ for all people in our actions, our hospitality, and our love.

We do not have all the answers. We expect the plan to change. We do know that our ministry to children and their families is important and relevant in the world we live in. As a church community, everyone plays a role in this ministry, so please pray about how you could be involved and who you could invite to be a part of our community of faith. May we together love our children into the faith.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Ross, Children & Youth Ministry Coordinator,


August was a busy month for building needs and repairs at FUMC. Because of the concern of equipment failure and malfunction, the Trustees made the decision for repairs to take place immediately. Three major projects are receiving much-needed attention.

Sidewalk Repair – After the insurance company completed a routine inspection of the property in July, it was recommended that sidewalks on both the north and south side of the church needed repair. We were given 90 days to comply. In the City of Waukesha, the property ‘owner’ is responsible for these repairs. The work was completed just this week.

HVAC and Boiler Repair – Several new leaks were discovered during a maintenance check in the HVAC system. The boilers and hot water system need new pump motor mounts. The repair work for these systems has been scheduled.

Sump Pumps – The two sump crocks are in immediate need of maintenance. Because of plumbing problems, three new pumps will be installed. This work is being completed this week.

These are costly endeavors for FUMC. Funding comes from the Trustees budget for building maintenance/repair and a separate budget line item for building restoration.

Much thanks to our Board of Trustees for their quick actions and decisions.


There is no Wednesday morning Bible Study on September 7. We will resume on Wednesday, September 14, 9:30am, in room #216.

All are invited.


We will be collecting old smart phones and cell phones to donate to The Women’s Center of Waukesha. This collection will begin today and go through September 30th. Look for the collection box near the monitor in the main hallway. It is important that you remove personal information (do a reset to factory default) before donating it ( Call Diane Smith if you have any questions, 262-875-3001. When you donate your old phones to The Women’s Center, they keep some for clients to use for emergencies, and the rest they send to Shelter Alliance, which pays them for every phone they send in.


The North Central Jurisdictional (NCJ) Conference of The United Methodist Church will convene in Fort Wayne, IN, November 2-5, 2022. Delegates (lay and clergy) from these conferences – Northern Illinois, Illinois Great Rivers, Indiana, Iowa, East Ohio, West Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin – will gather for collective discernment regarding the election of episcopal (bishop) leadership and receiving episcopal assignments.

In The United Methodist Church, bishops are elected, not appointed. Once elected, they are consecrated to the office of bishop. Bishops are elected for life. Newly elected bishops are usually not initially assigned to areas where they served as pastors, though they may be at a later time.

First United Methodist Church has been invited to join together with Bishop Hee Soo Jung, his cabinet, and the NCJ delegation to prayerfully support Pastor Dan Schwerin as he communicates his humble desire and vision for episcopal (bishop) leadership in The UMC. He is one of 10 candidates vying for the three open positions. The Wisconsin Annual Conference has endorsed Pastor Dan’s candidacy, believing that he is set apart for the ministry of servant leadership, general oversight, and supervision.

Two weeks ago, Pastor Dan completed his NCJ candidate interview. It should be available for online viewing after September 1. The Candidate Forum will take place on September 17 and should be available online.

In consultation with and approval by Pastor Dan, please offer the breakthrough prayer below. He spends time in daily devotions at 6:30am. The hope is for us to pray for him and with him at that time, and as many other times as possible.

Breakthrough Prayer

Lyrical God, envelop your servant, Dan Schwerin, with the creative, dynamic power of Holy Spirit as he lays bare his justice-seeking heart for the episcopal role. Shepherd him in personal acts of piety, yielding staggering acts of mercy. Illuminate his endeavor for leadership with humility, compassion, and love in every word, action or encounter with your beloved children and creation. Amen.

FUMC will intentionally pray for Pastor Dan during worship on September 11 (before the September 17 Forum) and October 30 (before the start of the Jurisdictional Conference).

Pastor Dan Schwerin served as Pastor of Administration at FUMC-Waukesha, 2007 - 2021.

XYZ…EASY AS 1-2-3 !!

It's only 8 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 on September 6th at 1:00 p.m. to put the last-minute details in place for the get together on September 8th.

We're looking forward to seeing everyone for a salty good time at the ocean! You’ll be happier than a clam at high tide!

Veronica Radowicz and Evelyn Hewitt


Bible 101: The Old Testament with Pastor Greta will be 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.


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 ( or Cheryl P ( if you have any questions or concerns.


There have been many complications in the north parking lot during drop-off and pick-up times for ACAP members. The main concern is safety of ACAP members and making travel transitions smooth. For this reason, the north parking lot will be blocked off with cones on weekdays from 8:30-9:30am and 2:15-3:00pm. If you are planning on visiting the church during these times please use the west or south entrance to keep the north lot free for the many busses and vans that are dropping off ACAP members.


If you are not a member already, please consider singing in Chancel Choir or ringing in Tower Bells this fall. Rehearsals begin again on September 7th – Tower Bells rehearse from 6:15 to 7:15 PM and Chancel Choir rehearses from 7:30 to 8:30 PM. Both rehearsals are held in the 3rd floor music room. Back to back rehearsals make it possible to be a part of both groups if you are so inclined. These two organizations are an integral part of Sunday worship and gather on Wednesdays to pray and offer praise through music. Everyone with an interest in doing that is welcome. Please contact Greg Carpenter at 414-333-7953 or with questions and to express your interest.


Church & Society will sell Fair Trade and Organic coffee and chocolate bars on Sunday, September 11 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).


Over the summer, we partnered with Healing Hearts of Southeast Wisconsin to refurbish Room 108 in our building. This room had been used as the “Youth Room” downstairs before we completed the Gathering Room (Room 211) in 2019, also in partnership with Healing Hearts. Room 108 received a fresh coat of paint, new carpet and furniture. This room will be used by middle schoolers in the Healing Hearts program as well as our own children and youth. Thank you to Brad Thornton and Drexel Interiors for helping us to complete the updates. We are grateful to be able to create a modern space for kids that reflects our commitment to them and the important work they do while in our building. Stop by and take a look when you get a chance. Thank you for your continued support for children and youth.


As a new school year begins, we invite you to send the students in your families back to classes with a backpack card. These cards can be placed in school bags to remind our students that God loves you and is always with you, no matter what. The cards will be available on tables in the hallway for the next couple of Sundays. When we are confident in the love of God, we can meet new challenges and do hard things. You are loved.


Thank you to youth group members – Maya Jones, Mira Jones, Lawson Fingland and Layla Jones – for leading worship as they shared about their mission trip to United Methodist Children’s Services in Milwaukee this summer during the August 28 Sunday worship service. During the service, the youth collected a noisy offering to support UMCS’ effort to establish a “Food Center” at their facility. They collected around 38 lbs of coins (and some paper!!).Thank you for your support of our youth group and their efforts to help UMCS serve our community.

Please take time to watch the video below in which the youth reflect on their time visiting UMCS this summer.


Thank you to everyone who took Flat Jesus with you this summer and sent us pictures. He has been on bike rides, attended baseball games and picnics and visited MANY foreign countries. It was wonderful to see the great pictures and settings. We will be wrapping up this summer project but we encourage everyone to keep taking Jesus with them out into the world.


FUMC will celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on Sunday, September 04. 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.


“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

Audrey Hepburn

All are welcome to join our informal gardening team that believe in tomorrow at First UMC Waukesha. Contact Cheryl Minor at 262-542-4256 or Thanks to a donation from our church family, we will soon have a new hose and reel near the west entrance! We are grateful to all who have been helping maintain our gardens this summer. Continue to check the gardening table for fresh produce on Sunday mornings. Extra produce is taken to Waukesha Food Pantry.


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 (


Sign Ups


  • Virtual Men's Breakfast- September 11th 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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