The November Tower Chimes


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-Giving Thanks for Music Ministry and John Sheaffer


-"What Gift Can We Bring?" Giving Campaign Reminder

-Celebrating Holy Communion on Sunday, November 7

-Give Your Free Hour Back through Mission

-Family Conversations

-The Secret Angel Gift Shop

-Our History

-Church Conference, November 22

-Faith Alive! with Bishop Jung and Rev. Schwerin

-Tax Efficient Giving Using a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

-FUMC Worship and Communication Survey

-Job Position: Worship Technology Leader

-UMW-Fall Rummage Sale and Cookie Walk Cancelled

-Amazon Smile

-Sign Ups and Links

-November Birthdays

-Birthdays the First Week of December

Giving Thanks for Music Ministry and John Sheaffer

On Sunday, November 21, First United Methodist Church will celebrate John Sheaffer Sunday, giving thanks to God for the gift of music.

John will be celebrating his 75th birthday (on November 12) and 17 years on the organ bench at FUMC (60 years total of being a church organist!). Because of this, we will dedicate our worship service to thanking God for John’s commitment to music ministry and worship leadership.

The 9:30am Sunday worship service will consist of special music, words of thanksgiving, and a good ol-fashioned hymn sing. Come prepared to sing AND hear the sounds of music filling the sanctuary and our hearts.

Following worship, we will celebrate safely with cake and fellowship.

To honor John’s ministry, FUMC’s Thanksgiving offering will be dedicated to a mission close to John’s heart: Hands in Harmony, a piano studio on the near south side of Milwaukee serving children in the community who would not otherwise have access to, or be able to afford, pianos and piano lessons. John and his husband, Tim, have hosted many recitals at their home for students and their parents, witnessing the gratitude and pride of musical accomplishments.

More information on how to financially support Hands in Harmony will be provided in the Thanksgiving letter.

Let us thank God for the gifts of music and the gift of John Sheaffer.


Advent Is Coming! Advent, a time of waiting expectantly and intentionally preparing for Christ’s arrival at Christmas, begins Sunday, November 28. Our theme this year is Coming Home. Mark your calendar for the following opportunities and watch for more information:

  • Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes: An Advent Study by Cynthia M. Campbell: This small book helps us to get a better understanding of the unique perspective of the four gospels. Order your own book or pick one up at church ($11 if it is not a hardship). Consider engaging the book as a family, creating a small group to discuss it each week, and/or joining us at the Intergenerational Advent Workshop or Zoom Advent Study (see below).
  • Hanging of the Greens Sunday, November 28, 10:30 am: Help decorate the sanctuary for Advent and Christmas!
  • Missions Giving Tree Sunday, November 28 – Sunday, December 19: Take a tag from the tree, purchase a present for the Hope Center or United Methodist Children’s Services, and return by December 19. Or donate through the offering and designate "Mission Giving Tree" for the purchase of gift cards.
  • Secret Angel Gift Shop: Donate, volunteer to set up, or help kids from church and Healing Hearts or members of ACAP shop for low-cost Christmas presents. More details coming soon.
  • Children’s Christmas Program Sunday, December 12, 9:30 am: Worship as our youngest lead us.
  • Intergenerational Advent Workshop Sunday, December 12, 10:30-11:30 am: All ages are invited to partake in this interactive Forming Faith Advent experience based on our devotional book, Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes (reading it is not required). Sign up at

    or in the Asbury Room or call the church office.
  • Zoom Advent Study Monday December 13, 6:30-7:30 pm: This study and conversation will be based on our devotional book, Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes (reading it is not required). Sign up at or in the Asbury Room or call the church office.
  • Christmas Eve Services Friday, December 24: 4:30 pm candlelight service with childcare 7:30 pm candlelight service
  • De-Hanging of the Greens Sunday, January 2, 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!

"What Gift Can We Bring?" Giving Campaign Reminder

Our fall giving campaign is well underway, and pledges are coming in. This is your gentle reminder, that if you have not returned your commitment/pledge form to the church office, please do that as soon as possible. The distractions in our lives these days are many, but be assured that the good work of the church continues, and we are so grateful for your amazing generosity. The finance team will be working to develop the 2022 budget soon, and every pledge is important as we look toward next year. Thanks in advance for your response.

John Sheaffer, Stewardship Chair

Celebrating Holy Communion on Sunday, November 7

First United Methodist Church will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion on November 7, remembering our oneness in Christ with all our siblings around the world.

For those worshipping virtually: Before viewing the worship service, please have your elements ready in preparation for the Sacrament. We invite you to 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. So feel free to be creative and use what you have on hand.

For those worshipping in-person: Individual pre-packaged elements (gluten-free wafer and grape juice) will be available at the welcome tables (west and north entrances) when you come for worship. Please make sure you pick up a package of elements before entering the sanctuary. The communion elements (for both worshipping communities) will be consecrated during the worship service.

Give Your Free Hour Back through Mission

You get a free hour on Sunday, November 7th through the magic of Daylight Saving Time! That is also the day we will remember and honor our Saints in Worship. And later that week we will observe Veterans Day. Come join the Missions Team for an hour after service to help honor our Saints. We'll be making greeting cards for delivery to the VA Hospital. We will also collect Grocery and Gas Gift Cards to share with our local community in need. Your giving hearts can touch many others. We hope you can join us for fun, fellowship and faithful mission.

Family Conversations

Family Conversations Join Us at 10:30 on Sundays for the 2 remaining sessions of 2021:

Nov. 14 – As we anticipate the upcoming holidays, our topic will be ‘Making the Holidays Meaningful and Faith-filled.’

Dec. 5 - Niki Rodriguez, a Board Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse, will lead us in ‘Mental Health Basics’ - the basic mental health diagnoses and treatment options – with time for questions and open discussion. Nikki is currently employed full time on the Inpatient Mental Health unit (3C) at the Milwaukee VA and is a pool nurse at Waukesha County Mental Health.

The Secret Angel Gift Shop

We are excited to announce that The Secret Angel Gift Shop will be back this year. Our purpose is to give children and young adults the chance to learn about the joys of giving at Christmas, while shopping in a commercial free environment.

The shop is stocked with affordable gift items, most donated by First Church members, priced from $0.25 to $5.00. The gifts will be wrapped by volunteers and ready for giving. We have volunteers ready to guide each child through the shopping, buying and wrapping process. In keeping with the church motto of ‘Doing no harm’ all volunteers will have been vaccinated and wearing masks.

How can you help?

If you would like to donate, please drop off new or gently used items in a marked bin that will be placed in the main hallway. We are especially in need of tissue paper, men’s and teenage girl and boy items. In previous years, high demand items included, toys, lotions/makeup, kitchen items, tools, sports items, stuffed toys, pet items.

Sign up sheets to help will be coming soon. Please contact Debbie Blum with any questions (

Our History

Visit the “History” page on our website and view the video created and shared with the public for Waukesha Unlocked in early October. Our church has a long history – over 180 years – in Waukesha as a vibrant faith community. Multiple fires, the Underground Railroad and more are part of our past. Thank you to Larilyn and Greg Carpenter for putting together this video!

Church Conference, November 22

FUMC’s annual Church Conference will be held on Monday, November 22 at 6pm, in-person. Masks are required. 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. District Superintendent Forrest Wells will preside.

Faith Alive! with Bishop Jung and Rev. Schwerin

Faith Alive 2.0 will be offered in January 28-29 and April 08-09 of 2022. The goals remain the same: To help all participants to explore their faith – To offer an opportunity for learning and growth – To bring knowledgeable faculty members who can share their wisdom with those wishing to deepen their faith. These sessions will be open, via ZOOM, to all laity and clergy in Wisconsin Conference. NOTE: Past participants in Faith Alive! are welcome to join us in Faith Alive 2.0. All participants may sign up for one or both sessions. We do ask that anyone signing up plan to participate for the full session(s). It is $40 for one session (Friday-Saturday) or $75 for both sessions. Registration Deadline: January 15, 2022 for Session 1 only or combination and March 25, 2022 for Session 2 only. For more information, click the button below.

Sessions offered by Rev. Dan Schwerin and Bishop Hee Soo Jung

Tax Efficient Giving Using a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD)

You've been working most of your life, taking care of your family and putting money into your IRA for retirement. Now at age 72, you face taking an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) from retirement funds (whether you need it or not), increasing your income and possibly your tax rate.

Normally, an RMD is income and you will pay taxes on the distribution. You can avoid adding income and paying additional tax, by requesting a charitable contribution be transferred directly from your IRA to a charity. This is known as a qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). When done properly, QCD's are not included in your taxable income. If your tax rate is 10%, a QCD of $1,000 saves you $100 in federal taxes and gives the charity $1,000, instead of $900.

The basic requirements for a Qualified Charitable Distribution:

  • You must be over 70 ½ at the time of the QCD transfer from an IRA, SEP or Simple; transfers from 401K or 403b plans do not qualify.
  • The transfer must be made in the year the RMD is required.
  • The QCD must be transferred directly from your IRA custodian to the charity, payable to the charity. If made payable to you, it will be a distribution and be taxable. (You may receive a check made out to your charity to present to it.)

A QCD can be made to fulfill your annual pledge, to make a gift to a specific cause or to make a gift to the Foundation. You should consult your financial advisor and your IRA trustee to make sure the strategy will work for you and that you meet all the requirements. lf you have questions about giving to FUMC Waukesha, contact Tia Legler, (262) 542-4256.

FUMC Worship and Communication Survey: CLICK HERE!

Please fill our this survey if you are able to. The purpose of this survey is to collect information regarding worship and communication methods.

United Methodist Women – Fall Rummage Sale and Cookie Walk Cancelled

As we continue to maneuver the path of COVID-19 including the spread of the Delta variant and in the interest of ‘Do No Harm’, the officers of United Methodist Women have decided to suspend the 2021 Fall Rummage Sale and the Cookie Walk. We want to do our part in not spreading the COVID virus and each of those activities have the potential to be a spreader.

Also, please do not bring rummage sale items to Church until further notice. Donate them to your favorite non-profit organization like Goodwill or The St. Vincent De Paul Store.

Thank you for your past support and we look forward to re-evaluating and initiating a form of these fund raisers in the future.

Job Position: Worship Technology Leader

FUMC is looking for someone to lead and coordinate the technology aspects of worship. This entails enlisting volunteers to assist in efforts to enhance in-person worship with technology and to produce the streaming/recording for on-line worship. Additionally, this person will coordinate training of volunteers and participate in worship planning activities. This is estimated at a 10 hour per week position. The full job description can be found on the church website or on the downloadable button below. Please contact either Rev. Susan Bresser, Rev. Greta Hietpas or Melissa Freiberg, SPRC chairperson to set up an interview.


With the holiday season beginning, please remember if shopping through Amazon, please consider using their Amazon Smile program. AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support First United Methodist Church every time you shop, at no cost to you. It is available at on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon app. How does AmazonSmile work? When first visiting, customers are prompted to select a charitable organization. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization (FUMC). Year to date, First Church has received $189.83 from members shopping through

Sign Ups and Links

Sign Ups


November Birthdays

01- Penelope Redford

01- Bill Zickau

04- Vince Trovato

05- Peter Marcks

06- Malia Fischer

07- Avery Ainsworth

07- Ariel Geiger

09- Al Epton

09- Rodney Rexroth

09- Kitrek Riese

09- Emily Fischer

10- Chris Greene

11- A.J. Magoon

12- John Sheaffer

13- Tyler Haskey

13- Damon Klepp

14- Don Johnson

14- Kristen Corrie

14- Ada Schoenenberger

15- John Maynard

15- Karen Doyle

16- Carol Stowe

16- Zach Podlewski

17- Cadee Campbell

19- Jeff Cummisford

19- Sam Harrop

20- Cheryl Wolfe

20- Calvin Schoenenberger

22- Jackie Zimmermann

23- Scott McMillan

24- Renee Dowling

25- Grace Abbas

26- Mark Greene

26- Jeri Campbell

28- Edith Connor

30- Bill Krueger

30- Hannah Jonas

Birthdays the First Week of December

01- Claudia Byrne

01- Quinn Lincicum

03- Kami Riese

03- Ian Roberts

04- Rich Behrendt

05- Tim Trovato

05- Cherrie Hartley

06- Janet Perrin

06- Ashley Behrendt

06- Zach Harrop

07- Kay Fahl

08- Harry Lewis

08- Nichole Ainsworth

08- Nate Truettner

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