The September Tower Chimes

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-Job Position: Worship Technology Leader

-UMW-Fall Rummage Sale and Cookie Walk Cancelled

-School Supplies

-A Day of Service- Thank You!

-Compassion Camp-Thank You!

-Back to School

-Quilters Wanted!

-Download FUMC's App Today!

-XYZ Retreat Cancelled


-Circle of Sisters

-Healing Hearts Opportunity

-Aging and Disability Resource Center Seeking Volunteers

-FUMC Office Hours

-Sign Ups and Links

-Attention Upper Room Readers!

-Parish Pulse


My story of faith includes my fourth-grade Sunday school teacher, Mrs. McCool. She showed up EVERY Sunday morning to teach an unruly and boisterous bunch of kids, including me. She wasn’t what I would describe as young or hip or even “contemporary,” but she showed up. Faithfully. Consistently. Generously. She taught the requisite Bible lessons, probably using outdated curriculum and an even more outdated version of the Scripture, but that didn’t matter. We got the gist of the Gospel lesson she was teaching primarily because she lived it: show up for Jesus. As I got older, I began to appreciate the time the adults in my church gave to teach, lead, share, and guide. I began to understand the meaning and significance of commitment and discipleship. I began to recognize the value of worship and the importance of community (and potlucks and lock-ins and mission trips and choir practice and prayer groups). I experienced the blessing of being loved into the faith.

As I was growing up in the church, I mattered. I was named and claimed as a Child of God. There was place for me. I know I drove Pastor Shimko up a wall and back down again with my questions and incessant talking. I know the children’s choir director got tired of me playing with the zipper on my robe. I’m pretty sure the ushers had lengthy conversations about me on the Sundays I was scheduled to acolyte because of the fire I almost started. (It wasn’t my fault.) I know Mrs. McCool was horrified when I accidently spilled grape juice down the front of her white dress during a communion service. (That wasn’t my fault, either.) Still, I mattered. Still, I was welcomed. There was always a place for me. I belonged.

Beginning on October 3, 2021, First United Methodist Church will be intentional about telling the children (ALL children, ALL ages) that they matter and they belong by encouraging their attendance at our worship service. (We will also have a staffed nursery and the preschool room available for parents and children). We will also be intentional about telling adults that they belong in Christian education. The FUMC Administrative Council approved a new schedule and new approach to Christian education opportunities, to take place directly after the Sunday morning worship service and conclude at 11:30 am. Opportunities for all ages – children, youth, and adults – will be available including children’s Sunday school, Confirmation, youth group, Living Faith Today, a parenting/family discussion group, and potentially more. We hope to enjoy a community lunch once a month following the Sunday school hour. For this year, we will continue to have only one worship service on Sunday mornings, beginning at 9:30am and then reassess.

We will learn as we go, and of course, adaptions may need to be made because of COVID.

Watch for a letter arriving later in September with more information about the Christian education opportunities being offered, as well as the invitation to offer leadership. Should you have any questions now or want to offer leadership now, please contact Elizabeth Ross, or Greta Hietpas,

Thank you for loving the children of the Church (all children, all ages) into the faith. It matters. It really matters.

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.

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 initiating a form of these fund raisers in the future.

School Supplies

Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies (and Kleenex) for the 2021-2022 school year. We collected over 787 items valued at $2,604.74 to help local kids be successful this school year. We worked in conjunction with the United Way and their Backpack Coalition. You are a very generous congregation! Thanks again.

Cheryl Printz

A Day of Service- Thank You!

Thank you to our team, led by Maya Jones, for representing FUMC at UMCS. They spent the day cleaning up the area and packing food boxes for families. In addition, they raised $400 to contribute to the work of UMCS. We appreciate the donation of their time and energy to put into action the compassion and generosity of our church in the area community.

Compassion Camp- Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in a Compassion Camp session either here or at home this summer. We hope you’ll continue to practice lovingkindness for yourself, others and the world as we face a broken world. Be the Light!!

Back to School

Back To School 2021: Children and Youth look in the mail for your Backpack Blessing card. As you start another year of unknowns, KNOW that your congregation is praying for you and your families. We look forward to seeing everyone in October as we restart Sunday School, Youth Group and start a new Confirmation Class. God Bless!!

Quilters Wanted!

Wanted: Quilters and Sewers to join us to make charity quilts. We meet at church the 1st Tuesday and the 3rd Thursday from 9:00am-12:00pm each month. Any questions call Mary Crown at (262)446-9343 or Kathy Greenwald at (262)542-8094.

Download FUMC’s APP Today

FUMC’s APP is available to download in the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store. Go to our webpage to download the app or simply search “FUMC Waukesha” in the store to get started. Note: You currently do not need to create an account to use the app unless you plan on using the Giving or Notes portion.

Designed to be used on smartphones and tablets, the purpose of our app is to have everything our members and friends need to know about FUMC in one easily accessible place. Just some of the features of the app that you can use right now:

  • Watch Worship Services (Live or Past Services)
  • Read the Weekly Announcements
  • Check Upcoming Events
  • Donate Financially
  • Submit Prayer Requests

Maintaining a community during this time continues to be challenging. The app will allow us to communicate with the entire congregation as well as specific groups regarding events and opportunities to grow in faith as disciples. Please download the app today and take a step towards rebuilding our community by staying connected to our church. If you need help with this process, contact the church office.

XYZ Retreat (50+) Cancelled

In the interest of “do no harm,” we have found it necessary to cancel this year’s XYZ retreat. The retreat was scheduled for September 19-21 at Pine Lake United Methodist Camp. The wide spread of the Delta variant has become a real concern, especially in a retreat setting. The cancellation was a difficult decision, but we feel that it is in the best interest of all concerned.


Yarntwisters is still a regularly active group. We have 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 robes to Dialysis. To Pewaukee Cancer Treatment Center, we delivered 21 lap robes and 24 chemo hats. Waukesha Women Center recieved12 warm hats for woman and children, 8 car seat and baby blankets. We always have prayer shawls ready to pick up for our church family. 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 262-544-178.

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. Cheryl Printz 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 Cheryl if you have any questions or concerns.

Aging and Disability Resource Center Seeking Volunteers

Help the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County by volunteering to support their Meals on Wheels program. Volunteer drivers can choose which of the 7 locations in Waukesha County. Meals are delivered over the lunch hour M-F from 11:00am-1:00pm. For more information visit or

FUMC Office Hours

Our office hours will continue to be:

8:30am-3:30pm: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

8:30am-12:00pm:Wednesday, Friday

Sign Ups and Links

Sign Ups


Attention Upper Room Readers!

Copies of the September/October 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.

Parish Pulse

Congratulations to Bob and Carol Krause, who are celebrating 72 years of marriage on September 2nd!

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Articles for the next Tower Chimes are due to the Office Manager by 09/28 at 3:30 pm. Articles submitted past 3:30 pm will not be featured in the newsletter. You can email articles to If you don't have an email, feel free to call the church at 262-542-4256. You can also mail them, our address is 121 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186.