Sunday School Lenten Mission
The Sunday School Lenten Mission project will be collecting coins during Lent to purchase Baskets of Hope. The money will be sent to Heifer International whose mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. The cost for one Basket of Hope is $50. The Basket of Hope includes a gift of rabbits and a starter flock of chickens. We hope that each church family will take a Coins for Giving Calendar. Look for the Easter Basket in the Narthex on February 19. Items on the daily guide will remind us of all we have and how little others may have. Each Sunday, take time to pray as a family for this mission project and for the people who will benefit from your gifts. Our giving begins on Ash Wednesday (February 22) and concludes with Holy Saturday (April 8). Please bring your gift of coins to church on Easter Sunday.
February Mission Moment
Second Saturday Servants will be serving hot casseroles on February 11. Please bring the hot casseroles to the church kitchen by 7:45 am. The Missions Committee was excited to deliver the hundreds of socks that were collected in December by the Children’s Sunday School Fill the Stocking Advent Mission Project. Socks were given to our food pantry, The Good Samaritan Resource Center in West Allis, Divine Intervention, and our two Morning Glory breakfast sites. The Mitten Tree contributions continue arriving and are distributed monthly. Thanks for your continuing generosity.
Thank you for helping with our food pantry. We would like to ask you to help us by bringing large grocery bags with handles. We are starting to run short as we double-bag our food. Our guests often ask for plain oatmeal, crackers of all kinds, chunky soups, mashed potatoes, canned fruit, cereals, pickles, and jellies. Also need-ed are personal care items like razors, deodorants, body wash, shampoo, and conditioner. We appreciate any of these donations or any others that you care to make. We are very grateful for the variety we are able to offer our guests. We have a dedicated crew who work very hard. We all thank you for helping with this great mission.
Coins of Love
February’s Coins of Love will support the Morning Glory Ministries on the south side of Milwaukee. The need for personal hygiene products, men’s clothing, and coats for men, women, and children continue.
Mission Trip News
We are excited to announce the Midwest Mission Distribution Center Mission Trip dates. We will depart from the church parking lot on Monday, July 31, and return on Friday, August 4. Eight people have expressed interest so far. We have room for many more. We will be sorting donated items to share with needy people. We encourage you to let Pastor Sam or Val Holzman know by June 1 of your interest. Your cost will be minimal. Your sweat equity will be a blessing to others. We will stay in an air-conditioned dormitory with a central activity room. Please consider joining the fun this summer!
Wesleyan Congregational Care Team
People of faith are not immune from life’s challenges, whether they be in the form of illness, loss, or other stressors. Sometimes, having a confidante who can listen and offer support can help one feel understood, heard, and less alone. This is the mission of the Wesleyan Congregational Care Team. If this is a ministry that you might find helpful, please feel free to contact one of us through the church office or by contacting Julie Bryson. Please know that all contacts and information shared are kept confidential. Additional information will be shared during the February 11 worship services.
Morning Glory Ministries
FUMCWA provides missional assistance to Morning Glory Ministries which is a faith-based, volunteer run, non-profit organization. It assists people who are marginalized within various communities of the city of Milwaukee. It also provides practical assistance, support and spiritual guidance for personal growth and stability for individuals and families. FUMCWA provides and serves breakfast every second Saturday of each month. Our church also provides toothbrushes, toothpaste and other toiletries for their hygiene pantry. Our church supports the Larry Under the Bridge ministry by delivering nutritious lunches on Sundays and Mondays to homeless campsites. Your support continues to strengthen such mission work.
“These opportunities to go out into the world really help us to grow. Of this, I am sure. Second Saturday Servants provides a meaningful way to serve God by serving those in need. Everyone is welcome to participate; you do not have to be a church member. Workers may choose from one or two projects that typically last two to four hours. You can choose from projects that will take place at the church or beyond the church walls in the area.”
Our Second Saturday Servants now serve in a wide variety of programs that serve the poor. Together, they are making a difference in the lives of those in need. We support the following ministries with hands, our hearts, and our pocketbooks.
Larry Under the Bridge
Divine Intervention is a collaborative ministry of over 46 intra-faith communities including First United Methodist Church of West Allis. Divine Intervention is spearheaded by Tippecanoe Presbyterian Church. We serve their Larry Under the Bridge ministry once a month.
52 Sundays a year…and now also Mondays, Larry Under The Bridge brings significant bagged dinners and basic supplies to local campers/homeless in our area.
It’s just what we do.
Larry Under the Bridge is a food and encouragement ministry to the homeless in the Bay View area. Significant bagged dinners and basic supplies are delivered to strategic locations near campsites on Sunday evenings every week and now also Mondays. Larry UTB helps 30-50 people each Sunday and Monday night of each week. Each dinner consists of:
- 2 sandwiches
- Granola/breakfast bar
- 2 pieces of fruit
- Cookies or other desert item
- Occasionally chips
- Bottled water
In the summer months juice boxes, Gatorade, and extra waters are given out. Bug spray, camouflaged tarps, and sleeping bags are some of the other items handed out when available.
In the winter months gloves, hats, and long underwear were also supplied to campers. Donated toiletries, socks, underwear, toilet paper are handed out year-round.
Through Larry Under the Bridge we are changing the world, one person at a time!
The homeless who we are coming to know as friends are changing!
Our church members and ministry are changing!
Mineral Street Programs and Services
We serve once a month in Mineral Street’s Morning Glory program for the homeless.
Repairers of the Breach
We provide regular support for Repairers of the Breach which provides Greater Milwaukee’s only daytime refuge and resource center for homeless adults.
Located at 1335 W. Vliet Street in Milwaukee’s central city, the Repairers of the Breach Center is open from 7AM to 4PM, Monday through Saturday.
Their daytime sanctuary is an empowering place where homeless and at-risk men and women create community and a sense of “ownership” in their center. They work together to find solutions to homelessness using our “constellation” of free resources—all in a nurturing and non-judgmental context emphasizing “homeless helping homeless.”
Northcott Neighborhood House
Thanksgiving Baskets Ministry
Thanksgiving is a time of celebration by sharing our resources with families in need. FUMCWA receives names of families from West Allis elementary schools and from our church members of those who are struggling financially. They are generously offered a turkey and other food needed to prepare a complete Thanksgiving Meal. Your support continues to strengthen such mission work.
Each November, we distribute Thanksgiving Baskets to marginalized families in West Allis. Each basket includes all that is needed to provide a traditional American Thanksgiving meal: 10 to 12 pound turkey or 3 pound chicken, a 10-pound bag of potatoes, dinner rolls, canned corn, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pumpkin puree, fresh celery and carrots, stuffing, a powdered drink mix, margarine, a cake mix, sandwich cookies, whipped topping, and a donated non-perishable item.
Fill the Stocking Ministry
The Children’s and Adult Sunday School classes collect socks for the homeless during the Advent season. These socks make a missional difference and are delivered to Morning Glory Ministries, Larry Under the Bridge, and Northcott Neighborhood House. Warm socks create warm hearts. Your support continues to strengthen such mission work.
Mitten Tree and Socks for the Homeless
These programs collect winter wear for children and socks for the homeless. They are distributed through a charitable organization.
Annette Intravaia would like to thank Lisa Jagodzinski for the many years she and the young adults from Irving School (since 2013) have filled the bags during the school year. We are grateful for their help. Also, Lisa was one of those involved with the Food Pantry since its beginning. She and Barb Thode purchased the food that went in the bags at that time. Jenny Rutter does this for us now, many thanks to Jenny. During COVID we will be set up in the parking lot. If inclement weather, food will be dispersed through the back doors. Thank you to all who continue to bring large handled bags, food, and personal care items. Body wash and shampoo are always needed. However, anything you bring will be accepted and appreciated! Blessings to all of you for your continued support!
Our Food Pantry is possible because of the generous donations from our church members and from the West Allis community. This helps our church connect with people in the neighborhood for the purpose of feeding them and connecting them to the love of Christ. It creates a positive presence for our church in the community. The Food Pantry is held in our church on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month. This West Allis community outreach is for people who need groceries and personal care items. Your support continues to strengthen such mission work.
Our Food Pantry is located at our church, 7520 W. Lapham St., West Allis. We are here to serve persons with an emergent food need. To be eligible for help from the pantry persons must have proof of residence in West Allis.
The Pantry hours are as follows:
Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Recipients receive 2 bags of food plus optional food and personal care items. Between 10 and 30 family units are served each time. For Pantry Information call 414-774-5500 (church phone).
There are 160,000 functionally illiterate adults in the Metro Milwaukee area. We are here to help. Our Adult Literacy Program has been helping adults for more than 18 years to:
- Learn basic reading skills
- Learn English as a second language and/or
- Achieve their GED
Our trained and experienced tutors freely offer their help to motivated adults. If someone you know needs our help please encourage him or her to call to schedule an interview for placement.
We encourage adults who need our help and those who would volunteer to help, please call either the church office 414-774-5500 or Karen Jesse, Program Manager at 414-839-1263.
If you are an adult who can read, would like to help others learn to read, and have one or more hours per week to give, we will train you. Hours are arranged Monday to Friday to fit tutor’s and student’s schedules.
Every child has a story. For 2.7 million American children, that story is filled with the abandonment, loneliness, and shame that come from having a mom or dad in prison. For many, it may also include following their parents down the same destructive road to incarceration.
Angel Tree, a program of Prison Fellowship, reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. This unique program gives us an opportunity to share Christ’s love by helping to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the families of prisoners. A Christmas tree is decorated with angels that have the name and pertinent information about a child of an incarcerated parent. Those who take an angel from the tree give a desired Christmas gift to the child through Prison Fellowship.
In Milwaukee and hundreds of other American cities this Christmas, forgotten victims of crime will receive gifts from people they’ve never met. These victims are the children of men and women in prison. They will benefit through Prison Fellowship Angel Tree, a program sponsored by Prison Fellowship, an interdenominational Christian outreach, and FUMC of West Allis.
Select one or more angel gift tags from the tree. The gifts need to be purchased, wrapped, and returned to church.
United Methodist Children’s Services [UMCS]
UMCS values dignity, potential, and worth of each individual and creates a nurturing environment and sense of community in which miracles do happen. Through housing, childcare, resources, and community engagement, UMCS acts as a stepping stone for families on their way towards stability. Their Family Resource Center focuses on helping families with several needs including emergency foodbank, clothing bank, hygiene products, access to food share and other resources. FUMCWA partners with the Wisconsin Annual Conference in supporting UMCS through our Apportionment giving also known as “Connectional Giving.” UMCS, Northcott Neighborhood House, and Harbor House are supported by our Apportionment. Your support continues to strengthen such mission work.