Local Missions

Update on Committees and Leadership for 2022

Church Bookkeeper: Sandra Murphy

Financial Secretary: Regina Grantz

Memorials Committee Chair: LeRoy Nelson

Church Vision Fund

FUMCWA has established a fund called “Church Vision Fund” with a generous contribution of $135,135.12 to be used for Church Missions, Children and Youth Ministries, New Ministry Initiatives with the focus on Nurture, Outreach, Witness, and for Church Budget shortfall. This financial resource is intended for both short and long-term missions and ministries of the church for a period of 3-5 years. While celebrating and praising God for the “Church Vision Fund,” let us continue to express the generosity of God through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. To God, be the glory, great things God has done!”

The Parking Lot Hot Dog Ministry

Each Saturday in June: We will be giving out FREE hot dog meals from our church parking lot every Saturday in June from 3:00 – 5:00 pm (6/4, 6/11, 6/18, and 6/25.) Crews of 5 or 6 adults or youth are needed each Saturday from 2:00 – 5:30 pm. Please consider helping out, meeting some of our church’s neighbors, and letting them know about our caring congregation. Please contact the church office if you can help.

May 14 Missions Moment

Twenty-five hot casseroles were boxed and delivered to two locations for the first time in April. Morning Glory Ministries’ new site is at 1088 West Dakota Street. We will continue needing 25 hot dishes. Please bring the hot casseroles to the kitchen by 7:45 am for prepackaging. Thanks to the many dependable cooks each month. Please contact Val Holzman if you will prepare a hot casserole or if you have questions.

Wesleyan Congregational Care Team

 During this time of early spring, when we are reminded of newness,
it is our pleasure to announce the debut of a new ministry for our congregation. The Wesleyan Congregational Care Team was developed with the vision of ensuring that those individuals facing challenges or going through difficult life circumstances (e.g., caregiving, death in the family, illness, other losses or limits) would not find themselves feeling alone. The group has felt a calling to provide care to others in this fashion and has been trained to provide emotional and spiritual support to those for whom such company might be helpful and comforting. If having such contact would be helpful to you, please call the church office and someone from the team will be in touch with you. Please know that all contacts are kept confidential. Members of the team may also reach out to individuals that we have learned might benefit from the ministry. Additional questions or ideas for this ministry can be directed to Pastor Sam or Julie Bryson.

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.

Second Saturday Servants

Second Saturday Servant Needs for  each month – needed by 8 a.m. in the Small Dining Room:

  • 3 servant lunch makers for the Larry Under The Bridge mission
  • 2 donations of 50 each, cooked and HOT breakfast sausages. Our roaster will keep them hot.
  • 5 HOT breakfast egg casseroles (sorry, the Sterno heaters haven’t cooked well)
  • 4 HOT cheesy potato casseroles
  • 3 willing servants to work at the meal site.

Each month 15 – 20 casseroles are needed from our church. We have a very brief moment of devotion and prayer together, and then break into teams. One team makes lunches for Larry Under the Bridge, and the second team leaves for Casa de Garcia Church on Mineral Street at 23rd.

Servers may also meet us at the Minreal Street church at 8:45 am.

Our Mission Committee at FUMCWA began Second Saturday Servants to create an opportunity for our congregation to regularly go out into the world and serve along with other disciples in missions where we have provided monetary support. We seek to use our hands alongside others.

The first ministries the group worked with were United Methodist Children Services, Northcott Neighborhood House, and  at the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

“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.”
-Thomas Bolton

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

Learn more about 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

Learn more about Mineral Street Programs and Services.

We serve once a month in Mineral Street’s Morning Glory program for the homeless.

Repairers of the Breach

Learn more about 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

Learn more about the 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.

Food Pantry

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. ESL-1Our 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.

Angel Tree

Angel Tree Donation Page

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.

Learn more about the United Methodist Children’s Services