323 S Fifth Ave, West Bend, WI 53095

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

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Sunday School 2016-2017 Registration

Get registered online or download form to get signed up for the upcoming Sunday School season. Please sign up early, as classes are forming quickly and we need to get our teachers in place for a great year of fun and learning. Visit Children’s Ministry page for more information about Sunday school. Return paper registration to the church office (church@faumc.org 262.334.2059).

The Lily Pad – “Now Things Get Interesting….”

FrogsBirdandcrossThe Lily Pad

I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.”

Solomon 2:1

“Now Things Get Interesting….”

FAUMC Family, as much as we would like to deny it, summer is impatiently making its exit. Even in the lagging sweltering heat, the trees and garden has the look of autumn and the morning air has a snap to it and the school bells ring loudly – welcoming the young and the young at heart back to their course of study.  In the midst of all these changes, we gratefully move into a new season of life.

Grateful? Yes!  Grateful because we have lived to see this day and this new season.  Grateful for the earth’s bounty and the hard work of farmers who have allowed us to put up food for winter.  Grateful that the changing season teaches us something new and exciting every time.

Grateful that when we as Christians are asked the question, “What did you learn today?” there will be educational opportunities for you to answer that question as Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church begins our multi-generational (nursery to adult) Sunday School on September 18, 2016. In addition, we offer Bible Study Discussion groups, book readings, Confirmation Classes, United Methodist Women Circle, Men’s Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, New Members Classes, and other Christian Education gatherings designed to equip all believers to do their part in the Body of Christ, His Church.  Being a Christian requires continual growth in faith, so that we will be fully mature in Christ (Ephesians 4).  These vibrant opportunities to learn as well as get involve provide, develop and promote programs that equip individuals for discipleship.

The presence of God in the waning light is different from that of Spring. In the season of Spring, there is a budding, buzzing presence when the earth awakens; the Autumn presence is more peaceful and deep, reflective and surrendering, much like the wisdom of our elderly who have witnessed the glory of God for many seasons. We celebrate our multi-generational church and the awesome gifts that each person brings to worship God in authentic ways.

As we begin this New Season, it is an ideal time to reflect and evaluate how the harvest of the year has been thus far. Assessing what we did right (or not!) in the garden (my life); what produced good crops and what didn’t.  Am I living into my anointed Fruits of the Spirit?  I believe it is a good time to engage in Spiritual assessment as well.  It is a good time to ask: what is working to produce peace and kindness in my life?  What is not?  What needs to “die off” in order for new Life to grow?  What is the harvest of my prayer life?

My prayer is that God would now touch us and lead us by His Holy Spirit into discovering just how deep His love is for each of us.  I also pray that His revelation of that Love in our lives might become more and more real for us through the coming days and empower us to boldly step outside the walls of “church” and embrace our Great Commission – “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

Does my faith lead me to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Does my belief lead me to care for the poor, the homeless, and the sick as Jesus commanded?  Does it lead me to compassion and cooperation?  And respect and compassion for all, even for those who disagree with us?  Without peace in our own hearts, there can be no peace in the world; Christ has told us that we are all many parts but one body.

Our beliefs and our faith bring us closer together and WILL increase the harvest. As the leaves fall, let us surrender the destructive, selfish parts of our lives, which separate us. Let us always and every day give thanks, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  God bless,


“It takes more than a busy church, a friendly church, or even an evangelical church to impact a community for Christ. It must be a church ablaze, led by leaders who are ablaze for God.” Wesley L. Duewel

A little survey

Your Voice MattersWe are looking for a little feedback to asses, develop, and implement strategies to strengthen, and enrich our Christian Education Programs.

Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions (select what you feel appropriate).

If preferred, you can download the survey and return it to the church office or church@faumc.org


September Family Connections Newsletter is out!

Monthly-E-NewsletterThe September Family Connections Newsletter is out!

If you did not get one or prefer a digital version, please visit our resources page. https://faumc.org/resources/

5th Avenue Street Fest

5th Avenue Street Fest 2016FREE event All are welcome

Sunday, September 11, 10am – 3pm

323 S 5th Avenue – by the Old Courthouse

Starts at 10am with Service and Celebration of our First Responders.

Followed by: 5th Avenue Street Fest with games and entertainment.


Games & inflatables



Face Painting


The West Bend Fire Department along with other local first responders and heroes will join us in celebration and remembrance.

Download Flyer herer

*food and drinks for the first 500

Garden Party

HatGet ready to have a great time at the Garden Party this Thursday at 6pm (08/18). Come for food and fellowship while getting to know other women in the church. Please come adorned with a favorite hat if you want (extra hats will be available for use). Event will be hosted at Sue’s house and open to all women of the church. Please use the sign up sheet in the north entrance.

Contact the church office for details or questions (church@faumc.org 262.334.2059)

August Family Connections Newsletter is out!

Monthly-NewsletterThe August Family Connections Newsletter is out!

If you did not get one or prefer a digital version, please visit our resources page. https://faumc.org/resources/

The Lily Pad

FrogsMake a splash. Look before you leap. Don’t jump to conclusions. Enjoy a good swim. Stretch your legs often. Spend time at your pad. Hop to it! (Author Unknown)Birdandcross 

The Lily Pad



To God be the glory! I start this new conference year and blessed appointment as Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church humble servant-leader Pastor with a great deal of excitement and hope. I believe the year ahead holds a lot of exciting developments for us as a church. I really believe and sense the Lord’s presence is with us and that we have a divine momentum generated by the Holy Spirit!


I discern my primary ministry gifts are in the areas of the preached Word, teaching, wisdom, leadership, and a passion for small group discipleship and evangelism. My style of leadership is collaborative and relational. I value people’s gifts, experiences, and perspectives. I build strong teams and seek to inspire the best in others. As an adaptive leader who envisions and enables, I executes strategies and decisions with integrity and excellence. My belief is that effective leadership is secured by open-communication and transparency, while providing and welcoming constructive feedback. Energy, joy, enthusiasm, and passion for serving God and humanity are the hallmarks of my leadership. “Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart. Do it for the Lord and not for humanity.” Colossians 3:23 I continually pray and strive for the wisdom, clarity, and patience to be a Christ-like servant leader.


What will this new thrilling season bring to the front door of your heart? What joys and challenges await you? Will this be a pivotal season with exciting landscapes to explore? Or will this be just another annual conference year of sameness and obscurity? Will you meet a new lifelong friend or lose one? Will investments succeed beyond your wildest dreams or will meager fortune be ravished by hard economic times? Will you discover a hidden strength that propels you into a new direction or will you experience lessons of failure that will temper your heart? The answers to these and many more stirring questions remain a mystery still to be unraveled in the scroll of God’s plan for your life and our lives as Disciples of Christ. Yet, Jesus provides some great advice for us:


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?


The worry-free life Jesus spoke of does not remove our responsibility to work hard, volunteer, serve, share our abundance, or value ingenuity. What Jesus tells us is that we are “more important” and “more valuable” to God than any thing that could possibly worry us.


Don’t let the silent thief of worry claim this season of newness – a new Pastor, Christian Education, Sunday School, Music Ministries, Bible Study, book readings, faith gathering opportunities, and a variety of ecumenical partnership opportunities. WOW! As I look forward to this awesome season – I smile, place my faith and hope in God who considers each of us more valuable and more important than anything we could ever imagine or worry about.


Let us be forward thinkers who are filled with hope because we know the secret of Romans 8:28: We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.


Let’s pray and be expecting of a glorious harvest season! Martin and I thank you for your kindness, hospitality, support, prayers, and the awesome newness to serve as your Pastor and 1st Mate of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church. May God’s richest blessing be bestowed unto all of you as we go forward to serve the Beloved Community.



“It takes more than a busy church, a friendly church, or even an evangelical church to impact a community for Christ. It must be a church ablaze, led by leaders who are ablaze for God.” Wesley L. Duewel

Handbell Choir

handbellOur church is blessed with five octaves of handbells and four octaves of choir chimes.  The Handbell Choir plays one Sunday a month September through May.  Practice is from 6:00-7:00 PM on Wednesdays during the school year. The only requirement is that you can read music. New members are welcome to join the group.

Contact the church office and they will contact the director (church@faumc.org 262.334.2059)



Church Picnic and Outdoor Service

Picnic Regner Park (sunday 2016-07-31) 96dpi

Please join us Sunday July 31 in Regner Park. Service starts at 10am with the picnic to follow.

Contact the church office for questions (church@faumc.org 262.334.2059)

We look forward to seeing you there!



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