First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Saturday, August 24, 2019
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You can listen to and/or download a podcast of recent sermons posted on the new Sermon Links page.


Pie & Ice Cream Social
August 4th


Please join us for a Pie & Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 4 following the 10:00 service.

The Welcome & Communications Ministry Team will provide the ice cream and toppings.

Please bring your favorite pie to share and enjoy a time of fun and fellowship.

UM's and Holy Communion

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments, baptism and communion. These two acts have a special place in the church because Jesus commanded them and participated in them. Through the years, Christians have used other sacramental acts to draw closer to God. While we do not recognize these others as sacraments, we participate in many of them.

The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, and the Eucharist are all names for this sacrament celebrated by United Methodists. Each of these names highlights an aspect of this act of worship.

According to This Holy Mystery, The United Methodist Church’s official document on communion, “The Lord’s Supper reminds us that Jesus Christ is the host and that we participate at Christ’s invitation.… The term Holy Communion invites us to focus on the selfgiving of the Holy God which makes the sacrament an occasion of grace, and on the holiness of our communion with God and one another.… Eucharist, from the  Greek word for thanksgiving, reminds us that the sacrament is thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and salvation.”

Who can assist the pastor in communion?

Communion is one of the responsibilities and duties of a pastor. The pastor may "train deacons and lay members to serve the consecrated communion elements.” During worship "lay persons as well as other clergy may assist the pastor in giving the bread and cup.”

This Holy Mystery explains, "The Communion elements are consecrated and consumed in the context of the gathered congregation. The Table may be extended, in a timely manner, to include those unable to attend because of age, illness, or similar conditions. Laypeople may distribute the consecrated elements in the congregation and extend them to members who are unavoidably absent…."

Do United Methodists believe the communion elements actually become the body and blood of Christ?

This Holy Mystery says, “The Christian church has struggled through the centuries to understand just how Christ is present in the Eucharist. Arguments and divisions have occurred over the matter. The Wesleyan tradition affirms the reality of Christ's presence, although it does not claim to be able to explain it fully.… Our tradition asserts the real, personal, living presence of Jesus Christ. For United Methodists, the Lord's Supper is anchored in the life of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, but is not primarily a remembrance or memorial. We do not embrace the medieval doctrine of transubstantiation, though we do believe that the elements are essential tangible means through which God works. We understand the divine presence in temporal and relational terms.”

Why do we serve grape juice instead of wine for Holy Communion?

In the history of the church, wine has been the normal drink. In the 19th century, Methodists and other denominations were persuaded that unfermented juice was an important witness to the grace of God and of the churches’ resistance to the abuses of alcohol. The United Methodist Book of Worship explains, "Although the historic and ecumenical Christian practice has been to use wine, the use of unfermented grape juice by The United Methodist Church and its predecessors since the late nineteenth century expresses pastoral concern for recovering alcoholics, enables the participation of children and youth, and supports the church's witness of abstinence.

Can children take communion?

In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to receive communion. Our Book of Worship explains, "All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup.”

May a person who has not been baptized participate in Holy Communion?

Yes, our church does not seek to close God's Table, although the historic and normal order of the sacraments is baptism first – as birth into the family – and communion following, as continuing nurture at the family table.


Why Bother with Choirs?

Singing in Choir...

Provides a healthy creative and artistic balance to heavily data-based education.

Is therapeutic, giving singers the chance to momentarily put aside their other pressures and concerns.
Is an effective vehicle for developing faith using music and church history.
Develops poise under pressure.

Teaches the value of teamwork.

Develops young people’s sense of culture and sophistication by adding beauty and aesthetic depth to worship.

Teaches the value of careful preparation in reaching goals.

Teaches a sense of responsibility and setting priorities.

Provides the foundation for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Gives members a sense of pride and self-worth by showing singers that their individual leadership, demeanor and discipline make a significant to the success of the group

Sunday Worship Times

8:00 a.m Morning Chapel
10:00 a.m Worship in the Sanctuary

With Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of the month. As United Methodists, we practice Open Communion. All who are seeking God are welcome at Christ’s table.

Sermon Series: The Gospel according to Dr. Seuss

Sunday, July 21

6th Sunday after the Pentecost
Theme: The Zax
Texts: Luke 15:13-19

Sunday, July 28

7th Sunday after the Pentecost
Theme: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Text: Luke 19:1-6

Sunday, August 4

8th Sunday after the Pentecost
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
Texts: Matthew 23:1-12; 6:14-15

Sunday, August 11

9th Sunday after the Pentecost
Theme: The Butter Battle Book
Texts: Matthew 5:38-39; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Sunday, August 18

10th Sunday after the Pentecost
The Lorax
Texts: 1 Chronicles 29:10-13; Luke 17:20-21

Sunday, August 25

11th Sunday after the Pentecost
Theme: On Beyond Zebra
Texts: Genesis 22:1-8, 15-18

Summer is Time to Hear God’s Word in a New Way

We’ll be continuing our Summer Sunday School and Sermon series through August. So far, with the help of Chris Del Conte and Mike Zahn, Pastor Jayneann has looked at Horton Hears a Who, What Was I Scared Of?, Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches, and on the 14th, The Cat in the Hat. (If you’ve missed any of these you can find them on our church webpage.) Upcoming themes are on the following page.

In recent newsletters, I’ve written about a special upcoming event that comes through our MCCI resourcing. This is the month!

On July 26th, we’ll be hosting “Christmas in July” in the Parlor. We’ll be inviting friends and neighbors to come sings Christmas songs & carols, frost Christmas cookies, and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 original version, the newer one’s scary!). We may even have a visit from a jolly friend…

This is our first of a series of events planned to draw people into noticing us here at the corner of McIndoe and 3rd. And to making personal connections with one or more of us. That’s the key piece – developing relationships.

Some of you have told me that you’re not sure we should even be trying to bring more people into our church until The United Methodist Church figures out who it is. I say that as long as there’s one person in our communities who doesn’t have a relationship with Christ (and might want one) we need to be about God’s work for us.

So starting this month, we unroll our Triads. They’re not even sets of 3 which puzzles me . But they are events and opportunities – some familiar like our Pie & Ice Cream Social, some are new like this one on July 26th. But the triad is always about making connections – not about telling them about our church but – about them feeling like we know them and care about them personally, who they are, where they live, where their kids go to school, their hopes and dreams…

Someone may be asking you to help. I hope you’ll say yes. If you’d like to be part of this and haven’t been asked, please contact Joan in the office. Her contact information is in the box to the right.

Growing Generous Givers. It’s another part of the MCCI resourcing initiative. What we do is look at First Church’s ways and talk about how we do things that encourage (or discourage) people from being active and involved in church, and about ways we can teach people to practice the kind of generosity that we are called to model in our lives as Christ-followers.)


Beginning this year, we are holding “Family Worship” times during the 10 a.m. worship service on 5th Sundays (which generally happen quarterly).

Wait, you say, we already have family worship! What makes this different? Yes, we have families - oldsters, youngsters and in-betweeners in worship.

On 5th Sundays, we will have some of each of these participate in the service leadership (and not only in ushering and greeting). We will have more family friendly songs, scriptures and sermon (shorter, too). And we will encourage families to worship with their youngsters who usually play in the nursery. Afterward everyone’s invited to gather for juice (okay, coffee, too), snacks and conversation in the Parlor, as usual.