First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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Map to FUMC Wausau

 

2022 Breakthrough Prayer

Thank you, God, or your grace and guidance.
Prepare us to respond to your Holy Spirit.
Let your Word kindle our hearts and hands.
Inspire us to dream forward and fulfill your vision.
In Jesus' name, Amen.


 


UPDATED MASK POLICY

The Ministry Council has decided that when Marathon County is in the "high/red" risk level for Covid, we will require masks to be worn while inside the church. When our County Health Department statistics show that we are in the "medium/yellow" or "low/green" risk levels, masks will be optional during worship. We do this out of care and concern for the health and well-being of our church family and the guests who enter our facility. Thank you for your understanding and compliance.

 
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Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel and 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Sermon Series

Having Words with Jesus

 
It can be hard to understand Jesus. Often it is a teaching we have a hard time swallowing, and sometimes it is a story that reveals our hidden sins, prejudice, or blindness. Having Words
with Jesus is our September worship series that reflects a variety of moods and meanings. We may feel like arguing, turning away, or giving up.

But what if we listen again and explore the more difficult passages that we're used to skipping over? What may have turned us off from God has the potential to be seen in new ways that light up our faith. Join us as we have words with Jesus in worship!

Sunday, September 4

Finding the Lost
Psalm 51:10-17, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10

Sunday, September 11

Counting the Cost
Psalm 1, Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Luke 14:25-33

Sunday, September 18

Debts are Tossed
Psalm 113, Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13

Sunday, September 25

Gulf is Crossed
Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31

More window art facing parking lot on Fulton Street.
 

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
 



First UMC of Wausau also offers Online Worship!

Did you know that most new church visitors have first visited us online? Offering online worship is the new "front door" to reach out to and welcome new guests and members. It also offers existing members the benefits of staying connected even if you're out of town or under the weather.

Our Sunday service is live-streamed at 10 am on our YouTube channel at this link: https://www.youtube.com/c/FirstUMCofWausau.

By mid-afternoon on Sundays, the video is fully uploaded to watch anytime. Please be sure to click the red "Subscribe" button. It also helps us share God's grace and truth with more people when you click the "Like" button and write a comment every time you watch a worship video. Unfortunately, we don't know who is joining us online unless you comment on YouTube or keep us updated via phone or email. Please let us know how when you're virtually present. Thank you for we can spiritually support you even only able to be connecting and supporting Christ's mission together!


 

Communion Stewards: Paula Hauber, LaRae Horton and Dottie Nietert

Ushers and Greeters Needed


Now that we are back to in-person worship (thank God!), we are looking for a few people to fill out our Usher and Greeter monthly rotation. This would be an ideal opportunity for mentors and confirmands, or any- one who would like to have a more active role in wor- ship. Please contact the church office or let Mike Zahn, Dan or Jen Marzu, or Pastor Rebecca know that you are interested.

 

Your Offering...

 

You can give by going to wisconsinumc.org.

Click “Donate to Your Local Church” then scroll to the bottom to find “Wausau: First UMC.” It’ll take 2 minutes to create a profile, then you’re set to give.



Follow FUMC Wausau on YouTube

 
 
 
Please click on the "SUBSCRIBE" button in the upper right corner you will be notified when new videos are posted. When we attain 100+ subscribers we will be allowed to broadcast live worship services on YouTube.
 

 


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.)