Deaths: We grieve this month with loss of these members of our church or of our families.
John Johnson, father of Mark Johnson, died on January 29 in Eau Claire. Please pray for the Johnsons and their family as they grieve.
Delmor Hoffman, brother of arden Hoffman, died on February 19. Please pray for the Hoffman Family.
Report on Michael
Most of you have been able to keep up with Michael Del Conte’s progress as he rehabs from his spinal injury, by his Caring Bridge journal or through his family. If so, you have read that he progresses each day, is using new muscles and testing new boundaries all the time. It is still not entirely clear how much movement he will regain, but he has already far exceeded most initial projections.
You have also read about how people from the community, a great many in the church, have added ramps and rebuilt Michael’s home to accommodate him. On behalf of Chris and Sheryl, thank you for all your love and prayers and gifts.
An account has been set up in the church office for monetary donations if you would like to support the family in that way.
Savvy Seniors will meet on March 6th at 11:30am at the Great Dane on Sherman Avenue.
United Methodist Women
9:30am - Sunshine Gals
9:30am - Mary-Faith Circle
5:30pm - Love Hope Circle (Bring
6:30pm - Executive Committee
Retreat at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center.
12:00pm - Unit Lunch & Meeting
11:00am - Book Review (Spiritual Growth)
Mission Action Day - Columbus
The Ministry of Yoga
Remember that Monday nights at First Church are yoga nights. “Chair Yoga,” for those with limited mobility, begins at 4:30pm, and the class for everyone else begins at 6:00pm. There will be no classes on the New Year’s Day Holiday, January 2, however. Classes will resume January 9.
UMW Reading List
The Reading Program List is available at: umwonline.net in the Reading Program group. Click on Reading Lists in the blue box.
One of the tangible ways that we care for those who are facing the stress and distress of life changes is through our prayer shawl ministry. Each shawl is handmade and has been prayed over by our team. And each shawl is a physical, and very soft, reminder that God is with us.
Do you know someone who would appreciate a shawl? It doesn’t have to be a major crisis or illness. If so, let us know. Tell one of the Prayer Shawl team (Marion Attoe, Mary Ann Dykes, Yvonne Firary, Nancy Flath, Alice Schacht, Jessie Stange, Maggie Werhane, and Jean Zuelke) or Pastor Jerry. We will see that a shawl is provided for the person you love.
As our society, state, and community age, people are beginning to pay closer attention to issues surrounding quality of life - and dignity of death. Hospice care can be a part of this.
Interim Health Care, which has already provided flu shots for our church is beginning a new hospice program in Wausau and is looking for volunteers who might want to work in this important area of care. They have opportunities in both direct care (e.g. visits or transportation) and indirect help (e.g. office and scheduling).
If this ministry appeals to you, contact:
Human Resources Director
2402 Grand Ave.
Wausau, WI 54403
The United Methodist Women have, as a mission, provided funeral lunches. It is an honor to do this for the families. We are updating our volunteer list. We are inviting anyone to help set tables, prepare and serve lunch, and do the dishes. Any help is welcome. If you are interested, please contact Nancy Flath at 715-446-3252, Barb Ritchie at 715-843-7700, or let someone in the office know that you would like to be added to the updated list.
Why Wear Nametags?
Put yourself in the place of a first time visitor in our greeting time, with names being handed to you by everyone. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone were wearing their name tags?
County Pool Project Supported by our local Unit of United Methodist Women
Forty years ago a standard size fully handicap accessible warm water pool was built at North Central Health Care. It was built for the use of the residents/clients of NCHC with disabilities and mental health issues. As times changed, physical therapy services were added to the programming in 1998. The benefits of warm water therapy were being researched and demonstrated for multiple populations. From post-operative rehabilitation, to stroke rehab, to pain control with chronic conditions like drug addiction, arthritis or post traumatic injury, to mobility issues like Parkinson’s disease and MS, to dementia patients, the list goes on for the application of this treatment modality. There is a huge impact for the folks using the pool and for their families/caregivers in keeping them at their highest level of functioning.
The life of a pool is 30-35 years and now the pool is on borrowed time with antiquated mechanical systems, degeneration of the building housing the pool and costs of chemicals and maintenance. For the last 8 years a dedicated volunteer support group for the pool has worked on multiple issues to keep the services available. When we began, there were 50 physicians referring patients to the pool for therapy. Working with the pool staff, a marketing plan was devised to increase use of the services. Currently there are over 200 physicians referring patients. A thorough study has been completed with options identified. It is down to needing a new facility that meets current standards. We are working to continue the education of the County Board members about all of these issues and ask them to vote to build a new pool. There is no comparable therapeutic pool facility within a 150 mile radius of Wausau. The vulnerable populations are increasing and the need for these services has been established.
If you have used the pool or know someone who has, you know the benefits of warm water therapy. Please contact your County Board Supervisor and ask for their vote for a new pool. If you need help locating your supervisor or have other questions about this issue, please contact Mary Ann Dykes, 715-842-5356. This is part of UMW putting Faith, Hope and Love into Action.
On Saturday, January 18, at 1:00pm we will head out to Ringle to join others in the congregation at the Sleigh Ride. (Address: 5271 Town Hall Rd, Ringle, WI 54471)
Tax Preparation Help Available
Would you, or someone you know, like some free professional help with your taxes? The AARP Foundation is offering free consultation for those with low to medium income (especially ages 60+). Dates and locations for the help include:
“Family Forum” Dementia Training
At nearly every meeting of the Downtown Memory Café, we have guests from around Central Wisconsin, coming to see what makes us so effective. It is no exaggeration to say that our team sets the standard for this sort of ministry.
One of the reasons for this is that we maintain high standards for those working directly with our guests. While anyone is welcome to help in support roles, our table hosts are all expected to have some training in how to relate to people with dementia. For those interested in pursuing this ministry, here is an upcoming dates for an approved training, held at Mount View Care Center.
Thursday, March 23 1:00-4:00pm
Register by calling Cagney Martin at 715.848.4482 or email at email@example.com.
Remember Our 1st Sunday Birthday Table
Cookie Cookbook Report
Thank you to all who purchased cookbooks as part of our fundraiser for the parking lot. We sold nearly all the books we ordered and raised almost $1,000. Thank you especially to Nancy Runner for organizing and administering this project in September. A few cookbooks are left and can be purchased from the office.
And thank you to all of you who baked cookies for or delivered them to our local police and fire departments on 9/11 as a gesture of our gratitude to them.
Downtown Memory Cafe Programs for 2016
Our Memory Care Council has been busy, and most of our programming for this year is already planned. If you’ve been wondering about getting involved, take a look at the next few months and do so.
March 17: Feelin’ Lucky. Some Wheel of Fortune and shamrock-making. Try the luck of the Irish.
April 21: Folks and Jokes. Humor month. Folk guitarist Steve Loftus and a lot of humor.
May 19: Our Fine Feathered Friends. A visit from the Raptor Education Group.
June 16: ”I Do.” A wedding-themed program, accompanied harp and violins.
Cans for Missions
The Guatemala Mission Trip is paid for! But keep bringing your aluminum cans to the church!
All proceeds will support our church’s outreach projects.
Visitation Team Report
As most of you know, we have been working to establish some new systems to help our members to be more intentional about caring for each other. Here is what we’ve done:
It’s a start. And we are just starting. If you’re interested in joining the Visitation Team or have other ideas, let either Arlene Trull or Pastor Jerry know in the Office: (715) 842-2201.
Giving by Not Throwing Stuff Away
Sometimes giving to others requires sacrifice. There’s nothing wrong with that: giving sacrificially for others’ sake is what Jesus taught us to do, after all. But sometimes it is incredibly easy to make a difference, and the only thing keeping us from doing so is absent-mindedness. Here are some examples:
Milk Moola - Do you buy milk at Kwik Trip? If so, save the caps of the jugs. Those can be redeemed for money by the Harbor House Ministry in Superior.
Labels for Education / Box Tops for Education - These little labels, found on General Mills boxed foods and Campbell’s Soup cans, can be redeemed by Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee.
Pop Tops from Aluminum Cans - Those little tabs, when given to the Ronald McDonald House, become cash. And, so long as you’re pulling the tabs off the cans, bring the cans in, too.
Aluminum Cans - We all know that these can be redeemed for cash, but most of us don’t bother because the few cans that we have won’t be worth the gas to drive down to the redemption center. But if we all brought our cans in to the church, they would add up. This year, the proceeds of those cans will be used to fund the mission trip to Guatemala.
Bring your cans to the recycling bin in the kitchen. Receptacles for all the other items are in baskets prominently displayed in the Parlor. See? Ridiculously easy. All you need to do is remember.
A Resource for Cancer Patients:
Cleaning for a Reason
One of the stresses of cancer is the weariness that comes from the treatments. It’s just hard to keep up with everything when you’re tired.
Nationwide foundation “Cleaning for a Reason,” has a new affiliate in Wausau. This group provides up to four free house cleanings for cancer patients. If you know someone who qualifies and could use this service, contact:
Every Monday at 6:00pm
One of the best-kept secrets in our church is the yoga class that meets every Monday. Led by our own Maggie Schoenfeld, suitable for people of all ages and body types, yoga is a powerful way to nurture both body and soul. A suggested donation per session is $8, part of which supports our congregation’s Health Ministries Fund.
Senior Parking Spots
Now that the snow and cold weather have arrived (in force!), we ask you to think twice when you parking at church Sunday mornings. We have many senior members who find it difficult and even unsafe to walk very far in this weather. A few years ago, the Trustees designated the row of parking spots closest to the building as “Senior Parking”, and marked this with signs. Out of concern for those who have a more difficult time, please park as far from the church building as you can, to allow others to park closer. Remember, we can park on the street, and in the Y lots across the street