First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Live and Share God's Love

Care

 

Milestones

 
 
Deaths: We grieve this month with the loss of these members of our church or of our families.
 
Rev. Marvin A. Schilling, died peacefully on September 22, in Madison at the age of 106. Rev Schilling was the pastor of First Church from 1951-1957. We extend our prayers and condolences to his family and to his church family.
 

 

Savvy Seniors will meet Monday, October 2nd at 11:30am at the 2510Restaurant.

 

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 United Methodist Women

Circle Meetings


October 4
Sunshine Gals at 9:30 am

October 5
Executive Meeting at 6:30 pm for Budget Planning

October 11
Mary/Faith UMW Circle at 9:30 am

October 12
Love/Hope UMW Circle at 5:30 pm

October 17
Book Review at 6:30 pm, Leadership

October 20-21
Conference Annual Gathering in Waukesha
 

Dates to Keep in Mind

October Annual Gathering in Waukesha
  
The Sunshine Gals will be taking sunshine again to two nursing facilities on the first Wednesdays of the month. If you'd like to join us with singing and sharing, please call Arlene Trull at 715.359.7756. She will give you more information. They will be starting again on September 6th, and having breakfast together.
 
 

Join the Conference on Facebook

Are you connected with the Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Church on Facebook? ‘Like’ the Conference page to keep up with UMC news during the week, get updates, and be the first to know about new resources available for you and your church. Go to facebook.com/wisconsinumc and ‘Like’ the Conference Facebook page!


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.
 

Prayer Shawls

Our Prayer Shawl group meets monthly to work and pray together while preparing shawls for people in various life situations. Shawls will be available in the Narthex for anyone to take for yourself or another. Perhaps it is a new baby, a wedding, an illness or loss. Whatever the situation, please accept a shawl representing the prayers of your church.
 

Hospice Volunteer

 
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:
 
Jennifer Juntunen
Human Resources Director
Interim HealthCare
2402 Grand Ave.
Wausau, WI 54403
715-842-7707
 


Assist with Funeral Meals

 
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.
 


Memorial Sunday
November 5

 

Next month, as we do each year, we will be remembering on All Saints Sunday our own loved ones who have died in the past year. On that day, we will read the names and light candles in memory of members and immediate family of members who have died, and then we will leave time for anyone who chooses to remember others as well - distant family, friends, or anyone else who has meant much to you and whose loss you mourn.
We make an effort to keep track of all our family’s losses through the year, but we could easily have missed some too. If you have lost a family member this year and would like to remember them, please call us at the office and let us know.


RANDOM THOUGHTS

by Mike Zahn

Mission: Sundays. . . and beyond. . .

I had the opportunity to participate in the Downtown Memory Café held in Fellowship Hall in August, something I don’t do very often. The theme was “Let’s Go to the Fair,” and the fair consisted of farm animals that Diane’s daughter and our son-in-law, along with five of our grandchildren, brought from their farm.

As my grandkids were answering questions about the animals and parading a cow and two goats among the people so they could pet them (and asking for clean up tools for goat droppings!), I did some observing. To the volunteers of Memory Café who do such a wonderful job of engaging the participants and their caregivers, you also did a wonderful job of connect-ing with my family. For folks who are a little skeptical about organized religion, it was good to see their positive interaction with Christians.

We have a mission to do in our ordinary lives. We are all called to be the voice of Jesus, the hands and feet of Christ. He calls us to meet people where they are at with a spirit of love. It doesn’t need to lead to inviting someone to church: Say hello to someone you don’t know. Start a conversation. Open a door. Be kind. Spread the Good News with your smile. Do good because it’s the right way to treat one another. Not just Sundays, but every day.

“Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2.



NAOMI Love Thy Neighbor Breakfast

Thursday, October 19 at 7:15 – 8:15 a.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 930 Edgewood Rd

Help support the justice work of NAOMI as we build our sustaining membership at our annual support breakfast. Featured speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Niveen Sarras, pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Reflect as she shares stories of growing up in Bethlehem, Palestine. Breakfast is free. Donations are appreciated. RSVP by Oct 16 to naomi4jus-tice@yahoo.co



College & Military Addresses

It is that time of year again. If you have a college student back in school or if you know of someone in our congregation that is serving in the Military could you share those address with the Church Office so we can stay in touch. Call 715-842-2201, e-mail do-ris@fumcwausau.org or stop in and see us

Welcome & Communications

This ministry team is all about attitudes...

The attitudes of visitors to our church.

The attitude of our people toward visitors.

The visible tasks of our committee are the Web Site and the Coffee Hour.

Everything else is a matter of good ideas.

Invite someone. Help with Coffee Hour.

 


I would like to invite you to read the blog that I’ve been writing and posting online for the past few years. “Fierce Joy & Hope” is mostly about everyday happenings that I try to look at from a faith perspective. I put a link on the church’s Facebook page (facebook.com/ WausauFUMC) when I post a new entry. Or you can go directly to the blog by typing
 
 
into your browser address line. Hit Enter and it’ll take you there.
 

Besides coming to church to worship, in what ways do you serve God with other people?

 
 

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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? 

Now imagine you’re a new pastor to this church next July ...


 
Click here to download the 2017 Downtown Memory Café Schedule
 

Remember Our 1st Sunday Birthday Table

1st Sunday Birthdays

On the first Sunday of every month, we set up in the Parlor a small table with a copy of the newsletter birthday list, and some birthday cards and envelopes.

Take a moment during Coffee Hour to write a greeting. Those who are homebound are indicated (as in the newsletter) with an asterisk, which indicates someone who might especially appreciate being remembered by her or his church family.

 

 
Fair Trade Coffee. Our United Methodist Women maintain a cabinet of Fair Trade Coffee for sale. This is coffee that is grown by small farmers using sustainable methods. Will buying this coffee save the world? No. Can it make a difference? Yes. Look for the UMCOR sticker on your purchase. This sticker indicates that a percentage of this sale will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, so each purchase comes with a giving bonus.
 
Aluminum Cans. One of the more obvious ways that we can show stewardship of creation is simply not to throw as much into landfills. Where something can be recycled and reused in a different form, it should be. We should all be doing this at home and work, but recycling aluminum cans through the church is especially useful. Our Missions Team has taken on the task of redeeming those cans, and all the cash raised in this way is dedicated to mission projects.
 
 

 

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:
  • Established the core of a Visitation Team, people who have taken on this role as a regular commitment.
     
  • Established an updated Visitation List, with a weekly record of who has been visited most recently, which is available to any member who wishes to make a visit. Both lists are in a marked mail box by the office door.
     
  • Begun a monthly birthday table, available the first Sunday of every month in the Parlor, with a list of members and friends who have birthdays that month. All members are encouraged to stop at the table and send a card - especially to those who may not be able to make it to church regularly themselves.
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:
 
mariearnold@execcleaning.com
715-506-0970
 

Yoga

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