First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, January 18, 2021
Live and Share God's Love


When God Mixes

A while back I read a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men’s breakfast in the middle of a rural area of the country.

The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.

“Lord, I hate buttermilk”, the farmer began.

The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going.

The farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”

Now the pastor was growing concerned.

Without missing a beat, the farmer continues, “And Lord, you know I don’t much care for raw white flour.”

The pastor once again opened an eye to glanced around the room and saw that he wasn’t  the only one beginning to feel uncomfortable.

Then the farmer added, “But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we don’t understand what you’re saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits. AMEN.”

Aging & Disability Resource Center

Call or share with someone you know! The ARDC of Central Wisconsin is hosting another Powerful Tools for Caregivers class virtually in January. This is a six-week class to help family caregivers take care of themselves. In this weekly interactive class, caregivers will learn to reduce stress, improve confidence, improve communication, and locate resources. Individual technology is required as this is a virtual offering. The cost is free, though donations donations for the “Caregiver Helpbook” are welcome. Call Scott Seeger for more info: 715-261-6066.

Random Thoughts

by Mike Zahn
January 2020    

North Central District Lay Leader

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but they that keepeth the law, happy are they.” Proverbs 28:19

The Wisconsin UMC is divided into five districts, and I have been asked by our District Superintendent, Rev. Tsuker Yang, to be the District Lay Leader for the UMC’s North Central District, which comprises 19 counties from La Crosse to Vilas (including Marathon County) and I have accepted the challenge.

Do you know what the North Central District’s vision for our region is? (Did you even know there is a North Central District?) It is Rev. Yang’s passion to make sure the vision becomes known, and implemented within our district. The vision is to work together on a regional basis to strengthen our churches.

Strengthen our churches to help current members grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ. Strengthen our churches to reach out to new people through our minis-tries. Strengthen the pastors of our churches to equip, train and lead the people in their congregations. Strength- en our churches by providing growth opportunities through Lay Servant Ministries Classes and other means. God is depending on us to do His work. I will be trying to do my part by participating in the work of our district, and by encouraging you to learn new ways to know God and make God truly known in our communities. May God’s spirit lead us all!

If you want to learn more about staying safe on-line here are a few links to some good information....

 A few more tips on keeping your computer safe.
Always update your operating system (Windows 10 or Apple OSX) and keep it updated by installing the Security Updates that Microsoft or Apple sends you. Both Microsoft and Apple have gotten very good at protecting your PC or Mac if you keep them updated. That means when you get a software update notifications from them you should install them, especially those that are titled Security Updates.
Consider installing some Anti-Virus software if you have not already. If you have Charter/Spectrum as your internet provider they offer  FREE Security Suite Anti-virus software to their customers. Other options are McAfee or Norton Lifelock, both involve monthly fees.
If your PC seems to be running slower than it used to you may have been infected with Malware or Adware. There's some excellent free software that can be used to scan your hard drive a find it and quarantine/remove it.
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Prayer Corner

Prayer Corner

We lift up Barb Hunger who was hospitalized, in rehab, and is in the process of moving to Primrose. God’s healing grace be with you, Barb.

We grieve this month with the loss of:

Jona Freeman, sister-in-law of Jeninifer Marzu, who died on December 10th.

Steven Kell, son of Derald and Darlene Kell, who died December 22nd.

Due to COVID-19 outbreak, we will not meet for the month of January. We will resume our fellowship as soon as the restrictions are lifted. Hope to see you soon!

Thank you , Vicki Nowaczyk

How We've Been Gathering for the Last  Months...

First Church’s Wednesday Evening Youth & Youth Leaders
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Memory Cafe... Special Delivery!

Our masked parking lot gang includes clockwise: Maggie, Nancy T (heading to the chiropractor tomorrow), Little Billy, Patti, Mary Ann & Carmen... I mean Carole :)


Celebrating Andy's 30 year work anniversary at First UMC. Congratulations!

If you would like to order SCRIP and know what you want, please contact Martie at the office,

Personal Financial Stewardship

God calls us to practice stewardship in all things. This includes how we use our time, our energy and our financial resources, not just at church but in all of our earning, spending and saving. With that in mind, we offer these suggestions for personal financial steward- ship. Here is your final installment:

Only eat out once a week. For some people, eating out once a week is a major splurge. But for others, eating out that little is a major sacrifice. No matter where you fall, try to limit your restaurant eating to once a week and see what a huge change it makes in your budget!



Please Consider Helping

Since this coronavirus emergency began, First  Church has been sending weekly connections messages via email and USPS mail to say that  “We’re here for you” and to remind us that church is we are and what we do rather than a building.

Being good stewards of our resources, we had not  budgeted postage costs for communications during  a pandemic. If you are able to contribute toward  these costs, please consider doing so.


The Sunshine Gals loved taking their warmth to the residents at The Gardens and Mount View Care Center the past years. We have spread our sunshine with music, sharing readings and our thoughts, adding laughter and smiles, conversing with memories, and showing our care through our handshakes. We have become good friends with the common cause of spreading love.

If you would like to join us and take part in this ministry of our church, we would truly welcome you!!! Please call me if you have questions at 715.359.7756.

Arlene Trull

Downtown Memory Cafe 2020 Events