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



Births: We rejoice this month in the birth of Charlotte May Jauch, daughter of Paul and Emily Jauch, born on December 30.
In addition, we rejoice in the birth of Emmylou Star Kessler Attoe, on December 31, to Dan and Annice Attoe. Congratulations to grand-parents Ken and Marion Attoe of our congregation.
Deaths: We grieve this month with John and Beth Burke, as they mourn the death of John’s brother, Jimmy Burke, in Marshfield on  January 3.

Our Family Caring for One of Our Families

We were all stunned on January 10 when one of our youth, Michael Del Conte, had an accident and damaged three of his vertebrae, leaving him partly paralyzed. Church members rallied around the Del Conte family, providing meals, visits, check-ins, a hospital-call haircut, ice chipping from the Del Conte driveway, and untold hours of prayer. Thank you, on behalf of the family for the love that you have shown.

Michael is now at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for long weeks of rehab, but even before he left, he had begun to regain some of the motion he had lost. He has a long journey ahead of him, and where it will lead remains unsure, so we keep him in our prayers. To keep up with his progress, go to the web address below:

UMW “Souper” Bowl Soup Sale

Pick up a light meal in advance of all those Super Bowl munchies (or buy yourself some homemade comfort food if YOUR team is not playing). 

On February 5th, Super Bowl Sunday, UMW will be selling quarts of home-made soup. The “Souper” Sale will be in the Parlor after each service (while supplies last). Our proceeds go toward supporting UMW projects and missions.


Helen and Leonard Pivet Scholarship

Are yoy planing to attend college, technical school, or graduate school this fall?  Our church offers a scholarship - $2000 a year renewable for up to four years - for members who could use that boost. The application is due March 1 and is available in the Church Office or can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

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.

Winter Family Camp, February 17-19

We’ve had a Family Camp for our church family at Pine Lake Conference Center for the past 8 or 9 summers. But this year we tried something new: a Winter Camp as well.

It was at Pine Lake again in one of their lodges, and for a pilot program, it went very well.

Well enough to begin planning another one for next year, at least. We are currently looking at the weekend of February 17-19 (two nights). Details are still being worked out, but one thing that will help is if we know about how many to expect.

Are you interested in a weekend of communal living and winter sports with your church family? Contact Martie, Dan or Jen Marzu, or just call the office to let us know.


Savvy Seniors will meet at 11:30am on Monday, February 6, at the Hiawatha, on Grant Street.

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 United Methodist Women

Upcoming Events

February 1
 9:30am - Sunshine Gals
February 2
 6:30pm -  Executive Committee
February 5
 8:30am - “Souper Bowl” Sunday  
February 8
 9:30am - Mary-Faith Circle
February 9
  5:30pm - Love Hope Circle (Bring finger food)
March 17-18
 Retreat at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center.
March 24
2:00pm - Unit Lunch & Meeting
March 28
1:00am - Book Review (Spiritual Growth)
April 1
Mission Action Day - Columbus

UMW Reading List

The Reading Program List is available at: in the Reading Program group.  Click on Reading Lists in the blue box.

Prayer Shawls

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. 

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

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.

Winter Family Camp, February 17-19

We continue to seek new ways to have special family events that will actually be affordable for families. This year, for our Winter Family Camp, we will be gathering at the church - sort of a “lock-in for all ages.” Sign up in the Parlor and leave an email address. We will communicate further plans and items to bring by that method.

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)

Family Sleigh Ride, February 18

Meet at 1:00pm, at the Starwood Rides in Ringle.
Bonfire, hot chocolate, hot dogs
Cost:  $7.00 / person, $20 family maximum


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:
UW Extension
212 River Drive
Tues-Wed mornings
Jan. 31 - April 12
7:45am - 12:15pm
Kannenburg Plaza
1240 Merrill Ave.
Thurs., Feb. 16 8:00am - Noon
Riverview Towers
500 Grand Ave
Thurs.     Mar. 2 1:00-4:00pm

“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
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.

Home Visit...


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.

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:
  • 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:


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