First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Live and Share God's Love


Alberta Cunningham will be celebrating her 100th (!!!) birthday on Thursday, November 7th.

Wouldn’t this be a great time to send her a card?

Primrose Retirement Community
2100 Townline Rd #105
Wausau WI 54403

Human Trafficking Program

Would you recognize human trafficking? Are your family and friends at risk? Come and learn the signs of human trafficking on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 in the church parlor. Celine Goessl and Kathy Lange, retired from the Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross and are now in the full-time ministry of Anti-Human Trafficking, will present the program. Everyone in our congregation and the Greater Wausau Community is invited to this very informative program. This pro-gram is sponsored by United Methodist Women.

Barb Ritchie

The Messenger

Newsletter will continue to be available in print and in electronic forms.

We count on being able to know what is happening in the life of our church!

Mail delivery will continue to be available. What will change is that the church will ask you to cover the first-class postage. As of January 1, we are no longer eligible for bulk mail.

We ask that you contribute $6 to the church if you would like a paper newsletter mailed to your home. We will also welcome gifts to defray the cost of mailings to our homebound and shut-in friends. We don’t want them to feel forgotten!

Alternatively, you can still read The Messenger online or you can pick up a paper copy at the church.
Please indicate your preference on the form of page 9 of this newsletter and return to the office.

This change will take effect with the mailing of our February newsletter.

Our church has a social group for seniors over the age of 55 who enjoy light conversation and food. We meet on the first Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at a chosen restaurant. The restaurants rotate monthly to provide a variety of venues and foods. The group is open to singles and couples and averages around 20 each month. If you enjoy fun people, this group is for you. Please join us, we are the Savvy Seniors.
Vicki Nowaczyk     
Savvy Seniors will meet at 11:30am on Monday, November 4th at Wausau Mine Company

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of women within The United Methodist Church. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. United Methodist Women has been in mission for more than 140 years. They are…

A community of women whose purpose is …
  • to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
  • to develop a creative supportive fellowship
  • to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church
Once a month UMW members meet in small groups called "circles." Please consider joining us! There is probably a circle that meets your interests and schedule:
Circle Meetings

November 6
9:30am Sunshine Gals
November 13 9:30am Mary Faith Circle
November 14 3:00pm Love Hope Circle
November 21 6:30pm Unit Mtg (7pm program)
November 24 8:30am Chili Sunday Fundraiser (During Education Hour & Coffee Hour)

Save the Dates

December 2 7:00pm Advent Gathering
December 12 9:00am Cookie Baking Day
December 14 Cookie Walk Set-Up (morning)
December 15 Cookie Walk
December 22 6:00pm Justa Circle
Mary Faith & Love Hope Circles will NOT meet in December, due to cookie baking.

Fun Visiting
Pine Lake United Methodist Camp

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 2019 Events

January 17: “Turnin’ Wood!” Join us as we meet “woodmaster” Bob Stavran  for a wood turning demonstration!

February 21: “Antiques Roadshow!” Wondering about the value of something you own? Local expert appraiser Jim Schaefer will be here to entertain and help us figure it out!


March 21: “For Your Listening Pleasure…” Reminisce together over some Golden Age of Radio favorites like The Shadow…Roy Rogers…Tarzan and more!


April 18: “Our Story” Evoke memories at the downtown Wausau Library as we look at a history of Wausau on microfilm and in local books. Why not create a story of our own!?



May 16: “Happy 5th Birthday Downtown Memory Café!” Back by popular demand, welcome well-known ragtime piano entertainer, Jim Radloff. This promises to be a toe-tapping birthday party!


June 20 “Beauty in Sound” Local mother-daughter harpists Kirsten and Claire Hornby will melt our stress away at this Cafe!


July 18: “Picnic in the Park!” Hot dog! We will be back at River Street Park in Rothschild for a picnic under the shelter and perhaps a stroll along the river?


August 15: “Going to the Fair!” Peplin 4-H Club members will bring the fair to us with animals, vegetable judging and more!


September 19: “Little Red Schoolhouse” Anna Straub from the Marathon County Historical Society will take us on a trip back in time when we meet at Marathon Park’s one-room schoolhouse.


October 17: “Our Fine Feathered Friends” We take flight with help from The Raptor Education Group of Antigo, bringing 4 birds and what promises to be a wing-flapper of a program!


November 21: “The Apple of your Eye” Olivia Telschow from Helene’s Hilltop Orchard will provide bushels and pecks of apple fun!


December 19: “Ho Ho Ho, Who Wouldn’t Go?” Holiday-themed!


Message from Staff Parish Relations

The following words were shared in October during both worship services, but I wanted to share them with you in written form as well to reach more of our congregation and faith community. I am currently the chairperson of the Staff Parish Relations Committee for FUMC-Wausau. As the chairperson, as well as the current Lay Leader for our church, I, and other members of SPRC, have heard from many of you as you shared your concerns and thoughts about both the cur-rent and future situation for our church. Please recognize and know that what you’ve shared has been heard, and we are working very hard to improve relationships all around the church as best we can. These relationships continue to be something we all need to work on together.

As we work with Pastor Jayneann regarding her prob-able retirement in June of 2020, it is important that we continue to work in a positive way to move our church forward, demonstrating that we are a welcoming, car-ing, and empathetic congregation. The word “triangulation” has been mentioned numerous times in The Messenger, and it has been defined during church services as well. This practice is not a healthy one for us, and we all need to continue to work on curtailing its practice, as it is hurtful for everyone involved.

While the MCCI Express Day has been postponed, it has not been cancelled altogether, and many of us who have worked with this initiative for over a year now are very hopeful that it will help put our church on a forward-moving, positive path into the future. Rumors, possible gossip, and fear of expressing our thoughts to those who need to hear them are road-blocks to that positive future. I sincerely hope that when you approach a person with a concern or question, you are not shut down or left feeling frustrated by the response.

We all need to work together as a church and as God’s people to hear each other out, attend to each other’s needs, and support each other in a caring, Christian manner. I have been very humbled by those of you who have come to me with your concerns, your trust, and yes—sometimes your hurt feelings. But it is my sincere hope that through the remaining months of Pastor Jayneann’s time with us, and the future months with new pastoral leadership, that you find your voice when needed, and respectfully meet with the person you need to, in order to have your concerns and/or questions answered firsthand. And I pray that the per-son you approach will hear you respectfully and treat you respectfully.

A church’s strength comes from the people who call that church their faith home, and I strongly believe that we can all work together to ensure the strong future of FUMC-Wausau.
Bonnie Goertz, SPRC chairperson

Growing Generous Givers

The Growing Generous Givers team (GGG) has been meeting monthly to find ways to encourage generous giving to the church as part of our Christian faith. We want people to think long and hard about why they give, and how much they give. The GGG team challenges you to "wrestle with God" in deciding how much to give to First United Methodist Church. God calls us to give generously. The GGG team challenges you to give generously. Are you ready to help our church thrive through generous giving?

Betsy Duginski

Special Thanks to Lila, Ginny and Pat for their donation of paper for the Activity Bags used by children in church

Sara Roquemore

A Chance to Support Claire
thru Helping at St. Jude’s

With Claire Hornby, a member of our church family, at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital many of you have grown interested in supporting this medical facility.

Naturally, we pray for the family. Yet, we want to do more. Some of you have donated toward the costs the family has and will continue to incur. Lin Strong has supplied us with another possibility! Tri Delta Place, one of the places they stayed has a Wish List!

Household Products:
  • Individual Tissue Packets (ex; Kleenex On the Go)
  • Travel Size Disinfected Wipes
  • Travel Size Baby Cleaning Products (ex. wash, lotion, wipes)
  • Smaller Size-Fabric Softener (Sheets)
  • Smaller Size-Laundry Detergent (Powder Only)
  • Smaller Size-Dreft Detergent
Also, if you’d like to send letters or cards to Claire
while she is at St. Jude’s, you can mail them to:
Kirsten & Claire Hornby
Ronald McDonald House Charities, #10
535 Alabama Ave.
Memphis, TN 38105


Equal Exchange Fair Trade New Product!

We are adding another product to our Equal Exchange inventory. It is a single serve coffee for use in Single Serve Machines. There are 12 cups per box and it is compatible with Keurig 2.0. The cost will be $8 per box.

(Equal Exchange single serve coffee cups are a greener alternative to traditional K-Cups.* Our organic single serve coffee is sourced directly from small-scale farmers and disadvantaged producers around the world. You get the same quality, organic coffee you know and love in a convenient, environmentally friendly coffee pod. Our Fair Trade organic single serve coffee cups are made from recyclable plastic and aluminum with a compostable filter. The conversation around waste from K-Cups is an important one, and we want to do our part to reduce waste with our single serve coffee cups. If you use a Keurig, make the switch to our environmentally friendly, organic coffee cups and do your part to reduce, re-use, and recycle. Equal Exchange is not affiliated with KEURIG, Inc.)

For the more than 20 years United Methodist Women have been offering Equal Exchange Fair Trade products to our congregation. This decision was made to introduce people to a way of supporting a more equitable alternative trade system that empowers small farm- ers worldwide while also providing support to United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) and the UMW mission projects.

Equal Exchange is a co-op business structure that has over 120 worker-owners, each with an equal stake and an equal vote – in the business. Their mission statement is “We believe that we should expect no less from ourselves and each other than we demand of our farmer partners. For that reason we have organized ourselves as a democratic worker co-operative, now one of the largest in the country.” Thank you for your continuing support of this work. Mary Ann Dykes

God’s Love Breaks Through

By Joan Stroyny

Even when my faith seems faded, Lord,
the blossoms of spring return alive and new;
And when in brokenness my heart appears,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when my eyes don’t see, Lord,
the morning light is created by You;
with Christian love and care abiding,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when I can’t find hope, Lord,
your spirit soars among the skies of blue;
and when my strength can not avail,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when I don’t have peace, Lord,
your tranquility surrounds the misty dew;
and when other answers fail and fall,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when my soul is sleeping, Lord,
show me the journey I must pursue;
and if my life is broken helplessly,
it’s your love that will break through.

This is the victory of Easter,
when Christ is risen to set us free;
so the brokenness of spirit and sin
brings salvation and peace eternally.