First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Live and Share God's Love


Deaths: We grieve this month with the loss of these members of our church or of our families.
Arden W. Hoffmann, a long time member of our congregation, died on Wednesday, May 23. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time, as well as our own congregation.

Margaret Stieglitz,
a long time member of our congregation , died on Thursday, June 14. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time, as well as our own congregation.

Duaine Pieper,
a long time member of our congregation, died on Sunday, July 15. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time, as well as our own congregation.

We would like to give a “shout out” and thank you to County Market, who through Peyton’s Promise, made a generous donation to our Personal Needs Closet. Thank you from our church and from the PNC Steering Committee.

Thank You

To all of those who helped in the installation and/or reception for the incoming District Superintendent, Tsuker Yang, we would like to extend a VERY big thank you.
It was a lovely day!

United Methodist Women

Circle Meetings

Circle meetings and Sunshine Gals will begin again in

Dates to Remember:

July 23-26 Mission U in Wisconsin Rapids

July 27 Mission u Overview Day

 Sunshine Gals
The Sunshine Gals received a nice note from “All of us at the Garden Apartments” and a “Certificate of Appreciation” for volunteering from Homme Homes – as a thank you for the time and dedication given to the residents. Music, readings & sharing programs are done the first Wednesday mornings of the months of the school year at 9:30am at the Garden Apartments and at 10:45am at Mount View Care Center. If you would like to join this “fun” group, please call Arlene Trull at 715-359-7756.


Savvy Seniors will meet at 11:30am on Monday, Aug. 6. They will mee at Bunker’s Bar & Grill, 1001 Golf Club Road, Wausau.

Savvy Seniors is a social group of men and women, couples and singles, over the age of 55 who enjoy fellowship and food. We gather at various local restaurants throughout the year on the first Monday of each month at 11:30 am. There is no obligation to be present each month. Come join us for a fun gathering with good food and conversation. The location, day and time are announced each month in the Messenger.

Dear Church,

Thank you for the camp scholarship.
I will enjoy the camp.

From Pete (Johnson)


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 and ‘Like’ the Conference Facebook page!


Below are dates and Café programs for 2018. The Downtown Memory Café is an opportunity for positive social connection, lively discussions, information sharing, refreshments, camaraderie—and lots of creative fun! We can’t wait to meet you!

January 18:  “Games We Grew Up With” Join Anna from the Historical Society for some good ‘ol fun and games. Tiddlywinks, anyone? Pick-up sticks? Let’s laugh and play our way into the new year!

February 15: “Who’s Your Sweetie?” Enjoy guitar and vocal duo Denny & Kenny—and bring a favorite photo of your sweetie to share!

March 15: “Feeding our Fine Feathered Friends” A representative from Wild Birds Unlimited will share some tips. Something to tweet about

April 19: “Ragtime!” Jim Radloff, guest pianist, will have us jazzin’ and jivin’ in our seats all morning long! Do not miss this whimsical extravaganza!

May 17: “Kentucky Derby Party” Ladies wear your hats, gentlemen your ties. Sorry, no mint julips served—but we will horse around in some fashion.

June 21:  “I Scream, You Scream”  Let’s all make some ice cream and celebrate June Dairy Month together!

July 19:  “Dog Days of Summer”  Join us at Riverside Park in Rothschild for a sheltered picnic and a visit with some local therapy dogs.

August 16“Up in the Air”  A number of program ideas are still flying around for August, so for now, things are up in the air!  

Sept. 20: “Planes, Trains & Automobiles” Enjoy an aviation tour at the Downtown Wausau Airport.  A private antique car collection out in the parking lot too! Lots to reminisce about!

October 18: “Made in Wisconsin”  Join us for some down-to-earth education as we host a local farmer, possibly an apple grower.  Did you know there are over 6,000 varieties of apples?

November 15: “Blowin’ in the Winds” will present for us their all-new patriotic recorder music program. Come and help us celebrate our veterans!

December 20: “Holiday-Themed” Laugh, eat and make merry together!

The Downtown Memory Café takes place the 3rd Thursday of each month from 10:30am to 12:0 pm at First United Methodist Church, 903 3rd Street, Wausau. Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment –accompanied by their care partners, family or friends. Sing-alongs, programs, conversation, activities and refreshments are offered each month by
dementia-trained volunteers. Have some fun, socialize, be yourself. Consider escorting a
friend or loved one to a Downtown Memory Café. Free!

To sign up, or for more information, please contact First United
Methodist Church at 715-842-2201, or Charles Schoenfeld at
715-842-9809, or email:

Click here to download the 2018 Downtown Memory Café Schedule


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: 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

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.

Pie & Ice Cream Social

Sunday August 5 after 10:00 am Worship


Mark your calendar for our all-church picnic. It will be Sunday, June 10th after the second service.

Welcome & Communications will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages.

Please bring a dish to pass (please also bring a list of ingredients if possible)

Come join us for a time of fellowship and fun! Hope to see you there!

Honoring One Servant of First Church

Many of you are aware that Doris Carlson humbly served First United Methodist Church for the past year. Since Arlene retired, Doris voluntarily stepped into Arlene’s role as secretary. However, many do not realize the extent to which she gave her time for our church: for almost a year, for over thirty hours each week, Doris served FUMC (and received no compensation until now). Doris was extremely patient and continued to offer her services (knowing we were in a transition period) until we found a new administrative assistant

We will be recognizing the many hours Doris humbly served us at our annual ice cream social on August 5th, as well as give her a token of our appreciation. If you would like to make a contribution toward the gift, we would ask that you talk to s SPRC member (see below) on or before the day of the ice cream social (August 5th). Due to the special nature of the gift, cash is preferred. Even if you cannot make the ice cream social, do not forget to thank Doris for her many hours of service.


Your Staff-Parish Relations Committee:

Robyn De Vos, Bonnie Goertz, Mark Milne, Jason Fandrey, Jane Dovenbarger and Mike Zahn

Random Thoughts - On Human Pain

by Mike Zahn – July 20, 2018
Isn’t it a paradox that a world that is so beautiful is filled with so much pain? Physical, psychological, emotional, financial pain. People too often turn to manmade solutions--drugs, alcohol, suicide—sometimes all we want is for the pain to stop for a while, but sometimes our own solutions lead to even more pain. There is a God who understands pain. The God who created the Universe also cares so much about humanity and our hurt that He came down to earth in human form. As Jesus Christ, He felt the pain of abandonment, of hatred, of rejection, of betrayal. He saw people he loved die and grieve. He wept for them; He wept for us. He made the ultimate sacrifice to lay down His life for our sake.

God did not necessarily promise that all our pain and hurt would go away in this life if we follow Jesus. But He does promise to always walk beside us. He knows where we’ve been; He’s been there. At those times when we are not sure how we survived, it was God who brought us through.

If we do choose to follow the path with Jesus, God plants something in you called the Holy Spirit. That allows us to see beyond the pain that is a temporary condition of this life, and into an eternity in the presence and peace of God where there is no pain. And that is why God laid down His life for our sake.

One more thought-- Note to my younger self—God carried you through some bad times, often working through people who cared for you. Someday, you will have opportunities to pay that forward. Be the hands and feet and heart of Christ and do it.



 Can You Help?

Personal Needs Closet

We have a great ministry here at First Church called the Personal Needs Closet. It’s run by people of the church and neighborhood to help meet non -food needs in our community. 

As I said, it’s wonderful. However … in recent months, fewer workers have been showing up to help. We are in need of caring persons who can help with this ministry on either Tuesday afternoons or Saturday mornings. When we have some more names, we’ll create a rotating calendar so a few people don’t get burned out.

Thank you!

Pastor Jayneann

Display Cases

Would you like to display something in the case outside the office? We would love to see it! Artwork; Collections; Antiques; Photos; Anything you’d like to share.

Please contact the church at 715-842-2201 or Mike Zahn (715-302-5164) to make arrangements.

2018 Highway Clean Up Crew

What is the Equal Exchange Story?

Have you tried the Equal Exchange coffee, tea and chocolate that is available for sale in the parlor by the United Methodist Women? When you purchase these
products you are supporting a more equitable alternative trade system that empowers small farmers worldwide. Your decision to participate makes a difference for people around the globe.

Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because our farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices. (From Equal Exchange website)

You may have noticed the UMCOR (for United Methodist Committee on Relief) sticker on the coffee packages and wonder what that means. Started in 2002, the UMCOR Coffee Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the United Methodist Committee on Relief to involve more United Methodist communities and individuals in supporting small farmers around the world. For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods United Methodists purchase through the UMCOR Coffee Project, 15 cents per pound goes to UMCOR's Small Farmer Fund. That Fund amounted to $12,067.28 in 2016 alone. United Methodist Women also gains a small profit from these sales and the money goes toward our annual pledge to missions. That pledge supports UMW mission projects in Wisconsin, the US and around the world. These projects focus on improving the lives of women, children and youth. Thank you for helping us make a difference in many lives. If you would like to learn more go to
Mary Ann Dykes

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 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 ( 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?


Name Tags Image

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 2018 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:


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