First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Live and Share God's Love



Deaths: We grieve this month with the loss of these members of our church or of our families.


Robert Stieglitz, a long time member of our congregation died October 27th.


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, December 2nd, at El Mezcal Restaurant

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
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!


At its November meeting, our Ministries Council approved our Reconciling Statement (see Page 8 or Faith Formation page). We also voted to accept new Mission, Vision and Journey Statements. These statements were refined over the last 10 months to reflect who we are as a church and who we believe God is calling us to be. Since we wanted them to be memorable we kept each one short.


Mission is “What We Do.” It’s a statement describing the reason we exist and helps guide our decisions about priorities, actions, and responsibilities. Vision is our “Desired End-State.” It describes the long-term desired change resulting from our efforts and ministry. Journey may be a new idea but we wanted to affirm the “live and share God’s love” sentiment that is already a part of our identity.


Our Mission:

Living as a community where God is forming deeply committed followers of Christ.


Our Vision:

Led by God to change lives and transform the world.


Our Journey:

To live & share God’s love in service, joy and hope.

It's the Annual FUMC

December 15th, 2019

Cookies &Treats by the pound and prepackaged.

Home and Church Kitchen baked 
Hosted by United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church - Wausau


First Church's Facebook Page

Please take a look at our church Facebook page! We currently have a meal train up for the Hornbys with opportunities to help with a meal. Some of our other activities are listed there as well.

If you have something you would like to put on the FB page, let Jen Johnson know. She will make all attempts to post it. Her number is 715-470-2527.


Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn


December 2019

I would dearly love to write something Christmassy, but this has been on my heart lately--

The Bible clearly states, “If a man lies with a man as one who lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death: their blood will be on their own heads.” (Leviticus 20:13). In response to a question from Pharisees about divorce, Jesus clearly states... “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female…’” (Matthew 19). This is often used as proof that Jesus was against homosexuality.


Reading further, Leviticus also clearly states, “If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife- with the wife of his neighbor- both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.” Jesus also clearly states in Matthew 19, “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”


Why should some scriptures be absolutely followed while some are conveniently ignored? I look at my own situation. Clearly, since I have been divorced twice, and not for marital unfaithfulness, I should be put to death. Yet I have not been put to death. In fact, two different Christian churches facilitated both of my subsequent marriages that are clearly in violation of the Old Testament and Jesus’ commands. One of those churches, the United Methodist Church, now proposes to increase the punishment of any who would marry gay people or allow them to become clergy. I believe they make a mockery of our “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” slogan. 


Paul writes, “...righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:21-24).


I would ask each of you to consider another thing Paul says, “...continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13). Our individual faith journey should be quite enough to keep us humble in light of God’s liberating grace. I believe we should allow our LGBTQ brothers and sisters the same freedom.