First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Live and Share God's Love


Annual Gathering Coming Up!

The North Central District United Women in Faith (UMW) is having their Annual Gartering at the Tomahawk United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 24th.

This event gives us the opportunity to rejoice, renew and reconnect with each other and our sisters from around the District. Registration begins at 9:00am. Join us for worship, a little business, the program "Rejoice, Renew and Reconnect" led by Margaret Getzin and a remembrance of who we are. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Carpooling available! Contact Margaret at 715.297.8531 for details.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

The Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin will be offering this 6 week educational program to help family caregivers through their caregiving journey by providing tools and strategies for increased self-care. Participants will learn to reduce stress, increase confidence, improve communication, handle difficult emotions, increase ability to make tough decisions, and find helpful resources.

Where: Lincoln County Service Center, Merrill

When: Thursdays, September 8th-October 13th, 1:00pm-2:45pm

Another option this fall is a VIRTUAL class via home laptop, tablet, or phone with internet access.

When: Thursdays, September 8th-October 13th, 1:00pm-2:45pm

Registration is required. Please call 888-486-9545 to register at ADRC-CW

The Hagar House is HIRING!

They are looking to fill full and part-time staff position, over-night, weekdays or weekends, in hopes of opening by September 1st. The Hagar House (TTH) is a Christ-centered home for mothers and their children located in downtown Wausau. It is a grace-centered community of support, offering rest and resources to equip and empower single mothers and their children. Thank you for considering one of these positions.
Attention RUNNERS & WALKERS: The Hagar House is also sponsoring a Color Fun Run/Walk on September 17th at Doepke Park. More information and registration details are on their
website, Get a team together and register to attend this fun event while helping to support The Hagar House! 

First UMC of Wausau also offers Online Worship!

Did you know that most new church visitors have first visited us online? Offering online worship is the new "front door" to reach out to and welcome new guests and members. It also offers existing members the benefits of staying connected even if you're out of town or under the weather.

Our Sunday service is live-streamed at 10 am on our YouTube channel at this link:

By mid-afternoon on Sundays, the video is fully uploaded to watch anytime. Please be sure to click the red "Subscribe" button. It also helps us share God's grace and truth with more people when you click the "Like" button and write a comment every time you watch a worship video. Unfortunately, we don't know who is joining us online unless you comment on YouTube or keep us updated via phone or email. Please let us know how when you're virtually present. Thank you for we can spiritually support you even only able to be connecting and supporting Christ's mission together!

Cultural Orientation and English Language Learning for Refugees

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays several rooms upstairs are being used to welcome dozens of new Afghan refugees. Classes are from 10-11:30 and 12:30-2 for adults, and their pre-school children enjoy playing nearby. New Beginnings for Refugees is overseeing these educational programs, with Mary Testin as the Coordinator. There are over 40 fully-vetted and trained volunteer teachers for English Language Learners (ELL). They also could use some volunteers (with back ground checks) to help with caring for and inspiring the preschoolers. Please contact Mary at 715-581-8111 if you're interested in helping.

NEW PRODUCTS-- Mission-Driven—in the UMW cabinet!

Coffees--Just in for Spring!

Organic LoveBuzz, med-dark roast whole bean ($8.00/12 oz) New!
Organic Mama Tierra light roast ground coffee from Oaxaca, Mexico ($10.00/16 oz bag) New!

We still offer 12 oz bags of ground decaf—$9.00 and regular Cafe Salvador—$8.00

Prefer Tea?

All varieties of our organic teas are $4.00/box. Try the English Breakfast for a little boost or Jasmine Green (New!). If you want a relaxing herbal cup, try Rooibos, Ginger or Peppermint (New!).

Chocolate treats for your Easter basket!

Pick your favorite organic, Fair Trade chocolate bars for $3.00 ea. in these flavors:
Dark Chocolate Lemon Ginger
Dark Chocolate Orange
Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch (New!)
Panama Extra Dark
Dark Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt (New!)
Milk Chocolate
Chocolate with Coconut Milk (vegan, soy and gluten-free) (New!)
Your purchase helps our UMW mission projects, UMCOR, and supports farmer-owned coffee cooperatives in Central America and Mexico, as well as small tea farms in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Thank you for shopping BY CAUSE!

Prayer Corner

We grieve this month at the loss of Jean Langbehn, wife of Dale Langbehn, a long time member of our church family, who died August 10th.
Dear Church Family,

I thank you for the many prayers, cards and best wishes you sent following my knee replacement surgery. I am doing well in my recovery and know that God's blessings and your support has made that possible. Will see you soon.

Sharon Rayborn

Sunday School

Sunday School begins September 11th at 9:00 am for all ages. Adults will be studying God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines and will be led by Margaret Getzin and Jennifer Johnson. They will meet in the BK Smith room. Children and Youth will meet upstairs and their lessons will follow our sermon series, "Having Words with Jesus." The children's leaders are Carrie Hockerman and Diane Zahn. Betsy Duginski will be leading our youth. We hope to see you here on the 11th.

Chancel Choir

Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, September 7th, If you have ever sung in a choir or thought you might like to sing in a choir, then now is the time to join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 in the Sanctuary. Please contact Martie if you are interested. Come Sing with us!

Jubilate Bells

Bells will also begin rehearsals on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:45 pm in the Bell Room. Please see Martie if you are interested in joining.

Since Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September, Savvy Seniors will be Tuesday, Sept 6, at Shanghai Grill in Weston, 11:30am. As always, if there are any questions you can call Vicki Nowaczyk at 715-571-3009 or e-mail

Random Thoughts: E Pluribus Unum

by Mike Zahn

0 "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one- 23I in them and you in me so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved: John 17:20-23

My great uncle- Uncle Rusty- was a magician, among many other things. I remember family gatherings where he would make quarters disappear and then reappear again in the ears of one of my cousins, with the magic words-- E Pluribus Unum.

E Pluribus Unum is Latin for "Out of Many, One.' Every coin in the United States contains this motto. I think every church should live by this principle also. Every individual Christian is different, every congregation, every denomination. What unites us is one thing- Jesus Christ. Without unity in him, we are divided, just like the rest of the world. Why then is it so easy to focus on our differences and so hard to sec our similarities? believe we each need to have more respect for others and more humility toward ourselves. The more we move our own individual darkness aside, the more the light of Christ can shine all of us. May we embrace the idea of E Pluribus Unum!

Display Cases

Would you like to show us your treasures in the church display case outside the office? We would love to see it!

Artwork; Collections; Antiques; Photos; anything you would like to share.

Check out the beautiful bunny collection by Andrea Anderson currently in the display cases.

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