First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, August 10, 2020
Live and Share God's Love


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

Philip T. Jones
, father of Bonnie Goertz, died June 12th.

Virginia Day
, a long time member of our congregation, died June 22nd.

How We've Been Gathering for the Last  Months...

First Church’s Wednesday Evening Youth & Youth Leaders
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Memory Café... Special Delivery!

Our masked parking lot gang includes clockwise: Maggie, Nancy T (heading to the chiropractor tomorrow), Little Billy, Patti, Mary Ann & Carmen... I mean Carole :)




New Committee on handing COVID-19 Plans Created

A new committee was formed in June to help lead the church through the COVID Pandemic until the health crisis comes to a close. The committee is composed of members from several of our main committees in the church including Ministries Council, SPRC, Worship Design, Trustees, Aesthetics, the Pastor, and re- tired Medical Professionals. The committee was created on the advice from the Wisconsin Church Conference and Pastor Rebecca. This team will meet virtually to help devise a plan to lead the church through these unprecedented times when it is not safe for us to worship in person as a church family. We will be thinking outside of the box on how we can ensure our faith community is receiving the spiritual nourishment it needs. Please feel free to reach out to any of our committee members with ideas, questions, and concerns as they come up in the coming weeks and months. We would also like to give a huge thank you to our SPRC team for their amazing leadership in the early months of the Pandemic.

COVID Committee members: Jen Marzu (Chair)

Pastor Rebecca Voss
Martie Pahris
Tim Harvey

Gwen Carey

Mike Zahn

Bonnie Goertz
Margaret Getzin
Karen Petersen
Bruce Brandenburg
MaryAnn Dykes
Stan Schacht
Dick Rayburn

Early in June I told the counselor that my garden was more of a vision than an actual garden. But the moment I sat down on the bench you gave me, it became a garden. Adding the bells, the gazing ball and the trellis was like icing on the cake! Thank you, thank you, thank you. I wouldn't have gotten any of these things for myself but now that I have them, my yard – while is still a work in progress – is a place of peace.

Window art work created by Joan in room 101 facing Third Street.


Due to the restrictions set forth by the CDC regarding the COVID-19 virus, I have made the decision to cancel our Savvy Seniors group for now. I hope that you all remain healthy during this trying time and will join us when we are able to regroup.

Thank you , Vicki Nowaczyk

If you would like to order SCRIP and know what you want, please contact Martie at the office,

Personal Financial Stewardship

God calls us to practice stewardship in all things. This includes how we use our time, our energy and our financial resources, not just at church but in all of our earning, spending and saving. With that in mind, we offer these suggestions for personal financial steward- ship. Here is your final installment:

Only eat out once a week. For some people, eating out once a week is a major splurge. But for others, eating out that little is a major sacrifice. No matter where you fall, try to limit your restaurant eating to once a week and see what a huge change it makes in your budget!



Please Consider Helping

Since this coronavirus emergency began, First  Church has been sending weekly connections messages via email and USPS mail to say that  “We’re here for you” and to remind us that church is we are and what we do rather than a building.

Being good stewards of our resources, we had not  budgeted postage costs for communications during  a pandemic. If you are able to contribute toward  these costs, please consider doing so.


How can you “Live & Share God’s Love ... with peace, joy & hope” today, in your workplace (if you’re still able to work) and at home? This is God’s call for us not just in the easy times but in the “interesting” ones as well.

On many communion Sundays, you receive an insert that says, “This month I commit to:” I call on you and all the faithful people of First Church this month to commit to calling/texting/emailing family and friends. And, I call on you to open your church directory and call people—the ones you know and the ones you don’t.

Pastor Jayneann

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 2020 Events

January 16:  “Penny for your Thoughts” Join us as we kick off 2020 with a fun Penny Ante Game—a great way to get to know one another!

February 20:  “Beautiful Wisconsin” TV 9 Meteorologist, Justin Lowe, joins us to share pictures of our beautiful state—and answer all of our burning weather-related questions! 

March 19: “Cutie Pie” Spring on in with your baby picture or picture of your “spring chicken” selves. We will guess who each other is! And, of course, eat pie!  

April 16: “Wisconsin Supper Clubs” Enjoy piano, string bass and percussion by local music artist Ray Kraemer, mocktails, relish trays. We will host a surprise local supper club owner!

May 21: “Downtown Memory Café turns 6!” A Café of music and activities for our local police crew for National Police Week. And cake!

June 18:  “Attracting our Fine Feathered Friends”  Fly on in for a presentation from Wild Birds Unlimited—something to tweet about!

July 16:  “Down on the Farm!”  Play farm bingo for laughs. Make whipped cream at our tables and serve it over strawberry shortcake. A yummy, fun time!

August 20:  “Picnic at Marathon Park”  Bring your lawn chairs and a mystery/unusual item to share. We will have a guessing good time!

Sept. 17
: “Travel Talk” Join us for a travel talk, complete with ethnic food and music! To be announced.

October 15: “Laugh Basket!”  Too fun to miss! We will collect a basketful of fun items to don and show each other. A café complete with jokes, one-liners and tongue-twisters!

November 19:
“Book Club!” Share a favorite book, cookbook, family album or novel. Open mic to those who wish to recite a poem or favorite quote! Don’t miss this chapter!

December 17: “Holiday in Song!” Back by huge demand, join Blowin’- in-the-Winds recorder group for a holiday sing-a-long and more!


Welcome, Pastor Rebecca!

On July 6, Pastor Rebecca Voss officially walked into her office at FUMC-Wausau and began her time of service as pastor of our church. She and her family have moved here from DePere, WI, and they would welcome any help we can provide as they settle in and start learning about their new community and their new church community/family. Because of Covid and the continued need to stay apart as a large group, we are hoping in the coming weeks to come together in small groups of about 8-10 people, one person be- ing Pastor Rebecca. She is anxious to meet as many of us as possible soon and is hoping this will be a good way to make connections and meet the people in our congregation. These meetings may occur wherever people are comfortable—someone’s driveway, a park, the church courtyard, etc...When you are contacted about being part of a group, perhaps think about hosting it and helping this effort move forward positively. It is also hoped that perhaps these will be groups that will continue to meet on a regular basis (determined by the members of the group) for growth purposes individually and as a church. After all, the Methodist Church first grew from small groups of people meeting together in their homes!

Random Thoughts

by Mike Zahn July/ August 2020

Is America a Great Nation?


“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:12-14

I have been thinking a lot about the United States of America lately- its past, present, and future, especially from a spiritual perspective. Is America a great nation? America will be only as great as we are humble. Although America is by design not a “Christian Nation,” a vast majority of us profess to be followers of Christ. In light of Paul’s list of virtues in Colossians, how do we measure up in terms of greatness?

As Americans we each have an obligation to uphold the Pledge of Allegiance, especially the part that says, “. . . one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Recent events have blatantly exposed America’s seemingly endless race problems. Battle lines are drawn and so many comments fall into predictable sides of the fence. Who will be the first to stop the fighting? Today more than ever we need empathy towards one another. Before we speak, put ourselves in their shoes, and love them first, whoever they are. Only then can we help stop the cycle of racial loathing and anxiety that tears at the heart of our people, our churches, and our nation.

Last night I stood in my little corner of the universe and saw the most vibrant rainbow. Each color showed through, strong and distinct, but blended together into a beautiful example of God’s grace and glory. That is the great nation I pray that America will become.

Pastor Jayneann's Farewell Courtyard Service


Thank you, Pastor Jayneann!

June 14, 2020, turned out to be a cool, but sunny morning for Pastor Jayneann’s final worship service with FUMC-Wausau. Besides the recorded service prepared for those worshipping virtually that morning, it was the first time that some members and friends came together in person for a worship service, held in the courtyard of the church grounds. Social distancing was observed, masks were worn, everyone brought their own chairs, yet the feelings were warm and happy as people greeted each other with a wave, a virtual hug, and lots of smiles. It felt so good to listen to Rob play the electric keyboard in person, see Martie in person, see Andy helping out where needed, and be part of Pastor Jayneann’s last service in person. While it was not the way she had hoped her last service with us would be, it turned out very well and it was received very positively by those in attendance.

The response from the congregation for Pastor Jayneann’s gifts was very good. The SPRC extends a huge thank you to every- one who responded with a monetary gift that we were able to put to good use for a farewell/ thank you tribute. At the end of the service on June 14, we presented Pastor Jayneann with a garden trellis, a garden bench, a gazing ball and stand, Corinthian chimes with an en- graved message, and a monetary gift. We are hopeful that she will put these items to good use in her garden as a reminder of her time with us at FUMC-Wausau.

T.L.C. for Plants


Life on the sheep farm is busy!

Lambs are growing, but still require lots of maintenance. Our church plants are in need of a new caregiver who can provide adequate time and lots of tender loving care (possibly by someone who lives in town). This is a permanent position and requires a long-term relationship! It is with a heavy heart that I pass this position on. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please contact Joan at the church office, 715.842.2201.

Diane Zahn 





What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

Lynn Ungar 3/11/20,

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


Fun Visiting



Pine Lake United Methodist Camp