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

Faith Formation

Reconciling Ministry

To keep the church updated about the activity of our Reconciling Ministry Team, here is a distillment of the communication after our November meeting:

A meeting for those interested in moving our church to be a reconciling congregation occurred on November 18. It was suggested that May 3 be proposed as a date on which the congregation vote as to whether we should be a reconciling congregation. The Ministries Council later that night approved the date.

It was also suggested that we invite another guest to speak on LGBTQ issues in worship as well as some members at various times before May 3.

As a reconciling congregation we would join with many other United Methodist congregations nationwide that have issued welcoming statements and have taken a stand against the traditionalist position which was narrowly passed at the 2019 General Conference. Our welcoming statement which has been approved by the Ministries Council reads as follows:
In response to God’s unconditional love for all people made known to us in Jesus Christ, we are called to be a welcoming and affirming community. We, the first United Methodist Church of Wausau are believers and seekers who include and welcome persons of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and physical and mental abilities. Whatever your story we embrace who you are. We welcome into the full life of this church all those who God sends us. Centered in Christ, we commit ourselves to building and living as a community where all are loved.

Financial Peace University

Pastor Jason came out of seminary with a $40,000 debt. He and his wife participated in FPU through their church a few years ago. They got their financial house in order and within 2 years, they were debt-free!
We are still hoping to offer this class but are uncertain of the dates. We ask for your patience, please.

Wednesday Night Live Meals

We have kept our meal prices the same for over a decade, however, our costs have continued to increase. Therefore a new price plan is being implemented as follows:

Ages 11 and up $7.00
Ages 6-10 $5.00
Ages 2-5 $3.00
Family maximum $20.00

Please plan to join us for food and fellowship on Wednesdays this fall!

Sermons All Week... All Year

If you miss a sermon and want to stay current with a series, or review past ones, the text and audio podcast of each week’s message are uploaded to You can find texts and audio for the past two years… you could put together your own private retreat!

Online Connections

Are you a regular user of Facebook? Jen Johnson has offered to help keep our church page updated with short notices of events and occasional announcements.

Let Jen or staff know if you can help with newer lines of communication. There’s a whole generation who may not read The Messenger or church bulletins but may well respond to invitations received on their phone. If you are connected to online worlds, help FUMC connect people through modern means Wesley surely would use today.

Do you like spending time with children? We still need volunteers to be in the Nursery on Sunday mornings during the 10:00am worship service. If you would be willing to give of your time in this way, please contact Martie at the church, 715-842-2201. Thank you!


Children’s & Youth Christmas Program

Sunday, December 22nd, 10 a.m.

Sunday, December 22nd, 10 a.m. The children and youth will be presenting a short Christmas program during the 10:00 worship service on Sunday, December 22nd. Come and see our young people as they share “Offering Our Gifts” with us. A big thank you to Mike Zahn and all the Sunday School teachers who have worked to put this together.

Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 15th, 10 a.m.

Come to the Chapel any Wednesday evening that the choir will be rehearsing (check church calendar) or talk to our Music Director, Martie Pahris,

Christmas Caroling

December 18th at 5:30 P.M.

Please consider joining us as we Christmas carol downtown on Wednesday, Dec 18th at 5:30 P.M. Come and sing with us and then, if you’re interested, join us for a meal at one of the restaurants downtown.

December 29th

There will be NO Faith Formation on Sunday, December 29. Instead we will have a combined worship service at 9:00 A.M. where we will be singing our favorite Christmas carols. This is another chance to worship through music during this special time of the year.

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