First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Live and Share God's Love

Faith Formation

Half Truths

Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn't Say

A small-group video/book discussion Wednesday evenings, 5:00pm, starting October 23rd. They are simple phrases. They sound like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Adam Hamilton in searching for the truth by comparing common Christian clichés to the message and ministry of Jesus. The clichés include:

*  Everything happens for a reason.
*  God helps those who help themselves.
*  God won’t give you more than you can handle.
*  God said it, I believe it, that settles it.
 Love the sinner, hate the sin.

The book (available through Janke’s and online) adds depth to the experience but is not necessary.

Until then, we continue with

Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love

There is a distinctively Christian way to engage the “outsider” and “stranger.” In this study we consider the gospel call to love (and not merely tolerate) those considered to be outside mainstream Christian culture.

Consecration Sunday Is Coming

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our congregation’s finance committee has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees  missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card.
We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through the Consecration Sunday team and governing board members. Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.
Ministries Council Chairperson,

Jen Marzu

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!


Come to Sunday School!
Join the Adventure!

Sundays at 9:00am. Ask for directions to the different age-level classes.

Children’s Music

Children’s Music meets every Wednesday that we have our Wednesday Night Live meal. Join the fun! It’s not too late to join the Chancel Choir!

Chancel Choir

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

Zion Lutheran Church will present concert organist Isabelle Demers on Sunday, October 6th, at 3:00pm. A free-will offering will be received For more information call 715.848.7286 or visit


Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization.

A grassroots network, PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With over 400 chapters and 200,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.

What does this have to do with First United Methodist Church?

On Sunday, October 6th, Laura Goetz will be coming to First Church to speak to us about what it might be like for a gay, lesbian, transgender, and/or queer person, family member, or friend living in central Wisconsin. Laura is a social worker, mediator, advocate, and educator by education and passion. Laura lives in Stevens Point.

Laura Goetz will share briefly with us during each of our regular Sunday worship services. Between services (at 9 a.m.) she will lead a conversation in the B.K. Smith room.

Have you ever misunderstood what someone was saying? You thought you “got it” but you didn’t really?

Have you ever been bothered or annoyed with what someone said and rather than going to them, you talked about it with someone else? There’s a word for this (besides gossip). Psychologists have given it the name:


Triangulation is a tactic where instead of talking with the person with whom they’re having trouble , someone will talk to a third (and even a fourth, fifth and sixth person). Triangulation is really bad for relationships— marriages, parents and children, coworkers, you name it.

It’s also bad for churches. And, because people think they should “be nice” at church, we’re often not called on it. First Church is not immune. We might not think we’re triangulating but it happens… often.

The Staff Parish Relations Committee and the staff have been working stopping triangulation when we notice it in ourselves. Why don’t we all do this? Our church will be
healthier for it!

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