First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Saturday, January 18, 2020
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.

Thank You

A big thank you to the Chancel Choir, the Jubilate Bells, Rob Perkins, and the  Orchestra for a wonderful worship experience with our Lessons and Carols service on  December 15th.

Thank you!

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!


Chicken Nuggets & Bowling

Saturday, February 1st
Meet at First Church at 4 pm

You heard right. Everyone loves chicken nuggets and bowling. We'll start with dinner at church and then bowling at Dale's Weston Lanes. Drivers will be provided.

Anyone 6th-12th grade is welcome as are adults ages 18-99. Please RSVP Sheryl Del Conte, 715.551.9024 by January 26th. There will be a $10 charge per per-son. Bring a friend!.


Theology on Tap


January 14th, 6 pm

Thrive Foodery
2105 N 2nd Street

Theology on Tap begins 2020 on January 14th. It’s Christmas Eve as I write this, so I haven’t begun to think of a topic but conversation is always rich. Ideas are welcome.

This really is for everyone! Hope to see you there!

Faith Quest


January 5 - February 2
Grades 2 through 5
Room 212

Come and join these children as they learn about Esther and how she saved the Jewish people.

Children's Music

We will resume Wednesday evening Children’s Music on January 15th at 5:00 pm in Room 13. We will continue with our theme “Living in the Light.”

Children’s Music is for children ages 4 through those in 5th grade. If you know of someone who would en-joy this, then please invite them to join us.

We're a Happ'ning Place on Wednesday Evenings