First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Live and Share God's Love


First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

September Mission Offering

This month’s mission offering will support the Women’s Community which provides a safe place for women and children in the Wausau are whose homes are not safe.

Remember that the Mission Offering must be clearly marked. Either write a note on your check or use the brown envelopes in the back of the pew. Just loose change in the offering plate will not go to the monthly offering.


Campbell’s Labels
Milk Moola Caps

Many of us have been saving labels from Campbell’s cans to be redeemed by Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee. This month, Campbell’s is discontinuing this program, so we will no longer be collecting those at the church.
Also, please bring in any “Milk Moola” caps from milk purchased at Kwik Trip stores as soon as possible. The caps will be taken to Mission u in Wisconsin Rapids July 24th.



UMW, Making Mission Practical  

Fair Trade - Equal Exchange Coffee. This is a small gesture you can make to provide fair wages to coffee, tea, and cocoa producers throughout the world. It can be your personal mission project!
Tanzanian Jubilee Coffee and Café’ Salvador are regular drip grind coffeeand are the most popular. Decaf, drip grind, organic whole bean and flavored coffees are available also, as are organic hot cocoa mix and herbal/organic tea. Supplies are in the cupboard next to the fireplace in the parlor.

Regular ground - $8
Whole bean - $8
Ground flavored - $9
All decaf - $9
All teas - $4
Hot Chocolate - $6
Organic very dark Chocolate bars - $3
To purchase take your product, place the money (check or cash) in a brown envelope (in the cupboard) and put the envelope in the drop slot near the church office.


"Point in Time Count" and breakfast for the homeless in Wausau

Point in Time Count Photo 1



By Mike Zahn

I took the challenge from Pastor Jayneann to contribute something for the Messenger. Each month I plan to write about my observations and experiences of the people and activities of our church. Bob Rybarczyk, of our congregation, recently passed away. I would like to share some thoughts about my dealings with Bob. I had a small business and Bob was my landlord. During the Great Recession I really began to run into financial problems. There were times I had trouble paying our store’s rent. When I would go down the hall to talk to Bob and ask for more time, he was always kind, patient, and told a joke or a story that eased my guilt. He would just ask me when I could pay and took me at my word.

As things got worse for me I stopped going down the hall and began avoiding him when I had trouble paying the rent. Then I would see him in church...he would always go out of his way to be gracious, kind and shake my hand and make me feel okay. Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. In his actions, Bob Rybarczyk personified those fruits to me. The world lost a fine man, but his legacy lives on in the hearts of those he touched.

Dear Reverend McIntosh & First United Methodist Church Team:

Thank you for generously serving as the headquarters for the Housing and Homelessness Coalition homeless Point in Time Count on July 26, 2017. Seven individuals were identified as homeless during the overnight count, and five the day after at the Project Connect housing resource fair. This information will be used to further support the work of the Coalition, as well as that of state and federal organization, in our efforts to address and end homelessness. We appreciate your generosity and our partnership. Thank you for you continued support.
Diane Sennholz, Coalition Leadership; Pam Anderson, Coalition Leadership and MaiGer Moua, United Way Staff.
Dear Church & Staff,

I write to let you know that your former member, Joy Roethe, died in Thousand Oaks, California under Hospice Care at her facility on 7/29/2017. She was age 91. The cause of death was a combination of congestive heart failure and lung cancer. She was buried at Jefferson Memorial Cemetery next to her husband and son. Thanks for the care and community your Church provided to our mom while she lived in Wausau until July of 2016. Even after she did not attend regular services, she so appreciated the Communion visits, Christmas Poinsettias and the Easter Lilies.
Daughters, Barb Hermanson & Susan Weber

Highway Clean Up 2017


Our Church Volunteering Beyond Our Walls

And even as people from beyond our church join in the ministry that we began, people from our church are active in ministry far beyond our own projects. John Stange has been to a Volunteers In Mission trip this fall, youth Danielle Del Conte and Jaden Love raked leaves around Wausau on “Make A Difference Day” (along with not-quite youth Mike Zahn and Martie Pahris). Wes Ebert has been on a two-week mission trip to Lithuania to visit churches he helped to establish 15 years ago.

And these are just the ones we know of offhand. It’s not just about us, and what our branch of the church does. It’s about ministry. Everywhere.

Make a Difference Day