First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Live and Share God's Love



First United Methodist Church in the Wausau Community and World

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August Mission Offering

Community Dinner

August donations support our Community Dinner Ministry. On the fifth Sunday of hte month, we take the kead in providing a community meal for anyone who is hungry. With Covid-19 we are offering boxed meals and handing them out in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church. We look forward to being able to serve inside the church when it is deemed safe. If you want to get involved, we will be needing baked goods to add to the meal. Please contact Jen Johnson at 715-470-2527 and she will arrange a time to pick up any bake goods. Thanks you to the volunteers that grocery shop, prep meals, bake and help serve. Please also keep our dinner guests in your prayers.
Thank you, Jen Johnson

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.

Our Vision:

Led by God to change lives and transform the world.


The Coffee is In!

We received a new shipment of Equal Exchange Coffee just in time for the cool autumn weather. Check out the Sisters' Blend ground coffee or the Organic Decaf ground. There is a price increase in the wholesale price of the decaffeinated coffees, so you will see a fifty cent increase in the cost of decaf. The prices are listed inside the cabinet door in the parlor. Put your check or cash in the little brown envelope and drop it in the brass slot in the office door down the hall. We have chocolate bars and teas, too. Try something new!


Personal Needs Closet:

We again served over 100 individuals helping them stretch their budget by providing household supplies. These are available on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-3pm and the 4th Saturday of the month, 9-11am. Donate loose change, put cash in the small brown envelopes in the pews or write Personal Needs Closet on the memo line of your check.

UMW New Mission Project

Now that the Warming Center is closing for the season, UMW will continue its meal mission at Open Door. We'll make sandwiches once a week for its clients. If you can help or want additional information, please call Barbara Ritchie at 1-715-205-4622. Thank you, FUMC for your support!

Throughout the years our congregation has supported the local mission, The Open Door. Our Personal Needs Closet has supplied toiletries, and the UMW is delivering weekly lunches. The Open Door is a resource for those recently released from jail. If you want to know more about this ministry, join us on November 14, following the coffee hour after the 10:00 service. The UMW has arranged for a representative from The Open Door to give presentation. This is sponsored by UMW (United Methodist Women). Everyone from our congregation and guests are welcome! 




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Highway Clean-up

Thank you Alice & Stan, Ken, Betsy, James, Maggie--and so many Scout family and friends--who helped make our 2022 Highway Cleanup a success!

Project Connect Event

On the morning of Wednesday, September 21 our church will host Project Connect, a program designed to bring the homeless and near homeless together with the service providers who can help them with food, shelter, job opportunities and access to healthcare.

Up to twenty service providers including The United Way, Bridge Community Clinic, The Presbyterian Free Clinic, Job Service and The Neighbor's Place will provide information filled tables and knowledgeable people to help those attending find available services of which they may not have been aware. In addition to the opportunity for the guests to find needed help, the service providers take the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas on how they can best serve the folks in need of secure shelter and a brighter future. About 50 breakfasts consisting of French Toast, Sausage, Juice, and Coffee will be served by the excellent cooking, serving, and cleaning crew of Mary Ann Dykes, Barb Ritchic, Karen Peterson, Dennis Carey, Tom and Nancy Bogumill, Bill Owen and Dick Raybom.

Hosting Project Connect provides another great way for FUMC Wausau to serve our community and to Live and Share God's Love.

Annual Gathering Coming Up!

The North Central District United Women in Faith (UMW) is having their Annual Gartering at the Tomahawk United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 24th.

This event gives us the opportunity to rejoice, renew and reconnect with each other and our sisters from around the District. Registration begins at 9:00am. Join us for worship, a little business, the program "Rejoice, Renew and Reconnect" led by Margaret Getzin and a remembrance of who we are. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Carpooling available! Contact Margaret at 715.297.8531 for details.

Cultural Orientation and English Language Learning for Refugees

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays several rooms upstairs are being used to welcome dozens of new Afghan refugees. Classes are from 10-11:30 and 12:30-2 for adults, and their pre-school children enjoy playing nearby. New Beginnings for Refugees is overseeing these educational programs, with Mary Testin as the Coordinator. There are over 40 fully-vetted and trained volunteer teachers for English Language Learners (ELL). They also could use some volunteers (with back ground checks) to help with caring for and inspiring the preschoolers. Please contact Mary at 715-581-8111 if you're interested in helping

Members of our church reading with our new neighbors from Afghanistan.

Wausau Free Cliic

A Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Wausau

Did you know that First United Methodist has a Free Clinic in our lower level? We're grateful to partner with First Presbyterian Church, Jeff Todd, and many wonderful medical professionals who volunteer their skills and time to provide excellent care to those most in need. They would greatly appreciate donations of any of these items. Thank you!
  •  4 x 4 gauze
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Surgical masks
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • OTC meds
  • Crutches
  • Canes
  • Ace bandage wrap
  • Assistive walking devices
  • Bladder incontinence supplies
  • Menstrual supplies
  • Slings
  • OTC Lidocaine patches
  • Diabetic test strips for Abbott Freedom Free Style lite
  • Digital thermometers for home use
  • BP monitors, especially for at home use
  • Exam gloves in all sizes
  • Children's OTC cold medicine or children's Tylenol
  • English to Spanish dictionary or medical card with terminology
  • Manuka honey ointment for leg sores
  • Multivitamins for children, adults and seniors