First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Live and Share God's Love



First United Methodist Church in the Wausau Community and World

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April Missions Offering

April Mission offering will be for Red Cliff. This mission serves the residents of the reservation and deepens the relationship with the native community there. The donations will provide supplies for the early childhood programs and clothing for the children.

Ray Nowaczyk

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.

Downtown Memory Café

We are teaming up with the Center for Visual Arts to offer it’s first online Zoom ART PROJECT. Invitations have been mailed and special kits dropped off to participant’s homes. Date: Thursday October 15, 2020 Time: 10:30am-Noon Place: Virtual Event If you know of someone with dementia who might enjoy this unique “social event,” please contact Maggie Schoenfeld at 715-842-9809. This person will likely need assistance with a computer. Kits are available to be dropped off through October 14.
We celebrated five years of outreach ministry in May of this year. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month. Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment – accompanied by their care partners, family or friends. Sing-alongs, programs, conversation, activities and refreshments are offered each month by dementia-trained volunteers. Consider escorting a friend or loved one to a Downtown Memory Café. Free!

For more information, please contact the church office at 715.842.2201; or Maggie Schoenfeld at 715-842- 9809, or


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 coffee and 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.




We would like to fill up the pages of our newsletter. If there is an event, celebration or piece of news you would like to share, please call the office at 715-842-2201 or email

Donations for Warming Center

Thank you for the recent donations you have given to the Warming Center. Please take items to the Catholic Charities office at 540 S. Third Ave, Wausau on Wednesdays from 9am-2pm. They can be reached at 715.849.3311, 9am-4pm. Please note that they cannot accept bed linens, blankets, pillows, etc. They welcome donations of hand and foot warmers, warm clean socks, new underwear, and thermal underwear.


Mission-Driven—in the UMW cabinet!

Coffees--Just in for Spring!

Organic LoveBuzz, med-dark roast whole bean ($8.00/12 oz) New!
Organic Mama Tierra light roast ground coffee from Oaxaca, Mexico ($10.00/16 oz bag) New!

We still offer 12 oz bags of ground decaf—$9.00 and regular Cafe Salvador—$8.00

Prefer Tea?

All varieties of our organic teas are $4.00/box. Try the English Breakfast for a little boost or Jasmine Green (New!). If you want a relaxing herbal cup, try Rooibos, Ginger or Peppermint (New!).

Chocolate treats for your Easter basket!

Pick your favorite organic, Fair Trade chocolate bars for $3.00 ea. in these flavors:
Dark Chocolate Lemon Ginger
Dark Chocolate Orange
Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch (New!)
Panama Extra Dark
Dark Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt (New!)
Milk Chocolate
Chocolate with Coconut Milk (vegan, soy and gluten-free) (New!)
Your purchase helps our UMW mission projects, UMCOR, and supports farmer-owned coffee cooperatives in Central America and Mexico, as well as small tea farms in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Thank you for shopping BY CAUSE!

News from United Methodist Women:

We have volunteered to furnish one meal a month for the Warming Center (2nd Wednesday).

If you are able to help us make our guests welcome by furnishing a hot meal, your help would be appreciated.
How? By furnishing ingredients or providing an entre’, salad, or dessert. Checks are also helpful.‚Ä®For additional information, contact Barbara Ritchie at 1-715-205-4622 or email Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could commit to TWO meals a month?


Random Thoughts

by Mike Zahn
April 2021   


Death and Dying

“Jesus wept” John 11:35


I got the call around 7:00 pm:


PHARMACIST: “This is the pharmacy – when do you think you'll get to XYZ facility tonight?”


ME: “Probably around 9:00.”


PHARMACIST: “Well, okay, they'll have to wait until then, I guess. I'll let them know.”


ME: “What's up?”


PHARMACIST: “They have a resident in hospice who is in a lot of pain and they're out of morphine for the dose scheduled for 7:30. Just get there as soon as you can.”


ME: “okay, I'll see what I can do.”


I was going north on HWY. 51 out of Wausau to my next med delivery and this facility was south of Wausau. It would screw up my schedule, but I knew what to do. At the next exit I turned around and headed south. I got there at 7:26.


While we're here in this life, we do the best we can to comfort the dying. It would be nice if we all lived to a ripe old age and passed away painlessly in our sleep, but it doesn't always work that way. So we weep for the suffering before, and then weep for the grieving after. Jesus wept.


On Good Friday we weep in mourning. But on Easter we celebrate resurrection and life!


Equal Exchange Coffee/Tea Update