First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, March 24, 2019
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First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

March Mission Offering

March Mission Offering is going toward a required fee for work supplies for the 2021 Mission Guatemala Team. The team is also raising additional funds to help subsidize the cost of the trip for members who may need financial support to participate and fulfill John Wesley’s call to “Do All Good You Can.” Thank you for your prayers and support - 2020 First UMC Mission Guatemala Team.

The Missions Committee will try designating more money to fewer causes for this year. This will allow us to be linked with specific missions. Mission donations will be divided into three categories. Each receiving four month’s donations.

1. Local: Personal Need Closet, the Fifth Sunday Community Dinner and the Christmas Dinner.

2. Regional: The Red Cliff Mission, both financially and with volunteers for the week of June 15-22.

3. International: Continue our support of the Guatemala Mission both financially and returning in 2021.

Please direct any questions to Ray Nowaczyk via email:
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.




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


Are you interested in becoming an Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Volunteer?

Volunteers provide a comforting presence and emotional/ social support to our patients and their families in our Hospice Program. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to help patients in their end-of life journey, live in dignity and peace while helping to offer a pain-free and comfortable environment.

To become an Aspirus Hospice Volunteer, please call the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Volunteer Coordinators, Samantha Stroik or Tasha Stencil at 715-847-2424 or toll free at 866-331-2467 for more information, please visit our website go to the middle of the page and click on “Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services”. Click on “apply now” to start the process of becoming a hospice volunteer! Training is based on your schedule and needs.

A very big thank you to the following people who helped move furniture out of Sunday School rooms on Saturday, February 16th: Bruce Brandenburg, Denny Carey, Greg & Laura Cowan, Betsy & James Duginski, Terry Flath, Joan Harvey, Mark & Pete Johnson, Don & Sue Kissinger, Barb & Dan Maguire, Jen Marzu, Brian, Courtney & Logan Rohland, Alice & Stan Schacht, and Andy White. It is so encouraging to know that when something has to be done, the people of this church are willing to step up and accomplish it. A special thank you to Bruce for calling everybody and getting them here. We moved furniture out of eight rooms in just two hours! Thanks again.

Dear Friends at First United Methodist Church,

Thank you so much for your ongoing support of The Women’s Community. Your gifts for the clients at The Women’s Community over the past year have benefited many individuals. Your donations are greatly appreciated and very gratifying. Your continued support is invaluable.

The Women’s Community is a vital part of our community, providing services to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Just a few of the things we do are providing lifesaving shelter for women and children escaping abusive relationships, legal advocacy through the court systems, 24 hour crisis intervention, community education in schools, businesses and churches, advocating for victims of domestic violence in later life, and our Healing Through Art Program. Your gifts help us to continue to offer service to anyone in our community who needs them. On behalf of our Clients, The Board of Directors and The Women’s Community staff, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your support.


Jane E. Graham Jennings, Executive Director
Dear Wausau First UMC,

We thank you for your giving 100% in apportionments for 2018. Your connectional giving has supported ministries in Wisconsin and beyond. For this we are thankful!

Wisconsin Conference UMC
Dear Pastor Jayneann and First United Methodist Church team: On behalf of the Housing and Homelessness Coalition, thank you for serving as the headquarters for the homeless Point in Time Count in January. Twenty-nine community members and service providers volunteered their time to help with the count. In total, 6 individuals were identified as homeless. Those individuals received a care package, which included body warmers, hygiene products, snack bars and information about community resources.

We appreciate your continued partnership and support of our local and national efforts to address and find solutions to homelessness.

Diane Sennholz, Pam Anderson, MaiGer Moua


Equal Exchange Fair Trade Products News

I would like to thank all the people who continue to purchase Equal Exchange products. By choosing the fairly traded coffee, chocolate and tea you are supporting a more equitable alternative trade system that empowers small farmers worldwide. In addition you are supporting UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) as well as United Methodist Women’s mission projects.

We have changed some of the inventory by adding Organic English Breakfast Tea and Organic Ginger Tea to our tea selections. The whole bean regular coffee was discontinued due to limited sales. We continue to have a variety of chocolate bars along with baking cocoa.

I encourage you to check out the cabinet in the parlor which contains the products. If you would like more information or have questions, please contact me at 715.842.5356. When you enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea or eat a chocolate bar you are making a difference in the lives of God’s children around the world.

Blessings to all, Mary Ann Dykes

Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn

March 2019


It started with a simple phone call. When I heard that the Woodson YMCA was embarking on a major expansion, I called Bryan Bailey, their Executive Director. I don’t know him, but as a church neighbor, I wanted to find out about the plan. He invited me to his office the next day and excitedly showed me what they had in store. “But,” he said, “there is one particular problem we have—our day care is also expanding and we need to move out for six months until that phase is completed, and we don’t know what to do.” I thought for a moment, and wondered if I should say something. Then I said it—“well, our church building has quite a few classrooms; I don’t know if it would work, and it’s not my call, but it’s worth looking into. I’ll put you in contact with the Chair of o 9:00am Executive Committee Board of Trustees.” That was about the extent of my

I am so impressed with how people from our congregation have jumped in to work on this—especially Bruce Brandenburg, Chair of Trustees, and so many others taking part to make it come together. This process has been the essence of the Breakthrough Prayer mindset. One person steps out a little in faith, and that provides an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to create a flood of goodness. Many have become the hands and feet of Christ on this YMCA project, and more will be needed. There will be a lot of work to do in preparation. This will include prayers for successful hosting, and that the families and children who come through our doors will feel welcomed and nurtured, that they will feel the love of Christ in how we treat them.

As you walk through your life today, what floodgate for God might you open?

Mission Giving Without Pain

UMW collects Kwik Trip bottle caps, pull tabs and “box tops for education” for missions. Kwik Trip caps go to Harbor House, a UWM sponsored women’s shelter in Superior, Wisconsin. Box tops for Education are sent to Redbird Mission in Kentucky. And pull tabs are sent to Ronald MacDonald House.

For your convenience there are collection baskets in the parlor. And remember, aluminum cans are collected for our own mission trip.

Stockholders Dinner & Presentation


Communion for Shut-Ins
A reminder that on the first Sunday of each quarter we have Communion Kits prepared for those who do the visitations and communion deliveries. We put them out in the Chapel and in the Wesleyan Room that day. We would like to see the kits delivered as soon as possible. If this is a service that you do and would like to continue please let us know so we can update our records. If this is something you would be interested in starting see us in the office.


Make a Difference Day