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


Financial Narrative for July 2022

July Revenue

July Expenses
Pledged Offering
$ 11,726.16
Staffing $ 16,930.07
Non-Pledged Offering $   2,400.00 Programming $      576.85
Other Revenue $   1,380.09 Apportionments $  3,986.00
From Endowment $     1,672.72
Building Operations $   2,493.33
Total Revenue
$   17,178.97 Total Expenses $ 23,986.25
    Net YTD $ (6,807.28)


A Note in the Offering

A young child wrote this note to his pastor. "Dear minister, I'm sorry I don't give more money to the church on Sundays, but my father didn't give me raise in my allowance. Could you give sermon about a raise in my allowance? It would help the church get more money."

As funny as this is, many of us approach giving in this way, whether it's to the church or to any other organization that helps those in need. We'd give more if only we had little more to give. We just need that raise and everything will be so much easier. There's only so much to go around and there's just not enough right now.
Unfortunately, this paints false picture of God. Our world tells us over and over those resources are scarce There's only so much to go around. And so, we can only give so much because otherwise there won't be enough left for us. We spend so much time and energy acquiring and worrying about what we don't have and often are so measured and cautious with what give, because we believe there isn't going to be enough. This is the myth of scarcity. That God hasn't given his children enough to go around. This is not the God we worship.

The truth is, we believe that the God we worship has given to us abundantly! Not only is there enough to go around, but there's also more than enough. And therefore, we give in response to the abundance God continually provides us with.

I have heard people say that the more they have given the more God has given them. From my experience, I don't think God gives more to the generous and less to misers. I have found that the more give the more I recognize how much God has already blessed me with. It's not that God has given me more in a "quid pro quo" arrangement. In giving, I am transformed. can see the gifts I have more clearly. I can give thanks more fully. I can give more joyously.

Thank God for the many abundances he has given to us!

Rev. Jason Mahnke, Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation






You can give online by going to
Click “Donate to Your Local Church” then scroll to the bottom to find “Wausau: First UMC.” It’ll take 2 minutes to create a profile, then you’re set to give.




Want to make Gift-Giving Easy???

SCRIP can make great gifts fo this Christmas season! Without it costing you any extra money, you can support the church by buying gift cards at church that you can give away or spend just like cash.

If you would like to order some specific scrip for gift giving please let Mark or Jen Johnson know. We are going to do a big order at the beginning of December for your gift giving needs. If you would like to see what is available, there are lists in the parlor. First Church pays a $10 fee each time we place an order to handle shipping costs. So we want to limit our orders to keep the costs down. (The exception is Trigs and Culvers. They are local business we work with and are able to get Scrip cards at anytime without a processing fee.) Please feel free to contact Jen or Mark Johnson at 715-470-2527 with questions. Thank you!

Amazon, iTunes, Dick’s, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Bath & Body Works, Carnival, Delta, Eastbay, Land’s End, Royal Caribbean

Trig’s, Pick ‘n Save. Menards, Home Depot. Fleet Farm, Krist, Holiday, Kwik Trip, AutoZone

Dunkin’, Starbucks, Pizza Ranch, Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Subway, Culver’s, Burger King, Hardee’s, Arby’s, Panera, Taco Bell, Papa Murphy’s, Noodles & Co, Olive Garden, Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse

Barnes & Noble, Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Walmart/Sam’s Club, Walgreens, CVS, Great Clips, Hilton Garden Inn

About This Guest Writing

Do you have a recent faith story you feel led to share? Has God touched your life in a way that begs to be repeated? If you would like to put something in an upcoming edition of the Messenger, speak to Mike Zahn. Maybe we can include your story in the coming months.

Texas Roadhouse Dine-to-Donate Sundays

Enjoy a meal while raising money for your church. Bring in your church bulletin or newsletter and give it to your server along with your receipt. Then from your total, you receive 10% back.

A seven-week class to help adults reduce falls and stay active. In this interactive weekly class, learn about balance
and strength exercises, safety at home, and ways to be strong and steady wherever you go. Classes are held at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, 600 Stewart Avenue Suite 25.

For information, call 715.261.6070
A contribution of $10 for the full 7-week session is suggested, but is not required to attend.

Lay Leadership Report 2020


Some of you have faithfully been writing checks to pay down the loan on the church’s parking lot. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yes, we’re still taking funds for this excellent cause. You can write a separate check, or write a single one and identify how the money is to be split. Either way, we appreciate your contribution toward the physical structures of our church. Thank you, again!

Beautify the Church Office

Did your Norfolk Island Pine get too big for the room while it was outside all summer? Would you like to gift it to a location where people will truly appreciate it? The church office is looking for just such a plant. Call or email Joan at the office to talk about giving your plant a new home.

Help Your Church Do Ministry

Would you like to give of yourself to the church but don’t know how? Do you have a secondary laptop (Windows 10 or newer) at home that you could gift to our ministries? This could be your way to serve the First United Methodist Church is in need of one (or possibly two) laptops. The “Volunteer” computer in the office is old enough that it can’t do the work asked of it. The laptop attached to the projector uses Window 3 and does not support newer PowerPoints or videos.

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 UMW sponsored women’s shelter, “box tops for education” are sent to Redbird Mission in Kentucky, and pull tabs are sent to Ronald McDonald House. For your convenience there are collection baskets in the parlor. And remember, aluminum cans are collected for our own mission trip.