First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Live and Share God's Love


 A Financial Narrative for Summer 2019

What is Tithing?

Tithe – a biblical standard, one-tenth of one’s annual income, given as a contribution to support the ministry and mission of the church. According to the scriptures (Leviticus 27:30; Numbers 18:26; Deuteronomy 14:24; 2 Chronicles 31:5), the purpose of tithing is to teach us to put God first in our lives. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, where your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)

Tithing is a habit that encourages us to focus on God as the source of our strength, rather than our own achievements or financial assets. Tithing leads to spiritual growth.

The Church says that tithing is "the minimum goal of giving....", but does not specify net or gross. Some people tithe out of their gross income. Many tithe from their adjusted gross income and many tithe out of the after-tax income. The important thing is to begin. God can always work on the details later.

Tithing also provides the financial assets for congregations to launch and expand a wide continuum of ministries Together, we are able to accomplish far more than most of us can achieve individually. We might consider tithing as giving money through the church, rather than to the church. When people give to the church, they are giving to sustain the institution. However, when people give through the church, they are empowering ministry. The spiritual discipline of tithing is one of giving through the church. Tithing congregations are beacons of spiritual vitality and health. They are communities grounded in spiritual relationships, beginning with a relationship to God as the primary source of strength, hope, and life.

Wes Ebert, Treasurer


Gift Cards Earn the Church Money?

Without it costing you any more money, you can support the church by buying SCRIP cards that you can give away or spend just like cash at these stores. We don’t want to encourage excessive consumerism but if you’re going to shop in a store anyway, why not earn your church some money in doing it.


We don’t keep a large inventory yet so please consider filling out an order form and we’ll get you the ones you want and will use. Each month, we’ll list a few of  the stores that offer cards, card amounts available and the percentage that First United Methodist Church “earns” through offering these to you.
Hardee’s ($10) 5.0

Hilton Garden Inn ($100, 500) 2.0

Holiday Station Stores ($25, 100) 4.0

Home Depot ($10, 25, 100, 500, 1000) 4.0

Kohl’s ($25, 100) 4.0

Krist Oil ($50) 5.0

Kwik Trip ($25, 50 100) 4.0

Menards ($25, 100, 500) 3.0

Mills Fleet Farm ($25, 100) 3.5

Noodles & Co ($10) 8.0

Olive Garden ($10, 25, 100) 8.0

Panera ($5, 10, 25, 50) 8.0

Papa Murphy’s ($10) 8.0

How to Live a Meaningful Life

Many of us live with two opposite feelings. On one hand, we want to experience meaning and purpose in our lives. On the other hand, we feel that we’re running on empty.

In his novel, Les Miserables, Victor Hugo tells us how to eliminate that second feeling. The bishop befriends Jean Valjean and gives him lodging. Valjean repays that kindness by stealing the bishop’s valuables. After the bishop reports the theft, the police question Valjean in the bishop’s presence. As the interrogation progresses, Valjean seems headed for prison. At that point, the bishop unexpectedly retracts his charges and offers a plausible reason for why the treasured pieces are missing.

Jean Valjean is amazed. When he and the bishop are alone, he says, “Why did you do that? You know I am guilty.”

The bishop replies, “Life is for giving.”

Why do churches receive an offering in our worship services? Some people say, “Because the church needs the money.” That’s only part of the answer. Even if a wealthy benefactor underwrote all our congregation’s expenses, we’d still need to provide people with the chance to give because weekly giving teaches us – and reminds us when we forget – that life without unselfish giving is life without meaning and purpose.

Victor Hugo is right. Life is for giving.

Adapted from Stewardship Nuggets For Newsletters
Worship Bulletins and Sermons by Herb Miller


Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Arthritis. High Blood Pressure. Cancer. Depression. Heart Disease. Diabetes. Managing your health starts with taking care of yourself. Living Well workshops offer you a hands-on opportunity to discover solutions that work with your life, and your health concerns. With mutual support in a Living Well workshop, you can build confidence to make new choices and feel better. Suggested contribution for 6 week session: $10
Tuesdays, June 25th - July 30th, 2019
(Sessions 2 & 3 are on Monday, July 1st & 8th)
9:00 am - 11:30 am
United Way of Marathon County
705 S. 24th Ave., Ste. 400B, Wausau

Call: 715-298-5721

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.

Our Elected Leaders 2019


Ministries Council
Mike Zahn, Wes Ebert, Sara Roquemore, Bonnie Goertz, Bruce Brandenburg, Kirsten Hornby, Jerry Evans, Ray Nowaczyk, Margaret Getzin, Sharon Gisselman, Barb Ritchie, Dick Rayborn, Arthur Chang, Jen Marzu, Jayneann McIntosh, Martie Pahris

Lay Leadership Committee

Jayneann McIntosh, Sara Roquemore, Mike Zahn, Bonnie Goertz, Dan Marzu, Gary Getzin, Yvonne Firary, Nancy Bogumill

Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

Kirsten Hornby, Sara Roquemore, Mike Zahn, Jason Fandrey, Bonnie Goertz, Jane Dovenbarger, Dottie Nietert, Jayneann McIntosh

Board of Trustees

Bruce Brandenburg, Mike Zahn, Barb Maguire, Pat Higgins, Jon Goertz, Margaret Getzin, Roger Mittenzwei, Timm Fischer, Terri Flath

Finance Committee

Wes Ebert, Mike Zahn, Martie Pahris, Stan Schacht, Jen Johnson, Betsy Duginski, Ken Attoe Audit Committee: Monica Dvorak, Tom Bogumill Investment Team: Dick Rayborn, Bob Keener, Bruce Brandenburg, Barbara Hunger

Scholarship Team
Jayneann McIntosh, Paula Hauber, Bonnie Goertz, Mark Johnson, Debbie Martin

Wills & Memorials Team
Jerry Evans Nancy Runner, Anita Gerber, Darlene Kell, Sandy Schmoldt, Andrea Zastrow
Worship Design Team
Margaret Getzin, Meagan Fandrey, Vicki Nowaczyk, Martie Pahris, Lin Strong, Kurt Hornby

Missions Ministry Team
Ray Nowaczyk, Wes Ebert, Tom Kelley, Betsy Larson, Dick Rayborn, Sara Roquemore

Welcome & Communications Team

Sara Roquemore, Gwen Carey, Bob Firary, Yvonne Firary, Nancy Flath, Diane Misoni, Barb Ritchie

Aesthetics Team

Sue Kissinger, Nancy Bogumill, Beth Burke, Don Kissinger, Lynn Reichert, Maggie Schoenfeld

Care Ministry
Mary Ann Dykes, Bonnie Goertz, Diane Misoni, Maggie Schoenfeld, Arlene Trull

Memory Café
Mary Ann Dykes, Nancy Flath, Carole Machek, Mark Milne, Alice Schacht, Stan Schacht, Charles Schoenfeld, Maggie Schoenfeld, Nancy Turner Personal Needs Closet Steering Gail Cain, Barb Hunger, Tom Kufahl, Jamelle Milne

Webmaster Jon Goertz

Facebook Coordinator Jen Johnson

(The Chairperson of each Committee or Ministry Team is the first-named person on each list, excepting Care Ministry, Memory Cafe and PNC Steering.)

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.