First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Live and Share God's Love


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Sermon Podcasts

You can listen to and/or download a podcast of recent sermons posted on the new Sermon Links page.

Oray or Our Graduates 

We will be recognizing our 2019 graduates on May 19th. If you know of someone from our church who is graduating – or did graduate this year – please get that information to us so that we are certain not to miss anyone. Please call or email the church office so that we can also recognize them in the June Messenger.

Oh Susanna! The mother of Methodism is coming here! Enjoy a hour of living history and inspiration. Sunday, May 12, 2019 (Mother’s Day) 10:00 am (Sanctuary Service) Please join us!clientimages/34002/oh susanna poster.jpg 




Why Bother with Choirs?

Singing in Choir...

Provides a healthy creative and artistic balance to heavily data-based education.

Is therapeutic, giving singers the chance to momentarily put aside their other pressures and concerns.
Is an effective vehicle for developing faith using music and church history.
Develops poise under pressure.

Teaches the value of teamwork.

Develops young people’s sense of culture and sophistication by adding beauty and aesthetic depth to worship.

Teaches the value of careful preparation in reaching goals.

Teaches a sense of responsibility and setting priorities.

Provides the foundation for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Gives members a sense of pride and self-worth by showing singers that their individual leadership, demeanor and discipline make a significant to the success of the group

Sunday Worship Times

8:00 a.m Morning Chapel
10:00 a.m Worship in the Sanctuary

With Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of the month. As United Methodists, we practice Open Communion. All who are seeking God are welcome at Christ’s table.

Sermon Series: Wesley-isms

Sunday, May 5

Third Sunday of Easter
Theme: "In essentials, Unity; in non-essentials, Liberty; and in all things, Charity.”
Text: Matthew 23

Sunday, May 12

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Festival of the Christian Home
Theme: O Susannah! A Special Presentation

Sunday, May 19

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Theme: “Earn all you can, Save all you can, Give all you can.”
Texts: Luke 16

Sunday, May 26

Sixth  Sunday of Easter
Theme: t.b.a.
Texts: t.b.a.

Starting in June

In an exciting development this spring, Betsy Duginski got all fired up – really! It’s been awesome  to watch – about organizing a children’s Summer Sunday School! She found a book (see below) that is sure to bring kids – and their families – to church on summer Sundays!

With that in mind, Betsy and I (Jayneann) will be talking this week about coordinating Summer Sunday School with our Worship through the summer. I’m not sure yet how this will unfold but my hope is to unpack the same story each week in worship that the Sunday School will be looking at that morning. I once did The Lorax in April as part of the Festival of God’s Creation (Earth Day) so this doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch. Maybe we’ll have the youngsters do the sharing during the Young Disciples Time about what they learned in Sunday School.

As part of MCCI, our church is called to prepare what’s called “Triads” that open up a series of opportunities (not necessarily 3) to people who are not usually church participants with the idea that as they come to a few of them, we work on cultivating one-on-one personal relationships with them, such that in the end they want to be a part of First Church.

Maybe we could pop masses of popcorn and host a cartoon Dr Seuss movie on the back wall of our building and invite the neighborhood. We’d show whatever we’d be talking about on Sunday. Then, we could invite them to come back Sunday for the Sunday school and the 10 am service – to find out what this story teaches us about God and how God wants us to live. (Betsy is part of a new ministry team called
Growing Generous Givers. It’s another part of the MCCI resourcing initiative. What we do is look at First Church’s ways and talk about how we do things that encourage (or discourage) people from being active and involved in church, and about ways we can teach people to practice the kind of generosity that we are called to model in our lives as Christ-followers.)

Beginning this year, we are holding “Family Worship” times during the 10 a.m. worship service on 5th Sundays (which generally happen quarterly).

Wait, you say, we already have family worship! What makes this different? Yes, we have families - oldsters, youngsters and in-betweeners in worship.

On 5th Sundays, we will have some of each of these participate in the service leadership (and not only in ushering and greeting). We will have more family friendly songs, scriptures and sermon (shorter, too). And we will encourage families to worship with their youngsters who usually play in the nursery. Afterward everyone’s invited to gather for juice (okay, coffee, too), snacks and conversation in the Parlor, as usual.