First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, August 21, 2017
Live and Share God's Love


First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

August Mission Offering

 The Open Door Marathon County Inc.

Open Door Marathon County Inc. is our August mission offering. Open door’s mission is to provide charitable and educational services to meet the immediate needs of individuals who are incarcerated and/or who have been released from jail or prison.

Open Door is a local group based out of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (across from the Marathon County Jail) that serves as a place for recently released inmates from the County jail or Wisconsin prison system, who are in need of proper seasonal clothing, footwear and toiletries. Open Door also serves to help those in need finding service information, connecting to agencies providing aid, help or food, and a place to warm up for a cup of coffee. Besides monetary donations, Open Door’s current needs include:

Volunteers: teach classes, be mentors, general volunteer

Clothes and shoes for men and women- all types and sizes

Personal hygiene items- especially travel size Coffee, creamer, sugar

Office supplies: Paper, ink, folders, envelopes, postage

Contact Open Door for drop off donations.

www.opendoor, email: or call (715)848-4004




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.


"Point in Time Count" and breakfast for the homeless in Wausau

Point in Time Count Photo 1



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Julie Landsdown
Below is a short excerpt from a six page letter we received from Julie Landsdown who is a former member of First Church, an attorney who followed a call to mission work in Africa.
I spent March in the U.S. after 6 months in Nairobi. I was scheduled to fly back to Kenya on April 2. On March 27, I got a call from the airline saying the flight had been cancelled and I could fly April 1 or 3. If I had left the 3rd then I wouldn’t have gotten back till late on the 5th, so I left the 1st and arrived in Nairobi on the 2nd. It turns out that this was divine intervention. Gatina, the slum where I volunteer, had a major fire on April 5 at about the time I would have been arriving if I had taken the later flight.

About 115 houses burned, I was on the ground taking pictures and providing a link to Lavington United Church (LUC), a more affluent church. LUC has a sister church in Gatina where I volunteer. The fire department took over an hour and a half to respond and only had water for 5 minutes. There was a moment when some of the youth were outraged, but a local politician running for office eventually sent a private water truck and the fir was extinguished. Thankfully nobody was hurt.

I had managed to rent a house in Gatina before I left for the U.S. in March but that wasn’t ready. It is a stone house with 3 bedrooms that I intend to live in and use as a rescue center for abused girls under 18 or for pregnant girls who have been thrown out of their homes. The night of the fire I was amazed by the help I received from those around me. I am extremely blessed to have really good people working with me.

“If you would like to read the rest of the story stop in the office, we have a hard copy.”

Community Meals, 2018

As most of you know, our church is part of the ecumenical Community Meal program hosted by First Presbyterian every Sunday evening. We prepare, serve, and clean up for this meal on the 5th Sunday of every month that has a 5th Sunday. For years now, Gwen and Denny Carey have led the team, doing the planning and cooking. But the Careys are retiring from this role at the end of 2017.

Is this a ministry that might speak to you - organizing, cooking, planning, or all of the above? Now would be a good time to explore the idea, while you can shadow Gwen and Denny. Our next meal is Sunday, July 30.

Highway Clean Up 2017


Our Church Volunteering Beyond Our Walls

And even as people from beyond our church join in the ministry that we began, people from our church are active in ministry far beyond our own projects. John Stange has been to a Volunteers In Mission trip this fall, youth Danielle Del Conte and Jaden Love raked leaves around Wausau on “Make A Difference Day” (along with not-quite youth Mike Zahn and Martie Pahris). Wes Ebert has been on a two-week mission trip to Lithuania to visit churches he helped to establish 15 years ago.

And these are just the ones we know of offhand. It’s not just about us, and what our branch of the church does. It’s about ministry. Everywhere.

Make a Difference Day