First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Live and Share God's Love


First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions


November Mission Offering

The November Mission offering this year will help support the work of the annual Community Christmas Dinner, held now at St. Paul’s UCC on Christmas Day.

And, remember, any coin you put – loose – into the offering plate goes directly to the monthly mission without any extra effort on your part.
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.

Wills & Memorials Committee

The Wills and Memorials Committee approved funds to be used for a new industrial vacuum, purchased from Nassco of Wausau. These funds were made possible by undesignated gifts, to be used at the committee’s discretion, honoring June Paul, Carroll Pieper, Loretta Thario and Leon White.

The Wills and Memorials Committee thanks you for remembering the church in your will and for designating memorial gifts to honor loved ones.



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.

One Way that One Family Lives out their Discipleship

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, as long as ever you can.”
John Wesley
A couple of years ago, Jason and I found ourselves looking to create some Advent traditions for our family that would “do good” and remove some of the focus on the commercialism that has become associated with the Christmas season. We saw an idea on social media about donating during Advent and we applied this gent, toothpaste, body wash, and toilet paper for each day of Advent. Every morning during Advent season, our children take turns picking an item to put in our donation box, which we donate after Christmas.

This year, we took one more step as we look for ways to both help others as well as to instill generosity and gratefulness in our children. We talked with Oliver and Emily about their upcoming birthdays and how blessed they are to have parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and godparents who are able to thoughtfully pick out a gift for them each year. With this in mind, we told them that if they wanted to have a celebration with their friends this year, it would not include more gifts, as too many gifts make it difficult to appreciate what has been given. We talked about the Personal Needs Closet and our Advent project and explored the idea of applying this to their birthdays by asking that friends bring a donation instead of a gift. While slightly disappointed in hearing “no presents”, they soon understood that while they would be receiving gifts from family in honor of their birthdays, they would be giving gifts when celebrating with friends.

Parents were very positive about this alternative to traditional gifts. Several parents shared with me how much they liked the idea and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss giving with their children as they picked out the donation items. While some of the younger children struggled to grasp who, exactly, the donated gift was “for”, it was an opportunity to either begin or add to a dialogue that will only continue as parents talk to their children about what it means to give and to care for others in God’s kingdom. I think it also removed a stressor of picking out that “perfect” gift for a child who already has more than enough and refocused that energy on picking out items that would truly be appreciated by someone in need at this time.

For us as a family, this was an amazing opportunity to give to those in our community while also guiding our children toward a more grateful heart. In time, we hope to instill less focus on “stuff” and a greater focus on kindness, care for others, and doing “all the good” they can.

Meagan Fandrey

Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn

November 2018


“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons and daughters of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:32-36

This month I am challenging each one of you—in the words of Paul—“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 6:32

People in this world can sometimes act ugly. They hurt themselves and each other. They grumble behind each other’s backs. They judge. They rejoice in other’s suffering. They don’t listen to each other, they always think they’re right, and they rarely show empathy or compassion.

God calls the body of Christ to be more, to be different than the world. If a visitor were to observe your behavior,
especially toward each other, away from worship, would they be impressed? Would they be attracted? Would they see Christ?

Let’s start in our own church—no, better yet, start in your own soul—examine, in your heart, how you treat other people at church, then in the world. Is our church truly a place that is different and full of kindness, love and forgiveness, or are we just like the rest of the world?

Hi, my name is Rachel Bergmann and I have been a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church in Merrill. Betsy Duginski is my aunt and godmother which makes James my favorite cousin. I am a junior at Newman High School this year. I enjoy acting, singing, music and performing. I have also been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten and I am starting to work on my Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest rank in Girl Scouts. For my project, I will be organizing and managing several workdays to make
reusable sanitary pads for girls in Africa.

My project, Sani Panties for Sisters, will help to empower girls in Africa. Most girls don’t have access to feminine hygiene products to make them feel comfortable and sanitary while they have their period. These girls are using rags, tree bark, old papers, grass, and anything else they can find. These girls also have no clean area to use as a bathroom or anywhere to discard used maxi-pads, while my product will be washable and reusable. According to UNICEF, many African girls miss over 20% of the school year due to menstruation. Many girls drop out around the beginning years of puberty because they know in their culture, monthly bleeding is shameful and taboo.
My first event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at Christ UMC, 300 North Mill St, Merrill, from 9am - 1pm. I hope that you will consider coming and participating, however, if you cannot or are not a crafty person, but would like to help with my project, I am looking for the following donations: Baby Flannel, Cotton Flannel, PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) fabric, terrycloth, new washcloths, cotton thread, Velcro, and snaps. I will also be collecting packages of women’s underwear to send with the Sani Panties. Of course monetary donations are also helpful. I would also love to hold a workday at your church if there is any interest.

My project advisors are Norma Schroder and Dawn Schroder-Silvela. After working with these two ladies for several years on Little Dresses for Africa, I knew that they would be the perfect support team for my project. If you have any questions you can contact me at or 715-536-8355. You could also contact Betsy if you have any questions about my project. I have also created several prototypes of the Sani Panties if you would like to see what they look like. Thank you for your interest.
~Rachel Bergmann

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