First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Live and Share God's Love


First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

September Mission Offering

September Mission Offering

The September Mission Offering is going toward raising a required fee of $2,000 for work supplies for the 2018 Mission Guatemala Team. The team is also raising
additional funds to help subsidize the cost of the trip for members who may need financial support to participate and fulfill John Wesley’s call to “Do All The Good You Can.”
Thank you for your prayers and support
~ 2018 First UMC Mission Guatemala Team.

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.



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.

For the 41st year, area residents have an opportunity to participate in an anti-hunger Walk/Run that will benefit people in need around the world as well as those receiving assistance from our local food pantries.

Last year FUMC and 15 other area congregations raised $15,203.02 for hunger relief around the world as well as food pantries in Marathon County. Come walk (or run) with us in 2018! There will be 2, 5, and 10 km. routes to accommodate walkers of all ages and abilities. Make a pledge to support a walker from FUMC or make a gift in any amount. Look for information in the parlor about registration, start times and pledges.

CROP is the relief effort of Church World Service. 25% of the funds raised will go to The Salvation Army, The Neighbors’ Place, and local pantries in each community that sends walkers. Questions? Contact Margaret Getzin 715-842-9254

Hunger in the United States

Answer each True or False.

  1. U.S. households classified as having very low food security typically experience hunger a few days each year.
  2. Almost 5 million children in the U.S. Sometimes don't know where to find a next meal.
  3. Almost 10% of American citizens go hungry at some time each year because of lack of food.
  4. Most who suffer from hunger are homeless and out of work.
  5. In 1995, the USDA determined more than 96 billion pounds of food are wasted every year after it has reached stores, restaurants and homes.
  6. In rural areas, more than 2 million households are sometimes without food.
  7. In 2011, almost 22 percent of children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
  1. False. Typically, households classified as having very low food security experienced the condition in 7 months of the year.
  2. False. 17 million children live in foodinsecure households.
  3. False. As many as 1 in 6 (>16%) are struggling with hunger. These are often hardworking people who are forced to go without food even for days.
  4. False. Only about 10% of families suffering hunger are homeless, and 36 % have at least one working adult in the household.
  5. True. The USDA found more than 96 billion pounds of food was thrown out each year, and that doesn't count the food that is left in the fields or is rejected and dumped in landfills.
  6. True. More than 2 million rural households suffer food insecurity - with not enough dependable access to food to sustain a healthy life.
  7. True. In 2011, 21.9 percent of children under the age of 18 were in poverty more than 16 million children.


Thank you for your Support

Dear First United Methodist Church, Wausau, Thank you for understanding the value of what we can accomplish together. Meeting the needs of individuals and families in our community is a continual challenge that could not be met without your support.

Your gift of $190.39 on 6/1/2018 helps provide affordable housing, food, childcare, clothing and supportive services to those working to move out of poverty.
We are all sincerely thankful and appreciative of your support.
Rev. Tina Itson, Director of Development
United Methodist Children’s Services (UMCS)

Random Thoughts

THE POWER OF PRAYER Mike Zahn 9/2018

This kind can come out only by prayer.” Mark 9:29

Prayer can be done in many ways and for various purposes. There is silent prayer and spoken prayer. Prayers in the wilderness, prayers alone in the middle of a city, prayers together in church. Contemplative prayer, healing prayers, “panic” prayers, Taizestyle prayers, tapping, meditation, pastoral prayers. All types of prayer help people communicate with God, which is a twoway street.

Oswald Chambers wrote this about prayer:

Prayer is not a normal part of the life of the natural man. We hear it said that a person’s life will suffer if he doesn’t pray, but I question that. What will suffer is the life of the Son of God in him, which is nourished not by food, but by prayer. When a person is born again from above, the life of the Son of God is born in him, and he can either starve or nourish that life. Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished.”

Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest.

There is tremendous divine power possible through prayer. In the passage from Mark 9, Jesus is able to drive out a demon that his disciples could not. In my life and in our church, I have witnessed the power of prayer in small ways and in incredible, miraculous ways.

As a church, we will be embarking soon on a journey over the next year to harness the power of “breakthrough prayer.” I believe God can lead us to places we never dreamed of. It will all start with the power of prayer. I can hardly wait!

Mission Trip Shares Go On Sale

Looking for a way to support the 2018 Mission Guatemala Team? Are you craving some amazing Guatemalan cuisine that can’t be satisfied locally? Interested in seeing and hearing the first-hand testimonies of how Mission Guatemala is changing lives in San Andrés Semetabaj, Guatemala? Well, the 2018 Mission Guatemala Team has a deal for You! The Mission Guatemala Team will be selling “shares” of capital stock for “One full Guatemalan Style Dinner” to be held after the team’s travels this November. Stock shares for the Guatemalan dinner start at $30.00 with proceeds going towards material costs for the project the team will be working on as well as help some of our team’s members with financial need follow John Wesley’s teachings of “Do All The Good You Can”.

Each stock certificate purchased reserves a seat for the shareholder at an authentic Guatemalan style dinner held at First United Methodist Church in Wausau. The Mission team will prepare and serve the meal to shareholders and share pictures and stories from their week-long journey to Mission Guatemala. The date for the dinner will be announced this summer. Shares can be purchased in the church Parlor after services starting June 3, 2018. See Jen Marzu or a member of the Mission Team for details on how you can support the Mission Team in their endeavor or purchase a share.

The following is a message from R. David Gnaniah with an update about St. John’s School in India. The school’s new classrooms were dedicated in December by a team of clergy and lay from the Wisconsin Conference. The school is part of the Philip and Timothy Stains Memorial Home complex. This is a Wisconsin Advance Special.
Dear Friends,

Greetings to you all in Jesus name. As you know about our children’s home, we are sending this appeal to you. This June we are going to admit 50 tribal kids in our school. These tribal kids are from very poor families and can’t afford to get an education. All of their parents are illiterates and below poverty line. Usually these tribals never send their children to schools. We gave awareness on education to the parents and now they are sending their kids to school.
To sponsor a child it costs $50 per child per month. This will cover their stay, food, clothing and school fees and supplies. We will give a child to each sponsor and provide a photo and details of that child.
I kindly appeal to your church to sponsor these tribal kids and help them to come up in their lives. The school will be the Open School Syllabus under National Institute of Open School under Central Government. You are welcome to visit this project at any time.

With love and prayers
David Gnaniah.
This is Advanced Special Project #7940 the same as The Philip & Timothy Stains Memorial Children’s Home.


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