First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Friday, February 23, 2018
Live and Share God's Love


First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

February Mission Offering

First UMC is preparing to send a mission team to Panajachel, Guatemala to Mission Guatemala , a faith – based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to help meet the basic needs and improve the quality of life of under-served and impoverished Guatemala peoples through health, education, and nutrition initiatives and missionary service. This months offering is going towards raising a required fee of $2,000.00 for work supplies for the 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 full-fill John Wesley’s call to “Do All The Good You Can”. Thank you for your prayers and support - 2018 First United Methodist Church 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.


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

Point in Time Count Photo 1


How much do you know about hunger in Marathon County?

In 2016 Marathon County Hunger Coalition partner pantries had ___ total requests for hunger assistance.

(a). 81,072   (b). 111,338   (c). 146,647   (d). 200,101

Let’s Flex Our Church Muscles

First Church has some great things going for it. You don’t need me to tell you that. Yet, we’re also on the same slippery slope as most churches. We can’t afford to rest on our successes.

To be a healthy, vibrant church, we need always to be looking outward. When churches do this, we have fewer distractions and arguments about inward issues. To be the church God calls us to be we need to
  • Grow outward exponentially (times 4 might work)
  • Abandon all entitlement mentality
  • Pray that we all would be willing to accept new paradigms; and
  • Pray some more.
Could we all use John 17:20-23 as an ongoing prayer effort this year?

[Jesus prayed] “I’m not praying only for [my disciples] but also for those who believe in me because of their word. I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I pray that they also will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. I’ve given them the glory that you gave me so that they can be one just as we are one. I’m in them and you are in me so that they will be made perfectly one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you have loved them just as you loved me.”


Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn

Ashes and Love

I notice on the calendar that Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are both on February 14th this year. That’s ironic.

Someone I know recently lost the love of his life after a long illness. She meant the world to him, and he will miss her terribly. They loved each other. What is love? The sad reality is that we all die and return to ashes, but what is love? Jesus said, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love hath no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13

Another time He is asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replies, “What is written in the Law?” The man answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” Then the man asked,

“And who is my neighbor?” and Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan. Afterwards, Jesus tells the man to “Go and do likewise.” Luke 10: 25-37

Let’s be honest; we know love when we see it. We know love when we feel it, we know love when we experience it, both in the giving and in the receiving. So go and do likewise.

Life is short. . . love others, and have the faith and confidence that love overcomes ashes.

And, oh by the way--

Do you have any art you’d like to share? I know you do; I’ve seen it. Please contact me if you would be willing to place some of your “labors of love” in our display case for a time! or 715.302.5164 or call the church office.


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.

Lay Servant Training Event

Introduction to Lay Ministry – The Basic Course

January 26, 6 – 9 p.m. and
January 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

At Wausau: First United Methodist
You will need the book: Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course Participant's Book by Sandy Zeigler Jackson and Brian Jackson

Available through Discipleship Ministries (;; or Important: Please read the book before the the class begins. So that we have enough space and snacks, please register by January 16 at

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