First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Thursday, April 09, 2020
Live and Share God's Love



First United Methodist Church in the Wausau Community and World

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April  Mission Offering


April gifts to mission will go for Red Cliff Mission trip and ongoing support. This mission serves the residents of the reservation and deepens the relationship with the native community there.

Donations will provide supplies for the early child- hood program and clothing for the children.

Ray Nowaczyk
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.


Our Vision:

Led by God to change lives and transform the world.

Downtown Memory Café

We celebrated five years of outreach ministry in May of this year. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month. Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment – accompanied by their care partners, family or friends. Sing-alongs, programs, conversation, activities and refreshments are offered each month by dementia-trained volunteers. Consider escorting a friend or loved one to a Downtown Memory Café. Free!

For more information, please contact the church office at 715.842.2201; or Charles Schoenfeld at 715-842- 9809, or



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 coffee and 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


Personal Needs Closet

For the last ten years, our church has sponsored a Personal Needs Closet. We give away household and hygiene supplies that are not available through most food panties. We have helped thousands of families stretch their budget since we opened, by giving them toilet paper, laundry soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products, and may other items.

The PNC is supported entirely by donations, and run entirely by volunteers. The PNC is open every month on the second Tuesday, 1:00-3:00pm and the fourth Saturday, 9:00-11:00am.

Would you like to know more? Sign up in the parlor to help, and see for yourself. Or buy a few extra items at the store to donate to the Personal Needs Closet. You will be glad you did, and your neighbors in the com- munity who come to the Personal Needs Closet will be glad too!

Betsy Duginski

On Becoming a Reconciling Chruch

When we can gather again, we will be voting in our congregation to determine if we will be a reconciling congregation. Our Ministries Council has already ap- proved a welcoming statement:

“In response to God’s unconditional love for all people made known to us in Jesus Christ, we are called to be a welcoming and affirming community. We, the first United Methodist Church of Wausau are believers and seekers who include and welcome persons of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and physical and mental abilities. Whatever your story we embrace who you are. We welcome into the full life of this church all those who God sends us. Centered in Christ, we commit ourselves to building and living as a community where all are loved.”

We have had a churchwide survey taken, have had several listening sessions, Laura Goetz, an LBGTQ advocate has spoken to the church on behalf of PFLAG, and Wes Ebert has told a personal story showing that there are individuals that are affected by this issue close to our congregation. It is now time for us as a congregation to take a definite and positive step forward to indicate to LGBTQ+ community that they are welcome in our church. As leader of the reconciling team I have heard little criticism over this step that our church will be taking. If there is anyone who is reluctant to see us publicly take a position pro- claiming that we are open to all in this church, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Jayneann, Jen Johnson, Margaret Getzin or others on this team with questions or criticisms.

I believe as United Methodists we have a responsibility to reach out to minister to and build a diverse community within our Church. This is what calling our- selves a reconciling community will help foster.
Gary Getzin

Thank you for supporting Mission Guatemala’ s “Home Is Where Our Heart Is” campaign. Your gift has propelled us ever closer to our goal. Together we’ll make it home!

Dear Friends at Wausau UMC,
Thank you for your gift to help purchase the clinic property. It is our hope to secure a permanent home for Mission Guatemala and your gift is helping make that a reality. You are a blessing.

Doing all the good we can together, Leign Randall

Point in Time Count. 30 volunteers identified 6 individuals in the community as being homeless.



Dear First United Methodist Church,

On behalf of the clients, staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities, I’d like to thank you for your recent donation of toilet paper for the Wausau Warming Center. Your attentiveness to the needs of struggling men & women in our community is greatly appreciated, as it will help us to meet their most pressing needs immediately. We are honored to have you join us as we work to serve Christ in them!

In Christ,
Roberto Partarrius, Executive Director


Dear First Methodist Church,

We are writing to express our deepest thanks for your recent donation to The Open Door. Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial & moral support needed to continue our mission.

With your faithful financial contributions over the years, you’ve demonstrated your deep commitment to our work of aiding men & women coming out of incarceration and trying to rebuild their lives. Your gift is already being used to help individuals meet their basic needs so they can gain employment, housing and find a purpose. Many of our guests are just looking for a second chance and donors like you make this possible.

Thank you again for your compassionate sup- port. We hope that you will continue to partner with us in our commitment to offer a second (or more) chance to those looking to make a positive change in their lives.

With Warmest regards, Anne Drow
Executive Director