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


Thoughts from Martie

I hate to write. It’s not that I don’t know how to write, I just hate doing it. I would rather talk, and I love to read. I don’t even mind editing what someone else has written, but have I mentioned that I hate to write? But here I am having to write something, and it is a long way to the bot- tom of this page.

I imagine that there are things that you hate to do too. I know that many of you are hating to have to do this whole “social distancing” thing right now. And as I write this I am waiting for Gov. Evers to announce that we are going to have to stay home or do what others are calling “sheltering in place.” I am going to hate that too.

Although I am an introvert, I still need to interact with people every day, or I start to feel down and sad. That is the hard part for me in all this that we are going through with this corona virus, not being able to talk with people face to face, and shake hands with or hug people. I can’t even sit down and share a meal with someone in a restaurant. I have talked about what I hate, but let me tell you that I love to eat and share a good meal with others.

So what are we to do during this time? I would encourage you to do something that you really like to do, but don’t usually have time to do. For me that will be sitting down and listening to music while following the score, which is the written down part of music. I will probably listen to some Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Holst, and maybe even some Mozart, Strauss, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Doing this helps to restore my soul, even though I don’t do it often enough.

This reminds me of the 23rd Psalm:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the path’s of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

Thy rod and the staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of
mine enemies:

Thou anointest my head with oil;

My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy (and love) shall follow me all the days of my life:

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Due to the restrictions set forth by the CDC regarding the COVID-19 virus, I have made the decision to cancel our Savvy Seniors group for now. I hope that you all remain healthy during this trying time and will join us when we are able to regroup.

Thank you , Vicki Nowaczyk

Personal Finance Advice from Dave Ramsey

We are called upon by God to practice stewardship of the resources with which we have been gifted. This includes how we apportion our time, our energy and our financial resources, not just at church but in all of our earning, spending and saving.

With that in mind, for the next few months we are offering monthly suggestions for personal financial stewardship. From the Dave Ramsey website, here is your third installment:

Temporarily freeze your spending.

We spend a lot of extra money here and there on ran- dom extra things we don’t really need. Instead of spending $100 on impulse buys, try a spending freeze. How? Simple. Don’t buy any nonessential items for a whole week, month, or until you hit a specific savings goal—you decide how long.

Not spending money is the best way to save it (mic drop).




How can you “Live & Share God’s Love ... with peace, joy & hope” today, in your workplace (if you’re still able to work) and at home? This is God’s call for us not just in the easy times but in the “interesting” ones as well.

On many communion Sundays, you receive an insert that says, “This month I commit to:” I call on you and all the faithful people of First Church this month to commit to calling/texting/emailing family and friends. And, I call on you to open your church directory and call people—the ones you know and the ones you don’t.

Pastor Jayneann

The Sunshine Gals loved taking their warmth to the residents at The Gardens and Mount View Care Center the past years. We have spread our sunshine with music, sharing readings and our thoughts, adding laughter and smiles, conversing with memories, and showing our care through our handshakes. We have become good friends with the common cause of spreading love.

If you would like to join us and take part in this ministry of our church, we would truly welcome you!!! Please call me if you have questions at 715.359.7756.

Arlene Trull

Downtown Memory Cafe 2020 Events

January 16:  “Penny for your Thoughts” Join us as we kick off 2020 with a fun Penny Ante Game—a great way to get to know one another!

February 20:  “Beautiful Wisconsin” TV 9 Meteorologist, Justin Lowe, joins us to share pictures of our beautiful state—and answer all of our burning weather-related questions! 

March 19: “Cutie Pie” Spring on in with your baby picture or picture of your “spring chicken” selves. We will guess who each other is! And, of course, eat pie!  

April 16: “Wisconsin Supper Clubs” Enjoy piano, string bass and percussion by local music artist Ray Kraemer, mocktails, relish trays. We will host a surprise local supper club owner!

May 21: “Downtown Memory Café turns 6!” A Café of music and activities for our local police crew for National Police Week. And cake!

June 18:  “Attracting our Fine Feathered Friends”  Fly on in for a presentation from Wild Birds Unlimited—something to tweet about!

July 16:  “Down on the Farm!”  Play farm bingo for laughs. Make whipped cream at our tables and serve it over strawberry shortcake. A yummy, fun time!

August 20:  “Picnic at Marathon Park”  Bring your lawn chairs and a mystery/unusual item to share. We will have a guessing good time!

Sept. 17
: “Travel Talk” Join us for a travel talk, complete with ethnic food and music! To be announced.

October 15: “Laugh Basket!”  Too fun to miss! We will collect a basketful of fun items to don and show each other. A café complete with jokes, one-liners and tongue-twisters!

November 19:
“Book Club!” Share a favorite book, cookbook, family album or novel. Open mic to those who wish to recite a poem or favorite quote! Don’t miss this chapter!

December 17: “Holiday in Song!” Back by huge demand, join Blowin’- in-the-Winds recorder group for a holiday sing-a-long and more!

Welcome, Rebecca Voss!

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On July 1, 2020, FUMC-Wausau will welcome a new pastor, Rebecca Voss. Her first official Sunday in our church will be July 12. She is coming to us from New Hope UMC in DePere, WI, where she has been the pastor since 2014.

Pastor Rebecca was raised in Waunakee, WI, in a very musical, Lutheran home. She went to Luther College in Decorah, IA, planning to complete a degree with the hope of becoming a band director. However, she received the call to ministry in her first semester at Luther and switched majors to Public Communications and minors in Biblical Greek and Music. Her plans to attend seminary changed when she was called to become a youth director at Fifth Ave UMC in West Bend, WI, where she recognized her affinity to the heritage and theology of the Methodist denomination.

When she was living in Illinois, she attended a two-year program for congregational development as a lay person. While studying there, she was encouraged to follow her pastoral calling, and went on to seminary school in Ohio, while serving as a pastor in Plainfield, IL. She earned a M.Div. with a concentration in church renewal, graduated in 2014 in Ohio, was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in Northern IL, transferred to the WI Annual Conference, and was appointed to serve New Hope UMC, all within one month! She was ordained in 2016 and has served the WI Annual Conference in a number of ways since that time.

While serving the DePere church, she met her husband, James, and they were married at Pine Lake Camp in 2017. They have a blended family of 3 young adult sons (Joshua-21, James Jr-20, and Micah-18) and 4 daughters (Jazlyn-17, Jordyn-13, Joy-12, and Jayden-11), plus Sandy the greyhound, Gus the cat, Lola the rabbit, and Meep the hamster. They are all looking forward to “connecting with the people of First UMC-Wausau and the region we’re called to serve as the Holy Spirit revitalizes our faith, church and city, and God writes the next chapter of new hope for all of us.”

Your Staff Parish Relations Committee

The SPRC of First United Methodist Church—Wausau really is your committee in the church. It is a way for you to have your voice heard in ena- bling communications between the staff and the congregation, the parish. The purpose of this committee is outlined in the Book of Discipline as: ‘the administrative unit in the local church where staff and congregational interests are integrated to focus on the mission of the church”. The majority of actions taken during these committee meetings are confidential, and all input is held in confidence, but it is “owned” input. Triangulation has disrupted these confidences in recent times, but please know that the current members of SPRC are working very hard to rid our church of this practice.

In recent months, your SPRC committee has been very busy. One of our biggest responsibilities is to hire staff. We were responsible for meeting with the District Superintendent to discuss what our church wanted in a pastor, which led him and the Bishop to bring Pastor Rebecca Voss here for an interview with committee members. After some discussion and negotiations, the committee approved the recommendation of Pastor Rebecca’s appointment, which was then finalized by the Bishop of Wisconsin’s Annual Conference.

Another big responsibility has been to help Pastor Jayneann help all of us work through how FUMC—Wausau would handle the response to COVID-19. We worked with our pastor to get a protocol established that helps all of us try to navigate these uncertain times, looking at both short- term plans, as well as possible long-term plans. Because we are dealing with something that has not happened to any of us before, we will be meeting more frequently (and safely!) to determine how to move forward. Ultimately, it will be SPRC that decides church hours, how and where staff will work, when worship time will once again occur in the sanctuary, when face to face meetings will resume, etc....

Other responsibilities include annual evaluations of staff members, working with potential Lay Speakers, Candidates for Ministry, and missionary service, develop and work with staff job descriptions, etc. ... Currently, each SPRC member is a liaison to one of the church’s staff members, which hopefully fosters stronger communications. The Staff Parish Relations Committee plays an important role in our church. Please reach out to any of its members with your questions, concerns, and comments.

Bonnie Goertz, chair of SPRC

Random Thoughts

by Mike Zahn April 2020 THE CROSS
At a recent Friday noon Lenten Organ Meditation held at our church, one of the pieces was “The Old Rugged Cross.” I looked up at the large cross above the altar and began to put together some thoughts and previously learned information in my head.

One observation is that God has taken the cross, a tool of death, and transformed it into a symbol of life. There is amazing power in that supernatural action. The vertical beam of the cross reaches from the ground, from which our humanity is formed and re- turns to when we die; to the eternity of the universe. Linking earth and heaven is Jesus Christ.

On the horizontal beam is room for every single human being. And we are all on the same level; no one is higher or lower, as in the world. We are all equal in God’s eyes. And the arms of Jesus stretch out to love and hold each unique one of us.

As is proven in historical fact, Jesus died, like all people; in that way He is no different than us. But as we observe Easter this month, let’s celebrate this—the cross in our sanctuary is empty! The tomb is empty!

Paul writes: “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God has exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:8-11



What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbathщ۬
the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

Lynn Ungar 3/11/20,


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First Church's Facebook Page

Please take a look at our church Facebook page! We currently have a meal train up for the Hornbys with opportunities to help with a meal. Some of our other activities are listed there as well.

If you have something you would like to put on the FB page, let Jen Johnson know. She will make all attempts to post it. Her number is 715-470-2527


Fun Visiting
Pine Lake United Methodist Camp