First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Saturday, July 02, 2022
Live and Share God's Love


Financial Narrative for April 2022

April Revenue

April Expenses
Pledged Offering
$ 10,901.16
Staffing $ 17,935.38
Non-Pledged Offering $   3,020.00 Programming $      1,499.12
Other Revenue $   3,231.00 Apportionments $  3,986.00
From Endowment $     1.672.72
Building Operations $   5,397.67
Total Revenue
$   18,824.88 Total Expenses $ 28,818.17
    Net YTD $ (9,993.29)


June 2022 "Good"

To be a follower of Jesus means to be willing to sacrifice ourselves for the good of all. It means to be willing to
deny ourselves for the benefit of all of humanity.

I recently read about a man named Thomas Cannon who did this in a truly remarkable way. He was a postal
worker in Richmond, Virginia, who lived much of his life on the edge of poverty so that he could give to those
in need. Describing himself as “a poor man’s philanthropist,” he gave away more than $150,000 to people who
were experiencing hard times, or who had been unusually kind or brave. He gave these gifts over the last 33
years of his life, mostly in the form of $1,000 checks.

He traced his inspiration to his time in the Navy. While he was away at signal school, there was a shipboard
explosion at the Port of Chicago and may of his shipmates were killed. He concluded that he was spared for a
reason — to help others, to be a role model, to inspire people to see what he called “the oneness of it all.”
Cannon gave to people of all ages, races, nationalities, and incomes. He gave to a low-income woman who
started a youth center in her apartment complex . . . to a retired postal worker who was a regular volunteer at an
elementary school . . . to a woman and a man who wanted to return to Vietnam to visit their hometown . . . to an
advocate for the victims of crime . . . and to a teenager who had been abandoned as an infant but grew up to be
named Virginia’s Youth of the Year.

This generosity didn’t come without sacrifice. Cannon supported his wife, his two sons, and himself and his
charitable efforts on a salary that never exceeded $20,000 a year. When he retired from the postal service in
1983, he and his wife lived near the poverty line on his pension. “We lived simply,” he said before his death in
2005, “so we could give money away.”

He wasn’t unhappy about these sacrifices. In fact, he had a great sense of humor, one that he kept even after
being diagnosed with terminal cancer. As his health was failing, he told the Richmond newspaper, “A Baptist
deacon who owed me $200 died recently. First thing I’m going to do when I get to the other side is run him

Thomas Cannon didn’t want a foundation to be set up to continue his work after his death. He feared that a
foundation would require a bureaucracy, and tons of paperwork. He didn’t even what his name attached to
anything. He just left one simple request: “Help somebody.”

Rev. Jason Mahnke, Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation






You can give online by going to
Click “Donate to Your Local Church” then scroll to the bottom to find “Wausau: First UMC.” It’ll take 2 minutes to create a profile, then you’re set to give.




Want to make Gift-Giving Easy???

SCRIP can make great gifts fo this Christmas season! Without it costing you any extra money, you can support the church by buying gift cards at church that you can give away or spend just like cash.

If you would like to order some specific scrip for gift giving please let Mark or Jen Johnson know. We are going to do a big order at the beginning of December for your gift giving needs. If you would like to see what is available, there are lists in the parlor. First Church pays a $10 fee each time we place an order to handle shipping costs. So we want to limit our orders to keep the costs down. (The exception is Trigs and Culvers. They are local business we work with and are able to get Scrip cards at anytime without a processing fee.) Please feel free to contact Jen or Mark Johnson at 715-470-2527 with questions. Thank you!

Amazon, iTunes, Dick’s, Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Bath & Body Works, Carnival, Delta, Eastbay, Land’s End, Royal Caribbean

Trig’s, Pick ‘n Save. Menards, Home Depot. Fleet Farm, Krist, Holiday, Kwik Trip, AutoZone

Dunkin’, Starbucks, Pizza Ranch, Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Subway, Culver’s, Burger King, Hardee’s, Arby’s, Panera, Taco Bell, Papa Murphy’s, Noodles & Co, Olive Garden, Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, Texas Roadhouse

Barnes & Noble, Target, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Walmart/Sam’s Club, Walgreens, CVS, Great Clips, Hilton Garden Inn

About This Guest Writing

Do you have a recent faith story you feel led to share? Has God touched your life in a way that begs to be repeated? If you would like to put something in an upcoming edition of the Messenger, speak to Mike Zahn. Maybe we can include your story in the coming months.

Texas Roadhouse Dine-to-Donate Sundays

Enjoy a meal while raising money for your church. Bring in your church bulletin or newsletter and give it to your server along with your receipt. Then from your total, you receive 10% back.

A seven-week class to help adults reduce falls and stay active. In this interactive weekly class, learn about balance
and strength exercises, safety at home, and ways to be strong and steady wherever you go. Classes are held at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Central Wisconsin, 600 Stewart Avenue Suite 25.

For information, call 715.261.6070
A contribution of $10 for the full 7-week session is suggested, but is not required to attend.

Lay Leadership Report 2020


Some of you have faithfully been writing checks to pay down the loan on the church’s parking lot. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yes, we’re still taking funds for this excellent cause. You can write a separate check, or write a single one and identify how the money is to be split. Either way, we appreciate your contribution toward the physical structures of our church. Thank you, again!

Beautify the Church Office

Did your Norfolk Island Pine get too big for the room while it was outside all summer? Would you like to gift it to a location where people will truly appreciate it? The church office is looking for just such a plant. Call or email Joan at the office to talk about giving your plant a new home.

Help Your Church Do Ministry

Would you like to give of yourself to the church but don’t know how? Do you have a secondary laptop (Windows 10 or newer) at home that you could gift to our ministries? This could be your way to serve the First United Methodist Church is in need of one (or possibly two) laptops. The “Volunteer” computer in the office is old enough that it can’t do the work asked of it. The laptop attached to the projector uses Window 3 and does not support newer PowerPoints or videos.

Mission Giving Without Pain

UMW collects Kwik Trip bottle caps, pull tabs and “box tops for education” for missions. Kwik Trip caps go to Harbor House, a UMW sponsored women’s shelter, “box tops for education” are sent to Redbird Mission in Kentucky, and pull tabs are sent to Ronald McDonald House. For your convenience there are collection baskets in the parlor. And remember, aluminum cans are collected for our own mission trip.