First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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If you have not yet pledged your giving for 2020, it’s as simple as contacting the church office  with the amount you intend to give and how often you will be doing it.


When Propensity Meets Capacity

March 2020
 

To give away money is an easy matter and within any-one’s power, but to decide to whom to give it, how much to give, when to give, and to give for the right motive and in the right way, is neither in everyone’s power nor an easy matter. Hence, it is that such excellence is rare, praiseworthy, and noble. Aristotle

Recently a church asked me to help determine their con-gregation’s capacity for giving. Here is my simple answer: any congregation’s capacity to give is at least 10% (the tithe) of its annual income.


I usually estimate a church’s congregation-wide annual income as the median income within a 5-mile radius of the church times the number of giving units in the church. (So that I do not inadvertently overestimate con-gregational income, I usually work with 90 percent of this number.)

Ten percent of total congregational income is the tithe and is our best scripturally based estimate of congregational capacity to give. God proposed the tithe as a target for giving to support the church with other charitable giving to be over and above that amount. (Our denomination’s stance is that “tithing is the minimum goal of giving” (Book of Discipline ¶630.5e) and “God’s standard of giving” (¶304.1c)).
 

In Wisconsin, our actual giving averages 2.9%. We are spending much of God’s share on ourselves. How much could our churches accomplish if we tithed and had more than three times as much in giving?

In my talks with United Methodists around the state, I hear a lot of anxiety about the state of our churches, often because they are experiencing budget shortfalls. What they often propose is cutting more costs or get-ting new people to pay for the church.

Yet, we could reverse the trajectory of United Methodism by simply giving what God has asked us to give. That is the revitalization we need.

Jim Wells, 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.
 
 

 

Our Elected Leaders 2019

 

Ministries Council
Mike Zahn, Wes Ebert, Sara Roquemore, Bonnie Goertz, Bruce Brandenburg, Kirsten Hornby, Jerry Evans, Ray Nowaczyk, Margaret Getzin, Sharon Gisselman, Barb Ritchie, Dick Rayborn, Arthur Chang, Jen Marzu, Jayneann McIntosh, Martie Pahris

Lay Leadership Committee

Jayneann McIntosh, Sara Roquemore, Mike Zahn, Bonnie Goertz, Dan Marzu, Gary Getzin, Yvonne Firary, Nancy Bogumill

Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

Kirsten Hornby, Sara Roquemore, Mike Zahn, Jason Fandrey, Bonnie Goertz, Jane Dovenbarger, Dottie Nietert, Jayneann McIntosh

Board of Trustees

Bruce Brandenburg, Mike Zahn, Barb Maguire, Pat Higgins, Jon Goertz, Margaret Getzin, Roger Mittenzwei, Timm Fischer, Terri Flath

Finance Committee

Wes Ebert, Mike Zahn, Martie Pahris, Stan Schacht, Jen Johnson, Betsy Duginski, Ken Attoe Audit Committee: Monica Dvorak, Tom Bogumill Investment Team: Dick Rayborn, Bob Keener, Bruce Brandenburg, Barbara Hunger

Scholarship Team
Jayneann McIntosh, Paula Hauber, Bonnie Goertz, Mark Johnson, Debbie Martin

Wills & Memorials Team
Jerry Evans Nancy Runner, Anita Gerber, Darlene Kell, Sandy Schmoldt, Andrea Zastrow
 
Worship Design Team
Margaret Getzin, Meagan Fandrey, Vicki Nowaczyk, Martie Pahris, Lin Strong, Kurt Hornby

Missions Ministry Team
Ray Nowaczyk, Wes Ebert, Tom Kelley, Betsy Larson, Dick Rayborn, Sara Roquemore

Welcome & Communications Team

Sara Roquemore, Gwen Carey, Bob Firary, Yvonne Firary, Nancy Flath, Diane Misoni, Barb Ritchie

Aesthetics Team

Sue Kissinger, Nancy Bogumill, Beth Burke, Don Kissinger, Lynn Reichert, Maggie Schoenfeld

Care Ministry
Mary Ann Dykes, Bonnie Goertz, Diane Misoni, Maggie Schoenfeld, Arlene Trull

Memory Café
Mary Ann Dykes, Nancy Flath, Carole Machek, Mark Milne, Alice Schacht, Stan Schacht, Charles Schoenfeld, Maggie Schoenfeld, Nancy Turner Personal Needs Closet Steering Gail Cain, Barb Hunger, Tom Kufahl, Jamelle Milne

Webmaster Jon Goertz

Facebook Coordinator Jen Johnson

(The Chairperson of each Committee or Ministry Team is the first-named person on each list, excepting Care Ministry, Memory Cafe and PNC Steering.)



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.