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

Faith Formation


February 11 - March 11
Grades 2 through 5
Room 212


“Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to save the lives of many people.”
—Genesis 50:20

Messy Church
Wed, February 21
5 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Mark your calendar to join us for Messy Church on Wednesday, February 21 at 5pm. Our theme this time is SNOWFLAKES. You don’t have to be a child (or parent of one) to join us. We’ll have music, a bible story, an activity or two and communion. You need to try this out!

Volunteers Still Needed

Do you like spending time with children? We still need volunteers to be in the nursery on Sunday mornings during the 10:00am worship service. If you would be willing to give of your time in this way, please contact Martie at the church, 715-842- 2201. Thank you.

Sermons All Week... All Year

If you miss a sermon and want to stay current with a series, or review past ones, the text and audio podcast of each week’s message are uploaded to You can find texts and audio for the past two years… you could put together your own private retreat!

Online Connections

Are you a regular user of Facebook? Jen Johnson has offered to help keep our church page updated with short notices of events and occasional announcements.

Let Jen or staff know if you can help with newer lines of communication. There’s a whole generation who may not read The Messenger or church bulletins but may well respond to invitations received on their phone. If you are connected to online worlds, help FUMC connect people through modern means Wesley surely would use today.

Do you like spending time with children? We still need volunteers to be in the Nursery on Sunday mornings during the 10:00am worship service. If you would be willing to give of your time in this way, please contact Martie at the church, 715-842-2201. Thank you!


Making Sense of the Bible

Our latest book / bible study is underway. As I read this we have had up to fifteen people in a session reading and listening to the bible, sharing ideas, watching the video and generally working to understand this “disturbing, wonderful, perplexing and inspiring book.” After wrapping up our study of Hebrew scriptures we turn to the New Testament, then we’ll spend the remainder of our study considering some of the bible’s more challenging passages.

What Would You Like to Study?

While I was looking at old Messengers, I noticed that in one of last winter’s newsletters that Pastor Jerry suggested Half Truths. This is a video/book study that I heartily recommend having facilitated the class at my last appointment. Still, I’m sure you have wondered about other things to study.
  • Have you always wondered about the Book of Job?
  • How long has it been since First Church offered a study specifically for women? Or men?
  • Are you interested in continuing with The Wired Word?
Call the office or email me with your ideas.

Parents, if you are not able to arrange your calendar so that everyone can come to the Ash Wednesday service on February 14 (7p.m. at First Presbyterian) please make a point of introducing the idea of Lent to your youngsters. We will be talking about Lent during Children’s Time on Sunday the 18th, and if they have even the slightest background it’ll help. Thank you. During Children’s Time on March 4th we’ll be talking about Communion, so if you could have a bit of conversation with them before this that would also be great. As always, we encourage you to talk with your youngsters after worship – about what was said or sung, anything, really. Just open the conversation.

Wesleyan Retreat

March 2-3 Friday 6:30 pm- Saturday 3:30 PM is the Wesleyan Heritage Confirmation Retreat at Lake Lucerne UMC Camp. Please let Jen Marzu know if you are attending so we can get you registered. This retreat does fill up- so please let us know ASAP.

Led by a team of experienced pastors from across the state, Wesleyan Heritage is a retreat to introduce confirmation students to the deep heritage of the United Methodist Church. Held at Lake Lucerne Camp March 2-3, 2018. Cost is $70/youth.

All Creation Sings

This is the theme for our children’s music time for the coming year. Children’s music is for those children in kindergarten through fifth grade. This year we will be moving across and down the hall to room 215. Stay tuned for more details.

VBS as a Success!

We had a great week of VBS (Vacation Bible School) with 25 children who attended. Please see the pictures below. Kirsten Hornby did a wonderful job of preparing our evening meals with the help of Anna Schreiber and others. Meagan Fandrey, Bonnie Goertz, Carrie and Ruby Edmundson, and Jackie, Gwen and Ginnie Chang did an awesome job of leading activities and shepherding children. Thank you to all who participated!