First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Saturday, May 08, 2021
Live and Share God's Love


Come Worship With Us!

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2021 Breakthrough Prayer

Hello God, thank you for this day. 
It's 9:03 and we need your help..
Guide us by your Holy Spirit to reach new people,
Connect us all through Christ's love, and
Empower us to love and serve others..


8:00 a.m. Worship in Fellowship Hall

10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary

As we continue our "Good News" series, we'll explore a variety of ways that God turns often difficult experiences into something truly good. In May, we'll see how pruning, sacrifice, goodbyes, and fire each can be used to help us grow into the people God made us to be.

Sunday, May 2

Fourth Sunday of Easter
Good Pruning
8:00 a.m. Worship with Communion in Fellowship Hall
9:30 a.m. Communion in Courtyard (weather permitting)
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
Ps. 22:25-31, 1 John 4:7-21, John 15:1-8

Sunday, May 9

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Mother’s Day
Good Sacrifice
Ps. 98, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17

Sunday, May 16

Ascension Sunday

Graduation Sunday

Good Bye

Ps. 93, Eph. 1:15-23, Luke 24:44-53

Sunday, May 23

Pentecost Sunday

Good Firer

Ps. 104:24-35, Acts 2:1-13, 14-21

Sunday, May 30

Trinity Sunday Obadiah

Easter Drive In Service


Drive-In Communion Service

Thank you to all the volunteers and participants who made our first Drive-In Communion Service something that filled our hearts with Christ and faces with smiles! We've decided to offer two more before the weather turns cold. Please mark Sunday, September 13and Sunday, October 4at 10am on your calendars to join us for Drive-In Communion services again.October 4 is also World Communion Sunday, which is particularly meaningful to join in communion with Christians throughout the world as a sign of Christ bringing us together in unity.

More window art facing parking lot on Fulton Street.

UM's and Holy Communion

The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments, baptism and communion. These two acts have a special place in the church because Jesus commanded them and participated in them. Through the years, Christians have used other sacramental acts to draw closer to God. While we do not recognize these others as sacraments, we participate in many of them.

The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, and the Eucharist are all names for this sacrament celebrated by United Methodists. Each of these names highlights an aspect of this act of worship.

According to This Holy Mystery, The United Methodist Church’s official document on communion, “The Lord’s Supper reminds us that Jesus Christ is the host and that we participate at Christ’s invitation.… The term Holy Communion invites us to focus on the selfgiving of the Holy God which makes the sacrament an occasion of grace, and on the holiness of our communion with God and one another.… Eucharist, from the  Greek word for thanksgiving, reminds us that the sacrament is thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and salvation.”

Who can assist the pastor in communion?

Communion is one of the responsibilities and duties of a pastor. The pastor may "train deacons and lay members to serve the consecrated communion elements.” During worship "lay persons as well as other clergy may assist the pastor in giving the bread and cup.”

This Holy Mystery explains, "The Communion elements are consecrated and consumed in the context of the gathered congregation. The Table may be extended, in a timely manner, to include those unable to attend because of age, illness, or similar conditions. Laypeople may distribute the consecrated elements in the congregation and extend them to members who are unavoidably absent…."

Do United Methodists believe the communion elements actually become the body and blood of Christ?

This Holy Mystery says, “The Christian church has struggled through the centuries to understand just how Christ is present in the Eucharist. Arguments and divisions have occurred over the matter. The Wesleyan tradition affirms the reality of Christ's presence, although it does not claim to be able to explain it fully.… Our tradition asserts the real, personal, living presence of Jesus Christ. For United Methodists, the Lord's Supper is anchored in the life of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, but is not primarily a remembrance or memorial. We do not embrace the medieval doctrine of transubstantiation, though we do believe that the elements are essential tangible means through which God works. We understand the divine presence in temporal and relational terms.”

Why do we serve grape juice instead of wine for Holy Communion?

In the history of the church, wine has been the normal drink. In the 19th century, Methodists and other denominations were persuaded that unfermented juice was an important witness to the grace of God and of the churches’ resistance to the abuses of alcohol. The United Methodist Book of Worship explains, "Although the historic and ecumenical Christian practice has been to use wine, the use of unfermented grape juice by The United Methodist Church and its predecessors since the late nineteenth century expresses pastoral concern for recovering alcoholics, enables the participation of children and youth, and supports the church's witness of abstinence.

Can children take communion?

In The United Methodist Church, children are welcome to receive communion. Our Book of Worship explains, "All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup.”

May a person who has not been baptized participate in Holy Communion?

Yes, our church does not seek to close God's Table, although the historic and normal order of the sacraments is baptism first – as birth into the family – and communion following, as continuing nurture at the family table.

Why Bother with Choirs?

Singing in Choir...

Provides a healthy creative and artistic balance to heavily data-based education.

Is therapeutic, giving singers the chance to momentarily put aside their other pressures and concerns.
Is an effective vehicle for developing faith using music and church history.
Develops poise under pressure.

Teaches the value of teamwork.

Develops young people’s sense of culture and sophistication by adding beauty and aesthetic depth to worship.

Teaches the value of careful preparation in reaching goals.

Teaches a sense of responsibility and setting priorities.

Provides the foundation for a lifetime enjoyment of music.

Gives members a sense of pride and self-worth by showing singers that their individual leadership, demeanor and discipline make a significant to the success of the group


Welcome Back to Worship In-Person!

After showing our year for over a year of online, mail, and parking lot worship services, the Ministry Council and Staff are excited and eager to welcome people back together inside our building. Based on the latest in COVID research, data, and vaccines, along with the 66 households who took our survey to help guide us, we are leased to present this plan to safely begin gathering in person.

Phase One begins Sunday April 25th*

*If County case numbers rise dramatically after Spring Break/Easter time, we will postpone our Phase One opening date.


Sunday Schedule:

8:00-9:30 AM – Worship in the Fellowship Hall

8:45-9:30 AM – Adult Sunday School in the B.K. Smith Room

9:40-9:50 AM – Hymn Singing in the Courtyard (weather permitting: 50+F and dry)

10:00-10:40 AM – Worship in the Sanctuary (Live-streamed and recorded on You-Tube)


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Stay-Safe Care Plan:

  • Masks must always be properly worn indoors (and outdoors if singing) Children aged 5 years and younger are not required to wear masks.
  • No physical-contact greetings (no hugs or handshakes yet, but hopefully later this year)
  • No Food or drinks (BYO water bottles with lids are welcome throughout the church)
  • Maintain at least 6-Foot distance between people from different households in all areas including Sanctuary, Parlor, Fellowship Hall, and other areas where people congregate.
  • No singing indoors (hymns may be performed by a few singers 20 feet+ from congregation)
  • Soft congregational speaking will be allowed (for Lords Prayer, Call to Worship, etc.)
  • Nursery, children, and youth classes and groups will hopefully resume in September 2021
  • Room use will be limited to one group each day
  • Follow good hygiene practices such as hand washing and sanitizing
  • Disinfectant wipes will be placed in each bathroom–please wipe up after yourself
  • The upstairs Game Room will remain closed through summer

We will begin Phase Two when most people are able to be immunized, County case numbers are considered low by health department, and scientific research verifies it is safe enough to be closer, sing together, etc. Thank you for your patience as we take tye first steps to returning to in-person worship!


Your Offering...


You can give 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.

Follow FUMC Wausau on YouTube

Please click on the "SUBSCRIBE" button in the upper right corner you will be notified when new videos are posted. When we attain 100+ subscribers we will be allowed to broadcast live worship services on YouTube.


Growing Generous Givers. It’s another part of the MCCI resourcing initiative. What we do is look at First Church’s ways and talk about how we do things that encourage (or discourage) people from being active and involved in church, and about ways we can teach people to practice the kind of generosity that we are called to model in our lives as Christ-followers.)