First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Saturday, June 12, 2021
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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. Chapel
10:00 a.m. Worship in the Sanctuary
Early Summer 2021 Series: Little Books with a Big Message

We’re exploring the five shortest books of the Bible that each only have one chapter but a lot of truth. They may seem old and obscure, but we’ll discover how we can be renewed with their relevance.

Sunday, May 30

Life in the Spirit
Romans 8:12-17
Trinity Sunday Message from Bishop Jung

Sunday, June 6

Psalm 22:25-31

Sunday, June 13

Blessing of the Animals
Worship in the Courtyard, Both Services
Isaiah 11:1-9

Sunday, June 20

Father’s Day
Psalm 138

Sunday, June 27

2 John-Psalm 92

Sunday, July 4

3 John, Psalm 9:11-20

Sunday, July 11

Jude-Psalm 30

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!

May 14, 2021

Hello First UMC Family of Faith,

It is exciting and hopeful to hear the updated recommendations from the CDC that those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in either indoor or outdoor gatherings (with the exceptions of healthcare centers, public transport, etc).  This is good news based on scientific data, but there are also challenging dynamics that we will need to navigate together.  
It’s important to remember that our building is also a healthcare facility during weekdays for the Wausau Free Clinic.  When we have church meetings during the week, we ask that all people wear masks in common areas (entrances, hallways, and bathrooms).  Once inside a meeting room, you may safely remove your mask if you are fully vaccinated.

Another consideration is for people who are not vaccinated.  Younger children aren’t able to be vaccinated yet, teens are just starting their vaccinations, and some people have severe health conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated.  Even if you are fully vaccinated, you may sense a call to wear a mask to show support for those who can’t be vaccinated.  We ask people not to make any assumptions about people or reasons why they may wear a mask or not.

If you are unvaccinated for any reason, we trust that you will wear a mask indoors at all times. This is for the safety of others who aren’t yet fully vaccinated as well as your own safety.  We strongly urge everyone who is approved to be vaccinated to do so as soon as possible.  It is free and easy to walk in at NTC between 11-7, Monday-Saturday (Building and Industry entrance).

We will no longer need sign-ups to attend the 10 am service, but we will only use every other pew out of consideration for those who aren’t vaccinated yet.  We are also moving the 8 am worship service back to the Chapel.  We’re excited to begin offering a fellowship time with light refreshments at 9:00am in the Courtyard (weather permitting) and/or Parlor.  

The CDC has found it safe for groups of fully vaccinated people to sing indoors.  This is exciting, but it poses a higher risk for those who aren’t vaccinated. Given both factors, we will allow singing for the last hymn so that people can leave right before or after.  As it proves safer, we look forward to offering more singing throughout the service.

These are big steps forward in being able to gather, sing, and connect with one another as we help each other grow in our faith.  It’s often hard to make sudden changes, especially after difficult times, so let the Holy Spirit’s grace and patience fill you in this process.  Thank you for your faithfulness as we continue to proceed carefully and prayerfully.    

With Grateful Praise,
Pastor Rebecca Voss and Jennifer Marzu, Chair of Ministry Council and COVID Safety

Ushers and Greeters Needed

Now that we are back to in-person worship (thank God!), we are looking for a few people to fill out our Usher and Greeter monthly rotation. This would be an ideal opportunity for mentors and confirmands, or any- one who would like to have a more active role in wor- ship. Please contact the church office or let Mike Zahn, Dan or Jen Marzu, or Pastor Rebecca know that you are interested.


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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.)