First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, January 21, 2019
Live and Share God's Love


Deaths: We grieve this month with the loss of these members of our church or of our families,
Doris Carlson, a long time member of our congregation, died Wednesday December 5. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time, as well as our own congregation.

Savvy Seniors will meet at 11:30am on Monday, December 31 at Mandarin Garden, 150 E. Stewart Ave.

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of women within The United Methodist Church. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women,
children and youth around the world. United Methodist Women has been in mission for more than 140 years. They are…

A community of women whose purpose is …
  • to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
  • to develop a creative supportive fellowship
  • to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church
Once a month UMW members meet in small groups called "circles." Please consider joining us! There is probably a circle that meets your interests and schedule:
January 2 9:30am Sunshine Gals
January 9 9:30am Mary Faith Circle
January 10 3:00pm Love/Hope Circle
January 26 9-11:30am UMW Mission Work Day (sewing project)
January 27 6:00pm Justa Circle

A note from Jayneann…

I have been writing in The Messenger about our Breakthrough Prayer Initiative each month since at least September. But ‘though prayer is an important first component of this MCCI thing First Church has joined, the Missional Church Consultation Initiative (MCCI) is about much more than prayer. Each month, I attend a clergy training session in Sun Prairie then meet with a group from First Church to plan what we as a church will do with the newest learnings.

Later this winter, I will be inviting you – everyone in fact – to come to a special presentation at church where an MCCI facilitator will bring everyone up to speed. I don’t have the date yet, but I will let you know when I know. This is your church and the whole purpose of the MCCI is to help your church be all that God knows it can be. I hope you will come.

The Sunshine Gals will be taking sunshine again to two nursing facilities on the first Wednesdays of the month. If you’d like to join us with singing and sharing, please call Arlene Trull at 715.359.7756. She will give more information. They will be starting again on September 5th, and having breakfast together first.

Downtown Memory Cafe 2019 Events

January 17: “Turnin’ Wood!” Join us as we meet “woodmaster” Bob Stavran  for a wood turning demonstration!

February 21: “Antiques Roadshow!” Wondering about the value of something you own? Local expert appraiser Jim Schaefer will be here to entertain and help us figure it out!


March 21: “For Your Listening Pleasure…” Reminisce together over some Golden Age of Radio favorites like The Shadow…Roy Rogers…Tarzan and more!


April 18: “Our Story” Evoke memories at the downtown Wausau Library as we look at a history of Wausau on microfilm and in local books. Why not create a story of our own!?



May 16: “Happy 5th Birthday Downtown Memory Café!” Back by popular demand, welcome well-known ragtime piano entertainer, Jim Radloff. This promises to be a toe-tapping birthday party!


June 20 “Beauty in Sound” Local mother-daughter harpists Kirsten and Claire Hornby will melt our stress away at this Cafe!


July 18: “Picnic in the Park!” Hot dog! We will be back at River Street Park in Rothschild for a picnic under the shelter and perhaps a stroll along the river?


August 15: “Going to the Fair!” Peplin 4-H Club members will bring the fair to us with animals, vegetable judging and more!


September 19: “Little Red Schoolhouse” Anna Straub from the Marathon County Historical Society will take us on a trip back in time when we meet at Marathon Park’s one-room schoolhouse.


October 17: “Our Fine Feathered Friends” We take flight with help from The Raptor Education Group of Antigo, bringing 4 birds and what promises to be a wing-flapper of a program!


November 21: “The Apple of your Eye” Olivia Telschow from Helene’s Hilltop Orchard will provide bushels and pecks of apple fun!


December 19: “Ho Ho Ho, Who Wouldn’t Go?” Holiday-themed!



An Adult Study for the New Year

The 21-DayFinancial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Freedom

In The 21-Day Financial Fast, award-winning writer and The Washington Post columnist Michelle Singletary proposes a field-tested financial challenge. For twenty-one days, participants will put away their credit cards and buy only
the barest essentials. With Michelle’s guidance during this three-week financial fast, we discover how to:
  • Break bad spending habits
  • Plot a course to become debt-free
  • Avoid the temptation of overspending for college
  • Learn how to prepare elderly relatives and ourselves for future long-term care expenses
  • Be prepared for any contingency
  • Stop worrying about money and find the priceless power of financial peace
  • As we discover practical ways to achieve financial freedom, we experience what it truly means to live a life of financial peace and prosperity.
Thousands have participated in the fast and have gotten out of debt and become better managers of their money and finances. The 21-Day Financial Fast is great for earners at any income-level or stage of life, whether you are living paycheck-to-paycheck or just trying to make smarter financial choices. Invite family members!

Our Wills & Memorials Committee

The Wills & Memorial Committee is designated to manage the disbursement of memorial gifts given to First United Methodist Church of Wausau.

Memorial gifts provide a meaningful way for individuals, families and groups to witness their thanksgiving for the life of a loved one. To give a gift in another’s memory is a faithful expression of respect and love that goes beyond death. Your gift to the Memorial Fund will enable our church to provide special items or ministries that benefit our church. It may be appropriate to remember a loved one by requesting that “in lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wausau.”

The Wills & Memorial Committee will maintain a list of needs in the church which are not funded in the church budget and which would be suitable as a memorial gift. The Wills & Memorial Committee works with mission and ministry leaders of First Church who bring requests for their consideration to determine best uses of memorial funds. The Memorial Committee may also work with members of the deceased’s family to determine appropriate use of memorial funds. All memorial gifts will be received by our Finance Officer, deposited in our Memorial Fund, and acknowledged to the family by the Memorial Committee.


From the Worship Design Team

The subject of having a gluten-free bread option was raised at our Worship Design Team meeting on November 27th. It is a good thing to have an option for those who are sensitive to gluten. We have the alcohol -free grape juice for those who cannot tolerate the alcohol in wine, after all. But if we remember the Communion hymn "One Bread, One Body", it would seem that we have two breads.

A few Sundays back I found myself in the “wrong" line and picked up the bread before I realized I had taken the gluten-free cube. Too late! I am not gluten intolerant and I felt embarrassed and a little guilty that I had taken something meant for another person who needed it. Having a gluten-free only station means the pastor has to give extra instructions, singles out those who are gluten-intolerant and may cause confusion among those who can eat the wheat bread.

So considering all these points, we believe it is time to serve only gluten-free bread at our Communion Services. We recognize that there will be an increase in cost to buy gluten-free loaves. We will still use a regular loaf for the pastor to break at the altar. We are called to be united in Christ at His table and this will help us to make it so.

"One bread, one body, one Lord of all--
One cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

–John Michael Taylor

Margaret Getzin, Worship Design Team Chairperson

Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn

January 2019


We have been praying “breakthrough prayers” for some months now, and I want to point out some breakthroughs I have seen bubbling up:
  • A new United Methodist Women’s Circle—called “Justa” Circle
  • This same circle is sponsoring a mitten tree and it is packed with mittens and other winter gear!
  • Mission Guatemala- very successful trip- both in terms of work done and also in bonding
  • Savvy Seniors- some of these lunch gatherings have included more than a dozen members—and you are invited. . .
  • New opportunity for building use- details to come soon
  • Jack Zei’s challenge to children for Wycliffe Bible Translations- they raised enough to meet his challenge and he generously gave the balance
  • Children’s Christmas Program- great cooperation and enthusiasm from kids, parents, and teachers to get this going again
  • Display cases have been both been full for several months
  • Personal Needs Closet in-gathering idea for Advent
  • Young people making music and being involved in other church activities
Have you seen or experienced any breakthroughs at church? How about in your life?
Here’s to a new year of spiritual growth in Christ for each one of you…Keep praying and keep watching!