First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, June 01, 2020
Live and Share God's Love


Deaths: We grieve this month with the loss of these members of our church or of our families.
Delma Jahnke, a long time member of our congregation died April 2.

Priscilla Cedar, a long time member of our congregation died April 2.

Thoughts from Martie

How are you? Have you found something to restore your soul during this Covid-19 pandemic? I have been listening to music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Holst, Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky. For some reason I have listened to several violin concertos by some of the above mentioned composers. This has helped me to relax and be calm. I hope you have found some-thing that restores your soul.

What have you done during this pandemic to draw closer to God? If you are looking for something may I suggest that you choose a book of the Bible to read during this time. There are 66 of them, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. Some of them are long, and others are very short.

If you do not know which one to choose, may I suggest Matthew. It is the first book in the New Testament. Try reading a chapter a day. You will finish the book before the end of the month. Do not let the first chapter deter you from reading, with all of those names. It is those individual names that reminds us that God knows our names too.

Before you read, ask God to speak to you through God’s word. As you read, if you have questions, write them down. If you want, share them with me, and we will see if we can find answers to them. After you read, determine if you have learned something that has helped you love God and/or your neighbor more, and then turn that into an action you can do in your daily life.

One of my favorite passages in Matthew is 11: 28-30:
Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
God desires a relationship with us, and when we come to God, we discover that God’s strength is greater than ours. God wants to give us rest when we need it, but we must decide to accept God’s yoke and burden.

Draw closer to God during this pandemic, and let God give you the rest that you need.


Due to the restrictions set forth by the CDC regarding the COVID-19 virus, I have made the decision to cancel our Savvy Seniors group for now. I hope that you all remain healthy during this trying time and will join us when we are able to regroup.

Thank you , Vicki Nowaczyk

If you would like to order SCRIP and know what you want, please contact Martie at the office,

Personal Finance Advice from Dave Ramsey

We are called upon by God to practice stewardship of the resources with which we have been gifted. This includes how we apportion our time, our energy and our financial resources, not just at church but in all of our earning, spending and saving.

With that in mind, for the next few months we are offering monthly suggestions for personal financial stewardship. From the Dave Ramsey website, here is your fourth installment:

Wear your glasses.

Contact lenses can cost $220–700 a year, according to“All About Vision.” If you’re trying to meet a financial goal, wear your not-so-pretty-but-perfectly-fine specs instead. Hey, at least you’ll look smarter :-)


Please Consider Helping

Since this coronavirus emergency began, First  Church has been sending weekly connections messages via email and USPS mail to say that  “We’re here for you” and to remind us that church is we are and what we do rather than a building.

Being good stewards of our resources, we had not  budgeted postage costs for communications during  a pandemic. If you are able to contribute toward  these costs, please consider doing so.


How can you “Live & Share God’s Love ... with peace, joy & hope” today, in your workplace (if you’re still able to work) and at home? This is God’s call for us not just in the easy times but in the “interesting” ones as well.

On many communion Sundays, you receive an insert that says, “This month I commit to:” I call on you and all the faithful people of First Church this month to commit to calling/texting/emailing family and friends. And, I call on you to open your church directory and call people—the ones you know and the ones you don’t.

Pastor Jayneann

The Sunshine Gals loved taking their warmth to the residents at The Gardens and Mount View Care Center the past years. We have spread our sunshine with music, sharing readings and our thoughts, adding laughter and smiles, conversing with memories, and showing our care through our handshakes. We have become good friends with the common cause of spreading love.

If you would like to join us and take part in this ministry of our church, we would truly welcome you!!! Please call me if you have questions at 715.359.7756.

Arlene Trull

Downtown Memory Cafe 2020 Events

January 16:  “Penny for your Thoughts” Join us as we kick off 2020 with a fun Penny Ante Game—a great way to get to know one another!

February 20:  “Beautiful Wisconsin” TV 9 Meteorologist, Justin Lowe, joins us to share pictures of our beautiful state—and answer all of our burning weather-related questions! 

March 19: “Cutie Pie” Spring on in with your baby picture or picture of your “spring chicken” selves. We will guess who each other is! And, of course, eat pie!  

April 16: “Wisconsin Supper Clubs” Enjoy piano, string bass and percussion by local music artist Ray Kraemer, mocktails, relish trays. We will host a surprise local supper club owner!

May 21: “Downtown Memory Café turns 6!” A Café of music and activities for our local police crew for National Police Week. And cake!

June 18:  “Attracting our Fine Feathered Friends”  Fly on in for a presentation from Wild Birds Unlimited—something to tweet about!

July 16:  “Down on the Farm!”  Play farm bingo for laughs. Make whipped cream at our tables and serve it over strawberry shortcake. A yummy, fun time!

August 20:  “Picnic at Marathon Park”  Bring your lawn chairs and a mystery/unusual item to share. We will have a guessing good time!

Sept. 17
: “Travel Talk” Join us for a travel talk, complete with ethnic food and music! To be announced.

October 15: “Laugh Basket!”  Too fun to miss! We will collect a basketful of fun items to don and show each other. A café complete with jokes, one-liners and tongue-twisters!

November 19:
“Book Club!” Share a favorite book, cookbook, family album or novel. Open mic to those who wish to recite a poem or favorite quote! Don’t miss this chapter!

December 17: “Holiday in Song!” Back by huge demand, join Blowin’- in-the-Winds recorder group for a holiday sing-a-long and more!

A Letter From Rebecca Voss!

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Wausau First UMC, I am really excited to meet all of you in a few short months! However, my eagerness is feeling dampened as this pandemic causes necessary changes to the ways we relate to each other. I trust we are all praying together to make and follow the best decisions possible to navigate the uncertainties, difficulties, and dangers we face both now and likely at least another year to one degree or another. That said, when the pandemic is past, I’ll gladly give safe hugs to anyone who would like one.

God has created each of you as individuals and together as a congregation with great love, care, and purpose. During this time of both pastoral and societal transition we have a perfect opportunity to look and listen more closely to one another. My first priority is to get to know each of you. I want to hear your stories of when and how your faith has been tested and/or strengthened. Your pains, gains, triumphs, tragedies, histories, and hopes are all very precious gifts I would be honored for you to share with me.

Sharing your stories of faith is a gift to build connection not only with me as your pastor, but also does wonders to build deeper and stronger connections with others in the church. Some of you may feel safer sharing more vulnerable parts of your life with me individually, and I welcome those personal conversations. However, our primary strategy for getting to know each other in the first few months will be by gathering in small groups. We’ll need to be patient and flexible to know whether it is possible to gather in person or safer via Zoom.

I am asking leaders at Wausau First to help organize all members and active friends into small groups of 7-9 people (including youth/children). If you have a small group of people in mind, please let Bonnie Goertz know.

Hopefully our initial small group  “ get to know you ” gatherings will continue as long lasting and life-strengthening small group ministries that will be a source of stability, growth, and joy, particularly when we can’t gather safely as a larger worshipping community. Another way you can help is by letting me know what topics or questions you feel are most helpful for our  congregation to explore together in my first sermon series.
Feel free to connect with me at, my cell number (920) 360-7396, or Facebook Messenger. I look forward to growing deeply together in faith, hope, and love in Christ!

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Rebecca

Helen and Leonard Pivet Scholarship

Since the Helen and Leonard Pivet Scholarship was created in 2006, the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation has done well with scholarship funds. This winter, the Pivet Scholarship Committee made the decision, supported by the Ministries Council and Investments Team, to increase scholarship amounts from $1000 for each of two semesters ($2000 per year of school) to double that amount.

This increase will take effect in fall of 2020 for both our 2020 Pivet Scholar and those scholars in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years of receiving funds.

Congratulations to our 2020 Pivet Scholar
Karli Johnson

The Helen and Leonard Pivet Scholarship Committee has chosen this year’s recipient and invites you to join them in congratulating Karli Johnson. Karli has been attending UW-Stevens Point where she is working to-ward a degree in Instrumental Music Education with a Suzuki emphasis with an English as a Second Language minor. She has been servicing as Event Coordinator of the American String Teacher Association, is a member of the professional music fraternity Delta Omicron and is maintaining a 3.5 GPA.

This scholarship will help Karli to further her study of music within the university and in Suzuki pedagogy and her study of culture and the music within cultures.

Do You Know of any Graduates?

We would like to recognize the 2020 graduates. Could you please help us by letting us know who is graduating this spring?

We may not be able to honor them on Sunday morning for a while but we would like to recognize them!

Please contact Joan at the church office.

Random Thoughts

by Mike Zahn May 2020

Practical Divinity

What makes Methodism unique? I have been taking courses in order to become a Certified Lay Speaker. As a result, I have learned a lot about Wesleyan and Methodist practices and traditions. Over the next few months, I am going to focus on some of these. Having been a United Methodist for over 20 years you’d think I would know something about our denomination, but that is not the case. One distinctive element of Methodism is “practical divinity,” or faith and love put into practice.

John and Charles Wesley, besides seeking to build their own relationships with God, also put their faith into action by regularly visiting those in prison and physically helping poor people. They believed that, through faith, the Holy Spirit leads us to produce the fruit of good works.

Methodists have a long history of seeking a balance between right beliefs and right practices, between personal holiness and social holiness, between faith and works-- practical divinity.
Some denominations or“non-denominations” do not seem to strive for that balance as Methodists do. There is a belief out there that the church exists strictly to focus on faith, on our spiritual salvation. Good works are something you can do on your own time, but that is not the purpose of church. I don’t agree with that. This quote from the Bible is what I believe, and what I think Methodists live by:

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said,“Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs? In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity. James 2:14-17

Highway Cleanup

On Earth Day, April 22, Maggie had willing workers eager to get outdoors and work—even with 42° temperatures and a wind chill.

Thank you, Maggie! And, Betsy, James, our other Boy Scouts, Stan & Alice, Beth & John, Wes, Bonnie, and Jayneann.




What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbathщ۬
the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

Lynn Ungar 3/11/20,


Jubilate Handbells at 2510

First Church's Facebook Page

Please take a look at our church Facebook page! We currently have a meal train up for the Hornbys with opportunities to help with a meal. Some of our other activities are listed there as well.

If you have something you would like to put on the FB page, let Jen Johnson know. She will make all attempts to post it. Her number is 715-470-2527


Fun Visiting
Pine Lake United Methodist Camp