First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Live and Share God's Love



First United Methodist Church in the Wausau Community and World

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June/July Missions Offering

June donations will be used for Claire’s Critter Closet, providing dog and cat food, treats, cat litter, and pet essentials. Claire’s Critter Closet was created in memory of Claire Hornby, whose faith and love of people and animals inspired many as she battled brain cancer.

July donations will be used to support the Mission Guatemala. They provide personal needs, clothing and education to people in Guatemala.

Remember that the Mission Offering must be clearly marked. Either write a note on your check or use the brown envelopes in the back of the pew. Just loose change in the offering plate will not go to the monthly offering.

Our Vision:

Led by God to change lives and transform the world.

Downtown Memory Café

We are teaming up with the Center for Visual Arts to offer it’s first online Zoom ART PROJECT. Invitations have been mailed and special kits dropped off to participant’s homes. Date: Thursday October 15, 2020 Time: 10:30am-Noon Place: Virtual Event If you know of someone with dementia who might enjoy this unique “social event,” please contact Maggie Schoenfeld at 715-842-9809. This person will likely need assistance with a computer. Kits are available to be dropped off through October 14.
We celebrated five years of outreach ministry in May of this year. We meet the 3rd Thursday of each month. Memory Cafés are for those experiencing early stage dementia, mild memory loss or cognitive impairment – accompanied by their care partners, family or friends. Sing-alongs, programs, conversation, activities and refreshments are offered each month by dementia-trained volunteers. Consider escorting a friend or loved one to a Downtown Memory Café. Free!

For more information, please contact the church office at 715.842.2201; or Maggie Schoenfeld at 715-842- 9809, or


Campbell’s Labels
Milk Moola Caps

Many of us have been saving labels from Campbell’s cans to be redeemed by Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee. This month, Campbell’s is discontinuing this program, so we will no longer be collecting those at the church.
Also, please bring in any “Milk Moola” caps from milk purchased at Kwik Trip stores as soon as possible. The caps will be taken to Mission u in Wisconsin Rapids July 24th.


UMW, Making Mission Practical  

Fair Trade - Equal Exchange Coffee. This is a small gesture you can make to provide fair wages to coffee, tea, and cocoa producers throughout the world. It can be your personal mission project!
Tanzanian Jubilee Coffee and Café’ Salvador are regular drip grind coffee and are the most popular. Decaf, drip grind, organic whole bean and flavored coffees are available also, as are organic hot cocoa mix and herbal/organic tea. Supplies are in the cupboard next to the fireplace in the parlor.

Regular ground - $8
Whole bean - $8
Ground flavored - $9
All decaf - $9
All teas - $4
Hot Chocolate - $6
Organic very dark Chocolate bars - $3
To purchase take your product, place the money (check or cash) in a brown envelope (in the cupboard) and put the envelope in the drop slot near the church office.




We would like to fill up the pages of our newsletter. If there is an event, celebration or piece of news you would like to share, please call the office at 715-842-2201 or email

UMW New Mission Project

Now that the Warming Center is closing for the season, UMW will continue its meal mission at Open Door. We'll make sandwiches once a week for its clients. If you can help or want additional information, please call Barbara Ritchie at 1-715-205-4622. Thank you, FUMC for your support!


Mission-Driven—in the UMW cabinet!

Coffees--Just in for Spring!

Organic LoveBuzz, med-dark roast whole bean ($8.00/12 oz) New!
Organic Mama Tierra light roast ground coffee from Oaxaca, Mexico ($10.00/16 oz bag) New!

We still offer 12 oz bags of ground decaf—$9.00 and regular Cafe Salvador—$8.00

Prefer Tea?

All varieties of our organic teas are $4.00/box. Try the English Breakfast for a little boost or Jasmine Green (New!). If you want a relaxing herbal cup, try Rooibos, Ginger or Peppermint (New!).

Chocolate treats for your Easter basket!

Pick your favorite organic, Fair Trade chocolate bars for $3.00 ea. in these flavors:
Dark Chocolate Lemon Ginger
Dark Chocolate Orange
Dark Chocolate Mint Crunch (New!)
Panama Extra Dark
Dark Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt (New!)
Milk Chocolate
Chocolate with Coconut Milk (vegan, soy and gluten-free) (New!)
Your purchase helps our UMW mission projects, UMCOR, and supports farmer-owned coffee cooperatives in Central America and Mexico, as well as small tea farms in India, Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Thank you for shopping BY CAUSE!

Random Thoughts

by Mike Zahn
May 2021  

Faith, Family, Friends. . . and Foreigners

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:46-48

You’ve seen the sign—“Faith, Family, Friends.” It’s a very nice sentiment, but I’d like to add something to it—“Foreigners.” It’s relatively easy to love those who are like us. It’s not so simple to love those who are not: those who don’t look like us, speak like us, live like us.

The book of Ruth is a small story tucked away in the Bible between the likes of impressive superheroes like Moses and David. Ruth is a seemingly insignificant person who is most known for what she says to her mother-in-law Naomi—“Where you go, I will go.”

Ruth was not Jewish, but was a Moabite woman. She was a stranger in a strange land when she came to Israel with Naomi. Had she not caught the attention of Boaz, this foreigner may have lived and died in obscurity, as so many have in this world. Except her story is captured for all eternity in the Bible. Why? Well, Ruth and Boaz got married and had a son. His name was Obed. And who was Obed? Obed happened to be the father of Jesse, the father of David. And the ancestor of Jesus. God can create the awesome from the small, the familiar from the foreigner.

May we as individuals and as a church always be prayerfully on the lookout to be kind to foreigners, strangers, the marginalized, the hurting, and by so doing show hospitality to angels without realizing it!

Change, Nothing Stays the Same- May 2021

“In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, some- thing God alone can see.” ~In the Bulb there is a Flower, Natalie Sleeth, UMH # 707

There is nothing like a crisis to help us to reset priorities. With Covid-19 we have witnessed job layoffs, deaths, social and economic upheavals, and health emergencies. Despite our natural resistance to change, we are learning new ways to live. On account of Covid 19, what personal priorities have you reset?

Toilet paper. Seriously. Will we ever take lowly “TP” for granted again?

Toilet paper is just one of the countless everyday blessings that the pain of COVID-19 has taught us to savor – along with worshiping beside loved ones, going to work, getting paid, shopping, going to the movies, and on and on. (What’s on your list?)

We are not just individuals; we are brothers and sisters in Christ. As a follower of Jesus, what priorities have you rearranged? How will the Holy Spirit guide us to a “new normal” of holy living as both disciples and community that will be different – and better – than what we have known?

May the “new normal” find us better stewards of our lives -- less greedy, less self-focused, less preoccupied with silly things, and more centered in Christ, more loving to our neighbor, more generous, more hopeful, and more tolerant.

Rev. Krystal Goodger, Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation


Equal Exchange Coffee/Tea Update