First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Monday, May 20, 2019
Live and Share God's Love


First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

May Mission Offering

The May Mission offering this year will help support the work of the annual Community Christmas Dinner, held now at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on Christmas Day. And, remember, any coin you put – loose – into the offering plate goes directly to the monthly mission without any extra effort on your part!
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.


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 coffeeand 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


Are you interested in becoming an Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Volunteer?

Volunteers provide a comforting presence and emotional/ social support to our patients and their families in our Hospice Program. As a volunteer, you have the opportunity to help patients in their end-of life journey, live in dignity and peace while helping to offer a pain-free and comfortable environment.

To become an Aspirus Hospice Volunteer, please call the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Volunteer Coordinators, Samantha Stroik or Tasha Stencil at 715-847-2424 or toll free at 866-331-2467 for more information, please visit our website go to the middle of the page and click on “Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services”. Click on “apply now” to start the process of becoming a hospice volunteer! Training is based on your schedule and needs.


Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn

May 2019

What is Man to the God of Everything?

Did you know that there are 26 bones in our feet? That’s one-quarter of the bones in the human body. There are also 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. We blink 25,000 times a day. Childbirth is an incredible miracle. We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14) Shakespeare’s Hamlet said,

“What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!”  
Then he goes on to say “And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, said, “As I was traveling away from the Earth to the Moon, the Earth got smaller and smaller into the size of a grape, which you could crush in between your fingers. Then I began to realize the awesome Majesty of God, who put the stars in place.” In the vast cosmos, in the multiverse, we are nothing, we are “dust in the wind, just a drop of water in an endless sea.”

Scientists recently caught an incredible glimpse of the event horizon around a Black Hole, an amazing accomplishment; until you realize how insignificant that is—we took a fleeting photograph of something that is estimated (in human terms) to have the mass of 6.5 billion suns! We are nothing, a tiny planet in a small galaxy, in the middle of nowhere

And yet. . . and yet, what is it about humanity that we have this mystical connection to the God who created Everything? This God who loved us enough to come to Earth in human form to live among us. This God who loved us enough to allow us to hang Him on a cross. This God who loved us enough to come back to life in three days to show us that this life is not the end, that this is not all there is, that we can spend eternity being one with the universe simply by believing that God came to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ. How can we not respond to that love by bowing down to this God of Everything?

Personal Needs Closet

Our Personal Needs Closet will have an Open House on Sunday May 5th, between services and after the second service. Members will be able to familiarize themselves with the program and how they can become involved.
Ray Nowaczyk

Mission Giving Without Pain

UMW collects Kwik Trip bottle caps, pull tabs and “box tops for education” for missions. Kwik Trip caps go to Harbor House, a UWM sponsored women’s shelter in Superior, Wisconsin. Box tops for Education are sent to Redbird Mission in Kentucky. And pull tabs are sent to Ronald MacDonald House.

For your convenience there are collection baskets in the parlor. And remember, aluminum cans are collected for our own mission trip.

Communion for Shut-Ins
A reminder that on the first Sunday of each quarter we have Communion Kits prepared for those who do the visitations and communion deliveries. We put them out in the Chapel and in the Wesleyan Room that day. We would like to see the kits delivered as soon as possible. If this is a service that you do and would like to continue please let us know so we can update our records. If this is something you would be interested in starting see us in the office.

Make a Difference Day