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


GIVING Invitation


“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)


Henri Nouwen has said, “Asking people for money is giving them the opportunity to put their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom.”


If God wants us to build the Kingdom of God, then he wants us to invite others to support it. This is evangelism because the good news is that God has faith in us to build the Kingdom.


There are a number of steps in the asking process and asking is a later step, not the first:


Ask God First! We must fir st trust in God that we can succeed in soliciting support for the missions and ministries we seek to support. We come to God in prayer to ask God for support before asking anyone else.


Love the person you are asking. We must also love the person we are asking for support, giving them the means to become a brother or sister in Christ through their support of the Kingdom. We must trust that the Spirit of Christ that is guiding us is also guiding them.


Ask on behalf of the Kingdom of God. We are asking potential donors to invest in the work of God. Whether their ability to give is great or small, what matters is that they are making their gift available to God.


Be grateful for the answer. Whether the answer is yes or no or maybe or someday, we must be grateful that the person listened and gave us an honest answer. We have offered something of great value and that is

what is important to us.




Every church recognizes that prayer is important. But what happens when a congregation joins together to pray collectively and consistently for God to break through in new and miraculous ways?


First United Methodist Church has launched into this kind of churchwide breakthrough prayer initiative. Part of our goal is to fuel an atmosphere of possibility. We recognize that a church that is not focused up-and-out is inherently focused inwardly. (Think about it; even a church that’s “entirely” focused outside the church walls still takes care of their own.)


Join with your First Church family and friends to pray everyday.


God, our hope beyond our own abilities and our light in the shadows, help us to draw close to you and to notice your actions that are as many and as varied as the snowflakes. Let something wonderful begin through us. Amen.


And keep on watching and listening for ways that God is in-breaking into the life of this congregation, in our communities, and in your own life. Try to keep your awareness from being locked in a box. God moves through Word and Sacrament, but also through (for example) community activity, finance, and partying. God will do as God will do!

Some of you have faithfully been writing checks to pay down the loan on the church’s parking lot. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yes, we’re still taking funds for this excellent cause. You can write a separate check, or write a single one and identify how the money is to be split. Either way, we appreciate your contribution toward the physical structures of our church. Thank you, again!

Beautify the Church Office

Did your Norfolk Island Pine get too big for the room while it was outside all summer? Would you like to gift it to a location where people will truly appreciate it? The church office is looking for just such a plant. Call or email Joan at the office to talk about giving your plant a new home.

Help Your Church Do Ministry

Would you like to give of yourself to the church but don’t know how? Do you have a secondary laptop (Windows 10 or newer) at home that you could gift to our ministries? This could be your way to serve the First United Methodist Church is in need of one (or possibly two) laptops. The “Volunteer” computer in the office is old enough that it can’t do the work asked of it. The laptop attached to the projector uses Window 3 and does not support newer PowerPoints or videos.

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 UMW sponsored women’s shelter, “box tops for education” are sent to Redbird Mission in Kentucky, and pull tabs are sent to Ronald McDonald House. For your convenience there are collection baskets in the parlor. And remember, aluminum cans are collected for our own mission trip.