First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Live and Share God's Love



Deaths: We grieve this month with the loss of these members of our church or of our families.

Kirke Saurer - a long time member of the congregation died on November 3. We pray for his sons, and his many friends in our church family in our grief.

Thomas Boelz - Brother of James & brother-in-law of Grace., who died on November 10. We pray for his family and friends.

Births: We rejoice this month in the birth of Alexia Marie, daughter of Jason and Meagan, born on November 13.

, First Church staff along with the Mission Team did a special collection on the 19th for “The Friends Thanksgiving Dinner” put on by The Presbyterian Church. We collected $270.00. Thanks to all of you who made this happen.


Savvy Seniors will meet at 11:30am on Monday, December 4th at El Mazcel , 3100 Rib Mountain Drive.



 United Methodist Women

Circle Meetings

December 6
9:30am Sunshine Gals

December 7
8:00am Cookie Baking Day

December 8

9:00am Cookie Decorating Day

December 9
9:00 am Cookie Walk Set Up

December 10
8:30am Cookie Walk

December 12
7:00pm Advent Program

December 13
9:30am Mary Faith UMW Circle


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 you more information. They will be starting again on September 6th, and having breakfast together.

Join the Conference on Facebook

Are you connected with the Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Church on Facebook? ‘Like’ the Conference page to keep up with UMC news during the week, get updates, and be the first to know about new resources available for you and your church. Go to and ‘Like’ the Conference Facebook page!

The Ministry of Yoga

Remember that Monday nights at First Church are yoga nights. “Chair Yoga,” for those with limited mobility, begins at 4:30pm, and the class for everyone else begins at 6:00pm. There will be no classes on the New Year’s Day Holiday, January 2, however. Classes will resume January 9.

UMW Reading List

The Reading Program List is available at: in the Reading Program group.  Click on Reading Lists in the blue box.

Prayer Shawls

Our Prayer Shawl group meets monthly to work and pray together while preparing shawls for people in various life situations. Shawls will be available in the Narthex for anyone to take for yourself or another. Perhaps it is a new baby, a wedding, an illness or loss. Whatever the situation, please accept a shawl representing the prayers of your church.

Hospice Volunteer

As our society, state, and community age, people are beginning to pay closer attention to issues surrounding quality of life - and dignity of death. Hospice care can be a part of this.

Interim Health Care, which has already provided flu shots for our church is beginning a new hospice program in Wausau and is looking for volunteers who might want to work in this important area of care. They have opportunities in both direct care (e.g. visits or transportation) and indirect help (e.g. office and scheduling).
If this ministry appeals to you, contact:
Jennifer Juntunen
Human Resources Director
Interim HealthCare
2402 Grand Ave.
Wausau, WI 54403

Assist with Funeral Meals

The United Methodist Women have, as a mission, provided funeral lunches. It is an honor to do this for the families. We are updating our volunteer list. We are inviting anyone to help set tables, prepare and serve lunch, and do the dishes. Any help is welcome. If you are interested, please contact Nancy Flath at 715-446-3252, Barb Ritchie at 715-843-7700, or let someone in the office know that you would like to be added to the updated list.

Cookie Baking Day

The UMW will be working on a mission project Thursday, December 7th 9:00 am to about 4:00 pm, or whenever we are done. We’re looking for cookie bakers - we’ll provide the cookie dough and equipment. Please join us in fellowship for any time during the day. Bring a sack lunch if you’re able to stay into the afternoon, and any cookie dough or special cookie cutters you would like to use.

The cookies will be made for the COOKIE WALK to be held on December 10th. Proceeds from the COOKIE WALK are used for UMW missions and projects. The next day, December 8th, we’ll decorate cutout cookies (9 - ?). If you have any questions, please call Nancy Flath at 715-446-3252.

Cookie Walk


The annual UMW Cookie Walk will be held December 10th. Please note, this year the Cookie Walk will be held the week BEFORE Lessons & Carols Sunday.

If you are looking for a no bake way to have a big variety of cookies, candies, breads and snacks, please come to the UMW Cookie Walk in Fellowship Hall. Many United Methodist Women bakers contribute a variety of specialty cookies and treats. This is a winwin, because the profits go to UMW mission work and you get to enjoy our goodies. We will also have some pre-boxed treats, and this year will have decorative boxes you can fill with your own choices.

If you wish to donate cookies or candy to help us with this project, those can be brought to the church on the morning of Friday, December 8th or Saturday, December 9th. If you have any questions, please call Nancy Flath at 715-446-3252

THANK YOU, for your recent gift of $228.73 from your monthly loose change offering, for the clients at The Women’s Community. Your donation is greatly appreciated and very gratifying. Your continued support is invaluable.


James E. Graham Jennings, Executive Director


by Mike Zahn

Mobile Devices

A Parable about Grace

he house I live in is wired for electricity, and there are electrical outlets in each room. I can tap into the power available when I plug in a cord made for that purpose. Now I bought a mobile phone. It has no power until I plug in the cord. Once I do, and charge the device, I can use it for a multitude of functions. After awhile, the power drains and I need to recharge the phone.

John Wesley identified three kinds of grace: Prevenient Grace, Justifying Grace, and Sanctifying Grace. Prevenient Grace is like the wiring in the house, available anytime, waiting for one to plug in to its power. The cord and charger are like Jesus Christ, and our act of plugging in that cord is like the Justifying Grace available to us the moment we accept His grace and mercy and become His follower.

Sanctifying or Perfecting Grace is the power recharge we need through Christ to renew our spirit. In a spiritual sense, that renewal can come through prayer, worship, music, art, fellowship, volunteering, reading the Bible, appreciating nature, and any other way that helps us get closer and closer to God. He gives us the power we need to handle any situation.

Pastor Jayneann has suggested that we read the gospel of Mark. How are you doing on that? Remember to plug into the power source, and restore your soul by reading about the amazing life, death, and life of Jesus. And if you have not yet plugged in what are you waiting for? God’s unending love and power are available for you the moment you do!

Humble Servant of the Month—Steve Loftus, along with Jaden Love, who spent many hours preparing, helping youth, and making bowls for The Neighbor’s Place Empty Bowls Event.

Longest Night:

A Service of Healing and Hope

Monday, December 18th 7 p.m. in the Chapel

The Christmas season can be difficult for any number of reasons. At a time when we most need the comfort of our faith, it can seem that the joy of the season eludes us.

Join us here at First Church for this year’s Longest Night service. A special time of worship, Longest Night offers a quiet time to reflect on God’s abiding presence in our lives. If you know of someone who might be blessed by this message of hope, please invite them to join us on December 18th.

College & Military Addresses

It is that time of year again. If you have a college student back in school or if you know of someone in our congregation that is serving in the Military could you share those address with the Church Office so we can stay in touch. Call 715-842-2201, e-mail or stop in and see us

Welcome & Communications

This ministry team is all about attitudes...

The attitudes of visitors to our church.

The attitude of our people toward visitors.

The visible tasks of our committee are the Web Site and the Coffee Hour.

Everything else is a matter of good ideas.

Invite someone. Help with Coffee Hour.


I would like to invite you to read the blog that I’ve been writing and posting online for the past few years. “Fierce Joy & Hope” is mostly about everyday happenings that I try to look at from a faith perspective. I put a link on the church’s Facebook page ( WausauFUMC) when I post a new entry. Or you can go directly to the blog by typing
into your browser address line. Hit Enter and it’ll take you there.

Besides coming to church to worship, in what ways do you serve God with other people?


Name Tags Image

Why Wear Nametags?

Put yourself in the place of a first time visitor in our greeting time, with names being handed to you by everyone. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone were wearing their name tags? 

Now imagine you’re a new pastor to this church next July ...

Click here to download the 2017 Downtown Memory Café Schedule

Remember Our 1st Sunday Birthday Table

1st Sunday Birthdays

On the first Sunday of every month, we set up in the Parlor a small table with a copy of the newsletter birthday list, and some birthday cards and envelopes.

Take a moment during Coffee Hour to write a greeting. Those who are homebound are indicated (as in the newsletter) with an asterisk, which indicates someone who might especially appreciate being remembered by her or his church family.


Fair Trade Coffee. Our United Methodist Women maintain a cabinet of Fair Trade Coffee for sale. This is coffee that is grown by small farmers using sustainable methods. Will buying this coffee save the world? No. Can it make a difference? Yes. Look for the UMCOR sticker on your purchase. This sticker indicates that a percentage of this sale will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief, so each purchase comes with a giving bonus.
Aluminum Cans. One of the more obvious ways that we can show stewardship of creation is simply not to throw as much into landfills. Where something can be recycled and reused in a different form, it should be. We should all be doing this at home and work, but recycling aluminum cans through the church is especially useful. Our Missions Team has taken on the task of redeeming those cans, and all the cash raised in this way is dedicated to mission projects.


Cans for Missions

The Guatemala Mission Trip is paid for! But keep bringing your aluminum cans to the church!

All proceeds will support our church’s outreach projects.

Visitation Team Report

As most of you know, we have been working to establish some new systems to help our members to be more intentional about caring for each other. Here is what we’ve done:
  • Established the core of a Visitation Team, people who have taken on this role as a regular commitment.
  • Established an updated Visitation List, with a weekly record of who has been visited most recently, which is available to any member who wishes to make a visit. Both lists are in a marked mail box by the office door.
  • Begun a monthly birthday table, available the first Sunday of every month in the Parlor, with a list of members and friends who have birthdays that month. All members are encouraged to stop at the table and send a card - especially to those who may not be able to make it to church regularly themselves.
It’s a start. And we are just starting. If you’re interested in joining the Visitation Team or have other ideas, let either Arlene Trull or Pastor Jerry know in the Office: (715) 842-2201.

Giving by Not Throwing Stuff Away

Sometimes giving to others requires sacrifice. There’s nothing wrong with that: giving sacrificially for others’ sake is what Jesus taught us to do, after all. But sometimes it is incredibly easy to make a difference, and the only thing keeping us from doing so is absent-mindedness. Here are some examples:
Milk Moola - Do you buy milk at Kwik Trip? If so, save the caps of the jugs. Those can be redeemed for money by the Harbor House Ministry in Superior.
Labels for Education / Box Tops for Education - These little labels, found on General Mills boxed foods and Campbell’s Soup cans, can be redeemed by Northcott Neighborhood House in Milwaukee.

Pop Tops from Aluminum Cans - Those little tabs, when given to the Ronald McDonald House, become cash. And, so long as you’re pulling the tabs off the cans, bring the cans in, too.

Aluminum Cans - We all know that these can be redeemed for cash, but most of us don’t bother because the few cans that we have won’t be worth the gas to drive down to the redemption center. But if we all brought our cans in to the church, they would add up. This year, the proceeds of those cans will be used to fund the mission trip to Guatemala.

Bring your cans to the recycling bin in the kitchen. Receptacles for all the other items are in baskets prominently displayed in the Parlor. See? Ridiculously easy. All you need to do is remember.

A Resource for Cancer Patients:

Cleaning for a Reason
One of the stresses of cancer is the weariness that comes from the treatments. It’s just hard to keep up with everything when you’re tired.

Nationwide foundation “Cleaning for a Reason,” has a new affiliate in Wausau. This group provides up to four free house cleanings for cancer patients. If you know someone who qualifies and could use this service, contact:


Every Monday at 6:00pm
One of the best-kept secrets in our church is the yoga class that meets every Monday. Led by our own Maggie Schoenfeld, suitable for people of all ages and body types, yoga is a powerful way to nurture both body and soul. A suggested donation per session is $8, part of which supports our congregation’s Health Ministries Fund.

Senior Parking Spots

Now that the snow and cold weather have arrived (in force!), we ask you to think twice when you parking at church Sunday mornings. We have many senior members who find it difficult and even unsafe to walk very far in this weather. A few years ago, the Trustees designated the row of parking spots closest to the building as “Senior Parking”, and marked this with signs. Out of concern for those who have a more difficult time, please park as far from the church building as you can, to allow others to park closer. Remember, we can park on the street, and in the Y lots across the street