First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Live and Share God's Love


Deaths: We grieve this month with the loss of these members of our church or of our families,
Emma Allen, a long time member of our congregation died on April 24th. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time, as well as our own congregation.


Exciting News!

Soon Jesus will be able to see Wausau again! The Board of Trustees has contracted with Allen Staige, of Staige Stained Glass Restoration of Onalaska, to have our stained-glass window cleaned and repaired this summer. After this, the very cloudy plexiglass will be replaced with clear safety glass. This is big news!

The cost of the project is just over $29,000. At this writing we have received commitments that will supply 42% of that cost.

You can help! Contact Martie about how you can offer a gift to help with the cost of this project.

Savvy Seniors is a social group, available to singles or couples over the age of 55, who enjoy good company and a variety of foods. On the first Monday of the month at 11:30 we meet at a designated restaurant in town for fellowship and food.

I have a list of 13 local restaurants that are rotated monthly so there is a variety of meal options. Attendance varies monthly from 16 to 22 people. The restaurants are accessible. We are always excited to have fresh faces join us.
Vicki Nowaczyk
Savvy Seniors will meet at 11:30am on Monday, June 3 at
2510 Restaurant

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of women within The United Methodist Church. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world. United Methodist Women has been in mission for more than 140 years. They are…

A community of women whose purpose is …
  • to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
  • to develop a creative supportive fellowship
  • to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church
Once a month UMW members meet in small groups called "circles." Please consider joining us! There is probably a circle that meets your interests and schedule:
July 22-25 Mission U (Mead Inn, WI Rapids)
July 26 Overview Day

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 more information. They will be starting again on September 5th, and having breakfast together first.

Downtown Memory Cafe 2019 Events

January 17: “Turnin’ Wood!” Join us as we meet “woodmaster” Bob Stavran  for a wood turning demonstration!

February 21: “Antiques Roadshow!” Wondering about the value of something you own? Local expert appraiser Jim Schaefer will be here to entertain and help us figure it out!


March 21: “For Your Listening Pleasure…” Reminisce together over some Golden Age of Radio favorites like The Shadow…Roy Rogers…Tarzan and more!


April 18: “Our Story” Evoke memories at the downtown Wausau Library as we look at a history of Wausau on microfilm and in local books. Why not create a story of our own!?



May 16: “Happy 5th Birthday Downtown Memory Café!” Back by popular demand, welcome well-known ragtime piano entertainer, Jim Radloff. This promises to be a toe-tapping birthday party!


June 20 “Beauty in Sound” Local mother-daughter harpists Kirsten and Claire Hornby will melt our stress away at this Cafe!


July 18: “Picnic in the Park!” Hot dog! We will be back at River Street Park in Rothschild for a picnic under the shelter and perhaps a stroll along the river?


August 15: “Going to the Fair!” Peplin 4-H Club members will bring the fair to us with animals, vegetable judging and more!


September 19: “Little Red Schoolhouse” Anna Straub from the Marathon County Historical Society will take us on a trip back in time when we meet at Marathon Park’s one-room schoolhouse.


October 17: “Our Fine Feathered Friends” We take flight with help from The Raptor Education Group of Antigo, bringing 4 birds and what promises to be a wing-flapper of a program!


November 21: “The Apple of your Eye” Olivia Telschow from Helene’s Hilltop Orchard will provide bushels and pecks of apple fun!


December 19: “Ho Ho Ho, Who Wouldn’t Go?” Holiday-themed!



Church Picnic Sunday June 23rd after 10 a.m. worship

Our Welcome & Communications Ministry Team will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages. Please bring a dish to pass. Come, join us for a time of food, fellowship and fun.


Congratulations To Our Graduates:

High School Graduates

Michael Del Conte - Wausau West
Karen Kohlman - Wausau West
Chloe Larson - NTC Alternative
Lincoln Larson - Wausau East

College Graduates:

Anna Schreiber - Bachelor of Science in Biology, UW Stevens Point
Sarah Cowan - Bachelor of Arts in English/Literature, UW Madison
Graduates: Chloe Larson, Anna Schreiber, Pivet Scholarship Recipient: Michael Del Conte, Pastor Jayneann McIntosh

United Methodist Camp Scholarship

Is someone in your family to going to camp this summer? Are they going to a UM camp at Pine Lake or Lake Lucerne? First Church offers scholarships to assist with the cost of these camps. After you register your child, send a copy of the registration to Martie ( and she and Pastor Jayneann will see to it.


Random Thoughts June/July 2019 by Mike Zahn


It is fashionable for people of older generations to criticize younger generations. A young man named Pete Ghiorse quotes an example of an older man writing about Millennials: “They’ve grown up in a world of instant gratification. You want to buy something, you go on Amazon and it arrives the next day. You want to watch a TV show, binge. You don’t even have to wait week to week. . .”

To put that in perspective, he cites an example from Dragnet in 1968 regarding Baby Boomers: “You’ve grown up on instant orange juice. Flip a dial, instant entertainment. Dial seven digits, instant communication. Turn a key, push a pedal, instant transportation. Flash a card, instant money. . .”

And if you are a Baby Boomer like me, you’ve no doubt seen memes like this on Facebook: “WHEN I WAS A KID, THERE WERE NO PHONES OR TABLETS. WE READ CEREAL BOXES AT BREAKFAST” As if reading cereal boxes is superior to reading from a cellphone or tablet while eating. And Facebook was created by Millennials – touché.

This is all absurd. There is good and bad in every generation. To paint everyone of a certain age younger than you with a broad brush of negativity is wrong.

I look at my children and Diane’s children. They are smart, they have a fantastic work ethic, they are kind toward others, and if they have children they are excellent parents. I look at younger people in our church and see the same thing. They are better than me in many ways! That is as it should be.

Paul writes to the young man Timothy: “Don't let anyone look down on you because of your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

This world was designed by God to be self-sustaining. Each new generation is the future. Let us leave them a world where hope is alive, and encourage them in the spirit of Jesus so they do the same.

Equal Exchange Fair Trade New Product!

We are adding another product to our Equal Exchange inventory. It is a single serve coffee for use in Single Serve Machines. There are 12 cups per box and it is compatible with Keurig 2.0. The cost will be $8 per box.

(Equal Exchange single serve coffee cups are a greener alternative to traditional K-Cups.* Our organic single serve coffee is sourced directly from small-scale farmers and disadvantaged producers around the world. You get the same quality, organic coffee you know and love in a convenient, environmentally friendly coffee pod. Our Fair Trade organic single serve coffee cups are made from recyclable plastic and aluminum with a compostable filter. The conversation around waste from K-Cups is an important one, and we want to do our part to reduce waste with our single serve coffee cups. If you use a Keurig, make the switch to our environmentally friendly, organic coffee cups and do your part to reduce, re-use, and recycle. Equal Exchange is not affiliated with KEURIG, Inc.)

For the more than 20 years United Methodist Women have been offering Equal Exchange Fair Trade products to our congregation. This decision was made to introduce people to a way of supporting a more equitable alternative trade system that empowers small farm- ers worldwide while also providing support to United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) and the UMW mission projects.

Equal Exchange is a co-op business structure that has over 120 worker-owners, each with an equal stake and an equal vote – in the business. Their mission statement is “We believe that we should expect no less from ourselves and each other than we demand of our farmer partners. For that reason we have organized ourselves as a democratic worker co-operative, now one of the largest in the country.” Thank you for your continuing support of this work. Mary Ann Dykes

God’s Love Breaks Through

By Joan Stroyny

Even when my faith seems faded, Lord,
the blossoms of spring return alive and new;
And when in brokenness my heart appears,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when my eyes don’t see, Lord,
the morning light is created by You;
with Christian love and care abiding,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when I can’t find hope, Lord,
your spirit soars among the skies of blue;
and when my strength can not avail,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when I don’t have peace, Lord,
your tranquility surrounds the misty dew;
and when other answers fail and fall,
it’s your love that always breaks through.

Even when my soul is sleeping, Lord,
show me the journey I must pursue;
and if my life is broken helplessly,
it’s your love that will break through.

This is the victory of Easter,
when Christ is risen to set us free;
so the brokenness of spirit and sin
brings salvation and peace eternally.