First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, July 05, 2020
Live and Share God's Love



First United Methodist Church in the Wausau Community and World

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JUNE/JULY Mission Offering

June mission provides ongoing support for the Mission Guatemala where we plan to return in 2021.

July’s is for Red Cliff Band reservation, serving resi- dents. Gifts help supply the early childhood program.

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 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


Some Encouragement

I try not to roll my eyes, even internally. Of course, I fail all the time. And I still think it’s a worthy goal and a valuable practice. So I try again.

But it’s hard. Especially now when you’ve been cooped up with some people and unable to connect in person with others. You may roll your eyes at:

  1. People who can’t quite get the Zoom controls.
  2. The tech whizzes who are impatient with your learning curve.
  3. The kids who are fighting yet again.
  4. Politicians who don’t understand the importanceof science.
  5. Those who don’t appreciate how hard you’ve
  6. worked to make online worship work.
  7. Those who are pressuring you to resume in-
  8. person worship when you don't think it’s wise yet.
  9. (Add your own....)

When anxiety is high, we can easily roll our eyes, find others irritating, respond impatiently. And of course, others have the same response to us. However, when we get caught up in dismissive responses, it doesn’t help us or others.

What to do instead?

  1. Breathe.
  2. Pray. (A one-word prayer like Help! Or the person’s name.)
  3. Give thanks (for something, anything).
  4. (Add your own... )
  5. Try it again next time



Margaret Marcuson, clergy coach & leadership consultant

Random Thoughts

 by Mike Zahn   June 2020

Some Churchy Words, Explained

Have you ever been turned off by those “churchy”words people throw around, assuming everyone knows what they mean? The following two “churchy”words represent distinctive qualities that the United Methodist Church adds to the whole church of Jesus Christ. The ideas behind them are really fairly simple.

CATHOLICITY—In the Apostle’s Creed, we recite,“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church. . .” The word catholic means universal, so why not just say that? Otherwise, people think,“Wait, I’m not Catholic.” Methodists recognize that we belong to the universal church of Jesus Christ, and are only a part of the whole body. We express this understanding when we partake in joint services with other churches. Ash Wednesday is one example, where we worship with congregations of other Christian denominations. In addition, the Methodist Communion table is open for all to partake, regard- less of their affiliation.

ITINERACY—The dictionary definition is “traveling from place to place.” Jesus was an itinerant preach- er; he did not stay in one location. Paul was an itinerant preacher. The “circuit riders” of the early American Methodist church were itinerant preach- ers. While most denominations and independent churches hire, or “call,” their pastors directly; the United Methodist Church appoints, or “sends,” pas- tors to their ministries. John Wesley adopted the itinerant system so clergy could serve where they were most needed. Each pastor brings unique and diverse gifts and perspectives to the congregations they serve.

In July, a new pastor has been appointed to First Church. I wish Pastor Jayneann well in her retirement and thank her for her service here. And I look forward to welcoming Pastor Rebecca and her family to our church family. 

On Becoming a Reconciling Chruch

When we can gather again, we will be voting in our congregation to determine if we will be a reconciling congregation. Our Ministries Council has already ap- proved a welcoming statement:

“In response to God’s unconditional love for all people made known to us in Jesus Christ, we are called to be a welcoming and affirming community. We, the first United Methodist Church of Wausau are believers and seekers who include and welcome persons of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities and physical and mental abilities. Whatever your story we embrace who you are. We welcome into the full life of this church all those who God sends us. Centered in Christ, we commit ourselves to building and living as a community where all are loved.”

We have had a churchwide survey taken, have had several listening sessions, Laura Goetz, an LBGTQ advocate has spoken to the church on behalf of PFLAG, and Wes Ebert has told a personal story showing that there are individuals that are affected by this issue close to our congregation. It is now time for us as a congregation to take a definite and positive step forward to indicate to LGBTQ+ community that they are welcome in our church. As leader of the reconciling team I have heard little criticism over this step that our church will be taking. If there is anyone who is reluctant to see us publicly take a position pro- claiming that we are open to all in this church, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Jayneann, Jen Johnson, Margaret Getzin or others on this team with questions or criticisms.

I believe as United Methodists we have a responsibility to reach out to minister to and build a diverse community within our Church. This is what calling our- selves a reconciling community will help foster.
Gary Getzin


Please Consider Helping

Since this coronavirus emergency began, First  Church has been sending weekly connections messages via email and USPS mail to say that  “We’re here for you” and to remind us that church is we are and what we do rather than a building.

Being good stewards of our resources, we had not  budgeted postage costs for communications during  a pandemic. If you are able to contribute toward  these costs, please consider doing so.

Point in Time Count. 30 volunteers identified 6 individuals in the community as being homeless.



Dear First United Methodist Church,

On behalf of the clients, staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities, I’d like to thank you for your recent donation of toilet paper for the Wausau Warming Center. Your attentiveness to the needs of struggling men & women in our community is greatly appreciated, as it will help us to meet their most pressing needs immediately. We are honored to have you join us as we work to serve Christ in them!

In Christ,
Roberto Partarrius, Executive Director


Dear First Methodist Church,

We are writing to express our deepest thanks for your recent donation to The Open Door. Generous gifts from donors like you provide the financial & moral support needed to continue our mission.

With your faithful financial contributions over the years, you’ve demonstrated your deep commitment to our work of aiding men & women coming out of incarceration and trying to rebuild their lives. Your gift is already being used to help individuals meet their basic needs so they can gain employment, housing and find a purpose. Many of our guests are just looking for a second chance and donors like you make this possible.

Thank you again for your compassionate sup- port. We hope that you will continue to partner with us in our commitment to offer a second (or more) chance to those looking to make a positive change in their lives.

With Warmest regards, Anne Drow
Executive Director