First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Live and Share God's Love


First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

October Mission Offering

October Mission offering goes to support the Community Meals ministry that our church is a part of. Every 5th Sunday, we will take the lead in providing a meal for anyone in the community who is hungry. Our next Sunday will be October 28. To designate money for this ministry, either write “Community Meals” on a check memo line or use the small brown envelopes in the pew rack.

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.

Crop Walk 2018 - October 7th

For the 41st year, area residents have an opportunity to participate in an anti-hunger Walk/Run that will benefit people in need around the world as well as those receiving assistance from our local food pantries.

Last year FUMC and 15 other area congregations raised $15,203.02 for hunger relief around the world as well as food pantries in Marathon County. Come walk (or run) with us in 2018! There will be 2, 5, and 10 km. routes to accommodate walkers of all ages and abilities. Make a pledge to support a walker from FUMC or make a gift in any amount. Look for information in the parlor about registration, start times and pledges.

CROP is the relief effort of Church World Service. 25% of the funds raised will go to The Salvation Army, The Neighbors’ Place, and local pantries in each community that sends walkers. Questions? Contact Margaret Getzin 715-842-9254

October is Emotional Wellness Month

Being emotionally well is than just handling stress. It involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, both positive or negative. Emotional Wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations. Evaluate your own emotional wellness with this brief quiz
  • Am I able to maintain a balance of work, family, friends, and other obligations?
  • Do I have ways to reduce stress in my life?
  • Am I able to make decisions with a minimum of stress and worry?
  • Am I able to set priorities?
  • If you answer "No" to any questions, this may be an area where you can work on your emotional wellness.

Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn

October 2018

Truly Random Thoughts

  • On a day when the funerals for Senator John McCain and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin were taking place, we attended a funeral for Joe Gryskiewicz. Joe was not a towering personality like the other two, but he was loved by his family and friends. He was just as much a child of God as them. And now, they are equals in the eternal kingdom of God.
  • Make sure to keep track of answered prayers and ways you see God in action in your world. Then bring them to write down on one of the boards at church so we can all share in one another’s celebrations.
  • Remember to say our “Breakthrough Prayer” daily. If you are having trouble finding meaning in prayer or feeling the presence of God, let someone know. We are all in this life together and need to share one another’s hurts and burdens.
  • The entrance hallway by the B.K. Smith room has been re-carpeted and repainted. More finishing touches to come. Thank you Aesthetics Ministry Team—it looks great!
  • Speaking of Ministry Teams. . . I never served on any kind of church committee or team (besides choir) until I was about 50. It is never too late to get started—please prayerfully consider how you can serve in Ministry at First Church—there are many opportunities.
  • We are all called to develop and use our gifts, whether that leads one to be an artist and musician; a soldier and statesman; or a son, daughter, father, mother grandpa or grandma. God is calling each of us—what is your calling right now?
Dear Pastor Jayneann McIntosh & FUMC Team:
On behalf of the Housing & Homelessness Coalition a big THANK YOU goes out to the First United Methodist Church for your continued support and participation in the July 2018 Point in Time Count. During the overnight Count and with the Project Connect resource fair, a total of 24 individuals were identified as being homeless, sleeping in places not meant for human habitation during the overnight hours of July 25th-26th.
The Housing and Homelessness Coalition appreciates your partnership in working with us to

meet our vision and mission of eradicating homelessness and creating & sustaining affordable housing solutions in Marathon County. Thank you again for supporting our efforts and serving as the headquarters for the Point in Time Count.
Diane Sennholz, Pam Anerson, MaiGer Moua

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