First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Saturday, February 16, 2019
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First UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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FUMC Missions

February Mission Offering

This month we celebrate our church’s mission and ministry to the community by supporting the Personal Needs Closet. In 2018, we helped over a thousand people stretch their budget by providing household supplies. To give to this mission offering, use the small brown envelopes in the pew rack.
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.

Equal Exchange Fair Trade Products News

I would like to thank all the people who continue to purchase Equal Exchange products. By choosing the fairly traded coffee, chocolate and tea you are supporting a more equitable alternative trade system that empowers small farmers worldwide. In addition you are supporting UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) as well as United Methodist Women’s mission projects.

We have changed some of the inventory by adding Organic English Breakfast Tea and Organic Ginger Tea to our tea selections. The whole bean regular coffee was discontinued due to limited sales. We continue to have a variety of chocolate bars along with baking cocoa.

I encourage you to check out the cabinet in the parlor which contains the products. If you would like more information or have questions, please contact me at 715.842.5356. When you enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea or eat a chocolate bar you are making a difference in the lives of God’s children around the world.

Blessings to all, Mary Ann Dykes

Random Thoughts by Mike Zahn

February 2019

There is a Special Session of the General Conference Feb. 23-26 in St. Louis to decide between three options that the council of Bishops are offering as a “Way Forward” on sexuality. Here are summaries of each:
One Church Plan Summary (recommended by the Council of Bishops):
  • Affirms sexual relations only within the covenant of monogamous marriage between two adults (thereby permitting homosexual marriage)
  • Declares we are not of one mind regarding human sexuality and permits persons in the church to interpret and decide issues of human sexuality differently
  • Permits pastors to bless monogamous homosexual marriages anywhere secular law permits such marriages
  • Removes restrictive language from the Book of Discipline that prohibits same-gender weddings at UMC properties and ordination of “self-avowed practicing homosexuals”
  • Does not require churches or conferences to accept such practices and contains language to protect consciences of pastors and congregations
Connectional Plan Summary:
  • Replaces current five U.S. jurisdictional conferences with three connectional conferences based on affinity on issues related to the definition of marriage and ordination standards - Progressive, Unity, and Traditional
  • All three would use a general Book of Discipline (Articles of Religion, General Rules, Confession of Faith) with the ability to adapt other portions to their context of ministry
  • Provides space for different practices and beliefs by the different connectional conferences
  • Central conferences could choose to be own connectional conference or join a U.S. one
  • Requires numerous Constitutional Amendments

“Modified” Traditional Plan Summary:
  • Retains the church’s current position on the practice of homosexuality, enhances accountability, and provides a gracious exit path from annual conferences, local churches, and clergy who cannot abide by the requirements of the Book of Discipline into a new self-governing Methodist church
Please contact me or Pastor Jayneann if you have any questions about this and please pray for a loving outcome.

Note from Pastor Jayneann:

Please pray for the worldwide United Methodist Church as individuals and churches prepare for February’s specially-called General Conference. Many, many people have strong feelings or opinions about the inclusion of GLBTQ+ persons as clergy and about clergypersons’ right to marry them. Pray for the women and men who will attend this conference and those who will remain at home.

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 UWM sponsored women’s shelter in Superior, Wisconsin. Box tops for Education are sent to Redbird Mission in Kentucky. And pull tabs are sent to Ronald MacDonald House.

For your convenience there are collection baskets in the parlor. And remember, aluminum cans are collected for our own mission trip.

Stockholders Dinner & Presentation


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