First Wausau United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 07, 2023
Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.


First Wausau UMC in the Wausau Community and World

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April Mission Offering

Red Cliff Band

This Mission serves residents of the reservation and deepens our relationship with the native community. Our donations will provide supplies for the early childhood
program and clothing for the children.

Ray Nowaczyk
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.



Personal Needs Closet:

We again served over 100 individuals helping them stretch their budget by providing household supplies. These are available on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1-3pm and the 4th Saturday of the month, 9-11am. Donate loose change, put cash in the small brown envelopes in the pews or write Personal Needs Closet on the memo line of your check.

UMW New Mission Project

Now that the Warming Center is closing for the season, UMW will continue its meal mission at Open Door. We'll make sandwiches once a week for its clients. If you can help or want additional information, please call Barbara Ritchie at 1-715-205-4622. Thank you, FUMC for your support!

Throughout the years our congregation has supported the local mission, The Open Door. Our Personal Needs Closet has supplied toiletries, and the UMW is delivering weekly lunches. The Open Door is a resource for those recently released from jail. If you want to know more about this ministry, join us on November 14, following the coffee hour after the 10:00 service. The UMW has arranged for a representative from The Open Door to give presentation. This is sponsored by UMW (United Methodist Women). Everyone from our congregation and guests are welcome! 




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“THE GOOD LIE” May 1, 7pm

Rescheduled - New Date
Movie and Discussion at the Grand Theater

All are invited to an excellent movie to learn about and support refugee resettlement in Wausau! Tickets are $10 at the door to benefit the work of New Beginnings for Refugees, with a Q&A afterward.

It is about four Sudanese children orphaned after their village is massacred in the Second Sudanese Civil War who make an arduous, dangerous trek through the plains, enduring hardship, death, and sacrifice all the way until they reach safety in a refugee camp in Kenya. Years later, these youths are among 3600 selected for resettlement in America, only to have the one girl among them sent to Boston, while the three boys must make a new life in Kansas City. Together, these young men must adjust to an alien culture as the emotional baggage of their past haunts them. However, these newcomers and their new friends, like employment counselor Carrie Davis, strive to understand one another in this new home as they make peace with their histories in a challenge that will change all their lives.

Cultural Orientation and English Language Learning for Refugees

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays several rooms upstairs are being used to welcome dozens of new Afghan refugees. Classes are from 10-11:30 and 12:30-2 for adults, and their pre-school children enjoy playing nearby. New Beginnings for Refugees is overseeing these educational programs, with Mary Testin as the Coordinator. There are over 40 fully-vetted and trained volunteer teachers for English Language Learners (ELL). They also could use some volunteers (with back ground checks) to help with caring for and inspiring the preschoolers. Please contact Mary at 715-581-8111 if you're interested in helping

Members of our church reading with our new neighbors from Afghanistan.

Wausau Free Cliic

A Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Wausau

Did you know that First United Methodist has a Free Clinic in our lower level? We're grateful to partner with First Presbyterian Church, Jeff Todd, and many wonderful medical professionals who volunteer their skills and time to provide excellent care to those most in need. They would greatly appreciate donations of any of these items. Thank you!
  •  4 x 4 gauze
  • Alcohol wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Surgical masks
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • OTC meds
  • Crutches
  • Canes
  • Ace bandage wrap
  • Assistive walking devices
  • Bladder incontinence supplies
  • Menstrual supplies
  • Slings
  • OTC Lidocaine patches
  • Diabetic test strips for Abbott Freedom Free Style lite
  • Digital thermometers for home use
  • BP monitors, especially for at home use
  • Exam gloves in all sizes
  • Children's OTC cold medicine or children's Tylenol
  • English to Spanish dictionary or medical card with terminology
  • Manuka honey ointment for leg sores
  • Multivitamins for children, adults and seniors