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Pastor Yang

“Lessons from My Mom”

When I graduated from high school, I told my mom that I would never live in Wausau again. Not that I disliked my family or had any issues with Wausau – I just believed that there was a larger world out there that I wanted to explore.

As a young person with very little money though I eventually had to go back home for the weekend laundry visit or to ask my parents for the occasional money gift so that I could buy books or at least buy a burger for lunch. I appreciated my parents for understanding my situation and knew I was lucky to have such a loving dad and mom but there was one thing I found annoying – the fact that my mom would pack bags upon bags of groceries into my car.

I lived on the third floor of a residence hall with other college students and even though there was an elevator I usually had to run 2-3 times back and forth from my car to gather all the groceries from my mom. I loved my mom and I loved that she cared enough to send me off with bags of groceries but in the insensitive age of my youth I asked my mom to stop sending me off with bags of groceries. Instead I asked her to give me money so I can buy my own groceries. I remember asking my mom this and the
expression on her face looked like she just made her prized meal for me and I told her that it was the worst food I have ever eaten.

Luckily my mom never took my advice and she continued to stack my car with groceries and other little things each time I went home. I first thought it was because she didn’t trust me with the money but finally I figured out that maybe that’s just who moms are. Over caring sometimes overbearing grocery stacking people that love their kids!

By asking my mom to stop doing what moms did I was basically asking her to stop being who she was and that was impossible to do. To stop stacking groceries in my car would be the same as stopping herself from being a mother. Of course a mother is more than just actions but those actions also play a large role in who she identified herself as and she identified herself as being my mom.

Often times in our lives or even in church we might wonder why certain people always do certain jobs and always want to do certain things even if they’re not the best at them. These actions to some may be seen as selfish and even lazy. The fact that they don’t do a good job may cause others to be annoyed or even disgruntled. Sometimes it is helpful to step in and suggest other jobs or show the person better ways how to do things. At the same time sometimes it’s best to just leave the person alone. As long as her or his actions are not hurting anyone and the work is getting done – what is the problem? It may not be the way you want or in the time you want but as long as it’s getting done usually there should be no issue.

Just like my mother who saw her actions as a part of her motherhood it could be that individuals or groups that stick to certain jobs or work also see it as part of their own identity as well. To take away these things could mean losing a very important part of themselves. So before you suggest something or change things make sure you understand just how important these jobs or duties are to that person no matter how big or small it is. In time you’ll build a group that is not only dedicated but is also happy with what they’re doing and who they are.

Pastor Yeng Yang

Fennimore UMW News:

Welcome February! – named after the Latin word februmm, or maybe the more ancient februa, which was a spring festival of purification.

AND 2020 is a Leap Year — Leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This called a tropical year. Without an extra day on February 29th nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days. In 2020, leap year lines happen to perfectly line up the major holidays so that Valentines Day lands on date night Friday and Cinco de Mayo lands on (Taco) Tuesday.

NEWS … the UMW officers attended the Stitzer UMW meeting in January.  Both groups shared events and missions they do.  We played a few trivia games and enjoyed a delicious dessert.  We are looking forward to planning an event or two we can join together in in 2020.

UMW Yearly calendars will be out soon on the bulletin board and online. Stay tuned!

UMW Meeting (Stitzer UMC)

The Stitzer UMW will meet on Thursday February 13 th  at 7 PM at Stitzer
UMC in the Fellowship Hall.  Dessert will be served at the end of the
meeting and program. ALL women are invited!

Save the Date! Our next quarterly meeting is Wednesday, March 25th here at the church at 6:30 PM.  Please join us!

Creation Day: 9 AM on the THIRD Tuesday of each month at the Church.  Many hands make a quick job of tying covers for our missions!  

Check out the Wisconsin UMW Website for all the latest news: OR the National Website  

 Depot Exchange — Volunteers work on the second Monday of the month from either 9:30 – 11:30 or 2:00 – 4:00 .  Please come and join in one of the UMW’s and FUMC’s favorite mission.  Audrey is the contact person if you need info.

UMW Officers
Kim Cathman 822-3196

Judy Nelson 822-3355

Lori Budzinski 822-6727

Audrey Doan 822-6527

Christian Education

Christian Education has started the new year by learning about John the Baptist and Jesus’ disciples.  Last week we began an unit on prayer, focusing on the Lord’s Prayer.  We also have Penny Wars going on as well through the month of February.  Each class is competing to win a pizza party.  All the money raised will go toward the Fennimore Food Pantry.  Feel free to stop in the back after church and drop in some coins!  We have a few other events coming up.  First is a Sign Painting Fundraiser on Sunday February 16th from 1-3pm.  Check out the link on Facebook to sign up!  The money raised for this will be going to make additional signs to decorate our Sunday School Area.  Also, on February 12th we will be having a VBS Planning/Kickoff Meeting at 6PM.  If you are interested in helping with VBS this year, please plan to attend!

Searching For Truth

Seeking the Truth Adult Bible Study

Seeking the Truth; which meets in the Library on Sundays between
services will be starting a NEW bible study on Sunday, February 16 th
called Armour of God by Priscilla Schirer.  All are welcome!
Please let us know as soon as possible so we can get your book
ordered.  Questions? Please contact Glen or Christine Klais.

Youth Impact is going strong!

We meet on Sunday nights from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the FUMC Basement.  Activities vary from week to week, but there is usually some combination of food, games, and spiritual-growth too.  All students in grades 6-12 are welcome.  Bring a friend!

Call or email Katie Volz-Oyen with any questions!


30 Hour Famine

WHO: Youth Impact High School Students and some
WHAT: For 30 hours, we’ll skip meals to raise funds that will
help feed hungry children around the world.

WHEN: February 21 – 22, 2020
WHERE: The last 24 of the 30 hours will take place at FUMC


WHY: Every 5 seconds, a child under 5 dies — and nearly
half those deaths are from hunger-related causes.
That’s why we’re taking action now!

How can you help?
1. Pray. Ask for God’s grace over our event and our
fundraising, and that we grow deeper in our love for Him while
helping change hungry kids’ lives.
2. Give. Every $40 we raise helps feed and care for a child for
one month. You can make checks out to World Vision OR to
FUMC (please note World Vision on the memo line) and put in
the collection basket when it comes around. You can also drop
your donation off in the Church Office or give to any 30 Hour
Famine Participant. Our goal is to feed 50 kids for one month
Katie Volz-Oyen at 319-325-7343 or
Elsa Stanton at 608-485-2044 or

New Member Class

If you are interested in becoming a member at Fennimore United
Methodist Church, please join us for a “New Member Class” on Sunday,
February 23 from 5:00 to 6:15 PM. If you have any questions, please

don’t hesitate to ask!

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