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Pastor Yang

The Difference between Being Heart Headed and Hard Headed

When I was still a pastor in Green Bay I would meet a women’s luncheon group once a month for lunch. That week for some reason I thought we had agreed to meet at an popular Italian fusion restaurant named Grazie’s. I got into my car, drove to the restaurant, parked, and walked inside. I looked around for the group but couldn’t find them. I asked the employees but no groups were reserved for that time slot. Confused I even called back to my church to double check with my secretary if I had the right restaurant and time – according to the church secretary I was right.

I sat there waiting for 10 mins thinking that either the women’s group had cancelled the lunch and that I and the church secretary did not get the memo or the swapped restaurants without letting us know. Then suddenly my mind woke up. I looked around and finally realized that I WAS IN THE WRONG RESTAURANT! It wasn’t at Grazie’s! It was at Olive Garden which was only a couple blocks away.

I quickly ran back to my car and drove to Olive Garden. There was the women’s group waiting for me. I told them what had happened and they laughed and made fun of me. As for myself I was humbled and also learned a valuable lesson that day.

In ministry it’s easy to get hard headed and start running in a certain direction or aiming for a certain goal without any consideration for others or their ideas. The idea that – “This is my way and this is the only way to do this!” – may sound nice in a person’s own minds or a group’s own understanding but we must also beware of those around us and their ideas, suggestions, and experiences as well.

Like my experience with the Women’s Group. I thought the only person that was wrong was the women’s luncheon group. The idea that I could be wrong never entered my mind until it was too late. If I had humbled myself earlier and called the members of the women’s group for ideas then I wouldn’t have had waited an extra 10 mins at a restaurant. I was humbled by this experience and I’ll try to make sure it’ll never happen again. Not everything goes the way you want or you expect – it’s okay to double check with others sometimes.

Pastor Yeng Yang


A friendly reminder that Worship Times have changed to 9:00 AM and 6:30 PM.

Fennimore UMW News:

June is the gateway to summer and I think we are all ready for summer weather!

The Mother Daughter Banquet is past news but the THANK YOU’S are not. The meal was catered this year by Ma’s Bakery and that took care of some of the work, BUT … at least 18 pies were made by only one person! Thank you Jackie Werhle, they were delicious. You are amazing!   

Thank you to all the guys for taking care and serving us our meal. AND cleaning up!

And a HUGE thank you to Katie Oyen, she stepped in at the last minute when our speaker cancelled due to illness and we so enjoyed hearing your story.  We are truly blessed to have you as part of our church family. And to all the ladies who shared and even wore their aprons.  I marveled at all the gingham ones and the older ones. Marlene Everson’s handmade and
embroidered one from when she was 3 or 4 year old was so darling.  

Dates in June to Remember …

Thursday the 13th – we serve the VBS meal. If you would like to help, let Kim know.

Wednesday the 26th – our quarterly
meeting ** the Stitzer UMW are serving a meal that evening and some of us as a group would
like to attend!

The cost is 10.00 each and we thought we’d go around 5 pm and enjoy their meal and
fellowship and then return to a short meeting at Fennimore UMC after.  We can meet at the
Fennimore church parking lot and ride share if that would work for some.   We should be done and back for our meeting by 6:30 for those who do not wish to go to Stitzer.  Please give me a call if you would like to join us.   

UMW Officers
Kim Cathman 822-3196

Judy Nelson 822-3355

Lori Budzinski 822-6727

Audrey Doan 822-6527  



As you may already know, we are building a garage at Fennimore United Methodist Church! We will be starting as soon as the weather improves a bit.

But first, we need to sell our current storage shed. We will be accepting bids through April 10. The shed dimensions are 12’ x 10’.

If you would like to place a bid, please contact Joe Grimme (608) 485-0196 or stop into H and N.

Christian Education

Upcoming Dates:

Last Day or Christian Education (until Fall) —

Sunday, May 5

VBS Work Night —
Thursday, May 9
6:00 to 8:00 PM


Sign up TODAY! One small step for your kids … one giant leap for God’s Kingdom!

Blast off! To Mars and Beyond will help kids discover the wonders of God’s universe. They’ll become Voyagers on a journey through space, exploring where God’s
power can take them. Along the way, they’ll learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible, and that God is always with them, too. Add to the adventure with out-of-this-world fun, learning, and timeless Bible stories that inspire kids to give glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could
ask or imagine! 

Serving Pre-K through 5th Grade!

To Mars and Beyond!

Explore Where God’s Power Can Take You
with 2019 VBS: To Mars and  Beyond.

Galaxy voyagers will journey from their galactic outpost on special missions to collect power sources. Along the way, we’ll learn how God walked with heroes of the Bible, and that God is
always with us, too!

Theme Bible Verse:
Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)

Date: Sunday, June 9 —
Thursday, June 13

Time: 5:30 — 8:00 PM

FREE Meal at 5:00 PM
Monday — Thursday

We need you!

We would LOVE to have you join us as a VBS Volunteer! There are many different opportunities available! Contact Chelsea in the Church Office OR Sign Up in the Lobby!

Searching For Truth

Looking for something to do while your children are in Sunday School (Fennimore United Methodist Church)?  Wanting a closer relationship with Jesus?  Or looking for how God’s word pertains to your life today?  Join us on Sundays from 9:15 to 10:15 AM.  We will be using the Upper Room Devotional Book to guide our discussion to start.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Glen Klais at (608) 778-4953 or Christine Klais (608) 822-5578 (Text or Call).

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!


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