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Pastor Yang

Enjoying the Learning Process

While shopping I observed an interaction between a young child and his mother. His mother was looking through her purse while the child sat in the shopping cart looking over his mother’s shoulders into the purse. As the mother pulled out the change she needed the boy also reached his hand into the purse and pulled out a dollar bill.

The mother didn’t seem to mind her son holding on to the dollar bill and zipped her purse with a quick “zip”. Then it happened, the young boy started to cry and threw the dollar bill on the ground. The mother, somewhat embarrassed at the same time somewhat alarmed, looked at her son and asked her what was wrong. The boy collected himself and pointed towards the purse. The mother seemed to understand and opened up her purse and gave the boy what seemed to a quarter. The boy immediately stopped crying and he stared at his shiny new quarter as his mother picked the dollar from the ground.

Of course to anyone who understands economics knows that a dollar is worth more then a quarter. Heck, the reason why we call it a “quarter” is because that coin is only worth a quarter of a dollar bill. To the boy the worth was not in economics or understanding of money – the worth was in the way it shined in the light as he held it in his palm.

Often in our lives we want to teach others the value of certain things. Sometimes these lessons are learned easily while other times our directions are not taken seriously or how we wanted. By only focusing on the teaching part as adults we often times miss one of the most important parts of life –the joy in the process of learning. In a world which information and learning is expected in short cycles the art of enjoying something and the process of learning can be missed.

So what if a person doesn’t learn something right away? What if a person does something different from the way that you do? What if that boy doesn’t realize that economically the dollar bill is worth more then the quarter? There’s still time to learn, right? As long as a job is getting done correctly, efficiently, and skillfully – does it matter if that person isn’t doing it exactly as you would have? Isn’t the enjoyment of the process of learning just as important as something being learned or done right away?

Sure, there will be jobs and circumstances where things have to be done in a certain way or learned more quickly then a person would like but that’s when we have to judge when those times are and when those times are not.

For God ,the process of forgiveness, faith forming, loving others, and understanding God’s heart was just as important as the lesson at the end of this process. Often times these processes never had a true ending but were endless lessons that helped us to continue to grow in our understanding of ourselves and the world around us including God’s role in our lives. So don’t be so quick to learn things right away and don’t be so rash in teaching others. Sometimes it’s better for us to enjoy the journey and at the same time learn rather then be rushed and later frustrated because of how unenjoyable the journey was for us.


Pastor Yeng Yang


Mark your calendars! After many years, Rally Day is back! What is Rally Day? Rally Day is an end of summer and back to school community celebration for the WHOLE family! Please join us for fun, fellowship and (of course) food! Stay tuned for more details. Rally Day will be held on August 25, 2019 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Fennimore United Methodist Church. We will have games and activities, lunch and a “Backpack Blessing” (time TBA).


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

Fennimore UMW News:

It’s the lazy hazy days of summer and the heat is here to stay for a while.  We hope you all are staying cool!

But Fall is just around the corner!

Are you hungry for Warm German Potato Salad or Traditional Potato Salad? Come and get BOTH at our Annual Fall Salad Luncheon!

Wednesday August 28th, 2019
11 AM to 1 PM
Tickets sold at the door …
no advanced tickets needed.

Hope to see you all there!

Stay tuned, in September for …

Coffee hours are back!  Yummy!

Dates to Remember:

Salad Luncheon – Wednesday, August 28th  

UMW Sunday – September 22nd

Quarterly Meeting – Wednesday, September 25th

Stay Cool!

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

Done for the Summer!

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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