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Meet Pastor Yang!

My name is Yeng Yang even though my past parishioners called me Pastor Yeng or Pastor Yang. Eventually the name Tou or Pastor Tou might be heard as well and that is fine with me also. I was born in Ashtabula, Ohio in 1980 and both of my parents are Hmong refugees from Laos. My father fought alongside the United States military during the Vietnam War in which he was wounded by a piece of shrapnel during the conflict. Before speaking more about myself I like to share a little bit on how my parents came to the United States.

After the fall of South Vietnam my parents were forced to flee to Thailand since their homeland of Laos had become hostile to any groups that had sided with the United States during the Vietnam War. During this time many nonprofit and Christian groups started to sponsor Hmong refugees to the USA to escape persecution. My parents were eventually sponsored by a Lutheran family in Ohio and in the late 1970’s moved from Thailand to Ohio to begin a new life. Even they would create a new life and family here with eventually consisted of 3 daughters and 3 sons. In the early 1980’s my parents decided to move to Wausau, Wisconsin since many of their family and friends had ended up moving there.

I was 3 years old when my parents moved to Wausau. My parents were already Christians before coming to the United States and enrolled my siblings and I into a Lutheran elementary school while we attended a Roman Catholic Church on Sunday. It was not until I was 12 years old that my family decided to become United Methodist and I have called myself United Methodist since then. My family and I were very active in church activities and it was there at my local church where I learned about The Bible and what it meant to be a Christian.

After high school I worked for a short while but eventually found my way to the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee where I ended up graduating with a history degree. I planned to enter teaching but wanted to repay my loans before going forward so I moved back to Wausau and found a job at a local factory. I always had a feeling that God was calling me to the ministry but it became even more evident during my time at the factory. Many of my co-workers would comment on how pious I was and said I would make a good pastor. I personally took this as God using others to point me towards professional ministry.

After three years at the factory I decided to enter the pastoral process and entered Garrett Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. My years at Garrett really helped form my theology and my understanding of God’s word and will probably impact me for the rest of my life. As a seminary student I was involved a new church start in Northern Illinois and also was a church intern at a Milwaukee UMC church located on the Southside of Milwaukee.  While at Garrett I was asked by Bishop Jung if I would take my first appointment in Green Bay which I did. I ultimately came to
oversee the growth of two church – one located on the Eastside of Green Bay and the other being in a small rural town called Denmark. Even though both congregation were extremely different they both believed in the power of God in their own ways which helped me to expand my own understanding of God’s love in our lives at the same time. My last appointment was at Agape UMC in New Berlin in which I served for a year and a half.

I am excited to start my new appointment at Fennimore and Stitzer UMC. I know it will be a different challenge from anything I have experienced in the past but I am willing to step up to it. After talking to our District Superintendent Scott Carlson, Pastor Bud, Pastor Ty, and along with members from both churches – there seems to be many great things going on and I want to be part of it. I do hope to learn as much if not more from the two congregations and their leaders as you learn from me. With God on our side there is nothing impossible. God bless everyone and I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Pastor Yeng Yang

UMW

February is a slow month for the UMW. However, we are looking forward to March and entertaining at Good Sam for the March Birthdays!  Tuesday March12th from around 1 —2:30 PM we need 5-6 volunteers to help watch the cards as numbers are called, hand out prizes (quarters) and serve a treat.   Not a hard job and the residents love playing Bingo and of course the angel food cake and punch!
Please call me (Kim Cathman) if you can help 822-3196.

ALSO … Check out the bulletin board on your way to Coffee Hour.  We have our updated schedule for 2019 in a pocket folder. If it’s empty, let Chelsea or I know and we’ll get more printed.  AND the January District UMW Newsletter is posted there.  It includes a UMW district calendar as well as other news from around our district.  If you wish a to have a copy, just take it down and make a copy of the pages you want or you can go online to our churches website under UMW News and link to it there. There is a lot going on in our area and it also gives you list of the district officers and sister churches!

Well, stay warm and remember Spring is just around the corner — March 21st.

Thank You!

UMW Creation Day Group

Our UMW Creation Day Group (Fennimore) would like to “thank” everyone who helped make our year SO successful!

After tops were assembled, we tied and finished 25 covers of various sizes from Bassinet to Queen and were able to donate 11 covers each to both Depot Exchange and Social Services. Some were also sold to help with supply expenses.

Many people have donated a large amount of supplies we use; fabric, bats, thread, yearn, etc. We have a couple of families from 2 other Churches who have donated time cutting blocks, sewing and also donated fabric.

In order for covers to happen, it takes people. Whether it is washing fabric, pressing, measuring, cutting blocks or assembling. Also, someone who cuts and sews bias bindings to finish the edges.

Our group is small, but faithful from start to finish. We are VERY grateful!

God Bless,
Creation Day Group

Marilyn Brodt, Co-Chair
Harriet Brun, Co-Chair

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!
kvolz324@gmail.com
319-325-7343

Youth Winter Retreat

A great time was had by all besides the questionable weather on Friday. Stay tuned for a write up in next months Newsletter!

Papa Murphy Pizza Sales

The Youth again sold Papa Murphy Pizzas for Super Bowl Sunday as a  fundraiser for Youth events, etc. and of course this includes food cost! We all know how much Teenagers can eat!

Thank You to all those who purchased. Over 60 pizzas were sold!

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