- First United Methodist Church Mission Statement: "To make NEW and MATURING disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
- History of First United Methodist Church Tomah Wisconsin
Methodism has been active in the City of Tomah for 152 years. In 1854 the Reverend C.W. Kellogg began home services and in 1856 the first congregation was established; in 1861 the first building was erected. In 1894 a nave was added and in 19112 a basement. The Wisconsin Conference records for 1860 show the Church reporting 20 members and giving $3.50 for the mission program of that year. The value of the building was $1,500.
The present church represents several mergers involving two churches in outlying areas and one city church. On November 6, 1966, a merger was consummated with the Valley Junction Methodist Church; on June 18, 1967, a merger consummated with the Tunnel City Methodist Church; and on June 25, 1967, a merger consummated with Emmanuel Evangelical United Brethren Church of Tomah.
The General Conference of April 1928 merged on a national level the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church into a new body – The United Methodist Church.
These humble beginnings have, by the grace of God, resulted in the consecration of the current beautiful building. Those of us today do not forget our dependence upon other generations for providing us with a place of worship. Nor shall we forget the wonderful thrill to provide a place of worship for the people of today and the generations yet to come.
On November 15, 1964 at the close of the 11:00am service, approximately 200 people gathered for the ground-breaking service of the First United Methodist Church on Butts Ave. the cornerstone was laid on August 8, 1965. On this day the first services were held in the new church with he District Superintendent, the Reverend Herbert Thompson, delivering the message. A membership registration was made of all in attendance and placed in the stone, over 525 people attended the services.
In May 2010, the First United Methodist Church broke ground for a new addition expanding the space for welcoming, hospitality and small group ministries as well as adding accessible restroom facilities office space for staff.
What We Believe
- Basic theology
- Open Sacraments, We serve communion the First and and Third Sundays of the month. We use bread / gluten free wafer and grape juice so that all can receive the sacrament.
What It Means to Be a United Methodist
A United Methodist is a Christian who has professed faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, put his or her whole trust in Christ’s grace and promised to serve him as Lord as a member of The United Methodist Church, a worldwide church that welcomes persons of all ages, nations and races.
United Methodists Believe
United Methodists affirm the historic Christian faith as summarized in the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed.
· We Believe in the Triune god, the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
· We Believe every person is a beloved child of God.
· We Believe in the church as the community called to be instruments of God’s presence and coming reign in Jesus Christ.
· We Believe the Bible reveals the Word of God.
· We Believe in the final triumph of God’s reign of compassion, justice, generosity and peace.
United Methodists are Rooted in God’s Grace
Our heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace, which flows from God’s love for us. Grace can be defined as God’s gift of freely given love and mercy. We can do nothing to deserve it or earn it.
United Methodists are Active in Fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission
Jesus calls his followers to action when he gave the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a). This is the mission of The United Methodist Church – “To make NEW and MATURING disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” We achieve this through vital congregations that equip and empower people to be disciples in their home congregations and in communities around the world through The Four Areas of Focus:
1. Developing principled Christian leaders.
2. Creating new places for new people and revitalizing existing congregations.
3. Engaging in ministry with the poor.
4. Improving health globally.
To learn more, contact Pastor Krysta Deede or visit umc.org.
- Funerals, please contact the church office for scheduling a funeral or visitation from Pastor Krysta. She performs funeral services at our church and other locations.
- Weddings, contact the church office and talk to Pastor Krysta for scheduling a wedding at our church.
- Baptisms, contact the church office and talk to Pastor Krysta for scheduling a baptism at our church. Baptisms performed at our regular Sunday Services.
- Pastor Krysta will have another Confirmation Class when there are enough students to conduct one, for more information call her at the church office.
Chris Urmanski, Director
Noah's Ark Christian Preschool
Pastor Krysta Deede
The next Coffee with me is scheduled at Starbucks on Monday, July 15 at 6:00pm. We’ll share a cup of coffee/other beverage and spend some time getting to know one another. No need to RSVP, just show up! If you have questions, contact Pastor Krysta.
ReGroup is taking a break in July. St. Mary’s Episcopal, Congregational UCC and First UMC are in the midst of planning for another great year of food, fun activities, discussions and community projects.
A connect class will be held on Sunday, August 18 at 10:15am. Gather with Pastor Krysta in the Conference Room for light refreshments, a time to get acquainted, and an opportunity to ask questions about how we live out the mission of making new and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world at First UMC.
The class will include an overview of Methodist history, First’s ministries of outreach and spiritual growth, stewardship of God’s blessings and making connections with one another through shared interests. If you want to learn more about First UMC or are ready to partner with others to live into this mission, please attend this upcoming opportunity. Connect with Pastor Krysta with questions.