About Us

Our Story

  • 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.

Life Events

  • 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 be offering Confirmation Class in January 2018, for more information call her at the church office.


Rev. Krysta Deede, Pastor



cell 262-352-4353

Lori Reiff, Administrative Assistant



Chris Urmanski, Director

Noah's Ark Christian Preschool





December 2018 Newsletter .pdf

Pastor Krysta Deede

This year is the 200th anniversary of the debut of "Silent Night, Holy Night." This hymn has become the best-loved worship moment of many people who gather on Christmas Eve. Something mystical occurs as we light our candles and sing the hope of "all is calm, all is bright"–peace and light for the world. First UM Church will celebrate the carol's message over the entire season of Advent, starting on Sunday, December 2, and highlight its call for our lives that will guide us all year long.

How will the story of Christ’s birth inspire us to love God and neighbor more deeply? In what ways will we be Christ individually and collectively in our homes, workplaces, communities and world? Where will the gospel call take us in the coming year? You are encouraged into prayerful reflection on these questions as you seek to embody Christ’s love to the world.

I look forward to welcoming you and your family during the upcoming Advent and Christmas worship services. All the services for the season are listed below. Singing “Silent Night” together as we journey through this holy season steeps us in the familiar story of Christ’s birth and permeates our hearts more fully with God’s love found in the manger. It is my hope that worship is the central part of your preparation to welcome the Christ child again into your own heart.

See you in church or in the community, Pastor Krysta

Season of Advent

December 2 - First Sunday of Advent

8:00, 9:15, and 10:30am worship

PEACE “Sleep in Peace”

Luke 2:6, Matthew19:13-15

Silent Night Verse 1

December 9 - Second Sunday of Advent

8:00, 9:15, and 10:30am worship

JOY “Glories Streaming”

Psalm 86:9-11, Luke 2:8-20

Silent Night Verse 2

December 16 - Third Sunday of Advent

8:00, 9:15, and 10:30am worship

LOVE “Redeeming Grace”

John 1:1-18

Silent Night Verse 3

December 23 - Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:00am, 9:15am, and 10:30am worship

HOPE “Let Us Sing”

Isaiah 9:6, Matthew 2:1-12

Silent Night Verse 4

Special Service Theme & Times

December 21

Blue Christmas, Longest Night


Isaiah 40, selected verses


December 30

One morning service at 9:00am

“Is Born”

Revelation 21:1-6


The joy of giving sparks our hearts in a special way during the Christmas season. This year First UMC will be supporting gifts for the following organizations:

Tomah Care Center - Pick a tag from the tree for items needed to support this ministry. Items are to be returned UNWRAPPED and placed in designated collection bags.

Tomah Head Start - Pick a tag from the tree for children in the program. Items are to be returned WRAPPED with the gift tag attached.

Tomah Middle School - A special gift bag is given to children who might not otherwise receive any gifts for Christmas. First UMC focuses on toiletries (chap stick, tooth brush/paste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, socks, etc.) but the gifts also includes books, school supplies and a sweatshirt which comes from other sources.

The donations for these 3 collections are DUE by Wednesday, DECEMBER 12th.

Hat, Scarf, Mitten & Sock Tree - Many organizations will benefit from the items added to the warming tree. All sizes are needed and warmth/water resistance is a priority. Collection will continue through December.

The Outreach Team is coordinating these opportunities for giving. Contact Nona Smith with questions.


Saturday, December 8 5:30pm A community event to celebrate the season. Volunteers are needed from 2pm to 6pm to sell hot chocolate, glow necklaces, and other items as we raise funds to support Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry. Donations of cookies/treats are also needed. Connect with Craig Herold or Pastor Krysta. WE COLLECTED OVER $1200.00 SELLING COOKIES AND HOT CHOCOLATE THE MONEY WILL GO TO THE FOOD PANTRY..... THANK YOU!!!!!!!

CAROLING Wednesday, December 19 5:30pm Meet at First UMC to head out to sing praises and spread the gospel message of hope at assisted living facilities and to homes of those who find it hard to get out.


Pastor Krysta has been meeting with TASD superintendent, Cindy Zahrte, Gunderson Global Partners and other community agencies to discuss ways that we might all work collaboratively to positively impact the lives of our children/youth. From those early conversations what has emerged is a need for mentoring relationships with students at Lemonweir school. Background checked adults will be paired with a student and will make a commitment to meet with their mentee one day a week during their breakfast time 7:30-8:05am for the school year.

The goal of each mentoring relationship will be to help a student transition into the school day so that they can be successful in their school environment with desired outcomes of improved academic performance, fewer disciplinary referrals, and greater display of school district values of “value self, value others, value learning.”

Will you be among those to mentor? To impact the trajectory of a student’s life? For further information, connect with Pastor Krysta at 608-372-4543 or pastorkrysta@gmail.com.