First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Live and Share God's Love

From the Pastor

Rev. Rebecca Voss




Dear First Family of Faith,

We’ve all faced a lot of uncertainties together in the year I’ve been here. We thought we were close to the “Covid Clear”, only to have the Delta variant take us several steps back. We’ve tried to understand the risks and respond accordingly with better and balanced safety precautions. On a personal level, I’m deeply grateful for your prayers and support as I navigated a couple of weeks recently not knowing whether a mass was cancerous or not. It is a great relief to have the softball-sized cyst now gone and know there is no cancer!

As I’ve recovered and begun to prepare our church for a full return to ministry this fall, we find ourselves wrestling with uncertainties again. Will it be safe to start choir and bell rehearsals and share these ministries in Sunday worship? Can we safely share meals on Wednesday evenings? Is it wise to begin Sunday School for our children and youth? I’m so proud of our 12+ year-olds who have all been vaccinated, but also protective of our younger children who are unable to be vaccinated.

In consulting with the Marathon County Health Department and our leaders and volunteers, we’ve decided to postpone our Wednesday night meals until COVID cases drop to a safer level. In the meantime, it has been deemed relatively safe to have Bell Choir rehearsals and Confirmation Class at 6pm, and Adult Choir rehearsals at 7pm in the Sanctuary. In addition, we will have Sunday School for all ages at 9am; children, youth, and adult.

Uncertainties like these are vexing for personalities like mine who love to make and stick to plans. Then I feel a nudge by the Holy Spirit, who reminds me that these are “First World Problems”. We have the blessings of safe vaccines, masks, food and supply pick-up and delivery services, and online options for nearly everything in life and faith. It’s not what we’re used to, and it’s not always easy or convenient or comfortable, but that’s exactly how we grow in faith. Our comfort, assumptions, and conveniences are challenged, and we’re offered grace from God to find spiritual strength and growth.

Let’s praise God for the ways we can meet and worship together. Continue to encourage one another as we persevere through frustrations, and trust that God is using this to deepen our faith, hope, and love.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Rebecca