First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Live and Share God's Love

Conference & Connections


Our New United Methodist Visiting Chaplain
Rev. John Wells

Rev. John Wells is our new United Methodist Chaplain. We welcome John to this chaplaincy. He is recently retired as pastor of Elm Grove UMC congregation and began this chaplaincy position July 1st.
John has been a parish pastor for over 43 years, serving a mix of small rural, multipoint parishes, midsized, smaller city parishes and larger multi-staffed larger congregations. He comes with many years of visiting his congregation and community folks while they were hospitalized and brings a caring and compassionate presence to the bedside. John is married to his wife Julie and they now live in the Madison area in Fitchburg to be close to their grandchildren.

This chaplaincy is a part-time position of 20 hrs. a week. Our chaplain visits United Methodists hospitalized in the three general hospitals in Madison… St. Mary’s, UnityPoint Meriter and University Hospital. He finds out who to visit through the daily hospital census under those listed as ‘Methodist’, or by requests that come by phone from pastors or other Methodists throughout the Conference. With the request and patient’s permission, John contacts the patient’s pastor on their behalf to communicate their parishioner’s hospitalization and concerns.
The United Methodist Hospitals Ministry Committee
oversees this chaplaincy position and is comprised of
lay and clergy in the surrounding Madison area. This
committee meets regularly with the chaplain to provide support and guidance.

If you have a request of John Wells our chaplain to
visit someone hospitalized in Madison, please contact
him directly. 920.723.5378;

John is also able to visit your church to share with
your congregation about this healing ministry of visitation provided to our hospitalized United Methodists. We appreciate your support of this chaplaincy through prayers and financial gifts through your church’s mission giving to this chaplaincy program

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Our Breakthrough Prayer

We believe at First United Methodist Church in the power of prayer. We believe that God has great things in store for all of God’s children, for us as individuals and in relationships and communities.

In September, we took our congregation’s prayer life to a new level. Our goal is to connect with God even more deeply and to notice God’s activity more than we ever have before.

What might God have in store for First Church or for our communities through our ministry? We don’t know yet. But as we keep praying, God will clarify our vision – in familiar ways and in ways we hadn’t even considered. Join your friends at First Church with this Breakthrough Prayer:

God of power, God of grace, guide us to connect our soul purpose with you and your will. Break through in the life of First Church with fresh possibilities to work your will in our church, our communities and our lives. Amen.


Make the commitment to pray – every night and every morning at 9:03 (or when it works for us) for God to do God’s great thing in the life of First Church. If you’re hearing about this for the first time, or if you haven’t started, simply start where you are. Begin now.