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724 Arbutus Street

Rhinelander Wisconsin 54501

Phone: (715)-362-2091

Pastor Mark Klaisner


Office Hours Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm



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Dear Friends,


Greetings and peace to you in the name of the RISEN LORD!  Together we celebrate God’s victory over death, as well as the power of the resurrection in our lives. We invite you to connect, reconnect, and discover hope in the promise of God’s love as we begin to reopen our sanctuary for in-person worship.


We, who have walked the way of the Cross before, will hear familiar words ... "Hosanna to the Son of David! ... Father, take this cup from me ... my God, my God why have you forsaken ... it is finished ... He is risen!"


We know that Holy Week and Easter is a roller coaster of emotion. Lent, the journey from Ashes to Easter, now turns to the promise of hope as we all come through the other-side of Easter. The highs and lows are all part of the story of the redemption of humanity. Easter assures us that even though we die, God gives life. Even though we don't always make the choices best for ourselves and others, God and his mercy endures. Even though the shadows fall and darkness settles, the sun rises again and dawn breaks anew.


It is not by accident that we the Church celebrates the mystery of Resurrection near the end of the longest, most trying season of the year. Perhaps Easter celebration this year will have been influenced by what has been an entire year of trying times! The Church year serves to illustrate the seasons of our life. Following a long harsh winter comes spring and the budding of the new. Christians are reminded that the dimming eye and the aged hand are not signs of the end, rather only the nearing of a fantastic transformation from this life into the next. I understand for those of us in the Northwoods the celebration of spring and the new life brings greater meaning, because of our hard winters. May First United Methodist Church of Rhinelander experience a resurrection as we seek to be engaged in the life of our community, nation and world. And we invite you to be a part of it!


Join us as we embrace the power of the resurrection. If ever there was a time in which we need it, it is now. Again, we are now open for in-person worship. Share in our 8 am Traditional Worship as well as our Contemporary Worship (The Journey) at 10:15 am. We are asking people to be thoughtful in wearing your mask and keep socially distant. This, however, is only for a time, until the pandemic is further back in our rear view mirror. If you’re not yet comfortable or unable to join us in person, visit www.fumcrhinelander.com or visit us on Facebook, as we try to provide as many opportunities there as possible. 


We want to wish all of you God’s richest blessings as we embrace the power of the resurrection.


Shalom, Salam, and Peace