We welcome everyone because God's love is for all!
First UMC Waupaca is committed to being a radically loving and welcoming community of faith. We are called to the ministry of reconciliation. We embrace as a gift, the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We celebrate our human family's diversity of sexual/affectional or relational orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, age, faith history, economic status, relationship status, family type, physical and mental ability, and education. We affirm that all people are created in the image of God, and are equally worthy and loved by God. We proclaim this statement of welcome to all who have known the pain of exclusion or discrimination in the church or society. At First UMC Waupaca, everyone is invited to follow Jesus Christ towards greater love, justice, peace, understanding and mutual respect.
HERE I AM by Sue Abrahamson
My favorite words in the Bible have come to be Here I am. These three tiny words hold huge meaning, especially now as we look forward to our shared abilities to create the kinds of communities and lives we want. These three words call on us to engage with one another—to take greater responsibility for where we are and who we can become.
As Moses stood before the burning bush and uttered those three little words, Here I am, he doubted his capabilities, his strength, his own voice, his identity. But Moses made himself visible. He does not hide. He does not turn away. He does not seek cover. He makes an active choice to be present. He engages. He shows his face. He accounts for himself.
Being a reconciling ministry asks us to be like Moses. Can we come together to really make a difference in our community? Can we be the welcoming church that calls all to belonging? It is a covenant we make with God, to ourselves and with each other about the kind of world we seek to create together. It is a shared responsibility that summons our courage and humility. We need not have all the answers to every challenge. Nor must we go it alone. We simply keep three tiny words in mind: Here I am.