Reconciling Ministries

Everyone is Welcome - God's Love is for All!

First United Methodist Church of 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 toward greater love, justice, peace, understanding and mutual respect.

Getting Back to Hospitality

by Sue Abrahamson

Socializing, like most activities we all do, is a skill. We get better when we practice, and worse when we don’t. With most things being closed for so long because of the pandemic, our usual opportunities to talk have been upended. Conversations have gotten beyond stilted.

We awkwardly fumble with knowing the right thing to do. Should we shake hands again? Is everyone comfortable with that? Is how I greet someone dependent on if both parties have been vaccinated? How do I know if someone’s been vaccinated? Do I want people to know if I’ve been vaccinated? Should I ask? Should I tell? Why are some folks still wearing masks?

So many questions and puzzlements. We want to resume our friendly and welcoming ways but these questions get in the way.

It’s time to scoot off the sidelines and get back in the hospitality game! To assist in conversation, First Church’s Reconciling Ministry Committee is hosting a “Turquoise Table” both at church and out in the community. The Turquoise Table story is growing in popularity. Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Life changed in her community, and it can change in ours too. Turquoise tables are inviting individuals to connect with one another in nearly all 50 states and in 7 countries. Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live and worship.

The Reconciling Ministry Committee is interested in hosting a book discussion of Schell’s book, The Turquoise Table, and are making sure each interested participant has a copy of the book. To get a copy, just email Sue Abrahamson at abrahamsonsue@gmail.com, or leave your name with Dawn in the church office. Discussions about the book will take place after worship on Sundays in August at our turquoise table.

Look for the Turquoise Table at community events (farmer’s market, city band concerts, summer concert series, arts on the square, etc.) and when you see us there, stop by to say hello and meet someone new. God’s love is for everyone. Everyone belongs at our table.

Community and friendship are waiting ... will you accept the invitation to take a seat and have a chat?