COVID-19 RESPONSE

Due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wahoo First UMC has changed its worship, ministries, and operations. This page will be updated as new information becomes available and the church makes new decisions.


On July 19, our church will celebrate our Re-Emerge Sunday, when we will resume in-person worship. However, we will also continue to offer online worship, by streaming our 9:00am Praise service on Facebook Live. 


For in-person worship, there will be certain health and safety guidelines for anyone who comes into the church building, including wearing masks. Check out Pastor Michael's video announcement below about these guidelines, or click here to read the announcement.

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WORSHIP

From March through July, in-person worship was suspended on the guidelines from officials from our state, nation, and denomination.


However, we still worshipped together! Every Sunday morning at 9:00am, a worship video went live on our church's Facebook page and YouTube channel. As in-person worship resumes, we will stream our 9:00am Praise service on our church's Facebook page. For more information on our worship services, check out our Worship page.


In addition to our main Sunday morning worship, we have a Morning Prayer Service on Monday and Thursday mornings at 8:30am through Facebook Live. Like us on Facebook to receive notifications about these services.

discipleship & fellowship

Because there are still restrictions on meeting together in groups, we are engaging in discipleship and fellowship in new and innovative ways!


In particular, we have started a Zoom Bible study to engage our members in a study of Scripture while also letting us interact with our church family virtually. Right now, we offer a Zoom Bible study on 1 Corinthians that meets:

  • Tuesday mornings at 10:00am
  • Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm

Click here to register for that study!

GIVING

In this time, we are able to continue our ministries of worship, discipleship, and mission through the support of generous members of our faith family. For most, this has meant mailing checks to the church office. We are excited to announce a new way to support our church financially!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Nebraska United Methodist Foundation, we have been able to set up an online giving platform through Vanco Payment Solutions! With this, we are able to give electronically either one-time or on a recurring basis, from either a checking account or credit card.

If you feel led to support the church with a financial gift, consider using this new platform. Click here, and you will be taken to our website, which will take you to the giving platform. This is a simpler, but no less intentional, way to support the church and practice generosity.

building operations

On July 13, our Church Office resumed normal operations. Our business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-1:30pm. You can come by our call us at (402) 443-4219 to get in touch with us.


Additionally, committees, small groups, and other gatherings are encouraged to meet virtually. If you would like assistance setting up a Zoom meeting for your group, please call the Church Office at (402) 443-4219.

additional resources

We have made our decisions based on the most up-to-date guidance from state, local, national, and denominational officials and resources. They are listed here so that you can have all the necessary information at you disposal, as well. Click on the following links to read further:


Local: Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD)

State: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

National: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Denominational: Great Plains Annual Conference (GPUMC)