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Rib Falls United
Methodist Church

Worship: Sundays at 10:00


We strive to provide a nurturing environment to prepare us to accept and carry out God’s personal mission for each of our lives.

God sent His Son into the world to bring forgiveness, healing, and help for suffering humanity.  Through the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ, each follower of the Lord joins in mission with the Church, making God’s love known to all.

“God’s message is near you, on your lips and in your heart.”  That is the message of faith that we preach.  If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised Him from death, you will be saved.  For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.  So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.   [Good News Bible, Romans, chapter 10, verses 8-10, 17]

A stained glass window was installed above the altar in November  2014.  The window is a gift from Albert Larson's family; in remembrance of Albert. There are at least four sermon's worth of lessons to contemplate in this window. 

Steve Booher's sermon was based on Matthew 16: 13 - 20 and on the hymn "The Church's One Foundation Is Jesus Christ Her Lord."


Credit for an awesome service also goes to those who provided music: The Larry Zunker Brass Quartet, soloists Patty Arneson, Jodi DeBroux and Teresa Maynard, flutist Kendra Schuster, and organist Mary  Schreiber.


Verona Braatz said the Lord's Prayer in German.


A noon meal at Rib River Ballroom was attended by 200 people. The afternoon program included Gary Arneson who represented a Methodist Circuit Rider from 150 years ago and told stories of how the German settlers came to Marathon County, what they and the circuit rider preachers endured to survive, and how they established their churches. Cindy Artus related a short version of our 150 years of history. Four lay people shared stories of old events and traditions at Rib Falls Methodist. True Harmony presented a short music program, ending with a solo of the Lord's Prayer. John Artus, the church president, closed the meeting.


There were special homemade cookies for dessert and tiny crosses and prayer cards for each person and there were small evergreen trees for each attendee to plant at home.


The Shepherd's Crook with the enclosed cross reminds us that Jesus, our Good Shepherd, laid down His life to redeem and sanctify us, His lost sheep. Prior to this vicarious atonement, Jesus promised His disciples that He would not leave them comfortless. He said that He would send His Holy Spirit, symbolized by the dove, who would empower them to be His witnesses. Emanating from the dove and connecting to the Shepherd's Crook is a swath of white which represents the Spiritual gifts flowing into the souls of all believers wherein the fruit of the Spirit grows and matures, extending from one generation to the next. (Scripture references: John lO:Sb, Acts 1:18, ICor.12)


On the lower corners of the banner are the Alpha and the Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The reference is to Jesus's words in Rev. 22:13, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last." These symbols become more clear when combined with the two other symbols, the Shepherd's crook and the cross, affirming that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Shepherd of His flock and the Eternal Savior of all mankind. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Heb. 12:2.