Welcome to New Hope.

We exist to be the very presence of Jesus Christ in the world. As a body of Christ-followers, we welcome seekers with questions, life challenges as well as fellow believers. We value family, worship, learning, growing, and fellowship with one another. Above all, we desire to be a community that shares the true love of Christ.


We are honored to recognizFirefighters - 400 pixe area firefighters, emergency medical technicians and first responders, and law enforcement on SUNDAY, MAY 15 at New Hope Community Church.  The service will begin at 9:30 AM with Greater Wausau Christian Services Chaplain Ray Slatton presenting the message. There will be a meal at 11:15 following the service.  We also hope to have emergency equipment on site for you and your children to check out!  Join us for worship and this time of special recognition of our public servants!

New Hope launches Ridder Church Renewal – a process not a program

What is Ridder Church Renewal?

The church’s transformation begins with personal transformation. The Ridder Church Renewal process helps leaders develop the tools to confront unhealthy models that have hindered personal and congregational growth. Participants make a 30 month commitment to personal faith renewal. Along the way they commit to courageous and authentic communication and to understanding the pressures that systems bring on individual behavior. They learn to develop non-anxious leadership styles, deal with conflict, and create effective teams. We believe that congregations can make healthy changes toward God’s preferred future by starting with high expectations, committing to learning over time, and building on the core values of integrity, authenticity, courage, and love. —The Ridder Sustaining Team

How did it begin?

Former seminary president Dr. Herman Ridder and his wife, Lenora, laid the foundation in 1997 when they established a leadership endowment at Western Theological Seminary. For the first ten years Western hosted conferences with such notable leaders as Lyle Schaller, Max De Pree, Bill Hybels, Robert Creech, Trisha Taylor and Jim Herrington. In 2007 the initiative transitioned to a new learning model designed to increase church vitality and health. In its first five years, the Ridder Church Renewal process impacted 34 congregations and 42 pastoral leaders and teams within the Reformed Church in America (RCA) Synods of the Great Lakes and Mid-America. In 2012, a grant from the Lilly Foundation to Western Theological Seminary in partnership with the RCA and Christian Reformed Church (CRC) made it possible to expand this program to other regions of the U.S. and Canada.

How did New Hope Community Church get involved?

In the first weeks that Pastor Dan and Renee’ moved to Wausau, New Hope was invited to participate in Module One of RCR to fill a vacancy left by another church that could no longer continue the process.  Since Module One was already under way, this was only possible because Pastor Dan and Renee’ have been through the Ridder process in their former church.  With God’s direction, a Ridder Team was formed, and they accompanied Pastor Dan and Renee’ to a Ridder event held at the Heidel House at Green Lake, WI the first week of March.  After participating in the event, the Ridder Team made a recommendation to the Consistory to commit to involvement in the Ridder Church Renewal process.

New Hope’s Ridder Team consists of: Pastor Dan and Renee’, Dean and Carrie Kolbeck, Mark and Lori Miller, Melissa Beck and Sandie Young.  Since congregational transformation begins with individual personal transformation, we ask for your prayers for these individuals and the process they have committed to.  These are the first steps of the Ridder.

You will be hearing about how God is at work in this experience.  You will also hear more about the core values of Ridder and other aspects and involvement as time goes on.  Ridder is a process, not a program, so describing the experience is a bit like sharing what a mission trip in one sentence.  Feel free to ask questions of the Team along the way.

Blessings-in-a-Backpack during April

JoBlessings in a Backpackin NHCC this April as we accept donations of food for our Blessings-in-a-Backpack campaign!  Accepting:  Single-serve packs of mac ‘n cheese, fruit cups, granola & snack bars, applesauce, as well as canned tuna & chicken, boxed cereal and single-serve packets of instant oatmeal – anything a child could easily prepare at home themselves.  Also, canned ravioli, spaghetti o’s, and Ramen noodles.  Drop off donations at New Hope in Fellowship Hall now through April 30th! All donations will be given to “Blessings-in-a-Backpack” to help feed children in need over the summer break.  The Wausau/DCEverest program helps to feed over 750 children!  For more information about the program, visit  www.bibcewausau.org or  www.facebook.com/DCEverestBlessingsInABackpack


Guy’s Bowling Night! Friday, April 8, 2016

Fun Night – Bowling Night for all guys this Friday, April 8

Guys, join us this Friday, 6:30-8:30 PM at Day’s Bowl-A-Dome, Stewart Avenue in Wausau.  $12 covers bowling, shoe rental, pizza & soda, and a really great time!  Invite your friends or neighbors – all men welcome.  Call 715-297-6868 or 715-845-8541 for more information.


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JOIN US AT NEW HOPE FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES – Visitors and newcomers welcome!

Palm Sunday – March 20:  Worship service at 9:30 AM.  Children’s annual “Palm Processional” to begin the service.

Good Friday Service – March 25:  Communion service at 7:00 PM. This service of rememberance and reflection on the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ will help you reflect on the price Jesus paid for us on the Cross.  Communion served.

Resurrection Sunday (Easter) – March 27:  In glorious celebration we will gather on Easter Sunday for the following services and breakfast:

7:30-8:00 AM:  Early Praise and Worship – This is a lively time of music and celebration beginning the Easter activities!

8:00-9:00 AM:  Easter Breakfast for all, hosted by the Fellowship Team.

*  9:30-10:45 AM:  Easter Worship Service – A time filled with beautiful music, uplifing message, scripture and celebration of our resurrected Lord!  “HE IS RISEN! HE IS RISEN, INDEED!”

Everyone is welcome!  Join us!


DON SHIRE CONCERT – Jan. 31, 9:30 AM


Sunday morning, Jan. 31, 2016 at 9:30 AM

NHCC is excited to announce internationally known trumpeter/recording artist/mission DON SHIRE (www.donshire.com) will be in concert at New Hope Church, 9:30 AM, January 31st!

Don Shire offers his unique trumpet styling in concerts worldwide. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, he was a double major in Music and Christian Education. Reverend Shire was ordained as a minister of the Gospel by Impact International in 1994. He previously served as an Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor and Minister of Music. As a businessman, Don has been the president of two computer related businesses and then in 1995, responded to God’s leading to leave the business arena and move into full-time ministry.

He currently is the featured guest in concerts, mission conferences and evangelistic outreach throughout the U.S. and 34 other countries. Music from his 9 recordings can be heard on the radio across the U.S. and internationally. He co-hosts a weekly radio program aired in Wisconsin, coordinates short-term mission trips for church groups and individuals throughout the world. Don’s ministry especially reaches out to orphans and widows, supporting 8 orphanages and 5 homes for widows.

Don’s musical arrangements vary in style from classical to jazz and his appeal is to all ages. CD’s will be available at this concert. His goal at each of his concerts is to challenge listeners to live committed lives for the Lord and to introduce the lost to Christ.

Invite your friends and family to this exciting Sunday morning worship experience! JANUARY 31, 2016 at 9:30 AM – New Hope Community Church, Wausau, WI.


ALL LADIES are invited to join us at 7 PM on TUESDAY EVENING, DEC. 8, 2015 at 2510 Restaurant in Wausau for our annual Christmas Dessert & Coffee.  Bring a friend and enjoy a time of fellowship, buy-your-own-dessert and a white elephant gift exchange (bring a gift that you no longer need but someone else might enjoy).  Call the church office at 715-845-8541 to register!



Join us, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 for a delicious potluck meal (beginning at 5:30 PM)  followed by Service of Thanksgiving (7:00 PM). Bring your family, neighbors and friends as we offer praise and thanksgiving to the Lord our God, and spend time sharing His blessings from this past year.  Call the church office, 715-845-8541 for more information or to sign up for the meal.

Holidays are fast approaching!


Sunday, November 15th we’ll be packing up donations of toys, goodies and more for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!  Join us at 12:00 noon as many hands will be working to box up shoeboxes to bless children around the world in Jesus’ name.


VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL this year is held: July 20th – 24th, 2015

Daily from 9:00am til noon, Monday thru Friday

A week long daytime VBS program is offered and enjoyed by children from throughout the community, all are welcome. VBS is for children from 3 years old (prior to July 20th, 2015 and fully potty trained to participate) thru 8th grade.

This year’s theme is: Son Spark Labs. We look forward to discovering God’s Plan 4U = Jesus! We are excited about seeing a lot of big smiles, singing many silly songs, playing games and watching spiritual gifts grow.

You can download a registration form by clicking on the Education tab on our home page, going to the children’s page and clicking on the link listed in the VBS programming information.

If you have questions feel free to contact the church at 715-845-8541.

Hope to see you there!


“SONDAY ON THE FARM” – June 28, 2015

10:00 AM

You won’t want to miss this exciting New Hope Sunday event being held a country mile from the church at the Fust Family Farm on County Hwy. N, approximately 1 mile east of the N & J intersection.  “Church” is being moved that day from the New Hope facility to “the farm” and YOU are invited!  Bring the family, friends and even your neighbors!  Be sure to dress casual and comfortable for the day’s activities, AND BRING YOUR OWN LAWN CHAIR FOR SEATING.

“CHURCH” will start at 10:00 AM with a toe-tappin’ & foot-stompin’ Christian BLUEGRASS group known as “The Alzen Family”  (www.alzenfamily.com) who will kick off a time of praise & worship with fast-pickin’ and tight-knit harmonies coupled with over-flowing joy of the Lord!  This family of 8 loves to merge their musical abilities with their strong faith to gladden people’s hearts with music and the love of Jesus Christ.  Their music highlights the singing and high-energy playing of the Alzen children, and consists of a wide variety of family-oriented bluegrass, gospel bluegrass, and old time music & hymns with four-part vocal harmony!  The Alzen’s will also share personal stories and testimonies giving glory to God.  “Church” on the farm June 28th will be one church service you won’t want to miss!

FOLLOWING CHURCH there will be food and activities, hayrides, tour of the Fust’s new barn and milking parlor, some games and fellowship.

JOIN US for “Sonday on the Farm” – June 28th starting at 10:00 AM!  (Parking including handicap parking provided on-site).

LUNCH RESERVATIONS – call 715-845-8541 to say “We’re comin’!!  This will help us plan.