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.


Bring the family to this unique program offering enjoyment for every single member of your family!  Hairy & Company combine music, comedy and teaching that drive home the truths of scripture.  Joyful scripture songs will encourage worship and praise from the hearts of young and old alike.

Hairy & Company were created by John and Diane Windle, they are an outreach of Camp Forest Springs.

Wednesday Night, January 25th, 2017 at 7pm.

Hope to see you there!



New Hope Community Church will be offering a 6-week series during the Sunday School hour (Sunday’s 11-11:50 AM) beginning January 29th.  We invite all marrieds to join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM (Pastor Dan Jelsma will be preaching messages that compliment the Sunday School class), then take part in the “Sacred Marriage” class at 11 AM.

Scores of books have been written that offer guidance for building the marriage of your dreams. Yet, what if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy . . . but holy? And, what if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God? In this popular bestselling book, Gary Thomas uncovers how your marriage can become a doorway to a closer walk with God and each other. You will learn how to:

  • Turn marital struggles into spiritual and personal appreciation.
  • Love your spouse with a stronger sense of purpose.
  • Partner in the spiritual growth and character formation of your spouse
  • Transform a “tired” marriage into a relationship filled with awe and respect

Join us, Sunday mornings at NHCC for worship at 9:30 AM, then enhance your marriage by participating in the “Sacred Marriage” Sunday School class beginning January 29!  For more information, call 715-845-8541. 

Christmas Day Service – 9:30 AM

christmas-day-2Join us at New Hope for Christmas morning worship service beginning at 9:30 AM.  Hear a message from Pastor Dan entitled, “Immanuel – God with Us”.  Sing Christmas carols. Celebrate the newborn King – the King of kings and Lord of lords!

Christmas Eve Worship – 7:00 PM


Join us for Christmas Eve Candle-lighting Service at 7:00 PM.  Pastor Dan will share a message entitled, “Names that Matter: God of Heaven’s Armies”.  We’ll sing Christmas carols and reflect on the birth of Jesus with candle-lighting at the close of the service.  Bring your family and friends!


ALL LADIES are invited to the New Hope Women’s Fellowship “Fall Follies” on Saturday morning, Oct. 15, 2016 starting at 9:30 AM!  This is a morning to enjoy time in fellowship, praise & worship, and creative discovery.  Browse display tables of crafts and talents. Enjoy sweet fellowship with sisters-in-Christ over a delicious brunch. Spend time praising our Creator God as we share in a time of Word and song.  This is a morning designed to give you some time away from the hustle and bustle of our fast paced lives, time to reconnect with your friends, and time to reconnect with God.  Bring a friend!  Any questions or to register, call the church office at 715-845-8541 by Oct. 10.


Drop off items for donation to HOPE LIFE CENTER at New Hope Community Church thru the end of August! Call 715-845-8541 to make drop-off arrangements, or bring to church Sundays.  All items will be taken to Hope Life Center at the end of the month.

  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, lip balm
  • Body wash (full size), deodorant
  • Bottled water
  • Gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart
  • Paper plates, plastic ware, paper towels, toilet paper, toilet cleaner
  • Copy paper
  • Empty gift bags suitable for teens (empty, non baby prints)
  • New Pack-n-plays (still in box)
  • Infant carrier style car seats with handle (new in box)
  • Reach 4 Life Bibles at www.cost.com

VBS 2016 is right around the corner…..
“EGYPT – Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace” starts on July 18, 2016 and meets every day through July 22, 2016. 8:45 am til noon daily.
Kids, ages 3 (potty trained) through 8th grade, are transported to ancient Egypt where they’ll meet Bible-time heroes and spend time
exploring firsthand the unique culture of Joseph’s world and what God has in store for him and us.
Come join in the fun!


SONDAY ON THE FARM – August 28, 2016

We’re excited to announce New Hope’s “Sonday on the Farm” event taking place Sunday, Aug. 28th.  This fun-filled Sunday involves moving “church” from the church building to the Fust Family Farm, R12653 Nwy N, Wausau. In previous years, this event has proven to be a wonderful time of music, worship, food, fun & games for the entire family. We love to welcome our community friends & neighbors to come on out to “Sonday on the Farm”!  Pastor Dan Jelsma will share with us from God’s Word.  Special music & worship led by Brad Price.  Brad began singing as soon as he could talk and performing at the age of 11. Over the years he has had the opportunity to share his gift of music in many different settings, from concerts and musicals, to weddings, funerals and worship services.

Brad loves to glorify God by leading others in worship and has served as a Worship Pastor. He currently serves as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church in Slocomb, Alabama.  He is married to Nicki (Fust) Price and they have two children, Reagan & Isaac.  They both love to share the Gospel and work together with the youth in Slocomb.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Sunday, August 28th!


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.