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2nd Sunday After Epiphany

Good Tuesday morning 5th Ave.,

Please correct the phone number for 5th Ave. UMC Audible Worship.

The correct number is: 262.334.0710. More information is found below.

Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Jesus comes alongside us and calls us by name: “[your name], follow me.” A simple call. A hard call. Because following requires leaving. And we look around to see who else Jesus could be talking to. It’s hard to leave our nets and walk away from the lake. But we have come this far, to this place, where we can listen and be transformed.

We eagerly, but expectantly come into this worship experience to see what God has in store for us today! We have busy lives, but still, we’re curious! People of God, disciples of Christ, come into God’s presence and see the difference love makes!

Come into the light of the epiphany and see the glory of God! Our eyes have been closed for so long, but still, we yearn for the light. Come and see! Come and see!

What good can come from places of marginalization and oppression? A people who are willing to fight for the dignity with which God has endowed them. Leaders who see the liberation in the Bible and know God wants it to be real for them. A federal holiday to honor a vital hero and leader of racial equality, American civil rights and non-violence, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sixty-six years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began proclaiming good news was coming  and his words are no less true today. The good news of the people of God is never easy news. We cannot skip to the conclusion, because we are the ones being called to take up the work. We are called to answer this invitation to discipleship, to hear God’s call to be tied together, where all persons are valued and there is no longer room for poverty, racism, and conflict.

I invite you to celebrate the 34th observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day via Zoom from the Wisconsin Annual Conference with Bishop LaTrelle Easterling preaching and the SE District clergy and laity sharing their talent.

This powerful conversation provoking worship about how we might live better together in

community can be viewed at:

https://youtu.be/keEIfeGP5Us

Thanks to our Technology Team, we have initiated 5th Ave. UMC Phone Worship. Family and Friends can now call – 262.334.0710 – and experience our worship service with sound. Please share and publicize this phone number as we spread the Good News of the Gospel. More in depth information regarding this outreach ministry will be shared in the upcoming newsletter.

Come, join us this coming weekend as Jesus continues to surprise and bless us in His Word and Holy Communion.

To God be the glory,

Pastor Clarissa

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2nd Sunday After Epiphany 2021

Sermon – 2nd Sun after Epiphany – Come See – Jan 2021

Holy Communion Liturgy 17 January 2021

Devotionals – 17 – 24 Jan 2021

Youth Message 17 January 2021

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Rev. Clarissa Martinelli

Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC

323 South Fifth Avenue

West Bend, WI

262.334.2059 (W)

847.721.1826 (M)

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful

beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison


Service – January 17, 2021


Service – January 10, 2021


Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord

Good Fish Fry Friday morning 5th Ave.,
For this year, the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord will be celebrated together; January 6th is Epiphany, and Sunday is Baptism of our Lord.

There is a good reason for the first Sunday after Epiphany to focus on Baptism. The key here is that Baptism is all about beginning. Jesus began his ministry with his own baptism, and Christians see Baptism as beginning a committed journey with Jesus.

The season after Epiphany, as a whole, has much to do with beginnings: the beginning of Jesus’ life, the start of his ministry, the calling of the disciples, and his first miracle. All of this helps us see Baptism as an important beginning, both for Jesus, and for us.

So, what do we say or do about the magi, who had their gospel reading on the day of Epiphany itself?

Fittingly, both stories carry forward the theme of Jesus’ identity taking shape. The magi identify Jesus as a king and because the magi are from foreign lands, they identify Jesus as a king for all people. In the baptism story, Jesus is also identified, but in this case his identity is the beloved son of God. Additionally, the magi story is definitely linked with the baptism story: “These Epiphany stories work together to show us who Jesus is revealing the fullness of his identity. The magi show us one part of Jesus’ identity, the baptism shows us another part.”

Welcome to the jubilantly and total praise celebration of these two feast days; we hope you rejoice in this important season of Epiphany! Jesus Christ has arrived, and there are many beginnings to celebrate. 
To God be the glory.

The people of God respond – Amen!

 Pastor Clarissa


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Epiphany 2021

Youth Message 10 January 2021

Devotionals – 10 -16 January 2021

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Rev. Clarissa Martinelli

Pastor, Fifth Avenue UMC

323 South Fifth Avenue

West Bend, WI

262.334.2059 (W)

847.721.1826 (M)

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. I am a child of God.” marianne williamison