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Welcome to the Willapa United Methodist Church (WUMC). We are delighted that you are visiting our website and hope to see you face-to-face soon!

     WUMC is a growing, inter-generational church that welcomes all people. We are located about three miles south of Raymond, Washington in the beautiful Willapa Valley. We offer programs of spiritual growth for all ages, including our famous Sunday School for children of all ages, adult and teen Christian education, and worship that mixes traditional and contemporary styles.
     WUMC has been at the heart of community life in the Willapa Harbor area since 1889. Our 125 year old historical chapel is complemented by a large, modern education and fellowship building.
     Feel free to wander through this website, and make plans to join us soon for faith, fellowship, and fun!
     Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ!

Contact Us

Willapa United Methodist Church
969 Willapa First Street
Raymond, Washington 98577
Telephone: (360) 942-5717
Fax: (360) 942-5717

Regular Schedule

  • Worship 9:00 AM
  • SUNDAY SCHOOL begins on September 7
    – 10:30 AM


Fred Waggoner Memorial Service

Fred Waggoner, 87, of Raymond and North Bend, Washington, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 16th. He died of natural causes. He is survived by his children, Susan Comeau, Doug Waggoner, Denise Ritthaler, Tim Waggoner, Donald Waggoner, Fred Waggoner and Vicki Van Tassel. In addition he left behind 16 Grandchildren and over 25 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Violet and his grandson David McDonnell. He also leaves behind his last love, Annabelle Romane, whom he shared much laughter with during the final years of his life.

He was a lifelong member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. For many years he served in a professional capacity as a member of the National IAMAW Staff. He retired in 1990 and spent his retirement between his two homes in Raymond and North Bend when he was not traveling to see his family at their various locations across the country. A Military Service and interment will be on September 5th at 10:00 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Tacoma, Washington. There will be a tribute luncheon for family and friends in North Bend following this service. There will also be another luncheon for family and friends at Willapa United Methodist Church in Raymond on Saturday, September 6th at 1 p.m. He will truly be missed by those who loved him.

WUMC was the second church constructed in Pacific County. Labor and cash donations covered most costs for the building, with all denominations taking part. The community saw WUMC as their church, with WUMC and other church groups holding services there.


It is said that a Catholic would donate $10 if a cross would be placed atop the bell tower. A cross was indeed placed there and a newer version continues to grace the peak of the bell tower to this day, joined by our present ‘story’: The Chuck Werley Memorial UMC cross and flame on the face of the education building.


Rev. R. H. Dawson was the pastor in charge from September 1889 to August 1890. He received eighteen in membership that year. Says Rev. Dawson: “We placed in the tower a 400 pound metal bell…shipped by water from San Francisco.”


Structural changes in the building due to storms and age caused it to be condemned for some time. In the early 1920s rods were put through the church to strengthen the walls. Like the cross and bell, these too remain present today.


Baptisms with water from the Willapa, Sunday school, graduations, community events, weddings and funerals continue to mark the passage of time for WUMC. Each comes alive through your personal memories and stories. Please share yours!


The 125th anniversary of the church will be celebrated Sunday September 14th at 10 a.m. (please note the change from our regular worship time). Lunch will be provided immediately following the service. All are welcome!
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Upcoming Events



9:00 AM
Alcoholics Anonymous
6:00 PM
Meeting every Sunday in the Youth Room starting at 6:00 P.M.




Soup & Bread Lunch for the Community
12:00 PM
Come and join us for fellowship & food! We will be holding our Soup & Bread Lunch the first Thursday of the month. Tell your friends, we would love to see them!
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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