A small group of individuals gathered at First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander last month for a prayer service in memory of the victims of the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. "It's part of how I respond to national tragedies," said Rev. Ellen Rasmussen, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Rhinelander. "I know I'm new to the Rhinelander area, but it's a part of my calling as a pastor in the United Methodist Church." In Baraboo, a leader of the First Congregational UCC church led a service that was held outside Baraboo: First UMC. Pastor Marianne Cotter said it was important for people to seek out God’s guidance in times of tragedy. “This was a horrible thing but God is bigger than that,” Cotter said. As the candle lighting made its way through the crowd, people embraced amid tears. Father Jay Poster of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church shared Biblical readings, prayers and hymns. Retired Methodist pastor Steve Getsinger said it was important to “come together, to grieve together and to connect with God together” in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. History. Read more about Rhinelander’s service and Baraboo: First’s service. Many other churches around the state held vigils and special services in memory of the victims, including Mt. Horeb and Madison: Trinity UMC.