Save the date for our Christmas Cantata, “Heaven & Earth Rejoice” by Marty Parks. The cantata will be presented at the 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM services and will feature a 55 member choir, a 25 piece orchestra, narration, and powerful visual images. Members of the vocal ensemble hail from eight different churches in the area. The orchestra is made up of members of the La Crosse Symphony, the West Salem Community Jazz Band and the Grumpy Old Men. Directed by Cory Groves and accompanied by Sandy Koster, this cantata continues a forty-year tradition of holiday cantatas at Onalaska United Methodist Church. Don’t miss this free and inspirational event. Plan to arrive early as seats fill up quickly. Musical preludes begin 30 minutes prior to both services. Parking is available on both upper and lower level lots. Coffee and treats will be served between services in the Fellowship hall.
The Advent, Christmas and New Year seasons can be difficult for people struggling with grief, illness, relationships, or unresolved issues of life. The term “blue Christmas” is historically associated with the longest night of the year, winter solstice, but it has also become linked with the sad feelings people have when they do not feel like being part of the expected holiday festivities.
To address those feelings, we are offering a service of healing and wholeness on Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 pm in the sanctuary. We will share in a time of prayer, reflection, music, Holy Communion and anointing with oil, if desired. This time will be followed by a soup supper in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Park and our Stephen Ministers will be leading this special worship time. Join us and be comforted. If you would like the services of a Stephen Minister, please contact Elli Molstad: molstadelli@gmail com. or Pastor Park.