COVID-19: Staying Connected

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COVID-19 has drastically affected our lives. During this time, people need a loving and supportive church community and the assurance of faith more than ever. Onalaska UMC continues to shine the light and hope and love of Christ into the world.

RE-OPENING:

  • Read the May 15 letter about re-opening (PDF) from our leaders.
  • Onalaska UMC is committed to following local public health recommendations. We have a COVID-19 team reviewing best practices and will re-open when we can do so safely.

MIDWEEK DEVOTION:

  • Join a live daily devotion and prayer time Thursdays at noon with Pastor Park.
  • Participate online at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6416910113 and mute/unmute yourself using the microphone icon at the bottom left of your screen.
  • Not on the internet? Call 1-312-626-6799 and enter meeting ID “641 691 0113″ to join and listen by phone. Press *6 (star-six) to mute and unmute yourself.

WORSHIP:

  • Do not come to church! We are worshiping online only until the Badger Bounce Back plan authorizes public meetings.
  • Watch our Sunday services live at http://youtube.onalaskaumc.org
  • Download worship materials before the service from http://www.onalaskaumc.org
  • Not on the internet? If you can watch Netflix on your TV, you can probably watch our church services. Open up YouTube on your TV and search for “Onalaska UMC” to locate our videos.
  • Or, call the church office at 608-783-3380 and we will mail you the worship order and pastor’s sermon each week.

PRAYER:

  • Email weekly prayer requests to office@onalaskaumc.org
  • Text Sunday morning prayer requests to 608-799-4484 during the services.
  • Not on the internet? Call 608-783-3380 x22 to leave voicemail prayer requests for Pastor Park during the week.

SUPPORT:

  • Give online at http://give.onalaskaumc.org
  • Not on the internet? Contact the office for envelopes if you prefer to mail a check.
  • Or, drop off your offering during Scrip drive-thru times (see below).

NEWS:

OUTREACH:

  • Need help? Call the church office and we’ll find someone to assist you.
  • Want to help? Call or email the office and we’ll put you on a list of willing helpers.
  • We will serve the Community Dinner the second Tuesday monthly as a drive-through.
  • Local food pantries are hard-hit. Donate and designate “Food Pantry” to assist. Or, drop off canned goods during Scrip drive-thru times (see below).

SCRIP SALES:

  • You can still purchase Scrip cards for grocery stores, gas stations, and restaurants.
  • The Scrip Team is offering drive-thru Scrip service under the covered drop-off Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm and Sundays noon-1:00pm. Just pull up, and someone will come out to greet you.
  • Contact the church office (608-783-3380 or office@onalaskaumc.org) to place your order ahead of time.

MEETINGS:

  • We will be using the Zoom video conferencing service for phone and internet meetings, small groups, studies, etc.
  • Contact your group leader for more information.

VISITS:

  • Contact Pastor Park (608-799-4484) or Becky Barnes (608-386-9723) for telephone visitation.
  • In some cases, we may also be able to do in-person visits.

OFFICE:

  • The church office remains open Monday-Friday 8:00am-2:30pm.
  • Free cloth masks are available from the office for church members and friends.
  • Please call ahead to 608-783-3380 to discuss your needs.

The Apostle Paul offers us these words of advice: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Friends, I give thanks for you and for our church community. We need to be careful, but we do not need to be afraid. We are here for each other and we are here for the world in the name of Jesus Christ.

Peace be with you.

Park

Pastor Park Hunter

Church for Sunday, May 31, 2020 (Pentecost)

For Pentecost Sunday, May 31, Jessica Gobel preaches “Churchianity or Christianity?” based on John 14:26-27. Our faith is named for the One we follow, not the building we worship in. Christ is out in the world putting our faith into action. The Holy Spirit is the fire that helps us turn our love into action and justice.

This is Children’s Ministry Sunday. We’ll celebrate our graduating 5th grade students during the God Moment. Some of our “Journey With Jesus” Sunday School kids share special music, prayers, and scripture readings.

Hymns at the 8:30a Classic service are accompanied on organ and piano by Sandy Koster. Zoe deBoer and Pam Klinger lead the music team at the 11:00a Praise service.

Onalaska UMC worship services for this Sunday are available only by live stream on our YouTube channel. Please don’t come to church. Instead, stay at home and “praise in place!” (And feel free to wear your red pajamas for Pentecost – grin.)

Here’s how to participate…

  • Download the worship slides so you can follow along… 8:30 Classic or 11:00 Praise (PDF)
  • Live stream worship at 8:30 and 11:00 from our YouTube channel.
  • During worship, text prayer requests to Pastor Park at 608-799-4484.
  • Give electronically, or contact the office to request mail-in giving envelopes.

If YouTube doesn’t work for you, contact our office (608-783-3380 or office@onalaskaumc.org) and we will mail you a copy of the worship slides and Pastor Park’s sermon the week following.

Church for Sunday, May 24, 2020

For Sunday, May 24, Pastor Park Hunter preaches “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors?” based on Luke 24:44-53. Jesus, who opened the gates of heaven, is all about openings. Are we ready to be opened up: hearts, minds, and doors? What does it look like to be open to God and to our community, when we can’t physically open our building yet?

This is Memorial Day Sunday. We will celebrate our graduates, and pray over the hygiene kits we have packed for emergency COVID-19 relief.

Hymns at the 8:30a Classic service are accompanied on organ and piano by Sandy Koster, with special music by Kimberly Wadewitz. Zoe deBoer and Pam Klinger lead the music team at the 11:00a Praise service.

Onalaska UMC worship services for this Sunday are available only by live stream on our YouTube channel. Please don’t come to church. Instead, stay at home and “praise in place!”

Here’s how to participate…

  • Download the worship slides so you can follow along… 8:30 Classic or 11:00 Praise (PDF)
  • Live stream worship at 8:30 and 11:00 from our YouTube channel.
  • During worship, text prayer requests to Pastor Park at 608-799-4484.
  • Give electronically, or contact the office to request mail-in giving envelopes.

If YouTube doesn’t work for you, contact our office (608-783-3380 or office@onalaskaumc.org) and we will mail you a copy of the worship slides and Pastor Park’s sermon the week following.