Onalaska UMC continues to shine the light and hope and love of Christ into the world through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are worshiping together, serving our people, and engaging in community outreach and mission in the safest ways possible. We are now offering in-person live worship.

Our COVID-19 Team is responsible for planning our response: Dr. Mark Beahm (COVID-19 Team chair,, Megan Barbian (RN, Lay Leader), Rev. Park Hunter (pastor,, Wes Panzer (Church Council chair), Becky Barnes (Stephen Ministry), Jeff Moorhouse (Trustees chair), Jessica Gobel (Children’s Ministries), Paul Bratsch (Discipleship Ministries), Jerry Arndt (at large), Sandy Koster (at large).

Current Status  |  Congregational Letters

Current Status: HIGH

OUMC uses guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 Community Level assessment tool. The following are our current recommended practices:

  • Masks are currently required for ALL while indoors at church.
  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to take other precautions
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms; stay home until your test results come back negative.
  • Help us love and protect the most vulnerable among us: children, the elderly, and immune-compromised.
  • Weekly in-person worship and livestream (

Please note that our masking and safety requirements may change based upon the CDC’s assessment level for La Crosse County.

Congregational Letters

  • 2021 Summer Reopening Schedule (PDF) – May 28, 2021 letter from the COVID-19 team with dates for relaxing COVID-19 precautions at church.
  • 2021 Spring Reopening Plan (PDF) – March 16, 2021 letter from the COVID-19 team with plans for limited in-person worship starting April 18.
  • 2021 Winter Update (PDF) – January 19, 2021 update from the COVID-19 team about the ongoing pandemic.
  • 2020 Fall Plans (PDF) – September 9, 2020 letter from the COVID-19 team with updates on safe practices and special events for the fall.
  • Re-Opening Plan (PDF) – June 11, 2020 letter from the COVID-19 team outlining our phased re-opening plan and summer events.
  • WI Court Response (PDF) – May 15, 2020 letter from the COVID-19 team responding to the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision with our ongoing plans to protect and serve our congregation and community.
  • Staying Connected (PDF) – March 20, 2020 pastor’s letter at the start of the pandemic listing ways we can stay connected.
  • Safer at Home – March 14, 2020 pastor’s letter describing how OUMC can continue to fulfill our mission and vision during the pandemic.