As a church we seek to support, guide, and walk with each other along the journey of life because we believe people were created to be in relationship with God and with others. We offer a number of environments for adults (those who are out of high school and beyond) to help cultivate these relationships. We strongly encourage everyone to get connected in one of our short-term groups, long-term groups, or “1 & Dones”. God uses environments like these to transform us, our community, and our world.
For more information, contact Paul Bratsch, Director of Christian Discipleship @ email@example.com or 608-783-3380.
Our Sunday Morning groups take a break during the summer and will start back up in the Fall.
Short-term groups meet for 3 months or less. This is a perfect opportunity to dip your toe in the water and explore something that sounds interesting to you! We have three sessions per year for our short-term groups. Missed the start of the current groups? In just a few months you’ll have another chance.
Spring: February-March-April; sign-ups in January
Summer: June-July-August; sign ups in May
Fall: October-November-December; sign ups in September
THEOLOGY OF HARRY POTTER is a group for all ages. Join us as we view the Harry Potter movie series, using each film as an opportunity to discuss aspects of God, the Bible, and life. Meets Sundays at 11:45am, downstairs in the Youth Room. Leader: Pastor Park Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380).
CHURCH HISTORY–REFORMATION explores historical Christian writings from the crucial Reformation period in the Church’s history. Readings are short and accessible. Come grow in your faith by learning about the Christians who came before us. Meets Sundays at 7:00pm in the Heritage Room at OUMC. Leader: Sean Molstad (email@example.com or 608-526-2170). Update: This group has been rescheduled and will be offered again in the Fall.
MAKING SENSE OF THE BIBLE Let’s face it. Reading the Bible can be confusing. Join us as we make sense of the book that guides our faith. Meets Wednesdays at 6:30pm, downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC. Leaders: Pastor Park Hunter & Paul Bratsch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380) (email@example.com or 608-783-3380).
Ongoing groups are established groups that meet regularly all or most of the year. These groups are always open to new members. Please contact the group leaders for more information.
SOCIAL PRINCIPLES focuses on issues of peace and justice as outlined in the United Methodist Social Principles. Come and join us as we discuss social issues in our community and world along with what we can do to be an active part of the solution. Meets third Sunday of the month at 7:00pm in member’s homes; contact the leader for details. Leader: Jan Mattson (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-397-4028).
YOUNG ADULTS welcomes adults ages 18-35 who enjoy each other’s company and like to talk about issues of faith and life relevant to our stage in life. We also help with various church events, especially the summer picnic. Meets various Sundays after second service for lunch at a local restaurant. Leader: Megan Pence (email@example.com or 507-383-9085).
UFFDAS are a behind-the-scenes group that loves to help out with projects big and small around the church. The tasks they complete ensure that we get to enjoy a nice-looking and smoothly-functioning church! Afterward, the group indulges in some coffee, treats and fellowship. Stop by on a Monday morning and join us! Meets Mondays around 8:30a. Treats at 10:00a. Contact: Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380).
BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDY Join Pastor Park and others on Tuesday mornings at 7:00 for a Bible study and a delicious breakfast. The group meets at various restaurants in Onalaska/La Crosse. Call Pastor Park for that week’s restaurant location. Leader: Pastor Park Hunter (email@example.com or 608-783-3380).
MISSION STITCHERS have a mission to provide quilted items for the church family and local community member who are experience health issues or other needs. In using their creativity, group members grow spiritually in fellowship with others. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays monthly at 1:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. Leaders: Kathy Bartel (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-519-1030); Brenda Wackerbarth (email@example.com or 608-781-8568).
TEACH US TO PRAY is a prayer group which requires no previous prayer experience. In fact, we spend time every session learning how to pray! And in a no-pressure way, we pray together for the requests of church members, the community, and each other. Everyone is welcome! Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays monthly at noon in the Heritage Room. Leader: Paul Bratsch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380).
OUMC MEN’S GROUP is open to all ages. We meet for breakfast and fellowship. We often have members or guests share interesting presentations with the group and we hold special events and fundraisers (for other church groups) throughout the year. Come and join us anytime! Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 8:00a in the Fellowship Hall. Leader: Pete Putnam (email@example.com or 608-526-4407).
JOYFUL NOISE is a group of women who join together to sing hymns and songs of praise to God. We occasionally sing during Sunday services and during special events. No prior choir experience is necessary – just the desire to sing! Meets Thursday evenings in the OUMC sanctuary. Leader: Peggy Benz (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-781-6033).
These one-time events are focused on interesting topics and fun activities There is no need to sign up for a 1 & Done–just show up, learn, connect and enjoy!
Monday, June 12 Coffee Q@A. Bring your questions about God, the Bible, faith and life for an informal discussion in a fun environment. 7:00p at The Root Note (downtown La Crosse).
Thursday, June 29 The Way Forward–LGBTQ Discussion. Offered twice, at Noon and 7:00p at OUMC.
Friday, July 7 Coffee Q&A. Bring your questions about God, the Bible, faith and life for an informal discussion in a fun environment. 7:00p at The Root Note (downtown La Crosse).
Sunday, July 9 How to Pray. 9:45a–downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC.
Saturday, July 15 Hospitality Stop. Help us serve the community by staffing a water stop at Great River Landing as part of a family-friendly bike/walk event along the river. 9:00a-11:00a.
Saturday, July 22 Going Fishing. Join Pastor Park and Captains Earp and Groves for a Mississippi pontoon cruise, including fishing, singing, and Bible study. We’ll finish with a bonfire and brats on the riverbank. Please RSVP ahead of time, as this event is limited to 20 people. (608-783-3380)
Sunday, July 30 Introduction to the Enneagram. Learn the basics about how to use this helpful personality profile. 9:45a–downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC.
Saturday, August 26 Coffee Q&A. Bring your questions about God, the Bible, faith and life for an informal discussion in a fun environment. 10:00a at Mary Cody’s Restaurant.
Have an idea for a group? We’d love to hear it. Group leaders receive special training, coaching and support. Contact Paul Bratsch, Director of Christian Discipleship (email@example.com or 608-783-3380)