Adult Groups

As a church we want 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 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 @ or 608-783-3380.


Sunday Studies  |  Short-Term Groups  |  Long-Term Groups  |  1 & Dones

Sunday Morning Studies

THE HISTORY & MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE You are invited to join us from 9:45a-10:45a downstairs in the Choir Room for our current Bible Study: “The Birth & Growth of the Church.” This in-depth study of the book of Acts will begin this Fall by looking at the Stoning of Stephen in Acts 6. Grab a cup of coffee and a treat and join us. Everyone is welcome! Leader: Margret Awtrey (

CHURCH HISTORY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS Join us as we explore insights from 20th Century church history. Readings are short, accessible and available for free. Through studying these events and accompanying scriptural passages we hope to learn more about the Christians who came before us, explore interesting topics that affect us still today, and grow in our faith. Beyond our discussions we also look forward to participating together in a service project. We’ll also sit back and celebrate with a movie our last session! Open to all. Leader: Sean Molstad (

Short-Term Groups

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


FIVE PRACTICES OF FRUITFUL CONGREGATIONS (updated)This important update to Bishop Schnase’s classic book adds a modern, millenial emphasis on “go and do” along with “come and see.” Learn how OUMC can engage in radical hospitality, passionate worship, intentional faith development, risk-taking mission, and extravagant generosity. Pastor Park leads a six-week study that will also coordinate with our Lenten sermon series. Open to all. Meets various Mondays, 5:30p-6:30p, beginning February 18, downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC.  Leader: Pastor Park ( 


T’AI CHI CHIH: JOY THRU MOVEMENT Join accredited teacher (and OUMC member) Dick Detert for this gentle Chi form designed for people of all abilities. Learn many of the 9 movements and the closing posture. T’ai Chi Chih has been proven to provide a vast number of physical and spiritual benefits. Open to all. Meets Tuesdays, 6:00p-7:15p, February through March. Downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC.  Leader: Dick Detert ( 


LOVE DOES This DVD-based study by NYT Bestselling author, Bob Goff, relates remarkable stories from his life and shows how living and loving to the fullest is the best way to make Jesus known in this world.  God’s love is not a list of rules.  Love is active and love…does.  Each session explores a different aspect of God’s active love. There will be 5-6 sessions total.  All are welcome! Meets Wednesdays, 7:00p-8:00p in the Heritage Room at OUMC. Leader: Jessica Gobel (

Long-Term Groups

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.


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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 the third Sunday of the month at 7:00pm in member’s homes; contact the leader for details. Contact: Jan Mattson (


SUNSHINE GIRLS A women’s group meeting the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00p. We participate in a video study, church projects, and fun outings. Everyone is welcome! Contact: Peg Benz (


UFFDAS are a behind-the-scenes group that loves to help out with projects big and small around the Uffda Foodchurch. 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 ( 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 (


Mission Stitchers logo - quiltMISSION 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 (; Brenda Wackerbarth (


Teach Us to Pray logo - prayerTEACH 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 (


MEN’S GROUP We’re all about breakfast, events, missions, and supporting others in the church. Meets 2nd Saturdays at 8:00a in the Fellowship Hall (downstairs) for breakfast. Chairperson: Craig Richason (

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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: Peg Benz (

1 & Dones

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!

Wednesday, February 20  General Conference 2019 Q&A and Prayer. February 23-26, the global United Methodist Church meets to discern a way forward on the issue of human sexuality. Pastor Park leads a discussion of the options on the table and what they might mean for our church. Meets 6:30p-7:30p at OUMC. Room TBD.

Monday, March 11  New Member Info Dinner. Interested in Onalaska UMC? Learn about the United Methodist Church and about our local congregation, meet leaders and other prospective members, and enjoy a homemade dinner prepared by Pastor Park. Childcare available upon request. Meets 5:30p-7:30p in the Youth Room (downstairs) at OUMC.

Dates and Times TBD  Dinner Church. Participate in simple but powerful worship around a dinner table. Meets in people’s homes. Watch for details. If you’d like to host a dinner church, please contact Paul Bratsch (

Dates and Times TBD  Dinner Church – 20s & 30s. This Dinner Church opportunity is specifically for those in the 20s and 30s age range. Watch for details. If you’d like to host a dinner church, please contact Paul Bratsch (


Watch for more 1&Dones later this spring!

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 ( or 608-783-3380)