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.
CHURCH HISTORY: POST-REFORMATION uncovers relevant lessons that apply to our everyday modern lives from historical Christian writings. This session starts in 1580AD and continues through the early 1800s. Readings are short and accessible. Come grow in your faith by learning about the Christians who came before us. Meets Sundays at 9:45am in the Heritage Room at OUMC. Leader: Sean Molstad (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-526-2170).
THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE is an in-depth study of the last week of Jesus’ life and the birth of the Church. We use historical and cultural context to make the stories from the Bible come alive. All are welcome. Meets Sundays at 9:45am in the Choir Room (downstairs) at OUMC. Leader: Margret Awtrey (email@example.com or 608-788-5317).
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
ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING Studies show that Americans are the most anxious people in the world. In this book and video series by well-known author Max Lucado, we’ll reflect on the antidote to anxiety in Philippians 4:4-8. Meets Wednesdays 7:00pm-8:00pm in the Heritage Room at OUMC. Leaders: Becky Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-386-9723) & Jessica Gobel (email@example.com or 608-783-3380).
DARE TO DREAM will help you to develop a life mission statement that will help you fully commit to a God-directed life. Book by well-known author and pastor, Mike Slaughter. Meeting times TBD @ OUMC. Leader: Pastor Park (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the third Sunday of the month at 7:00pm in member’s homes; contact the leader for details. Leader: Jan Mattson (email@example.com 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. Leaders: Megan Pence (firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-383-9085), and Sean Molstad (email@example.com or 608-526-2170).
SUNSHINE GIRLS is a women’s group that meets the 2nd Monday of each month @ 7:00pm in the Youth Room (downstairs) at OUMC. We participate in interesting video Bible studies, work on important church projects, and go on fun outings. Women of all ages are welcome to join. Leader: Peggy Benz (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-781-6033.
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 (email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com or 608-519-1030); Brenda Wackerbarth (firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com 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. We also have fun events and 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 8:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Leader: Craig Richason (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-790-4182).
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 (email@example.com 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!
Sunday, January 28 How to Pray. Learn how to begin a prayer practice that will transform you. Noon in the Heritage Room at OUMC.
Monday, February 26 New Member Dinner. Interested in joining OUMC? Attend this dinner and info meeting with Pastor Park to find out more. Contact the office for information. 6:00pm-8:00pm downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC.
Sunday, March 11 Introduction to the Enneagram. Learn the basics about how to use this helpful personality profile. 9:45am in the Heritage Room at OUMC.
Sunday, April 8 OUMC Open Mic & Potluck. Come share your talents (or just watch) and enjoy a potluck dinner! You can sing, share stories, play an instrument, tell jokes, etc. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. No cost. Invite your friends! 5:00pm-6:30pm downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380)