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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380.
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 (email@example.com).
CHURCH HISTORY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS Join us as we explore twelve writings about Christianity from the 19th Century. All readings are short and accessible excepts from original sources and all are available for free. Through these documents 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 the 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
THE GOOD & BEAUTIFUL GOD follows an engaging book by James Bryan Smith that invites you to put your ideas about God to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus reveals about God. Open to all. Meets Tuesdays at 7:00p, beginning October 2, downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC. Leader: Paul Bratsch (email@example.com).
UNAFRAID This group explores the book by UMC pastor Adam Hamilton on living with hope and courage in uncertain times. Open to all. Meets Wednesdays @ 7:00pm in the Heritage Room at OUMC. Leaders: Becky Barnes (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Jessica Gobel (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!Leader: Peg Benz (email@example.com).
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).
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); Brenda Wackerbarth (email@example.com).
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).
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 (email@example.com).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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!
Thursday, September 6 The Way Forward. How should we handle the topics of human sexuality and church unity? Pastor Park will lead a discussion of the three plans prepared by the UMC Way Forward commission, including the Council of Bishops’ recommended choice. 6:00p in the Heritage Room at OUMC.
Tuesday, September 11 Community Dinner. Dinner is 5:30pm-6:30pm downstairs in the Fellowship Hall at OUMC. All or welcome. Or talk to the church office about coming at 3:00pm or 5:30pm to volunteer for a shift in the kitchen.
Thursday, September 13 Alzheimer’s Discussion Join us for a two-hour workshop on the topic of Alzheimer’s. 6:00p-8:00p. Contact Barbara Martin-Stanley or the church office for details.
Saturday, September 15 Present over Perfect Balance your life by focusing on what is truly important! Our Stephen Ministers are hosting a workshop based on the book by Shauna Neiquist. 9:00a-3:00p. Cost is $20. Lunch and all materials will be provided.
Thursday, September 20 New Member Dinner Curious about membership at OUMC? Join Pastor Park and others for a light supper and a chance to learn about OUMC and the United Methodist denomination. Please RSVP to the office by Sep. 18th.
Wednesday, October 3 Blessing of the Animals. Bring your pets to OUMC for a special blessing! 6:30p-7:00p, outside at OUMC.
Watch for more 1&Dones later this fall!
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)