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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380.
Our Sunday Morning Studies for adults are taking the summer off. Join us again in the Fall when we will offer two classes: “The History and Mystery of the Bible” which is taking an in-depth look at the Book of Acts, and “Modern Church History” which will look at important people and movements in the modern church and apply their lessons to our everyday lives.
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 “LORD OF THE RINGS” Join us this summer as we watch the Lord of the Rings movie series, using each film as an opportunity to discuss aspects of God, the Bible and life. This is a group for people of all ages. Meets various Sundays evenings downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC. Leader: Pastor Park Hunter (email@example.com or 608-783-3380).
READING AND BEING READ BY MARK’S EXCELLENT, VERY GOOD NEWS will use the Gospel of Mark to teach you how to read the Bible narratively–that is, how to place yourself into the stories of Jesus to experience them in a whole new way. 6 sessions. Meets Mondays at 6:00p, beginning June 26, downstairs in the Youth Room at OUMC. Leader: Wesley White (firstname.lastname@example.org).
THE ROAD BACK TO YOU–ENNEAGRAM GROUP The Enneagram is a well-known system with uncanny accuracy in describing our personalities. Explore the Enneagram’s connections to Christian spirituality and walk away with a deeper understanding of yourself and others. 5 sessions. Meets various Thursdays @ 6:00pm in the Heritage Room at OUMC. Leader: Paul Bratsch (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 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 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 (email@example.com or 507-383-9085), and Sean Molstad (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-526-2170).
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).
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!
Sunday, June 10 How to Pray. Learn how to begin or deepen a prayer practice that will transform you. 9:45am in the Heritage Room at OUMC.
Tuesday, June 12 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.
Tuesday, June 19 Coffee Q&A. Bring your questions about God, the Bible, faith and life for an informal discussion in a fun environment. 6:30pm @ The Root Note (downtown La Crosse).
Tuesday, July 10 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.
Sunday, August 5 How to Pray. Learn how to begin or deepen a prayer practice that will transform you. 9:45am in the Heritage Room at OUMC.
Tuesday, August 14 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.
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)