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.
Our Sunday morning adult classes are taking a break during the summer and will return this 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
SUMMER VIDEO STUDY: RECONCILING IMAGES How have LGBTQ people been portrayed onscreen? How do Christians respond? Join us for thoughtful discussion as Pastor Park and Beth Mattson host a bible study looking at LGBTQ life in America. Come every week or just to the sessions that interest you. Open to all. Meets various Sundays, beginning July 28th @ Noon in the Youth Room at OUMC. Lunch is potluck style. Leaders: Pastor Park (email@example.com) & Beth Mattson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GOD AND THE GAY CHRISTIAN Discuss the landmark book exploring what the Bible says–and doesn’t say–about same-sex relationships. Open to all. Meets various Wednesdays, beginning June 26th @ 6:30p-8:00p in the Heritage Room @ OUMC. Leaders: Nancy Dull (email@example.com) & Megan Barbian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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. Contact: Jan Mattson (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).
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 (email@example.com).
These one-time events are focused on interesting topics and fun activities. There’s no need to sign up for a 1 & Done–just show up, learn, connect and enjoy!
Tuesdays, June 11/July 9/August 13 Community Dinner. Dinner is 5:30p-6:30p downstairs in the Fellowship Hall at OUMC. Or come at 3:00p or 5:30p to volunteer for a shift in the kitchen.
Wednesday, June 19 The Long View on Reconciliation. Rev. Wesley White talks about the long history of the Church excluding and reconciling with groups. 6:30p-7:30p in the Heritage Room at OUMC.
Saturday, June 22 Good Neighbor Block Party. Come enjoy a neighborhood block party hosted by OUMC. Volunteers are needed, too. 11:30a-1:30p.
Monday, June 24 Annual Conference Q&A. Members of our Annual Conference delegation talk about the experience this year, decisions made, and answer questions. 6:00p-7:00p in the Youth Room (downstairs) at OUMC.
Tuesday, July 2 OUMC at Downtown Sound. OUMC sponsors a concert night at Dash Park (Main & 2nd). Music by Saner & Gibbons. Activity table for young kids. 6:00p-8:00p at Dash Park.
Monday, August 5 Prayer Walk. Join our Stephen Ministers for a prayer walk and ice cream social. A variety of walks will suit different levels of energy, from praying around our building to walking to the schools. Root beer floats after the walk! 5:30p-7:00p in the Lobby at OUMC.
Watch for more 1&Dones later this summer!
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)