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 @ email@example.com or 608-783-3380.
Our Sunday morning adult classes are taking a break during the summer and will return this fall, dependent on the COVID-19 situation.
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
BLACK & WHITE ON THE SILVER SCREEN Our summer movie series reflects on America’s difficult history with race and religion. Watch on your own; then join us for Zoom discussions Sunday 7:00-8:00pm. This group is a collaboration between Onalaska UMC and Bridges UMC. Open to all. Leaders: Pastor Park Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Pastor Anna-Lisa Hunter.
- HARRIET: July 12
- AMAZING GRACE: July 26
- TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: August 2
- WHEN THEY SEE US: August 16
- DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: August 30
Download the poster and schedule (PDF) with info on ratings and where to watch the movies online. Bridges UMC is hosting viewings of each movie ahead of the discussions; check our calendar for dates and times.
Click for the Sunday night Zoom meeting… 852 0730 0979
OUMC BOOK CLUB: “LOVE WINS” Reading and discussing the best-selling book “Love Wins” by Rob Bell. Discussions will take place in a private Facebook group and “face to face” on Zoom chats. Open to all. Zoom chats on Monday nights. Group ends June 15. More books will follow at a later time. Leader: Paul Bratsch (email@example.com).
WAKING UP WHITE Reading and discussing the book “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving. This group is a collaboration between Onalaska UMC and Bridges UMC. Open to all. Meets 7:00-8:00pm either via Zoom or by social distance gathering at the pastors’ home. Leaders: Pastor Park Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Pastor Anna-Lisa Hunter. Runs July 1 – August 26.
Download the poster and schedule (PDF) with the weekly readings.
Click for the Wednesday night Zoom meeting… 232 944 973
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. [Group meetings may be altered or postponed due to COVID-19]
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).
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 9/July 14/August 11 Community Dinner. Dinner is 5:30p-6:30p and is currently being served as a drive-thru meal due to COVID-19. Enter the parking lot from the north and pull under the covered drop-off to receive your meals. Or contact the office if you’d like to help with cooking or serving. (email@example.com)
August 27-29 The March on Washington. Join Pastors Park and Anna-Lisa Hunter on this trip to Washington DC on the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The 2020 March is being led by the Eric Garner and George Floyd families and calling for justice reform in the US. Contact the church office for details. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Watch for more 1&Dones as the COVID-19 situation resolves.
Have an idea for a group? We’d love to hear it. Contact Paul Bratsch, Director of Christian Discipleship (email@example.com or 608-783-3380)