We want to see the love of God transform our local community in creative, helpful and inspiring ways. And we want to take an active part in it.
To get connected, learn more, or suggest your own idea of how we can help change lives in our community, contact Paul Bratsch, Director of Christian Discipleship (firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-783-3380 x23).
Here are some of the ways we are currently involved in our community…
Aftercare provides free after school childcare for a small group of elementary school students, weekdays during the school year. Our volunteer staff get to know the kids, play games with them, offer a snack, and act informally as mentors for the children.
Community Dinner is a free, monthly dinner offered to anyone and everyone in the Coulee Region. This dinner is a chance for people to connect, build relationships, and enjoy a delicious meal at no cost. Typically we serve around 150 people. Dinners are 5:30p-6:30p on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
St. Nicholas Fund offers help, whenever possible, to OUMC members and friends when they run across a difficult time and have an important expense they otherwise could not cover.
Vacation Bible School is all about sharing the love of Jesus in fun and exciting ways with children from the community. Taking place one week every summer, a large number of volunteers team up to provide a fantastic experience for the kids!
Change the World Music Fest
Pine Lake Multi-Generational Mission
SOAR – M.A.D. Nights
Common Ground Campus Ministry
Compassionate Community Faith Alliance
Hunger Task Force
La Crosse Warming Center
Onalaska/Holmen Food Basket
Onalaska School Gardens
Salvation Army – Feed the Kids
UMCOR – Early Disaster Response Training
Many of our most creative outreach ideas have come out our Small Groups. We encourage all of our groups to include some measure of outward focus. These groups are a great place to get connected and try out new ideas of how we can transform our communities with the love of God.