Advent and Christmas 2019

Anticipate and celebrate Christmas this season with family and friends at Onalaska UMC. We have a special series of worship events themed around Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” All are welcome at OUMC!

Sunday, December 1
“Ghosts Past” (1 Samuel 28:5-16)

8:30a Classic Service & Communion w/ Choir
11:00a Praise Service & Communion w/ Band

Saturday, December 7
Children’s Christmas Pageant

2:00p Program

Sunday, December 8
“Ghosts Present” (Luke 24:36-42)

8:30a Classic Service w/ Bell Choir
11:00a Praise Service w/ Band
4:00p Service of Healing & Wholeness

Sunday, December 15
Christmas Cantata

8:30a Service w/ Choir & Orchestra
11:00a Service w/ Choir & Orchestra

Wednesday, December 18
Carols With the Bells

7:00p Service w/ Bells

Sunday, December 22
“Ghosts Future” (Luke 2:25-32)

8:30a Classic Service w/ Choir
11:00a Praise Service w/ Band

Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve
“God Bless Us Every One” (John 1:1-14)

5:00p Family Service
7:00p Choral Service w/ Choir
10:00p Communion Service

Sunday, December 29
“The Joy of the Season” (Luke 2:8-14)

9:30a Caroling Service

2019 Mission Project Celebration

Adults and kids pose during worship November 10, 2019 with signs representing the 45 mission projects we supported in the last year.

On Sunday, November 10, we celebrated all the missions and outreach projects Onalaska UMC tackled in the past twelve months. The kids paraded in with signs while Pastor Park read the testimony. What an awesome witness to God at work!

Here’s the list of 45 mission projects…

4th Sunday Youth Mission Projects – examples: letters to missionaries, raking leaves, making care packages
Annual Conference Ingathering – 20+ personal dignity kits
Apportionments (Global Church) – $70,836
Blood Drives at OUMC – 70 pints collected
Boys & Girls Club Shoeboxes – 90 shoeboxes
Camp Scholarships – $3800 / 20 kids
Christmas Giving Tree (Salvation Army) – 70 children
Circles of Support – 3 volunteers
Community Dinner – ~1200 meals served yearly
Compassionate Community Faith Alliance (CCFA) – $700 annual support
Coulee Region Hunger Walk – $14,641 raised, 15 OUMC walkers
Diaper Drive – 13,193 diapers collected
Down Syndrome Awareness Walk – ~25 people, last 2 years
Feed the Kids (Salvation Army) – 3000+ sandwiches made, 26 volunteers
Global Missions- $2,466
Journey With Jesus Kids Missions – $600
Katherine Sherrill Seminary Scholarship – $1,543
La Crosse Hunger Task Force – $275 annual donation
La Crosse Jail Ministry – 6 jail worship services (3 each men & women)
La Crosse United Campus Ministry – $700 annual donation
La Crosse Warming Center – 14 Sunday night meals for 20 people
Laurel Manor – 27 students have visited
Men’s Fellowship Pine Lake Work Camp – 12 workers
Mission Guatemala – 14 people and $2000 donation
Mission Stitchers – 12 quilts delivered to hospitals
Native American Sunday – $195
Onalaska Care Center – monthly worship services, caroling
Onalaska Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Onalaska/Holmen Food Basket – 1600+ items, $1,115 donations
Onalaska School Mentoring – six mentors volunteered weekly
OnaTerrace – monthly communion services, caroling
Peace With Justice Sunday – $61
Pet Blessing – 15+ dogs, cats, lizards, bunnies, and hermit crabs
Pine Lake Multigenerational Mission Trip – 21 people in 2019
Share the Bounty – 6 volunteers collecting food
SOAR Make-A-Difference Nights – examples: clothing collection, soup drive, making toys for the humane society
St. Nicholas Fund – ~$2000 (car repair, hospital bill, apartment rent, help with move)
Stephen Ministry – 10 care receivers
Trunk or Treat – welcomed 90 people from community
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) – $400 donated
Vacation Bible School – 70 kids served
VBS Mission Project – $600 donated to One Redeemer Ministries in Tanzania
Volunteers In Mission (VIM) – 6 work trips
YouthWorks Mission Trips – 50 students to YouthWorks, last 5 years
Youth2019 – 9 kids, 3 adults