All Church Picnic and Praise at the Park

Join us Sunday, June 30, 12 pm at a new location—Van Riper Park in Onalaska—for our annual All Church Picnic!  We’ll provide the main course. Bring a dish to pass and come play games, win prizes, or just enjoy the company of our OUMC family. This year, our picnic is right across from the Onalaska Aquatic Center, so swimming is an option! We’ll need quite a bit of help with setup and cleanup. If you’re able to help, please contact the church office. Thank you!

The Guessing Game…..What will Mary have this year?

New this year – the 10:30am praise service will also be at Van Riper Park. Come and praise God in the great outdoors! Please bring your own lawn chair. (Fresh air worship not your thing? The 8:30am classic service will still be in the sanctuary.)


SCRIP Ten Year Anniversary!

June 28, 2009 was the first Sunday the Scrip table was at church.  The first customer?  The Men’s Club!  The concept was not new to other organizations, however, the OUMC congregation has taken it to an unbelievable level of commitment.  We are nearing the 10 Year Anniversary of the program.  It all started when Dave and Betty T. and Mary K. discussed the idea at a graduation party.  Who knew that conversation would result in the successful program we have now?

There are so many ways Scrip enriches church.  Over the years, Scrip profits have purchased chicken for the church picnic, sponsored the annual bowling extravaganza, assisted youth mission trips, fed the youth on Wednesday evenings for SOAR, funded staff Christmas gifts, assisted with the rich music programming,  donated food for the food pantry, supplies for the Warming Center, and purchased a variety of supplies/appliances for the kitchen.  The list could continue…  The most impressive is the $25,000+ donated/pledged toward the building fund.

This has all been possible for two big reasons.  First, all the volunteers who have helped.  For example, those who guided the development of the program in the beginning, had enough faith to “loan” Scrip money to fund the initial gift card purchases, volunteered time on Sundays to sell the gift cards, or served on the Scrip committee.  Second, and most important, people faithfully buying cards for the past ten years.  The “regular” customers, the “I need a gift, quick” customers, the “time to Christmas shop” customers, it all adds up.  Scrip has made over $120,000 in profit that has directly impacted Onalaska United Methodist Church, our community, and beyond.

Sunday, June 23 we will celebrate between services with Strawberry Shortcakes!