Baptisms, Weddings & Funerals


Baptism is celebrated as part of our worship together. The Sacrament of baptism is shared with infants, children, youth, and adults that have not been baptized. It is a sign of God’s love for an individual, and the beginning of a lifelong journey with the community into closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Persons desiring baptism or parents wanting to bring their children for baptism should schedule a time to meet with the pastor. In most cases, we require that at least one parent be a member or regular participant in worship at Onalaska UMC.


In accordance with our Reconciling Statement, Onalaska UMC gladly opens our doors to celebrate the weddings of all prepared couples who, in consultation with our pastor, seek to commit their lives to one another with the blessing of our Creator. The wedding vows build upon our baptismal covenant. The pastor will perform Christian wedding ceremonies for members and non-members, either at Onalaska UMC or off-site. In most cases, three pre-marital sessions are required for counseling and planning purposes. There are fees for the use of the church facility. Onalaska UMC has a wedding coordinator, Peggy Benz, to help with details and arrangements.

For more information, download our Wedding Planning Guide (PDF).


Funerals are a chance both to remember and celebrate the deceased’s life, and to anticipate the promise of resurrection in Jesus Christ. The pastor will perform Christian funeral services for members and non-members, either at Onalaska UMC or off-site. For services held at church, we can help host a reception or meal following the event. Contact the church office for more information.