OUR CHURCH FAMILY
Every day is a new chance to grow spiritually. We meet in small groups to pray, study the Bible, talk about faith issues, serve our community and lead our congregation. Most importantly, we encourage and support each other through personal relationships. Church isn't just a big group on Sunday mornings, but community connections through the week.
We believe we grow through generosity. We don't just talk about following the teachings of Jesus, we put our money where our mouth is. The first 20% of our income is given to projects that serve people outside our congregation: we generously support local, state, national and international programs.
Pastor Anna-Lisa Hunter loves La Crosse and Wisconsin weather. She has lived in eight states but came back to Wisconsin in 2010 because she loved the weather, the people, and the landscape.
Being a pastor is her fifth or sixth career, depending on how you count the phases of her life. She felt called to serve God and the church more deeply by becoming a Methodist pastor and applying her skills and experience to serving God and neighbor.
One of her favorite Bible verses comes from the Book of Micah, when the people of Israel were wondering what God wanted from them. "Do justice, act with mercy, and walk humbly with God." Micah 6:8. Anna-Lisa has tried to live by this verse through being a city manager, running nonprofits that serve low-income people, adopting a special needs twelve-year-old child, and providing financial services to churches and nonprofits.
Besides spiritual stuff, Anna-Lisa loves to binge-watch TV shows, crochet, camp, and play guitar and ukelele. She is married to Park Hunter, a pastor at Onalaska United Methodist Church, and has three adult children: Cameron, Anna and Erick.
We organized the first church in La Crosse in 1853. Our town was pretty rowdy in the riverboat days, and we wanted to gather to connect with God and teach our children. Over the years, the church has grown and served many generations of spiritually active people.
We have helped launch other churches in our community over the years, such as West Avenue Methodist and Asbury Methodist.
In 2018, we saw that the needs and interests of our community had changed, and we decided to close Wesley United Methodist Church. We celebrated the generations of its ministry on July 1, 2018.
Then we started building a new church, inspired by the bridges of our beautiful city. Bridges United Methodist Church is a simple and inclusive community for growing spiritually. We are excited to make a difference in lives through serving our community and creating a vibrant and creative spiritual space for people of all ages. We are moving to our new location on 4th Street soon.
Stained Glass Window from our 1886 Building.