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Extending hospitality through a more accessible church

Onalaska, Wis. (WXOW) After months of planning and construction, the Onalaska United Methodist Church dedicated their Hospitality Annex on Sunday. 

Designed to increase the church’s accessibility, the $1.1 million project utilizes over $900,000 in pledges from community members.

The addition establishes a covered entrance with no stairs required to enter the church, as well as expanded classroom space.

An entirely new lobby aims to provide a more welcoming entrance for churchgoers.

“This a place where we greet people,” Park Hunter, Onalaska United Methodist Church Pastor, elaborates.  “These lobbies, entrance areas, are the places where people mix and mingle before church, after church or when they are coming to programming.”

“So this is where people really make connections. That’s a big part of God’s community is making connections with each other.”

On Sunday, people had the chance to leave messages of inspiration on the ground before flooring is installed.

The church will feature the new space at their Trunk or Treat event Halloween night.

Contact their office at (608) 783-3380 for more information.

Peter Lenz

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