Announcements for Sunday, September 6

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Quilts!

The quilts on display today in the narthex will be sold at Sugar Creek Bible Camp’s annual auction on Saturday, September 12. Anyone wishing to donate items to the sale should bring them to the church office by Wednesday, Sept. 9. 

Quilting will resume meeting on Tuesday, September 15 at 9am. The First Lutheran knitters will begin meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 5:15pm in the narthex.

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, September 6
    • 9:15am Registration for Sunday School continues in the narthex.
  • Sunday, September 13
    • 9:15am First day of Sunday School classes.

Cookies Needed

Campus Ministry has asked area churches for help in providing treats for their ministries, and First has pledged to provide cookies. Please bring cookies—baked or purchased—to the church office by Tuesday, Sept. 8. (We promise to save them for the college students).

Drawing from the Well

Next retreat: Sat., Sept. 12, 8:30am–1pm
Focus: spiritual wellness

First Lutheran invites all women to participate in this discipline, where we will explore the idea of wellness. We will begin with a study of Luke 5:27-32 (Jesus calls a tax collector and then eats with him and his friends!). We will have conversation and then talk about spiritual practices that allow us to quiet our minds and the outside world so that we can enter the peace-filled heart of God. We will walk a labyrinth, do a short meditative exercise and learn a yoga sun salutation. Lunch will be at the church. Questions? Contact Pastor Karyn: karyn@firstlu.org.

Usher Training

Usher training sessions will be offered four times in the coming months; pick a Sunday to learn more about how you, and even your entire family, can serve in this way! Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 4, 11 all from 9:30–10am. Sign up online or at the Connecting Point table.

The Quest For Our Work That Matters

Tuesday, September 22, 7pm
Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Free presentation. No reservations required. Attendees are invited to gather for conversation regarding this presentation on Wednesday, September 23, after worship.To learn more, visit www.wesmoore.com.

COME FOR SUPPER

First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, September 22, at Our Savior’s in La Crosse. First Lutheran will help with food donations and volunteering to serve and clean up. The sign-up sheets are on the Connecting Point table. Call Gloria Kubiak if you have questions, 608.498.2762.

OWLs

The OWLs, our group at First that welcomes anyone 55+, will have their next potluck on Wed., Sept. 16, at noon, but not at the church! At the Narvesons: W7572 Price Ct., Holmen WI. The next outing will be to the Mayowood Mansion & Gardens on Thur., Sept. 24, leaving church at 10am and arriving back by 5pm. Questions? RSVP to Brian Narveson: owls@firstlu.org.

Needed at the teen clothes closet

Later this month, youth and adult volunteers will be needed to assist in switching inventory from summer to winter clothing. Youth can sign up with Tina (tina@firstlu.org) for shifts after the 10:30 service on Sept. 27, Oct. 4 or Oct. 11. Adults are asked to contact the office if they are available to assist on those days.

The First Teen Clothes Closet has also put out a call for these donated items: 

  • men’s deodorant
  • gently used backpacks
  • guy’s jeans
  • pajamas 
  • shampoo

NEW-MEMBER SESSIONS

First Lutheran welcomes all people to participate in Christ’s mission through our ministries, worship and programs, whether you are a member or not. Membership does, however, benefit our congregation. If you’re a member, we know your contact information, can more easily provide you with ministry opportunities and invite you to offer your gifts to the rest of this family of faith. The next new member session will be Sun., Sept. 27, with new member Sunday on Oct. 4. Children are welcome to be present. To register your family or ask questions, call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email office@firstlu.org.

3 New people needed for vision & Leadership

First Lutheran is looking for three members to join the Vision & Leadership Team. This team is responsible for developing the congregation’s mission and vision and for creating strategies to ensure the spiritual, emotional and physical wellness of First’s members. The team also provides support to the staff and members as they grow in faith and ministry. A full job description is available online or upon request in the office. A special election will be held early this fall. Contact Pastor Stanton or Todd Lofald if you are interested.

Youth Praise Band needs musicians!

The youth praise band is looking for youths ages 10 to 18 who can sing or play an instrument. Bass guitar, rhythm guitar, piano and singers are especially needed. The first rehearsal is Sunday, Sept. 13, at 11:30am and every Sunday at 11:30am after that; performing in church on contemporary-worship Sundays. For more info, contact Dick Daleki at 608-769-3567 or email dick@firstlu.org.

HS Small Group Devotions

Do you need a mid-week break, high-schoolers? Come join Tina after Wednesday night worship for a time to de-stress and refocus on God. Starting: Wednesday, Sept. 9, @ 7–8pm

HS YOUTH GROUP!

NEW!! Every Sunday evening there will be a youth group meeting at 6:30pm—8:30pm. High school youth can come hang out in a time of fellowship and learning. Starting: Sunday, Sept. 13

HS In-Between Services

Come Sunday morning in between services for a small group gathering. Here we can talk about tough issues, dive into Scripture and grow together as a community. Starting: Sunday, Sept. 13

HS GAME NIGHT!

Come join in a fun night of fellowship and games. This is a once a month get-together for those high school game nerds out there! Bring your own favorite games to share with the group! Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7pm—8:30pm

LOCK-INS!!!

Stay up all night hanging out with fellow youth! Tina will have games, a camp-style worship, movies and more!! (Will return youth to parents ready to sleep for an entire day!) High school: Sept. 19 @ 7pm Middle school: Sept. 26 @ 7pm

HS MOVIE NIGHT!

Are you a movie buff? High schoolers, come teach Tina your ways! We will get together once a month to watch a movie and discuss after. Bring popcorn and a blanket! Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7pm

HS & MS YOUTH SMALL GROUPS

Are you and a friend looking for something more? Talk to Tina about starting up your own personal small group with her. She would love to get together, go get coffee, go for a hike, etc. Get a group together and decide today! Starting: NOW!!

Sugar Creek AdultS Bus Trip to Lake Superior North Shore / Duluth

September 14-18. Tour includes: North Shore Scenic Railroad & Luncheon, Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Glensheen Mansion Tour, Vista Star Cruise, Great Lake Aquarium, Duluth Guided City Tour, St. Croix Valley Boat cruise and Luncheon, Knoke Chocolates, Old Log Theater Dinner and Show, Mall of America, Daytrippers Theatre Luncheon & Show and much, much more! Contact camp for a detailed flyer and to sign up: 608.734.3113 / camp@sgrcreek.org.

Sarcastic Lutheran Speaking at WSU

Nadia Bolz-Weber (AKA the Sarcastic Lutheran & Tattooed Pastor) will be speaking at Winona State University on Thursday, October 15 at 7pm. The talk will be about topics found in her new book Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.