Announcements for Sunday, January 10

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Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First to help with odd jobs around the building. In January they will meet on a different day: Monday the 11th, at 9am. Rolls and coffee are supplied to replenish your reserves! Dues are free! Contact Mike, our custodian, with any questions: mike@firstlu.org.

Clothes Closet Appointment Hosts Needed

Make a difference in the community by hosting Teen Clothes Closet appointments. As an adult volunteer, you will be teamed with another host to welcome teens and their guardian/parent as they select clothes from the First Teen Clothes Closet, located in the house. If you want to learn more, attend an information and training session Wednesday, January 13, at 7pm at the house. Sign up at firstlu.org/cchost or contact Bridget Crave,bridget@firstlu.org.

Baptismal blessings are extended to
Hannah Jocille Barnhardt, daughter of Andrew & Kayla Barnhardt
Brynn Elizabeth Lichtie,
daughter of Ryan Lichtie & Lindsey Soper

Sunday School Update

Sunday, January 10

  • 9:15am 2nd Grade Faith Building Block: What’s Fair (2nd meeting, child w/ parents/guardians)

Sunday, January 17

  • Sugar Creek Sunday
  • 9:15am 2nd Grade Faith Building Block: What’s Fair (3rd meeting, child w/ parents/guardians)

New registrations welcome any time of the year. Contact Sunday school superintendents Sheri Betz and Tawni O’Rourke at sundayschool@firstlu.org or stop in the Sunday School office in room 206. 

Youth Praise Band 2016

Kick off the new year and join the Youth Praise Band! We are especially looking for a guitarist and bass player. All youths 18 or younger are welcome. Experience playing with a group is NOT needed. Rehearsals are on Sundays after second service. For more information contact Dick Daleki: dick@firstlu.org.

Gifts of Imperfection Small Group

By popular demand, a new small group starts this month to study The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown.

  • January 14–March 31 (no meeting on Maundy Thursday)
  • Thursdays 6–8pm at church
  • 12-week study
  • For men & women
  • Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

Confronting Racism:  A Holy Yearning; Live Webcast

Thursday, January 14, 8–9pm. Tune in for Presiding Bishop Eaton and William B. Horne II (ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla.) as they continue their conversation on racism —
a violation of God’s intention for humanity —
in another live webcast. Eaton and Horne will be joined by other ELCA members who bring various perspectives on the U.S. criminal justice system. First Lutheran will show this webcast in Fellowship Hall when it airs live. RSVP and more info at firstlu.org/webcast.

NEW-MEMBER SESSIONS

We offer several new-member sessions each year to acquaint new members with First and with other newcomers. The next new-member session will be Sunday, January 17, from 11:45am–2:30pm, with New Member Sunday on January 24. The nursery is available for use, but children are welcome to be present. To register your family or ask questions, call the church office at 608.783.2236 or email office@firstlu.org.

Come for Supper

First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, January 26, 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.

Luther College Nordic Choir

Tuesday, February 2, 7pm at First.

Mt. Lacrosse

Sunday, February 7, 1–6pm
Sign up at the Connecting Point Table to receive a discounted price for your lift ticket:

  • Checks for payment need to be given to Tina in advance — by Tuesday, February 2
  • Checks need to be written out to ENGLISH Lutheran

Lift ticket packages and pricing:

  • Lift ticket: $19
  • Lift ticket and ski rental: $24
  • Lift ticket and board rental: $34

All packages include group lesson for ages 10+ (lesson starts at 1pm sharp) and lunch (hot dog, chips and soda).

First’s Annual Potluck!

Sunday, February 14, 11:45am
All members are invited to First’s Annual Potluck. We will eat together, and our kids will play together while the adults share our greatest faith stories from the past year. God is doing all kinds of things at First Lutheran, so our Annual Potluck will be a celebration of what has been and a look ahead to what will be. Save the date!

Flowers!

The sign-up for the 2016 flowers is now on the bulletin board. If you would like to honor the memory of a loved one please check the bulletin board and sign your name on an open week of your choice.

Calling all snapshots! 

We’re looking for photos from 2015: weddings, baptisms, Christmas program and ALL OTHER special events and ministries. Help us to collect and remember all the events from this past year! Email them to andy@firstlu.org or post them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #faithaliveinOna.

NEWSLETTER & Annual Report ASSEMBLY

It’s a relaxing way to volunteer! Thursday, January 28, at 9am, to assemble the February newsletter and the 2015 annual report. See you there! 

To learn more about these and other announcements, head to our website at www.FirstLutheranOnalaska.org

Share your Faith Alive! experience and tag your posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with #faithaliveinOna.