Announcements for Sunday, October 2

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New Small Groups Starting in October

New adult small groups start in October, and there are several topics and a variety of meeting times to choose from. See insert for more details, and head to our website to register: 1stlu.org/smallgroups

Sunday School

  • Sunday, October 2
    • Sunday School, 9:15am
      • 3- & 4-yr-olds, parent drop-off in 4K Rm
      • Gr K-5, parent drop-off in Choir Rm
    • Gr 3 Faith Building Block: Bibles (3rd meeting, parents/guardians with child) - SN
  • Sunday, October 9
    • Gr 3 Faith Building Block: Bibles lifted up in worship
    • 9:15am Faith Families Event - SN
    • 9:15am Sun School Teacher Huddle

New registrations welcome any time of the year. Contact Sunday school superintendents Beth & Joel Miller at sundayschool@firstlu.org or stop in the Sunday school office in room 206. 

Confirmation

  • Sunday: 
    • 9:15am Conf Class: Stewardship - TR
    • 9:15am Gr 7 Bible Class
    • 9:15am Middle School Milestone - FH
    • 12:00pm Conf Class: Church History - FS
  • Wednesday 
    • 5:00pm Conf Class: Apostle’s Creed - Rm 207

High School Praise Band

A modern, upbeat, Christian music band for high school youth. Practice on Sunday at 5pm in the sanctuary. Contact our Director of Discipleship for Youth, Tina Nelson for more info: tina@firstlu.org.

OWLs

On Monday, October 3, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will head out from church at 8am for Yesterdays Youth at Sugar Creek, featuring a program all about Norweigian heritage and culture. Cost for the day is $10 which includes lunch. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at owls@firslu.org.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., October 6, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys are an informal group that performs a variety of tasks around the church, such as grounds clean-up, minor repairs and other small jobs. Rolls and coffee are supplied to replenish your reserves! Dues are free! Contact Mike, our custodian, with any questions: mike@firstlu.org.

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10am in the narthex for anyone who is considering or has scheduled a baptism. To register or ask questions, contact the church office: 608.783.2236 / office@firstlu.org.

Prayer Team

We are creating a prayer team at First Lutheran. If you are interested in being a part of the team that prays for people and helps members grow in their prayer practices, you are invited to gather with Pastor Karyn on October 16 at 9:15am for an introductory meeting. Coffee and treats will be provided!

Quilts

Members of the First Lutheran quilting group have donated the 176 quilts that they’ve made since last fall. Donations are:

  • Lutheran World Relief - 156 quilts
  • Salvation Army - 5 quilts
  • Warming House - 5 quilts
  • Gundersen Christmas Drive - 5 quilts
  • Blood drive - 1 quilt
  • Lutheran Social Services - 4 quilts

The quilters meet every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the church, and new and experienced quilters are welcome.

NEW-MEMBER SESSIONS

By choosing to become a member, individuals and families commit to being part of a shared mission. People who would like to become members of First Lutheran are invited to a four-week introduction to the church, presented in a small-group setting. The group will meet from 6-7:30pm, at the church, on these Sundays: Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13. To register your family or ask questions, please call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email office@firstlu.org.

Thank You!

The preschool would like to thank the congregation so much for their generosity and donating to the preschool. We appreciate it so very much! Thank you so much!!!!!

Martin Luther: Art and the Reformation

Coach bus leaves La Crosse at 8am, November 12 for a guided tour of the exhibit: Martin Luther, Art and the Reformation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Cost for exhibit and bus: $75. Early dinner following the exhibit at the German restaurant: Black Forest Inn. Returning to La Crosse by 9pm. More info & online reservations at 1stlu.org/lutherexhibit.

Blood Drive

Tuesday, November 8, 12:30-5:30pm, in the fellowship hall. Every day ordinary people are saved by some pretty extraordinary people. People who give blood. Your donation could be the most valuable gift you ever give. Just ask anyone who’s ever received. Online scheduling available at www.bcw.edu/firstluthona closer to the date of the drive. Please bring a photo ID.

Caring Connections

Young adults and parents: it’s that time of the year to update us with your new address for the fall! Whether you are college-bound or not, go to 1stlu.org/caringconnect to send your new information online, so that we can keep you connected in our Caring Connections Ministry. Thanks!

Communion Prep

We are looking for help with setting up communion for first service, the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month. Please contact Katy Wood if you would be interested in helping: 608.304.0374. Training will be provided.

DO YOU SPEAK GERMAN OR CZECH?

The synod Global Mission Committee is looking for individuals in our synod who speak one or both languages. They are working to develop a companion synod relationship with the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren and linguistic assistance with one of these languages
would be very helpful. Respond to office@lacrosseareasynod.org or 608.788.5000

Family Photos… a Cloud of Witnesses

Help us create a visual cloud of witnesses this All Saint’s Day. We are looking for pictures of loved ones who have died, not just this past year. If you had a loved one die this past year (Nov. 1, 2015 – Oct. 31, 2016) and they were a member of our congregation, a letter will be sent to you with a special request. We are also looking for pictures of those who have been baptized this past year. Pictures should be 4x6 and copies that you don’t need back. You can either email pictures to karyn@firstlu.org or drop them off at the church office. Thanks for your help in creating our cloud of witnesses.

Sermon Notes & Audio

Sermon notes are available from ushers during worship; they are also available online, along with the sermon audio, at 1stlu.org/sermons. Sermon notes are meant to be used… 

  • During worship to write down things you hear that surprise, shock, or otherwise strike a chord with you. 
  • At home, to think about what you heard during the sermon and what it means to you, in your life, right now. 
  • In small groups, to share your thoughts and to listen to others talk about how they heard the sermon and were moved by it.

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

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