Announcements for Sunday, February 21

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Sermon Notes & Audio

Sermon notes are available from ushers during worship; they are also available online, along with the sermon audio, at firstlu.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.

SERVE @ Worship

It takes the church community to help with all the different aspects of worship—making certain worship is welcoming and runs smoothly. TODAY is the best day to sign up for March, so that we have time to prepare our worship calendar and create reminders. Adults and youth are welcome and can serve in many ways:

  • Acolytes
  • Coffee servers
  • Communion servers
  • Nursery helpers
  • Puppet volunteers
  • Ushers

Sign up today at the Welcome Center and see Kathryn Pedretti, our Director of Servant Ministries, with any questions.

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, February 21
    • 4th Grd Faith Building Block: Apostle’s Creed, lifted up in worship
    • 9:15am Sunday School classes
    • 3- & 4-year olds sing at 10:30am worship
  • Sunday, February 28
    • 9:15am Sunday School classes

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. 

Privilege: What is it and Why does it Matter?

Thursday, February 25, 6–8:30pm at English Lutheran Church, 1509 King Street, La Crosse. Join community activist and educator Sam Scinta for an interactive conversation about privilege, its historical basis and its presence in society today. Through this informative session, consciousness and awareness of the topic will be developed in a supportive and constructive environment. We will examine privilege in the context of race, as well as socio-economic differences and other factors. Please call 608.788.5000 or email the synod at office@lacrosseareasynod.org
to let them know you plan to attend. Space is limited to 20 people at each session.

NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY

It’s a relaxing way to volunteer! Friday, February 26, at 9am, to assemble the March newsletter. See you there! 

OWLs

The OWLs, a group for those 55+, will fly to see “Singing in the Rain” at the UW-La Crosse theatre, leaving church at 4:30pm on Friday, February 26. The evening will include dinner before the musical at the Waterfront. RSVP to Brian Narveson by Monday night, Feb. 22: owls@firstlu.org or 608.526.9700. Cost: $16, dinner on your own. 

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 to share! Saturday, February 27, 6–8pm, at the house.

Sugar Creek Winter Fun Day!

This is a middle school, high school and Young Youth family event!! On Sunday, February 28 at Sugar Creek. We will leave after church (second service) and return around 6pm. Come for an afternoon of snow tubing, broom ball, snow shoeing, wagon rides and more!! They have tubes, snow shoes, broom ball equipment, warm drinks, good food (dinner is included) and a toasty fire ready for you! Bring your cross country skis and/or ice skates. Cost is $5/person.Young Youth RSVP to katie@firstlu.org. Middle and high school RSVP to tina@firstlu.org.

DRIVERS NEEDED

The Senior Dining Site in Onalaska, a program of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Western Wisconsin, needs volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound people who are 60 and older. Deliveries are made on weekdays. Each route takes about
2 1/2 hours. Volunteers do not have to drive every day. If you can help, call Jeanine at 608.789.7829 between 8am and noon, Monday–Friday.

Church Women United World Day of Prayer

March 6, 9:30–11am, at English Lutheran, 1509 King St., La Crosse. $5 brunch. RSVP to Kathy by Feb. 29: 608.787.0456.

Blood Drive

Tuesday, March 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. To schedule your appointment go to www.bcw.edu/firstluthona. Please bring a photo ID.

Preschool Open House

Join us for our open house on Thursday, March 10, from 4:30-5:30pm. Meet the teachers and check out the classrooms!

Easter Flowers

Your gift of $15 to the Easter Fund will be used to purchase flowers to beautify the sanctuary on Easter Sunday. Please return the form by Sunday, March 20. Forms are available at the Welcome Center.

Registration Now Open for Summer Camp at Sugar Creek!

Sugar Creek Bible Camp...

  • Strengthens faith in Christ
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Encourages face-to-face interaction
  • Allows “screen free” time in God’s creation 
  • Empowers young people for service 
  • IS A LOT OF FUN! 

Your child or grandchild can have an amazing new experience this summer with the caring staff and beautiful creation of Sugar Creek! Now is the time to register, before your desired week fills up. Popular programs fill up fast! Register today to reserve your spot!

VBS: Mark your calendars! 

Plan ahead to be here for Vacation Bible School this summer August 7-11. We will need teachers and helpers to make it a success. Please consider being a part of the fun adventure. Let Becky Runde know if you are interested in helping in some way. You can reach her at vbs@firstlu.org or 507.259.0295.

Clothes Closet Needs

December was a busy month, with 24 teens receiving items. This has left the closet short on boys’ jeans, especially. Other needs include boys’ khakis in tall sizes, boys’ lounge/pajama pants and underwear. 

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

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