Announcements for Sunday, March 13

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Candy Sale

First Lutheran Women will sell the last of the nuts and candies in the narthex on Sunday, March 13. Buy a sweet treat for Easter and help fund new flooring in Fellowship Hall.

Preschool Registration

Preschool registration is March 14 from 9:30-noon for church members and 10:30am-noon for the community.

OWLs

The OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their next potluck on Wednesday, March 16, at noon in the narthex. They will again provide lunch for mid-day Lenten worshippers, so bring extra to share. 

Sermon Notes & Audio

Sermon notes are available from ushers during worship; they are also available online, along with the sermon audio, at 1st.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.

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, March 13
    • 9:15am Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am 5th Grd Faith Building Block: Communion (2nd meeting, child with parents/guardians)
  • Palm Sunday, March 20
    • No Sunday School classes: enjoy the Palm Sunday breakfast!

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. 

Mission Interpreter Workshop/Training Day

Sat, March 19, 9am–1pm, at the synod office, 2301 South Ave, La Crosse. To register or ask questions contact Cindy Berg: billandcindyb@gmail.com / 608.788.7645.

Palm Sunday Breakfast Fundraiser

March 20, 9–10:30am. Anyone going on a trip/camp this summer can help work to raise money. Sign up to work & donate food at the Welcome Center and at 1stlu.org/palmsun.

Young Youth & Younger Easter Egg Hunt

Join us on March 20 from 11:45am–12:45pm for an Easter egg hunt and fun! All kids 5th grade and younger can join in this exciting hour to explore, have a snack and enjoy fellowship with friends. Please RSVP at 1stlu.org/egghunt or email office@firstlu.org.

Holy Week Worship Schedule

  • Palm Sunday, March 20, worship at 8:00am & 10:30am, Pancake breakfast between services, no Sunday School
  • Monday, March 21, worship at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 22, worship at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 23, worship at 6:30pm
  • Maundy Thursday, March 24, worship at 12:15pm & 6:30pm
  • Good Friday, March 25, worship at 12:15pm & 6:30pm
  • Saturday Prayer Vigil, March 26, worship at 6:30pm
  • Easter Sunday, March 27, worship at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 10:45am,

No Sunday School on Easter Sunday

The office will be closed at noon on Friday, March 25 and all day Monday, March 28

COME FOR SUPPER

First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, March 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 at the Welcome Center. Call Gloria Kubiak if you have questions, 608.498.2762.

Small Group: Knowing Me, Knowing Them

Why are my kids so different from me? Join with other parents in a 5-week small group to discover your parenting personality type using the Enneagram, and explore how your personality affects your parenting style. Knowing Me Knowing Them by Tracy Tresidder, Margaret Loftus, and Jacqui Pollock will help you learn how to connect and stay connected with your children, whether they are newborns or adults. Grandparents will find it helpful, too. Led by Carla Stanton, this group will meet Sunday nights, April 3–May 5, 6:30–8pm.

Mabel Anderson Scholarship

Applications for the Mabel Anderson Scholarship are now available. Completed applications are due no later than noon on April 8.

Students may apply if they will graduate from high school in the spring and have plans to pursue post-secondary education. The application includes writing an essay and completing a worksheet that reflects the student’s involvement in church activities.The First Lutheran Foundation reviews applications and selects the recipients.

Application forms are available at 1stlu.org/scholarship, at the Welcome Center in the narthex, and at the church office.

ELCA WALK FOR WATER

Sat, April 9, Valley View Mall. Experience firsthand what it is like to carry a 5-gallon jug of water through a simulated water collection experience. Throughout the simulation each person follows one of four “stories” to guide them along the track. Along the way, participants are confronted with different obstacles that help them realize some of the struggles those walking for water may encounter.

Teen Clothes Closet and Prom

With prom season quickly approaching, First Lutheran’s Teen Clothes Closet is accepting donations of prom dresses. If you do not want to drop them off in the entry donation basket, please contact Lori Lunney at 608.769.6790 or Bridget Crave at 608.790.7432 to arrange to drop dresses off with them. Also, please let girls or families who know who may be unable to afford a prom dress any other way about the Clothes Closet. Appointments can be made by calling the church office at 608.783.2236.

Other current needs at the closet include boys’ jeans in all sizes, but especially 32x34 and 32x36; girls’ leggings; jewelry and purses.

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.

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

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