Announcements for Sunday, September 4

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Prayer Chain

Prayer is one of the most universal expressions of our faith, of the faith of many people. As we begin to build an intentional prayer ministry here at First, we will create a visual representation of our prayers in the sanctuary. You are encouraged to fill out one of the prayer request slips you were handed as you came in and place them in the offering plate. A small team of people will be praying through our requests, and in a few weeks, we will see these different requests together in a chain, a visible sign of our needs, our trust and our community.

Rally Sunday

Sunday School at First Lutheran kicks off with registration on Sunday, September 11, from 9:15-10:15am in the sanctuary. Parents and students need to register and will meet the teachers, receive information, and get the ball rolling for an awesome Sunday School year. 

Flowers in the sanctuary are in honor of Helen Halverson’s 95th birthday

Blessing of the Backpacks

Youths and adults: Bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, purses, etc. to church on Sunday, September 11, so that we may bless the start of your new school year!

High School Praise Band

Informational meeting for those interested in joining a modern, upbeat, Christian music band: Sunday, Sept. 11, 5pm, in the sanctuary.

Confirmation Kick-Off for Grades 8-10

Wednesday, September 14, 5:30pm. Let’s start the confirmation year off in style! Come for food and fellowship, and learn what this confirmation year has in store for your kids. We will walk through the program year together, and you will get a chance to meet your kid’s small-group guides. For 8th-, 9th- and 10th-grade students and parents.

OWLs

The OWLs, a group for people 55+, are flying to see “Pride’s Crossing” at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, MN. It’s a thoughtful and enticing play about the life of the first woman to swim the English Channel. The NY Post declared it “a play you will remember and cherish forever.” Leaving church at 4pm on Thursday, September 15. Cost: $35, dinner on your own. RSVP to owls@firstlu.org by Tuesday, September 13. The OWLs’ next potluck will be on Wednesday, September 21, at noon in the fellowship hall.

Middle School Milestone

At First Lutheran we are deeply committed to bringing the presence of God into the lives of children everywhere they go. This life milestone is for sixth-graders and their parents/guardians as they transition from elementary to middle school, and celebrates that each child is made in the image of God. We spend our time in four weeks talking about being created in the image of God, how God is in the midst of change and ways that we can feel connected with God through spiritual practices. Week one starts Sunday, Sept. 18, 9:15am in the fellowship hall.

First Fest

On Sunday, September 18, 11:30am-1:30pm we invite you to join us and relax, catch up with friends, introduce yourself to visitors or even members you’ve yet to meet, listen to some great music, have lunch, and have some fun!

Little LEAPs

This group is for children ages birth to 3 years old and their parents/guardians. We meet the last Sunday of the month, at 9:15am in room 102. We sing, dance, play and pray together. We welcome newcomers all the time — join us next on Sunday, September 25

COME FOR SUPPER

First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 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.

Peer Ministry Regroup

Wednesday, September 28, 6pm. This is a chance for our previous Peer Ministers to get together, talk about their highs and lows and refresh the skills they learned!

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.

We’re Hiring!

First Lutheran is seeking a part-time nursery attendant for kids younger than 5. Times might include Sunday mornings, but will mostly be for occasional evenings. Call 608.783.2236 for more info.

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

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