Announcements for Sunday, April 2

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COFFEE WITH PASTOR KARYN

This small group is open to all and now meets in a new location, at Uptowne Cafe, 1217 Caledonia St., La Crosse, at 6:30am each Wednesday. See you there! 

Sip n' Paint

Thursday, April 6, 6:30pm. Bring a friend or two! This is a great time to relax and let go of the worries of the world or to allow your brain to think through a problem in a different way and enjoy yourself.

  • Cost: $33
  • Bring: a beverage of your choice
  • Limited to 20 people

Sign up at 1stlu.org/sipnpaint

Pastor Stanton Returns!

Pastor Stanton will be back in worship next Sunday! Watch our social media
(facebook.com/1stlu or twitter.com/1stlu) or sign up for our email announcements
(1stlu.org/subscribe) to learn exactly when and how we will welcome him back!

NEEDED: Sheets

The First Lutheran quilters need sheets (gently used) and can always use fabric. Donations may be dropped off at the church office.

Palm Sunday Breakfast

Fundraiser for youths going on mission trips and to Bible camp. No coffee hour nor Sunday school between services on April 9. Breakfast will be served 9-10:30am.

Young Youth & Younger Easter Egg Hunt

Join us on Palm Sunday, April 9, from 9:45-10:15am for an Easter egg hunt and fun! Children in grade 5 and younger may join in to explore and enjoy fellowship with friends. RSVP at 1stlu.org/egghunt or office@firstlu.org.

OWLs

On Thursday, April 13, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will fly to the Shrine of Our Lady Guadalupe. Departure from church is at 10:30am, returning around 3:30pm. Everything is handicap accessible: golf carts are provided for the hill, and seating is available during the tour of the chapel and church. RSVP to Brian at owls@firstlu.org or call 608-526-9700 by Tuesday, April 11.

Luther Cathedral Choir: Performance & Housing!

Under the direction of conductor Jennaya Robison the choir will be perform on Friday, April 21, at 7:30pm at First. Open to the public, no tickets needed; an offering will be taken at the concert. Choir members will need host families the night of the performance; contact Todd Saner
if you can host: todd@firstlu.org

Chicken-Q Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets are on sale for our chicken-q fundraiser on Thursday, April 27, from 11am-6:30pm!
 
Contact a youth who is raising funds, or stop by the church office during office hours: M-F, 8am-4pm.

NEW-MEMBER SESSIONS

By choosing to become a member, individuals and families commit to being part of a shared mission — and in one way, answer Jesus’ call to “come follow me.” We get to know you and can more easily provide you with ministry opportunities and invitations to offer your gifts to the rest of this family of faith. People who would like to become members of First Lutheran are invited to a three-week introduction to the church, presented in a small-group setting. The group will meet on these days in 2017: April 30, May 7 & 11. Please call the church office at 608.783.2236 to sign up.

CAN YOU HELP a seminary student and his family?  

Drew is in his first year at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque. This summer, he will be in La Crosse, working in one of the hospitals, while doing his clinical pastoral education. Drew and his family (wife and two children) need housing from the end of May through the first half of August and would be very grateful for help finding a place. If you have any leads or can provide housing yourself, please contact him at drewsky100@gmail.com or 605.690.8332. Thank you!

Sugar Creek Horse Project

Camper fees at Sugar Creek Bible Camp cover only 73% of the cost of camp. Monetary gifts are vital to the camp’s operating budget, and you can help by donating through the Sugar Creek Horse Project. Look for the horse on the bulletin board outside the church office. Give $20 to Sugar Creek and put your name in one of the squares.

Refugees: A Worldwide Crisis

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in conjunction with La Crescent Community Education is offering a course on four consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 4, at 7pm. This course is designed to inform and provide opportunity for discussion about issues surrounding the refugee crisis in the world, the causes of this crisis, and how we might respond to it. Each week will feature a speaker and time for conversation. Speakers will include an immigration attorney, a Somalian refugee, and Ethiopian refugees. You are welcome to participate in any or all of these sessions. Contact La Crescent Community Education at 507-895-5150 to register. 

Gardening Club

If you are a gardener, or are thinking about starting a garden, join with others once a month to share gardening tips, what you are planning to plant, what is going well, what isn’t, encourage on another, etc.  Watch for more information and the first meeting date in early April. Questions? Contact Bridget Crave: bridget@firstlu.org

Mabel Anderson Scholarship

Applications are now available. Completed applications are due no later than 11:30am on Sunday, April 30. 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. Application forms are available at 1stlu.org/scholarship or in the church office during office hours, M-F 8am-4pm.