OWLs' potluck tomorrow at noon!

The June potluck will be one week later on Wednesday, June 21, at noon in the fellowship hall. Our speaker will be one of the rangers from the Bryce Prairie Wildlife Refuge. A unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System, it is comprised of a wetlands reserve spanning four states. Our speaker will tell us about the mission and location of the reserve, the many places we can enjoy the preserve and volunteer opportunities to help continue its success.


The OWLs are a group at First that welcomes anyone, First Lutheran members or not, who are 55+. For information or to ask questions, contact Brian Narveson.

Message from Pastor Stanton for May 2017

May is full of celebrations at First, throughout our community and in our day-to-day lives. You can’t help but feel a personal thrill waking up to trees with leaves on them, birdsong in the air and warm sunshine. April showers are in the rear-view, and May’s flowers are the payoff. This is a month to celebrate Mom, graduates and give thanks on Memorial Day for all who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Amidst the moments of thanksgiving, I encourage you to make worship a part of your many festivities. Trust me, I know there are dance recitals to attend, spring sports playoff games, grad parties and more (including my 40th birthday May 30. Guess where I’m going…). My experience is that all those blessed endings are put into perspective as I remember their source. The season of Easter is seven weeks long, which means the entire month of May is a time to celebrate new life! If Sunday morning doesn’t work for your schedule PLEASE CONSIDER WORSHIPING WEDNESDAY EVENINGS. I write that in bold because I hear many of you truly wishing you could attend Sunday worship

First Teen Clothes Closet Expands Reach Through Partnership

The First Teen Clothes Closet is expanding its reach through a partnership with the Children’s Clothes Closet, housed at Trinity Lutheran Church in La Crosse. We have recognized for some time that there are many families who struggle to access our facility because they lack transportation to Onalaska. Recently connecting with organizers from the Children’s Clothes Closet has presented an opportunity for us to bring more teens to our Closet as an extension of our recent decision to offer to pay for taxi or transit rides.

Making God’s Love Known

As I walked into a crowded room, I didn’t know where the person I was looking for was. My heart beat faster, I quickly scanned the room, as people looked at me, wondering who I was. I was unknown, but then my friend found me, calling me by name. I had become known. Have you ever experienced this, people wondering who you are, looking at you, but then looking away not bothering to help. What if this happened here at First Lutheran Church, where we are all too busy to notice or just not care that someone looks lost.

OWLs Post for May 2017

The OWLs took full advantage of the spring weather in April with a fine Holy Week outing to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We had an excellent lunch followed by a tour of the grounds and buildings. Our potluck continued the fun with the first annual OWLs Easter Party. Ever try to pick up jelly beans with chop sticks? The OWLs now have it down pat!

April was great, but May is going to be fantastic. We will begin the month with an outing to Norskedalen. We will meet at the church at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 3 to begin this grand adventure. We will travel to Westby for lunch at Borgens Café, which serves excellent Norwegian and American food. Then it is on to Norskedalen, which is rich in natural beauty and diversity, encompassing about 400 acres of scenic coulee (valley) along Poplar Creek. We will begin our tour at the Thrune Visitors’ Center with hands-on nature exhibits, Heritage Room displays and an introductory video explaining the history and mission of Norskedalen. From there we will have a guided tour of the Bekkum Pioneer Log Homestead, which displays the Norwegian heritage of our region in buildings and artifacts. We should be back to the church before 4pm. Cost of the tour is $5.50. Lunch is on your own. We need to give the restaurant a head count. Please call (608-526-9700) or email owls@firstlu.org Brian Narveson by Monday night, May 1, if you plan to attend.

May’s potluck will be one week earlier (May 10) than usual. Mary and Brian need to be in Colorado the last half of May. It will be held in the fellowship hall at noon on Wednesday, May 10, so a speaker can use the projector and screen. Details on the speaker are still being finalized. Please watch your email for additional information. Looking forward to seeing everyone in May.

The OWLs are a group at First that welcomes anyone, First Lutheran members or not, who are 55+. For information or to ask questions, contact Brian Narveson.