Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 14. That’s the perfect amount of time to come up with an idea for what you may fast from / or what you may add to your life as a spiritual discipline. First Lutheran enjoys a membership with many Christian backgrounds who participated in a variety of spiritual practices. Some of our brothers and sisters who grew up Roman Catholic have asked me over the years whether Lutherans eat fish on Fridays during Lent. My answer is something like, “it depends whether the chef of the house feels like cooking, or going out for fish that Friday, I guess.” Although some churches enter into a communal fast—like fasting from all meat but fish on Fridays—other churches leave it to the individuals. I was serving a congregation in Columbia, SC during seminary that had the whole church fast from ‘sweets’ during Lent (that one was tough!)
The 2018 La Crosse Area Synod Assembly is June 8-10 (Friday-Sunday) at Western Technical College, in La Crosse. An elected voting member will need to attend the assembly & various pre-meetings. If you are interested in serving our Synod and congregation as one of First Lutheran’s five voting members, contact Pastor Stanton or the church office. It’s a great opportunity to be the church!
My daughter Sarah and I watched the movie “Warm Bodies” just before I wrote this. It is a funny romantic movie about a zombie falling in love with a non zombie girl. His heart starts beating again, bringing him back to life, because of the connection he felt toward the girl. Because of his relationship with the girl, even just holding her hand, others began to reconnect, too, bringing their hearts to life. It’s quite humorous, as the storyline develops, but what caught my attention was that to warm one’s heart one must feel connected.
Stephen Ministry training classes start THIS Monday, at 6pm, in the Mary Room. Come and learn more about this powerful, caring ministry!
Nominations needed! First Lutheran will elect two new members to the Vision & Leadership Team at the Annual Get-Together on February 10. Read the following ‘job’ description and consider who you could nominate for this ministry.
The sign-up sheets for the 2018 flowers are on the bulletin board. If you would like to honor the memory of a loved one check the bulletin board and sign up for an open week of your choice. You can also contact the church office to inquire about openings.
We’re looking for photos & videos from 2017: weddings, baptisms, Christmas program and ALL OTHER special events and ministries. Help us to collect and remember all the events from this past year! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram with hashtag #faithalive365. Thanks!
Join us at First Lutheran for worship this Christmas!
- Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Worship Times: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 11pm. All will be candlelight and all will be with Holy Communion.
- Dec. 25, Christmas Day Worship Time: 10am, with Holy Communion.
Overflow parking is available in the parking lots at city hall and at Irving Pertzsch Elementary School. Parking on the street is also an option, available on all sides of the church property.
The High School Youth Group will take a winter break! The last gathering was December 17 and the group will start up again on January 21 (after Jared gets back from Thailand!).
Sunday, December 17, at 5pm.
Hop on a bus and take a ride around Onalaska to visit and carol to those who need extra Christmas cheer! The bus leaves at 5pm sharp! If you have questions call the office at 608.783.2236. Please RSVP here so we can get an idea of how many people to plan for in regards to the bus and food, but ALL ARE WELCOME, EVEN AT THE LAST MINUTE!
Meet at the church on Dec. 16 from 4–5pm down in the Fellowship Hall to decorate Christmas cookies. The cookies will be handed out as gifts to residents that we visit when the church goes caroling on Dec. 17 at 5pm.
Members who had their photos taken for the new church directory and who are getting just the free 8x10 can pick up that photo in the church office — they have arrived. Drop by during the week to pick up yours.
Blood Drive TODAY in the narthex, 12:30–5:30pm!
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. Walk-ins welcome! Please bring a photo ID.
Hop on a bus and take a ride around Onalaska to visit and carol to those who need extra Christmas cheer! Join us after the singing for a potluck dinner back at the church. The bus leaves at 5pm sharp! If you have questions call the office at 608.783.2236. Please RSVP we can get an idea of how many people to plan for in regards to the bus and food, but ALL ARE WELCOME, EVEN AT THE LAST MINUTE! Join us after caroling for a potluck supper!
A reminder to all that this Sunday is the last day to return gifts for the Christmas Giving Tree. If you purchased a gift card, please make sure to wrap it in a box.
All Butter Braid order forms must be turned into the church office on Sunday, December 10 with the money.
Orders will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, December 20, after 12pm.
Questions? Contact Jared.
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.
Schedule your appointment now: www.bcw.edu/firstluthona.
Please bring a photo ID.
At First Lutheran Church, 410 Main St, Onalaska WI
December is a busy month for us all! Why choose to be a part of all of the events here?... Build more friendships and connection through our community. Along with having memories that last a lifetime! The biggest game-changer for me is that when I see children interact here, they have sought out those relationships in other areas (school, dance, sporting event, etc.). Looking forward to growing together, serving others and knowing God!
- January: Sledding!
- February: Movie Night!