Announcements for Sunday, October 22

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We offer several new-member sessions each year to acquaint new members with First and a small group of other newcomers. People who would like to become members of First Lutheran are invited to a 3-week introduction to the church, presented in a small-group setting. The group will have its first meeting TONIGHT, Sunday Oct. 22 at 5pm, and will meet again on Oct. 29 and Nov. 2. If you are interested in joining, just speak with a pastor!

Parent Share: Now meeting Sun & Tues

Join Carla Stanton, member of First, certified spiritual director and mom of three, in room 201 every Tuesday morning, 8:30-9:30am, or on Sunday mornings 9:15am-10:45am. At Parent Share, we pray and talk about raising our children faithfully. Childcare is available, too, during either session.

Martin Luther Movie

Have you missed out on the new Martin Luther movie? A new edition of the film, titled Return to Grace, is very similar to Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World but offers a slightly deeper dive into Luther’s theological insights. It is showing at the La Crosse Marcus Theater at 7pm on October 23, 25, 30, and at 10am on October 30. More info:


It’s a relaxing way to volunteer! Friday, October 27, at 9am, to assemble the November newsletter. See you there! 

Bonfire with Journey

Saturday, October 28, 5:45–9pm, at Journey Lutheran. For middle school and high school youth! Meet in the parking lot at First. Jared can drive youth to Journey while others carpool. Stay as long as you wish!

Family Photos: a Cloud of Witnesses

In the coming weeks, we will ask for photographs of your beloved dead so that we can be surrounded by their witness on All Saints Day. These pictures can be sent electronically ( or brought in. They will be printed as 4x6, so the resolution should be such that they can be printed well from what you submit. If your loved one was a member of our congregation and died this past year, you will receive a letter from Pastor Karyn with a special request. Please note, we will continue to use the photos submitted last year, so no need to resend those photos.

Art and Spirituality Retreat in Chicago

Join Pr Karyn to learn and practice Visio Divina, the spiritual practice of praying with images. The group will visit the Art Institute in Chicago and in addition to other sites, and some free time to shop, sightsee or rest. Traveling by van, the group will leave Friday morning, Nov. 17, returning to Onalaska Saturday evening. Cost includes transportation to Chicago, hotel and Art Institute entrance fee. Contact Bridget Crave with questions: More info & reg. at

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, December 2, 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 /

Food Basket Needs

The following items have been requested to fill the food basket for those in need: pork & beans, rice, Hamburger Helper, ravioli, canned chicken, canned tuna, peanut butter.

Clothes Closet is Full

THANK YOU to all of our generous donors! You have filled the First Teen Clothes Closet - and we do mean FILLED! At the moment, we aren’t accepting additional clothing donations for our closet. Instead, we encourage you to pass items along to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, or other charity that can put them to use. We are still collecting, however, for our friends at the Children’s Clothes Closet in La Crosse, which can especially use larger children’s sizes (10-16). Those donations may be left in our bins in the entrance at First Lutheran Church.

Snow Birds: Keep Us Updated

Had enough of snow already and about to winter in warmer climes? Keep us up to date by letting us know your winter address / contact info. Contact the church office with your updated information: / 608.783.2236. Thanks!