Announcements for Sunday, November 12

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Welcome New Members!

Today we welcome several new members to First Lutheran! Please pick up a name tag in the entryway and introduce yourself during fellowship time and after worship! Welcome to: Christina & Jamie Baumgart, Michelle Logan & Indiana Hauser, Lance & Mechele Mihalovic, Dan & Cory Mueller, Jen & Ryan Peickert, and Brian & Michelle Renkas!

Young Youth Flashlight Bibles!

Let’s get together for a fun night of games and snacks in Fellowship Hall, Sunday, Nov. 12! Grades K-2: 6-7pm… and Grades 3-5: 7-8pm. We will discuss our plans, so come with ideas for what you would like during our young youth time! Bring your Bibles and a flashlight! See you then!


On Wed., November 15, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their November potluck at noon in the narthex. For our program Skip Tempte will share stories and photos of his 7,000-mile trip to visit national parks in the West. Also, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, the OWLs will kick off the holiday season and fly to Marcus Theatres to see the humorous & heart-warming movie “The Star.” We will meet at church at 4pm, see the movie, then have supper at a local establishment. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at

Thanksgiving Eve

In place of our usual worship on Wednesday, Nov. 22, members of First are invited to join in a special, ecumenical worship service on that Thanksgiving Eve at 7pm, at Onalaska United Methodist, 212 4th Ave. N. 

Advent Around the Table

Advent is a season full of rich traditions for both home and church. We invite all members of First Lutheran to join us on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 9:15am in Fellowship Hall for our annual Advent Around the Table event. We will create advent wreaths for our homes, chrismons for our trees, and advent calendars to help us keep the days of Advent. Along the way, we will learn more about this particular season, have great fellowship and grow in our faith as we kick off the Advent season.

Sparkhouse Book Fair

Monday, Nov. 27–Friday, Dec 8. Take a look at the display and order books and gifts for the special children in your life!


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 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. 

Kettle ringers

Tis the season! Bellringers are needed through Dec. 24. Bell ringing can be done in 2-hour increments, inside or outside. This is also a great opportunity for our confirmation kids to gain some service hours — and do it together! Those interested in volunteering during the holidays — or anytime — through the Salvation Army, check out the group’s website at!

First Teen Clothes Closet

While the closet is largely filled, we do need a few specific items to meet our guests’ needs. If you have clean, gently used men’s coats (especially small and medium sizes) or winter boots for guys or girls, please drop them off in the narthex. Toiletries that are running low include toothpaste and body wash.

Snow Birds: Keep Us Updated

Had enough of snow already and about to head for warmer climes? Keep us up to date; let us know your winter address. Contact the church office: / 608.783.2236. 

Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather

If the weather ever makes you wonder whether your group is meeting for their ministry, check our website, Facebook page, or update the office with your cell number and provider so that we can text you. We’ll also notify, and the La Crosse Radio Group stations: 106.3, 104.9, 102.7, 100.1, and 1490 AM. The staff and leadership of First intend to ‘make the call’ by 5pm at the latest so everyone knows what to expect. Be safe this winter!

Food Basket seeks volunteers for Rotary Lights

Volunteers are needed to collect food for the Onalaska Food Basket at this year’s Rotary Lights in Riverside Park in La Crosse. Volunteers collect food from drivers as vehicles enter the park. Volunteers are needed for these shifts on these dates: 5–7:30pm or 7:30–10pm on Nov. 25, Dec. 3, 9, 12, 17 and 30. To volunteer as an individual or group go to

Gift Ideas

If you are looking for alternative ideas to support the excitement in your household during the Christmas season, Beth has a few solutions, both on display and for sale in our resource center outside the office… A Star From Afar teaches the meaning of Christmas while encouraging children to go on a hunt for their star, similar to that of the wise men. Kindness Elves leave notes to shine your child’s light into the world by doing random acts of kindness.