THIS Sunday, Dec. 10 from 12-3 pm, the 8th-grade confirmation youth will offer free babysitting at the church so you can shop. Donations will be used to purchase animals for the ELCA Good Gifts program that helps to grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives. Children must be signed up in advance; please call, text or email Jill Davidson to sign your child up. Jill Davidson 608-792-5830 or firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Christmas Party
It’s going to be a week earlier so we can go caroling, too! Get your holiday cheer on Sunday, Dec. 10, 5:30-8:30pm with a devo, games, and a white elephant gift exchange! Bring the weirdest gift you can find and a friend, too!
Butter Braids Fundraiser
All order forms must be turned in THIS Sunday, Dec. 10, with the money. Orders will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, Dec. 20, after 12pm. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
Sunday School Christmas Worship
It is a wonderful time of year and a great way for our kids to spread their Christmas joy! Wednesday, Dec. 13, during 6:15pm worship!
Young Youth Cookie Decorating
Meet at the church on Saturday, Dec. 16,
at 4pm in the fellowship hall to decorate Christmas cookies. The cookies will be handed out as gifts to the residents that we visit when the church goes caroling on Dec. 17 at 5pm. Parents are more than welcome, even encouraged, to attend the cookie decorating event! Young Youth is a group for children in grades K-2 and grades 3-5. For information, contact Beth Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Dec. 17, 5-8pm.
Hop on a bus and take a ride around Onalaska to visit and carol to those who need extra Christmas cheer! RSVP at 1stlu.org/caroling.
December’s Most Wanted
Items needed at the First Teen Clothes Closet (gently used or new items only, please!):
- Guys and girls skinny jeans (not straight leg... skinny)
- Winter jackets
- Mittens, gloves, hats
You can pick up your photos
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.
Thursday, Dec. 21, 6:15pm. Please join us at First Lutheran for an hour of worship including music, prayers, candlelight and reflection on what God is up to amidst our blue feelings around Christmas. Before worship, starting at 5:30pm, there will be a time for a light meal and conversation.
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 Dec. 12, 17 and 30. To volunteer as an individual or group, go to 1stlu.org/rotary.
Synod School of Theology
Grow in faith, develop your spirituality, deepen your discipleship, discern your baptismal vocation, and learn more about the Bible, theology and the church. Courses include: Bible, Theology, Church History, Ministry Skills and Spiritual Development. The first session begins Jan. 4, 2018. Talk to our pastors if you’re interested, and find more info at 1stlu.org/theology.
Tis the season! Bellringers are needed through Dec. 24. Bell ringing can be done in 2-hour increments, inside or outside. This is 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 Bells2ring.org!