Announcements for Sunday, December 10

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Free Babysitting!

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 jedavidso@gmail.com 

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 jared@firstlu.org.

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: beth@firstlu.org.

Christmas Caroling

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
  • Purses 

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.

Blue Christmas

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.

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 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!