Announcements for Sunday, January 14

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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 9:15-10:15am. At Parent Share, we pray and talk about raising our children faithfully. Childcare is available, too, during either session.

Stephen Ministry Starts Monday

A Stephen Minister is a good listener to a person in crisis, bringing Christ into the relationship. Come join us and see how Stephen Ministers make a difference in the church. A new Stephen Ministry class is starting Monday, Jan. 15, from 6-8pm, for 20 weeks. Meeting in the Mary Room. RSVP by contacting Pastor Karyn ( or Gloria Kubiak (608.498.2762).


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 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. 


On Wednesday, Jan. 17, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their potluck at noon in the narthex. The following week, they will fly to the new Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing, Iowa. The adventure begins at church at 9am on Thursday, Jan. 25; back by 3pm. RSVP to Brian Narveson at by Wednesday, Jan. 24, if you plan to attend.

Sugar Creek High School Retreat

6pm, Friday, Jan. 26-2pm, Sunday, Jan. 28. Come spend a weekend in the beautiful valley of Sugar Creek Bible Camp. This retreat will be full of outdoor activities, learning together, good food, campfires, night games and more! Cost is $85, and Jared will provide transportation in the church van. RSVP to (Reminder: Jared is out of the office until Jan. 21).

Volunteer Appreciation Party!

A warm thank you! Why? To thank everyone for being Christ’s hands and feet! Sunday, Jan. 28, 11:45-1:30pm in Fellowship Hall. RSVP by Jan. 24 at the Welcome Center or call the church at 608.783.2236.

Faith Alive! U

Join other adults for an afternoon of exploring, questioning and learning about your faith. Faith Alive University takes place Jan. 28 from 1-3:15pm, following the volunteer appreciation party. You will have the opportunity to attend two 1-hour classes: The Gospel According to Harry Potter, Bible 101, Comparative Religions, and Faith & Doubt. Childcare will be available. Register at

Nominations for Vision & Leadership

Nominations needed! First Lutheran will elect two new members to the Vision & Leadership Team at the Annual Get-Together on Feb. 10. Read the following ‘job’ description and consider who you could nominate for this ministry.

Position Summary: As a servant to the ministry of First Lutheran Church and working in conjunction with pastoral leadership, is responsible for development of the congregation’s mission and vision. Develops short and long term strategies for ensuring the spiritual and physical health and wellness of the congregation. Provides support to staff and congregation members to equip each member with skills to grow in faith and their own personal ministry.

Annual Potluck!

All members are invited to First’s Annual Potluck on Sunday, February 11, at 11:45am, where we will eat together and our kids will play together, all while the adults share our greatest faith stories from the past year. God is doing all kinds of things at First Lutheran, so our Annual Potluck will be a celebration of what has been and a look ahead to what will be. Save the date so you can share in the fun!

Clothes Closet Most Needed:

  • Skinny jeans for girls—all sizes
  • Special occasion shoes to go with prom dresses
  • Boys sweatpants/athletic pants in small/short sizes
  • Prom dresses will be on display later this month; we would love to share them with girls who need them!

Before the After

Before the After is a planning tool to be used by anyone, any age, to outline your wishes, prepare and organize pertinent documents and eliminate possible tough decisions for your loved ones. Plan your Before the After, ask questions of knowledgeable individuals, open communication with family or friends and coordinate all your information in one place. Tuesday, January 30, 6–8pm, in Fellowship Hall. More info:

Young Youth MP3 Night!

For grades 3–5, on Friday, Feb. 9, 5:30–8:30pm, in Fellowship Hall. Why? To have fun and build faith-based relationships!!! Wear your most comfy pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow to lounge on if you like. We’ll meet, eat, play a couple of games and settle in for a movie and popcorn. This event has always been a huge hit and everyone has a great time together!!

Financial Peace University

We all need a plan for our money. Dave Ramsey’s class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! This is a nine-week course that runs Feb. 11 through April 15, from 6-7:30pm at First Lutheran. A supervised nursery is available during class time for children age 4 and younger, if you make reservations in advance; to reserve childcare call the church office at 608.783.2236.

Sign up for flowers for 2018

The sign-up sheets for the 2018 flowers are on the bulletin board. If you would like to honor 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: / 608.783.2236.