Announcements for Sunday, January 28

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This group is for parents/guardians and their children ages birth to 3 years old, and meets the last Sunday, at 9:15am in room 102. We sing, dance, play, and pray together to learn ways to raise our little Christians in the home. We welcome newcomers all the time — join us!

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.

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.

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.

Sip & Paint

Thursday, February 1, 6:30–9:30pm at First Lutheran in Fellowship Hall. Join in a fun evening of painting and visiting with others as Creative Canvas comes to First for a night of Sip & Paint. The instructor-led class requires no prior experience or special talents. Come and join in the fun! Cost: $35 includes all materials. Bring: a beverage of your choice (and why not bring a friend, too!) Sign-up now at

Annual Report Available

In advance of First’s Annual Potluck on Sunday, Feb. 11, the 2017 annual report will be mailed to all member households in an abbreviated, one-page format. A full, more in-depth annual report may picked up at the Welcome Center or at the church office.

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. 11.
Read the following ‘job’ description, consider who you could nominate for this ministry, and email them to

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.

Needed: Voting Members

The 2018 La Crosse Area Synod Assembly is June 8-10 (Friday—Sunday) at Western Technical College, in La Crosse. An elected voting member will need to attend the assembly & various pre-meetings. If you are interested in serving our Synod and congregation as one of First Lutheran’s five voting members, contact Pastor Stanton or the church office. It’s a great opportunity to be the church!

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!

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.

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!

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.

Preschool Open House

First Lutheran Preschool provides developmentally appropriate early childhood education in a warm child-centered Christian environment. We offer Christian preschool sessions in the morning on Mon/Wed/Fri, Tue/Thur and Monday-Friday for ages 30 months and up. We are also a partner with the Onalaska School District, and we are a site for the 4-year-old preschool (4K). 4K runs Monday-Friday in the morning and includes busing. In addition there is Lunch Bunch Mon-Fri.

Take a tour at our open house on Thursday, March 8! Call or email First Lutheran Preschool Director Melissa Rolbiecki with any questions: 608.779.4504 /

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