Announcements for Sunday, March 18 2018

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Tour the Clothes Closet

Take a peek inside the First Teen Clothes Closet and learn more about the ministry THIS Sunday, March 18, 9:15-10:15am, between services.

OWLs Fly to Sparta

On Monday, March 19, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will fly to Sparta to visit the Monroe County History Museum and the Deke Slayton Space and Bicycle Museum. Cost of the Deke Slayton Museum is $5; lunch at a local restaurant is on your own. Leaving church at 9:30am; back before 3pm. RSVP to Brian Narveson at owls@firstlu.org or 608.526.9700 by noon Sunday, March 18.

Take a Walk (Through Holy Week)

For our Young Youth, Friday, March 23…

  • Grades K-2: 5-7pm
  • Grades 3-5: 6:30-8pm

Come for a time to be with friends in a relaxed atmosphere, enjoy supper together and a time for taking a walk through holy week!

Palm Sunday Breakfast Fundraiser

Sunday, March 25: Fundraiser for youths going to National Youth Gathering, mission trips and Bible camp. No coffee hour nor Sunday School between services. Breakfast will be served 9-10:30am. Food donations are needed, and youths can raise funds by working at the breakfast; sign up for both at 1stlu.org/palmsun.

Fundraiser for Youth: Bug Guard Plus

Do you use bug spray during the summer? Chances are the answer is yes — and everyone around you has the same answer! Starting today, youths can sell Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus products to family and friends and make money toward their church trip this summer. Order forms may be picked up in the office. Ask Jared for more info: jared@firstlu.org. Order forms due back by Sunday, March 25.

Holy Week Schedule

  • Monday, March 26, through Wednesday, March 28, worship at 6:30pm
  • Maundy Thursday, March 29, and Good Friday, March 30, worship at 12:15pm & 6:30pm
  • Saturday Sacred Storytelling Worship, March 31, worship at 6:30pm
  • Easter Sunday, April 1 worship at 7:30am, 9am, & 10:45am. No Sunday School nor Confirmation

The office will close at noon on Friday, March 30, & all day Monday, April 2.

COME FOR SUPPER

First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, March 27, 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. 

Faith Family Eggstravaganza!

Learn more about the Easter story at this fun, faith-filled family event in Fellowship Hall, Saturday, March 31, 5-6pm, just before our kid-friendly Sacred Storytelling Worship at 6:30pm on Holy Saturday. Light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to beth@firstlu.org.

Summer Produce CSA

This summer, First Lutheran will be a pick-up location for the Small Family Farm CSA (community supported agriculture), on Wednesdays, 11am-6pm, so you can pick up your produce and then attend worship! Price increases April 1. More info: 1stlu.org/csa.

Mabel Anderson Scholarship

Applications are now available. Completed applications are due no later than 3pm on Monday, April 23. Students may apply if they will graduate from high school in the spring and have plans to pursue post-secondary education. Application forms are available at 1stlu.org/scholarship or in the church office during office hours, M-F 8am-4pm.

New Member Directories Are In

Directories can be picked up while at church, or stop by the office during office hours. If you had a photo taken or submitted a photo, you get a free directory; others can purchase one for $5.

Food Pantry Needs

The Onalaska Holmen Food Basket particularly needs the following items: pork & beans, SpaghettiOs & ravioli, Hamburger Helper, paper towels, flour

Quilters Need Fabric

The First Lutheran quilters need sheets (gently used) and can always use fabric. Donations may be dropped off at the church office.

NEW-MEMBER SESSIONS

We offer several new-member sessions each year to acquaint new members with First and a small group of other newcomers. People who would like to become members of First Lutheran are invited to a 3-week introduction to the church, presented in a small-group setting. The group will meet in the evening on Apr. 15, Apr. 22, and Apr. 26. To register your family or ask questions please call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email office@firstlu.org.

Register Now for Summer at Sugar Creek! 

Your child or grandchild can have an amazing new experience this summer with the caring staff and beautiful creation of Sugar Creek! Popular programs fill up fast! Register today to reserve your spot! Making certain members can attend camp is a priority for us at First, and financial assistance is available; simply speak with a pastor.

Blood Drive

Thursday, April 5, 12:30-5:30pm. Every day, ordinary people are saved by some pretty extraordinary people. People who give blood. Your donation could be the most valuable gift you ever give. Just ask anyone who’s ever received. Walk-ins welcome; appointments encouraged, schedule yours at
1stlu.org/blooddrive. Please bring a photo ID.