Announcements for Sunday, April 29 2018

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Our Church Our Time Celebration

The celebration has become a two-part event! Between worship services on April 29 our family of faith will celebrate the completion of a VERY successful campaign. And then return to First at 5:30pm for a celebration concert by Hilary & Kate, who conjure up echoes of time-honored musical traditions rooted in Americana folk, bluegrass, and gospel while putting a fresh spin on these sounds as only these young musicians can. Learn more at

Young Youth Earth Day Clean-Up

April 29, 11:30am-3pm. This event, for grades K–5, is in place of the Clearwater Farm event originally scheduled for this time, and the clean-up that was canceled due to weather on April 15. Kids will each lunch together after the second service and then, in honor of Earth Day, participate in Earth Day activities. Kids should wear clothes that they can get dirty. RSVP to


2018 May Friendship Day, Reaching for Wholeness. May 4, 9:30am, at First Congregational Church, 23 Main St, La Crosse. $5 brunch. RSVP to Mary by April 30: 608.782.7013.

Peer Ministry Commissioning

Wednesday, May 2, 5:15-7pm. Our Peer Ministers and their families are invited to come eat dinner in the Fellowship Hall at 5:15pm followed by a commissioning at the 6:15pm worship service. We want to celebrate all of their hard work this past year to become better ministers to their peers!

Eight 10-graders will be commissioned as peer ministers. They are: Jacob Breiling, Tommy Duren, Jaidyn Groshek, McKenzie Marcon, Kenzie Miller, Lexi Miller, Liz Peterson and Brooke Visker.

Peer ministers learn how to deal with large and small situations and conflicts and equips them to be better listeners and welcome those around them.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., May 3, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys are an informal group that performs a variety of necessary tasks around the church; such as grounds clean-up, minor repairs, and other small jobs. Rolls and coffee are supplied to replenish your reserves! Dues are free! Contact Mike, our custodian, with any questions:

Preschool Springfest

Springfest, on Sun, May 6, at 3pm, is our preschool’s major fundraiser, and provides an opportunity for preschoolers to showcase their singing talents. After the concert there is an ice cream social and silent auction. For all family members, grandparents, friends and neighbors!

Nursery Attendants

Helping care for the kiddos of our church allows families to more readily participate in the ministries offered at First Lutheran. You can help this ministry as a volunteer nursery attendant. Nursery kids range from newborn through 4 years. Adult volunteers welcome; youth should have some babysitting or prior nursery experience. To help out contact Cassie Carrell, our nursery coordinator, at

Clothes Closet Needs

Are you ready for spring cleaning and finding a new home for outgrown coats? Consider dropping off your gently-used, clean coats for the First Teen Clothes Closet and Children’s Closet. Other items on our most-needed list currently: toiletries (full-size toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, conditioner), wallets, and purses.

New Visioning & Leadership members

Nancy Beguin and Brandon King have joined the Vision & Leadership Team at First Lutheran. They replace Paula Skoy and Todd Lofald and will serve with continuing Visioning & Leadership members Larry Schreiner, Aaron McDonald, Jenn Wiesjahn, Diane Shuda and Shaun Gibbs. Members of Visioning & Leadership serve three-year terms.

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.