Announcements for Sunday, July 8 2018

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This group is for parents/guardians and their children ages birth to 3 years old, and meets the second 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! 

Gifts of Imperfection

All are welcome to join a 6-week study of the first half of Brene Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection. Reading and thoughtful discussion required each week. Meeting as a group will include watching a video, discussion and sharing. Beth Miller will lead the group. Wednesdays, July 11–Aug. 15, 7-8pm. RSVP at by July 9.

Church Women United

Human Rights Day, July 10, 4:30-6pm, here at First Lutheran, Onalaska. Potluck meal; bring donations for New Horizons. Vince Hatt will be speaking on human rights.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys typically serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; but in July will meet on Thursday, July 12, 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:

Sugar Creek Explorer Day Rescheduled!

Sugar Creek has asked us to reschedule, so… for children entering grades 1-5, on Thursday, July 12, 7:30am-4:15pm. Why? Experience a day at Sugar Creek (a parent is welcome/preferred)! How: Carpool/van/bus from First Lutheran! Additional info: wear tennis shoes and bring swimsuit and towel. Snacks, lunch and water are provided! Cost: $20. RSVP to

Drawing from the Well

This group is for women of First and the greater La Crosse area seeking to support one another in their spiritual growth. We’ll meet for lunch and conversation at David Reay’s at 11:30am, on Saturday, July 14, then head out for a hike for about an hour for those interested. Hike recommendations are welcome. Contact our Director of Small Group Ministry, Bridget Crave, for more info:

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Flip flop ‘til you drop! July 15 from noon-2pm at the first shelter in Rowe Park, for all volunteers who make Faith Alive! happen at First Lutheran. Please RSVP at

Paddlin' at Pettibone

Always wanted to try paddleboarding or kayaking? Or looking to join some others from First Lutheran in a fun afternoon? July 29, noon-4pm is your chance to rent a paddleboard, kayak or canoe and paddle with other folks from First Lutheran. If fishing, Frisbee golf or watching others is more your thing, you can do that, too. We will meet at the Pettibone picnic shelter. This is for teens, adults of all ages, singles, families, friends, in other words, everyone. Bring your own lunch, or order a box lunch in advance and we’ll have it there. Costs: paddle board rental $10, kayak and canoe rental $7, box lunch $7. Bring your own beverage. Please RSVP at

Nursery Attendants

First Lutheran is seeking part-time nursery attendants. Nursery kids range from newborn through 4 years. These are paid positions. Inquire in the office, call 608.783.2236 or e-mail us at

Faith Alive Visitations

A group of First Lutheran members have initiated a new Faith Alive mission. Their goal is to keep in touch with our fellow members who are homebound. The visitation team will keep Faith Alive with phone calls, home visits or by mailing notes to remind “at home” members that our church loves and cares about them. Please notify the church office at 608.783.2236 or if you’re aware of an individual or caregiver who is either long- or short-term homebound.

Needed: Energetic arms, legs & hearts!

As part of the relocation of the First Teen Clothes Closet, we need volunteers to help move the inventory from the upper level of the house downstairs. This is a great opportunity for confirmands to earn volunteer hours! Meet at the house at 10am, Thursday, July 12. Cold treats for all helpers once the job is done! (Can’t make it on the 12th? We’ll need more help either July 31 or Aug. 1 when the clothes are transferred to the new site in La Crosse! Watch for details or contact the office to be added to a calling list.)

Parking Lot Ministry

This new ministry needs warm and friendly faces to greet guests and worshipers who come into the parking lot, giving help if needed at the entrance door and giving umbrellas to those who need one when it’s raining. Come to the Welcome Center to receive more information and sign up to help.

Companion Ministry

The gift of communion is Christ’s invitation for us all. Homebound members or those in nursing home care cannot make it to church and still would love to also receive that gift. Companion ministers help provide the service of delivering communion to them. They visit these members, usually monthly, give them communion, and have wonderful conversations. Good friendships are formed and the members receiving the communion feel grateful for that gift. If you love visiting with and helping people, consider becoming a companion minister. It is a very fulfilling job. Talk to one of the pastors for more information.

Check out our Little Free Library

First Lutheran has installed and stocked a Little Free Library on the 4th Avenue side of the building. We thank Logan, Gavin, Mason and Jaxon DeNault, sons of Amanda and Jason DeNault, for donating the library and lots of books to get us started. If you’re not familiar with Little Free Libraries, the practice is “take a book, leave a book,” but you don’t have to leave a book to take one.


We know there are a lot of RANDOM ACTIVITIES that you plan at the last minute, and that it’d be fun to meet up with other folks. This is where RAFL comes in: it’s a Facebook Group created for members of First to invite one another on random activities. It’s a great way to get to know others in the congregation better in a social setting, in an informal way. Join the group at

Vacation Bible School

Plan ahead to be here for Vacation Bible School this summer, Sunday, August 5 through Thursday, August 9. For 3 years old and potty trained through 5th grade in the fall. Register online at