Announcements for Sunday, July 29 2018

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It is a great time to join this Wednesday morning small group. We will be reading and discussing The Book of Forgiving by Desmond Tutu and Mpho Andrea Tutu. If you have been thinking about starting something new, give it a try. All are welcome! Meets at 6:30am each Wednesday at Panera.

The Big Move!

As part of the relocation of the First Teen Clothes Closet, we need volunteers to help move the inventory from the house to our new location at Trinity Lutheran on Wednesday, August 1, at 9am. This is a great opportunity for youth to earn volunteer hours! 

Parent Share

Join Carla Stanton, member of First, certified spiritual director and mom of three, in room 201 every Tuesday morning at 9am. At Parent Share, we pray and talk about raising our children faithfully. Childcare is available during the session.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First next on Thur., August 2, 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:

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, August 4, at 10am in the narthex for anyone who is considering or has scheduled a baptism. To register or ask questions, contact the church office: 608.783.2236 /


Come and learn what confirmation this year has in store for your kids.

  • Grade 6–7 Orientation:
    • Sunday, August 19, 9:15am
  • Grade 8–9 Orientation:
    • Wednesday, August 22, 7pm
  • Grade 10 Orientation:
    • Sunday, August 26, 9:15am

First Fest

On Sunday, September 9, we invite you to join us to relax, catch up with friends, introduce yourself to visitors or members you’ve yet to meet, listen to great music, have lunch and have some fun! This is also registration day for Sunday school, confirmation and Frolic! (a small group for parents and their children birth to three).

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.

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 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.


Dash Park listening to a string band, log rolling competition at Onalaska Waterfront, going to see Mamma Mia 2... these are just a few of the RANDOM ACTIVITIES that have been posted in the RAFL Facebook Group! RAFL is where members of First 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

Confirmation Guides

You don’t need to know the Bible backwards & forwards & you don’t need a seminary degree. Just a heart for the youth of our church & an hour each week to spend with our confirmation youth. Parents, grandparents, godparents, neighbors or any faith-mature adult is welcome to facilitate conversation and build relationships between our confirmands on Wednesday nights. Contact Pastor Stanton to nominate someone: / 608.783.2236.

Blood Drive

Monday, July 30, 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 Please bring
a photo ID.

Vacation Bible School

Sunday, August 5 through Thursday, August 9. For Pre-K through Grade 5 in the fall. Register online at