Announcements for Sunday, October 14, 2018

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Faith Alive! U: Political Jesus?

A Faith Alive! U course presented by Bishop Arends on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 6pm: People of faith are called to be faithful citizens. Yet, when we speak to political issues, we are often cautioned to be silent due to the separation of church and state. Join Bishop Arends as he explores the call to faithfulness and action that comes to Christians from Jesus. We will look at the need to speak and act as well as the worries and fears of “going public.”


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!

Butter Braid Fundraiser

The Butter Braid Fundraiser starts this Sunday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4. Youths going to Sugar Creek Bible Camp or on summer mission trips can pick up order forms from the church office. All order forms must be turned in on Nov. 4 with the money. Orders will be available for pick-up on Wed, Nov. 14, after 12pm. If you have any questions please contact


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-session introduction to the church, presented in a small-group setting. The group will meet in the evening starting TONIGHT Sunday, Oct. 14, Sunday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 25. If you would like to attend, simply speak with Pastor Stanton.


On Monday, Oct. 15, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will return to the Winona Boat Tour for a fall color cruise. To reserve your spot or to ask questions, contact Brian Narveson at

Blessing Health Care Workers

We invite all staff of our area clinics and hospitals to join us on Sunday, Oct. 21, for worship and a special blessing for all of the care you provide to our community.


Prayer shawl knitters meet every Wed, at 5:30pm in the narthex. Open to all!

Young Youth: Faith is Like a Pumpkin

Our Young Youth (K-Gr 5) find out how faith is like a pumpkin! Sunday, Oct. 28, 6pm, in Fellowship Hall. RSVP to by Oct. 26. Min. attendance required: 3.

Family Photos… a Cloud of Witnesses

Help us create a visual cloud of witnesses for All Saints worship, Nov. 1 at 11am. We are looking for pictures of loved ones who have died, not just this past year. If you had a loved one die this past year (November 1, 2017–October 31, 2018) and they were a member of our congregation, a letter will be sent to you with a special request. We are also looking for pictures of those who have been baptized this past year. Pictures should be 4x6 and copies that you don’t need back. You can either email pictures to or drop them off at the church office. Thanks for your help in creating our cloud of witnesses.

Opening: Childcare @ Church!

First Lutheran is creating a list of young adults willing to babysit our kids aged 5 and up, at First Lutheran, for $10/hour. The need for care providers happens randomly, mostly evenings. If you are interested, call 608.783.2236. 

Clothes Closet Needs

Winter is coming! And that means the Teen Clothes Closet will soon be giving out more hoodies, winter coats, gloves, hats and warm scarves. New or gently-used (smoke free) donations are great appreciated, and can be dropped off in the First Lutheran entry way. We are also looking for a heavy duty clothes rack to hang those winter coats on, room dividers to create additional changing areas, and small old-fashioned travel cases or trunks to use as decoration. If you have any of these items to donate, please contact the church office. Other needs: toothbrushes, floss, colored jeans for girls (sizes XS). Thank you! With your support, we have served nearly 100 teens since moving into our new locations!

Sabbatical Together: Genealogy 101

Genealogy 101, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:30-7:30pm. Get started on researching your genealogy. Bill O’Driscoll from the La Crosse Historical Society will present a workshop to help you get started and learn about the resources available for learning more about your family roots. For those interested, you will be encouraged to stay connected and meet occasionally to share successes and struggles and support each other in your genealogy search. 

High School Sugar Creek Retreat

This high energy retreat will be filled with great music, faith-building time, and fun, fall activities! Cost: $85 (includes 5 meals). Retreat runs from 7pm Friday, Nov. 9 to 1pm Sunday, Nov. 11. RSVP to Pastor Stanton:

Faith Alive! U: Listening As a Spiritual Discipline

A Faith Alive! U course presented by Steve Spilde on Sunday, Nov. 11, 6pm. Explore practices that allow us to better listen and connect with our children, our spouses, our loved ones and our friends. Steve Spilde is the associate director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse and a certified spiritual director who will help us consider our own emotions and desires so we can be more compassionate and gentle with ourselves.

Snow Birds: Keep Us Updated

Had enough of cold weather already and about to winter in warmer climes? Keep us up-to-date by letting us know your winter address / contact info. Contact the church office with your updated information: / 608.783.2236. Thanks!

2019 Mission Trips

During the week of July 21–26 in 2019 our middle school youth will serve in Duluth, MN and our high school youth will serve in San Francisco, CA. For more info & registration go to

Grief Support Group

Carrying on after the death of a loved one can be difficult and lonely. Join with others who have experienced loss, and listen and care for each other. Meeting the third Thursday of the month, 1pm in the Upper Room. Lead by Nancy Beguin. Questions? Contact Director of Small Group Ministry, Bridget Crave: More info at

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