Announcements for Sunday, January 6, 2019

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Sunday School

  • Sunday, Jan. 6

    • 9:15am Gr 2 Faith Building Block: What’s Fair (1st meeting, parents/guardians only) - Fellowship Hall

    • 9:15am Sunday School

  • Sunday, Jan. 13

    • 9:15am Sunday School

    • 9:15am Gr 2 Faith Building Block: What’s Fair (2nd meeting, parents/guardians & child)

New registrations welcome any time of the year. Contact Sunday School superintendent Beth Miller at sundayschool@firstlu.org or stop in the Sunday School office in room 206. 

Confirmation

  • Sunday: 

    • 9:15am  Gr 6 & 7 Bible Classes 

  • Wednesday: 

    • 7pm  Gr 8 & 9 Small Groups


Youth Groups Epiphany Parties!

On Sunday, Jan. 6, starting at 5:30pm in Fellowship Hall, the middle and high school youth groups at First Lutheran will kick-off the new year with Epiphany Parties! Feel free to bring snacks to share!

Parent Share 

Join Carla Stanton, member of First, certified spiritual director and mom of three, in room 201 to pray and talk about raising our children faithfully. Childcare is available, too, during either session: every Sunday morning 9:15am-10:45am starting Jan. 6 and Tuesday mornings, 8:30-9:30am starting Jan. 8.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the second Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 10, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys are an informal group that performs a variety of 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: mike@firstlu.org.

Calling All Learners: Save These 2019 Dates

The Synod School of Theology’s winter term is ready to go. Jan. 10 at Galesville: Len Liptack leads an awesome Bible Introduction. Jan. 17-Feb. 21 on Thursday evenings at Our Savior’s, West Salem: Libby Howe on Congregational Dynamics, Jake Sorenson on Intergenerational Ministries, and Ben Morris on Gender in Ministry. Call the synod office to register for one or all, 608.788.5000. More info: 1stlu.org/theology.

Drawing from the Well

Women of all ages are welcome to come together for food, fellowship and study. We will discuss part 3 of a 3-part study on prayer, using Let Us Pray, by Anna Madsen. Whether or not you attended the prior sessions, you will be able to participate in part 3. RSVP to bridget@firstlu.org to help with an accurate head count for food.

Sugar Creek Winter Fun Days

Though First will not be going as a group this year, members are still invited to come to Sugar Creek for a family outing on these Sunday afternoons: Jan. 13 and 27, Feb. 10 and March 25; all from 1-5pm. There’ll be snow tubing, broom ball, snow shoeing, wagon rides, and more! Call or email to register your family: 608.734.3113 or kati@sgrcreek.org. Cost (includes lunch): $7/person or $30/family.

Faith Alive! U: Discernment

A Faith Alive! U course presented by Pastor Ben Morris on Sunday, Jan. 13, 6pm. Upon graduation, should I go to the less expensive tech school far away, the medium-priced state school a couple of hours away or the pricey private school nearby? Should I pursue a different career? How can I know whether we’re ready for retirement? Discernment at EVERY age is challenging. Our local campus minister Pastor Ben Morris will provide fun ways to consider how to discern the will of God amidst our many options.

Blessing Tech Workers

We invite all technology workers to join us on Sunday, Jan. 20, for worship and a special blessing for all the tech support you provide to your co-workers, family and in-laws.

Family Snow Day!

Sunday, Jan. 20. After second service we will have lunch together, load the van and go to Whitetail Ridge for some fun winter tubing! We will return before supper. Cost: $10/person.

COME FOR SUPPER

First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday,
Jan. 22,
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. 

Volunteer Appreciation Party!

Why? To thank everyone for being Christ’s hands and feet! Sunday, Jan. 27, 11:45-12:30pm. in Fellowship Hall. RSVP by Jan. 23 at 1stlu.org/vap or by calling the church at 608.783.2236.

Faith Alive! U: Weekend workshops

Join other adults for an afternoon of exploring, questioning and learning about your faith. The Faith Alive University Workshop takes place Jan. 27 from 12:30–2:45pm, following the volunteer appreciation party. You will have the opportunity to attend two 1-hour classes: When Law Becomes Gospel, The Unsung Power of Lament, and more. Childcare will be available. Sign-up at 1stlu.org/fau.

Knitters

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

Cancellations Due to Inclement Weather

If the weather ever makes you wonder whether your group is meeting for their ministry, check our website, Facebook page, or update the office with your cell number and provider so that we can text you. We’ll also notify WXOW.com, news8000.com and the La Crosse Radio Group stations: 106.3, 104.9, 102.7, 100.1, and 1490 AM. The staff and leadership of First intend to ‘make the call’ by 5pm at the latest. so everyone knows what to expect. Be safe this winter!

Sugar Creek High School Retreat

7pm, Friday, Jan. 25 – 1pm, Sunday, Jan. 27. Come spend a weekend in the beautiful valley of Sugar Creek Bible Camp. This retreat will be full of outdoor activities, learning together, good food, campfires, night games and more! Cost is $85. Register at 1stlu.org/scbchs.

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, Feb. 9, 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 / office@firstlu.org.

NEW-MEMBER SESSIONS

By choosing to become a member, individuals and families commit to being part of a shared mission. People who would like to become members of First Lutheran are invited to a three-week introduction to the church, presented in a small-group setting. The group will meet in the evening on Sunday, Mar. 24 & 31, and Thursday, Apr. 4. To register your family or ask questions, call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email office@firstlu.org.

‘19 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 1stlu.org/missiontrip.