Announcements for Sunday, January 13, 2019

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Sunday School

Sunday, Jan. 13

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

  • 9:15am Sunday School

Sunday, Jan. 20

  • 9:15am Gr 2 Faith Building Block: What’s Fair (3rd meeting, parents/guardians & child)

  • 9:15am Sunday School

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


Sunday, Jan. 13

  • 9:15am Gr 6 & 7 Confirmation Classes

  • 6:00pm Faith Alive! U: Discernment (elective op.)

Wednesday, Jan. 16

  • No Gr 8 & 9 Small Groups nor Peer Ministry

Faith Alive! U: Discernment

Faith Alive! U course presented by Pastor Ben Morris THIS 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. Childcare is available: for kids in grade school, Beth Miller will provide supervision at the Irving Pertzsch gym. For kids not yet in grade school, we will have adult supervision in the nursery.

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 Cost (includes lunch): $7/person or $30/family.

OWLs Potluck

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their monthly potluck at noon in Fellowship Hall. The Narvesons will show photos and tell stories about their recent trip Europe. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at


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

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. Led by Nancy Beguin. Questions? Contact Director of Small Group Ministry, Bridget Crave: More info at

Calling All Learners: Save These 2019 Dates

The Synod School of Theology’s winter term is ready to go. on Thursday evenings Jan. 17-Feb. 21 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:

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. RSVP to


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 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 to 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

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

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, 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!

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 /

Annual Potluck!

All members are invited to First’s Annual Potluck on Sunday, February 10, at 11:45am, where we will eat together and our kids will play together, all while the adults share our greatest faith stories from the past year. God is doing all kinds of things at First Lutheran, so our Annual Potluck will be a celebration of what has been and a look ahead to what will be. Save the date so you can share in the fun!


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

‘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