Announcements for Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Sunday School

Sunday, Jan. 20

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

  • 9:15am Sunday School

Sunday, Jan. 27

  • Gr 2 Faith Building Block: What’s Fair, lifted up in worship

  • 9:15am Gr 4 Faith Building Block: Apostle’s Creed (1st meeting, parents/guardians only) - Phillip Rm

  • 9:15am Sunday School, Sugar Creek Sunday - Fellowship Hall

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

Middle & high school youth groups gather weekly on Sundays. Starting at 5:30pm all ages will eat together, and then break off into their groups for fun, fellowship & devos. 

Stay connected and learn what our middle & high school youth groups are up to! Download the Remind app on iTunes or Google Play and use the join codes @1stlums for our middle school group and @1stluhs for our high school group. Questions? Contact Pastor Stanton, jason@firstlu.org.


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.

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.

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, Young Adults in Global Mission & ELCA Global Engagement, and more. Childcare will be available. Sign-up at 1stlu.org/fau.

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. 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.

Cookies for Common Ground

Let’s show our local college students some love by making cookies for Common Ground, our synod’s campus ministry! Common Ground hands them out to ALL students at the campus tower EVERY Wednesday; last year they shared 20,000 cookies! Details:

  • Cookies must be homemade (campus policy)

  • No nuts, nor nut-butter/flavorings/extracts, etc.

  • Bring to church ON Sunday, Feb. 3

YOUNG YOUTH MP3 NIGHT

For grades K-5, on Friday, Feb. 8, 5:30- 8:30pm, in Fellowship Hall. Wear your most comfy pajamas and bring a sleeping bag and pillow to lounge on if you like. We’ll meet, eat, play a couple of games and settle in for a movie and popcorn. RSVP to beth@firstlu.org.

Annual Potluck!

All members are invited to First’s Annual Potluck on Sunday, Feb. 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!

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.

Sign up for flowers for 2019

The sign-up sheets for 2019 altar flowers are on the bulletin board. If you would like to honor the memory of a loved one, check the bulletin board and sign up for an open week of your choice. You can also contact the church office to inquire about openings: office@firstlu.org / 608.783.2236.

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 Summer Reg Now Open

Your child or grandchild can have an amazing new experience this summer with the caring staff and beautiful creation of Sugar Creek! Now is the time to register, before your desired week fills up. Popular programs fill up fast! More info & reg at www.sgrcreek.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.

Welcome Baskets

Welcome baskets are a way to welcome a new neighbor into your neighborhood. The baskets are a gift bag tied with bow, filled with some goodies from church and from our community. They are available to sign out at the Resource Center across from the church office. 

Helping Hands

If you need help with small jobs around the house or if you need a couple of meals or groceries delivered, just go to the “Helping Hands” board by the nursery and make out a slip with a description of what you need help with and your telephone number. Then anyone who thinks they can help out can take the slip and call the number to work out the details. This ministry is open to all in need of help AND to those who can provide the help. There is no set group of “helpers” so we need involvement from all who can be a blessing to someone else. Thanks!