Announcements for Sunday, February 10, 2019

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Sunday, Feb. 10

  • 9:15am Gr 4 Faith Building Block: Apostle’s Creed (3rd meeting, parents/guardians & child) - Fellowship Hall

  • 9:15am Sunday School

Sunday, Feb. 17

  • Gr 4 FBB: Apostle’s Creed, lifted up in worship

  • 9:15am Kindergarten FBB: Lord’s Prayer (1st meeting, parents/guardians only) 

  • 9:15am Sunday School

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

Middle School Youth Group

Our middle school youth group gathers weekly on Sundays. Starting at 5:30pm with a meal, and then breaking off 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.

Annual Potluck!

All members are invited to First’s Annual Potluck THIS 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. The full, more in-depth annual report will be available at the potluck, and can also be downloaded at 1stlu.org/report.

Sunshine Boys & Girls

The Sunshine Boys & Girls serve at First on the second Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 14, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys & Girls 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: mike@firstlu.org.

OWLs (Older Wiser Lutherans)

On Saturday, Feb. 16 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will fly to the Old School Variety Show at the Pump House in La Crosse, for a night of entertainment similar to Prairie Home Companion. Dinner will be downtown before the show; meet at church at 4:30pm. Cost: $18, dinner on your own. RSVP to Brian ASAP at owls@firstlu.org or 630.816.5917. Then, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, the OWLs will have their monthly potluck at noon in Fellowship Hall. The program will be a presentation by Skip Tempte about his around-the-world cruise.

Blessing Office Admins

We invite all those who actually keep our workplaces together — our office admins — to join us on Sunday, Feb. 17, for worship and a special blessing for all that you do.

Middle School Mission Trip Planning Meeting

The middle school youth going on the mission trip to Duluth from July 21-26 will have their first planning meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 11:45am, in the Mary room. 

Faith Alive! U: Song is “Praying Twice”

A Faith Alive! U course presented by Gabe Hicks on Sunday, Feb. 17, 6pm. Join us for an evening of contemporary music. Gabe will sing the songs that have influenced him in spirit, love, life, struggle and happiness. Prayerfully offered from First Lutheran’s Yamaha grand, he will perform songs by MercyMe, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, and many others. Gabe will share his journey — both good times and bad — through music. Don’t miss it!

Ash Wed Worship

Join us for worship on Ash Wednesday, March 6, with services at 11am and 6:15pm. Light lunch in narthex at 11:45am. Lent small groups start Sunday, March 3.
Sign-ups for the small groups coming soon.

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, March 24 & 31, and Thursday, April 4. To register your family or ask questions, call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email office@firstlu.org.

Clothes Closet Needs:

Donations to the First Teen Clothes Closet have been steadily rolling in, but we have a few empty spaces on specific shelves. What we need (clean and gently-used, please!):

  • Athletic shorts (guys and girls, especially larger sizes)

  • Sweatshirts and hoodies (especially XXL)

  • Men’s jeans — size 38, 40 & 44 waist

  • Guys athletic and lounge pants

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.

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!

‘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.

Clothes Closet Needs:

The First Teen Clothes Closet needs you! As we serve more than 2x as many youth, that means more clothes to sort, more hosts needed, and more hands to organize. Could you spend 3:30-6:30pm on a Monday hosting shopping hours? Or a couple of hours a week—at your convenience—sorting donations at the house or “resetting” the Closet after a busy night? Contact a committee member or the church office to learn more about volunteering.

LA CROSSE WARMING CENTER

Volunteers still needed and they’d LOVE to get more Lutheran churches involved! The Warming Center is open Nov. 1–April 30, 7pm–8am. Open every day of the week (even holidays) at 413 S. 3rd St., La Crosse. Volunteers still needed to cover a variety of shifts. More info: 1stlu.org/warmcenter.

Caring For Souls Concert

On Sunday, Feb 24 at 2pm, Good Shepherd Lutheran (4141 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse) presents their annual concert with special guest speaker Mark Hirsch and special guest performances by: Karla Hughes, Gary Moss, the Lacrosse Central robed & upper treble choirs, Fifth Chamber and other local musicians. Cost: FREE; free-will offering will be gathered to benefit local flood relief. CONFIRMANDS: Attendance at this concert counts towards one of your yearly 3 confirmation electives. Spaghetti dinner to follow at 4:30pm. Cost: $8; purchase in advance by calling Bev at 608.792.3962. More info: 1stlu.org/caring.

Community Supported Agriculture

First Lutheran has, once again, offered to be a pick-up site for CSA boxes of produce from Small Family Farm in La Farge. Though deliveries won’t start until June, you can buy a share now. For info about products, prices and schedules, go to smallfamilycsa.com, or ask for a flier in the office.

Knitters

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