Announcements for Sunday, February 24, 2019

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Sunday School

Sunday, Feb. 24

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

  • 9:15am Kindergarten FBB: Lord’s Prayer (2nd meeting, parents/guardians & child) - Fellowship Hall

  • 9:15am Sunday School

  • 10:30am Gr K–5 Sing at 10:30am Worship

Sunday, Mar. 3

  • 9:15am Sunday School

  • 9:15am Kindergarten FBB: Lord’s Prayer (3rd 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

  • 2:00pm Caring for Souls Concert (elective opp.) - Good Shepherd

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. Questions? Contact Pastor Stanton, jason@firstlu.org.

Caring For Souls Concert

On Sunday, Feb 24, at 2pm, Good Shepherd Lutheran (4141 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse) presents its annual concert, with guest speaker Mark Hirsch and guest performances by: Karla Hughes, Gary Moss, the La Crosse Central robed & upper treble choirs, Fifth Chamber and other local musicians. Cost: Free, but donations will be gathered to benefit local flood relief. CONFIRMANDS: Attendance at this concert counts as 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.

NEWSLETTER ASSEMBLY

It’s a relaxing way to volunteer! Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9am, to assemble the March newsletter. See you there! 

OWLs Rescheduled

On Friday, Mar. 1 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their post-poned February potluck at noon in the narthex. The program will be a presentation by Skip Tempte about his around-the-world cruise. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at owls@firslu.org.

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. 

Blessing Accountants

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes…” (and God’s love, of course)! So with all that in mind, we want to invite accountants, tax-preparers financial advisers and others in the financial industry to join us for worship on Sunday, March 10, to receive a special blessing during this busy time of year.

Faith Alive! U: Death Cafe

A Faith Alive! U course presented by Tara Shilts, Sunday, March 10, 6pm. What are your thoughts about death? What do you believe, fear, hope about death? Have you been told stories about death ... or have your own? Join Tara Shilts, certified chaplain at Gundersen, as she leads a discussion about our personal death awareness. How could acknowledging the fact that we will die affect our faith and lives?

Preschool Open House

Take a tour at our open house on Thursday, March 14, 4:30pm! Call or email First Lutheran Preschool Director Melissa Rolbiecki with any questions: 608.779.4504 or preschool@firstlu.org. Check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/flponalaska

Mabel Anderson Scholarship 

Applications are now available. Completed applications are due no later than 3pm on Monday, April 15. Students may apply if they will graduate from high school in the spring and have plans to pursue post-secondary education. The application includes writing an essay and completing a worksheet that reflects the student’s involvement in church activities. Application forms are available at 1stlu.org/scholarship or in the church office during office hours, M–F 8am–4pm.

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.

Graduation Milestone 

Graduates: You and your parents/guardians are cordially invited to mark the milestone of your graduation at First Lutheran’s High School Graduation Recognition Dinner on Sunday, March 31, from 6-8pm. RSVP to the church office by March 24: 608.783.2236 / office@firstlu.org.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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

Clothes Closet Help Wanted:

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.

Faith Alive Visitations

A group of First Lutheran members have initiated a new Faith Alive mission. Their goal is to “keep-in-touch” with our fellow members who are home bound.  The visitation team will keep Faith Alive with phone calls, home visits or by mailing notes to remind “at home” members that our church loves and cares about them. Please notify the church office at 608.783.2236 or office@firstlu.org if you’re aware of an individual or care giver who is either long or short-term home bound.

Courageous Men’s Group

The Courageous Men’s Group are men of all ages who meet weekly on Wednesdays at 6am in the Fireside Room for a time of fellowship and study. Contact Chad Schultz, Jim Sysimaki, or the church office for more info: courageous@firstlu.org.

Stephen Ministry

If you know of someone who needs a caregiver, please speak with Pastor Karyn, or call the church office.