Announcements for Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Sunday School

Sunday, March 3

  • 9:15am Kindergarten FBB: Lord’s Prayer (3rd meeting, parents/guardians & child) - Fellowship Hall

  • 9:15am Sunday School

Sunday, March 10

  • Kindergarten FBB: Lord’s Prayer, lifted up in worship

  • 9:15am 4-Yr Old FBB: The Keys (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

Tuesday: 

  • Sabbatical Together: Fat Tuesday Art Gala, 6–8pm, confirmation elective opportunity

Wednesday: 

  • No 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! 

Special Guest: Hector Colon

This Sunday we extend a warm welcome to Hector Colon, president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services. He will join the pastors in worship today and deliver the message. Between services, he will meet with our confirmation and high school students in the Fireside Room.

Lenten Guided Meditation

Sundays, 6pm, starting TONIGHT, March 3. This group will explore a variety of guided meditations and other contemplative prayers each week throughout Lent. Both men and women are welcome! Come for one session or for many!

Fat Tuesday Art Gala

On the day before Ash Wednesday, this Tuesday, March 5 from 6-8pm, celebrate an evening of art and discovery at First! Join Pastor Karyn as she shares her sabbatical experience through art and story. Artwork created by her during her travel and by congregation members during her sabbatical will be on display. Enjoy a night of art and fellowship, and experience the wonder of sabbatical.

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. 

OWLs Fly to Sail On (a Beach Boys Tribute)

On Friday, March 8 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will fly to see Sail On, a tribute to the Beach Boys. If you want to attend this memorable event, contact Brian Narveson (630-816-5917 or owls@firstlu.org) by Saturday, March 2. Cost of the concert is $22. We will meet at the church at 4:30pm and travel to a local restaurant for dinner before the concert. Dinner is on your own.

CHANGE THOSE CLOCKS!

Daylight Savings begins next weekend, so make certain to set your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed Saturday night, or you’ll be late for church Sunday morning!

Lenten Visio Divina

Mondays, 6pm, starting March 11. This small group will gather throughout the weeks of Lent to learn the practice of Visio Divina, or divine seeing. Using visual art and a guided process, we will deepen our understanding of God and enrich our prayer lives. Open to all.

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.

Young Youth Gym Night

On Sunday, March 10, from 6-8pm we invite our Young Youth in grades K-5 to wear tennis shoes,  play-friendly clothes and get ready for a sweaty Young Youth event!

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. Also, preschool registration is March 18, from 9:30am–noon for church members, and 10:30am–noon for the community. To register stop into the First Lutheran Preschool during the registration times above, or call the preschool at 608.779.4504. Check us out on Facebook: facebook.com/flponalaska

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.

COME FOR SUPPER

First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, Mar. 26, 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parent Share: Now meeting Sun & Tues

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

Parking Lot Ministry

This ministry needs warm and friendly faces to greet guests and worshipers who come into the parking lot, giving help if needed at the giving umbrellas to those who need one when it’s raining. Come to the Welcome Center to receive more information and sign up to help.

Companion Ministry

The gift of communion is Christ’s invitation for us all. Homebound members or those in nursing home care cannot make it to church and still would love to also receive that gift. Companion ministers help provide the service of delivering communion to them. They visit these members, usually monthly, give them communion, and have wonderful conversations. Good friendships are formed and the members receiving the communion feel grateful for that gift. If you love visiting with and helping people, consider becoming a companion minister. It is a very fulfilling job. Talk to one of the pastors for more information.

COFFEE WITH PASTOR KARYN

Coffee with Pastor Karyn is open to all and meets at 6:30am each Wednesday at Panera. See you there!