Announcements for Sunday, March 10, 2019

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Sunday School

Sunday, March 10

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

  • 9:15am 4K FBB: The Keys (1st meeting, parents/guardians only) - Fellowship Hall

  • 9:15am Sunday School

Sunday, March 17

  • 9:15am 4K FBB: The Keys (2nd meeting, parents/guardians & child) 

  • 9:15am Sunday School

  • Preschool & 4K Sing at 10:30am Worship

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, March 10

  • 9:15am Gr 6 & 7 Confirmation Classes - Rm 207 & FS

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

Wednesday, March 13

  • 7:00pm Gr 8 & 9 Small Groups

  • Middle School Mission Trip Planning MTG

The middle school youth going on the mission trip to Duluth from July 21-26 will have their next planning meeting THIS Sunday, March 10, at 11:45am, in the Mary Room. A light lunch will be provided.

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.

Young Youth Gym Night

THIS 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?

Lenten Guided Meditation

Sundays, 6pm, continuing TONIGHT, March 10. 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. In the Fireside Room.

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. Lead by Pastor Karyn in room 207.

OWLs Potluck

On Wednesday, March 13 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their monthly potluck at noon in the narthex. Because it is Lent, we will again host the Lenten service lunch in the narthex at noon, followed by a program about Pastor Karyn’s sabbatical experiences and travels. Bring a little extra food to share as we will have folks from the Lenten service and members coming to see Pastor Karyn’s presentation. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at owls@firslu.org.

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, March 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. 

Holy Solitude Retreat

Join certified spiritual director Carla Stanton for a weekend of holy solitude at Sugar Creek Bible Camp, from Friday evening, March 29, through Sunday morning, March 31. More details to come; save the date!

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.

Parents Gathering for Lent

In the midst of daily life, planning something meaningful to do with our family during Lent often gets lost. This year at First, we are hoping to help people plan for Lent using the resource Holy Solitude. We invite parents of Sunday School age kids to get together and share ideas on ways to live into holy solitude as a family. Our next gathering will be Sunday, Mar. 17, 9:15am in Fellowship Hall.

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.