Holy Week Schedule
Monday, April 15, through Wednesday, April 17, worship at 6:30pm
Maundy Thursday, April 18, and Good Friday, April 19, worship at 12:15pm & 6:30pm
Saturday Sacred Storytelling Worship, April 20, worship at 6:30pm
Easter Sunday, April 21, worship at 7:30am, 9am, & 10:45am. No Sunday School nor Confirmation
The office will close at noon on Friday, April 19, & all day Monday, April 22.
Middle School Mission Trip Meeting
The middle school youth going on the mission trip to Duluth from July 21-26 will have their next planning meeting THIS Sunday, April 14, at 11:45am, in the Mary Room. A light lunch will be provided.
Lenten Guided Meditation
Continuing TONIGHT, Sunday, April 14, at 6pm in the Fireside Room. This group explores 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.
Bug Spray Fundraiser
From April 14 through May 5 youth can sell bug spray to their family and friends and make money toward their church trip this summer.
Information packet will be available to pick up from church office, at mission trip meetings, or at youth group on Sundays.
Youth selling bug spray need to turn order forms in, with the money, to the church office by Sunday, May 5. Checks should be made out to First Lutheran.
Youth can pick up their orders in the church office on May 15.
50% of sale goes towards youth funds.
Mabel Anderson Scholarship
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.
On Wednesday, April 17 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their monthly potluck at noon in the narthex. Jerry Bonsack, a local photographer and adventurer, will make a presentation. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at email@example.com.
Prayer shawl knitters meet every Wednesday at 5:30pm in the narthex. Open to all!
Thursday, April 25, 4-7pm, at Onalaska America Legion,
731 Sand Lake Rd. Tickets on sale now through April 17, sold by youth raising funds, or in the church office M-F, 8am-4pm. Tickets packets are due back to the church office by Monday, April 15, by 4pm. To donate food items or to sign up youth to serve at the chicken dinner, go to 1stlu.org/chixdin.
Grief Support Group
Join with others who have experienced loss, and listen and care for each other. Meeting the third Thursday of the month, 1pm in the Upper Room. Led by Nancy Beguin. Questions? Contact Director of Small Group Ministry, Bridget Crave: firstname.lastname@example.org. More info at 1stlu.org/griefsupport.
Springfest, on Sun, May 5, at 3pm, is our preschool’s major fundraiser, and provides an opportunity for preschoolers to showcase their singing talents. After the concert there is an ice cream social and silent auction. For all family members, grandparents, friends and neighbors!
Furnished Rooms Needed!
Gundersen Health System’s Summer Intensive Clinical Pastoral Education program runs May 28–August 9. This program educates professionals and lay persons for ministry in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, mental health centers, congregations and other settings. We draw students from across the nation who leave their homes to come stay in La Crosse for eleven weeks. Many of these students are seeking housing for the summer that is affordable, furnished, and within 30 minutes of Gundersen’s La Crosse campus. If you have a spare room in your home that you would be willing to rent out, please contact the Spiritual Care department at 608-775-3620.
Caring for Creation
Do you have a passion for sustainability? Ideas for how we at First Lutheran can become an “eco-congregation”? A desire to be a good steward to our land? Please join our new small group that aims to move toward being a more eco-friendly congregation. This group is open to all ages, & the meeting time is TBD! Please contact Jenn Wiesjahn for more information: email@example.com / 608.397.6897
Faith Alive! U: Building a Winning Culture
A Faith Alive! U course presented by Dave Skogen, Sunday, May 19, 6pm. Every brother and sister in Christ has a story. Dave Skogen is a life-long member of First Lutheran whose story is still unfolding as he builds a winning culture in his life. A longtime follower of the ‘servant-leadership’ principles and teacher of “Leading with Power” seminars within his own Festival Foods, Dave will share his story that will encourage us all.
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.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE
Sat., June 1, 8:45am–5:30pm, at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran. Rostered leaders, youth leaders and volunteers, or anyone who is working with youth in our churches are invited and encouraged to receive this certified training. Learn strategies to help support youth who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Cost: $10. Contact Elise Hynek at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
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.
THANK YOU to all the generous donors! Our Closet is filled to the top, with our only real needs being athletic shorts for guys and girls and, of course, toiletries. Please consider these other wonderful options for donating your gently-used clothes in the coming weeks: Good Steward Shop, Salvation Army, New Horizons Shelter, Women’s Clothes Closet at Our Savior’s Lutheran, Men’s Closet at the Catholic Charities Warming Center, or the Rootin Crown shops in Onalaska, La Crosse and Holmen.
ELCA CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
Churchwide Assembly (CWA), the triennial gathering of voting members from around the entire ELCA, is meeting this year in our own state… at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, August 5-10. YOU are invited to consider attending the 2019 CWA as a volunteer; approximately 600 volunteers will be needed to serve as ushers or greeters, provide tech support, etc. Learn more about specific volunteer positions at 1stlu.org/cwa.