Announcements for Sunday, May 19, 2019

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Sunday School

  • Sunday, May 19: 9:15am Last Day of Sunday School, VBS Preview… Power Up! - Sanctuary

Have a blessed summer everyone! Sunday School will resume on Sunday, Sept. 8!

Thank You Teachers & Helpers!

Our Sunday School ministry is “Faith Alive!” thanks to all of you! We also thank Sunday School Superintendent Beth Miller for her work and dedication.

  • Ami Berg

  • Tina Buchal

  • Cassie Carrell

  • Amanda DeNault

  • Nicole Garbers

  • Jill Hansen

  • Indie Hauser

  • Allie Lee

  • Michelle Logan

  • Christiana Martin

  • Jill Mason

  • Andrea Matz

  • Aaron & Beth McDonald

  • Mike & Emilee Mielke

  • Becky Runde

  • Angie Strittmater

  • Jenn Weisjahn

  • Michael Wise

  • Melanie Zitzner 


  • Sunday:

    • 9:15am Gr 6 & 7 Bible Classes - Last Day

    • 6:00pm Faith Alive! U: Building Winning Culture (elective opp.)

  • Confirmation Celebration

    • May 22, 6:30pm at Rowe Park, shelter #1 This event is for all confirmation students, small-group guides and parents. We will have a cook-out to celebrate all the hard work the students put in this year! We will close the evening with a special worship, led by the students!

Middle School Youth Group

THIS Sunday, May 19, at 5:30pm, the Middle School Youth Group will have their end-of-the-year grill out.Yard games, s’mores and more!

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, which will encourage us all.


The quilters will wrap up their season this Tuesday, May 21. Quilting sessions will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 10. They ask that people continue to donate fabric and clean sheets during the summer.

OWLs Fly to Rochester Trolley

On Wednesday, May 22, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will fly to Rochester, MN, for lunch and to board the Rochester Trolley for a private Rochester City & Mayo Historical Tour. Meet at the church at 9:45am. Cost: $20. RSVP to Brian Narveson by Monday, May 20: 630.816.5917 /


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, May 28, 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.

Blood Drive

Friday, May 31, 12:30-4:30pm. Every day, ordinary people are saved by some pretty extraordinary people. People who give blood. Your donation could be the most valuable gift you ever give. Just ask anyone who’s ever received. Walk-ins welcome; appointments encouraged, schedule yours at Please bring a photo ID.

Fundraising Due for Sugar Creek

The final day to turn in funds raised to cover Sugar Creek registration expenses for summer 2019 is Sunday, June 2. Thanks!


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
to register.

Confirmation Camp

Sunday, June 16-Friday, June 21. For kids going into grade 8. Our upcoming confirmation students get a chance to start their confirmation journey in the beautiful valley of Sugar Creek. We will learn in faith together while we do Bible study, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, campfires, and so much more! Questions? Contact Pastor Karyn,

Lead Sun School & VBS

There are opportunities to serve as a Sunday School teacher and a leader in VBS. A Sunday School teacher is a 1-2 weekend a month commitment in which you connect with our congregations children! It is super easy with the curriculum! VBS is another way to connect, this is so fun and is high energy! If you like to play games or would like to help organize or help in anyway please consider! Contact Beth Miller:

Now Hiring: Snow Plowing Service

The cost of plowing is negotiable. For details contact Mike Peper:

Luren SIngers of Decorah, IA

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the oldest Norwegian-Aerican male chorus in the world sing and entertain you! Thursday, June 6, 7pm at First Lutheran. Pie and icecream social after concert; no admission charge; free-will offering.

Sugar Creek Explorer Day

For children entering grades 1–5, on Monday, June 24, 7:30am-4:15pm. Why? Experience a day at Sugar Creek (a parent is welcome/preferred)! How: Carpool/van/bus from First Lutheran! Additional info: wear tennis shoes and bring swim suit and towel. Snacks, lunch and water are provided! Cost: $20. RSVP to by June 21; min. attendance: 3.

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, June 1, at 10am in the narthex for anyone who is considering or has scheduled a baptism. To register or ask questions, contact the church office: 608.783.2236 /

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:

Stephen Ministry

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

Underwear & Sock Drive

As part of our 2019 Synod Assembly, we are having a Socks and Underwear Drive!

  • WHY: Socks and underwear are among the most requested and least donated items at shelters and other charitable organizations. Dignity starts with the basics, so we want to make sure that organizations working in our synod have an ample supply of brand-new socks and underwear to give their clients.

  • WHAT: Donate new (still in retail packaging) socks and underwear for men, women, youth and children.

  • WHERE: In the large baskets located in the coat area next to the Welcome Center.

  • WHEN: Please put all donations in the baskets by June 9.

“Walk • Love • Do” Videos

Complete any/all of these sentences:

“At ________________ (name of ministry setting)

  • We Walk humbly when we ________________”

  • We Love Kindness when we ________________”

  • We Do Justice when we ________________”


  • Ok to use a cell phone, doesn’t need to be professional

  • Can do as many as you want, about anything or anyone

  • No more than 1 minute (really truly)

  • Shoot horizontally, not vertically

  • Shoot close up (because your phone is also your mic; no more than an arm’s length away)

  • Send to or


Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16. Volunteers play an important role in making Synod Assembly. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve in the company of fellow synod members, synod staff, guests and visitors, as “experts in hospitality.” Tasks include assisting with registration, providing directions, handing out info to attendees, and answering questions. In exchange you can attend all or part of the assembly at no cost, including Sat. lunch and evening banquet. To volunteer or to learn more contact Betty Sacia at 608.799.2796 or


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