Announcements for Sunday, June 2, 2019

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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!

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 Sunday, June 2, at 11:45am, in the Mary Room. A light lunch will be provided.

Middle School Youth Group

RESCHEDULED: Sunday, June 2, at 5:30pm, the Middle School Youth Group will have their end-of-the-year grill out. Yard games, s’mores and more!

Luren Singers of Decorah, IA

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the oldest Norwegian-American male chorus in the world sing and entertain you! Thursday, June 6, 7pm at First Lutheran. Pie and ice cream social after concert. No admission charge, but donations accepted.

Synod-wide Worship Service

Fri., June 14, 7pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 612 Division St., La Crosse

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,

Sugar Creek Golf Fundraiser

Monday, June 17, Viroqua Hills Golf Course. These golf outings are a FUN way to support the ministries of Sugar Creek Bible Camp! So whether you’re thinking about going pro or you haven’t swung a club since middle school, join us on the green! Call the camp to register! 608-734-3113

Summer Time change for Sunday Worship

Starting Sunday, June 23, the second service will start earlier. Sunday worship times will be 8am and 10am. Worship times will change back to 8am and 10:30am starting on First Fest Sunday, Sept. 8.

Worship Assistant Training

Have you thought to yourself, “I would like to try ushering or reading or serving communion or acolyting or being a projectionist” while at church? Are you looking for a way to contribute to this worshiping community but don’t have a lot of time? Come to our Worship Assistant Training Day on Sunday, June 23, occurring between worship services and learn all you need to know to get started!

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.

Summer Book Discussion: Loneliness

Pastor Karyn invites you to join her in reading this summer. Selections have been taken from the long list of “books I want to read” that she has. Join her at her home (4710 Southfield Green, La Crosse) from 9-11am on Saturday, June 29, to discuss Loneliness: Human Nature and The Need for Social Connection by John Cacioppo & William Patrick. RSVP to

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

July 28 from noon-2pm at the first shelter in Rowe Park, for all volunteers who make Faith Alive! happen at First Lutheran. 

Vacation Bible School

Plan to be here for Vacation Bible School this summer, Sunday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 8. For 4K through 5th grade in the fall (3-year olds are welcome to attend in the nursery). Register online at by Friday, Aug. 2.

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 congregation’s 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:

Prayer shawl knitters meeting during the summer

The prayer shawl knitters will continue their ministry through the summer, but on Sunday mornings between services rather than on Wednesday evenings. All knitters are welcome. The yarn and pattern are provided; knitting needles are provided, too, if you need them.

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

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: / 608.397.6897

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

Synod-wide Worship Service

Fri., June 14, 7pm at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 612 Division St., La Crosse.


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


We know there are a lot of RANDOM ACTIVITIES that you plan at the last minute, and that it’d be fun to meet up with other folks. This is where RAFL comes in: it’s a Facebook Group created for members of First to invite one another on random activities. It’s a great way to get to know others in the congregation better in a social setting, in an informal way. Join the group at