Announcements for Sunday, June 16, 2019

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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.

Confirmation Camp at Sugar Creek

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,

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

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.


On Wednesday, July 10, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their monthly potluck at noon in the narthex. The program will be Shane Lamb, award-winning potter and owner of La Crosse Clay. Shane will demonstrate how to throw vessels on a wheel and talk about how he started out in pottery. On Wednesday, July 24, the OWLs fly to Circus World in Baraboo, WI. Leaving church at 8am, lunch in Baraboo and return about 4pm. Cost of Circus World is $20, and lunch will be on your own. RSVP to owls@firstlur.og by Monday, July 22.

Vacation Bible School: Power Up!

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.

Drawing from the Well

This group is for women of First and the greater La Crosse area seeking to support one another in their spiritual growth. We gather to enjoy a breakfast and develop a deeper relationship with one another. We meet on the second Saturday of the month, 9:30-11am, with the next one on Saturday, June 22, at the house. Contact our Director of Small Group Ministry, Bridget Crave, for more info:

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!

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. 

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.

Back-To-School Shoes

The First Teen Clothes Closet is again partnering with the Children’s Clothes Closet at Trinity Lutheran Church to provide back-to-school shoes for children and teens during Trinity’s annual block party in August. For the last two years, we have provided approximately 130 pairs of new athletic shoes in adult sizes 7 through 13 to help ensure teens have the shoes they need for school (including PE classes). If you would like to support this effort, you can purchase NEW athletic shoes, men’s or women’s, in the sizes mentioned, or make a monetary donation to the effort. The block party and shoe distribution will be Monday, Aug. 12. 

We also welcome volunteers who would like to help that day. Thank you for your past generosity in meeting this community need!


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