Announcements for Sunday, July 14, 2019

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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 on Sunday, July 14, at 11:15am, in the Mary Room. A light lunch will be provided.

Grief Support Group

Carrying on after the death of a loved one can be difficult and lonely. 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: More info at


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, July 23, 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. 

OWLs Fly to Circus World

On Wednesday, July 24, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, fly to Circus World in Baraboo. Leave 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.

Summer Book Discussion: New Cosmic Story

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, July 27, to discuss The New Cosmic Story by John F. Haught. 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. RSVP at

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:

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, Aug. 3, 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 /

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 past 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. 

Job Opening

First Lutheran is looking for a part-time bookkeeper to manage invoices, records, employee benefit plans and prepare monthly financial statements. Flexible hours are available. Associate degree in accounting with some experience is preferred. Call 608.783.2236 or e-mail to inquire.

Donate a Bike

Everybody Bikes is looking for bicycles in quality condition. To donate a bicycle, please call Lori Lunney (608.769.6790) or Bridget Christen (608.797.1050) for more info. Everybody Bikes is a local nonprofit organization that gives bikes and equipment (helmet, light, basket) and bicycle instruction to people in need of transportation who can’t afford a bicycle. More info:

Welcome Baskets

Welcome baskets are a way to welcome a new neighbor into your neighborhood. The baskets are a gift bag tied with bow, filled with some goodies from church and from our community. They are available to sign out at the Resource Center across from the church office. 

Helping Hands

If you need help with small jobs around the house or if you need a couple of meals or groceries delivered, just go to the “Helping Hands” board by the nursery and make out a slip with a description of what you need help with and your telephone number. Then anyone who thinks they can help out can take the slip and call the number to work out the details. This ministry is open to all in need of help AND to those who can provide the help. There is no set group of “helpers” so we need involvement from all who can be a blessing to someone else. Thanks!

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.

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.


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