Announcements for Sunday, July 21, 2019

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COME FOR SUPPER

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 Potluck

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 karyn@firstlu.org.

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

July 28 from 11:30 a.m.-2pm at the first shelter in Rowe Park, for all volunteers who make Faith Alive! happen at First Lutheran. RSVP at 1stlu.org/VAP.

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: beth@firstlu.org.

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 / office@firstlu.org.

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 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 receiving applications for a part-time, paid, youth ministry internship. Intern(s) will serve from late August through the end of the program year in May, focusing primarily on high school youth group and other teenage ministries. Call 608.783.2236 or e-mail office@firstlu.org to inquire.

ELCA CHURCHWIDE ASSEMBLY 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, Aug. 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, to provide tech support, etc. Learn more about specific volunteer positions at 1stlu.org/cwa

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: 1stlu.org/eb

“Lap-tivity” Quilts

On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 9am–1pm, The Peer Caregiver Support Program of Causeway is creating “lap-tivity” quilts for staff at health, veteran and care facilities to give to caregivers of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or other related dementia. We are looking for volunteers to help create these lap sized quilts. Volunteers can bring their own machine or if they’re not sewers can help in so many other ways! Refreshments will be served.  Location: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, La Crosse. To participate, call Causeway at 608.775.9999

Faith Alive Visitations

A group of First Lutheran members has as their goal to “keep in touch” with our fellow members who are home-bound. The visitation team will keep Faith Alive with phone calls, home visits or by mailing notes to remind “at home” members that our church loves and cares about them. Please notify the church office at 608.783.2236 or office@firstlu.org if you’re aware of an individual or care giver who is either long or short-term home bound.


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 1stlu.org/VBS 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.


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.

RAFL

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 1stlu.org/RAFL.