Grade 6 Orientation & Milestone: Sunday, Aug. 18, 3-6pm, Fellowship Hall
Grade 7 Orientation: Sunday, Aug. 18, 9:15am, Fellowship Hall
Grade 8 & 9 Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 7pm, Fellowship Hall
Grade 10 Orientation: Sunday, Aug. 25, 11am, Fellowship Hall
OWLs Potluck and Theatre in Lanesboro
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their monthly potluck at noon in the narthex. On Monday, Aug. 26, the OWLs will fly to Lanesboro, MN, to see the play “Boeing Boeing” at the Commonweal Theatre. Leaving church at 3:45pm. Cost: $35, dinner on your own. RSVP to Brian at email@example.com or 630.816.5917 by Aug. 23.
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? Join our new small group that aims to move toward being a more eco-friendly congregation. This group is open to all ages, and is MEETING THIS SUNDAY, Aug. 11, 11:15am in the Fireside Room. Contact Jenn Wiesjahn for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org / 608.397.6897
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.
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: email@example.com. More info at 1stlu.org/griefsupport.
You don’t need to know the Bible backwards and forwards, and you don’t need a seminary degree. Just a heart for the youth of our church and an hour each week to spend with our confirmation youth. Parents, grandparents, godparents or any faith-mature adult is welcome to facilitate conversation and build relationships between our confirmands on Wednesday nights. Contact Pastor Stanton to nominate someone: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Book Discussion: More Than a Rock
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, Aug. 24, to discuss More Than a Rock by Guy Tal. RSVP to email@example.com.
Blessing of Backpacks & School/Ed Staff
Youths and adults, bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, purses, etc. to church on Sunday, Aug. 25, so that we may bless the start of your new school year! We also invite all staff of our local schools, universities & colleges to join us for worship and a special blessing to start off the new academic year.
Lead Sunday School
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! Contact Beth Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again this summer First is collecting school supplies for Lutheran World Relief school kits, which we will assemble as part of the ELCA’s God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday and First Fest on Sept. 8. Our goal is to donate 500 kits, so bring the following up to the altar during the month of August: 2,000 70-page notebooks, 500 of: crayons (either 16 or 24/box), ruler with centimeters, pencil sharpeners, blunt scissors, 2½” erasers, 2,500 pencils and 2,500 pens.
Paint for World Hunger
Have a fun afternoon of painting on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 1–3pm, in Fellowship Hall at First. Instruction will be provided on how to create the painting. This is an inter-generational, instructor-led event. For ages 6–106. Those ages 6–10 will need an adult with them. (If an adult accompanying a child chooses not to paint, sign up just the child.) $15 per person; proceeds go to buy an animal through ELCA Good Gifts (elca.org/goodgifts). Attendees will select the animal the evening of the event. Costs of this event are being covered by a Thrivent grant. A limited number of Thrivent T-shirts will be available. If you are interested in a shirt, indicate the size in the “comment” of the sign-up. View the art and sign-up at 1stlu.org/paint by Tuesday, Sept. 17. Min. attendance required: 10. Max attendance possible: 20
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
Sugar Creek 5K
On Saturday, Sept. 7. 8am reg, 9am start.
Sugar Creek Annual Quilt & Antique Auction
On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10am come out to Sugar Creek for our annual quilt/antique auction and celebration!
First day of Sunday School!
Sunday, Sept. 8, is the first day of Sunday School! Parents/guardians and kids will gather in the sanctuary at 9:15am to kick off this year’s Sunday School program. Register your children, get more info, meet the teachers, pick up a Sunday School calendar and get the ball rolling! Questions? Contact Sunday School Superintendent, Beth Miller: email@example.com.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, we invite you to join us to relax, catch up with friends, introduce yourself to visitors or members you’ve yet to meet, listen to great music, have lunch and have some fun!
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.