Announcements for Sunday, August 18, 2019

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  • RESCHEDULED: Grade 6 Milestone: Starts Sunday, Sept. 15, 9:15am, in the Fireside Room

  • Grade 6 & 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 or 630.816.5917 by Aug. 23. 

Confirmation Guides

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:

Summer Book Discussion: More Than a Rock

RESCHEDULED! 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, Sept. 14, to discuss More Than a Rock by Guy Tal. RSVP to

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.

Sunday School Teacher & Volunteer Orientation

Sunday, Aug. 25, 5-7pm, Fellowship Hall. For all Sunday School teachers and volunteers: come and learn what this Sunday School year has in store. Questions? Contact Beth Miller:

Nosh with Neighbors

As a good-will gesture toward the community of our church, First Lutheran will provide and serve lunch to the staff at Irving Pertzsch Elementary on Thursday, Aug. 29. We will need volunteers — of ALL ages — to help set up and serve from 10am–noon. RSVP to Pastor Karyn by Monday, Aug. 26: Max participants: 20. CONFIRMANDS: this is a service opportunity for confirmation.


Do you like music? Do you enjoy singing, even if it’s in the shower? Do you appreciate the power of music in worship? Then put all of these things together and join the First Lutheran Senior Choir! The choir rehearses Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the sanctuary, starting Sept. 4. All are welcome! For more info, contact Todd Saner at


Join the fun — ring bells! This group performs once a month. We welcome widely varied musical backgrounds. No experience necessary! We’ll begin with the basics and learn to work together. Musical ability is a skill that can be taught. Do you want to be involved? We rehearse Tuesdays at 5:15pm in the sacristy, starting Sept. 10.
For more info contact Jim Knutson at Ring ‘dem bells!

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:

Church Women United

Featured presenter: Sandra Littlejohn, presenting Do We Have Respect for Multi-Cultural Differences? Monday, Sept. 9, 4:30pm, at English Lutheran, 1509 King St, La Crosse. $7. For more info call Mary: 608.782.7013.

Blood Drive

Friday, Sept. 27, 12:30-4:30pm. Every day ordinary people are saved by some pretty extraordinary people. People who give blood. Your donation could be the most valuable gift you ever give. Just ask anyone who’s ever received. Walk-ins welcome; appointments encouraged, schedule yours at Please bring a photo ID.


By choosing to become a member, individuals and families commit to being part of a shared mission. People who would like to become members of First Lutheran are invited to a social at Red Pines on Thursday, Oct. 10, 6pm, where you will get to know more about First and the staff in a relaxed atmosphere. To register your family or ask questions, call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email

School Kits

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), rulers with centimeters, pencil sharpeners, blunt scissors, 2½” erasers, 2,500 pencils and 2,500 pens.

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:

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:

First Fest!

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.