Announcements for Sunday, October 6, 2019

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Invitation to Change Lives

During September you had the chance to enjoy five videos presented by members passionate about ministries that Change Lives in our church, community and the world. If you have not had a chance to view them, check the website or our Facebook page. Shortly you will receive a save-the-date postcard reminding you of the dates for Invitation Week (the week of Oct. 27). During Invitation Week, we will celebrate the many ways we Change Lives, with special music during worship, tasty goodies after each service and displays highlighting the many ministries at First Lutheran Church that Change Lives. In mid-October you will receive an RSVP card for Invitation Week. You can Change more Lives by returning your card before or during the week of Oct. 27, with a commitment to increase your financial contribution for the coming year. Enjoy the stories! We look forward to seeing you Invitation Week.

Sunshine Boys & Girls

The Sunshine Boys & Girls serve at First on the second Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys & Girls are an informal group that performs a variety of necessary tasks around the church; such as grounds clean-up, minor repairs, and other small jobs. Rolls and coffee are supplied to replenish your reserves! Dues are free! Contact Mike, our custodian, with any questions: mike@firstlu.org.

New-Member Social

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 office@firstlu.org.

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, Oct. 13, at the house. Contact our director of Small Group Ministry, Bridget Crave, for more info: bridget@firstlu.org.

Coulee Region Hunger Walk

First Lutheran is teaming with other area churches and secular organizations to start a fundraising walk for hunger, The Coulee Region Hunger Walk. It’s a 5K being held Oct. 13, starting at Myrick Park. It’s a fun time for all with music, raffle and snacks. We hope that First will have at least 60 walkers. Registration begins at noon, runners start at 1pm, and walkers start immediately after the runners. Pledge/reg forms are available in narthex, or at 1stlu.org/hungerwalk and Facebook.

Faith Alive! U: Reconciling in Christ: What It Is, Why It Matters and How to Do It

A Faith Alive! U course presented by Pastor Libby Howe on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6pm: The voices in our world that degrade and exclude LGBTQIA people in the name of God are still too many, too loud and can cause deadly harm. Come and learn how our congregation can become a voice of unapologetic welcome, a community of blessing and inclusion, and a public advocate for justice alongside our LGBTQIA friends and neighbors. Potluck beforehand at 5:30pm; sign-up at 1stlu.org/potluck.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their monthly potluck at noon in the narthex. On Monday, Oct. 28, the OWLs will fly to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 10:15am. Please bring cash for lunch. The shrine will provide golf cart transport for those who does not want to walk up the hill during the tour. RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 22, to Brian Narveson: owls@firstlu.org / 630.816.5917. 

Blessing Health Care Workers

We invite all staff of our area clinics and hospitals to join us on Sunday, Oct. 20, for worship and a special blessing for all of the care you provide to our community.

Family Photos: a Cloud of Witnesses

All Saint’s Day has long been a day when the church gives thanks for all the saints, the beloved, who have died, especially in the past year. In the coming weeks, we will be asking for photographs of your beloved dead so that we can be surrounded by their witness on All Saint’s Day, Friday, November 1. These pictures can be sent electronically (karyn@firstlu.org) or brought in. They will be printed as 4X6, so resolution should be such that they can be printed well from what you submitted. If your loved one was a member of our congregation and died this past year, you will receive a letter  with a special request. 

All Saint’s Day isn’t only about those who have died but also about those who have been newly baptized. If your child was baptized this past year, you also will receive a special request.

Please note, we will continue to use the photos submitted last year, so no need to resend those photos.

Snow Birds

Are you heading out? Please let us know if you'll be spending the winter somewhere else. If we know your seasonal address, we can keep in touch by sending you the monthly newsletter. Call or email the office with your winter address: 608.783.2236, office@firstlu.org.

Knitters

Prayer shawl knitters meet every Sunday between services and on Wednesdays at 5:30pm in the narthex. Open to all!


Sunday School

Sunday, Oct 6

  • Gr 3 FBB: Bibles, lifted up in worship

  • 9:15am Sunday School

  • 9:15am Preschool FBB: Praying Together (1st mtg, parents/guardians only)

Sunday, Oct 13

  • 9:15am Sunday School

  • 9:15am Preschool FBB: Praying Together (2nd mtg, parents/guardians & child)

New registrations welcome any time of the year. Contact Sunday School superintendent Beth Miller at sundayschool@firstlu.org or stop in the Sunday School office in room 206. 

Confirmation

Sunday: 

  • Entering Gr 6 Milestone, lifted up in worship

  • 9:15am Gr 6 & 7 Confirmation Classes

Wednesday: 

  • 7:00pm Gr 8–10 Small Groups

Thursday: 

  • Gr 10 Interviews Begin

Questions? Contact Pastor Stanton, jason@firstlu.org.

Middle & High School Youth Groups

Grades 6–12 gather together weekly on Sundays through the school year, for meal and fellowship from 5-5:30pm. The groups then split for the remainder of the evening for separate activities. Questions? Contact Pastor Stanton, jason@firstlu.org.