Announcements for Sunday, October 18

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HS Movie Night!

Come join Tina in a night of movies, popcorn, candy and more! Bring friends and a blanket to share! Tues., Oct. 20, 6:30–8:30pm.

Donations for Women’s Resource Center

One of our 8th grade confirmation small groups will visit the Bluff Country Women’s Resource Center on Sunday, Oct. 25, to deliver donations and learn about domestic violence and its prevention. Needed items include: combs, brushes, deodorant, nail clippers, nail files, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, sunscreen, soap, shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and lip balm. Donations can be brought to the altar during offering or dropped off in the church office during the work week.

Flowers in the sanctuary are in honor of Matt & Rhonda Rude’s 30th Wedding Anniversary

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, October 18
    • 9:15am: Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am:3-year-old Faith Building Block: Praying Together, in fellowship hall (2nd meeting, children with parents/guardians)
  • Sunday, October 25
    • 9:15am: Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am:3-year-old Faith Building Block: Praying Together, in fellowship hall (3rd meeting, children with parents/guardians)


Rehearsing Sundays in the sanctuary at 11:45am. All young people who want to play or sing in a praise band are encouraged to attend!


OWLs, a group for those 55+, will go to see the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on Mon., Oct. 26, departing church at 4:30pm. Cost for tix: $22. Please RSVP to Brian by Thur., Oct. 22, via email ( or phone (608.526.9700). The next potluck will be Wed., Oct 28, at noon in the fellowship hall.

HS Game Night

Come join in a fun night of fellowship and games. This is a once a month get-together for those high school game nerds out there! Bring your own favorite games to share with the group! Tuesday, Oct. 27 @ 7pm—8:30pm

Blood Drive

Monday, November 2, 12:30-5:30pm, in the fellowship hall. 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. To schedule your appointment go to Please bring a photo ID.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., Nov. 5, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys 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:

Church Women United: Our Journey Together

Friday, November 6, 9:30–11am, at Good Shepherd, 4141 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse. $5 brunch. RSVP to Barb by Nov. 2: 608.784.0062. Bring winter outerwear to donate to Salvation Army.

Care Package for Aliyah

Now that Aliyah Richling, our Young Adult in Global Mission, has had a chance to get settled into her new place in Békéscsaba, Jennifer Wiesjahn reached out to see if there is anything she needs/wants from the States that she can’t find in Hungary. The items listed below are the ones she has identified. Contact Jennifer (608.397.6897) if you are interested in providing a monetary donation towards the purchase of these items, otherwise donations can be brought to the office. THANK YOU! Items include: Skittles, chocolate chips, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, peanut butter, Cheeze It’s, Twizzlers, Twilight books, ELW hymnal, & cheddar cheese.

Clothes Closet Needs

Items we need: lightweight cotton winter gloves, ties, shampoo and winter boots (gently used, “Ugh” type knock offs). Thanks to everyone who has donated their time, clothing, personal hygiene items and cash donations. Finally, thank you for praying for the people in need who use the clothes closet and for the growth we are experiencing at the closet. If you are interested in volunteering as an appointment host, shopper, or inventory assistant, please contact the church office. And keep all those whom we serve in your prayers.

WANTED: Sewing Machines

The church quilters are looking for one or two working sewing machines. If you’ve got one you’d like to donate, please send an email to

GOT A Couch?

Needed: gently used couches to replace the ones in the Mary room. If you have a possible donation, contact Head Custodian Mike Peper: / 608.783.2236.

Snow Birds

If you will be leaving town for the winter, we want to make sure you still get the monthly newsletter and other mailings. Please provide us with your winter address, and the dates you will leave and come back, so that we can keep our mailing information for your household up to date. You can mail us the information, or email it to us (, or call us (608.783.2236).