Announcements for Sunday, November 1

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Butter Braids

This fund raiser is now available to ALL YOUTH going to Bible camp or on mission trips this summer. Order forms are available in the office—pick one up and start selling! Forms need to be returned by Nov. 15. What? You just want to EAT a Butter Braid? Just purchase one from a youth, or speak with Tina!

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.


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!

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, November 1
    • 3-year-old Faith Building Block: Praying Together, lifted up in worship 
    • 9:15am: Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am: 1st Grade Faith Building Block: 10 Commandments - FH (1st meeting, parents/guardians only)
  • Sunday, November 8
    • 9:15am: Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am: 1st Grade Faith Building Block: 10 Commandments - FH (2nd meeting, children with parents/guardians)

New registrations welcome any time of the year. Contact Sunday School superintendents Sheri Betz and Tawni O’Rourke at or stop in the Sunday School office in room 206.

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. 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.


On Friday, November 6 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will attend the La Crosse Community Theatre production of the “The Little Mermaid.” Before the theater we will dine in a local restaurant. Cost of the theater is $29, and dinner is on your own. Please call 608.526.9700 or email Brian at by Tuesday evening, November 3, if you plan to attend. The next potluck will be Wed., Nov. 18, at noon in the fellowship hall. By popular request Brian and Mary Narveson will show photos and tell stories about their month long trip following the trail of Louis and Clark. 

HS Hiking Adventure

Sat., Nov. 7: Let’s explore God’s creation together! We will meet at the church at 1pm and be back by 5pm. Bring good hiking shoes and a water bottle.

HS Movie Night

Are you a movie buff? High schoolers, come teach Tina your ways! We will get together once a month to watch a movie and discuss after. Bring popcorn to share! Tuesday, November 10 @ 6:30–8:30pm

HS Retreat at Sugar Creek

Nov. 13-15, at Sugar Creek! This high energy retreat is filled with great music, faith-building time and lots of surprises! Cost: $75 (includes 5 meals & transportation; van leaves church at 5:30pm on Fri, returns approximately 2pm on Sun.). RSVP to Tina:

Drawing from the Well

Next retreat: Sat., November 14, 8:30am–1:30pm
This month is part one of a two-part exploration of Emotional and Intellectual Wellness. We will begin by studying Luke 9:10-17. (Jesus feeds 5,000 plus people!) After some conversation, we will talk about Strengths Finder and the power knowing and using our strengths has in our lives. This gathering does carry with it a cost to purchase the book and take the inventory. The book (which includes the code to take the inventory) is $15 on Amazon
( To read a short synopsis about Strengths Finder go to Lunch will be at the church.

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.

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).