Announcements for Sunday, December 13

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Sunday, Dec. 13, 5–8pm. Hop on a bus and take a ride around Onalaska to visit and carol to those who need extra Christmas cheer! Join us after the singing for a potluck dinner back at the church. The bus leaves at 5pm sharp! Last minute carolers welcome!

Christmas Giving Tree Gifts Due Back THIS Sunday, Dec. 13

Please make certain to bring your wrapped gifts to the church THIS Sun., Dec. 13. If you purchase gift cards, please wrap them in a box. Contact Kathryn at 608.783.2236 or if have questions.

Baptismal blessings are extended to Kaitlyn Sue Bell, daughter of Steven & Melissa Bell

Flowers in the sanctuary are in memory of Doyle Lombard, from Carroll Lombard & family

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, December 13: Rehearsal
    • K–5th graders will have dress rehearsal in the sanctuary, there will be no class this day, so parents can drop off and pick up in the sanctuary.
    • 3- & 4-year olds and kindergarteners will have opening in their usual location.
  • Sunday, December 20
    • Sunday school as usual. Opening, followed by class in usual rooms.

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.


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, December 15 @ 7–8:30

Sunday School Christmas WORSHIP

It is a wonderful time of year and a great way for our kids to spread their Christmas joy! The Sunday School Christmas worship will take place during the 6:15pm worship service, on Wednesday, December 16. ALL kids should arrive by 6pm. 

  • 3 and 4 year olds should report to their normal opening room (105)
  • K–5th should report to the choir room

Parents can pick all children up in their opening rooms after worship. There will be refreshments in the Narthex following worship.


On Wed., Dec. 16, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their December Potluck at noon in the narthex. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at

Perkins Pies Fundraiser

Perkins pies on sale now until Wed., Dec. 16, at the scrip table! Youth selling pies should pick up an order form from Tina, or stop in the office. Youth just take orders—no money is collected! Those who purchase pies pick up and pay for them at the Perkins in Onalaska.

Middle & High School Christmas Parties!

Middle & high school youth: get your holiday festing started early! Classic holiday movies will play in the background, eat lots of holiday cookies & treats, and bring a white elephant gift that is under $10 and as unusual as possible! The MS Christmas party is Sat., Dec. 19, and the HS Christmas party is Sun., Dec. 20, both 5:30–8:30pm in the fellowship hall. Bring your friends!

Birthday Party for Jesus!

Everyone is invited to attend the Birthday Party for Jesus in the fellowship hall from 9:15–10:15am on Sun., Dec. 27. This event replaces “usual” Sunday school.

Financial Peace University

We all need a plan for our money. Dave Ramsey’s class will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! This is a nine week course that starts Sunday, January 3, from 6-7:30pm! A supervised nursery is available during class time for children age 4 and younger—you need to call the church office at 608.783.2236 to let us know how many children you plan to bring to the nursery. Thanks!

Needed: Glider Rocker

After long use, the glider rockers in our nursery are in need of replacement. We have already received one donation; we just need one more. Contact our custodian Mike Peper regarding the donation:

Clothes Closet Needs

Needs include: sweatshirts and hoodies, winter boots and toiletries. Monetary donations to purchase undergarments, pajamas and healthy snacks to have available for our clients and their families are also welcome. Volunteers are also needed to help host appointments with clients; contact Bridget Crave:

To learn more about these and other announcements, head to our website at




Blue Christmas Worship

The holidays can feel sad, stressful or difficult. We may miss loved ones who are away, absent or dead. We may feel burdened by the pressures to make this “the most wonderful time of the year.” Please join us Monday, Dec. 21 at 6:30pm for an hour of worship including music, prayers, candlelight and reflection on what God is up to amidst our blue feelings around Christmas. Invite a friend or neighbor who may find it difficult to worship this time of year. Before worship, starting at 5:30pm, there will be a time for a light meal and conversation. 


We offer several new member sessions each year to acquaint new members with First and a small group of other newcomers. The next new member session will be Sunday, January 17, 2015 from 11:45am–2:30pm, with New Member Sunday on January 24. The nursery is available for use, but children are also welcome to be present. To register your family or ask questions please call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email

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).

Cancellations due to inclement weather

If the weather ever makes you wonder whether your group is meeting for their ministry, check our website, Facebook page, or update the office with your cell # and provider so that we can text you. We’ll also notify, and the La Crosse Radio Group stations: 106.3, 104.9, 102.7, 100.1, and 1490 AM. The staff and leadership of First intend to ‘make the call’ by 5:00 PM at the latest so everyone knows what to expect. Be safe this winter!

Caring Connections

Be part of this wonderful ministry, which offers support and friendship to our young adult members. Simply select a manila envelope for one of our young adults; available for pick-up in the narthex. More info at

Young adults: It’s not too late to be included in Caring Connections! Whether you are college-bound or not, stop in the church office or email your new address so that we can keep you connected in our Caring Connections Ministry!