Announcements for Sunday, May 31

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Little LEAPs

This group is for parents/guardians and their children ages birth to 3 years old, and meets the last Sunday, at 9:15am in room 102. We sing, dance, play, and pray together to learn ways to raise our little Christians in the home. We have time with the kids and time with just the adults. During the adult time, we have volunteers come in and play with our children as we talk. We welcome newcomers all the time—join us! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer that helps our children during adult time, please contact Carla Stanton,

Baptismal blessings are extended to Hallie Jo Weiss, daughter of Andy & Calison Weiss

Sunday School Update

  • May 31: inter-generational Sunday School gathering in Fellowship Hall
  • Sunday School picks up again on September 13 for Rally Sunday and First Fest!

Same-Gender Q&A Adult Forum

The Visioning & Leadership Team invite all members to continue the conversation regarding the recent decision. The team understands many will have questions and everyone deserves clarification for any concerns they have. Please attend any or all of the remaining two Q&A Adult Forums led by our Vision & Leadership Team: May 31 and June 7 at 9:15 in the Mary Room, or contact any Vision & Leadership Team members with questions/concerns.

Companion Ministry Informational Meeting

Companion ministers serve nearly 30 people who cannot make it to church. These companion ministers, in tandem with the pastors, visit members monthly to give communion. There will be a Companion Ministry informational meeting in the Fireside Room on June 3, at 7:15pm for all who are interested in being a Companion Minister.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., June 4 at 9am. The Sunshine Boys are an informal group that perform 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:

Holy Land Tour: Oct. 8-20, 2015. Application deadline: June 5

First Lutheran is sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land this fall! Join us as we take this alternative tour of Israel and the West Bank, discovering the powerful connection between faith and practice while exploring the land of the Bible. Contact Pastor Karyn at with any questions.You can find all the info and sign up on First Lutheran’s Holy Land tour page at

Baptismal preparation

A baptism preparation session will be held Saturday, June 6, at 10am in the narthex for anyone who is considering or has scheduled a baptism. To register or ask any questions, contact the church office: 608.783.2236 /

Preschool OPENING for Assistant teacher

First Lutheran Preschool is accepting applications for a morning assistant teacher. 21 hours a week for the 2015-2016 school year. Deadline June 10th. 

Send resumes to: First Lutheran Preschool,
410 Main Street, Onalaska, WI 54650


On Wed., June 10 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their June Potluck at noon in the fellowship hall. For the program Gerald (Jerry) Bonsack will present exciting new photographic techniques he used while traveling in Alaska. Contact Brian Narveson at with any questions.

Lost & Found Concert!

Friday, June 12, 7pm at Riverside Park in
La Crosse.
However you choose to characterize the sound, if you see these guys play, you’ll find that all are welcome, that strangers become friends at the concerts, and that the music of faith is fun! This concert is part of the La Crosse Area Synod assembly.

Upcoming Young Youth EVENTS

On Fri., June 19, Young Youth we will go to Noah’s Ark as a family event. $18.50/person, includes a hot dog lunch. On Mon., June 29, we will go to Explorer Camp at Sugar Creek. Cost is $20/camper; includes a lunch and a snack. Meet at church at 7:40am, return between 4:30–5pm. RSVP for all events at or at Young Youth is a group for youth in grades 2–5. For more info contact Katie Everson:

Sugar Creek Golf Fundraiser

Mon., June 22, Viroqua Hills Golf Course. First Lutheran will be forming a team for this fundraiser. Contact Pastor Stanton with questions and to RSVP:

Thank You Choir Members

Music is truly a gift worthy to praise God, and as the choir blesses us one more time before summer begins, we want to thank them for sharing this gift with us this past year.

Thank You Sunday School Teachers

We give thanks to all those who taught and volunteered for Sunday School in the 2014-2015 term, sharing God’s message with our children. We also thank Sunday School superintendents Sheri Betz and Tawni O’Rourke, for their work and dedication.