Announcements for Sunday, August 16

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Young Adults in Global Mission

This week Aliyah Richling will join 75 other Young Adults in Global Mission as they are sent off to various locations around the globe for their year of mission work. Aliyah will be making her new home in Békéscsaba, Hungary, and will be working in parish/music ministry and ministering to the Roma people. With a total cost of approx. $11,000, Aliyah has made a commitment to raise $4,000 herself and the ELCA seeks sponsors for the remaining $7,000. Support Aliyah on her yearlong journey:

  • By check: make payable to “First Lutheran” with “Aliyah Richling” in the memo. Place checks in First’s offering plate or fill out an envelope in the narthex.
  • Online:

More info at

Flowers in the sanctuary are in loving memory of Barbara Seminaro, from Rich, LeAnn & Jeff

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Sun., August 16, noon–2pm, shelter #1 at Rowe Park. People can sign up at the Connecting Point table or by emailing If anyone has any questions, contact Kathryn.

Meet Tina!

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS: Meet with Tina, our new Director of Discipleship for Youth, on Wed. August 19, 7:15pm (after worship) to discuss her vision and goals in her ministry. She also wants to learn what parents want for their kids so she can incorporate it into her vision and youth events.


Do you like music? Do you enjoy singing, even if it’s in the shower? Do you appreciate the power of music in worship? Then put all of these things together and join the First Lutheran Senior Choir! The first rehearsal of the season will be Wednesday, August 26 at 7:15pm. All are welcome!


The OWLs, our group at First that welcomes anyone 55+, will fly to Lanesboro to see the comedic play “Charley’s Aunt”. Date: Thursday, August 27. Cost: $35 with a discount if we get more than 15 people. RSVP to Brian Narveson by Tuesday night, August 25:

Dakota Road in Concert!

Larry Olson & Hans Peterson of Dakota Road return to First for a free, outdoor concert on Saturday, August 29, at 6pm. Nationally known for their stirring music and playful performance, Larry and Hans’ songs range from sacred to silly and touch people of all ages and walks of life. The concert is free and open to the public, all ages welcome! Save the date and invite EVERYONE!

Blessing of the Backpacks

Youth and adults, bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, purses, etc. to church on the day of First Fest, Sunday, August 30, so that we may bless the start of your new school year!

First Fest!

First Fest is early this year! We will gather together for food, fun and fellowship on Sunday, August 30, after worship. Save the date!

Little LEAPs

Little Leaps families will take part in First Fest activities on Sunday, Aug. 30, instead of meeting as a group. Families can register their children ages 3 and younger for Little Leaps at First Fest. Their regular meetings on the last Sunday of the month will resume Sept. 27. Little Leaps is for parents/guardians and their children ages birth to 3 years old, and meets the last Sunday, at 9:15am in room 102.

Travel Photography Class

Open to all members of First and their friends. Special equipment not required—techniques taught can be used with a point and shoot camera or a smart phone. The class will meet three times in the fellowship hall from 6:30–9pm on the following Mondays: August 31, September 14 and 28. Cost: $25 for all 3 classes. More information and registration at

Wed Worship Time Change

Starting Sept. 2, Wednesday’s service will start at 6:15pm (instead of 6:30pm).

Usher Training

Usher training sessions will be offered four times in the coming months; pick a Sunday to learn more about how you, and even your entire family, can serve and worship in this way! Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 4, 11 all from 9:30–10am. Sign up online or at the Connecting Point table.

This Little Light of Mine! LED Campaign

Mike needs help lighting the narthex! Your gift of $80 (one section of the big bulb), will help purchase new LED bulbs and better lighting for the narthex. Just sign your name to a section (or more) on the big bulb in the narthex! Checks can be made out to First Lutheran, write “LED Bulbs” in the memo, & placed in the offering plate or drop it off in the office.

Sugar Creek Adults Bus Trip to Lake Superior North Shore / Duluth

September 14-18. Tour includes: North Shore Scenic Railroad & Luncheon, Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Glensheen Mansion Tour, Vista Star Cruise, Great Lake Aquarium, Duluth Guided City Tour, St. Croix Valley Boat cruise and Luncheon, Knoke Chocolates, Old Log Theater Dinner and Show, Mall of America, Daytrippers Theatre Luncheon & Show and much, much more! Contact camp for a detailed flyer and to sign up: 608.734.3113 /


First Lutheran welcomes all people to participate in Christ’s mission through our ministries, worship and programs, whether you are a member or not. Membership does, however, benefit our congregation. If you’re a member, we know your contact information, can more easily provide you with ministry opportunities and invite you to offer your gifts to the rest of this family of faith. The next new member session will be Sun., Sept. 27, with new member Sunday on Oct. 4. Children are welcome to be present. To register your family or ask questions, call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email

Sarcastic Lutheran Speaking at WSU

Nadia Bolz-Weber (AKA the Sarcastic Lutheran & Tattooed Pastor) will be speaking at Winona State University on Thursday, October 15 at 7pm. The talk will be about topics found in her new book Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.