Announcements for Sunday, August 23

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Assist with Worship!

It takes the church community to help with all the different aspects of worship—making certain worship is welcoming and runs smoothly. TODAY is the best day to sign up for September, so that we have time to prepare our worship calendar and create reminders. Adults and youth are welcome and can serve in many ways:

  • Acolytes
  • Coffee servers
  • Communion servers
  • Nursery attendants
  • Puppet volunteers
  • Ushers
  • Treat providers

Sign up today at the Connecting Point and see Kathryn Pedretti, our Director of Servant Ministries, with any questions.

Baptismal blessings are extended to Miles William Hammes, son of Matthew & Sara Hammes.


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:


It’s a relaxing way to volunteer! Friday, August 28, at 10am, to assemble the September newsletter. See you there! 

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.

Youth Praise Band needs musicians!

The first Lutheran Church youth praise band is looking for youth ages 10-18 who can sing or play an instrument. Bass guitar, rhythm guitar, piano and singers are especially needed. The 1st rehearsal is Sunday, September 13 at 11:30am and every Sunday at 11:30am after that; performing in church on contemporary worship Sundays. For more info contact Dick Daleki at 608-769-3567 or email

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.