Announcements for Sunday, September 13

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Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, September 13
    • 9:15am: First day of Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am: 3rd Grade Faith Building Block: Bibles, in sanctuary (1st meeting, parents/guardians only)
  • Sunday, September 20
    • 9:15am: Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am: 3rd Grade Faith Building Block: Bibles, in sanctuary (2nd meeting, child with parents/guardians)
  • Sunday, September 27
    • 9:15am: Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am: 3rd Grade Faith Building Block: Bibles, in sanctuary (3rd meeting, child with parents/guardians)

Urgent Needs for Clothes Closet

The First Teen Clothes Closet is changing seasons and growing. We are seeking sturdy, retail-strength clothing racks, plastic clothes hangers, peg board and hooks to be used in reorganizing for fall season. If you have any of these items you could donate, contact Sara Larkin at 608.781.0745 / Also needed ASAP are homecoming dresses in all sizes. These can be dropped off in the entryway donation cart. Thank you for helping support area teens!

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 in this way! Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 4, 11 all from 9:30–10am, in the sacristy (the room behind the fellowship hall). Sign up online or at the Connecting Point table, or just attend today’s session! Walk-ins welcome!

Youth Praise Band MEETING TODAY!

There is an informational meeting for all who are interested in youth praise band THIS Sunday, Sept. 13 at 11:30am in the sanctuary. Weekly rehearsals start next Sunday, Sept. 20, at 11:30am; performing in church on contemporary-worship Sundays. For more info, contact Dick Daleki at 608.769.3567 or email


The OWLs, our group at First that welcomes anyone 55+, will have their next potluck on Wed., Sept. 16, at noon, but not at the church! At the Narvesons: W7572 Price Ct., Holmen WI. The next outing will be to the Mayowood Mansion & Gardens on Thur., Sept. 24, leaving church at 10am and arriving back by 5pm. Questions? RSVP to Brian Narveson:

Church Women United: Merchandising in Human Flesh

Monday, September 21, 4:30–6pm, at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, 420 West Ave. S., La Crosse. Feature presenter: Sister Marlene Weisenbeck. $7 at door. For more info call Mary: 608.782.7013.

The Quest For Our Work That Matters

Tuesday, September 22, 7pm
Viterbo Fine Arts Center

Free presentation. No reservations required. Attendees are invited to gather for conversation regarding this presentation on Wednesday, September 23, after worship.To learn more, visit


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, September 22, at Our Savior’s in La Crosse. First Lutheran will help with food donations and volunteering to serve and clean up. The sign-up sheets are on the Connecting Point table. Call Gloria Kubiak if you have questions, 608.498.2762.

More Clothes Closet

Later this month, youth and adult volunteers will be needed to assist in switching inventory from summer to winter clothing. Youth can sign up with Tina ( for shifts after the 10:30 service on Sept. 27, Oct. 4 or Oct. 11. Adults are asked to contact the office if they are available to assist on those days.


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

GOT Couch?

Needed: gently used couches to replace the ones in the Mary room. If you have a possible donation, contact Head Custodian Mike Peper: / 608.783.2236.

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.

HS Small Group Devotions

Do you need a mid-week break, high-schoolers? Come join Tina after Wednesday night worship for a time to de-stress and refocus on God. Starting: Wednesday, Sept. 9, @ 7–8pm


NEW!! Every Sunday evening there will be a youth group meeting at 6:30pm—8:30pm. High school youth can come hang out in a time of fellowship and learning. Starting: Sunday, Sept. 13

HS In-Between Services

Come Sunday morning in between services for a small group gathering. Here we can talk about tough issues, dive into Scripture and grow together as a community. Starting: Sunday, Sept. 13


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! Monday, Sept. 14 @ 7pm—8:30pm


Stay up all night hanging out with fellow youth! Tina will have games, a camp-style worship, movies and more!! (Will return youth to parents ready to sleep for an entire day!) High school: Sept. 19 @ 7pm Middle school: Sept. 26 @ 7pm


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 and a blanket! Monday, Sept. 28 @ 7pm


Are you and a friend looking for something more? Talk to Tina about starting up your own personal small group with her. She would love to get together, go get coffee, go for a hike, etc. Get a group together and decide today! Starting: NOW!!