Announcements for Sunday, February 28

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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 who helps our children during adult time, please contact Carla Stanton,

Sermon Notes & Audio

Sermon notes are available from ushers during worship; they are also available online, along with the sermon audio, at Sermon notes are meant to be used… 

  • During worship to write down things you hear that surprise, shock, or otherwise strike a chord with you. 
  • At home, to think about what you heard during the sermon and what it means to you, in your life, right now. 
  • In small groups, to share your thoughts and to listen to others talk about how they heard the sermon and were moved by it.

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, February 28
    • 9:15am Sunday School classes
  • Sunday, March 6
    • 9:15am Sunday School classes
    • 9:15am 5th Grd Faith Building Block: Communion (NOTE: 1st meeting is parents/guardians WITH child; this has changed since last week’s mailing)

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. 

Mabel Anderson Scholarship applications available

Applications for the Mabel Anderson Scholarship will be available on March 1.
Completed applications are due no later than noon on April 8.

Students may apply if they will graduate from high school in the spring and have plans to pursue post-secondary education. The application includes writing an essay and completing a worksheet that reflects the student’s involvement in church activities.The First Lutheran Foundation reviews applications and selects the recipients.

Application forms will be available at, at the Welcome Center in the narthex, and at the church office.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., March 3, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys are an informal group that performs 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:

Church Women United World Day of Prayer

March 4, 9:30am at English Lutheran, 1509 King St., La Crosse. $5 brunch. RSVP to Kathy by Feb. 29: 608.787.0456.

 Mr. Hop Hop Bunny Soiree

Come for a night of childhood memories rediscovered in this epic, church-wide Easter egg hunt. Bring friends, but choose the fastest and wisest ones! Does the world tell you that you are too old for such endeavors, well: think again, world! 
High schoolers: Fri. March 4, 6-8:30pm.
Middle schoolers: Sat. March 5, 6-8:30pm.

Mission Trip Meetings

Cortez, CO mission trip meeting for parents and kids, Sunday, March 6, 11:45am, following second service

Quad Cities mission trip meeting for parents and kids, Sunday, March 13, 11:45am, following second service

Blood Drive

Tuesday, March 8, 12:30-5:30pm, in the fellowship hall. Every day ordinary people are saved by some pretty extraordinary people: People who give blood. Your donation could be the most valuable gift you ever give. Just ask anyone who’s ever received. To schedule your appointment go to Please bring a photo ID.


The OWLs, a group for those 55+, fly to Wabasha on Wednesday, March 9, to see Lark Toys, the National Eagle Center, and enjoy lunch at Stacy’s Kitchen. Meet at the church at 9am. RSVP to Brian by Tuesday, March 8: or 608.526.9700. The OWLs’ next potluck will be Wednesday, March 16, at noon in the narthex. We will again provide lunch for mid-day Lenten worshippers, so bring extra to share. 


The Senior Dining Site in Onalaska, a program of the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Western Wisconsin, needs volunteer drivers to deliver noon-time meals to homebound people who are 60 and older. Deliveries are made on weekdays. Each route takes about
2 1/2 hours. Volunteers do not have to drive every day. If you can help, call Jeanine at 608.789.7829 between 8am and noon, Monday–Friday.

VBS: Mark your calendars! 

Plan ahead to be here for Vacation Bible School this summer August 7-11. We will need teachers and helpers to make it a success. Please consider being a part of the fun adventure. Let Becky Runde know if you are interested in helping in some way. You can reach her at or 507.259.0295.

Preschool Open House & Registration

Join us for our open house on Thursday, March 10, from 4:30-5:30pm. Meet the teachers and check out the classrooms! Preschool registration is March 14 from 9:30-noon for church members and 10:30am-noon for the community.

Peer Ministry Lock-In

Friday, March 11, 9pm through Saturday morning, 7:30am

Mission Interpreter Workshop/Training Day

Sat, March 19, 9am–1pm, at the synod office, 2301 South Ave, La Crosse. To register or ask questions contact Cindy Berg: / 608.788.7645.

Palm Sunday Breakfast Fundraiser

March 20, 9–10:30am. Anyone going on a trip/camp this summer can help work to raise money. Sign up to work by contacting Tina:

Small Group: Knowing Me, Knowing Them

Why are my kids so different from me? Join with other parents in a 5-week small group to discover your parenting personality type using the Enneagram, and explore how your personality affects your parenting style. Knowing Me Knowing Them by Tracy Tresidder, Margaret Loftus, and Jacqui Pollock will help you learn how to connect and stay connected with your children, whether they are newborns or adult children. Grandparents will find it helpful too. Led by Carla Stanton, this group will meet Sunday nights, April 3–May 5, 6:30–8pm.


Sat, April 9, Valley View Mall. Experience firsthand what it is like to carry a 5-gallon jug of water through a simulated water collection experience. Throughout the simulation each person follows one of four “stories” to guide them along the track. Along the way, participants are confronted with different obstacles that help them realize some of the struggles those walking for water may encounter.

Registration Now Open for Summer Camp at Sugar Creek!

Sugar Creek Bible Camp...

  • Strengthens faith in Christ
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Encourages face-to-face interaction
  • Allows “screen free” time in God’s creation 
  • Empowers young people for service 

Your child or grandchild can have an amazing new experience this summer with the caring staff and beautiful creation of Sugar Creek! Now is the time to register, before your desired week fills up. Popular programs fill up fast! Register today to reserve your spot!