Announcements for Sunday, March 20

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Palm Sunday Breakfast Fundraiser

March 20, 9–10:30am. 

Young Youth & Younger Easter Egg Hunt

Join us on March 20 from 11:45am–12:45pm for an Easter egg hunt and fun! All kids 5th grade and younger can join in this exciting hour to explore, have a snack and enjoy fellowship with friends. 

Holy Week Worship Schedule

  • Monday, March 21, worship at 6:30pm
  • Tuesday, March 22, worship at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 23, worship at 6:30pm
  • Maundy Thursday, March 24, worship at 12:15pm & 6:30pm
  • Good Friday, March 25, worship at 12:15pm & 6:30pm
  • Saturday Prayer Vigil, March 26, worship at 6:30pm
  • Easter Sunday, March 27, worship at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 10:45am,
  • No Sunday School on Easter Sunday

The office will be closed at noon on Friday, March 25 and all day Monday, March 28

Sunday School Update

  • Palm Sunday, March 20
    • No Sunday School classes: enjoy the Palm Sunday breakfast!
  • Easter Sunday, March 27
    • No Sunday School classes

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. 


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, March 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 at the Welcome Center. Call Gloria Kubiak if you have questions, 608.498.2762.

Baptismal preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, April 2, at 10am in the narthex for anyone who is considering or has scheduled a baptism. To register or ask questions, contact the church office: 608.783.2236 /

Special congregational meeting

A special congregational meeting has been called for April 3 and 6 following each worship service to formally approve the cost of improvements to the Fellowship Hall. All members are asked to be present for this short but important meeting.

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 adults. Grandparents will find it helpful, too. Led by Carla Stanton, this group will meet Sunday nights, April 3–May 5, 6:30–8pm.

Mabel Anderson Scholarship

Applications for the Mabel Anderson Scholarship are now available. 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 are available at, at the Welcome Center in the narthex, and at the church office.

Drawing from the Well

First Lutheran invites all women to participate in this discipline, where we will explore the idea of wellness, exploring an aspect of the ELCA’s wellness wheel at each meeting. They meet on the second Saturday of the month, from 8:30am–1:30pm. Next retreat: Sat., April 9; the focus will be on core values. Contact Pastor Karyn for more info:


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. Volunteers also needed: sign up at

Graduation Milestone & Recognition Dinner

Saturday, April 16. Graduates and parents/guardians are cordially invited to mark the milestone of graduation at First Lutheran’s High School Graduation Recognition Dinner on Saturday, April 16.


Thursday, April 28, 11am–6pm. Purchase tickets from any youth raising funds for mission trips & Bible camp, or at the office during office hours Mon–Fri. Meals cost only $8 and you get half a chicken, beans, potato salad and a bun—A GREAT DEAL! And most importantly, all funds raised go to support youth going on mission trips and to Sugar Creek Bible Camp! Youth: tickets can be picked up from Tina.

Teen Clothes Closet and Prom

With prom season quickly approaching, First Lutheran’s Teen Clothes Closet is accepting donations of prom dresses. If you do not want to drop them off in the entry donation basket, please contact Lori Lunney at 608.769.6790 or Bridget Crave at 608.790.7432 to arrange to drop dresses off with them. Also, please let girls or families who know who may be unable to afford a prom dress any other way about the Clothes Closet. Appointments can be made by calling the church office at 608.783.2236.

Other current needs at the closet include boys’ jeans in all sizes, but especially 32x34 and 32x36; girls’ leggings; jewelry and purses.

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!

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.

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