Announcements for Sunday, April 17

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On Wed., April 27 the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their April potluck at noon in the fellowship hall. We’ll play a rousing round of “Suddenly Senior Trivia” along with some fun and mildly challenging brain teasers. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at


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 $9 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.

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, April 17
    • 9:15am Kindergarten Faith Building Block: Lord’s Prayer (3rd meeting, child with parents/guardians)
    • 9:15am Sunday School
  • Sunday, April 21
    • Kindergarten Faith Building Block: Lord’s Prayer, lifted up in worship
    • 9:15am 4 Yr Old Faith Building Block: The Keys (1st meeting, parents/guardians only)
    • 9:15am Sunday School

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. 

Welcome Baskets

Members of First Lutheran, the Welcome Basket Team is looking for your help. We would like to include in our baskets items from our congregation. Items like knitted or crocheted dishcloths, scrubbies, or other homemade items. We would also like to include area business coupons, business cards or other small promotional items. If you have a business you would like to promote in our Welcome Basket or an item you would like to donate, please let Kathryn know. Give her a call at church, or e-mail if you are interested or have any questions. Call 608.783.2236 or e-mail at


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 Sunday, May 1, with new member Sunday on May 8. To register your family or ask questions, call our church office at 608.783.2236 or email

Prayer Walk Week

The week of May 1–7 families, friends, small groups, confirmation small groups and Sunday School classes have the opportunity to pray for neighborhoods, schools, playgrounds, businesses and our whole community. Make this a special time with family and friends. We encourage you to join us in our prayer walk and watch the power of God work in our community. Sign up at

Church Women United: May Friendship Day

May 6, 9:30–11am, at First Congregational Church, 2503 Main St, Onalaska. $5 brunch. RSVP to Mary by May 2: 608.782.7013. Least coin offering.

Youth Child Care Assistants for Parenting Class

Sunday evenings April 10–May 1. Can you help with child care during our parenting class? Every Sunday evening, 6:15-8:00, we need two people to assist our child care provider. The kids in your care range from infants up to 9 years old. Youth should have some experience babysitting or working in the nursery. Sign up at

Nursery Attendant

First Lutheran Church, Onalaska, is seeking a part-time nursery attendant for kids under 5 years of age. Times may include Sunday mornings, but would mostly be for occasional opportunities for additional hours during evenings. Call 608.783.2236 for more information. 

Provide a Chair at the Table!  

All year we have been talking about how God shows up when we Come to the Table. As we renovate the Fellowship Hall, where milestones, meals and more happen, we need new chairs to safely rest upon our new floor. Please consider making a special gift to the Fellowship Hall Fund. A quality banquet chair costs about $75, but gifts of all sizes are, of course, welcome. Thank you for providing a “Chair at the Table.”

Clothes Closet

With the changing seasons, the First Teen Clothes Closet is getting ready for summer. We welcome donations of shorts, short-sleeved shirts, sandals, and swimwear; there is also still a need for boys’ jeans, particularly in the 32x34 and 32x36 sizes, and for girls’ leggings. Please hold on to your winter items until the fall, as we have limited space for storing out of season clothing. Watch for new social media accounts specifically for the Clothes Closet, then share them with your network!

Young Youth Trip to Wisconsin dells

On Tuesday, June 14, 9am–7pm, the Young Youth will be going to Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells. Even though this is a youth event it will act more like a family outing. If there are any youth that absolutely can’t have an adult come let me know and we will work it out. We want everyone who would like to come to be able to participate. RSVP to

Young Youth Explorer Day at Sugar Creek

On Tuesday, July 12, the Young Youth will go to Sugar Creek for an exciting one-day adventure at Sugar Creek. Explore camp with games, nature time, crafts, swimming, a pony ride, Bible study, singing and more! The cost is $20 a camper and includes a lunch and a snack. We will meet at the church at 7:40am and return between 4:30pm and 5pm. RSVP to

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. 

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 

Now is the time to register, before your desired week fills up. Popular programs fill up fast! Register today to reserve your spot!

Your child or grandchild can have an amazing new experience this summer with the caring staff and beautiful creation of Sugar Creek! Making certain members can attend camp is a priority for us at First, and financial assistance is available; simply speak with a pastor.

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.