Announcements for Sunday, May 15

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Confirmation Wrap-up

This year’s Confirmation Celebration will be from 5pm to 8pm on Wednesday, May 18, at Rowe Park. This event is for all confirmation students, their parents and their small-group guides. The cook-out will be followed by a special worship led by the students.

Mission Trip Meetings

Update meetings are scheduled this month for participants in the middle school and high school mission trips.

  • Middle school trip to the Quad Cities: 11:30am on Sunday, May 15, for students and parents.
  • High school trip to West Virginia: 11:30am on Sunday, May 22, for students only.
  • High school trip to Colorado: 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 29, for students and parents.

Sunday School Update

  • Sunday, May 15
    • 9:15am 4 Yr Old Faith Building Block: The Keys lifted up in worship
    • 9:15am Sunday School
  • Sunday, May 22
    • Last day of Sunday school

OWLs Potluck

The OWLs, a group for people 55 and older, will have its monthly potluck at noon on Wednesday, May 18. The OWLs’ monthly activity will be a trip to the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire on Thursday, May 26. The group will depart from the church at 10am and return about 5pm. For more information, email

Volunteer for Come for Supper

First Lutheran is helping with Come for Supper at Our Savior’s in La Crosse on Tuesday, May 24. Sign up at the Welcome Center to either bring food or help with serving and cleanup.


Helping to assemble the monthly newsletter is a relaxing way to volunteer. The June newsletter will be assembled Friday, May 27, at 9am, at the church. See you there! 

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 on May 29!

Volunteers Needed for Synod Assembly

Volunteers play an important role in making the annual Synod Assembly run smoothly, starting with registration on Friday evening and throughout the weekend. This year, Synod Assembly is June 10-12 at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Volunteers receive free room and board. The synod is looking for volunteers to help in hospitality roles, and the worship team is looking for trumpet and trombone players. To volunteer or learn more, contact Betty Sacia at 608.526.3506 or


Young Youth will go to Noah’s Ark in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday, June 14. Though this is a youth event, it will be more like a family outing. 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

Volunteer Picnic

We will celebrate our many volunteers at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Picnic from noon to 2pm on Sunday, July 24, at Rowe Park. Mark your calendar.

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.”

Nursery Attendant

First Lutheran Church, Onalaska, is seeking a part-time nursery attendant for children younger than 5. Times might include Sunday mornings but would mostly be for evenings. Call 608.783.2236 for more information. 

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. We also still need boys’ jeans, particularly in sizes 32x34 and 32x36, and girls’ leggings. Please hold on to your winter items until the fall, as we have limited space for storing out-of-season clothes. 

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

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.

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