Announcements for Sunday, June 26

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Little LEAPs

This group is for parents/guardians and their children ages birth to 3 years old. It meets the last Sunday of the month, at 9:15am in room 102. Join us on this Sunday, June 26, for singing, dancing, playing and praying together. We have time with the kids and time with just the adults. We welcome newcomers all the time—join us! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer who helps our children during adult time, contact Carla Stanton.

SERVE @ Worship

It takes the church community to help with all the different aspects of worship—making certain worship is welcoming and runs smoothly. TODAY is the best day to sign up for July, so that we have time to prepare our worship calendar and create reminders. Adults and youth are welcome and can serve in many ways:

  • Acolytes
  • Coffee servers
  • Communion servers
  • Nursery helpers
  • Ushers
  • Treat providers

Sign up right now on your device at or use the tablet at the Welcome Center and see Kathryn Pedretti, our Director of Servant Ministries, with any questions.

Looking for Youth!

Summer is the perfect time for our young ones to be a part of our worship leadership! We are always looking for readers, ushers and acolytes for Sundays and Wednesdays. This is an easy way to be engaged in living out your faith and the ministry of First. Sign up today on our website:! If you have questions, connect with Pastor Karyn: / 608.782.2236.


On Wed., June 29, at noon the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their June potluck at RIVERSIDE PARK. Please bring your favorite picnic food to share and a lawn chair if you would rather not sit at a picnic table. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at


Sunday school is over for the summer, but children ages 3 (and potty-trained) through grade 5 can still spend time together on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. with an episode of Veggie Tales.


Helping to assemble the monthly newsletter is a relaxing way to volunteer. The July newsletter will be assembled Wednesday, June 29, at 9am, at the church. See you there!

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., July 7, 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: 

Mission Trip Meeting

Middle youth and chaperons will leave for the Quad Cities in Iowa on Sunday, July 17, for a week-long mission trip. The last planning meeting before the trip is on Sunday, July 10, at 11:30am in the fellowship hall. Students and parents are asked to attend. 

Young Youth Explorer Day at Sugar Creek

On Tuesday, July 12, the Young Youth will go to Sugar Creek. Explore camp with games, nature time, crafts, swimming, a pony ride, Bible study and singing. 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

Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 12, 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.

Faith Alive Creative Circle

It is a scientific fact that exercising our creative muscles has all sorts of health benefits. It is also a scientific fact that gathering with people has all sorts of health benefits. It seems our ancestors knew these two things together can only mean good things for individuals and communities, so we are bringing back the “sewing” circle with a modern twist. Introducing the Faith Alive Creative Circle, a gathering of people working out their creative muscles. All are welcome to bring whatever project you are working on and enjoy fellowship while doing it. We will also have, from time to time, a shared project so that we can learn new things from each other. When are we meeting, you ask? We will meet the 3rd Monday of each month starting in July from 6–9pm in the Fellowship Hall. Join us on July 18!

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

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

Clothes Closet

The Teen Clothes Closet is full. Due to space limitations, we are only accepting donations of boy’s jeans and shorts, and girl’s athletic shorts. Thank you.

Provide a Chair at the Table

All year we have been talking about how God shows up when we Come to the Table. We’re installing a new floor in Fellowship Hall, and we need new chairs to safely rest upon it. Take a look at a sample of the type of chair we’ll be buying; it’s in the narthex, near the coat racks. Please consider making a special gift to the Fellowship Hall Fund. A quality banquet chair costs about $75, but gifts of all amounts are, of course, welcome. Thank you for providing a “Chair at the Table.”

Marking a Special Occasion?

If you would like to mark a birthday, anniversary or other milestone in your family’s life, purchasing altar flowers for Sunday is one way to do it. We will order the flowers for you, or you can place your own order through a florist and have the arrangement delivered here. Just let us know so we can include information in the announcements. There’s a sign-up sheet on the announcements bulletin board, or you can call the church office to sign up or get more info: 608.783.2236.

Sign Up for Vacation Bible School

Plan ahead to be here for Vacation Bible School, 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. 

Welcome Baskets

Members of First Lutheran, the Welcome Basket Team is looking for your help. We would 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

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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