Announcements for Sunday, July 17

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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.

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 mean only 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 also will 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!

Welcome Aliyah Home!

Our Youth in Global Mission, Aliyah Richling, returns home from serving in Hungary this July! So make plans to worship at First on Sunday, July 24. We will take time in worship to welcome Aliyah home and celebrate her return!

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


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, July 26, 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.


It’s a relaxing way to volunteer! Thursday, July 28, at 9am, to assemble the August newsletter. See you there! 

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 Sunday, July 31, 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.

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., August 4, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys are an informal group that performs a variety of 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:

Sugar Creek Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Saturday, August 27, 1–6pm. Drugan’s Castle Mound Country Club in Holmen. For more info about this fundraiser contact Sugar Creek directly: 608.734.3113 /

Clothes Closet

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

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: or 608.783.2236.

You: A Confirmation Guide

We are on the search for faithful adults who are willing to spend an hour each week with our confirmation youth. You don’t need to know the Bible backwards and forwards and you don’t need a seminary degree! All you need is a heart for the youth of our church! Please prayerfully consider this opportunity and contact Tina 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. We installed a new floor in the Fellowship Hall, and we need new chairs to safely rest upon it. 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.”