Announcements for Sunday, August 21

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Aliyah Recaps Her Global Mission Year

Aliyah Richling, who spent a year in Hungary as a Young Adult in Global Mission, will preach during worship Sunday, August 21, about her experience working with the Lutheran church and the community of Bekescsaba.

Prayer Chain

Prayer is one of the most universal expressions of our faith, of the faith of many people. It is our connection to God that can take on many different forms. It has been a part of human history since the beginning of time. As we begin to build an intentional prayer ministry here at First, we will create a visual representation of our prayers in the sanctuary. You are encouraged to fill out one of the prayer request slips you were handed as you came in and place them in the offering plate. A small team of people will be praying through our requests, and in a few weeks, we will see these different requests together in a chain, a visible sign of our needs, our trust and our community.

LWR School Kits

We have collected enough school supplies to fill the 77 school bags we have. We could use monetary donations so we can buy more school bags as more school supplies come in. 

Help People Affected by Storm Damage in Alma

On August 11, Alma and the surrounding area received 8 to 12 inches of rain in less than
6 hours. Farms and homes have suffered great losses. Because much of the damage was caused by moving earth and debris, many homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover the damage. St John Lutheran in Alma is working with emergency services, banks and other churches to help those in need. If you would like to help, the best way is give money, which will be sent to St John’s disaster relief fund. Make out your check to First Lutheran and put “St. John” in the memo line, or give at


While Sunday school is off for the summer, 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.

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 /

Blessing School Staff

We invite all staff members at our local schools, universities & colleges to join us on Sunday, August 28, for worship and a special blessing to start off the new academic year.

Little LEAPs

This group is for children ages birth to 3 years old and their parents/guardians. We meet the last Sunday of the month, at 9:15am in room 102. We sing, dance, play and pray together. We welcome newcomers all the time — join us next on Sunday, August 28

Help Those In Need Stay Warm

The Lennox corporation is, once again, looking for nominees for its “Heat Up Wisconsin” program. The company is “looking for a family who could use a helping hand; a veteran, an elder, or disabled person or someone who just needs a hand.” Lennox will donate a furnace, along with free installation. Nominate at or mention a name to our pastors by August 28.

OWLs Theatre Trip Canceled

The OWLs have had to cancel their trip to the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, MN, which was scheduled for August 29, but they hope to reschedule for a date in September.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Youths and adults: Bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, purses, etc. to church on Sunday, September 11, so that we may bless the start of your new school year!

Rally Sunday

Sunday School at First Lutheran kicks off with registration on Sunday, September 11, from 9:15-10:15am in the sanctuary. Parents and students need to register and will meet the teachers, receive information, and get the ball rolling for an awesome Sunday School year. 

Church Women United

Paddling Solo with God for 2,250 Miles with Ellen McDonah. Monday, September 12, 4:30-6pm, at St Paul’s Lutheran, 420 West Ave. S., La Crosse. $7 at the door. More info, call Mary at 608.782.7013.

First Fest!

On Sunday, September 18, 11:30am-1:30pm we invite you to join us and relax, catch up with friends, introduce yourself to visitors or even members you’ve yet to meet, listen to some great music, have lunch, and have some fun!

We’re Hiring!

First Lutheran is seeking a part-time nursery attendant for kids younger than 5. Times might include Sunday mornings, but will mostly be for occasional evenings. Call 608.783.2236 for more info.

First Lutheran is searching for an assistant custodian; approximately 8 hrs/wk. Under the direction and supervision of our lead custodian, this person is generally responsible for regular light cleaning, but could also assist with maintenance and grounds work as necessary. A full job description is available in the church office.