Announcements for Sunday, September 11

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Simply Giving

Ever get to church and reach for your checkbook or envelope and realize they aren’t there? Have you been out of town and realized you forgot to send in your offering to the church? Regular and consistent giving is a hallmark of a good steward, but our hectic lives can make that challenging. Consider setting up a recurring giving plan through Simply Giving. Automating your financial commitments means your contributions will be received on a regular and consistent basis.
To set up a recurring contribution, go to, and click on the “Give Now” button to get started. Questions? Contact our webmaster at

Prayer Chain

Prayer is one of the most universal expressions of our faith, of the faith of many people. 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.

Blessing of the Backpacks

Youths and adults: you are invited to bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, purses, etc. up for a blessing THIS Sunday, Sept. 11, so that we may bless the start of your new school year!

Sunday School Kick-off!

Heads Up!! Sunday School registration
is different this year! Parents and kids will gather together at 9:15am between services THIS Sunday, Sept. 11, in the sanctuary for an hourlong kickoff of this year’s Sunday School program. Register your children, get more information, meet the teachers, pick up a Sunday School calendar and get the ball rolling for an awesome Sunday School year. 

Sunday, September 18

  • First Day of Sunday School, 9:15am:
    • 3- & 4-yr-olds, parent drop-off in 4K Rm
    • Gr K-5, parent drop-off in Choir Rm
    • Parent pick-up at 10:15am, all grades, in narthex
  • Gr 3 Faith Building Block: Bibles (1st meeting, parents/guardians only) - SN

New registrations welcome any time of the year. Contact Sunday school superintendents Beth & Joel Miller at or stop in the Sunday School office in room 206. 

High School Praise Band

Informational meeting for those interested in joining a modern, upbeat, Christian music band: Sunday, Sept. 11, 5pm, in the sanctuary.

Confirmation Kick-Off for Grades 8-10

Wednesday, September 14, 5:30pm. Let’s start the confirmation year in style! Come for food and fellowship, and learn what this confirmation year has in store for your kids. We will walk through the program year together, and you will get a chance to meet your kid’s small-group guides. For 8th-, 9th- and 10th-grade students and parents.


The OWLs, a group for people 55+, are flying to see “Pride’s Crossing” at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, MN. It’s a thoughtful and enticing play about the life of the first woman to swim the English Channel. The NY Post declared it “a play you will remember and cherish forever.” Leaving church at 4pm on Thursday, September 15. Cost: $35, dinner on your own. RSVP to by Tuesday, September 13. The OWLs’ next potluck will be on Wednesday, September 21, at noon in the fellowship hall.

Middle School Milestone

At First Lutheran we are deeply committed to bringing the presence of God into the lives of children everywhere they go. This life milestone is for sixth-graders and their parents/guardians as they transition from elementary to middle school, and celebrates that each child is made in the image of God. We spend our time in four weeks talking about being created in the image of God, how God is in the midst of change and ways that we can feel connected with God through spiritual practices. Week one starts Sunday, Sept. 18, 9:15am in the fellowship hall.

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!


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 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.

Fill the Closet!

With the changing seasons, we are hosting a lot of guests at the First Teen Clothes Closet. These are the items we need most:

  • Sweat pants for guys 
  • Sport shorts for both girls and guys 
  • Winter coats and jackets, especially guys 
  • Athletic shoes for guys 
  • Winter boot/shoes 
  • Jeans in smaller sizes for guys 
  • Hats and gloves for guys 
  • Pajama/lounge pants for guys 
  • Jeans for girls - larger sizes (22-24)
  • Dresses in larger sizes

Peer Ministry Regroup

Wednesday, September 28, 6pm. This is a chance for our previous Peer Ministers to get together, talk about their highs and lows and refresh the skills they learned!

Baptismal preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10am in the narthex for anyone who is considering or has scheduled a baptism. To register or ask questions, contact the church office: 608.783.2236 /

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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