Announcements for Sunday, February 26

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Ash Wednesday Worship

March 1

  • 11:00am Lenten worship
  • 11:45am Light lunch in narthex
  • 5-6pm Lenten supper in Fellowship Hall
  • 6:15pm Lenten worship

Lent small groups start THIS Sunday, Feb 26; see insert for full list of options and times

Welcome to Bishop Arends

This Sunday we extend a warm welcome to Bishop Jim Arends, who is our bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod of the ELCA. He will join Pastor Karyn in worship today and deliver the message.


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! 

Worship Team Gatherings

In order to better know other members in our worship teams, and to review team goals, plan on attending the gathering time for your teams listed below:

  • Feb 26, 11:30am for communion servers
  • March 5, 11:30am for altar guild/communion set-up
  • March 8, 7pm for intercessors (these people will write the prayers of intercession each week)
  • March 12, 11:30am for puppets and tech
  • March 15, 7pm for worship coordinators (these people will be our primary coordinator for any given worship service, making sure people are present, trouble-shooting when needed, and eventually helping with training etc. We are seeking 6 people to make this team.)
  • March 19, 11:30am for ushers
  • March 22, 7pm for bread bakers


On Wednesday, March 8, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will leave church at 4:30pm to see the musical group “Route 66” at the Marie W. Heider Center for the Arts. RSVP to Brian at by March 2. The OWLs will have their March potluck on Wednesday, March 15, at 11:45am instead of noon, to join the Lenten worshipers. Please bring extra to share.

Preschool Open House

Let families with preschoolers know! Join us for our open house on Thursday, March 10, from 4:30-5:30 pm. Meet the teachers and check out the classrooms.

Walk for Water

Experience firsthand what it is like
 to carry a 5-gallon jug of water through a simulated water collection experience. Come to the mall March 11 anytime between 10am and 3pm to walk the “Walk for Water” course that youth experienced at the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering!

Graduation Milestone

Graduates: You and your parents/guardians are cordially invited to mark the milestone of your graduation at First Lutheran’s High School Graduation Recognition Dinner on Sunday, March 19,
from 6-8pm
. RSVP to the church office by March 12.

Middle School Sugar Creek Retreat

Fri, Mar 17, 6pm–Sun, Mar 19, 2pm. Come for a Spirit-filled weekend of new friends, bible studies, winter activities, good food, and so much more!! Each retreat is better than the last and we always come away wanting more!. Cost: $85. Free transportation in the church van!

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, April 1, 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 / 

Food Basket Needs

The Onalaska/Holmen Food Basket is in need of the following: (donations can be placed in the basket in the front entry)

  • Tomato products
  • Baked beans
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Mac and cheese

First Teen Clothes Closet needs

Specific needs at the clothes closet right now, as we try to assist groups of young people with job-preparation programs:

  • XS (0-2) womens/girls dress pants
  • Womens dress shoes sizes 10 and up

Donations may be dropped off in the shopping cart located in the front entry of the church. Thank you!

Cancer—Now What?

We have a new book in the resource center that many of you might find valuable, Cancer—Now What? by Dr. Kenneth Haugk, the founder of the Stephen Ministry Program. Randy Nedrelo, a member of First Lutheran and a Stephen Minister, recommends the book.

Church Women United

World Day of Prayer, March 3, 9:30am, at West Salem Presbyterian Church, 625 W. Franklin St. $5 brunch. RSVP to Helen by March 1: 608.786.0856.

Grief Groups

Carrying on after the death of a loved one can be difficult and lonely. Join with others who have experienced loss, and listen and care for each other. Two groups to choose from, both meeting the first Thursday of the month:

  • 1pm in the Upper Rm, lead by Nancy Beguin
  • 7pm at Gloria Kubiak’s home; call Gloria at 608.498.2762 if interested in joining

Questions? Contact Director of Small Group Ministry, Bridget Crave: More info at

Middle School Youth Group

Sunday, March 5, noon–2pm. Come for a time of spiritual devotions, candle-lit singing, fellowship, games, and plenty of snacks! Lunch also provided.