Announcements for Sunday, February 5

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Annual Report

The annual report for 2016 is now available, but it is a little different this year. We’ve made the report short and sweet, and have mailed them to all member households. If you would like a more detailed report, limited copies are available at the welcome center and by download at

Middle School Youth Group

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

Sip n' Paint

The January Sip n’ Paint was rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:30pm … more time to invite a friend! This is a great time to relax and let go of the worries of the world, or allow your brain to think through a problem in a different way, and enjoy yourself.

  • Where: First Lutheran Fellowship Hall
  • Cost: $33
  • Bring: a beverage of your choice
  • Limited to 20 people

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Now is a great time to join Coffee with Pastor Karyn at 6:30am, Wednesdays at Panera. We are startingnew study… ASK: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age. Discuss with others such questions as: “How can I believe in science and creation?”, “Can I trust the old testament?” and “Why do Christians disagree about so many things?” Questions? Talk to Bridget Crave ( or Pastor Karyn (

Drawing from the Well

First Lutheran invites all women to participate in this discipline, where we will explore the idea of wellness, exploring an aspect of the ELCA’s wellness wheel at each meeting. They meet on the second Saturday of the month, from 8:30am-1:30pm. Next retreat:
Saturday, Feb. 11; the focus will be on women in the early church. Contact Pastor Karyn for more info:

NOTICE: First to Vote on Constitution Amendment

At our Annual Meeting and Potluck on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 11:45am, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall, you will have an opportunity to vote for amending our constitution to reflect the changes adopted in August at the ELCA churchwide assembly in New Orleans. The primary changes in the ELCA Model Constitution as stated from the Secretary of the ELCA, Rev. Wm. Chris Boerger, relate to the merging of the three lay rosters into a Roster of Ministers of Word and Service. Pastor Boerger recommends that these provisions should be added to each congregation’s constitution even if the congregation does not have under call a person on one of the lay rosters. 

To help facilitate a timely annual meeting, we are providing you with the adopted amendments to the constitution on our website at Please bring any questions you may have to the annual meeting. We can address these items during the discussion period of the motion.

High School Valentine’s Lock-in

Join us for a night full of candy hearts, cheesy valentine cards, camp-style worship and time to reflect God’s love in our life. Friday, Feb. 17, 8pm through Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30am.

OWLs Fly to See Company

On Friday, Feb. 24, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will leave church at 4:30pm for a night out, complete with dinner in La Crosse and followed by the UW-L production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company. RSVP to Brian at by 1pm on Monday, Feb. 20. The OWLs will have their February potluck at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the narthex. 

Sugar Creek Winter Fun Day

A Young Youth family event!! On Sunday, Feb. 26, at Sugar Creek. We will leave after church (second service) and will return around 6pm. Come for an afternoon of snow tubing, broom ball, snow shoeing, wagon rides and more!! They will have warm drinks, food (dinner is included) and a toasty fire ready for you! Cost: $7/person. RSVP to

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!

Welcome Baskets

Remember to pick up a welcome basket for your new neighbor. Located in the resource center.

Preschool Open House

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