Announcements for Sunday, June 25

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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! 


Coffee with Pastor Karyn will start reading Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? by Brian D. McLaren. It’s a great time to join in the conversation, and this group is open to all and meets at 6:30am each Wednesday at Uptowne Cafe on the northside of La Crosse. See you there!


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

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thur., July 6, at 9am. The Sunshine Boys are an informal group that performs a variety of necessary 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:

Grief Support 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

Explorer Day Camp!

Who: Children entering grades 1-5. What: Day Camp! Where: Sugar Creek. When: Wednesday, July 12, 7:30am-4:15pm. Why: Experience a day at Sugar Creek (a parent is welcome/preferred). How: Carpool/van/bus from First Lutheran! Additional info: Wear tennis shoes and bring a swim suit and towel. Snacks, lunch and water are provided! Cost: $20. For more info & to RSVP, contact Beth Miller: 414.856.5145 /

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic

Come and enjoy a fun-filled time on Sunday, July 16, from noon-2pm, at Rowe Park. We will have fiesta-type food, a piñata for kids and games for anyone young at heart. Of course, the water balloon fight at the end is always a big hit! Sign up at the Welcome Center, on Facebook, on Signupgenius, or by calling the church at 608.783.2236. We hope all can join us and “Get Your Fiesta On!!!”

Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 15, 12:30-5:30pm, in the narthex. Every day ordinary people are saved by some pretty extraordinary people. People who give blood. Your donation could be the most valuable gift you ever give. Just ask anyone who’s ever received. To schedule your appointment go to Registrations shorten your wait but are not required; walk-ins are welcome. Please bring a photo ID.

Baptismal Preparation

A baptism preparation session will be Saturday, August 5, 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 /

Sugar Creek Bus Trips

Adult Bus Trips: 

  • Aug. 23rd Fireside Dinner Theatre: “Church Basement Ladies”; 
  • Oct. 1–7 Washington D.C. and Gettysburg Tour; Nov.26-Dec 2 Nashville Christmas Tour; 
  • Nov. 21st Fireside Dinner Theatre: “Miracle on 34th St.”

Helping Hands

If you need help with small jobs around the house, such as changing batteries in a smoke detector or changing a light bulb, or if you need a couple of meals delivered to your house because of a medical condition or some groceries, just go to the “Helping Hands” board by the nursery and make out a slip with a description of what you need help with and your telephone number. Then anyone who thinks they can help out can take the slip and call the number to work out the details. This ministry is open to all in need of help and to those who can provide the help. There is no set group of “helpers” so we need involvement from all who can be a blessing to someone else. Let’s pray this ministry will be a shining example of “God’s work, our hands!”