Announcements for Sunday, July 23

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Blood Drive

Tuesday, July 25, 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.


First Lutheran is assisting with Come for Supper on Tuesday, July 25, 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.


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


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! 

OWLs Fly to Lanesboro

Holding with tradition, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will travel to Lanesboro for a production of “Steel Magnolias” at the Commonweal Theatre on Thursday, August 3, leaving the church at 4pm. RSVP to Brian Narveson by Monday, July 31: 608.526.9700 or

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 /

VBS Help

The following items are needed for this year’s VBS program:

  • Cookies & bars: no brownies (due to mess) & no nuts nor peanut butter (due to allergies)
  • Gallon jugs with lids
  • Empty coffee cans or baby formula containers (metal or plastic cylinder without sharp edges)
  • Large cardboard boxes or pieces

Other items needed, to be borrowed and returned:

  • Garden cart / wheelbarrow
  • Blue and black tarp

Kitchen help is needed for the program, August 6-10. Helpers are needed to prepare food beforehand (around 3pm), serve the meals (5-5:45 pm), and do cleanup (5:45-6:30). Helpers are needed each night; so help one or more days, whatever you are able! Please contact Becky Runde at 507.259.0295 / to let her know what help you can give. Thanks!

Back-to-School Shoes for Teens

First Teen Clothes Closet is accepting monetary donations to be used to purchase new shoes for teens in conjunction with the annual shoe distribution hosted August 30 by the Children’s Clothes Closet/Trinity Lutheran Church in La Crosse. We hope to provide at least 120 pair of shoes for middle school and high school students to get the new school year started on the right foot. Monetary donations may be dropped off in the church office or in the offering — please indicate it is for the First Teen Clothes Closet shoe drive.

Volunteers are also needed to help distribute the shoes and to assist with games during the event. High school students are welcome to volunteer! Sign up at or contact the church office. Thank you!

Travel to the Holy Land

With Pastor Kent and Dr. Lee Johnson on November 2-13.
$3,999 includes flights from Mpls. Most Christian tours of the Holy Land focus entirely on the sites associated with the events and people of the Bible, especially those linked to Jesus. This 12-day tour does this and much more. We will visit key sites in Bethlehem, Galilee (Nazareth, Capernaum) and Jerusalem (Temple Mount, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre.) Guided by our Synod’s commitment to accompaniment with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), you also will meet with members of the ELCJHL and Israeli and Palestinian groups struggling for peace and justice today. Contact Pr. Kent at  There are only a few seats left! 

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. 21 Fireside Dinner Theatre: “Miracle on 34th St.”
  • Nov.26-Dec 2 Nashville Christmas Tour

Needtobreathe at ASHLEY FOR THE ARTS

Needtobreathe, a Grammy-nominated Christian rock band hailing from South Carolina will be performing on the main stage on Saturday night at Ashley for the Arts, 10pm August 12, Arcadia, WI.