Announcements for Sunday, July 30

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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! 

Sunshine Boys

The Sunshine Boys serve at First on the first Thursday of each month; the next meeting will be Thursday, August 3, 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, led 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

OWLs Fly to Lanesboro for "Steel Magnolias"

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!

Needtobreathe at ASHLEY FOR THE ARTS

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

$ Needed 4 Shoes

First Teen Clothes Closet is accepting monetary donations 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.

Along with donating shoes, we hope to bring along 12-14 volunteers. Six volunteers will get shoes from the holding area and have the person try them on, making sure they have the correct size. You will work with kids of all ages. We need another 4-6 high schoolers and/or adults to help with games to provide a fun outlet for those who attend. Sign up at or contact the church office. Thank you!

Job Opening: Assistant Preschool Teacher

First Lutheran Preschool is looking for a new assistant teacher. We are looking for a team player who can provide loving, quality care and education to our families. Hours are approximately 8am-12:15pm, Monday-Friday. We follow the Onalaska School District schedule. If this sounds interesting to you, please email/mail us your resume at or 410 Main St, Onalaska, WI 54650.

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