So what does that have to do with us at First? Well, in my opinion, it will be the church, the followers of Jesus that will turn this ship we call society as we seek ways to be kind and to care for one another. A great way to do that is to seek out the great thinkers of our time, to seek ways to expand our own learning and understanding of the world around us, so that we may better serve the world. To that end, I have set for myself an ambitious reading list for the summer months, comprised of books that have been on my “to be read” list for at least a year. I am inviting you to read along with me and then join me in a discussion of the book of the month on the last Saturday of the month at my home. Perhaps we will learn something new about ourselves or our world, perhaps we will grow in our understanding of each other or at the very least, we will enjoy a morning in the sunshine talking about an interesting topic. I hope you consider joining me for one of these reads.
Summer is a wonderful time of year; there are so many ways to connect with people. We can go to outdoor music festivals, parades, music events in the park, farmers markets, area festivals, fairs and the list goes on and on. It’s so much fun to look ahead, plan and then attend these events locally or far away. I’ve always enjoyed going to events, and I also like to plan events, like the volunteer appreciation picnic, where we can connect and say thank you to each other.
Blood Drive TODAY in the narthex, 12:30–4:30pm!
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. Walk-ins welcome! Please bring a photo ID.
The final day to turn in funds raised to cover Sugar Creek registration expenses for summer 2019 is Sunday, June 2. Thanks!
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.
Schedule your appointment now: 1stlu.org/blooddrive
Please bring a photo ID.
At First Lutheran Church, 410 Main St, Onalaska WI
It’s a relaxing way to volunteer! Tuesday, May 28, 9am, to assemble the June/July newsletter. See you there!
Numerous times a week the Bethany Riverside residents play Bingo. Many of you help with Bingo on a regular basis, and it is VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. In case you didn't know, once a month Bethany Riverside opens its "Bingo Bucks Store." The residents can spend their Bingo Bucks from winning Bingo during the month. Bethany Riverside tries to have a good assortment of small items and snacks, but has a very limited budget for these items. If you are able to help out, know that the residents would be very grateful!
The synod needs volunteers for the Synod Assembly, June 14-16, held in La Crosse this year. In addition to wearing red vests, volunteers play an important role in making the assembly run smoothly, starting with registration on Friday evening and throughout the Saturday and Sunday sessions. This a great opportunity to meet members and clergy from other ELCA congregations in our synod, participate in worship and prayer throughout the three days and feel the satisfaction of helping the mission of our church.
To volunteer or to learn more, contact Betty Sacia at 608.799.2796 or via e-mail: email@example.com.
Sat., June 1, 8:45am–5:30pm, at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran. Rostered leaders, youth leaders and volunteers, or anyone who is working with youth in our churches are invited and encouraged to receive this certified training. Learn strategies to help support youth who are struggling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Cost: $10. Contact Elise Hynek at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Looking for people available during the week to help staff the nursery for a few hours, in particular Tuesday mornings and on other days on an as-needed basis. Contact the church office: email@example.com.
There are opportunities to serve as a Sunday School teacher and a leader in VBS:
A Sunday School teacher is a 1-2 weekend a month commitment in which you connect with our congregations children! It is super easy with the curriculum!
VBS is another way to connect, this is so fun and is high energy! If you like to play games or would like to help organize or help in anyway please consider!
Churchwide Assembly (CWA), the triennial gathering of voting members from around the entire ELCA, is meeting this year in our own state… at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, August 5–10. YOU are invited to consider attending the 2019 CWA as a volunteer; approximately 600 volunteers are needed to serve as ushers or greeters, provide tech support, etc. Learn more about specific volunteer positions at 1stlu.org/cwa.
Remember the days when, in order to watch a TV show, you had to ‘tune in’ at the one time per week it was ‘on’? If you didn’t catch the movie while it was in the theaters, you missed it! Live sports couldn’t be recorded. And the news could either be consumed through the nightly news or a newspaper. Or by word of mouth. And that was it.
Almost every time I walk into my bank, I’m greeted with “Hi Kathryn, be with you soon.” It’s nice to me be known by name, not having to show my ID to the teller, which sometimes happens when a new teller is working. It’s nice to hear, “Kathryn, I’m ready for you” knowing that I have a work relationship with the teller and we know each other. It’s comforting to be known and to be addressed by your given name. I like to be called by my name and don’t mind being called by any of the many variations of Kathryn.
TODAY starting at 4:30pm in the church narthex we are serving additional chicken dinners, for ONLY $5! This is the full meal: baked chicken, beans, slaw and bun.
Join us at First Lutheran for Easter worship this Sunday at 7:30am, 9am and 10:45am.
Parking will be tight on Sunday, so feel free to use the parking lots at city hall and at Irving Pertzsch Elementary School. Parking on the street is also an option, available on all sides of the church property.
If you sold Chicken Dinner tickets, money and ticket stubs are due back by Thursday, April 18 by 4pm. Turn them in at the office.