REMINDER: Applications for the Mabel Anderson Scholarship need to be turned into the church office by 3pm on Monday, April 23, 2018.
If you sold Chicken Dinner tickets, money and ticket stubs are due back by Monday, April 16. Turn them in at the office.
Blood Drive TODAY in the narthex, 12:30–5:30pm!
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.
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
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.
The Onalaska Holmen Food Basket particularly needs the following items:
- pork & beans
- SpaghettiOs & ravioli
- Hamburger Helper
- paper towels
Directories can be picked up while at church, or stop by the office during office hours. If you had a photo taken or submitted a photo, you get a free directory; others can purchase one for $5. Please make certain to check-in with Tamara when picking up your directory.
This summer First Lutheran will be a pick up location for the Small Family Farm CSA (community supported agriculture), on Wednesdays, 11am-6pm… so you can pick up your produce and then attend worship! Price increases April 1. More info: 1stlu.org/csa.
Sunday, March 25. No coffee hour and no Sunday School nor Confirmation between services! Breakfast will be served from 9:00-10:30am.
Links to online sign-ups to work and for needed donations are available below. Please help support our kids who are going to camp and on summer mission trips!
Monday, March 12, 2018
- 8:30am—Noon: Registration for currently enrolled families
- 9:30am—Noon: Registration for previously enrolled families and church members
- 10:30am—Noon: Open registration for the community
Call the preschool at 608.779.4504 to register.
Thank you to everyone who supports the preschool and supports our mission of teaching God’s love to the children!
The OWLs potluck will be on Wednesday, April 18, at noon in Fellowship Hall.
During our exciting program, we will look into the rapidly developing future of virtual reality (VR) for seniors. The program will be presented by Kathy Helgerson from Simple Steps Technology. Kathy is well known in the area for her work improving the life of seniors through technology. Kathy will explain that thanks to VR, seniors no longer have to miss everyday experiences such as museums, concerts, tours and travel. Kathy will bring a VR headset to allow those who wish to experience VR. Research has also found VR is beneficial to those suffering from Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, depression, anxiety and boredom. Because of costs incurred to prepare the program, a free will offering will be taken for Kathy. We look forward to seeing everyone in April.
The OWLs are a group at First that welcomes anyone, First Lutheran members or not, who are 55+. For information or to ask questions, contact Brian Narveson.
The First Lutheran quilters need sheets (gently used) and can always use fabric. Donations may be dropped off at the church office.
On Friday, March 23, our Young Youth group: Kindergartners—2nd grade from 5–7pm and our 3rd-5th graders from 6:30–8pm—will eat together and “take a walk through Holy Week”. I love how this event will help these kids and their families anticipate the amazing story of Jesus being celebrated on Palm Sunday all the way to dying on Good Friday and rising on Easter Sunday. I hope our Young Youth Director, Beth Miller, is overwhelmed with the great number of families who choose to make this evening a part of their Holy Week celebration. (You could ease her overwhelming feelings by ‘signing up’ ahead of time, but that isn’t necessary, either.)
It was the morning after Christmas before the sun rose, and, as is my habit, I had been reading. Nothing of note as I was giving my brain a rest after a full week. As the sun rose over the bluffs, I found myself in a pondering mood. It isn’t unusual for me after Christmas to turn my thoughts toward reflection and planning. This particular morning I was thankful for this early-morning routine that opened a door to watching the sun rise because it gave pause to consider where light and life is in my world and maybe where I wanted to see more. I found my mind turning toward companionship and love.
The winter cold did not keep the OWLs at home in February. A lively group of 21 ventured to the Outback for a delicious dinner followed by grooving at a Simon and Garfunkel tribute band concert at the Heider Center. A good time was had by all!
Applications for the Mabel Anderson Scholarship need to be turned into the church office by 3pm on Monday, April 23, 2018.High school graduates who are members of First are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which is meant to help with post-secondary education costs. The amount of the scholarships given depends on the funds available.
Lent begins Ash Wednesday, February 14. That’s the perfect amount of time to come up with an idea for what you may fast from / or what you may add to your life as a spiritual discipline. First Lutheran enjoys a membership with many Christian backgrounds who participated in a variety of spiritual practices. Some of our brothers and sisters who grew up Roman Catholic have asked me over the years whether Lutherans eat fish on Fridays during Lent. My answer is something like, “it depends whether the chef of the house feels like cooking, or going out for fish that Friday, I guess.” Although some churches enter into a communal fast—like fasting from all meat but fish on Fridays—other churches leave it to the individuals. I was serving a congregation in Columbia, SC during seminary that had the whole church fast from ‘sweets’ during Lent (that one was tough!)
The 2018 La Crosse Area Synod Assembly is June 8-10 (Friday-Sunday) at Western Technical College, in La Crosse. An elected voting member will need to attend the assembly & various pre-meetings. If you are interested in serving our Synod and congregation as one of First Lutheran’s five voting members, contact Pastor Stanton or the church office. It’s a great opportunity to be the church!
My daughter Sarah and I watched the movie “Warm Bodies” just before I wrote this. It is a funny romantic movie about a zombie falling in love with a non zombie girl. His heart starts beating again, bringing him back to life, because of the connection he felt toward the girl. Because of his relationship with the girl, even just holding her hand, others began to reconnect, too, bringing their hearts to life. It’s quite humorous, as the storyline develops, but what caught my attention was that to warm one’s heart one must feel connected.
Stephen Ministry training classes start THIS Monday, at 6pm, in the Mary Room. Come and learn more about this powerful, caring ministry!