The February potluck will be on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at noon in Fellowship Hall. The program will be Skip Temte showing photos and telling stories about his around-the-world cruise. Come for the great food, amazing fellowship and wonderful program. Looking forward to seeing everyone in February.
The Sunshine Boys & Girls gather each month on the second Thursday at 9am. Next meeting: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 9am.
The Sunshine Boys & Girls are an informal group that perform 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!
The Sunshine Boys & Girls are led by Mike Peper, head custodian at First Lutheran. Contact Mike with any questions.
We have several grade school children who love to help on Sunday mornings. Almost every Sunday one of these precious children will come up to me and ask if they can help with ushering or acolyting. When I say “yes,” their faces light up with eagerness and joy. When I say “no, we have what we need,” their faces become dejected; a frown and even sometimes a pout, will appear. These young ones love to serve. They have a heart that is willing and able to serve with love and eagerness.
Clothes Closet Needs:
Donations to the First Teen Clothes Closet have been steadily rolling in, but we have a few empty spaces on specific shelves. What we need (clean and gently-used, please!):
Athletic shorts (guys and girls, especially larger sizes)
Sweatshirts and hoodies (especially XXL)
Men’s jeans — size 38, 40 & 44 waist
Guys athletic and lounge pants
Clothes Closet Help Wanted:
The First Teen Clothes Closet needs you! As we serve more than 2x as many youth, that means more clothes to sort, more hosts needed, and more hands to organize. Could you spend 3:30-6:30pm on a Monday hosting shopping hours? Or a couple of hours a week—at your convenience—sorting donations at the house or “resetting” the Closet after a busy night? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you or someone you know have an interest in being a servant leader, living and serving alongside one of the ELCA’s global companions? ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) is a one-year international service-learning and faith-formation opportunity for young adults, ages 21 to 29. Young adults serve alongside Lutheran companion church bodies and organizations in one of 11 country programs, being shaped by the witness of our global neighbors in a cross-cultural journey of faith. Service opportunities exist in Argentina, Uruguay, Australia, Serbia, Cambodia, Jerusalem/West Bank, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, Senegal and Tanzania. Areas of service include, but are not limited to, health and development, congregational ministry, human rights, education, homelessness, addiction recovery, women’s issues, and children and youth. All site placements provide opportunities for young adults to confront issues of wealth and poverty, racial privilege, economic disparity and globalization through the lens of faith. Applications are open now through Feb. 15, 2019. Learn more and apply TODAY: elca.org/YAGM.
The First Teen Clothes Closet has been overwhelmingly blessed in our new location. We’re getting more gently-used donations than ever, and distributing them to more than 2x as many teens as we previously served. But we are struggling to do so with the same volunteers as prior to our August relocation.
The Icicle Toes project received a total of 147 pairs of socks!…
24 infant socks
49 child socks
53 women socks
21 men socks
1 ear warmer/headband
Socks are something patrons of New Horizons Shelter really needed, and are very appreciated!
First Lutheran is offering mission trips for both middle and high school this summer! From July 21–26, 2019 middle school youth will serve in Duluth, MN, and high school youth will serve in San Francisco, CA. Groups will begin meeting soon to start planning their trips, so don’t delay your registration any further!
Confirmands: participation in a mission trip counts toward one of your yearly service electives.
To register, use the form below to contact Pastor Stanton…
The La Crosse Warming Shelter is expecting more overnight guests this weekend due to bitterly cold weather. Please consider donating dinner items…
Your child or grandchild can have an amazing new experience this summer with the caring staff and beautiful creation of Sugar Creek! Now is the time to register, before your desired week fills up. Popular programs fill up fast!
Several years ago, we were given a small notebook at church to write our thanks to God in. The notebooks where green in color with a label saying “Thanks be to God for his great Gifts!” As I was filling the small notebook with my thanks to God and coming closer to the end, I didn’t want this to end. That was when I decided to purchase another notebook and continue to write my thanks to God. Since then I’ve filled several notebooks and to this day continue to write my thanksgivings down.
What an amazing congregation and community we have, serving as the hands of Christ in the world! Last month, we saw a wonderful example of generosity and giving in a time when so many are already being asked for so much.
Join us at First Lutheran for worship this Christmas!
Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Worship Times: 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 11pm. All will be candlelight and all will be with Holy Communion.
Dec. 25, Christmas Day Worship Time: 10am, with Holy Communion.
Overflow parking is available in 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.
With the extra services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we have extra need for ushers, readers, and all the others roles that make worship special at First! Click here to sign up to serve at one or more of these special worship services!
Just a reminder to our families at First Lutheran that there is no Sunday School the next two Sundays, December 23 and 30. Have a very, merry Christmas! “See you next year,” on Sunday, January 6!
Grades 6 & 7
There are no Grade 6 & 7 Bible classes on the following Sundays:
Sunday, Dec. 16 (enjoy the Sunday School Christmas program)
Sunday, Dec. 23
Sunday, Dec. 30
Confirmation Bibles classes will resume on Sunday, Jan. 6.
Grades 8 & 9
There are no Grade 8 & 9 small groups on the following Wednesdays:
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Wednesday, Dec. 26
Confirmation small groups will resume on Sunday, Jan. 2
Have a blessed Christmas holiday!
4pm: we will gather in the sanctuary for a Christmas hymn sing with treats
5pm: Hop on a bus and take a ride around Onalaska to visit and carol to those who need extra Christmas cheer!
6pm: return for a potluck feast back at the church.
If you have questions call the office at 608.783.2236. Please RSVP to the office so we can get an idea of how many people to plan for in regards to the bus and food, but ALL ARE WELCOME, EVEN AT THE LAST MINUTE!