Youth and adults, bring your backpacks, briefcases, messenger bags, purses, etc. to church THIS SUNDAY MORNING so that we may bless the start of your new school year! Put them in your car RIGHT NOW!
The final day to turn in funds raised to cover Sugar Creek registration expenses for summer 2019 is Sunday, June 2. Thanks!
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.
REMINDER: Applications for the Mabel Anderson Scholarship need to be turned into the church office by 3pm on Monday, April 15, 2019.
Help is needed for chicken dinner youth fundraiser on April 25, 2019
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…
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!
The Butter Braid Fundraiser starts this Sunday and runs through Sunday, November 4. Youth going to Sugar Creek Bible Camp or on summer mission trips can pick up order forms from the church office. All order forms must be turned in on November 4 with the money.
Orders will be available for pick-up on Wed., Nov. 14, after 12pm.
If you have any questions please contact Pastor Stanton.
Our middle & high school youth groups (which gather weekly on Sundays at 5:30pm) are looking for donations of:
large, flat-screen TV
Bring donations to the office. Questions? Contact Pastor Stanton, email@example.com.
The last two Sundays, First has gathered 10-15 high schoolers for a youth group time to eat (5:30–6pm) and meet (6–7:30pm). The desire to meet where they can “have a safe place to talk, like our confirmation small groups were… where all are welcome” came from the high schoolers themselves. It’s pretty fantastic! Teesha Willinger, who helped teach many of them Peer Ministry is their adult leader, but the kids aren’t afraid to take the lead either. I just wanted you to know, in case you didn’t, that this ministry is blooming at First.
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.
The High School Youth Group will take a winter break! The last gathering was December 17 and the group will start up again on January 21 (after Jared gets back from Thailand!).
All Butter Braid order forms must be turned into the church office on Sunday, December 10 with the money.
Orders will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, December 20, after 12pm.
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 1stlu.org/shoes or contact the church office. Thank you!
In case you hadn’t heard... Tina Nelson, First Lutheran’s extraordinary Youth Director, has accepted a call to serve as Program Director at Sugar Creek Bible Camp. The whole process began while Tina was discerning her vocation. Outdoor ministries is where her passion and aptitude meet the needs of Christ’s church. Although we are sincerely happy for her and excited for an even closer connection to our camp, our youth and their families will miss her faithful leadership. Tina will remain with us through the mission trip season, though. We will say farewell and Godspeed at worship on July 16. Save the date!
Your synod Global Mission Committee has a wonderful opportunity for young people aged 17-25. Our soon to be companion synod, the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren (ECCB), has invited us to send participants to their 11th International Camp. The dates are July 15-23, 2017. It will be held at a beautiful retreat center in Herlikovice, Czech Republic. The theme this year is "Putting on the Whole Armor of God." Participants can look forward to cultural sharing, learning others' languages, sport, and Bible study. English is the primary language for this camp. If you are interested read a complete camp description HERE.
Questions may be addressed to Pastor John Stennes-Spidahl: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for our group ski day at Mt. LaCrosse! Contact Tina with any questions!
Young adults and parents: it’s that time of the year to update us with your new address for the fall! Whether you are college-bound or not, please stop in the church office or click here to update your contact information online so that we can keep you connected in our Caring Connections Ministry!
Come join in an adventure to Egypt and travel along with Joseph. While VBS is meant for the younger youth, middle and high schoolers are invited to join the adventure and help lead! Help out and contact Becky Runde or Tina Nelson, and they will find the perfect spot for you!