Teens come in all sizes, but unfortunately, most of our current inventory of donations is limited to XL and smaller. If you have items to donate that are 2X and larger — for guys or girls — and in styles teens might like, we would love to have them! Donations of gently used, clean clothing may be dropped off in the hampers located in the church entry. Thank you for helping us make all teens feel good about how they look!
The First Teen Clothes Closet is again partnering with the Children’s Clothes Closet at Trinity Lutheran Church to provide back-to-school shoes for children and teens during Trinity’s annual block party in August. For the last two years, we have provided approximately 130 pairs of new athletic shoes in adult sizes 7 through 13 to help ensure teens have the shoes they need for school (including PE classes). If you would like to support this effort, you can purchase NEW athletic shoes, men’s or women’s, in the sizes mentioned, or make a monetary donation to the effort.
First is collecting school supplies for Lutheran World Relief school kits, which we will assemble as part of the ELCA’s God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday and First Fest on Sept. 8. Our goal is to assemble 500 kits before school starts. Bring donations to the altar before/after worship or during offering. For more information contact Bridget Crave.
We are on the search for faithful adults who are willing to spend an hour each week with our confirmation youth. You don’t need to know the Bible backwards and forwards and you don’t need a seminary degree! All you need is a heart for the youth of our church!
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Do you have a passion for sustainability? Ideas for how we at First Lutheran can become an “eco-congregation”? A desire to be a good steward to our land? Please join our new small group that aims to move toward being a more eco-friendly congregation.
Help is needed for chicken dinner youth fundraiser on April 25, 2019
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 will be needed to serve as ushers or greeters, provide tech support, etc. Learn more about specific volunteer positions at 1stlu.org/cwa.
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.
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!