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For Sunday, Dec 11

SERVING: Pastor Jason Stanton, Pastor Karyn Bodenschatz Organist: Gabe Hicks; Nursery Attendant: Crystal Miller; Bread Baker: Michelle Bauer; Treat Providers: Laura Liudahl, Jill Inge, Peg & Curt Hickok; Coffee Servers: Deb Dinger, Diane Engebrecht, Brian & Annette O’Hern

For Wednesday, Dec 14

SUNDAY, DEC 11, 8:00am Communion Server: Bridget Crave; Reader: Shari Hegland; Projection Leader: Larry Schreiner


SUNDAY, DEC 11, 10:30am Communion Servers: Tara Shilts, Tina Buchal; Reader: Olivia Konrardy-Buchal; Usher: Gloria Kubiak; Puppet Volunteer: Jerad McHenry; Projection Leader: Ronn Thies


The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me, Isaiah 61:1-11 Pew Bible: 603, Spark Bible: 804 Jesus Praises John the Baptist, Matthew 11:2-11 Pew Bible: 792, Spark Bible: 1070 Sympathy to the family & friends of Bev Guenther Please contact the office if you have any prayers to be lifted up: or 608.783.2236


Members and visitors: our nursery is available for children newborn through age 4. The nursery is staffed Sunday mornings during and between services, and on Wednesday evenings during service and programming. Please bring your diaper bag. It will also be staffed during some church events and will be advertised as such when available. We hope you take advantage of our services while here at First.


For Gundersen: be sure to alert the hospital of your church affiliation when they ask and they will then release your name to us when we call. For Mayo/Franciscan Healthcare: it is important that you or a family member contact us directly at the church office: 608.783.2236. Mayo no longer gives out information regarding who is hospitalized. Please make every effort to keep food and beverages in the narthex. Thanks!

WEDNESDAY, DEC 14, 6:15pm Usher: Austin Larson, Nick Pica; Nursery Attendant: Deb Eckert; Projection Leader: Dakota Mannel FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH 410 Main St, Onalaska WI 54650 • 608.783.2236 • Fax: 608.783.3741 Office hours: Monday–Friday 8am–4pm Senior Pastor: Jason Stanton • 608.386.6431 Associate Pastor: Karyn Bodenschatz • 608.433.6002 Director of Hospitality: Kathryn Pedretti Sunday School Superintendents: Joel & Beth Miller Confirmation Administrative Assistant: Cindy Beach, Young Youth Coord.: Katie Everson Director of Discipleship for Youth: Tina Nelson Director of Small Group Ministry: Bridget Crave Director of Communications & Marketing: Andrew Stutesman, Head Custodian: Mike Peper

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR SUN., DEC 11 & WED., DEC 14 WELCOME GUESTS! The 1,800 baptized members of First Lutheran hold hospitality to visitors among our greatest priorities. We understand that visiting a church can feel overwhelming. Please know that ALL are welcome to worship, commune and participate in all church activities, programs and events. We hope you can make time to stop at the Welcome Center in the front entry where we have a gift for you. It’s also a great place to ask questions, gather information and share ways that we may keep in touch with you. We’re glad you’re here! CONNECTION CARDS Connection Cards help the staff keep in touch with the needs of members and visitors alike. Please fill out a Connection Card each week, complete with prayer concerns and anything else you’d like the Pastors to know. Hand it to an usher on your way forward for communion, or place it in the offering plate. Thanks! PREPARING OURSELVES FOR WORSHIP Please consider using your time in the sanctuary before worship as a time of personal preparation for an encounter with God. Our musicians seek to create a prayerful time and space meant to assist in your preparation. Conversation is, of course, an essential part of our fellowship that deserves its own time and space. Our entry area (narthex) is perfect for those conversations before and after worship services.


Sunday, December 11, 5-8pm. Hop on a bus and take a ride around Onalaska to visit and carol to those who need extra Christmas cheer! The bus leaves at 5pm sharp THIS Sunday, Dec. 11! All are welcome, EVEN AT THE LAST MINUTE! And join us after caroling for a potluck supper!

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS WORSHIP Wednesday, December 14, 6:15pm. It is a wonderful time of year and a great way for our kids to spread their Christmas joy! Wednesday, Dec 14, during the 6:15pm worship!

HIGH SCHOOL CHRISTMAS PARTY! Get your holiday festing started early!! Classic holiday movies will play in the background while we eat supper... and lots of holiday cookies and treats. Sunday, December 18, 6-8:30pm

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Please take time before worship and go to the narthex to write down any prayers you want to lift up, so we can be certain to include them in worship today!



Sunday, Dec 11 • 9:15am Sunday School: Christmas program rehearsal in the sanctuary; children first go to their openings Wednesday, Dec 14 • 6:15pm Worship & Christmas Program: K-5 students meet in choir room and 3- and 4-year-olds meet in their opening area no earlier than 6pm. This is 15 minutes prior to the start; teachers will supervise children and prepare for the service. Students will meet parents in the narthex following the service. Sunday, Dec 18 • 9:15am Sunday School New registrations welcome any time of the year. Contact Sunday school superintendents Beth & Joel Miller at or stop in the Sunday school office in room 206.


Sunday: • 9:15am Conf Class: 10 Commandments • 9:15am  Gr 6 & 7 Bible Classes Wednesday: • 5pm  Conf Class: Lord’s Prayer • No Grade 8 & 9 Small Groups


Monday, December 19, 6-9pm. Meeting the third Monday of each month in the fellowship hall, the Faith Alive Creative Circle is a gathering of people working out their creative muscles. All are welcome to bring whatever project you are working on and enjoy fellowship while doing it. Join us!

On Wed., December 21, the OWLs, a group for those 55+, will have their world-famous Christmas potluck at noon in the narthex. The gift exchange is optional; bring a gift if you would like to receive a gift. The gift theme is “An Old-fashioned Christmas.” Bring something purchased or handmade that reminds you of a Christmas past; keep the value to less than $10. Also, bring a few Christmas goodies to share in addition to your potluck dish and wear your favorite Christmas sweater or outfit. Questions? Contact Brian Narveson at

Blue Christmas Worship

Wednesday, December 21, 6:15pm. Please join us at First Lutheran for an hour of worship including music, prayers, candlelight and reflection on what God is up to amidst our blue feelings around Christmas. Wednesday, December 21, 6:15pm.

SYNOD SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY Grow in faith, develop your spirituality, deepen your discipleship, discern your baptismal vocation, and learn more about the Bible, theology and the Church. Three courses will be offered as 6-week sessions and offered three times each year in the fall, winter and spring. Courses include: Bible, Theology, Church History, Ministry Skills and Spiritual Development. The first session begins January 12, 2017. Talk to our pastors if you’re interested, and find more info at

One of the top a cappella college choirs in the nation, the Nordic Choir will perform under the direction of guest conductor Jeffrey Douma on Sunday, January 22, at 4pm at First Lutheran. The concert performance by the 72-member Nordic Choir is open to the public. For advance tickets, call 800-4-LUTHER or go to; tickets for sale at the door if not sold out.


Feb 16-20, 2017. English Lutheran invites members of First to join them on their ski trip to Colorado. Full cost to be determined, but registration cost will increase after Jan. 1, 2017. More info:



If you’re going away for the winter, please let us know. If we know your winter address, we can keep you up to date with church news and activities through the monthly newsletter and other mailings. Contact the office — 608.783.2236 or—with your address and the dates you’ll be gone. To learn more about these and other announcements, head to our website at

December 11–19 THIS WEEK: Dec 11–18 SUN 11

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE GIFTS DUE BUTTER BRAID FUNDRAISER DEADLINE 8:00am Worship 9:15am Conf Class: 10 Commandments - TR 9:15am Gr 6 & 7 Bible Classes - Rm 207 & FS 9:15am Parent Share - UR 9:15am Sunday School 10:30am Worship 4:00pm High School Praise Band Practice - SN 5:00pm Caroling MON 12 5:00pm Healing Democracy Action Circle - FS 7:00pm AA - FS TUES 13 9:00am Quilters - FS 9:30am Staff Mtg 11:00am First Teen Clothes Closet Mtg 1:00pm Dorcas Circle - NX 3:30pm Worship & Music Team - NX 5:30pm Bells Practice - Sacristy 5:30pm Community Dinner at United Methodist Church WED 14 NO GR 8 & 9 SMALL GRPS 6:00am Courageous Men’s Bible Study - FS 6:30am Coffee w/ Pastor Karyn - Panera 12:00pm Finance Team Mtg 5:00pm Conf Class: Lord’s Prayer - FS 5:15pm Prayer Shawl Knitters - NX 6:15pm Worship & Christmas Program 7:00pm Choir Practice - SN THUR 15 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE 10:00am Deborah’s Circle - NX 6:30pm Bible 101 Small Grp - House FRI 16 7:00pm AA - FS SUN 18 8:00am Worship 9:15am Conf Class: 10 Commandments - TR 9:15am Gr 6 & 7 Bible Classes - Rm 207 & FS 9:15am Parent Share - UR 9:15am Sunday School 10:30am Worship 5:00pm High School Praise Band Practice - SN 6:30pm High School Christmas Party - MR ROOM KEY:1:00pm Elizabeth Circle MON 19 CR = Choir Room = Fireside Room FH = Fellowship Hall AnnetteFS Sherry’s home MR = Mary 6:00pm Room Faith NX = Narthex SN =- Sanctuary Alive Creative Circle FH TR = Thomas Room UR = Upper Room 7:00pm AA - FS


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Announcements for Sunday, December 11  
Announcements for Sunday, December 11