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First Evangelical Lutheran Church

(608)784-3867
Email:church@firstlacrosse.org
400 West Avenue South
La Crosse, WI  54601

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Ministry
Our congregation is a fellowship of believers who gather around God's Word and Sacraments. Our focus is on sharing the Gospel to reach the lost and to nurture the believers. To that goal we hold organized worship and Bible studies, we support local outreach and nurture efforts, and we join with the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) in worldwide mission work. Below are short descriptions of various aspects of our ministry.

Worship Services
Bible Classes
First Lutheran School
Luther High School
Wisconsin Synod
Sunday School
Vacation Bible School
Campus Ministry
Jesus Cares
Pregnancy Counseling Center
Hmong Outreach


Worship Services
Our Worship Services are liturgical, and follow in traditional style. The Worship Service resembles a conversation between God and the believers. God speaks to us through His Word and Sacraments and we reply in prayers, in hymns and confessions of our faith. We try to use the best of past and present to honor our God. Our Worship Services are a high point our weekly life. In the service, we approach God and He comes to us. We join with other fellow believers to pray, praise and give thanks in the name of the Lord. We gather together to encourage each other (Hebrews 10:25).

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Bible Classes
We offer several types of Bible classes. A committee of members helps to organize periodic studies of interest to the congregation. We offer studies on Bible Books, topics and practical issues of our faith. We also offer Adult Information Classes for those who would like more information about the Bible and are interested in membership. If you would like more information about current studies, please contact one of the pastors.

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First Lutheran School
A strong right arm of our congregation is our Lutheran Elementary School. First Lutheran School offers a Christ-Centered Education for children from preschool through 8th grade. Through the generous support of our congregation we operate a school that models Christian love and faith. Click on our link for more info.

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Luther High School
In association with other local WELS churches, we support an area Lutheran High School, Luther High School in Onalaska, WI. Luther High offers our children the opportunity to continue with a Christian education through the high school years. It offers Christian perspectives in all of its courses and activities and helps our parents to provide Christian guidance through the teenage years.

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Wisconsin Synod
In order to reach beyond our Coulee Region, we join with the WELS (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod) to carry on mission work, to train future pastors and Lutheran teachers, and to coordinate and support our work in the Lord's name.

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Sunday School
We also offer Sunday School weekly throughout the school year at 9:10 a.m. Our dedicated staff of teachers offer Bible truths and Bible Stories. They apply those truths in practical examples and help the students to take that message into their homes by crafts and activities. Sunday School begins the 2nd Sunday in September and continues through May. For more information please contact Pastor Pamperin.


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Vacation Bible School
During the Summer we offer a Vacation Bible School the first week of August. It is a more relaxed form of Bible Study, activities, songs and crafts for ages 4 through grade 6. For more information please contact Pastor Pamperin.

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Campus Ministry
The Wisconsin Synod also maintains a campus house for college age students at the corner of 16th and Main Streets in La Crosse. Our congregation oversees this outreach and nurture work for the local campus ministry. We serve students from UW-L, Viterbo University and WTC (Western Technical College). We offer Bible studies, service opportunities, activities and a place for relaxed fellowship and study. For more information please contact Pastor Schmudlach or visit us on Facebook.

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Jesus Cares
Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) is a unique outreach ministry which provides services to people with developmental disabilities and their families. JCM is funded entirely through donations. Trained WELS/ELS volunteers, working with staff, help to carry out this mission. The type of services include: support, education, worship, fellowship, and evangelism. Visit this link to the national offices to learn more about Jesus Cares Ministries.

Pregnancy Counseling Center
Hmong Outreach

 
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