Centering Prayer – NOT MEETING UNTIL OCT 10

Mons from 8-8:30pm via Zoom
Centering prayer, also known as the prayer of silence, helps you quiet your mind from the constant thoughts and impulses, and frees your true self to experience more of God’s love in the very core of your being. You will gain inspiration, rich insight, and practical knowledge of a contemplative prayer practice that can open you up to deep experiences of inner healing and peace. Everyone is welcome to take part.

Knitters – Tuesdays

Join us Tuesdays at 9am in the Gathering Space for smiles, laughs, and lots of knitting!



Mission Sew – 1st & 3rd Wednesdays

Help Mission Sew with cutting, sewing, tying, and pining quilts for Lutheran World Relief. These quilts are distributed to struggling neighbors across the globe. For more info contact Margaret Drinkwater, by contacting the church at 608.752.7434.


Bible Study – Wednesdays

Wednesday at 10am in Rm 302
Wed Bible studies resume Sept 7! Please join us from 10-11am in Room 302 as we dive into Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.


Living Well With Dementia – 4th Sundays

Over the coming months, our Living Well With Dementia conversations will begin following our 8am worship services. Please grab a coffee and gather in the room next to the elevators.  We plan to meet on Oct 23, Nov 27, Jan 22, and Febr 26. Our rich conversation in September reminded us that there is still much to learn from each other about this complex topic. All are welcome! 

Blessing of the Animals – Oct 3

In one of the stories told in Genesis about the beginnings of life, God first creates Adam, the Human. Then God forms the animals to provide companionship for the Human. It’s a human-centered story, but it recognizes our connection with other animals.

We will gather out on the lawn for a short “Blessing of the Animals” service here at First Lutheran. Bring your pet (in a cage or on leash) or bring a photo and a story to share. Together we will give thanks for the animals we love and bless them in the name of God who made them.

See you out on the field — 6pm, Mon, Oct 3!

Page Turners Book Group – Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6

The Page Turners meet on the first Tuesday of the month at 6pm in the Gathering Space. Come every month or just the months you want. All are welcome. 

Oct 4: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly
Nov 1: When the Apricots Bloom by Gina Wilkinson
Dec 6: Matrix by Lauren Goth

Contact Sally Schuenke 608.754.0407 with questions. 

Eat, Play, Learn, Pray – Oct 5

First Lutheran welcomes you to Eat, Play, Learn, Pray on Wed, Oct 5, 6-7:30pm, in the Gathering Space. Or should I say we dare you! Our October theme is Fear Factor and embracing the peace that only Jesus can give.

Our evening begins with a meal. This month it’s a potluck. Bring your scary delish dish to pass. The evening continues with a group activity suitable for all ages because you can never be too young or too old to enjoy a laugh together. We conclude our evening with a time of learning and prayer.

We dare you to attend and bring a friend.

Belle Ensemble Presents Sounds From Across the Street – Oct 8

Join us on Sat, Oct 8 at 6:30pm for Sounds From Across the Street, a celebration of music composed by our friends and neighbors in our community. A free will donation will be taken at the doors and a reception will follow the event.

Sponsored by First Events



Pastor Appreciation – Oct 9

The Witness Board is sponsoring a Pastor/Minister Appreciation Day on October 9 to honor Pastor Michael, Pastor Jim, and Eric Engen. They will be honored in worship with a presentation, special coffee time between services and cards of appreciation from the congregation. Cards can be sent to the church (612 Randall Ave, Janesville, WI 53545) or dropped off at the church on Sunday or during the week. 

We hope you will join us in appreciation by giving a card.  

Growing Leaders – Oct 10, 15, Nov 7, 12

This fall we will offer four sessions for “Growing Leaders.” The topics will focus on core skills that strengthen our abilities to build community and take action. The learning will be relevant to anyone currently serving in a leadership role, as well as to those who are growing into leadership. The training sessions will be led by Pr. Michael Mueller and are open to interested people of all ages.

One-to-one Relationship Building
Mon, Oct 10, 6:30-8pm in the Chapel
This training session will develop your confidence in building relationships one-to-one. You will learn to listen and ask questions that lead to the heart of what a person really cares about. Learning the skill and intention of meeting one-to-one opens the way for leaders to engage people with opportunities that fit their particular interests and abilities. That’s empowering!

Gracious Leadership
Sat, Oct 15, 9-10:30am in the Chapel
Repeated Mon, Nov 7, 6:30-8pm
Learn to create a gracious space where people can feel confident that they will be honored and respected, able to listen and learn, as well as speak and be heard. We will explore together the RESPECT guidelines and learn a process of mutual invitation to welcome the participation of everyone in your group. Gracious leadership creates a culture that empowers full participation.

Leading Effective Meetings
Sat, Nov 12, 9-10:30am in the Chapel
Meetings are key to getting things done, but most of us don’t seem to like meetings. Yet, effective meetings can be quite empowering. This training will teach some basic practices for planning, leading, and evaluating your meetings. These skills will help you to lead and participate in meetings in ways that will empower us together to accomplish our goals.

Ministry Fair – Oct 16

What’s happening at First Lutheran Church? Come and find out on Sun, Oct 16!

We are living into our vision to become Inclusive. Engaged. Externally Focused. Relationally Centered. Living Like Christ. A variety of ministries will be on display throughout the morning, showing the opportunities for you to get involved. Leaders will be available to answer your questions.

The Ministry Fair will be in the Gathering Space during the time between worship services and again after the 9:30am service.

How do you want to connect with others, grow in faith, or serve our community? Check out the opportunities that are coming your way this fall!

New Member Sundays – Oct 16 & 23

Have you recently connected with First Lutheran Church? Are you interested in learning more? You are invited for brunch after the 9:30am worship service on Sun, Oct 16.

You can first check out the Ministry Fair that day to learn about opportunities to get involved. At brunch we’ll have time to get to know each other and learn more about the life and mission of First Lutheran from some of its leaders.

Those who are ready to become members of FLC will be received in worship on Sun, Oct 23.

If you know you will be coming, give the church office a call at 608.752.7434.

Second Harvest Food Pantry – Oct 20

Third Thurs of the Month from 3:30-5:30pm
Distribution is outdoors. Please call Mary Gallup at 608.755.1399 so she knows if she has enough help. Set-up begins at 2:30pm. 




Winery Social – Oct 21

Join the Life Together Board for a wine social on Fri, Oct 21  at 5pm at

Staller’s Estate Winery
W8896 County Road A
Delavan, WI

Please RSVP to or call/text 608.931.1043 so we can let  Staller’s know how many to expect.


Family Holiday Fair – Oct 22

Donations Needed 

Baked Goods
Donations of baked goods for the Bake sale, bring to Fellowship Hall kitchen on Fri, Oct 21 

Bottles of Wine
Bring wine donations for the wine pull, $10 value please to the FLC office by Mon, Oct 10 

Thank you! 

Volunteers needed
Contact: Jan Pinnow 608.352.7022 or 




Janesville Dept of Recreation Trunk or Treat “FLC Trunk” – Oct 22

First Lutheran is hosting a trunk at the Trunk or Treat on Oct 22 at Riverside Park. This event is sponsored by the Janesville Department of Recreation and we are excited to make our second appearance. Donations of individually wrapped candy are being accepted in the Gathering Space. We need 2,000 pieces! Wow!



Trunk or Treat – Oct 31