Weekly News & Updates: Friday, September 3, 2021
Note: anything that is underlined is a link you can click on!
UPDATED 08/05/2021

Locally, cases are climbing. The more contagious Delta variant is now the most common in and around La Crosse. English Lutheran Church is committed to following public health recommendations and leading by example. Our goal is to gather together as a congregation as much as possible, while protecting the health and well-being of all of our church family and community. Based on current level of transmission in La Crosse County, the Center for Disease Control is currently recommending wearing a mask indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, the current recommendations for ELC are as follows: 
  • Masks are required for ages 2+ to attend worship, weddings, and funerals as well as groups/committee meetings - regardless of vaccination status. Remember this recommendation is for the safety and protection of our most fragile members of our congregation: our unvaccinated children, and older adults with weaker immune systems.
  • We encourage worshippers to continue to sing softly, sit distanced in the sanctuary and within any group, and practice good hand hygiene.

Seekers Bible Study starts September 9! Join us on Thursdays from 9:30-11:00am in Room 106. Our first focus for the year will be on the book “Gospel of Thomas: The Hidden Sayings of Jesus” and will be co-led by Ron Rogers and Mike Schnitzius. If you’d like to get in on the group order for the book, contact Kathy Slindee, or you may purchase the book on your own.
Quilters are back beginning September 7. Join us on Tuesdays from 8:30-12:00. All are welcome, so come the whole time, or just whatever time you have! All experience levels are welcome. Questions can be directed to Sharon Odahl at 781-1923.
Are you willing to give an hour or more of your time to share a little bit of our church with those who may be searching for a welcoming church home?

English Lutheran Church will be a part of Pride in the Park on Saturday, September 11 at Riverside Park from 10am-6pm. The Evangelism Council and RIC Team have put together a display for this year’s faith tent. We need people to serve as ELC’s ambassadors sharing their hospitality and handing out ELC swag to those who attend.

We would like two people per one hour shift (Sign up with a friend!), beginning with setup at 10am through take down at 6pm. You are welcome to sign up for as many shifts as you like. You will receive an ELC shirt to wear the day of the event, if you already don’t have one!

Please sign up online or talk with Pastor Becky or Niki for more informatoin.
Mary Circle begins in September! The first meeting will be Tuesday, September 28 at 12:30. New members are always welcome! Contact the church office for more information.
While we're holding off on Rally Day and Sunday School to begin, we're still holding our annual Block Party on Sunday, September 12! Join us from 11am-1pm for fun, food, games, and music by Moon Chicken. We're changing things up this year due to COVID. Masks are not required outdoors, but encouraged.

We need volunteers to help with this event. Please sign up here, or contact Niki Pohnl for further information.
English Lutheran has been asked to host the La Crosse Area Synod Bishop Installation on Sunday, September 26. The event will be live streamed for all congregations to view, but we will need some volunteers to make desserts and be in the building throughout the day to assist with this event. Please follow the link to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities or call the church office to volunteer. Contact Niki Pohnl if you have any questions.
The Ministry Council has information on how we can help with the Afghan refugees that are coming to our area.

Donations of Goods:

For folks who want to purchase and drop off items at church, click here here for the list of needed items. If you purchase any items, please drop them off here at ELC at the table in the narthex and we'll get them where they need to go!

For those who want to purchase items online, you can purchase through a charity list at Amazon or Target and have it delivered straight to Catholic Charities.

Monetary Donations:

Donations of any amount are appreciated! Please clearly mark donations for Afghan Refugees. We will split donations between Catholic Charities and our local mosques in La Crosse and Winona. Every gift will directly benefit local refugees. Nearly all refugees left Afghanistan with just the clothes on their backs. The needs are immense.

Give your Time:

Many volunteers will be needed. They prefer volunteers who can give full days or even full weeks. Click here to fill out the volunteer application.
The Waking Up White Regional Read’s intent is to encourage frank community conversations on structural oppression, prejudice, color blindness, dominant white culture, and its effects on people of color and to motivate us to take action to create a healthier multicultural community.

What is a Regional Read? The Waking Up White Regional Read invites the community to read Waking Up White, attend public presentations, and engage in book chat conversations about ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive multicultural community.

Click here to find out more. If you'd like to have a coversation group through ELC, contact Irene TenEyck. If there is enough interest, ELC will hold its own group.
Pastor Libby Howe will be joining us for worship on September 11 and 12! We will celebrate her ministry as Assistant to the Bishop in the La Crosse Area Synod. Pastor Howe will be preaching.

Cards and notes of thanks will be welcome.
Music Updates! Senior Choir, Bell Choir, and Holden Evening Prayer.

V.I.P. (Voices In Praise, the adult choir) starts weekly rehearsals on September 8 and they will be rehearing from 5:30-6:30 on Wednesday evenings. Rehearsals will be outside in the new Bell Tower Courtyard (King Street). Please contact Brittany Thummel or the church office for more information.

Both Handbell Choirs (English Ringers) will rehearse in the choir room on Wednesdays, beginning September 29.

The beginning bell group meets from 5:00-5:45 and this is a great way to experience bell playing for the first time. The advance group rehearses 6:30-7:30. For more information, contact Jim Knutson.

We are also looking for individuals who would like to share their vocal gifts by leading the Holden Evening Prayer liturgy. This service is every Saturday at 5:00pm. If you are interested or would like more information, talk with Trevor DuPey.
We need help repairing our 9-square game and altering our puppet theater. Can you cut PVC? Can you help find the connectors to repair/adjust our structures? We need to have this done by September 10th. Contact Niki Pohnl for details.
We need volunteers! We need ushers, lectors, tech assistants, and more. The same members have graciously volunteered the last few months, but we need more of you to join in! Any questions, contact Carol at 784-9335.