Weekly News & Updates: Friday, September 17, 2021
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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.

English Lutheran Church will be 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. Come by and see us and get a sticker and play Plinko for Prizes!
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.
The Call Committee has been meeting weekly where we have developed questions to ask the candidates. At this time, we have forwarded those questions to Assistant Bishop Pastor Libby for approval. Very soon, Pastor Libby will forward to us names of candidates to interview.

We are also working on the interview schedule including where the candidates will lodge, where we will share a meal, who will give the candidates a tour of the church, and what focal points of La Crosse the candidates should see while they are here.
Our first Community Conversations of the year is Wednesday, September 15. Please RSVP to attend in-person! We have limited space for attending in-person, but the event will be live streamed and recorded as well. Click here to watch online the day of.

The Labor Supply: Where Is Everyone?
The workplace is changing. Employers struggle to hire; wages are rising; workers are choosing new jobs or staying home. What does it all mean? Three panelists reflect from the perspective of the economy, employers, and employees.

Taggert (TJ) Brooks is the Interim Dean for the College of Business Administration at UW-La Crosse. TJ has been with UW-La Crosse for 22 years and has numerous published works of economics study and observation.  

Megan Harcey is the Director of Recruiting and Coworker Experience for Kwik Trip, Inc., based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She has spent her 23 year career providing leadership and strategic direction to teams acutely focused on our most important asset . . . Our people.

Teresa Pierce is the Executive Director of Workforce Connections, a private nonprofit organization. Tereasa has been at Workforce Connections for 23 years. Teresa and Workforce Connections believes that everyone deserves every opportunity to reach their full potential and works to connect people to meaningful jobs that achieve independence and self-sufficiency.
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!

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 are needed. They prefer volunteers who can give full days or even full weeks. Click here for 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 this weekend! 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 22.

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.
Download Vanco's new app for giving offering! Search "Vanco Mobile" on the App Store or Google Play. Look for the logo you see here. Download and search for our church! You can select your amount for a one-time or recurring gift, enter your payment method, and submit your donation. (If you use Give+, please delete that app and download the new one. Give+ will be retired at the end of September.)

The online giving page on our website will be getting a new look as well, so keep an eye out for that update!

Any previous logins used for either the app or the website will continue to work on the new platforms.

You can also let Jennifer do the work for you! Click here to download a form for recurring giving, and return it to the church office with a voided check.
There is a place for you here!!

Our next New Member Orientation is Sunday, September 19, from 11am-2pm. If you are interested in joining, or even just learning more about English, contact Carol to RSVP.
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.

'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. '
Jeremiah 29:11

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.