E-Voice: weekly news & updates
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Friday, May 28, 2021
LIMITED IN PERSON WORSHIP IS BACK! We are so excited to be back as a church family again! You must pre-register to attend. We will always live-stream our Sunday morning service.

Office hours are extended! We're here to help from 8:30-1:00 Mon-Thurs and 8:30-noon on Fridays.

Small groups are meeting in the building. Contact Jennifer or Niki to get on the schedule. Meetings should be cleared by staff to ensure time to sanitize and clear air flow between groups.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we journey together safely through the COVID pandemic. Feel free to contact the Re-Opening team with questions/concerns: David Bleidorn, Mary Mueller, Brenda Rooney, Mark Flaten, Karl Green, Jennifer Jones, Pastor Bickford, Pastor Goche.
The Transition Team would like to meet with church members. They are looking for more feedback - this time regarding mutual expectations for the next pastor. There will also be a chance to share other thoughts regarding what is needed for the next Senior Pastor. There will be five locations/rooms within our building for meetings after church services, and each meeting is limited to six people (plus a facilitator):

  • June 5 & 6
  • June 12 & 13

Each meeting should be 30-45 minutes in length. Click here to sign up, or call Jennifer at 784-9335.
We were nominated for River Valley Reader's Choice Favorites again this year! Go in and give us your vote (and scroll through the categories for your other favorite places!). Pick "Places to Go and Do" and scroll down to "Best Place to Worship." Our community has so much to offer. What a list to be part of!

Phone-in devotions are on Tuesdays & Thursdays! Call 608-784-8876 ext. 203 to listen in. Our staff will be sharing devotions from some of our favorite sources, so you'll get a little bit of everything!

Join us on Facebook or YouTube at 7:00 pm each Wednesday! Our ELC Weekly is a livestream update on what's happening around church.

So far, we've had guests talk about Bethlehem Event, ministry at ELC (including quilts and our "Mask Brigade," the Re-Opening Team, the Transition Team, Property Committee projects, and how technology has helped us through COVID.

This Wednesday, June 2, join Kristen Arends and Niki Pohnl as they discuss our youth programming at ELC!

New library books are now on display and ready for check-out in the hallway between the narthex and Fellowship Hall. There are many wonderful books to choose from for both adults and children. Select a book (or two) and follow the easy directions for check-out. To return your book, there are two library drop boxes available: one is in the display area and the other is by the church entrance.

So treat yourself and pick up a good book for some well deserved reading! You may come by anytime during office hours, or browse when here for a meeting or small group.
Vacation Bible School is back in-person! It will look a bit different to be COVID-safe. Our programs run Monday-Thursday the week of June 20-24, 2021. We will offer a morning Pre-School program for children ages 3-5/5K, from 9am-11:30am. Our elementary-age program for children entering 1st-6th grades runs from 5:30-8:15pm. Our evening program includes dinner for the whole family!

We are mindful of COVID conditions and will adjust our schedule and spacing as needed for the safest experience for your children.

The cost is $10/child for the week (scholarships are available). All are welcome! You do not need to be a member of English Lutheran to join this energetic week of Bible stories, games, crafts, music, and more!Complete either the online registration form or use our printable form to mail or drop off at our church office.​
If you participated in the "Count Your Blessings" fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, donations are due back to the church by June 6. Bring it by during office hours, or leave it with a staff member at worship services.

Thank you for your awesome support of this local Faith Build!
Sugar Creek Bible Camp is back to bus trips! Sign up now for "Holiday Inn Christmas Show" at the Fireside Dinner Theater on November 3. Cost is $95 and includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, tickets to the show, a six-course dinner, muffins and coffee on the bus.

Pickups are available in La Crosse, Coon Valley, Westby, Viroqua, Readstown, and Richland Center.

Contact camp at 608.734.3113.

Other upcoming activities include:
  • June 13 - First Day of Summer Camps!
  • August 23 - Annual Golf Tournament