Weekly News & Updates: Friday, July 29, 2022
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ELC’s Re-Opening Team guides decisions for our congregation based on guidance from our local and national health experts, and upon Jesus’ instruction to love our neighbors. Because of rapidly changing conditions and updates from the CDC and WI Department of Health being released on Thursdays, it’s difficult to get communication out to our congregation in time for worship. Therefore, we ask that you check our current COVID risk level before attending church.
Current Risk:HIGH
updated 07/29/22 8:32am
  • High risk: masks are required for anyone in our building over the age of 2
  • Medium risk: masks are not required, but encouraged especially for those at high risk for severe illness, or around someone who is at high risk for severe illness
  • Low risk: it is not necessary to wear a mask unless you choose

Please remember that if you are serving communion, working directly with children under age five, or volunteering in the kitchen, that masks are required no matter the risk level.
Synod Assembly Reflections from Bishop Malpica:

The 2022 Synod Assembly was an amazing and uplifting event! My first Assembly as your Bishop was the boost of energy and enthusiasm that I needed! It was wonderful to witness the impactful ministry of our church being done here in the driftless area and around the world. I am proud of who we are and anticipate only growing in this sentiment. I must say a big “THANK YOU” to the many volunteers that made the event possible: the planning committee, presenters, and hosts at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, UW-L, and Riverside Park.
The Theme of “Wild Lament ~ Whirling Dance” captured the wide array of feelings we experienced in our gathering and serves as a call to action as we leap into another year of ministry together. In our communal acts of Wild Lament, we subversively call out sin at work in the world, wrestle with doubt, and participate in breaking down the oppressive powers of the world. We give name to the physical manifestations of sin in the world… global climate change, institutionalized and individual racism, indigenous erasure, gender and sexuality violence, and the many ways sin continues to lure us into fractured relationships.

In our Whirling Dance (if we can be so bold!) we have an opportunity to build up again. We can embrace radical optimism, we can create a new story and we can live into God’s abundance. This is our opportunity to experience a foretaste of the feast to come. When we join the dance, we demonstrate to the world an alternate reality that it so desperately needs.

In and through Wild Lament and Whirling Dance, I am challenging you to open yourselves up to the work of the Holy Spirit. May this year be an opportunity to cultivate life giving relationships rooted in God’s love through the power of Wild Lament and Whirling dance!
Calling all green thumbs! Through August, any members willing and able to help on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm, please just show up (weather permitting) and there will be light-duty tasks in stewardship of our little corner of God’s Green Earth. Bring some work gloves and maybe a hand pruner/trimmer for fellowship, poking, prodding, sprucing, trimming, weeding and all the good stuff that feeds the soul! There will be opportunities to work on both the pollinator and vegetable gardens. Produce from the vegetable garden will be shared with congregation members and our neighbors when it's ready to harvest! Questions? Contact Irene TenEyck or Dane Melby.
Scrip Cards are still available during the summer! Stop by the sales table on Sundays, or visit the church office to purchase during the week. Proceeds help ELC families with costs for camp, mission trips, National Youth Gathering, and more!

We're excited to announce that Laura Eber is taking over the reigns as coordinator for the Scrip program. If you'd like to place an order for specific cards, or have questions about your family's account balance, you can contact her via email.

A huge thank you goes out to Sarah Herath for her many years of coordinating this special fundraising program!
Don't forget we still need volunteers for worship! Click the buttons at the very top of this email to sign up yourself, or contact Carol at the church office to be added to our list of volunteers to contact.
Have you checked out our online giving page lately? It's been updated to include Communion Fund and Special Gifts for LWR - Ukraine Relief and LWR - School Kits in addition to regular offering gifts.

Our Communion Fund is used to help anyone needing a hand in our congregation and community. Funds are used to purchase fuel only Kwik Trip cards, pay energy bills, and help with food and housing in our community.

Click here to give online today! You can set up a recurring or a one-time only gift. Contact Jennifer Jones at 784-8876 x201 with any questions.
Our 2022 School Kit Project is off to a good start with a goal to fill at least 750 backpacks. Last year we filled 828! Our current needs include:
  • 914 notebooks (70 page, college or wide)
  • 713 rulers (12"/metric)
  • 0 pencil sharpeners (we have enough!)
  • 124 scissors (blunt tip)
  • 885 pencils (unsharpened)
  • 2,720 pens (black or blue)
  • 240 boxes of crayons (24 count)
  • 57 erasers (2.5" pink)
Bins are available in the narthex for you to drop off donated items for the School Kits. Remember - ONLY the following items can be included in the backpacks; 70-page notebooks, blue or black ink pens, unsharpened pencils, blunt-tip scissors, 2½ inch erasers, 24 count crayons, pencil sharpeners, and 12 inch/metric rulers. You may purchase items on your own or donate money and let us do the shopping. Information sheets are available on the display table in the narthex.

Our pack-out event is Sunday, August 21st after the 9:30 church service. A sign-up sheet is available at the display in the narthex. Please sign up early and one person per space - due to Covid, we may have to limit numbers! We could also use a couple of people to transport kits to St. Paul after the Pack-out on the 21st. If you are willing to help with this, please contact Bob and Kathy Weeks. Thank you to all who have contributed so far! Every little bit helps!
Do you "Noah" person who would be willing to occasionally give our elderly members a ride to worship services? If you are willing and able to assist in this way, please contact Carol Robertson in the office at 608-784-9335. Thank you!
It is with faith in God, faith in the future, and certainly some sadness, that I leave my position as Director of Caring Ministries at English Lutheran Church. I cannot find the words to express the love and grace I have felt from the staff and the congregation over the past years, and how much I will truly miss serving alongside my colleagues as they continue to carry out the mission and ministry of the church. My intention is to remain an active member of the ELC community and serve God in whichever way God leads me.

I will always give praise and thanks to God for this opportunity, and continue to pray for the staff, the Vision Board, and my fellow congregation members as we move forward in our mission of service to others.

In God’s grace and peace, Irene TenEyck
We'll have a sending for Irene at the 9:30 service this weekend. Please join us!
We're hiring! English Lutheran is hiring a part-time Kitchen Coordinator. Join our fun, dynamic team and work with some of the best Lutherans around! The Kitchen Coordinator will manage all large group food related activities at English Lutheran Church.

For a detailed job description and application, please visit our website! Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

We give thanks to God for Roxie Flaten's service in this position for the last 10 years! Roxie began as our Wednesday night cook in fall of 2012, and the position was extended during her tenure to include more events and responsibilities as Kitchen Coordinator.
Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area is looking for FIVE future homeowners for upcoming projects in La Crosse, West Salem, Tomah, and Eitzen (MN). We will be accepting applications through September 2, and we are reaching out to our partners to spread the word!

Anyone interested in applying can download the full application or contact Jenny Sanders at 785-2373, x104 to request an application. Applications are also available Wednesday-Saturdays from 10am-6pm at the Habitat ReStore located at 3181 Berlin Drive, La Crosse.

Completing an application is the first step to become a Habitat homeowner. The individuals or families chosen will partner with Habitat to build or rehabilitate their future home. They will then purchase their home from Habitat for Humanity using a 0% interest mortgage, with a primary mortgage that is affordable to each family.