Weekly News & Updates: Friday, August 5, 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 08/04/22 3:12pm
  • 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.
As we celebrate the wonderful experiences our youth have at Sugar Creek this summer, one might ask what impact the camping experience has? The wisdom of camp, shared throughout decades of learning about God and each other, shows us how effective and impactful faith formation can happen through outdoor ministry experiences when five fundamental elements come together uniquely at camp. Effective camps change lives by being Relational, Participatory, Unplugged from home, a safe place, and perhaps most importantly – Faith centered. Pastors in the ELCA will often talk about the impact attending camp had on their ministry journey. One such story was shared by an individual in the ELCA Stories of Faith in Action. Read "A Camp Call Connection." (Scroll to page 13).
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.
The number of supplies ready to go into backpacks is growing each week! THANK YOU! Your donations are much appreciated! There is much demand for school kits this year as the number of refugees and displaced people has grown due to war and floods.

This week we need pens and pencils! Pens can be blue or black ink but NO gel. Pencils must be UNSHARPENED - we cannot send sharpened pencils. Five pens and five pencils go into each backpack, so it takes a lot! Target and Walmart both have good sales on pens and pencils.
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 (no gel)
  • unsharpened pencils
  • blunt-tip scissors
  • 2½ inch erasers
  • 24 count crayons
  • pencil sharpeners
  • 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 scheduled for 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 our numbers! We could also use a couple of people to transport the kits to St. Paul after the Pack-out. 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!
We're hiring! English Lutheran is hiring a Kitchen Coordinator and Director of VIP (Voices in Praise). 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. The Director of VIP will rehearse and conduct vocal ensembles.

For a detailed job description and application, please visit our website! Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Habitat for Humanity La Crosse Area is looking for FIVE future homeowners for upcoming projects in La Crosse, West Salem, Tomah, and Eitzen (MN).

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.
English Lutheran Church will host “Active Attack Response Training” presented by Officer Dominick Jacobs from the La Crosse Police Department on Wednesday, August 31, from 5:30-7:00pm in the South Hall. This training is intended to help raise the awareness of anyone who regularly interacts with people at worship services (like ushers, greeters, and worship leaders) and other gatherings at church (like Sunday School teachers, confirmation guides, Vision Board and council/committee members, and church staff).

Officer Jacobs will facilitate the discussion. Participants will learn about those who use guns for lethal violence, emergency disaster response, and how to prepare for and respond to being trapped inside a building during an active threat. They will learn steps to take to assist law enforcement and to limit casualties. For more information, contact Pastor Becky or the church office.
Our Annual River Service is Sunday, August 28 at Copeland Park! Worship begins at 10:45 with a catered meal afterwards, along with games and fellowship! (Please note: there will be no 9:30 worship service at ELC this day. The River Service will be livestreamed.)

We need 3-4 volunteers (one of those with a truck) to come at 9am, and lift heavy things to bring drinks, coolers, tables, and games over to the pavilion. We also need 3-4 volunteers to help serve the meal. Please contact Kristen if you can help!
Register now for Sunday School! Click here. Sunday School kicks off with Rally Day on September 11! Parents and children will meet in the sanctuary at 9:30 for a welcome and overview before heading to classrooms.

If you're interested in teaching, please email Kristen or indicate your willingness in the registration form for your child/ren.