Weekly News & Updates: Friday, May 19, 2023
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We are thankful for the favorable COVID conditions in our community over the last months. Given the low COVID risk, we will no longer be reminding people to check the CDC COVID risk level before attending worship service or other ELC events. Per CDC guidelines face masks will remain optional at English Lutheran Church and announcements will be made in the event of any change.

If you're experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms, it's still a good idea to stay home and help keep our community healthy. Masks continue to be provided for those who wish to wear one. Please recognize that many are still careful as they are immunocompromised; if you see someone masked, keep safe distance, and have open conversations about where everyone's comfort level is.
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has announced the launch of the ELCA's Truth and Healing Movement. The focus of the initiative is to increase the church's understanding of the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people in past generations and in the present.

As we look more closely at the ELCA Truth and Healing movement, this week we focus on the experiences of Native people being “Fully Lutheran and Fully Native.” Click here to read more!
"i wonder..." What makes my story unique? What gifts God has given me? What I can learn from others? How I can spend my time with God? Register for Vacation Bible School and find out! The week will include Bible study, games, music, crafts, and a meal each evening. Join us June 19-21 from 5:00-7:30! Pick up a registration form at the Welcome Center and return it to Ann Kvale.

Join us for the last day of Sunday School on Sunday, May 21! There will be a special event - "Sundae Sunday!" Thank you all for another great year!

A special thank you goes out to all of our teachers, and everyone who volunteered during the staffing interim.
English Lutheran Church is hosting a sunset hike welcome to beginner hikers, seasoned veterans and everyone in between! Jared Kronback, our Director of Faith Formation, is heading this event and will be there to greet everyone and lead the group. Join us on Sunday, June 11! For any questions or more information, please contact Jared at (608) 784-9335. You can sign up online or at the Welcome Center!
Senior Fun & Fellowship will meet at 12 noon on Monday, May 22 at Perkins in Onalaska for another lunch outing! Hope to see anyone 55 or older, and new folks are always welcome to join in! Please call Mary Sween at 781-3666 by Friday, May 19 to make reservations. See you then!
The 2023 Synod Assembly will be held June 9-11. This year the Tangible Offering for the Assembly will be socks, underwear, and bras to restock local clothing closets. ELC will be collecting these items until June 8th so that our delegates can take them to the June 11th Assembly Worship Service at Riverside Park to join the donations of other synod churches. Bins are available in the narthex for your donations. Items donated can be for adults or children and should be new and in the original packaging.
With the help of the church office staff, a Reconciling in Christ banner has been included on ELC's website. The RIC banner rotates regularly so “click” on the banner to learn more about RIC. As noted, ELC is still discerning whether to become an RIC congregation. The information on the banner describes RIC, provides a timeline of events leading up to our decision, identifies team members, and offers resources for your review.

Please contact any of the team members with your comments, questions, and concerns.
For the ways in which he lives out his kind and gentle faith through everyday service to his community, the Wartburg College Alumni Board is pleased to present a 2023 Young Alumni Award to the Rev. Dan Hanson. While an undergraduate, Hanson was a noted faith leader among students, welcoming new people into campus ministry. He spent summer breaks at three different Lutheran Bible camps and completed numerous service trips while at Wartburg. Read more here.

Pastor Dan completed his internship here at English in 2014-15. He now serves as pastor of spiritual growth at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa.
Our Kitchen Coordinator, Alisha, will be off on Sunday, June 4. If you can help with Coffee Fellowship that day, please contact Carol at the church office!

We are in need volunteers to help in the kitchen on Sundays and Wednesdays. If you're interested and would like to learn more, talk with Carol or Alisha!
Are you a Thrivent member? If you have your insurance, or invest through Thrivent, you are eligible to apply for two $250 grants each year. These grants can be used to help ELC ministry projects, such as purchasing school supplies, helping fund the meals we will be doing for Monday Meals, buying cord for backpacks, helping Hope Restores purchase basic hygiene supplies, and much more! The application is easy and done online. If you are a Thrivent member and are willing to use one of your grants for an ELC ministry, contact Jennifer in the office, or a member of the Ministry Council.
Outdoor Evening Worship is 1st and 3rd Saturdays, beginning June 17th.
Coffee Fellowship will be for 30 minutes before and after the Sunday service.