Weekly News & Updates: Friday, January 14, 2022
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UPDATED 01/12/2022
English Lutheran Church is committed to following public health recommendations, and leading by example. Our overarching goal is to gather together as a congregation as much as possible, while protecting the health and well-being of all of our congregational family and community. Based on the 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, to maximize protection from the Delta and Omicron variants and prevent possibly spreading it to others. COVID in La Crosse is still in the yellow and/or red zone recently. We can't return to normal safely yet.
  • 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 adults with weaker immune systems. Masks are required for any outside groups using our building. Masks must be worn properly, covering your mouth and nose. We recommend everyone to use medical-grade masks, cloth masks (tie or ear loop) with a nose wire, or N95 or KN95 masks without vents. We have some available in the entries, if you need one. Please note that these masks can be worn several times before disposing.
  • As of January 12, Confirmation and Sunday School classes are paused until February. Please watch your email for updates.
  • As of January 12, Coffee Fellowship will be paused. Food and beverage sharing for groups is also paused.
  • Worship services continue at 5:00pm on Saturdays and 8:30 and 10:45am on Sundays. Our 8:30 service is always live streamed.
  • We encourage worshippers to continue to sing softlysit distanced in the sanctuary and within any group, and practice good hand hygiene.
  • We recommend individuals stay home if COVID-like symptoms are present and/or if anyone in your household tests positive, and continue to follow CDC safety guidelines.

Our 2022 stewardship campaign is "All for Justice and Justice for All." If you have not had a chance to get to church or mail your 2022 Estimate of Giving in, you may also fill out your estimate online here, or give Jennifer a call at 784-8876 x201.

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression...
 Isaiah 1:17
On Monday, January 17, the church office will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. See below for our community celebration at Viterbo University.
In light of our HVAC equipment being replaced and cold temperatures, it would be a good idea to bring a sweater to church activities. The project is almost complete! Temperatures can fluctuate as the thermostats get programmed, as well as with having to bring in outside air due to COVID. It's Sweater Weather! :)
English Lutheran Church members again showed their generosity and willingness to give to others during the Christmas season. As we celebrated God’s greatest gift to us, we gave to others – thank you!! This year ELC purchased 107 Good Gift ornaments, for a total of $3,635 to help others through the Good Gifts program. In addition, ELC provided 75 gifts for three families in our community. ALL of the tags on the tree were purchased by members, even those items that were difficult to find. In addition to these generous gifts, the youth of ELC provided gifts for one additional family. As we begin a new year, we can rejoice in being part of such an amazing church community!
The Crafter's Retreats are BACK ON THE CALENDAR! Sign up at the Welcome Center or email Niki Pohnl to reserve your spot (reminder: need to know the # of tables you would like to reserve).

Dates: (2nd weekend of the month)
  • January 14-16
  • February 11-13
  • March 11-13
  • April 8-10
The new piano for the sanctuary is a Yamaha semi-concert grand and was ordered when fundraising efforts reached $25,000. We ordered it before we had all of the money raised because it will take about a year for the piano to be delivered.

The cost of the piano is $48,123; we have raised $33,000 so we have $15,123 left to raise.

We’re using a piano keyboard to mark our progress. A piano has 88 keys. So if you divide the amount we have left $15,123 by 88, that’s $172/key.
We’ll highlight the keys on the display in the narthex each time we raise $172! Watch our progress! Any funds raised that go beyond what we need will be used to refurbish the current piano which will be used elsewhere in the church.

Find a form in the narthex to donate, and turn it in to the church office. (Donors will be listed in the display. If you do not want your name shared, please indicate "Anonymous" on the form.)
Our Quilting Group is in need of large boxes for packing quilts. They should be big enough to get a few quilts in (a bit bigger than a 10-ream paper box). If you have any empty boxes at home, please bring them to the church.
La Crosse Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration is Monday, January 12 at 7:00pm. You may attend in-person at Viterbo Fine Arts Center, or join in online. For detailed information, click here.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington. Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington is an environmental epidemiologist, clinician and historian with more than 30 years of research into the impact of industrial pollution on human health.
The event will also include the MLK Leadership Award, which will go to Antoiwana Williams, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

A special Dr. King Beloved Community recognition will be presented to Tashyra Jackson and Shamawyah Curtis, co-founders and co-directors of Hope Restores. Thomas Harris will also be recognized for his longtime outstanding service on the La Crosse Community Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration committee.
Join us for Community Conversations: A Cooperative Regional Approach for the Future of the La Crosse Area with La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds on Wednesday, January 19 at noon - online only. Click here for more information and the link to watch!
This week's Ministry Moment:

English Lutheran's traveling popcorn machine is once again providing hospitality to over 100 homeless adults at the EconoLodge shelter this winter. This year English donated a large bucket of popcorn and a gallon of popcorn oil to start the season. The popcorn machine was previously used for years at the Franciscan Hospitality House for homeless until it closed. It was purchased through a Thrivent Action Team grant with matching funds from our church.
While COVID has cancelled the celebration on January 20th, there are still ways to share in the celebration of home ownership for Libby Olson and her boys! Stay tuned for a walk-through video of their home to be on Habitat's YouTube channel. There will also be an open house on Saturday, January 29th at 1121 Avon St., La Crosse from 11am-1pm. We will only allow 10 in the house at a time and masks will be required.