Weekly News & Updates: Friday, January 20, 2023
Note: anything that is underlined is a link you can click on!
ELC’s Re-Opening Team guides decisions for our congregation based on guidance from local and national health experts, and upon Jesus’ instruction to love our neighbors. Click to check our current COVID level.

Should you wear a mask?
  • High risk: required for those over the age of 2
  • Medium risk: not required, but encouraged
  • Low risk: not necessary

Communion Servers should mask,
no matter the risk level. Thank you!
Every day we are given the great gift of seeing what God is up to in our world as we respond to Jesus' call to follow him and serve God's people and creation.

If you didn't have a chance yet, you can still return your 2023 Statement of Intent with the stamped envelope provided in the mailing you received. You may also enter your intent online or call Jennifer at 608.784.8876 x201 to give it over the phone.

Together, as we reach out with the Gospel to one another and to the community, the Lord will bring blessings to you!
We have received 202 Statements of Intent through January 19, totaling $590,862! Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your generosity!
During the next few weeks we are highlighting some of the ministries of the ELCA for individuals with disabilities. The Evangelical Lutheran Deaf Association (ELDA), affiliated with the ELCA, tracks deaf ministries and provides links between ministries.

The ELDA is a national Lutheran organization of Deaf ELCA congregations, interpreted ministries, and their members which supports a core value of ASL and American Deaf Culture. ELDA advocates Deaf spirituality and empowerment, Deaf global missions and youth outreach, interpreter training, and hosts a biennial conference. To learn more about how this ministry impacts people, read the story of one deaf person and the welcoming ELCA church she found.
English Lutheran is hiring! Join our fun, dynamic team and work with some of the best Lutherans around.
The Children's Ministry Coordinator will facilitate the ways in which parents, sponsors, and the members of English Lutheran can live into the promises made at a child’s baptism, providing a good start at living a life of worship, encountering God’s Word, teaching children about Jesus, and nurturing a life of faith, working with children and families from birth-6th grade.
The Director of Faith Formation shall nurture meaningful, Christ-centered lives in our children, young people and their families, with a focus on Middle and High School youth and young adults. This person will assist in developing a culture in our congregation that supports growth in faith, discipleship, and fellowship. Click here to learn more about our open positions!
Winter is "bearable" with our new books!

ELC's Library Committee has new books for you to check out! Stop by the special display in the Fellowship Hall entry. There is self-checkout available, so stop by the display, or the Library at any time to find a good book to curl up with, or new story books for bedtime reading with the kids.
Congratulations to our 3rd Grade Class who will be receiving their Bibles at worship on Sunday!

Kinsley Crawford, Olivia Damstra, Eve Gabriel, Harper Hatfield, Addison Inglett, Iris Jensen, Charlotte Letendre, Gus Martin, Liam McCoy, Kaitlyn Oates, James Viner, and Arthur Wolfe

The Synod School of Theology is designed to nurture and strengthen you in your journey of discipleship. As you participate in this ministry you can expect to:
  • Deepen your knowledge of theology and the Bible
  • Develop your spirituality 
  • Discern your baptismal vocation 

Anyone is welcome to join in the classes regardless of education level and background, but registration is required.. Most classes are taught virtually, some are in person. Click here for more information about the School, its curriculum and how to register for classes.
The church's voicemail system has been down and we are currently working with our service provider to get it up and running again. If you have a pastoral care emergency such as a hospitalization, and it's outside of office hours, please use email or feel free to contact our mobile phones if you have those numbers.

Pastor's staff emails:

English Lutheran Church offers a Cancer Support Group for those who are currently dealing with cancer or who have undergone treatment in the past. We typically meet for about an hour or so and offer a safe place for discussion, support and prayer. Pastor Becky Goche facilitates this group.

The group typically meets on the second Monday of the month. For more information or to be added to the email list, please contact Pastor Becky.
No one is untouched by life events that impact our day to day world. From the death of a loved one to the birth of a new child, each life event can leave us searching for a new normal. The Sunshine Ministry aims to make the search for that new normal a bit easier by offering a meal to those who could use just a little sunshine.

If you or another member of our community have experienced a life event, please do us the honor of allowing us to show you some love and care. You can contact the church office and let us know that you would like a call from the Sunshine Ministry. The Coordinator for this ministry will contact you to arrange getting a prepared meal onto your dining room table at your convenience. We are happy to take into consideration dietary needs and other requests.
A "life event" may include anything from a death in the family, the birth or adoption of a new child, recent divorce, family hospitalization, etc.

As we strive to "be the hands" of God's loving arms, we're looking for volunteers who enjoy sharing their culinary talents with those who will certainly appreciate it! If you are interested in being on the list to prepare and deliver meals, please complete this interest form!
A “New to English Lutheran Church” Gathering is planned for Sunday, February 19, beginning at 12 noon. This gathering is geared for people who are newer to ELC and want to learn more about us. It is also for those who are interested in making ELC their church home and becoming a member. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Carol in the office or one of the pastors to sign-up or for more information.