Weekly News & Updates: Friday, June 10, 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.
Click here to check our risk level. (Scroll to the box that says “COVID-19 County Check.” Choose “Wisconsin” and “La Crosse County” and it will show current risk level. This is updated Thursday afternoons.)

  • 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, are working directly with children under age five, or volunteering in the kitchen, that masks are required for those roles.
Because of Synod Assembly, please note the following changes to ELC's worship schedule:

Saturday, June 11 - Holden Evening Prayer at English Lutheran, 5:00PM (inside)

Sunday, June 12 - NO IN-PERSON WORSHIP AT ENGLISH LUTHERAN. Join our whole synod for outdoor worship at Riverside Park Bandshell at 10:00am. Please bring your own chair if able and stay after for a picnic! In case of inclement worship will take place at UW-La Crosse Student Union.
For those who worship with us online, or would rather not join in synod-wide worship at the park, we hope to record the Holden Evening Prayer service and broadcast it at our usual time of 9:30am on Sunday, June 12.

If you plan to attend synod-wide worship, offerings to English Lutheran may be dropped off or mailed to the church, or given online instead. As a congregation, we will present a check for offering at Sunday's worship service. The offering given by churches on Sunday will be designated and voted on at the assembly.
As Lutherans, we have shared church leadership between clergy and laity at all levels of our church body. This is rooted in our foundational calling to equality of discipleship as a "priesthood of all believers." We are all indeed "one in Christ" (Gal. 3) in our Christian pilgrimage, sharing our unique talents and commitments to lifting up the body of Christ in our church. Five of our congregation members answered this calling to represent our congregation at this weekend's Synod Assembly. In the coming weeks, they will share their inspirational assembly moments and observations from this year's gathering.
We are excited about our upcoming Vacation Bible School week at English Lutheran Church, June 20-23. Thank you all for sharing your children with us. We look forward to a week of learning, creating, and sharing God's love with them!

We had to make a few changes to our program because we were notified last week that Sugar Creek Bible Camp will not be hosting day camps this summer. But we came up with a plan we are excited about and recruited older youth to step in and work with us to create a fun camp experience for your children! Here are the details:
  • Camp is 9am-12:15pm Monday-Thursday (drop off is 8:45-9am).
  • The preschool program will be extended 45 minutes.
  • The elementary program will be shortened.
  • Lunch is provided for everyone! We will let you know the menu next week. If we are having something your child does not prefer, you are welcome to send them with a sack lunch.
  • Each child should bring a box of crackers or fish crackers to share for the week. This will provide them a snack mid-morning. The snacks will be prepared so each child has an individual serving. 
  • Dress each day for the weather. We are hoping to do some activities outside.
  • On Sunday, June 26th we invite you all to our 9:30am worship service for a VBS closing program. More details on this to follow.
  • Camp will be NO CHARGE. If you have already paid, we will be refunding you.

INVITE FRIENDS! We are still taking registrations. ALL ARE WELCOME. Pass this info and link on to those who might be interested. 

We apologize for the late notice on the schedule change, but we just found out, along with many other churches. We are doing the best we can with the notice we have been given and still look forward to a great week. We understand this new schedule may not work for all of you. If you need to pull your children out of the program, please let us know as soon as possible!
Pastor Becky Goche will be recognized for her five-year anniversary of ordination at this year's Synod Assembly. Congratulations on this milestone, Pastor Becky, and we give thanks to God for your leadership at English Lutheran Church!
Do you wish to help others discover a personal, intimate relationship with God? Are you interested in preparing for retreat ministry or training to become a spiritual director? Are you looking to hone your deep, compassionate, nonjudgmental listening skills? We invite you to consider the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program presented by the Franciscan Spirituality Center. 

FSC has trained more than 600 people in the practice of spiritual direction. This innovative training program is a mix of workshops and real-life experiences to prepare individuals to share their compassionate listening skills as trained spiritual directors in their communities.
Spiritual directors are compassionate, nonjudgmental listeners who accompany people on their spiritual journeys. Directors come from all walks of life and do not offer counseling, advice, or problem-solving but rather serve as trusted guides to help others discover their inner wisdom.

For more information see FSC's website or contact Steve Spilde at (608) 791-5297. The next cohort will begin in September 2022. Application deadline is August 1, 2022.
Join ELC at the Juneteenth Celebration in Riverside Park! Please consider volunteering for an hour or two at our table on Saturday, June 18. Contact Irene TenEyck at 784-9335 x304 to sign up or for more information.

This family-friendly, free, multicultural, eco-friendly festival provides entertainment including live music, free food, educational programming, a hypnotist, presentation of the Youth Juneteenth Court, a dedicated Youth Fun Area, Trolley Tours featuring reenactment of La Crosse’s Black Historical figures, and numerous booths highlighting local organizations and businesses. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in our country and honors the Black community.