Weekly News & Updates: Friday, January 7, 2022
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UPDATED 09/23/2021
English Lutheran Church is committed to following public health recommendations and leading by example. Our goal is to gather together as a congregation as much as possible, while protecting the health and well-being of our church family and community. Based on current level of transmission in La Crosse County, the Center for Disease Control is recommending wearing a mask indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Therefore, recommendations for ELC are: 
  • 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 older adults with weaker immune systems.
  • We encourage worshippers to continue to sing softlysit distanced in the sanctuary and within any group, and practice good hand hygiene.

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
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.)
ELC was one of several locations that held the Strong Seniors Exercise Program sponsored by the La Crosse County Health Department. This program was suspended at the onset of the pandemic and at the present, there are no plans to resume.

The ELC Fellowship Council approved a similar program limited to members of our church with a class size limit. The exercise focus is on using weights, strength , and balance. A variety of weights will be furnished, (thanks to the county’s donation) however,
masks and being fully vaccinated will be required of the participants. The one hour informal class will be led by a volunteer and is held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00am beginning January 10, 2022.

Currently, there are openings for six additional people. If you are interested in joining this class please contact the church office at 608-784-9335 no later than January 6th. If you have questions regarding the type of exercises, please contact Chuck or Carmen Gustafson 608-785-1440 after January 2, 2022.
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.
The Mission Trip meeting scheduled for January 5 is now rescheduled to January 12! Join us in person in Room 106, or via Zoom (info below).

Hola! Vamos a Nicaragua! We have exciting news! We have secured the dates of August 13-19th for our Intergenerational Mission Trip. Everyone 5th grade and up are welcome. We will be traveling to Nicaragua with Praying Pelican Missions as our guides in our work.
We have 10 spots currently available but hope to increase that to at least 15 participants if not more! There is also a little flexibility in the dates if needed. Please reach out to Irene at 784-8876 x 304 if you are interested and need more information.

Meeting ID: 892 3988 4487
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