Weekly News & Updates: Friday, November 18, 2022
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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 here to check our current level.

Current Risk: LOW
(updated 8:34am on Fri. 11/18)

If you are serving communion, masks are required
no matter the risk level. Thank you!
  • 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
This weekend is Consecration Weekend. There will be an opportunity at each worship service to bring forth your 2023 Statement of Intent. 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.

You may also return your 2023 Statement of Intent with the stamped envelope provided in the mailing you received. Or, you may enter your intent online.

Together, as we reach out with the Gospel to one another and to the community, the Lord will bring blessings to you!
On Sunday, December 4 at 5:00pm, join us for A Time of Solace worship.

This service will be a time to rest, listen and catch our breath in what is not always the most wonderful time of the year for everyone. Through Scripture readings, song, prayer, and sharing Holy Communion together, you will be invited to reflect upon your losses, hurts and pains, and then offer them to the Christ child, Jesus. Healing ministers will be available for personal prayer.

Please share with anyone who might want to attend. All are welcome.
Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying our companions in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Moldova, Lithuania and the Czech Republic, as well as such ecumenical partners as this Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service, in their humanitarian responses to the crisis created by Russia’s war against Ukraine. These partners provide refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has joined other religious leaders from Europe and around the globe in issuing an interfaith call for peace in the region.
Volunteers are needed for The Bethlehem Event! Construction began October 15. Cast members are needed for December 17 & 18. Help behind the scenes, leading up to and the days of the event. There is something for every age and every talent - it takes a village to build a village!

See the sign up display at church or click the button to the left for our special page for volunteer updates.
You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows.

If giving your time fills your spiritual cup, perhaps you'd like to fill some coffee cups! We are looking for people of all ages to help with fellowship on Sunday mornings. We have a great, but very small, core group that has been doing it since coming back from the pandemic, but we could use 6-12 others to step up and help. This is a great way to have a meaningful impact on ministry and fellowship in our congregation. So many great laughs, stories, and faith moments are shared over a cup of coffee. Help fill our cups! Contact our master coffee maker, Carol, at the church office for more information.
Each year during Advent, we invite our congregation to sign up to light the Advent Wreath at each worship service beginning November 25 through December 18. This includes coming up front, reading a short blessing and prayer, and lighting the candles on the wreath. It can be one person, a family, or friends who would like to share in the tradition.

If interested, please sign up at the Welcome Center or contact Carol at the church office for available dates.
It's that time of year again... "Turkey Time"... and time to share our blessings! We will be collecting donations green beans and *jellied* cranberries through November 21 to support the La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Industrial size cans are preferred if you can find them!

If you'd like to make a monetary donation, checks can be made payable to English Lutheran and be dropped in the offering plate, or in the church office, no later than November 20. We will forward all donations to the Thanksgiving Dinner.

Riverside Transitional Care (Bethany Lutheran Homes) is looking for Christmas or plaid fabric donations for the Recreational Therapy Department. The fabric is for residents to make craft projects in December and can be in smaller or larger pieces. Please drop donations off by December 2nd at the Riverside facility - 2575 7th St. S. Questions can be directed to Tracy at 608-406-3900. Thank you for helping the residents with their Christmas activities!
Every year, our sanctuary is decorated with poinsettias during the Advent and Christmas season. Donations to the Poinsettia Fund are used to purchase the flowers, and any gifts left over are donated to WAFER and St. Clare Health Mission.

Please print and fill out this form and send it back to the church along with your donation. Forms are also available at church beginning this weekend. A list of memorials and honorariums are printed in the Christmas bulletins.
We're hiring! English Lutheran is hiring a Kitchen Coordinator and Director of VIP (Voices in Praise). Join our fun, dynamic team and work with some of the best Lutherans around! The Kitchen Coordinator will manage all large group food related activities at English Lutheran Church. The Director of VIP will rehearse and conduct vocal ensembles. For a detailed job description and application, please visit our website! Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
Tis the season of giving, and many of us struggle for ideas of what to give our loved ones. The Ministry Council invites you to consider giving gifts to disadvantaged families in our area, or choosing one of the many ELCA Good Gifts available on our Giving Tree - which will be in the narthex after Thanksgiving.

The round “Good Gifts” tags range from $10- $250. They include items such as chicks, honey bees, gardening tools and seeds, mosquito nets, vaccinations, feeding a refugee family, and much more.
Square tags feature families from Emerson Elementary, teens from Logan High School, and families from Hope Restores. These families, including a single mom with six children and a dad with five children could use our support! Items for each family member are described on the tags. Take a tag - or tags - purchase the item(s), wrap them, and bring them back to the church to be placed under the tree for delivery prior to Christmas. Please put the tag back on the gift so we know who the item is for. Gifts for families will need to be brought in by mid-December, so plan ahead!
The Ministry Council has made a commitment to support Trinity Lutheran’s Monday Ministries which offers a weekly meal on Mondays, a food pantry, kids and teens clothes closets, health clinics, and more.

We have added new bins to our donations area to support Trinity, and we would like to invite you to consider supporting this ministry as well as the other ministries we have bins for. Currently we are collecting new and gently used clothing for children and teens, as well as new or gently used toys for children. Later on we will be joining other churches and groups that help supply meals on Monday evenings. We are excited to help out with the vital work and community service that Trinity Lutheran is engaged in to support struggling neighborhoods in our community.