E-Voice: weekly news & updates
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Friday, June 11, 2021

We are grateful that this last month has brought:
  • continued progress in vaccinations,
  • low disease rates in our community,
  • updated CDC guidance stating that fully vaccinated individuals are (generally speaking) neither at risk themselves nor a risk to others in the spread of COVID19. 

With this good news the Re-Opening team is recommending the following immediate changes to worship practices:
  • Online pre-registration will no longer be required for attending worship. (Online signup continues for worship volunteers. See below if you want to help out at worship!)
  • Strict attendance limits for worship will no longer be in effect—however, we will still require all to wear face masks and practice 6 foot physical distancing with every other pew left open. Family members will not need to distance during worship.
  • Overflow seating will be available in the Fellowship Hall to watch the live-stream in the event that attendance exceeds what the sanctuary can hold while following our physical distancing requirements.  

More changes will be announced soon as we continue to adapt and thoughtfully rollback various safety precautions that were put in place due to the pandemic. Thanks to all for your continued patience and understanding! If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to talk with any member of the Re-Opening Team: Pastor Glen Bickford, Pastor Becky Goche, Brenda Rooney, Karl Green, Mark Flaten, Mary Mueller, Jennifer Jones, Niki Pohnl.
The Transition Team would like to meet with church members. They are looking for more feedback - this time regarding mutual expectations for the next pastor. There will also be a chance to share other thoughts regarding what is needed for the next Senior Pastor. There will be five locations/rooms within our building for meetings after church services this weekend, and each meeting is limited to six people (plus a facilitator).

Each meeting should be 30-45 minutes in length. Click here to sign up, or call Jennifer at 784-9335.
The survey results continue to trickle in, settling in at over 200 responses, well over 40%. Understandably, naming the top five ministry tasks for the senior pastor had many different responses, but there were three standouts: Preaching & Worship (150 responses), Building a Sense of Community (91), and Administration (81). The next two highest after these three were Pastoral Care & Visitation (49) and Spiritual Formation & Direction (46). Click to read more!

There will be a special Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 20 after worship to elect the Call Committee. You may attend in person or via Zoom (link will be sent out at a later time).
Sunday, June 13, 9 am

Use link on our Synod Assembly website to watch assembly proceedings live each day, view assembly worship LIVE Sunday, June 13th at 9 am, view the recorded assembly worship service at a later time.

ELC's synod assembly delegates are: Paul Holman, Scott Martin, Niki Pohnl, and Irene TenEyck.
Phone-in devotions are on Tuesdays & Thursdays! Call 608-784-8876 ext. 203 to listen in. Our staff will be sharing devotions from some of our favorite sources, so you'll get a little bit of everything!

As we're getting back to normal, we need worship volunteers now more than ever! Click below to sign up to usher, lector, and more. If you haven't served at worship before, contact Carol at 784-9335. She'll be happy to connect you with a volunteer coordinator to receive training!

Join us on Facebook or YouTube at 7:00 pm each Wednesday! Our ELC Weekly is a livestream update on what's happening around church.

We've had numerous guests talk about things like the Bethlehem Event, the Re-Opening Team, the Transition Team, Property Committee projects, and youth activities.

Wednesday, June 16: ELC's exploration with Reconciling in Christ.
New library books are on display and ready for check-out! Select a book (or two) and follow the easy directions for check-out. To return books, there are two drop boxes available - one in the display area and the other in the parking lot entrance.

  • Just Mercy (adult and youth versions) by Bryan Stevenson
  • The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family by Bettye Kearse
  • Amish Greenhouse Mysteries- a series by Wanda Brunstetter
  • The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Sisters and Mrs. Lincoln's Rival, both by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Daughter of Rome by Tessa Afshar
  • Waking Up White by Debby Irving

We have added a number of the following popular authors' recent books to our collection:
  •    Karen Kingsbury
  •    Debbie Macomber
  •    Lisa Wingate
  •    Lauraine Snelling
  •    Tamera Alexander
Vacation Bible School is back in-person! It will look a bit different to be COVID-safe. Our programs run Monday-Thursday the week of June 20-24, 2021. We will offer a morning Pre-School program for children ages 3-5/5K, from 9am-11:30am. Our elementary-age program for children entering 1st-6th grades runs from 5:30-8:15pm. Our evening program includes dinner for the whole family!

We are mindful of COVID conditions and will adjust our schedule and spacing as needed for the safest experience for your children.

The cost is $10/child for the week (scholarships are available). All are welcome! You do not need to be a member of English Lutheran to join this energetic week of Bible stories, games, crafts, music, and more!Complete either the online registration form or use our printable form to mail or drop off at our church office.​
Amplifying Black Voices is a free two-part series offered via Zoom.
  • July 10, 10am-noon: Black students share their experiences
  • July 17, 10am- noon: Black students’ parents share

This series was developed by residents of the La Crosse area. Each film is approximately an hour in length and is followed by a small group collective conversation which is facilitated by representatives from Hope Restores, a local non-profit. The series is sponsored by the synod Anti-Racism Task Force and subsidized by gifts from Our Savior’s and English Lutheran Churches in La Crosse and Prince of Peace in La Crescent. Click here to register (required for Zoom links to be shared).
Sugar Creek Bible Camp Golf Outing is Monday, August 23, with a 12:30 start time and supper at 5:00. Cost is $75 per golfer. Put together a team of four and join us for this fun day! Registrations are due by June 20. Call camp at 608-734-3113 or register online.