Weekly News & Updates: Friday, September 16, 2022
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 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.
Current Risk: unknown
(tracker not updated as of 4:30pm on Thurs. 09/15)
  • 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, that masks are required no matter the risk level.
As we return to fall routines, and our children return to the classroom, did you know that your Mission Support dollars also support theological education for the church’s future leaders? This year the ELCA Fund for Leaders celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since it’s establishment in 1997, your gifts have empowered over 1,100 gifted leaders to become pastors, deacons, chaplains, mission developers and more. During the 2020-2021 academic year the Fund for Leaders provided over $3.2 in scholarships assistance to 317 ELCA seminary students.
Visit ELCA.org/FundforLeaders25 to view a video series showing some of the ways Fund for Leaders is making an impact in communities across the country - even right here at our own church - Kristen Arends is a recipient of this fund as she attends Luther Seminary!
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.
Help at the Warming Center this year! ELCA churches will jointly providing meals for the Warming Center on the first and second Friday of each month November-April. For meals - a one pot/simple meal - soup, stew, hotdish, BBQ, tacos - any simple meal for 20 adults. Milk is appreciated, but not required. Bread and dessert are optional. Ingredients for the meal are available free of charge to you at The Hunger Task Force. If you are interested, email bridget@firstlu.org to ask to be added to the signup email. Questions, email Bridget or call 608 790-7432, or talk with ELC member, Kathy Hageseth.

This would be a GREAT service opportunity for a small group - talk to your Bible studies and classes!
Toss your razors - it's Bethlehem Beard time! Start growing those beards now!

We also have an update from our resident Bethlehem Props Expert, Pam Strittmater. Click here to read what you should start thinking about now to donate in Oct-Dec! (Dried herbs and plants, etc.)

September 24 & 25 is our Bethlehem Fair! Pete Bemis will give a short Temple Talk at each service about how you can get involved in #BethlehemEvent2022. There is something for every age and every talent! Work behind the scenes, or be cast members! It takes a village to build a village. We'll have sign ups out that weekend, and the weekend of October 1.

Watch for more information!
Your church library is having a Big Book Giveaway from September 10-18. There will be books for children, youth and adults. Plan to pick up some good reading (there will be no limit on the number of books you take 😊). The books will be located in the hallway between the Narthex and Fellowship Hall.
Now that Fall has arrived it's time to resume the final part of our study of the Gospel of John. We will be meeting for the time being in the Fellowship Hall. The time, as always, will be the same - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening. If you know of anyone who hasn't been a part of our study but might like a rather detailed examination of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, please invite them to join us! So, our study will resume on Thursday Sept. 22nd at 6:30 p.m., and as always it will be posted online for those unable to be there. Looking forward to seeing you! ~Pr. Dennis Johnson
Mark your calendars for the Coulee Region Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 9! English Lutheran has a team again this year! Register to walk online, and pick "English Lutheran" as your team.

Share the below link via email or social media to collect online pledges - and make sure to tell folks to pick "English Lutheran."
If online isn't your thing, pick up a registration and pledge form at the Welcome Center and bring it the day of the walk! Checks should be made payable to Coulee Region Hunger Walk.

Our Packer/Viking Challenge for WAFER is a success! Results are:

Vikings: 171 pounds
Packers: 142 pounds + $170 cash donations
I Don't Care: 37 pounds

Total to Wafer: 350 pounds of food & $170 cash!

A big thank you to "WAFER Man" Lou, who has faithfully taken our donations to the pantry over the years!