In-Person Worship

Worship Schedule

~ 8:30 AM Parking Lot Worship

~ 9:15 AM Facebook Online Worship (Note time change)

~ 10:00 AM Parking Lot Worship

 

If Public Health recommends a lower number gathering than the current 50, (e.g. 10) we will cancel the parking lot worship services. If we plan to cancel worship due to weather, we will do so by 7 pm on Saturday night and we will post the information in many places, you can call the church voicemail, or check our church Facebook/website and watch for an email if you're on the weekly email e-news list.

 

Reminder ~ Key items for Parking Lot worship:

 

-Bring and wear a mask (Unless under age 2 or unable to medically)

 

-Bring a lawn chair (only a few metal folding chairs will be available) 

 

-Don't come if you're sick

 

-Stay 6 feet away from other households at all times- sorry no hugging or handshaking.

 

-Expect a 30 minute or less service that will not feel "normal" or include everything we are used to having, but will allow us to worship together in the same location.

 

-When you check in with ushers, they will ask for the name and phone number of one person in your household, in case we or Pierce County Public Health need to contact you about someone at worship having tested positive for COVID-19 (names of those testing positive will not be released).

 

-You will be assigned a colored cone based on the size of your household (single, couple, 3-4, 5+) Please center your line of chairs on the assigned cone in a straight line as shown in photos.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Christikon Bible Camp ~ We're Back!

Thanks for your support!

 

Check out our Gallery page for pictures of our trip!

Also, click below for a stock report - notes from the kids themselves about how camp affected them and some of their stories. 

 

Our group includes: Mary Lundstrom, Matthew Lundstrom, Anissa Cole, Blake Fagerland, Brooklyn Gabert, Zachary Smith, and chaperones Julie Lundstrom and Pastor Jeff.

Pierce County Fair Stand

Unfortunately the Pierce County Fair has been cancelled this summer, so we will not have our annual gathering and won't be able to serve our famous Roast Beef Dinners - I know - makes the taste buds water... We're gonna have to wait until next year.

 

Thank you to all who are usually deep in planning this time of year and cleaning out the fair stand and calling volunteers... Thank you to all of our volunteers who give of their time each year so we can share those dinners with our community. We appreciate you all and will miss our fellowship.

Helpful Resources

We will post resources we think may be good reads or helpful to you.

 

Resources:

  1. Families with children:

    1. Simple Summer - This at-home VBS resource is designed for those looking for faith formation activities for the summer months and who want to keep things simple!

    2. Joy In My Heart ~ At Home VBS

    3. Faith Finders ~ YouTube videos for the family with a Bible lesson and nature/magic/science fun.

    4. Faith 5 - Faith practices to use in your home

    5. Family Faith Nights - Receive the FREE Family Faith Nights email series.  Sample weekly lesson.

  2. Adults

    1. Joyfully Generous ~ 8 week summer worship series ~ Worship docs & Video Devotional

    2. Summer Book Club

  3. All

    1. Hearts @ Home- A home worship resource from our synod

    2. Northwest Synod of WI Worship & Faith Formation at Home

    3. Vibrant Faith @ Home - Each program is a fully designed session developed in three movements - Gather, Grow, and Go Forth - using Vibrant Faith at Home activities as the building blocks for the design.

  4. Community

    1. Pierce County Covid Dashboard

    2. Pierce County Public Health

    3. Pierce County Public Health Face Book Page

 

If you would like printed worship/devotional resources mailed to you. please email the church office at office@englishlutheranchurch.org.

Music Projects

The Music & Worship committee is proud to unveil two new projects to further music ministry at English Lutheran Church: the 'Pen Pal Praise Project' and 'Lay Down a Track-- Until We Get Back' which will provide all congregants, musicians, and youth members with a chance to share in our musical gifts from afar.  Whether by submitting a video of you singing or talking about your favorite worship song, singing along to music to be used during livestream services, or by submitting special music of your own, you can continue to make a joyful noise, even from afar.  More information below.

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Faithful Innovation Network

"A Summer of Listening"

Workshops:

JUNE 18 - Recorded

JULY 16 -Recorded

AUGUST 20 - 6:30-8:00 p.m.

During this time of pandemic all the churches across our synod are doing a huge amount of experimenting, new actions and innovation! This is amazing!  But a big piece of the innovation process is making sure we are listening to God, understanding what God is calling us into and reflecting on our new actions.

The Faithful Innovation Network is offering a FREE three workshop series helping us to pay attention to what God is doing in us and our congregations in the midst of this pandemic.

Anyone is invited and welcome! Workshops will be recorded, so if you miss one, you can catch up easily!

 

Together we will practice listening work, have reflection conversations and explore together what God is doing in the midst of a pandemic. 

We hope you join us!

Malawi Update

June 2020

 

Muli Bwanji dear friends,

 

I would like to share a few updates about our partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi.  

 

Covid-19 

In March as we watched the number of infections and deaths from Covid-19 rise throughout the world, I was holding on with hope that Malawi would be spared from this disease. In April cases began to appear there, and testing became more available in the larger cities. In the last 3 weeks, cases have quadrupled, and there are now 455 confirmed cases, and 4 known deaths due to this disease. With the first recorded cases, the government ordered a shutdown, closing many small businesses, and limiting gatherings to small groups - this immediately put a strain on households who rely on those small businesses for survival, and community members who rely on those businesses for food and supplies. 

 

Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe also made the decision to pause in-person worship due to the large numbers of people who gather each week & knowing this would be one way the church could help ensure people’s safety. With this decision, pastors and evangelists and many ELCM staff have been out of work with no pay. A court decision overturned the government shutdown and decisions about community safety protocols are being negotiated. And, there is a strong urgency by the govenrment to reopen schools in July, although this is very concerning for most families. Additionally, Bishop Joseph has asked all ELCM staff to work from home if they are able, due to the confirmed Covid-19 cases that are very close to the Lutheran compound in Lilongwe.  

 

Aside from these concerns, there is growing anxiety about testing - currently, most testing access is in the large cities, and very little testing is available in the rural areas, in which the greatest percentage of the population lives in Malawi. And, there are only about 2 dozen ICU beds available within the country, so available health care and treatment also brings some worry for those who could need extensive care.  

 

Feeding stations have remained open, with appropriate safety procedures in place, and it is our goal to help sustain this ministry in whatever way we are able.  

  

Companion Visits

In April of this year a small group of us were planning to travel to Malawi to teach at the Pastors’ Academy and travel to Johannesburg for an ELCA/Southern Africa Consultation. The trip was postponed until 2021 (tentatively) due to the global public health concerns.  

 

Social Concerns

Large groups of supporters gather daily throughout the country at various presidential campaigns as the country looks forward to electing a president on June 23.  

 

Support

Many of you have inquired about how we can best walk with our brothers and sisters in Malawi during this time. One important way to offer support is through our prayers - please continue to pray for health, for effective leadership, and for peace for our companions in the church, but also throughout the country.  

The next most effective way we can assist right now would be through financial gifts. These gifts will be used for the following: 1.) Food and supplies for feeding stations, and 2.) Assistance with ELCM staff stipends. Perhaps you feel called to contribute a financial gift to these ongoing needs. Gifts can be mailed to the synod office, or made online

 

Thank you for your ongoing, strong support of our companions in Malawi - your generosity continues to warm my heart!  I will provide additional updates when I receive more detailed information.

 

Please join me in praying for God’s continued blessings on our partnership with the ELCM as we look forward to all the ways we will walk together in the light of Jesus Christ.  Zikomo Yesu!

 

Together in Christ,

 

Deacon Laura Ramlow

Companion Coordinator - Malawi, Africa

Pierce County Public Health Advisory - Updated

June 12, 2020

This is an update on our original advisory released May 15th 2020. This advisory allows mass gatherings outdoors of not over 50 people. Although COVID-19 remains a threat in our communities, we have seen a decrease in cases since mid-May and many area providers have put testing in place for symptomatic patients. 

Please click below to view the advisory, including information on:

~ Mass Gatherings

~ Safe Business Practices

~ Travel recommendations

~ Preventions of Disease Guidelines

Worship with us Online!

Join us at 9:15 am Sunday mornings, for worship on Facebook.  Click on the Facebook Video icon for the service if you miss(ed) it.  No worries if you don't have Facebook - you can click "not now" to the pop-up box asking you to join, if it comes up.

Support Our Small Businesses!

Now is the time to help support our small businesses!  Check out this Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce link to a list of small businesses in Ellsworth and their current hours and offerings.  Let's support our community!

 

A note from the Ellsworth Chamber: COMING SOON!! We are excited to announce our newest program: ‘Ellsworth Bucks’. ‘Ellsworth Bucks’ is a community currency program (similar to the Chamber Dollars of the past), purchased online through the Chamber's website. Not only will it bring a year-round Buy Local program to our community, but it will also help keep local dollars local! It's a WIN-WIN!

Watch for the official launch coming soon (next week🤞)! We're doing it up right with a virtual event complete with activities, merchant spotlights, and GIVEAWAYS! 🥳

FAQ Update

Q: What can I do to support the church?

A: Pray for your fellow partners in ministry. Pray for our community. Call, text, Facetime, email, and send letters and cards to one another. Do the same for our shut-ins and members at the care centers. Contribute to your favorite charities, and if you are financially able, please remember English Lutheran and make an offering so we can continue to do ministry in this challenging time- the world needs us and the Good News of the Gospel now more than ever! If you don't already, give electronically, perhaps the easiest ways are to click on the "Give" Tab on our website or text the amount you want to give to 844-912-2195. Thank you for any support you can give during this unprecedented time of not physically "passing the plate."

 

Q: Will the church building and office be open during the week?

A: Not at this time.

We are workinging from home ~ You can email us anytime at:

pastor@englishlutheranchurch.org

office@englishlutheranchurch.org

You can reach Pastor Jeff M-F from 9a-5p by phone or text for non-urgent matters or anytime for emergencies at 651-235-7204.

Electronic Giving

Did you know we offer electronic giving?  You can make a one-time, weekly, monthly, or semimonthly donation.  Donations can be changed at any time.  You can use your credit card or have funds moved directly from your bank account.  We offer a variety of ways to set this up:

~ Forms are available online and at church, return form to the church office.

~ Scan the QR code found in the church pews.

~ Set up giving online by going to “Giving” on our church website.

~ Text 844-912-2195 for a one time gift.

~ Download the GivePlus app to make a one time or recurring contribution.

Sharing Shed

English Lutheran Church has a “Sharing Shed.”  This is a place you can come to drop off items you wish to donate to someone in need.  Donations accepted are listed below.  No electronics, only necessities.  Our shed is a small garden shed, so smaller items only, no furniture.  Thank you for your generosity!

 

It is also a place you can come to take items you are in need of.  There is no charge and no strings attached.  The shed is not locked and can be accessed at any time.  The Sharing Shed is located just outside the back entrance of the church.  Please feel free to help yourself at any time.

 

Items available include:

            Basic Necessities

            Seasonal Apparel

            Seasonal Supplies

            Miscellaneous Items

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Sunday Worship Service

Online Sundays at 9:15 am

In-Person Parking Lot Services ~

Sundays at 8:30 & 10:00 am

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           Sunday 10:00 am (September-May)

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           Wednesday 7:00 pm (September-May)

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Ellsworth, WI 54011

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