Fall Line-Up

As we wrap up the Summer season, keep these dates in mind for events and ministry start dates this Fall.  See the details of these events in this publication.

 

†  Sunday School - Every Sunday - began Sept. 13

† Confirmation Orientation ~ Begins Sept. 23

† Women’s Bible Study ~ On Hold for now.

Confirmation Orientation

We will do Zoom Orientation on Sep. 23 at 6:30 pm. You will receive a Zoom invite from Pastor Jeff that week.  Please contact the church office or Pastor Jeff if you are new to confirmation.

Confirmation Classes

Beginning Sep. 30 and going through October, confirmation small groups will meet at an outdoor location of their choosing, ideally with overhead shelter in case of rain, from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday nights. This is earlier than last year to take advantage of as much daylight and daytime warmth as possible. If you have schedule conflicts, come when you can. Small groups will watch a 10-20 minute recording or livestream large group lesson from Pastor Jeff, followed by small group discussion, prayer, and highs and lows and possibly a game. All appropriate COVID precautions will be taken which will be explained at Orientation.

Confirmation classes are for students in grades 7 through 9.  Completion of your confirmation classes takes place in your 10th grade year culminating with the Affirmation of Baptism service.

Tech Help Needed

Ever wanted to create a movie? Good with computers? Willing to learn? I’ve learned a lot these last five months doing online worship out of necessity. But, I’m wondering if anyone in the congregation would be interested in helping with, being part of a team, or leading the charge, recording and editing our online worship services in the future so I can reclaim some time each week and get back to work on other important areas of ministry. Ability to use iMovie would be most helpful, but any movie-making software would work. Interested or have questions/suggestions? Contact Pastor Jeff.

Adopt-A-Highway

Thank you to those who helped us clean up our section of Cty. Rd. C.  Check out some photos in our gallery!!

God's Work, Our Hands

Though we can’t gather in large groups, we can still do God’s Work with Our Hands!  We have some projects that can be done individually at any time.

~ Paint ~ Trellis.  If you’re interested in either, please email the church office.

 

~ Weed ~ The church and youth house grounds.  1 family unit per area please.

 

~ Kindness Yard Signs ~ We have the signs, you can either pick them up at church from the yard, just take one, or give us a call and we can deliver it to your yard.  The signs say:

“DO KINDNESS”  and have our church logo.

 

** SEND US PICS OF YOU & YOUR PROJECT!!**

Sunday School

Our Sunday School includes children ages 3 through grade 6.  Registration information will be emailed out and posted on our website in September.  Please join us!

We will hold outdoor services with weather permitting. During the services, we have the Sunday school teachers and children spread out into small groups. These groups will have less than 10 people per group. Children attending the Sunday School groups WILL NEED to have masks on.  Sunday school is going on now, every Sunday.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I will absolutely do my best to address anything in a timely manner. Thank you so much, take care. 

Samantha Lee

Email: childrensministry@englishlutheranchurch.org

Church Office Hours

Beginning Sept. 16

Sundays ~ 9:00 am - Noon

Wednesdays ~ Noon - 8:00 pm

Thursday ~  9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other days will be worked from home. Please email or call the church office for any needs/questions you have.

In-Person Worship

NEW Worship Schedule beginning August 23!

~ 9:15 AM Facebook Online Worship

~ 10:00 AM Parking Lot Worship

Note - no 8:30 worship service at this time.  We will only be holding in-person worship services at 10;00.

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 5 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!

Helpful Resources

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

 

Resources:

  1. Families with children:​

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

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

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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.

Women's Bible Study

After talking with our group and Pastor Jeff, we have decided that for now, we will not have our monthly Bible study. However, those of you who receive the Gather Magazine, can find interesting articles, along with the monthly study.

 

 

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.

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

Prayer Shawls

If you have a loved one who is going through a tough time and could use the comfort of being wrapped in prayers with a blanket/shawl, you may provide a prayer shawl for them.

Please contact the church office if you need a shawl.   There is no cost for the shawl.

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Sunday Worship Service

Online Sundays at 9:15 am

In-Person Parking Lot Service ~

Sundays at 10:00 am

Education

Sunday School

           Sunday 10:00 am (September-May)

Confirmation Classes

           Wednesday 6:30 pm (September-May)

Office Hours

Wednesdays ~ Noon - 8:00 pm

Thursdays ~ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sundays ~ 9:00 am - Noon

ADDRESS

 

229 West Main Street

Ellsworth, WI 54011

office@englishlutheranchurch.org

T  /  715-273-4617

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