Holy Week Schedule

Online Worship ~

Palm Sunday Worship ~ April 5 ~ 10:00 am

Maundy Thursday Worship ~ April 9 ~ 6:30 pm

Good Friday Worship ~ April 10 ~ 6:30 pm

Easter Sunday Worship ~ April 12 ~ 10:00 am

Helpful Resources

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


Holy Week Resources:

  1. ELC Holy Week “Lawn Cross” Instruction Sheet (**URGENT-READ NOW!**)

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

  3. A Coloring Sheet- To bring calm and meditation to kids or adults

  4. Pandemic Hope- A family devotional (for Sunday school & confirmation families)

  5. Picture the Bible- A Holy Week resource (for Sunday school families)

  6. Hearts at Home


Sermon Manuscripts:

Parable of the Prodigal Son

Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

Parable of the Good Samaritan

If you don’t have internet access and you would like more printed worship/devotional resources mailed to you in the coming weeks. please call or text Pastor Jeff’s cell phone at 651-235-7204.

Worship with us Online!

Join us at10:00 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.

FAQ Update

Dear friends in Christ,


I pray that you and your loved ones are doing well! Amazing how quickly our lives have changed, isn't it? I just want to give you what updates I can.


Here are some answers to questions you may have:


Q: How long will the worship services only be on-line?

A: We are subject to Governor Evers' order.  We do not know when that will be lifted. However, we respect and affirm the safety measures that have been put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 so that as many lives as possible may be saved.


Join us for worship on Facebook at 10:00 AM on Sunday and 6:30 PM on Wednesday. If you miss the live broadcast, you can still watch the recording later as well.


Q: What if I'm not on Facebook? How can I worship?

A: You do not have to be a member of Facebook to watch our worship services. Just follow the links in our emails and on our website OR search for us on Facebook.com-- our page is www.facebook.com/EnglishLutheranEllsworth/ If you are NOT a Facebook user, you'll be able to see our worship, but you will not be able to comment or "like" our posts. We also will have a YouTube page by early next week where we will post worship services as well. If you can't access the internet, let us know and we will mail you a printed copy of my sermon and other materials we can print.


Q: Will there be Sunday School, Confirmation, First Communion, Palm Sunday Breakfast or other gatherings during this time?

A: All planned activities inside the church building are cancelled or postponed indefinitely. We will re-schedule as many of them as we can that make sense once large gatherings are allowed again.  Stay tuned for more information as we have it.


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:



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.


Finally, I know these are unsettling times. Our lives have been turned upside down, and many of you are anxious about the spread of this virus, about being isolated, about the effects on our economy, and not being able to bring all that to worship here in the church on Sunday morning. I get it. I am praying for all of you that God will give you peace and sustain you in this time. I hope you will be able to join us for our on-line services so we can still gather as a community together, even if not in person for now. Please let me know if there is anything I or the larger congregation can do for you or your loved ones in this time. You are not alone! Jesus and your church family walk with you!


God bless you all!


Pastor Jeff

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!

Ellsworth Food Pantry

Our Ellsworth Food Pantry will still be open during this time. They still have the same hours, however will be bringing food to your vehicle. Please call ahead (715-273-2070) to let them know if you have certain dietary restrictions and they will do what they can to meet them.
Monday: 9:30am - noon
Tuesday: 9:30am - noon
Wednesday: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 9:30am – noon

No food donations are requested at this time from individuals, however monetary donations are being accepted so the food pantry can continue to support our community in this time of need.


Volunteers are also in short supply as some of the regular volunteers are unable to do so at this time.


For questions, contact: Katie Bartko

Luther Point Bible Camp

The Schedule for Summer 2020 is out and registration is open.  Be sure to check out the Summer Discounts section, including the member church discount.

Take a moment to visit the website and get familiar with the schedule and the family and youth camps being offered this summer!




Note that children in grades 6 and under can receive $100 towards their camp fees from our Children’s Endowment Fund.  Contact the church office.


With our church building essentially shut down for COVID-19, our ten youth going to Christikon may not be able to do some of the fundraising we had planned. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate your purchase of “Stock” in our trip to Montana in July. Please mail donations to English Lutheran and write “stock sales” in the memo of your check. Thank you!

See the link below for details.

ELC ~ Did You Know?

† You can request music in the music request box on the table at the back of the sanctuary.

† We have prayer shawls for you to take at no charge to give to loved ones who may be going through a tough time and need to be wrapped in prayers.  They are hanging outside the church office.

† Council minutes are posted in the folder on the kiosk at the back of the gathering area.  Abbreviated notes are printed in the monthly newsletters.

† Our Sharing Shed, located outside the south entrance, is for those who need basic necessities or seasonal apparel/supplies.  Donations of these items in good condition are accepted in the shed at any time.  Your donations help keep this shed stocked. 

† Our worship services rely on the congregation to volunteer for worship roles.  All are welcome and are invited to participate in these roles.  If you are unsure of a role, please ask Pastor Jeff or someone who is serving that role.  Sign-up sheets are on the table in the gathering area.

† If you are interested in joining a committee within the church, please contact Pastor Jeff or the church office so we can connect you with the folks in that committee/team.  We’d love to have you join our teams!

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.

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, please take a prayer shawl for them.

We have a rack of prayer shawls outside the office door available for anyone.  There is no cost for the shawl.

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 Services

Traditional Service 8:30 am

Contemporary Service 10:00 am


Sunday School

           Sunday 10:00 am (September-May)

Confirmation Classes

           Wednesday 6:45 pm (September-May)



229 West Main Street

Ellsworth, WI 54011


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