Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Please join us and other Ellsworth Community Churches for worship on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 27,

4:00 pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Ellsworth.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Nothing says Thanksgiving more than turkey and mashed potatoes.  Unfortunately, having turkey, potatoes and all of the fixings is not a possibility for some of the families in our community.  This year, English Lutheran will continue the tradition of sharing Thanksgiving baskets with families in need within our community, so they too might sit down as a family to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  This is an opportunity to not only bless, but tobe blessed in putting together Thanksgiving baskets for those who need them.

 

You can help!  Gather names, donate items, or help assemble baskets. 

 

Gather names of families or individuals.  If you know of someone or if your own household is in need, please call or email the church office.  Names will be kept confidential.

 

Gather supplies - The confirmation youth will distribute flyers on November 13 and pick up food from the homes they notified on November 20.  You can contribute non-perishables or monetary donations. Food can be left in the baskets at the entrances.

 

Monetary donations should be left in the office or offering.  Write checks to English Lutheran Church, with Thanksgiving Baskets (in the memo line).  Contributions need to be in by Friday, November 22.

 

Suggested items you could share:

Canned sweet potatoes

Boxed instant mashed potatoes

Cranberry sauce

Boxed instant stuffing

Gravy Canned fruits or vegetables

Or any non-perishable items are welcome.

 

Assemble Baskets:  On Saturday morning, November 23, from  9-11 a.m., volunteers are needed to assemble baskets in the Fireside Room.

 

Basket Pick-up: Families can pick-up their baskets on Sunday, November 24, 9:30 am - Noon. 

 

Contact the office to help with any of these activities.  Thanks for being a blessing and sharing a blessing! †

 

Christikon

Want to make new friends, grow stronger in your faith, view beautiful mountains, rivers, and waterfalls, and have a ton of fun? Well then join us on our trip to Christikon in Montana this summer! This trip is open to all youth in our community completing grades 6-12.

 

Christikon is an amazing Lutheran camp located in the beautiful Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, just north of Yellowstone National Park. It is a place of intentional Christian community where lifelong friendships are often made and faith frequently grows stronger as we explore the adventure of life together!

 

We are planning to go July 10-19 or July 9-18, 2020. The Early Bird price before fundraising will be $475, but could be much lower depending on various factors.

 

If you’d like to know more about this trip or if you want to sign up, please contact Pastor Jeff!

Christikon Brochure is linked here.  See the Youth ministry page for registration materials.

Super Early Bird deadline is November 20.

Stewardship Campaign

This year our 2020 Stewardship Campaign theme is "Building on 100 years of Sharing God's Gifts".  This is to celebrate our Centennial 1920-2020 which begins next year.  If you have participated in an offering in the past year you will receive a stewardship commitment card with a pre-printed address label to include your envelope number.  If you haven't participated in giving during the past year but would like to, there will be stewardship commitment forms available in the back of the church.

 

We have a silhouette of our church on the wall as you come up the steps to the sanctuary.  There are three cornerstones of our church "God", "Jesus" and "the Holy Spirit,” along with the building blocks of our church depicted as various ministries, i.e. Sunday School, Worship & Music, Youth, Fellowship, Church Council, Women of ELC etc.  On top of our church foundation we will add the bricks that build up our church and provide the resources that allow it to grow.

 

Each of us can help build up our church with one to four bricks by turning in your stewardship commitment card. 

 

Please prayerfully consider participating in this year’s Stewardship Campaign to build up our church with as many bricks as we can to support our church now and into the future with the gifts you have received from God. 

 

 

Live Nativity & Christmas in the Park in Ellsworth

Join us for a live nativity, caroling, Santa, lighting the Christmas Tree, and treats.  This is a free event.  All are invited!

 

We are joining with the Chamber, FFA, Zion Church, St. Francis, the Lion’s Club and other community organizations for this community event.

 

English Lutheran Church will be doing the Living Nativity.  Volunteers and animals are needed.  Please contact the church office if you are interested in helping.  There are no actions or lines for the nativity.

Advent Sermon Series ~ Arise and Shine

Advent begins Sunday, December 1.  During the month of December we will journey through the advent series Arise and Shine.  In this Advent series for worship, we welcome the Christ Child, who is the light of the world, arising in our lives this season. In celebration, we, in turn, shine with the light of Christ in various ways for all the world to see the brightness of his love. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the light of Christ and how we are enlightened by him throughout our lives.

 

The theme verse for the entire series is:

   “Arise, shine, for your light has come” (Isaiah 60:1)

 

Week 1: Rising Light (Isaiah 60:1)

Week 2: Reflected Light (Zechariah 9:16)

Week 3: Healing Light (Malachi 4:2)

Week 4: Eternal Light (Daniel 12:3)

Music

-It is never too early to start thinking about the Christmas season!  If you are interested in ringing bells, singing in a special ensemble, or joining a choir with both adult and youth groups on December 15, please contact me at music@englishlutheranchurch.org, or you can also reach Renee Van Nocker at childrensministry@englishlutheranchurch.org.

 

-As the year 2020 approaches, so too does the 100th anniversary of this congregation.  I would like to hear in fellowship what 100 years’ of music has meant to this congregation.  What does a century of worship, evangelism, and the good news mean to those who celebrate with music?  What has been the most meaningful moment in your faith journey with music?

If you are interested in contributing to a special project and concert series leading up to this anniversary, please specify in your offering and your gifts of time and music.

~ Evan Mitchell

Christmas Schedule

CHRISTMAS EVE

Tuesday, December 24 at 1:30, 4:00 & 9:30 pm
Candlelight Christmas for Ellsworth

 

 

CHRISTMAS DAY
No Worship Services.

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.  There are 3 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.

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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