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!