St. Elias Orthodox Church
Antiochian Archdiocese
716 Copeland Ave, La Crosse, WI
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50th Annual Mediterranean Festival

The 50th Annual Mediterranean Festival will be held on July 21st 2024 12-5 PM on Church Grounds (next to Salvation Army). Please join us for the afternoon of live music, tours of our historic church, Arabic tea time, ethnic bake sale, silent auction, and more. The menu options will include chicken kebabs, sliced lamb and falafel dinner. All dinners will be served with Syrian Rice, Greek Salad, Tzatziki sauce, Pita & Hummus. More info here>

Churching of a New Mother and Child

On Sunday, October 15th, 2023 we welcomed Bailey and new baby Simeon back to St. Elias for their Churching! May the Lord grant them health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!

2023 Inquirer’s Class - Introduction to Orthodoxy 101

Are you interested in learning more about the original Christian Church?

If so, join us for the Orthodoxy Inquirer's Class every Friday at 3:00 pm starting on October 14 until December 15, 2023

Free, weekly, online sessions. All are welcome. To enroll please call the church or send email.

Blessing of Students

On September 10th, 2023 at the end of the Liturgy Fr. Nicholas blessed our Sunday school children, their parents and teachers at the beginning of the New Academic Year. May the Lord enlighten and guide them into His divine truth!

Welcome to Father Nicholas and Khouria Sofia!

Father Dionysios has retired after serving at St. Elias Church for 13 years. Welcome to Father Nicholas and Khouria Sofia! And thank you to Father Dionysios and Khouria Margaret. May God grant them many years!

Fr. Dionysios' retirement

On August 26-27th we were honored to welcome His Grace Bishop ANTHONY for a special weekend at St. Elias church. This was Fr. Dionysios’ (Dean’s) last weekend as the pastor of St. Elias, as he decided to retire after serving the parish for 13 years.

49th Mediterranean Festival was held on July 23rd

The 49th St. Elias Mediterranean Festival was held on July 23rd on Church grounds. The program included live music by Maritza, Winona Folk Dancers, Ember Polyphonic Choir, church singers, Syrian drumming; silent auction, tours of the church, iconography demonstration and sale by Drazen Dupor, face painting, children's activities, and more…

Birthright Fundraiser 2023

The annual fundraiser for Birthright of La Crosse will end next Sunday, February 26. Birthright is an international volunteer organization with a La Crosse chapter since 1976.  Birthright is available to those with an unintended pregnancy to provide information, a listening space, and love, along with referrals and emotional and spiritual support when needed.  One more week remains to make your donation.  Bottles are still available downstairs to take home, fill, and bring back by next Sunday.  Donations can also be put in an envelope marked "Birthright" and placed in the donation box as you enter the church. 

If you prefer, you can make your donation online on our parish website; simply click on 'Donate' button and choose "Birthright" from the drop down menu.

Additionally, donations can be accepted via text message. Send a text message with the code word birth to (608) 719-4454. 

Thank you and know your pro-life support will be appreciated by moms, dads, and babies to be. 

Giving Tuesday 2022

#GivingTuesday is November 29. Can we count on your support?

Our church is growing. We have an ambitious but achievable goal of expanding our historic building and improving accessibility. Every dollar helps!

Annual Parish Meeting - 2022

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on October 23rd after Divine Liturgy. The parish council will be putting on the dinner. A Lamb dinner will be served, and a potluck with the parish. Please plan on bringing a dish to share.

2022 Orthodoxy Inquirer's Class

Are you interested in learning more about the original Christian Church? If so, come to the Orthodoxy Inquirer's Class on Thursdays September 8 - November 17, 2022 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Free, weekly, in-person sessions. All are welsome. Bring your questions!

2022 Mediterranean Festival is July 17 at St. Elias Church

The annual St. Elias Mediterranean Festival is back, in person and ready to treat the community to delicious food, live entertainment and church tours of this historical gem on the North Side.

People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to this multicultural celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 17, on the grounds of St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church, 716 Copeland Ave.

Baptism of Thomas Augustine Klatte

On Sunday, July 3rd 2022, we had the baptism of Thomas Augustine Klatte, son of Jacob and Stephanie Klatte. We extend our congratulations to the entire family as well as the Godparents, Robert and Edie Storey. May the Lord grant them all health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!

April 2022 Baptisms and Chrismations

On Lazarus Saturday, April 16th, we were very pleased to receive  Philippa Ideker into the Orthodox Church through the mystery of Holy Baptism. We were also very pleased to receive John, Grace, and Simona Ideker and Nathan Smith into the Orthodox Church through Holy Chrismation. We extend our congratulations to them as well as the sponsors, Eric Ofstedahl and Marian Gorgy. May the Lord grant them all health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!

Birthright of La Crosse fundraiser

Birthright is an international volunteer organization with a La Crosse chapter since 1976. Birthright is available to those with an unintended pregnancy to provide information, a listening space and love, along with referrals and emotional and spiritual support when needed. We have bottles you can fill with cash or checks to help support the Birthright of La Crosse, WI fundraiser. You are welcome to pick one up during services, coffee hour, book study or Father's office hours. Additionally, you can make a donation on our website or via text message. 

The Orthodox Way - Adult Study

We will be studying the book “The Orthodox Way” by Bp. Kallistos Ware on Wednesday evenings. The class is from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to join.

Little Free Pantry

We now have a Little Free Pantry installed in front of the church. Please consider bringing items each week to keep it stocked. Anything non-perishable is fine. As we head into winter, we'll want to avoid glass items that can freeze and break. Over time, we'll see what is in most demand. You may wish to consider donating expensive items, such as diapers, thermal socks and canned protein, as these items can be hard to come by for some. 

2021 Iconography Workshop

On October 15-17th St. Elias Orthodox Church hosted Iconography Workshop with instructor Drazen Dupor.
Participants wrote the icon “Sweet Kissing”  - Theotokos and Christ Child (acrylic on board with metal leaf).

If you have questions, please contact Drazen Dupor at 608-244-0885 or

Annual Parish Meeting - October 24th, 2021

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held in-person on Sunday, October 24, 2021 after Liturgy. We will be starting at Noon. Link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out before the meeting for those who prefer to participate remotely.

A Journey to Fullness

The class is open to everyone. It will start on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and end Dec. 15 for 16 lessons. The class will be on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm.  Also, he would like to start the class at 7:00 pm, but he is open to a different time. Please let Fr. Dean know if you would like to participate in the class and if you have a different preferred day or time.

2021 Mediterranean Drive-Thru Festival

St. Elias Drive-Thru Mediterranean Festival will be held on St. Elias church grounds on Sunday, September 12th, 2021, 2-6 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Diocese of Toledo Virtual Parish Life Conference

Save the date June 26th, 2021 and remeber to register for the Diocese of Toledo Virtual Parish Life Conference. 

Folding Palms on Lazarus Saturday

After Divine Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday (April 24th), we'll fold palms into crosses. These will be distributed on Palm Sunday (April 25th).

No Limit on Church Attendance

Beginning Saturday, April 24, there will no longer be a limit of 16 people attending our services. What is being asked of you is to sit no more than 3 people in a row, unless you are of the same family.

Bible Study starting April 1st, 2021

Starting Thursday, April, 1st, and continuing on Thursdays at 7:00PM, we will begin a Bible Study. We will start with the Gospel of Luke. We will also be discussing any questions concerning the Orthodox Church which you wish to ask. Please let Fr. Dionysios know if this is of interest to you and if you plan on participating. Everyone is invited to participate.

2021 Annual Parish Meeting - January 24th, 2021

Dear St. Elias parishioner,

You are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting of St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church

on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Noon via Zoom videoconferencing. 

A link to join the meeting will be published on our website prior to the meeting.

Church is open to 16 attendees beginning Dec. 12

Dear Parishioners,

We will open the services to 16 attendees plus chanters beginning December 12th. Please sign up on our website as we have done previously.


The following requirements will be enforced:

Do not attend the service if...

Baptism of Everett Coleman

On Sunday, December 6th, the Feast of St. Nicholas, we had the baptism of Everett Coleman, son of Jeff and Bailey Coleman. We extend our congratulations to the entire family as well as the sponsors, Jacob and Stephanie Klatte. May the Lord grant them all health, strength, salvation, furtherance in every good thing, and many blessed years!

Giving Tuesday - December 1st, 2020

#GivingTuesday is December 1. Please join us on this global day of generosity with a financial gift to support St. Elias Orthodox Church. An important goal for our church is to build a handicapped-accessible ramp so we can welcome ALL people through our historic doors and share the beauty of our worship. The first $1,000 donated on #GivingTuesday will be matched dollar for dollar.

Temporary Change to Services

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In light of the skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 in La Crosse County, and for the safety of all, services at St. Elias Church will temporarily change starting this weekend. There will be no Vespers on Saturday. Divine Liturgy and Matins will be closed to all except the chanters. The Sunday services will be livestreamed on our YouTube Channel. You will find a link posted on our website.

Toolkit for Spiritual Growth - Adult/Teen Class

Beginning on October 8th, we will be studying the book "Toolkit for Spiritual Growth: A Practical Guide to Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving" by Fr. Evan Armatas.  

This 8-week class will be held on Thursdays at 6:00 pm via Zoom meeting. 

St. Elias German Drive-Thru Dinner

We're celebrating the heritage and delicious food of our German parishioners and friends with a drive-thru dinner event! 

When: Sunday, October 18th

Meals will be served from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (or sold out, whichever comes first).

Cost is $10 per meal. Cash sales only. Please pay when you arrive; no advance tickets will be sold. 

Services canceled on September 20-27th

Dear Parishioners, due to the increase in the spread of COVID-19 in La Crosse, with Bp. ANTHONY's blessing there will not be any services until after September 27th. We will re-evaluate the situation at that time. Please feel free to contact Father Dionysios if you require his assistance.

Baptism of Jeff Coleman

On Saturday, September 12th, we were very pleased to receive Jeff Coleman into the Orthodox Church through the mystery of Holy Baptism. We sincerely congratulate Jeff,  his sponsor Fr. Photios Parks of the Carpatho-Russian Archdiocese, and their families on this joyous occasion, and we ask the Lord to grant them many blessed years!

Intro to Orthodox Christianity

Our MEOCCA-sponsored, 12-week, fall 2020 cooperative catechism course on the basics of Eastern Orthodox Christianity will begin on Tuesday, September 15, from 7-9 pm. The class is open to all people interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity, inquirers, catechumens, and current Orthodox Christians as well! The course is an excellent opportunity to deepen the knowledge of the Orthodox Christian Faith. Classes will be held virtually via Zoom to begin the semester.

Mediterranean Drive-Thru Dinner Update

We are overwhelmed and grateful for the enthusiastic response to our first-ever drive-thru dinner. We sold out in an hour! Thank you very much for your support!  We are hoping to have a German drive-thru dinner in October. We will be making more food to ensure everyone who wants a meal gets one. 

Thank you to all who worked hard to make this event a success!

St. Elias Mediterranean Drive-Thru Dinner

This year due to COVID-19 situation we were unable to hold our annual Mediterranean Festival. But we couldn't let summer go by without at least a modified version of our popular Fest, so we are offering Mediterranean Drive Thru Dinner on August 30th  from 4:30-6:30 PM. 

Spread the word! We are looking forward to seeing you!

Bp. ANTHONY's YouTube Channel

Dear Parishioners,

Bishop ANTHONY wants to remind you about the YouTube channel where you can find His Grace's sermons and messages.

Further, you can subscribe to the channel, and when new videos from Bishop ANTHONY are posted, you will be notified.

Orthodox Life Presentations

Orthodox Life Presentations sponsored by the Antiochian Department of Homeschooling.

June 23-29, 2020 at 6:00 pm CT (7:00 pm ET)

A number of Orthodox Christian leaders and teachers, who are a great blessing upon all of us, have organized a series of presentations on Orthodox Life.  Nightly sessions run from June 23rd to June 29th. Dr. John Mark Reynolds of The Saint Constantine School in Houston, Texas will be offering a presentation on Orthodox and Classical Education.  In addition, the Antiochian Department of Homeschooling (Saint Emmelia Ministries), including Fr. Noah Bushelli and Dn. David Hyatt, will be offering a presentation on Orthodox Christian Homeschooling.  Below you will find the presenters and the topics of their sessions.  Zoom information is being provided.  These sessions are open to everyone.  Please pass the word as freely and often as you can. Please contact the presenters directly with any questions. Technical questions, such as logging in, should be directed to Dn. David Hyatt at or by calling 218-576-8324.

2020 Virtual Sacred Music Institute - Save The Date

Make plans to join the Department of Sacred Music and Keynote Speaker Fr. John Erickson and participate in the first ever Virtual Sacred Music Institute. 

Friday, July 17 - Sunday, July 19, 2020

Vistual Sacred Music Institute (SMI) will replace the 35th Annual Summer SMI, and will occur the same weekend. There will also be a Youth Music Ministry.

More information will be coming very soon - schedule, presenters, registration, etc.

Antiochian Village Virtual Camp 2020

Antiochian Village Camp was founded in 1978 and since then has been one of the premier facilities for Orthodox youth and families in our country. This year Antiochian Village is excited to annouce Virtual Camp opportunity. They have created 8 weeks of programming starting Monday June 15th. You can access all programs and get additional information on their website.

Parish Life Conference 2020

SAVE THE DATE! We are excited to announce the Diocese of Toledo and the Midwest Virtual Parish Life Conference coming VIRTUALLY on June 27, 2020!

There will be virtual session for teens, young adults, and Christian Ed teachers, as well as a virtual senior presentation for high school graduates, and more.  So mark your calendars for Saturday, June 27!  Sign up for the Senior Presentation with Bishop ANTHONY as well as nomination forms for the diocesan teen officer elections.

Chrismation of Sylvie Moser

On June 6th, the Eve of the Holy Pentecost, we were very pleased to receive Sylvie Moser into the Orthodox Church through Holy Chrismation. We sincerely congratulate her on this joyous occasion and we ask the Lord to grant her many blessed years!

"Race, Identity, and Reconciliation" - Adult Study

Beginning June 23rd, we will be studying the book "Race, Identity, and Reconciliation" by Mother (Nun) Katherine Weston. It can be found at many places online. Please order yours now.

The class will be held virually on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm via Zoom meeting. Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

June 2020 Edition of The Word Magazine is Now Available

The June edition contains the following articles:

Getting the Church Back to Full-Time Work by Bishop JOHN

A Quarantine Opportunity: The Way of the Warrior Saint by Fr. Chris Salamy

Orthodox Chaplaincy at the Front Lines: Christ is in our Midst! by Sarah Byrne-Martelli and Fr. Adrian Budica

Healing, Health, and Holiness by Bishop Anthony

Information about the Antiochian House of Studies, Archdiocesan news, and more!

Seven Holy Women & You: Walking with the Saints - An Online Ancient Faith Women's Retreat

This year, the beloved Ancient Faith Women's Retreat moves online for a special journey into the lives of seven women saints and the ways they foster our own spiritual identity. Created as both a deeply personal and enriching communal experience, this interactive webinar retreat will feature the writers of Seven Holy Women: A Storytelling Devotional, which releases from Ancient Faith Publishing this fall. A copy of the book is complimentary with each registration package, and registrants will receive the book in time to begin reading and writing in it before the retreat.

Click below to see a full list of speakers, featured sessions, and registration information!

Opening The Church For Services

We have received a letter from Met. JOSEPH giving us permission and guidance as to opening the parish again.

#GivingTuesdayNow Update

It is with great joy and appreciation that we can announce that through the kindness and generosity of many people the #GivingTuesdayNow campaign has raised $970.

May God Bless all those that gave.

A message for 2020 graduates from +Bishop ANTHONY

Watch a YouTube video from +Bishop ANTHONY to all 2020 graduates.

Tuesday Evening Adult Study

We are having a class on Tuesday evenings discussing a book “How to be a Sinner: Finding Yourself in the Language of Repentance” by Dr. Peter Bouteneff.

May Edition of The Word Magazine is Available Online

The Word is the official news magazine of the Antiochian Archdiocese. It is published monthly (with the exception of July and August). The magazine was founded in 1905 in the Arabic language by St. Raphael of Brooklyn, and later was turned into an English language publication by Metropolitan Antony Bashir in 1957. While content is primarily intended to keep readers informed of Orthodox news, it also educates and inspires with articles on faith and practice. Back issues are available in PDF format here.

Resources and Directives for COVID-19

Check the latest updates​ from the Archdiocese regarding the COVID-19 pandemi​c to be informed on the directions provided from His Eminence, and to access resources for your family and parish during this difficult time.

Pysanky Workshop

The workshop was lead by Stacey Sabadash Kalas and Kh. Margaret Wilhelm on March 15th, 2020. We spent a fun afternoon making pysanky.

Pysanky are Ukraininan Easter eggs.  The name comes from the Ukraininan verb "pysaty", which means "to write" or "to inscribe", as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.

Iconography Workshop

On October 25-26, 2019 St. Elias church hosted Iconography workshop lead by instructor Drazen Dupor. Drazen has been paining icons since 1986. He is teaching students at his studio in Middleton, WI, he frequently travels to lead workshops at retreat centers, schools and churches.  He was a member of the prestigious Klik Artist Association in Knin, Croatia, and studied the art of icon writing in Thessalonica, Greece, at the K.N. Georgiadis School of Art under the supervision of Zlatko Bomestar. He also restores icons and accepts commissions. For more information, please visit

45th Annual Mediterranean Festival

July 14th 2019 12-5 PM on Church Grounds (next to Salvation Army)
A great opportunity to travel to other parts of the world without leaving home. The St. Elias Festival is packed with fun for the whole family. Bring your friends, your extended family and enjoy an afternoon filled with new tastes and sounds of the Fertile Crescent, the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.


St. Elias is a small church that relies heavily on the generous donations

and regular contributions of our parish members, friends and those who have historical ties to the church. A sincere thank you for any support you can offer for the well-being and long term survival of St. Elias.

May God be with you!

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    5:00pm Vespers
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    8:45am Matins (Morning Prayers)
    10:00am Divine Liturgy
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    5:00pm Vespers

St. Elias Orthodox Church * 716 Copeland Ave * P.O. Box 3176 * La Crosse, WI 54602-3176