SUNDAY ADULT FORUM – “Immigration Reform Today: And What We’re Called to Do About It” Welcoming the stranger is a theme through our faithful texts. Join The Rev. John Gutterman from Interfaith Coalition on Migration to learn the theological background of immigration reform and learn how people of faith can walk with all immigrants.

CARING FOR CREATION BOOTH THIS SUNDAY:  Stop by our table in the Fellowship Hall to support Hennepin County Green Partners by completing “5 Point Do My Part” on Sunday morning.  Pick up your “Guide for grass mowing” Longer grass, deeper roots, requires less water!

GLBTQ JUSTICE LOBBY DAY: Join Outfront MN at the Capitol on Thursday, April 30 for an afternoon of rallies and small group meetings with your state legislators regarding policies that provide safe, secure environments for all Minnesotans. Email Lauren to sign up for this lobby day!

HELP WANTED -- To be part of creating a communications plan to support ECLC's mission and ministry.  Interested?  We need people willing to come to a session to begin work on this important piece of our Strategic Plan.  From ideas for our website to increasing social media presence to effectively using all forms of communications for members, this is a group to help strategize all our communications.  Whether you are a communications profession or just think this is important, please consider joining us.  If interested or would like more information, please contact Carol Bros.

SIGN UP FOR PROGRESSIVE DINNER!  It’s one of ECLC’s most popular event’s of the year: the Progressive Dinner!  On Saturday, May 9, come to ECLC at 5pm for appetizers then travel in small groups to two host homes for salad and a main course before returning to church at 8:30 for dessert.  Such a fun way to meet other ECLCers! Free childcare is provided in the nursery.  Sign-up at the Sign Up Center.

66 WEST FUNDING   We are happy to announce that on Wednesday, May 6 at 7pm, the Edina City Council will consider potentially financially supporting 66 West with a capital contribution. This is a wonderful opportunity for deepened support from the City of Edina on housing homeless youth in our community!   If you would like to join the group going to the meeting to show support for this project, please contact Lauren.

IMMIGRATION VIDEO DISCUSSION:  Hear the stories of immigrants living in Minnesota and share and discuss together with this powerful video discussion on Sunday, May 10 from 9:45-10:45. Email Lauren to sign up…and she’ll send you a quick 10 minute video to watch to prepare for our time together!

EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER!  During the month of April, ECLC youth in grades 6-8 have been part of a service learning project: Creating and glazing clay bowls, to raise money that will help feed people who are hungry. The empty bowls represent people in our community, and in the world, who do not have enough to eat. We would like to serve you soup & bread, and invite everyone in the congregation to take part in a silent auction for the bowls we've made. All donations from this event will be given to a local hunger organization, to be announced on the day of the event.
Confirmation youth will be serving soup & bread immediately following the 11 am worship service on May 17. Please join us, and consider making a donation. Silent auction tables with bowls available for purchase will be set up in the Fellowship Hall beginning at 8 am. Bids will be accepted from 8 am - 1 pm, with the winning bidders taking home empty bowls and full hearts! Thank you for supporting ECLC youth with your presence on this special day.

MAY 17 IS TEACHER APPRECIATION SUNDAY!  We need all children, youth & families to be at ECLC on May 10 and 17, to prepare for and be part of a very special worship service, in appreciation of our Sunday School teachers. During the education hour on May 10, we will be preparing art, music, dance, and prayers. Then on Sunday, May 17, after classroom parties, kids & youth will help lead the 11:00 am worship service. Confirmation youth will be serving soup & bread after the service, as part of their Empty Bowls Full Hearts fundraiser.

CONNECTION DINNER HOSTS NEEDED On the third Sunday of each month from 5-7pm, the ECLC High-Schoolers are hosted by a member of the congregation in their home for food and fellowship. Hosts are still needed for June, July, and August. Please consider being a host!! Contact the High-School Youth Minister, JD Mechelke

HIGH-SCHOOL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY - URBAN VBS is an overnight Vacation Bible School led by Redeemer Lutheran Church, located at Augsburg College, for youth who have completed 4th - 8th grade. We are looking for high school leaders who are interested in developing leadership skills and guiding middle school youth. The online application closes on Sunday, April 26.  See the application form here for more details:   Urban VBS is a partnership of Redeemer, River of Life, Messiah, ECLC, St. Stephan, and St. Phillip.

SAFE ROADS FOR ALL MINNESOTANS:  Did you know Minnesota immigrants without documents are barred from applying for a driver’s license?  The MN Safe Roads Coalition hopes to change that. Not only will a new law ensure that all drivers are licensed and insured, but Minnesotans without documents will be able to access their jobs, schools, and services without unnecessary fear. The Mission & Immigration Team encourages you to read more here, then contact your state legislator to encourage them to support driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.