THIS SUNDAY! TRANSITION TEAM FORUM On Sunday, April 28, the transition team will be sharing information on the “Ministry Site Profile”—the document that will give guidance to the Synod and our call committee. We are soliciting input to ensure that we have the broadest consensus possible in defining the tasks and qualities of the new pastor we are seeking. The next opportunity to discuss these matters will be with Bishop Ann on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Informal communication with the Transition Team is also encouraged.
MEALS ON WHEELS HELPERS: Volunteers needed to deliver meals from 11:00-12:30 on Friday, May 3rd around Edina. Be a day brightener to a homebound neighbor! Email Sarah to join other ECLC volunteers.
NEW PRAYER MINISTRY BEGINNING MAY 1 Soon our new prayer team and the church staff will begin praying through the church membership. Each week, a member of the prayer team will contact six member households to ask for specific prayer requests, so you can expect to receive a call sometime during the coming year. When it’s your week, we would appreciate hearing something about what’s going on in your life—joys, sorrows, celebrations, or concerns. The prayer team member who contacts you will share your prayer concerns with the staff so that we can pray for you during our Tuesday staff meeting. If you don’t have anything specific to share, that’s fine. Just know that we will name you in our prayers that week and give thanks to God for your presence in our church. If you have questions about this ministry or would like to get involved, contact Pastor Jay.
MISSION & TEACHER APPRECIATION FESTIVAL! On May 5 between services, as we give thanks for our Sunday School teachers’ ministry with our children, we will also give thanks for our ECLC’s 27 mission partners with activities to end hunger and homelessness, lift up creation care, support GLBT inclusion, and more. Don’t miss this event that give thanks for all God is doing through ECLC’s many ministries!
EASTER SEASON OFFERING We continue through this Easter Season to lift up Redeemer Center for Life, the non-profit ministry of our sibling congregation, Redeemer Lutheran Church. Our Easter gifts will support the salary of RCFL’s new Director for Equity and Inclusion, who will also help our congregation on our own racial justice journey. ECLC’s Mission Team will match the first $2,500 in donations to this important Easter Offering! Make checks payable to ECLC, and note “Easter Offering” on the memo line.
ECLC HAS RESPONDED to the hate-crime attacks on three historic black churches. St. Mary Baptist Church was burned on March 26 in Port Barre, Louisiana, and the Greater Union Baptist Church and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas, Louisiana, were burned days later. The buildings were home to these communities of strength, faith and resilience. A gift of $1,000 from ECLC Pastor’s Discretionary Fund was sent to Seventh District Baptist Association in Lafayette, which is organizing a matching funds benefit for these three congregations. Gratitude for our financial support and our prayers was received from Ms. Ruth Jack, financial secretary for the association. Gifts to the ECLC Pastor’s Discretionary Fund allow our pastors to respond quickly to such needs. To donate to this fund a designated gift marked “pastors’ discretionary” may be mailed, put in the offering plate, or given online at eclc.org. Thank you!