WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS!  ECLC is grateful to welcome new members on Sunday, May 3. Please be here to greet and get to know them! We will celebrate during worship as well as during the Youth Breakfast between services.

ANNUAL ECLC YOUTH BREAKFAST:   The Annual ECLC Youth Breakfast Fundraiser is this Sunday, May 3, 9:15-10:45am! Please come and support our youth as they raise funds to participate in high school youth ministry opportunities. Suggested donation for adults-$10, for children over 5-$5, children under 5-free, and a family maximum of $25.

CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM:  We welcome Grace Joanne, daughter of Bo & Jen, into our community of faith. Grace was baptized this past Sunday at ECLC. Please pray for Grace as she grows in her baptism and for all our children as they grow into faith.

AIDS WALK: Donate or join the team as they walk to raise funds for AIDS education, prevention and treatment. Walk is Sunday, May 17 and the ECLC Youth are walking with adults. See Glenn Choquette after each service to donate or join the team. Join at: mnaidswalk.org Donate Online: mnaidswalk.org/teampage.asp?fundid=1616#.VUAeqiFVhBc.

WIT MAY MEETING: Tuesday, May 12 from 7-9 pm, hosted by Ruth Shiell. Dr. Karen Shragg, manager/naturalist at Wood Lake Nature Center will share with us her passion about water and our survival. She will help us to understand the problem and what we can do.  Her upcoming book is called “Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation.”  She is a most interesting person.  We hope everyone is able to come. For more information, contact Ruth Shiell.

TRAINING TO HELP IMMIGRANTS DETAINED IN MINNESOTA:  Learn about the hidden issue of immigrant detention in Minnesota and be trained on how to support detained immigrants as a pen pal.  Spring House Ministry Center (610 W. 28th St, Mpls) on Monday May 4 from 6:30-8:30, with additional training on May 11 from 6:30-8:30 if you’d like to be an in-person visitor.

HELP WANTED -- To be part of creating a communications plan to support ECLC's mission and ministry. Interested?  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. For more information, please contact Carol Bros.
 
LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR PROGRESSIVE DINNER!  On Saturday, May 9 from 5-9pm, enjoy 4 gourmet courses as you travel from ECLC to ECLC homes and back again getting to know other ECLCers.   FREE childcare makes this a great date night, too!  Email Lauren or 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!   To join the group attending to show support for this project, please contact Lauren.
 
HEAR IMMIGRANT STORIES IN MINNESOTA:  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 video to watch to prepare for our time together!
 
EMPTY BOWLS & FULL HEARTS. ECLC youth in grades 6-8 have created and glazed 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 will serve you soup & bread and invite everyone in the congregation to take part in a silent auction for the bowls we've made. Donations from this event will be given to a local hunger organization.  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 – 12:30 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.
 
TEACHERS, CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES...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 (9:45-10:40 am), we will be preparing art, music, dance, and prayers. Then on Sunday, May 17, after classroom parties (9:45-10:40 am), 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. Teachers should be first in line!
 
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.