WAIT! DON’T GO HOME! Bagels and fruit will be served after the 11:00 service on April 7th by the Racial Action and Advocacy Committee. We will be watching and discussing a Ted Talk by Bryan Stevenson - author of Just Mercy and director of the Equal Justice Initiative. Questions? See Margot or Paul A.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY: Next Sunday after worship, write a postcard with NAMI MN advocating for legislation support essential mental health services in MN.
WALK FOR JUSTICE WITH ST PAUL’S: On Palm Sunday (4/14), join St. Paul’s for a Noon march reminiscent of Jesus’ march to Jerusalem. You’ll walk through the Phillips neighborhood, speaking truth in prayer about drugs, violence, immigration detention, poverty, and more.
GOD ON THE MARGINS BOOK READING! ECLC’s GLBT & Friends will be hosting a two-part event in celebration of the exciting book release from author and local ELCA Pastor Emmy Kegler. We will have a Book Conversation of One Coin Found: How God’s love Stretches to the Margins at ECLC on the evening of Monday, April 29th and then Emmy will join us in person for a public book reading and Q & A on May 8th at 7pm. One Coin Found is about how Emmy, as a queer woman who grew up in the church, knows how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude – yet she also finds beauty, truth, and liberation within it. Join Emmy in her story of coming to celebrate her sexuality, her faith, and her call to ministry – her story of being found. Sign up at the Sign Up Center!
BRIGHT STARS OF BETHLEHEM, TONIGHT! Join the conversation tonight with Beth Nelson Chase, executive director of our mission partner Bright Stars of Bethlehem about our siblings in Palestine. You are invited to join Beth and BSB mission liaison Carla Carlson at 6 pm for soup and conversation at tables located in the back of the sanctuary. Beth brings thanks from the Bethlehem community for ECLC’s support and will share the many ways that BSB offers opportunities and hope through Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture, Diyar Academy for Youth, and Ajyal Senior Care Center.
RACIAL JUSTICE: LET’S READ AND TALK Let's have an honest conversation about racial justice. All ECLCers are invited to read Bryan Stevenson's illuminating book, Just Mercy, and join a book conversation on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30pm at ECLC. Sign up at the Sign Up Center.
SUPPORT VEAP THIS LENT: Throughout Lent, ECLC will be collecting three most-needed items for VEAP that they cannot purchase at a discount. Please bring toothpaste, canned tuna/chicken, or small bottles of cooking oil to ECLC’s sign up center between now and Palm Sunday. Thank you for filling VEAP’s shelves!
Affordable Housing. Shelter. Homes for All God’s Children.
ECLC and Families Moving Forward
Ending homelessness has long been a core mission value of ECLC: all children of God should have access to safe, stable housing. For years, one of the ways ECLC lived out this value was by being one of many congregations who sheltered families for two weeks each year through Families Moving Forward. We halted hosting before beginning ECLC’s construction. Now that we have settled into our updated space, ECLCers were invited to a conversation in February to discern if we should again begin hosting Families Moving Forward.
At that meeting, the consensus was to support a neighboring hosting congregation, rather than host at ECLC. Reasons for this decision include ECLC’s limited ability to host in private rooms due to automatic lighting throughout our building, the desire to focus on building more affordable housing so that family homelessness is eliminated, discomfort in asking families to move to different spaces each week, the number of outside groups using our space who would be displaced for the week, and the number of volunteers necessary for a comfortable week for the families.
While this decision has been made for now, ECLC is always open to reconsidering mission partner opportunities in the future as situations change. Members who would like to serve as future FMF leaders can share this desire with Deacon Lauren. For 2019, we will help Woodlake Lutheran in Richfield meet this significant volunteer need.
On Thursday, May 2nd, ECLCers will provide all of the volunteers for Families Moving Forward guests staying at Woodlake. Woodlake also has a long tradition of welcoming families needing shelter and was grateful for our support in the midst of a very full week. ECLCers of ALL ages can now sign up to donate part of the dinner meal, prepare the dinner meal (5-7:00pm), serve the dinner meal (6:00-8:00pm), or play with the kids (7:00-9:00pm), at the Sign Up Center.
As we continue to seek safe housing for all our neighbors, join Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (FMF’s parent organization) for a presentation at this Sunday’s forum including an update on 66 West, news from Families Moving Forward, and the connections between racial justice and housing policy in Minnesota.
Today, we give thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who welcomed shelter guests to ECLC. We are pleased that our supplies will continue to be used by Wayman AME Church of Minneapolis, one of the newest FMF Host congregations! To prepare these supplies for Wayman AME, volunteers are needed to launder bedding. Interested in taking some laundry home this Sunday? Contact Karen B.