66 WEST THANKS CITY OF EDINA:  This Tuesday, the Edina City Council formalized the creation of a TIF District that will create $550,000 in support of building 66 West.  This bold statement was a follow up from a pledge from the City from last year, and we are grateful for the City of Edina’s belief in affordable housing!  Questions? Contact the Chair of ECLC’s Housing Task Force, Chris Haugen.            

LAUREN PREPARES FOR SABBATICAL:  ECLC Friends, thank you for the opportunity to rest, restore, and re-educate through a sabbatical this May and June!  While many rostered leaders are granted one three month sabbatical, I am grateful for the chance to have taken three weeks last summer, and will complete the remaining two months of my sabbatical from May-June. I will begin my time at a retreat discussing what it means to a prophetic witness for justice with other Twin Cities leaders, then will travel to New York for a conference on creativity in ministry and I hope to return with new ideas for all of us!  I look forward to reading a lot, so if your faith has been inspired by a book lately, I’d love your suggestions! I’m excited to visit Twin Cities congregations and gain new ideas for ministry for all of us and excited to simply sit and rest, well, as much as a parent of an almost 4 year old can!  I look forward to what this time for learning and restoring may bring for me, but also for our ministry together. I am currently preparing some of our ministry programs for my absence; if you have questions, don’t hesitate to call or email me! Lauren Morse-Wendt  

WIT: WOMEN IN TRANSITION Our special guest will be Bishop Ann Svennungsen, who will discuss the Synod's Eco-Faith Initiative. Meet at Sunrise Senior Living, home of Gerry Peterson, on Tuesday, April 12 at 7 PM. All women are welcome.

SING WITH THE CHOIR: Join the choir for our home stretch: rehearse 7:00 in the sanctuary on Wednesdays in April to prepare two anthems by MN composer Dan Kallman for Sunday, May 8 - one a gorgeous eco-poem by Herb Brokering and the other involves whistling! All are welcome!

ECO-ENERGY & EDINA: 5th Annual Edina Environmental Forum “A Smart Energy Future: Will Edina Lead the Way?” on Thursday, April 14th at Edina High School’s Fick Auditorium (door 3). Action Resource Fair & Refreshments at 6pm followed by the 7pm Program featuring Dr. Elizabeth Wilson from the U of M. No RSVP needed!

GOT A FLUTE? Wanna toot? And have fun to boot? Services on Sunday, April 17th will be a hoot for all who toot on silvery flutes. So email melissabergstrom@yahoo.com and dust off the soot, let the music take root!

DONATED USED BIKES AT ECLC! On Sunday, April 17th, bring used bikes to ECLC for a bike drive benefitting Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Venture North Bike Shop!  Kids and adult bikes that are collecting dust or that the kids have outgrown are needed!  Redeemer will use the bikes to teach teens the skill of bike repair; bikes will then be sold or given to children in their own Earn a Bike safety program.  Due to space limitations, bikes can only be accepted at ECLC on the 17th…but you can drop them off at Venture North any day they are open!  Questions? Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org

PACK WEEKEND FOOD BAGS:  Each Friday, ECLC delivers weekend food bags to children at Highlands Elementary in Edina who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend.  On Thursday, April 28th, from 6-8pm, the congregation will have an opportunity to pack hundreds of these bags at Sheridan Story’s (http://www.thesheridanstory.com) northeast Minneapolis warehouse. This opportunity is for ages 8 through adult, so bring the whole family! Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org to sign up.

CREATION CONFERENCE:  Join ECLCers for a journey to Gustavus Adolphus College on Saturday, April 23rd from 9:30-12:30 for a conference and conversation on the radical freedom of creation care in the Lutheran Context. Click here  or email Cheryl at cherylpersigehl@msn.com  for more details!

DINNER & CONVERSATION FOR PARENTS!  Break bread with other parents as you sit around the dinner table and talk all things parenting. Inspired by Glennon Doyle Melton’s musings on parenting in her book, “Carry On, Warrior” you’re invited to meet other ECLC parents and support each other. Free childcare provided on site!  This Sunday, April 10th at 4:30pm, hosted by ECLC parents Ben & Erica Dolmar. Email Laurenfor details and to sign up.