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Now that we have received approval from the City for our project, here is a summary of BDC-related work of the past six months and the plan for the next couple of months.

March 8

  • Congregation voted to approve the plan for the exterior (Schematic Design) including the kitchen addition and the deck.
  • An increased budget of $4.985 million also was approved.


  • To prepare applications to the City of Edina and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) focused on specifics of landscape design, stormwater management, impact of the project on trees, and final details of the building exterior.
  • Extensive work done during and between biweekly meetings, including additional meetings with City and MCWD staff.
  •  Identified subgroups for input on the interior design.


  • Convened and gathered input from subgroups on Faith Formation, Worship, Hospitality, Office Use, and Sustainability.
  • Started to review subgroup input to incorporate into the interior design.
  • April 30, materials submitted to the City for the Planning Commission Sketch Plan Review.
  • Prepared for the Neighborhood Meeting.


  • Continued review of subgroup input to incorporate into the interior design.
  • Held Neighborhood Meeting on May 4.
  • Presented to Edina Planning Commission for Sketch Plan Review on May 13.
  • Prepared additional renderings requested by the City. 


  • Presented to Edina City Council for Sketch Plan Review on June 2.
  • Application to Xcel Energy Efficient Buildings Program submitted and accepted. 
  • Continued review of subgroup input to incorporate into the interior design.
  • Kitchen subgroup began work with kitchen designer.
  • Initiated process for completing a hazardous materials study.
  • Submitted 74-page application to the City for Conditional Use Permit and Setback Variance on June 25 and submitted application for permit from the MCWD.


  • Architects worked on revising the interior design based on BDC meeting input.
  • Presented project for vote at Edina Planning Commission hearing on July 22. City Staff recommended the project to the Commission which voted unanimously to recommend the project to the City Council for a CUP and Setback Variance.


  •  Prepared information required to present project for vote at City Council hearing.
  • August 5, City Council voted unanimously to grant ECLC a CUP and Setback Variance with conditions added regarding snowplowing, outdoor events, and location of the air conditioner chillers.

What's ahead? Our best-case schedule is:


  • At a hearing on August 13, the MWCD Board will vote on whether to grant ECLC a permit for our project.
  • BTR will complete and share revised floor plans (construction drawings) with the BDC.
  • Watson-Forsberg, our construction firm, will prepare a revised cost estimate.


  • The BDC will share the revised floor plans with subgroups and the congregation.
  • Watson-Forsberg will distribute the construction drawings to obtain bids from subcontractors and prepare a bid to present to ECLC.
  • The congregation will vote on whether to accept the bid and move forward with construction.

October - Break ground for construction.


YOU ARE A VITAL PART OF GOD'S YES FOR ECLC KIDS YOUTH & FAMILIES!  Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with Sunday School this coming school year. ECLC kids need all of us to be part of this holy experience--hearing, seeing, touching, and tasting God's presence--in the word (scripture), in the sacraments (liturgy), and in life together (being the church). It doesn't take an expert to make a world of difference. It only takes a relationship! WE NEED YOU to be a part of what God is up to this year.   None of us can be the church alone. Please contact Kelly to help or for more information. 

HAVE YOU ‘LIKED’ ECLC ON FACEBOOK?  Are you on facebook? Then keep up to date and stay connected through our ECLC Facebook page:   and through our ECLC Kids, Youth, & Families page that is great for ALL ages:    Share ECLC’s posts on your Facebook wall to spread the news about great ministry you’re a part of with your friends!

CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH REDEEMER!  Join our friends at Redeemer Lutheran (1800 Glenwood Ave N., Mpls) for the biggest block party you’ve ever seen.  On Wednesday, August 19 from 6-8pm join neighbors from around the Cities for this huge FREE community celebration with bread oven pizza, hamburgers & hot dogs, dunk tank, cookie walk, bouncy house, live music, and more fun!  Email Lauren to RSVP or just show up.

JOIN ECLC QUILTERS  The quilters keep at the task of making quilts for Lutheran World Relief and local refugee organizations. Are you looking for a way to be active in an ECLC mission? Join the quilters for a brown bag lunch at noon followed by layering and tying of quilts starting at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 21. No quilting experience is required.

BOOK CONVERSATION:  Join a conversation about faith author Rachel Held Evans’ new book, Searching for Sunday, on Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30pm at ECLC . This memoir explores Rachel’s love for and struggle with the institutional Church…and brings up great questions for all of us.  Email Lauren to sign up.

54TH STREET UPDATE & PARKING INSTRUCTIONS:  Construction is underway on 54th Street in front of ECLC. This will take several weeks for the road to be rebuilt, but access to the church will be maintained throughout. You may park on the street on Sunday mornings. However, if you visit ECLC on weekdays between 7am – 5pm, you must park in our parking lot. Thank you for your patience during this upgrade to our neighborhood infrastructure.

EXTRAORDINARY LUTHERAN MINISTRIES:  One of ECLC’s ministry partners is Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, whose work is to affirm and support LGBTQ Lutheran pastors and other rostered leaders, those in seminary, and those awaiting Call.  This growing organization provides resources to rostered leaders, congregations, and the wider church that support a more inclusive welcome for leaders.  Join their newsletter to keep up to date on their powerful witness, and don’t miss this week’s newsletter from ELCA Bishop Kevin Kanouse of the Northern-Texas & Northern Louisiana Synod on his experience coming out as a gay man as a leader in the church:

MISSING: Two 5 ft. x 30 inch White Folding Tables.  Please return to ECLC, no questions asked.  Thank you.