DELIVER MEALS ON WHEELS IN EDINA: 5 ECLC volunteers are needed to drop off meals to homebound residents of Edina on Friday, September 7th from 11am-Noon starting at Peace United Methodist (6345 Xerxes). Training provided on site for this big impact role. Email ECLCer Sarah Irwin to sign up.

RENEWAL SUNDAY IS COMING: We return to 8:30 and 11 worship on Sunday,September 9th. Don’t miss activities representing all of ECLC’s ministries between services that day!

BEFRIENDER MINISTRY Principle #1: God is present. Principle #2: Caring not curing. Principle #3: Nonjudgmental presence. To learn more about becoming a BeFriender, attend an info session on Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m.

WHAT’S NEXT TO END HOMELESSNESS?  Join ECLC and all Beacon Collaborative congregations for an all-Beacon convening on Thursday, September 13th from 7:00-8:30pm hosted by Colonial Church in Edina.   We’ll take bold action to imagine together Beacon’s next steps and our involvement. Our own Lauren Morse-Wendt will also receive an award from Beacon at this event. 

LIKE TO HIKE? It’s a Breaking Bread Breakfast!  Calling all walkers!  Join other ECLCers who enjoy hiking and walking for brunch, conversation, and a walk through Wood Lake Nature Center on Saturday, September 15th at 9:30am for a light potluck brunch, followed by the walk. Share your favorite walking spots, tips for hiking in winter, and local walking groups while getting to know other ECLCers. Sign up by emailing ECLCer Jane L.

REDUCE THE STIGMA—JOIN ECLC AT THE NAMI WALK:  Join the largest mental health awareness walk in MN on Saturday, September 22nd at 1pm at Minnehaha Falls. Join the ECLC team and thousands of other walkers as we raise awareness and funds for ECLC’s mission partner, MN’s office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and its education, support group, and public policy work.   Register for the ECLC walking team and contact ECLC Team Captain Tom T. with questions.

PASTOR CONCHI INVITES YOU TO VISIT:  Pastor Jeff will lead a visit to Cristo de Paz this January 7-13!  Get to know our Salvadoran Lutheran siblings, visit historical sites, and learn about the migration crisis in person. Cost is $650 plus airfare with partial scholarships available. Email Lauren at for more details on this transformative experience.

ELCA DRAFT SOCIAL STATEMENT ON WOMEN AND JUSTICE  
In 2009 the ELCA Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a social statement on the topic of women and justice. A draft is now available across the church with the opportunity to offer feedback as the draft moves toward a proposed social statement for consideration by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. Social statements in the ELCA govern church policy and state the official position of the ELCA.
On Tuesday, September 11th at 7:30pm you are encouraged to come to discuss and share your insights and concerns on this draft statement. The outcomes from this church wide discussion will inform the next steps in the development of the statement.
The heart of the statement is expressed in the first 9 pages - even if you can't join us for the conversation, we encourage you to read this helpful introduction. The full statement can be found at: ELCA.org/womenandjustice.  

GUEST MUSICIAN WANDA BATTLE
On Sunday, October 14th our special musician will be Wanda Battle.  Wanda is a wonderful, joyful, and powerful gospel singer and is also the tour guide at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.  She brings a sparkling spirit and big, beautiful voice to those with whom she sings.  She will lead us in freedom songs from the civil rights era as well as joining the band for our Blues/Gospel liturgy.  

The night before - Saturday, October 13th all are invited to church at 7:00 p.m. for a rehearsal with Wanda to learn the songs that we’ll sing on Sunday.  We will have sheet music written in four parts so we can learn the parts before singing them in worship.