TONIGHT!   VIGIL AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY IN SUPPORT OF CHARLOTTESVILLE Gather for confession, lament, prayer, song, and litany at 6:30 pm tonight (Wednesday, August 23) in the Sanctuary at ECLC. For all people of all ages of all levels of social justice experience and activism.  The ELCA Social Statement (from August 31, 1993) called “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity & Culture” is available at the Signup Center.

RACIAL JUSTICE COFFEE CHAT: Once a month, join the table in the Fellowship Hall marked “Racial Justice” for a conversation about a question or topic relevant to racial justice in our world today. All are welcome to engage in conversation and bring your own questions and perspectives. We will utilize the RESPECT guidelines for the discussion.  August 27 question: How do you think affordable housing and racism intersect?

MEALS VIA WHEELS:  Got 45 minutes? Deliver lunch to 5 homebound Edina residents through Meals Via Wheels on Tuesday, August 29th or Friday, September 1st. Meet at Peace United Methodist (6345 Xerxes) at 11am. Email Lauren to sign up.

BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING? ECLC will again partner with Lutheran Social Services providing clothing for under-resourced neighbors this fall.  New children’s underwear and socks are needed—pick some up while you’re shopping!  Families, save clothes your kids have outgrown for a donations’ drive later in September.

ECLC BANNER You may have noticed that the "LOVE your neighbor (no exceptions)" banner has been taken down from the church exterior and relocated to the fellowship hall.  This is in response to the City enforcing an ordinance related to signs after receiving a complaint about ours. The City reports that it cannot disclose the source and nature of the complaint. The Council of Ministers is considering the church's options and wants to maintain a healthy working relationship with the City. But we are certainly disappointed that the City enforced this ordinance, especially given that ECLC has hung banners on its building for decades. As Christians, we resist any attempts to silence our witness to the inclusive love of Jesus. In the coming weeks we will provide an update on next steps.

HOW TO TALK ABOUT RACE & RACISM WITH YOUR KIDS  Calling all parents, teachers, grandparents, and caregivers for kids! Come to a free introductory workshop on Wednesday, September 20, 7:00-8:00 p.m. to learn: five things you should know about racism, what will be covered in a 5-week series starting in October, research about children and race, and the barriers white people face when talking about race. Childcare provided. Facilitated by parent educator Denise Konen, the five- week series will begin October 25. Sign up at ECLC, or contact Pastor Stephanie with questions.

NAMI WALK WITH ECLC     ECLC is sponsoring a team in the annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walk on Saturday, September 23 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. Activities begin at 11:30, with the walk starting at 1:00. To register to walk with the ECLC team, or to make a donation, click on the following link: Join ECLC Team (NAMI Walk) .  For more information, contact team captain, Johanna R.