DELORES VEENENDAAL Long time ECLC member Delores Veenendaal died this past Sunday at the age of 96.  In recent years, she has been living in Morris, MN near her son Rodger and his family. Her funeral is Monday August 8, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Morris Evangelical Free Church in Morris. If you would like to send a card, please call Lisa in the church office and she can give you Rodger’s address.  Please keep her family in your prayers.

Dear ECLC, Thank you for the outpouring of love and support upon the arrival of our son Miles. We have been blessed by your prayers, kind words and cards, diapers, meals, gift cards, and by simply being a part of this community of faith. We are treasuring this time away as we adjust to life as a family of five, and can't wait to introduce you to our newest member. With gratitude and love, Pastor Stephanie and Paul, Madeline, August, and Baby Miles

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH AT TWINS GAME WITH DO JUSTICE! FRIENDS: Each year our high schoolers retreat in March with other metro area churches. The focus of the retreat the past few years has been racial justice. The past few years we've made it a tradition to catch a ball game together in August, growing deeper in relationship with each other as we fight for social change in our communities. August 10, 7:10pm game and $14 a ticket. Email JD, the High School Youth Minister to claim the last few tickets! 

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SERVICE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS:  Ages 5 through adult are needed to pack food bags for homebound clients of CES’ food shelf on Thursday, August 18 from 9-10:30am. A great summer volunteer opportunity! Sign up at Sign Up Center.

THE LATE HOMECOMER BOOK & DINNER CONVERSATION:  Pick up the powerful memoir about coming to Minnesota as a refugee, “The Late Homecomer” by Kao Kalia Yang. Join the book conversation over dinner on Monday, August 8 at 6pm. Email Sara Schwiebert, Chair of ECLC’s Mission Committee, at saschwieb@q.com to sign up!

WOMEN IN TRANSITIONWIT has two exciting meetings ahead this summer: On August 9, ECLC Member Sandy H. will share her “Tale of Two Journeys: El Paso and China”. We will meet at Judy P’s home from 7-9 pm. Bring your appetite and hope for good weather. In September, we will welcome renowned educator Toni McNaron, who will lead us in a discussion of the book “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. The book is current, but not brand new so you should be able to access a copy. Stay tuned for discussion questions and more information on the September meeting. All women are welcome.

ECLC MAKES MOSAIC TOGETHER:  ECLC is creating a large mosaic for our new space…and we want every single ECLC member to put a piece in!  On Wednesday, August 10 between 6:30-8:00, join ECLC for an extra special mosaic night in St. Paul’s Lutheran’s mosaic studio, 2742 15th Ave S. in Mpls.  ALL ages are welcome and zero experience is needed—we need you to create a whole mosaic and a whole community.  RSVP to Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org. 

LOVE TO WALK? LET’S WALK TOGETHER! Enjoy brunch with other ECLCers who enjoy walking…then take a stroll through Woodlake Nature Center together. On Saturday, August 13 at 9:30am, you’re invited to ECLCer Jane Lepisto’s Richfield home for a Breaking Bread Brunch (potluck) where you can share favorite walking spots…then go explore one together! Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org to sign up.

REDEEMER BLOCK PARTY:  Join the celebration of the year with Redeemer Lutheran on Wednesday, August 17 from 6-8pm.  Redeemer’s back yard at 1800 Glenwood Ave N. becomes a huge community celebration with dinner, music, kids’ games, community booths, and more. Most importantly, it is all of God’s people coming together!  To join Lauren, RSVP at lmorsewendt@eclc.org or just show up for this special event.