MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WAYNE KUSMICH  The funeral for Wayne Kusmich  will be at ECLC on Saturday, August 15 at 11 am with visitation one hour prior and a lunch to follow. If you are able to help host the luncheon please contact Karen B. There is also a visitation at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel (6527 Portland Ave S, Richfield) on Friday, August 14 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.

TONIGHT FREEDOM RIDER TO SPEAK AT ECLC   Minnesotan Claire O'Connor traveled to Mississippi in 1961 and became a Freedom Rider.  She was jailed for 28 days in Mississippi Hinds County Jail and Parchman State Penitentiary.  During the 1964 Freedom Summer she also worked on voter registration and community organizing with COFO and SNCC in Mississippi.  Since that time she has worked as a community organizer of low income families, homeless inner city teens and battered women in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.  She currently lives in Minneapolis and works as a professional potter.  Claire will be speaking at Edina Community Lutheran Church on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 pm.   There is no admission charge, however in the wake of the recent African American church burnings, donations toward the Rebuild the Churches Fund will be accepted.

54TH STREET UPDATE & PARKING INSTRUCTIONS:  Construction is expected to begin any day now 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.

TRANS ALLY TRAINING AT ECLC: ECLC will host Outfront Minnesota’s transgender ally training for People of Faith on Tuesday, August 11 from 6-8pm. The trainings are free, but RSVP required as space is limited. To sign up, email Lauren or go to for more information.

WIT ALERT:  Women in Transition plans for August have changed so that we can participate in the Trans Ally Training for People of Faith on Tuesday, August 11 at ECLC.  The training is free, but you must sign up because space is limited (contact Lauren).  If you can, plan to stay for a short discussion after the training.  We have rescheduled our book discussion on “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End” by Atul Gawande until September 8 at Judy’s home.

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 19th 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.