GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION RALLY: Join several ECLCers and hundreds of Minnesotans at the MN State Capitol at 7pm for the Honor Them With Action: Rally Against Gun Violence and Hate with our partners from Protect Minnesota. Governor Walz will be among the speakers; let’s show we are serious about this calling for safety for all God’s children! ECLCers looking to gather will meet Lauren between 6:45-7pm at the bottom of the WEST steps of the capitol (the rally is on the southern steps; this location is so we can find each other). Wear orange or your blue ECLC t-shirts!

YOUNG ADULTS TRIVIA NIGHT Join young adults from Lutheran* churches across the Twin Cities for a trivia night on Tuesday, August 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, (3134 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418). Come by yourself or with a group and meet other young adults interested in gathering, nerdery (church and non-church trivia questions included!), and general merriment. RSVP on the facebook event, or contact Miriam Samuelson-Roberts at m.samuelson-roberts@westwoodlutheran.org with questions. *no need to be Lutheran or even a churchgoer to attend—that’s just who is hosting.

AUGUST IS INVITE A FRIEND TO WORSHIP MONTH Who in your life might appreciate an inclusive Word from God in community? Each Sunday in August, we’ll have special stories shared by members in worship that reflect who God is and who we hope ECLC to be in the world. We will honor all first time visitor households by donating $5 to the mission partner of their choice in August! Who might be looking for a faith community like ECLC that you know?

GRIEF TRANSITION TEAM UPDATE As the anniversary of Pastor Stephanie’s illness and death approaches, we are mindful as a community of the grief felt by many of our members. On the anniversary of her death, Friday, September 6, the sanctuary will be open for prayer. On Sunday, September 8, at 5 p.m. there will be a worship service with singing, prayer, and reflection, followed by fellowship time. We continue to pray for her family and to hold one another in tender care.

VIGIL AT IMMIGRATION COURT: Stand in solidarity with children and families detained at the border, asylees being turned away without being heard, and those waiting in detention center. Our mission partners from Interfaith Coalition on Immigration will vigil at the Whipple Building from 7:30-8:30am on Tuesday, August 13.

PAPERLESS SINGING EVENT Come to ECLC on Thursday, August 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a paperless music, community singing event. Led by Paul Andress, we will learn new songs by ear that will be used in worship and the entire group will write a song on-the-spot. This event is not a choir rehearsal of any kind. All songs will be learned by ear. So whether you’ve studied music for years or you’re a complete novice, you are welcome!

CONGREGATIONAL BOOK STUDIES Explore racial justice themes and stories of people who have experienced the power of race and discrimination and how those stories intersect with our own, then join in the discussion. On Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm we’ll gather to discuss I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown. Sign up at the sign up center.

RACE, RACISM, AND THE LUTHERAN CHURCH: According to his book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S., Pastor Lenny Duncan is “the unlikeliest of pastors.” As an ELCA Pastor, Duncan has written essential reading for Lutherans about our Church, the Gospel, racism, and what we can do now. Join Lauren to hear Pastor Duncan speak at 7pm on Thursday, September 19th at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. $10 tickets available so buy now!