BISHOP ELIZABETH EATON AT ECLCECLC will be hosting Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Sunday morning August 13th.  Bishop Eaton will be here to share with us how the Gospel is being lived out in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and amongst all of God’s people in the hurting world. She will also be preaching at both worship services. There will be a light brunch (11:15 – 12:15) when Bishop Eaton will expand on hopes for the future of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Come and participate in this important opportunity. Volunteers are needed to assist with the brunch. Please contact Karen B. if you can help.

TONIGHT! COMMUNITY PUPPET SHOW PARTY AT ECLC: ECLC is hosting Open Eye Figure Theater for a community puppet show on Wednesday, August 9th at 7pm. Come for treats, simple games, and the show (Tucker’s Robot, with an anti-bullying theme) from 7-7:30pm!  We’ll pass the hat to support this Driveway Theater—invite your friends and neighbors for this community event! Lower level classrooms 4 & 5.

PLEASE WARMLY WELCOME ECLC'S URBAN VBS GUESTS SUNDAY MORNING!  ECLC is partnering with Augsburg, Redeemer, and Messiah, for Urban Vacation Bible School for youth grades 4-8. High school youth and staff from each congregation are serving as counselors, Friday-Sunday. All 33 campers, 9 high school leaders, and 10 adult leaders will eat breakfast together at ECLC on Sunday, August 13 at 8:30am. Dave Schere (Agape) will lead us in a devotion from 9-9:45 am. One group of 10-12 campers will then worship at each of our 3 congregations. Thank you, ECLC, for providing leadership, space, and breakfast! Please go out of your way to welcome Urban VBS campers and counselors to ECLC worship. Parents, Community Members & Congregations, you are invited to join our Celebration Cookout in Murphy Park at Augsburg (5 pm), and Closing Worship at Augsburg Hoversten Chapel (6 pm). Contact Kelly at with questions or to donate breakfast food for Sunday morning.


Dear ECLC,    Waking up at Holden Village is like entering into a dream that you never want to end. Endless hospitality, solidarity, and spirituality nestled in the mountains next to flowing waters. Community life centers around worship, learning, listening, and cooperation.  Without internet access, knowledge of what is happening in the world outside the village is limited and face to face conversations abound.

At our first Vespers service, we sang a song called Contemplation Chant by Sophie Songhealer. This meditative piece layers lyrics and music from the languages of the five major religions of the world.

  • Islam: La Il La Ha, Allah Hu (There is no God but God)
  • Judaism: Shalom (Peace)
  • Buddhism: Om Mane Padme Hum (I Salute the Jewel in the Lotus)
  • Hindu: Shanti (Peace)
  • Christianity: Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the Highest)

As the community gathered and we sang these refrains together, hope was instilled and peace felt possible.

Coming out of the village this past Saturday was a rude awakening(Click here to continue reading Pastor Stephanie’s letter).

ECOFAITH DISCUSSION ON WATER: Join DeeDee & other ECLCers on Mon, Aug 14 from 5:30-8:30pm at the Women’s Congress for Future generations monthly tapas potluck discussion on Water.  Meet at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 Ivy Ave E. in St. Paul.  Register here  or contact DeeDee.

DO YOUR PART AND COMPOST Hennepin County has a goal to reduce the amount of organics that is thrown into the trash by 3 to 5% by 2030. Every resident who does his or her small part will help to achieve that goal. Instead of taking up space in the landfills, recycled organics turns into compost, which is great for gardens.  If you live in Edina, pick up a free Compost Bucket

BUCKTHORN REMOVAL WORKSHOP Learn how the professionals remove buckthorn, and how they keep it from coming back. Minnesota Native Landscapes will compare various buckthorn removal techniques, and effective strategies for replanting. They will also lead an outdoor hands-on demonstration so you can experience these techniques first hand. Gloves provided and tools. Dress for the weather. Aug. 17 from 6:30-8pm at 9 Mile Creek Discovery Point (12800 Gerard Dr., Eden Prairie.) To register please visit

VEAP SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE: Help over 3,000 local children get the supplies they need to start a successful school year.  Now through Sunday, August 13, drop school supplies off at ECLC. Most needed items are backpacks, pens, spiral notebooks, #2 pencils, and 2-pocket folders.

NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK PARTY WITH REDEEMER: Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 16 from 6-8pm for the biggest block party you’ve ever seen! Hosted by our sister congregation, Redeemer Lutheran, this is a family fun event with BBQ, live music, kids’ games, and meeting neighbors that you don’t want to miss.

FAITH, MUSIC, AND AN INDIGO GIRL?  Join Indigo Girl Emily Saliers and her father, theologian Dr. Don Saliers for “A Song to Sing, a Life to Live: Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice” on Fri, Nov 10 & Sat, Nov 11. Hosted by Holy Trinity Lutheran in Mpls, this symposium is part concert, part lecture on music as the heart of social movements and activism. Learn more at and register for the $50 conference.

COME TOGETHER SERVICE AND PEACE PRAYER WALK on Sunday, August 13. Ecumenical Service at 4:30pm with the Prayer Walk at 5:30pm at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community, 4537 3rd Ave S., Minneapolis. The service will focus on ending the violence that hurts and divides us. COME TOGETHER is a coalition of churches, faith-based organizations and people of good faith committed to monthly prayer services and walks begun after the death of Philando Castile.

WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL - Friday, August 25, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness' third annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. The festival highlights films that inspire adventure and serve as a catalyst to protect wild landscapes. Get your tickets for a night of inspiration, seven amazing films, and help the Friends' work to protect the Boundary Waters. Advance tickets are $12 / $8 for students.