LONGEST NIGHT SERVICE The holidays can be difficult when going through a time of sadness or loss. On December 19, our service will honor the full experience of the holidays. Come as you are. Come to find support for yourself or to offer prayers for others who are preparing for a “blue” Christmas. Karen B. will share her poetry and we will proclaim our trust that God’s dawn will yet scatter the shadows. Soup supper at 6pm with 7pm worship.

ADVENT ALTERNATIVE GIVING: ECLC's Mission Team invites you to consider alternative gifts that support ECLC mission partners this Advent. Look for these opportunities on Sunday, December 16: ELCA World Hunger: Select a piece of pottery crafted by ECLC member George Edmonson. All donations will support ELCA World Hunger. And, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative: Beacon is helping families move out of the encampment off Hiawatha Ave in Minneapolis and into stable homes. Sign up to pick up a most needed item for their new homes!

SUNDAY FORUMS: Join us Sundays in the Sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. DECEMBER 16: There will be no Sunday Forum, due to rehearsal for the Christmas Program. DECEMBER 23: Join the Rundman Family for a Christmas singalong! Bring your Christmas cheer as we gather together to enjoy some holiday favorites.

CAREGIVER CONVERSATION: Gather with other ECLCers who are helping a loved one who may be sharing their home, living nearby, or residing afar. Share stories and ideas, learn about resources, and support each other. The group gathers every third Thursday. Next meeting: December 20 at ECLC. Contact Adele with questions.

GRIEF TRANSITION COMMITTEE:

1. The congregation is invited to submit memories of Pastor Stephanie for a memory book for both Stephanie’s family and our congregation. You may submit memories electronically to Lisa or there will be a table in the fellowship hall where submissions can be submitted. Please provide submissions by December 23.

2. Two members of the Grief Transition committee will present funds to Paul, August, Madeline and Miles that were given by our church members for the family after her death. We are grateful for this generous response.

3. We also have memorial funds that were given to the church, and we are requesting suggestions for memorial ideas for Pastor Stephanie. Ideas at this time include a concert or sermon series, etc. feel free to email Gretchen L.

LUTHERAN IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE SERVICE: Thank you for writing over 50 cards for families in immigration detention and for donating $335 for gifts to children detained over the Christmas holiday. You can learn more about our mission partners, LIRS, at www.lirs.org or contact ECLC’s Mission Partner Liaison to LIRS, Bill D.

HYMNS AROUND THE WORLD! Our Mission Partners at Lutheran World Federation offer a beautiful gift this Advent. Lutheran Church bodies across the world offer an Advent hymn each day in Advent—pause and listen to one here from our Lutheran siblings: https://www.lutheranworld.org/advent-hymns

HOW IS GOD CALLING YOU? The Minneapolis Area Synod and surrounding synods invite all who are discerning where God might be calling you next, whether it be Seminary or a calling to non-profit, corporate, or school work. Join Lutherans from across MN and North Dakota at Green Lake Bible Camp, January 11-12 in Spicer, MN. Cost is $25; register by contact John Hulden at the synod office.

SECOND COLUMBARIUM ARRIVES - The internal framework and stone facing of our new, 60-niche columbarium has been installed in the southwest corner of the Sanctuary, directly opposite ECLC’s original one. Designed for the permanent storage of cremation ashes, each niche can hold up to two urns. The next step in the project is to custom build and paint a wood cabinet to encase the unit. If you have questions about the columbarium, or would like to reserve a niche, please contact Kristian C.