ALTERNATIVE ADVENT GIVING This Sunday the 23rd, pick up a last minute gift donation for that hard-to-shop for person or as a stocking stuffer for a loved one. Lutheran World Relief Health Kits: As we prepare to pack health kits on December 30th, donate money to purchase health kit items. ELCA World Hunger: Pick up a Good Gifts catalog and thank you card and purchase a last minute gift ranging from Honeybees on a Farm to Send a Girl to School for a Year to Vaccinations for a Child through ELCA World Hunger’s many partners around the world.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 23 FORUM: Join the Rundman Family at 9:45am for a Christmas singalong! Bring your Christmas cheer as we gather together to enjoy some holiday favorites.

HEALTH KITS FOR LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF: On Sunday, December 30th, ECLCers will pack health kits for refugees and people experiencing disaster worldwide through Lutheran World Relief. Donations of dark bath towels, nail clippers, wide-tooth combs, toothbrushes, and bars of soup are needed. Talk to Deacon Lauren or Mission Partner Liasion Dana E. with any questions.

THANK YOU to the Befrienders group for hosting the soup supper last Wednesday evening(12/12). The BeFriender Ministry at ECLC offers members of the congregation support during times of difficulty or transition. Eight individuals have completed BeFrienders training and are available to serve as a companion to listen, empathize, and be a reminder of a loving and supportive faith community. If you would like to receive a visit from a BeFriender volunteer or would like more information about the program, contact Pastor Jay Carlson.

REDEEEMER LUTHERAN CHRISTMAS STORE Thank you to all who donated gifts and dollars to support Redeemer Lutheran Church's annual Christmas Store for families in North Minneapolis, We collected over 75 gifts and raised $906! Special thanks to the 14 ECLC folks who showed up at Redeemer on Dec. 8th to help guide shoppers, wrap presents, host lunch, and celebrate with this vibrant community. It truly is a blessing to give and to serve!