SUNDAY DECEMBER 6 FORUM: WHAT’S SO SCARY ABOUT VULNERABILITY?  Join ECLCer Liz Peterson as we watch Brene Brown’s famous TED Talk on vulnerability, then discuss as a group what being open about our whole selves…has to do with faith.  Being open is tough stuff; let’s start the conversation together. 9:45 in the sanctuary.

LIKE BRENE BROWN?  DON’T MISS DECEMBER 13!  ECLC welcomes The Rev. Sarah Chiavarri to preach and lead the forum on Sunday, December 13th.  She will join Pastors Stephanie and Erik in worship and help us connect the Gospel to what it means to live an authentic, vulnerable, and bold life.  If you enjoyed Brene Brown’s TED talk, check this out!

ADVENT ALTERNATIVE GIVING: AVENUES FOR HOMELESS YOUTHChristmas Wish Lists from residents of Avenues for Homeless Youth will be available this Sunday the 6th following each worship service. Stop by the table in the entryway to purchase a gift you know they’ll love! On December 13, “Hands to Hands” Knitters will have a selection of hand knit hats, scarves, and mittens, all proceeds going to the Southside Family Nurturing Center. 

SURVEY, PLEASE?  Adult Faith Formation would like to offer more opportunities for Bible and/or topical studies. Would you please take a moment to fill out the online survey? Here’s the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YJTNMB5 It will take you less than 5 minutes and your input is invaluable. Written copies are available at the Sign-Up Center. Thank you!

"BLACK LIVES MATTER" LAWN SIGNS AND BUTTONS - If you would like to order a lawn sign or button, please let Camilla Madson know by December 15. Depending on how many we order, signs will cost between $15-$18 and buttons are about $2. You will be notified once they arrive and can pick them up at ECLC.

THE CARING FOR CREATION TEAM (C4C) would like to offer ideas for memorable gifts for everyone on your list. Shop ECLC Good Gifts for 50 different gifts that grow the church, fight hunger and transform lives.  Popular gifts are chicks & mosquito nets $10, a pig $30, a goat $50. Or you can even get a water well for $2,500! Wouldn’t that transform lives!     https://community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts

VOLLEYBALL AT IMMANUEL LUTHERAN IN EDEN PRAIRIE   ECLC is organizing a volleyball team to play in Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Thursday night league, January 7-February 25, from 6-10 p.m. Games are held at Immanuel in Luther Hall. Teams are co-ed, with a $10/person registration fee. Childcare is available with 1 week advanced notice. The first game on each Thursday would begin at 6:15 pm. Depending upon how many teams register, the final game would end at either 9:00 or 9:30 pm. Sign up at the sign-up center by December 23.

THE FRIDAY MORNING SHORT STORY group will meet at Marilyn D.’s apartment at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 18, for our annual Christmas potluck.   All women are welcome. We will be sharing Christmas stories of our own or others.  Call Marilynfor more information.

SORT GIFTS FOR PCYC’S CHRISTMAS STORE:  On Tuesday, December 8, join ECLC from 9am-Noon at PCYC (2210 Oliver Ave N.) to sort thousands of gifts for 1,500 children and their families this Christmas, followed by an optional lunch at a newNorth Minneapolis gem, Breaking Bread.  RSVP to Lauren 

WIT: WOMEN IN TRANSITION...all women are welcome! Our traditional holiday potluck will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 7-9 pm. We will meet with Gerry P. in the dining room at Sunrise Senior Living, 7128 France Ave S. Please bring a snack to share. We will again collect gifts for the free store at Southside Family Nurturing Center. Items are needed for all ages so that clients can shop for family members.  We will have a discussion about books: What are you reading now? Who are your favorite authors? Do you have a book you are ready to pass on?

SERVE AS A REFUGEE MENTOR:  As fear of refugees spikes around us, you are invited to take action by showing a newly arrived refugee family that someone in Minnesota welcomes them.  Lutheran Social Service trains refugee mentors to visit with newly arrived families 3 times per month for 3 months. You do things like help families get a library card, navigate an American grocery store, and find the nearest park for kids to play.  Contact ECLCer Larry Edlund to learn more.