REFUGEE MINISTRY DONATIONS NEEDED:  We often feel hopeless as we hear the stories of refugees fleeing crises every day. Please drop off new, dark colored bath towels, nail clippers, wide-toothed combs, and bars of soap at the blue bin at the Sign Up Center by Wednesday, December 30. We will pack health kits for refugees together at 9:45 on Sunday, January 3rd to be delivered by Lutheran World Relief.

GENESIS BIBLE STUDY IN JANUARY Kick off the New Year with an exploration of the beginning of the Bible! On Wednesday nights, 6:30-8 p.m., January 6-February 3, join ECLC member Rev. Catherine Malotky as she leads a Book of Faith study on Genesis that she authored. In this study, participants will explore early stories of faith and God's promise in the book of Genesis through each session’s big question. $15 fee for materials and scholarships available. Childcare is available—please sign up by 12/30. Register at the Sign-Up Center.

RACIAL JUSTICE INTERCULTURAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY Earlier this year, ECLC staff took the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to learn more about ourselves and to further develop our intercultural competency as leaders. Through a rare opportunity offered by the Unite Table of the Minneapolis Area Synod, interested members of our congregation are invited to take this inventory at a very low cost, with feedback from a trained facilitator. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Pastor Stephanie, scoltveterdmann@eclc.org

REFUGEE MENTORING:  Stand up and say “You are welcome here” in a helpful way by mentoring a newly arrived refugee family through Lutheran Social Service. Volunteers visit with a family 3 times per month for 3 months, helping them learn cultural tasks like how to grocery shop, what a parent teacher conference is, how to open a bank account, etc.  Email Larry Edlund to sign up for a training on Monday, January 11th at 7pm at ECLC.

WIT: WOMEN IN TRANSITION--all women welcome! We will gather Tuesday, January 12, 7-9 PM, at Grammercy Park, 6711 Lake Shore Dr, Richfield. Ruth Shiell, Robbyn Shiell and Jane Lepisto will be hosting, you can contact them with questions. We will discuss the book by Brene' Brown, "The Gifts of Imperfection". Looking ahead: February's meeting will be a discussion of "Threads: Pulling Meaning from the Tangled Mess," by Nancy Kraft. On Sunday, March 20, the group will attend the 2 PM performance of the opera, "Tosca." For details and reservations, contact Deb Gensmer.