YEAR END GIVING: 2015 is almost over, and we're thankful for your financial partnership in proclaiming Gods YES to the world! Here's a bit of information about how to make the most of your year-end giving opportunities:

  • Give online any time before midnight (CST) on Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Place your personal checks and cash in the offering plate during any Dec. worship service, or drop off donations during office hours: 9 am-4 pm, Mon.-Fri. (Closed Dec. 25 & 28.)
  • Mail checks to the church office at 4113 W. 54th St., Edina, MN 55424. Envelopes must be postmarked on or before Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Transfer stock to ECLC’s brokerage account at Fidelity Investments (Account: Z73-386618; DTC: 0226; EIN: 41-0836936). Please initiate your electronic transfer of securities so that the shares reach ECLC's account by Dec. 31, 2015. The process typically takes 2-4 business days, but confirm specific lead times with your broker. Also, notify Kristian Clauser of the symbol(s) and quantity of your donated shares.

FELLOWSHIP FUNDRAISER: This week’s fellowship treats are offered as a fundraiser for our Youth. This summer many of them will go on a Civil Rights Tour of the south with the Swiggums. Sunday’s Freewill donations will be used for the Civil Rights Tour as well as other Youth programs.

ALTERNATIVE ADVENT GIFT GIVING:  This Sunday, support two ECLC partners by purchasing handmade items and spreading the news of their work with your gift!  Redeemer Center for Life will bring jewelry made from old bike tires (!!) and CDS and ECLC’s Hands to Hands Knitters and ECLC’s Quilters will sell hats, scarves, potholders, coasters, and much more to support Southside Family Nurturing Center. Look for these great alternative gifts in the lobby after worship.

SERVE AS A GREETER, USHER, OR LECTOR!  Volunteering as an occasional worship leader is a great way to share your gifts with ECLC…when you’re already here!  To learn more about joining the usher, greeter, or lector rotation, email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org   Ushers and greeters serve once every 3 months; lectors once every 5 months.

HEALTH KITS ARE COMING!  We often feel hopeless as we hear the stories of refugees fleeing crises every day. Between now and Christmas, drop off dark colored bath towels, wide-toothed combs, bars of soap, toothbrushes, or nail clippers at the blue bin at the Sign Up Center.  We will pack health kits for refugees on Sunday, January 3rd to be delivered by Lutheran World Relief.

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING AVENUES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH:  This past Sunday, you donated almost $1000 to purchase wish list items for the youth and young adults that live at Avenues For Homeless Youth’s emergency shelter and transitional housing buildings. Thank you for the gloves, PJs, sweaters, gift cards, bike locks, and more that will meet the residents’ needs!   To learn more, go to http://www.avenuesforyouth.org/

ECLC KIDS INVITE YOU to join us on December 20 during 11 am worship, as we lead the congregation in our telling of the Christmas Story! With the help of teachers and parents, children of all ages are preparing for the coming of the Christ Child, with spoken words, heavenly music, cosmic art, Word and Sacrament. Please contact Kelly at krowley@eclc.org with questions, or to volunteer. Thank you!

REFUGEE MENTORING:  Stand up and say “You are welcome here” in an essential, 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, and other things one learns through experience in Minnesota.  Learn more at a training on Monday, January 11th at 7pm at ECLC. Email ECLCer Larry Edlund to sign up for the training.

FROM THE CARING FOR CREATION TEAM (C4C) Have Christmas Lights that are “out of order” already?! Don’t throw out… Recycle!!!  Visit http://recycleminnesota.org/ or http://www.startribune.com/recycle-holiday-light-strands-when-the-twinkle-goes-out/341939741/