LENTEN MEALS EVERY WEDNESDAY:  You are invited and encouraged to dine with ECLC every Wednesday (Feb 17-March 16) between 6:00-6:45 during Lent! Due to construction and the messiness of soup, we’ll be enjoying travel friendly meals this year, including simple meals like walking tacos, a potato bar, and pizza.  Come enjoy casual and friendly conversation together while we eat!  Sign up at the ECLC Sign-up center to help with the meals.

LENTEN OFFERING: LOCAL AND GLOBAL HEALTH MINISTRIES:  This Lent, we reach out as a congregation and support ministries that serve the health of their communities. Among its many ministries, our sister congregation St. Paul’s Lutheran hosts the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, caring for the whole person throughout its neighborhood.  And, our eyes turns to our brothers and sisters in El Salvador as the Zika virus spreads there.  Our Lenten offering will support St. Paul’s Lutheran and a yet to be determined ministry partner working through the Lutheran Church of El Salvador to prevent the spread of this disease. To support the Lenten offering, place a check in the offering place made out to ECLC with “Lenten Offering” in the memo line, donate at a Wednesday night soup supper, or donate online.

CIVIL RIGHTS SPEAKER: All are invited to hear Rev. Joseph Ellwanger, an ELCA pastor on Thursday, Feb. 11th, 4:00 pm at ECLC. Ellwanger was a civil rights leader in Birmingham and Selma Alabama during the 60's.  He will share his perspective on the Movement as well as discuss the importance of social justice work today. He will have copies of his book, "Strength for the Struggle" available to purchase.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SERVICE:  Pack groceries for homebound clients of CES Food Shelf (1900 11th Ave S., Mpls) on Thursday, February 18th from 9:00-10:30am.  Email Lauren to sign up.

SHORT STORY CLUB will meet on February 19th at 10 AM at the home of Marj D's home. Our reading for this meeting is “Other Lives” by Francine Prose. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Marj.

BREAK BREAD TOGETHER: IMMIGRATION CONVERSATION  Through this season, ECLC members will host casual dinners and conversation gatherings in their homes.  We hope you’ll participate as a way to get to know other ECLCers and become engaged in a topic of interest!  On Thursday, February 25th at 6:30pm, join Doris & Don Pagelkopf in their Eden Prairie home for dinner and casual conversation surrounding immigration, both local and around the world.  Don & Doris will provide a main course; guests are asked to bring a salad, side, dessert, or beverage.  RSVP to Lauren

TRAVEL SIZED TOILETRIES DONATIONS WELCOME!  It’s Shower Power time! The EcoFaith team invites you to drop off travel sized shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, toothpaste, and lotion that you’ve collected during hotel stays. Rather than these items being thrown out by the hotels, we’ll donate them to local shelters and food shelves, including Community Emergency Service. Drop off items in the blue bin at the Sign Up Center by Sunday, February 28th.

LEAP YEAR EVE BOWLING PARTY:  As we practice Sabbath together this Lent, we will celebrate together the gift of an extra day! Join ECLC for an all ages, all congregation bowling party at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park, 4:30-6:30pm on Sunday, February 28th. $20 for adults and $15 for kids includes bowling, shoe rental, and food.  RSVP for the celebration with Lauren. 

HUNGER ADVOCACY NEEDS A CHAMPION!  Our long time Mission partner, Bread for the World, will engage thousands of people of faith nationwide in advocacy around the issue of child and maternal health and nutrition this year. ECLC would like to organize letter writing on this important issue…and we need a coordinator for this important activity!  A Bread for the World training will occur on Saturday, March 5 from 9-Noon at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 8600 Fremont Ave S. in Bloomington.  Can you attend? Email Lauren to attend and learn more.