LENTEN OFFERING RECIPIENTS:  ECLC’s newest mission partners, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota and the ELCA’s AMMPARO program protecting migrant children, widen the circle of Beloved Community by bringing people out of the shadows and able to fully live as their true selves in the light.  All Lenten soup supper donations will support these two ministries or you can donate by writing a check to ECLC with “Lenten Offering” in the memo line.

FEBRUARY 18 SUNDAY FORUM: Creating Connection Through Storytelling.  Using tools created by ReconcilingWorks to practice sharing our own stories.

ENDING HOMELESSNESS & ECLC: WHAT’S NEXT?  As 66 West thrives, our vision to end homelessness continues. Join other ECLCers passionate about affordable housing for a What’s Next conversation on Sunday, February 18th at 9:45 in the Creekside Room. You’ll share where your energy is now—and imagine together what might be next for ECLC.

AVENUES FOR HOMELESS YOUTH UPDATE:  What is the state of youth and young adult homelessness in the NORTHwest metro? Hear an update over a free spaghetti dinner with our partners at Avenues for Homeless Youth on Wed, February 28th from 6:00-7:30pm at the Elks Lodge in Brooklyn Park. RSVP by emailing Craig at cfreeman@avenuesforyouth.org

A NIGHT OUT TO END HUNGER!  On Friday, March 2nd from 6-8pm, enjoy A Toast to VEAP, a night of food, wine, craft beer, and more with local restaurants at our local food shelf.  This $35 event is a fun, social fundraiser where you can taste delicacies from local restaurants AND take a tour of the largest local foodshelf right in our community.

ECLC HOSTS LUTHERAN BISHOP FROM THE HOLY LAND We are pleased to welcome Rev. Munib A. Younan to ECLC on Sunday, March 4th. Younan served as Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJH), a Lutheran denomination that has congregations in Israel, Jordan and State of Palestine. He has also served as President of the Lutheran World Federation (2010-2017). ECLC is one of a handful of ELCA colleges, universities, and congregations selected for a visit from Bishop Younan.

Through his books, articles, presentations and sermons, Bishop Munib Younan has been a lifelong leader of interfaith dialogue and a vocal proponent for nonviolence based on justice, inclusion and forgiveness. Younan, who was born in 1950 in Jerusalem to parents who were Palestinian refugees, won the Niwano Peace Prize in July for his work fostering dialogue between Christians, Jews, and Muslims since the 1990s. He will discuss his experiences as a Palestinian Christian and Lutheran leader, living out his faith in a notoriously challenging and volatile region of the world where issues of faith are ever-present and inextricably interwoven with the complex political environment.

In addition to preaching in worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m., Bishop Younan will share his perspectives on peace and reconciliation during the Forum between services. Please join us!