ECLC QUILTERS COVER OTHERS IN BLESSING:  This Sunday, ECLC will bless the work of our ECLC quilters, who have prepared “Mission quilts” for Lutheran World Relief and for refugees arrival locally. Watch for a variety of colors and patterns hanging over your chairs in the sanctuary!  Lutheran World Relief is the coordinated effort for disaster relief and sustainable development for North American Lutheran churches. Quilts are just a small part of their approach to providing tangible relief in over 35 countries each year—learn more about LWR from an LWR staff member during the forum at 9:45 this Sunday!  

HELP REFUGEES WITH HEALTH KITS ON SUNDAY: Many refugees spend a decade or more living in “temporary” camp conditions where access to health care is scarce. Staying healthy and basic health supplies are essential. ECLC is collecting bars of soap, dark-colored bath towels, tooth brushes, and wide toothed combs for Lutheran World Relief at ECLC’s Sign Up Center now through January 14 when we will pack health kits together.  

FACTS FROM THE IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE:  Since the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) executive action 5 years ago, 800,000 "dreamers" have received work permits and deportation protection - with 690,000 currently enrolled.  In order to qualify, a youth 16 years old or younger must have arrived in the U.S. prior to 2007, must be enrolled in high school or have a degree, and must be free from any felony convictions or multiple misdemeanors.  Without new legislation, these young people are at risk of deportation in March 2018. Learn more at 

LOAVES AND FISHES:  Ages 14 through adult are invited to prepare or serve dinner for hungry neighbors enjoying a hot meal and a warm space during the coldest month of the year on Tuesday, January 16th from 2:00-3:30m or 5:00-7:00pm at Holy Rosary (2448 18th Ave S., Mpls).  Email Lauren to sign up.

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE SERIES: ISRAEL IN CONTEXT: Understanding the Bible as Jesus Lived and Learned It:  Digging deep into understanding the life behind the words in the Bible. First of a six-part series 7-8 pm in the Creekside room. (January 16, 23, 29). Recommended for those thinking about/intending to go on the Israel-Palestine Tour. Detailed information can be found in the Winter 2018 Adult Faith Formation brochure. Contact Deb G.

BECOMING BELOVED COMMUNITY COMMON READ FOR JANUARY 21 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King, Jr. penned these words on April 16, 1963 in his Letter from Birmingham Jail. At the Sunday Forum on January 21, we’ll discuss the implications of this letter for readers today, and reflect on our own role in living out MLK’s call to action. Copies of the letter are available in the Library.

MEAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Pack groceries at Community Emergency Service food shelf—you’ll be shocked how much is needed and how little there is!  Thursday, January 18th from 9:30-11:00am at CES (1900 11th Ave S., Mpls). Email Lauren to sign up.

66 WEST & ENDING HOMELESSNESS:  66 West has been open for 6 months with great success! On Wednesday, January 24th, come and enjoy dinner at ECLC and hear stories from the first 6 months. Then, we’ll brainstorm together how to continue to support residents and imagine how ECLC will continue to work to end homelessness across the metro area! Email Lauren to sign up.

BEFORE THE FLOOD: ECLC’s EcoFaith team invites you to a free showing of the award-winning documentary Before The Flood on Sunday, January 28th following 11am worship.  This film follows Leonardo DiCaprio on a worldwide exploration of climate change and its drastic impact. 

CONVERSATIONS FOR CAREGIVERS: Are you caring for a loved one or friend?  ECLC is beginning a regular gathering time for caregivers to support each other, and share ideas and resources. Come once or every time.  You’re invited on Thursday, January 18th from 6:30-8:00pm at ECLC.  RSVP to ECLCer Adele M.  Caregivers hope to meet on the 3rd Thursday of every other month—mark your calendar for March 15th!