THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 AT ECLC
8:15 am Worship
9:15 am Fellowship time with coffee and treats
9:45 am Sunday School-Age 3 through grade 12
9:45 am Adult Forum: Winter Wellness
11:00 am Worship

HELP NEEDED! We are seeking 2 communion servers at the 8:15 a.m. service THIS Sunday, January 18.  Please contact Lauren Morse-Wendt if you are available to help.

ECLC CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Your participation is welcomed and appreciated at our 2015 Annual Congregational Meeting on Sunday, January 25. Members will elect the church council and other representatives, get an update about our building project, approve the 2015 budget, and more. Childcare will be provided. For members unable to attend, proxy forms (available at the Sign-Up Center and to download from ECLC’s website here) must be submitted to the office by noon on Friday, January 23.

RECONCILING IN CHRIST FESTIVAL WORSHIP On Saturday, January 24 at 4:00 p.m., join RIC Lutherans from across the Twin Cities for a festival worship celebrating inclusion and God’s love for all. You’ll know a friendly face there--Lauren Morse-Wendt will serve as Assisting Minister for this worship, hosted by Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at 285 N. Dale Street in St. Paul. You’re invited to stay for an optional free simply soup supper afterwards.  No RSVP needed, but email Lauren Morse-Wendt with any questions.

MEN’S CHORUS REHEARSAL on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m.

ADULT FORUM: January 18: Winter Wellness. Shelly Padgett will discuss and lead us in some movement and meditation for Winter Wellness.
 
THE ECLC SHORT STORY GROUP will gather at Nancy Strom’s home (5005 Arden Ave.) on Friday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m.  We will continue discussion of the story ‘Royal Beatings’ by Alice Munro from the book “We Are the Stories We Tell.” All are welcome.
 
JUSTICE EVENTS ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY:  Join ECLC and other MN congregations at Luther Seminary in St. Paul on Monday, January 19 for Learning From and Living Out Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy. You are invited for any part or all of the day. Public events include 9:00 a.m. keynote with Rev. Christenea Cleveland, 11:00 a.m. worship with Rev. Alika Galloway, free community lunch at 12:00 noon, Q & A with David Preus at 1:00 p.m., and breakout sessions on justice (including a breakout with Lauren Morse-Wendt on housing justice) at 2:15 p.m. To sign up, email Lauren Morse-Wendt for this illuminating event.
 
WOMEN IN TRANSITION   WIT will be attending the performance of God Girl  at the History Theater, on Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m. God Girl  is the story of "brave women who dared to break through the stained glass ceiling within the protestant church." Cost is $28. Make your reservations with DeeDee Edlund by January 20. Chili supper and discussion at DeeDee's home following the performance. All women are welcome to attend.
 
JOIN THE SCIENCE & RELIGION DIALOGUE  If you’re interested in how science and religion can be partners in the quest for truth, this book club may be for you.  Join us on Thursday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m. for a lively discussion of “Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective” edited by Philip Clayton and Jeffrey Schloss. One of the contributing authors, Dr. Philip Rolnick, will guide our discussion. All of the meetings are free, and newcomers are always welcome to join us!  Hennepin Ave. UMC, 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis.  Visit www.hennepinchurch.org for more information.
 
PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES!  Edina police are combatting a rash of vehicle break-ins in the area, one of which occurred in the ECLC parking lot. The car in question had an equipment case left in plain view. Please do your part to not make your car a target. Never leave valuables of any kind on seats or visible at all. Thieves know that briefcases and gym bags often contain wallets, checkbooks, jewelry, etc.
 
SERVICE PROJECT OVER MLK WEEKEND:  Help create fleece blankets for students in need at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (1501 Hennepin, Mpls) on Saturday, January 17 from 8:00-11:30 a.m.  The event begins with a keynote speaker, followed by volunteering in small groups. For more info or to sign up, contact ECLCer Paula Roth.
 
LOAVES AND FISHES: This community kitchen is a long-time partner of ECLC.  Bring a friend to volunteer to prep the food from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20 or to serve from 5:00-7:00 p.m. both at Holy Rosary, 2448 18th Ave S. Mpls. Email Carol Bros to sign up!
 
VEAP FOOD PACKERS NEEDED:  On Wednesday, February 4, ECLCers will sort and pack food donations in the VEAP warehouse from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Located in Bloomington; this is the largest food shelf in the state and needs thousands of volunteers to give away tons of food each day.  Email Lauren Morse-Wendt to sign up to serve.
 
RENEWABLE ENERGY NEEDS ADVOCATES AT THE CAPITOL!   Join ECLC and groups from across the state to advocate for higher renewable energy standards in MN through the Clean Energy & Jobs coalition on Monday, February 2 beginning at 10:00 a.m. We will learn the ins and outs of renewable energy; meet in small groups with our state legislators to talk about environmental justice. You don’t need to be an expert, just passionate for creation. Email Lauren Morse-Wendt to join her for this massive Day on the Hill.

LEARN TO MAKE EL SALVADORAN PUPUSAS!  We’re all dreaming of the warmth of El Salvador in the midst of our brutal winters. Come to ECLC on Tuesday, February 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. while we learn to make pupusas and enjoy eating them together and sharing stories from our partners in El Salvador. This social event will leave you stuffed!  Optional $5 donation to pay for the cost of food. RSVP to Lauren Morse-Wendt.
 
FAMILIES: GET READY FOR THE GREAT RECYCLING!   Have your kids outgrown their clothes, aged out of their books, or stopped playing with toys? January’s a wonderful time to de-clutter and help teach our kids how to let go of “stuff.”  Bring these items to ECLC on Sunday, January 25 by 9:45 a.m. Then, from 10-11, you are invited to walk through and pick up FREE clothes, books, and toys for their next stage of life!  Mark your calendar and start de-cluttering now!

THANK YOU FOR SENDING DENYS TO COLLEGE!  This past Sunday, ECLC raised just over $1500 to send Denys, a 18 year old student from Cristo de Paz, to the Lutheran University in El Salvador!  This full scholarship is what will make his dream a reality.  In hearing of the raised funds, Pastor Conchi emotionally shared, “I am so excited to know of your loving response for Denys’ scholarship.  God is revealed immensely through our solidarity together.” Look for updates from Denys throughout the year; thank you, ECLC!