ADVOCACY LETTER WRITING PARTY:  On Sunday the 21st, stick around for half an hour with ECLC’s Immigration Task Force and write letters to Congress about DACA, immigration reform, and any other advocacy on your heart!  Postcards, stamps, and snacks provided!  All are welcome.

HELP ECLCERS CONNECT TO EACH OTHER:  ECLC strives to be a community where everyone feels safe to bring their WHOLE self. We seek that everyone knows at least one person well enough that they can trust with their whole story. Our Breaking Bread meals and our white board questions are two ways we seek to do that.  Help brainstorm and implement ways to support this culture with our Connectivity Team from Noon-1pm on Sunday! Email Lauren to attend the meeting.

SING A SONG THIS SPRING WITH THE ECLC CHOIR: All are welcome! Rehearsals start Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm. and continue through the Lenten season after mid-week Vespers. Join us! Contact Melissa for more information. 

LET’S INCREASE MN’S RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD TO 50% BY 2030! Cleaner sources of electricity enable us to act out our faith in practical ways that will have long lasting effects. It is time for people of faith to help ensure a new higher standard is set in Minnesota! Join the EcoFaith in expressing your support of clean energy and climate justice. Signatures are being gathered each Sunday in January. Add your signature this Sunday!

TUESDAY NIGHT BIBLE SERIES: The World of Biblical Israel:  In the last lecture with Professor Chapman's video, we sat by the River with the Exiles in Babylon, pondering what books to preserve in the Old Testament.  For the next two weeks we study what keeps the Israelites so strongly together as family and a nation, even to the present.  Anyone can join us on Tuesdays from 7-8 pm in the Creekside room (January 23 & 29). Detailed information can be found in the Winter 2018 Adult Faith Formation brochure.

CONCERT AND COMMUNITY SING: NEW SONGS OF ECOLOGY AND EARTHCARE FOR CHURCHES Thursday, February 8th, 7:00 pm with Bret Hesla and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church (2315 Chicago Ave, Mpls). If you are concerned with climate change, this event is for you. Bret and Richard will teach and sing from their new collection of original chants and songs affirming science, green faith values, and "Let's do something." Come sing some great new melodies and poetry with honest, direct words. Provocative, singable resources for churches plus a fun evening of community singing. And…Paul Andress will be giving a brief presentation on how ECLC is using Bret’s music in our new “Green” liturgical setting.  Suggested donation: Adults $15, Families $25. 

JONATHAN RUNDMAN PLUS FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN CONCERT AT ECLC!    All ages welcome on Saturday, February 10th at 7pm. $10 per person / $20 per family suggested donation at the door. National touring songwriter Jonathan Rundman performs a concert for the first time in his own home town of Edina! Backed by his family and an all-star band of ECLC musicians, Jonathan will feature a variety of songs and sounds from across his 25-year career.
Jonathan emerged on the national music scene as a Chicago-based touring artist, generating rave reviews in Billboard, The New York Times, Performing Songwriter, Paste, and countless regional publications. Jonathan's music has been heard throughout Lutheran Churches in the USA, as well as on radio, and on television's Ellen DeGeneres Show and CBS This Morning.

FIRST AID FOR MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING:  On Wednesday, February 21 from 8am-5pm, at St. Patrick Church Edina, attend a free First Aid for Mental Health training exploring the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. This free training (normally $170) is sponsored by Fairview Southdale Hospital and Fairview Community Health. Registration is required 612-706-4566 or mhfa@fairview.org.

SAVE THE DATE! CAN WE TALK? RETREAT  Healthy relationships…meaningful conversation…intimacy in communication…self-awareness about our own individual styles and needs…communication skills… All these things impact our personal lives and our Beloved Community. Join us on Saturday, March 24 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This event is intended for couples and singles of all ages. Childcare and lunch provided. Suggested donation of $10 per person. Sign up at the Sign-Up Center.

In Case You Missed It…..

GLBT INCLUSION WORSHIP CELEBRATION:  ECLC is hosting this year’s Reconciling in Christ Festival Worship, celebrating God’s inclusive love for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities!  Join Lutherans from all across the metro area at ECLC at 4:30pm on Saturday, January 20th, followed by an optional soup supper.  Just show 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.  Chill lunch will be served before the movie!

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.