WOMEN’S SHORT STORY GROUP  All are welcome to our next gathering on Friday, January 22 from 10 to noon at the home of Karen Boyum.  We will discuss “Janus” by Ann Beattie and “She Unnames Them” by Ursula K. Leguin from the book “We Are The Stories We Tell.” Please RSVP to Karen you plan to attend. 

SUNDAY FORUM-JANUARY 24: Interested in a deeper discussion of The Matrix films’ religious and philosophical overtones? Join us on Jan. 24 at 9:45 where we will discuss topics like belief, free will, and choice. The Matrix trilogy contains many archetypes that are very fundamental to our relationship to the world at large…watch them first if you can.

ECLC’S FREE GARAGE SALE FOR KIDS IS SUNDAY! Got kids’ clothes that are too small, books that are too young, or toys that never get played with? Bring them to ECLC on Sunday, January 24 before 10am then, from 10-Noon, the congregation is invited to shop for FREE for clothes in the next size, books at the next grade level, and toys that are age appropriate. What a great way to declutter and share with growing kids! Email Lauren if you have questions. No RSVP needed—just show up!   

MISSION CELEBRATION ON MONDAY: Ministry outside the walls of ECLC is a core part of who we are. On Monday, January 25 at 6:30pm you are invited to a Mission Update & Celebration at Dick & Sharon Aadalen’s Edina condo party room. Hosted by ECLC’s Mission Committee, you’ll hear updates from various ECLC ministries (including Caring for Creation, Loaves and Fishes, 66 West and more) and celebrate your participation in a year of ministry together.  This event is a Chili Cook Off…may the best ministry team’s chili win!  RSVP to Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org

DIVERSITY THROUGH INCLUSIVITY RIC WORSHIP: Join Reconciling in Christ congregations for a festival worship on Saturday, January 30 at 4:30pm at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4150 Dupont Ave N. in Minneapolis. God’s call to inclusivity, incorporating sexual orientation, gender identity, and race will be lifted up. Pastor Kelly Chatman from our partner congregation, Redeemer Lutheran Church, is preaching. 

YOUNG ADULT PIZZA TASTE TEST:  5 types of the Twin Cities best pizza + ECLC’s awesome 20, 30, and 40 somethings + childcare= best Friday night ever!  How many kinds of pizza can you eat in one night?  RSVP to Laurento join ECLC’s young adult pizza party on Friday, February 5th beginning at 6:30pm at the Holt home.

FROM THE CARING FOR CREATION COMMITTEE:  I have been noticing that I am fairly lonesome when I bag my groceries in my reusable bags. It took me a long time to remember to bring my bags into the store and I still fail many times when I am shopping at a mall. After a while it becomes a habit and it is a feel-good habit. The following article was from the organization www.treehugger.com. The whole article is much more comprehensive.

"Paper bags or plastic bags: the conclusion-  Both paper and plastic bags require lots and lots of resources and energy, and proper recycling requires due diligence from both consumer and municipal waste collector or private recycling company, so there are a lot of variables that can lead to low recycling rates. Ultimately, neither paper nor plastic bags are the best choice; we think choosing reusable canvas bags instead is the way to go. From an energy standpoint, according to this Australian study, canvas bags are 14 times better than plastic bags and 39 times better than paper bags, assuming that canvas bags get a good workout and are used 500 times during their life cycle. Happy shopping!"