SUNDAY FORUM-January 27: Governance Jeopardy! Start brushing up on Constitution and Bylaws trivia! Think you know the answers--ahem, questions? Test your knowledge and participate in a discussion about some of the issues under consideration. Should we keep our rare practice of proxy voting? What's the minimum number of people that ought to constitute a quorum at a congregational meeting? (Or should it be a percentage?) Get ready to press your buzzer and hear different points of view. All Forums are held from 9:45-10:45 a.m.

GOD'S INCLUSIVE LOVE POSTERS: As part of our celebration of Reconciling in Christ Sunday, help us make some posters to have on hand to boldly profess God's love and inclusiveness and a clear message of welcome at ECLC, especially for folks who identify as LGBTQ. These will be housed at ECLC for future activities like PRIDE or in the event that a protester returns. We will be gathering in the library between services on Sunday, January 27 and will have supplies on hand to make a poster. No artistic ability necessary!

KIDS' STUFF FREE SWAP ON SUNDAY! Bring used kids' books, clothes, and toys to ECLC on Sunday, January 27, then, beginning at 9:45 that morning, take home books, clothes & toys for a child in your life! As we faithfully focus less on stuff and more on community, let us help take items off your hands! Remaining items will be donated locally. Contact Lauren with any questions.

MAKE A GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION VALENTINE THIS SUNDAY: Make a broken hearts valentine this Sunday advocating for the prevention of gun violence after worship to be delivered to legislators at Protect Minnesota’s rally day on February 14th!

RIC WORSHIP IS SATURDAY: Join people of faith from across the Twin Cities in the annual Reconciling in Christ Festival Worship specifically lifting up God’s inclusive love for LGBTQ folks. 4:30pm on Saturday, January 26th at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul, followed by a light soup supper.

FAMILIES MOVING FORWARD—DIAPER DRIVE AND WHAT’S NEXT? ECLC has not hosted Families Moving Forward since beginning construction several years ago. It’s time to discern if we will return to hosting or focus our ending homelessness efforts elsewhere! Join the discernment conversation on Sunday, February 10 at 9:45 in Room 10. On that day, we will also collect diapers (sizes 4, 5, and 6 are most needed) for Families Moving Forward, which is experiencing an extreme shortage right now.

SOMALIS + MINNESOTA MUSEUM VISIT: Join ECLC on Wednesday, February 13 at 10am for a group visit to the Minnesota History Center for the Somali + Minnesota exhibit, followed by lunch at a nearby African restaurant. What can we learn from our neighbors and how can we build relationship? RSVP to Deacon Lauren

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION LOBBYING DAY: Join ECLC and Protect Minnesota at the Capitol on Thursday, February 14, the one year anniversary of the high school shooting in Parkland, FL. We will meet with your state legislator then rally in the Capitol rotunda at 2:30pm.

CALLING ALL GIRL SCOUTS: ECLC Girl Scouts will be selling cookies on February 17! All scouts are welcome to participate. If you’re a scouting family, please contact Katherine B.

CARD GAME NIGHT—SAVE THE DATE! All ages are invited to an Intergenerational Card Game Night & Potluck at ECLC on Saturday, February 23rd from 5:00-7:30pm! Save the date!

EL SALVADOR SCHOLARSHIP REMINDERS! If you sponsor a Cristo de Paz student for their school year in El Salvador, remember to send your donation now! Didn’t get the email with this year’s amount or interested in sponsoring for the first time? Contact ECLC Mission Partner for Cristo de Paz, Sandy H.

ECLC ART EXHIBIT BY MEMBER LYNN BOLLMAN
Works by Lynn Bollman are currently on display in the narthex and in the conference room at ECLC. His prints are hand inked and hand printed off various surfaces that he cuts or engraves. Lynn uses transparent oil-based inks from multiple surfaces and often overlaps as many as six layers of color on a print. These recent prints include some form of text. While the text gives meaning to the work, his primary focus is on design with meaning. Several of these pieces were inspired by words found in a printing dictionary copyrighted in 1933. Some of the prints include scanned text from the original dictionary source and are printed into the artwork off a laser engraved plate.

Additional note . . . Lynn’s etchings are also seen in the glass of the sliding doors in our new sanctuary.

Thank you, Lynn for your gifts.