Lutsen Family Ski Retreat---Registration Due - January 15  For ECLC Individuals, families, and couples of all ages. February 16-18 in Lutsen, MN.  Take a few days away to rest, connect with friends old and new, ski and snowboard, explore the Northshore, hear the Word and eat the Eucharist. This retreat, with minimal structure, allows everyone to keep the pace they wish while also providing opportunities to connect as a faith community.  Email J.D. Mechelke, High School Youth Minister with questions. 

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 or online here: Letter from Birmingham Jail

THREE KINGS CELEBRATION WITH ST. PAUL’S: Across Latin America, huge parties will happen this Saturday in celebration of Epiphany, when the Magi visit Jesus.  Join our local partners at St. Paul’s for a traditional celebration, including worship, piñata, meal, and music at 6pm this Saturday, January 6th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (2742 15th Ave S., Mpls.) No need to RSVP; you’ll be welcomed with open arms!

RACIAL JUSTICE ECLC Institutional Change group will meet Tuesday, January 9th at 7 pm. Everyone is welcome as we gather to challenge the systems of oppression in our own space and work to make ECLC a welcoming place for all. 

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. Sign-up for the first of this six-part series (January 9, 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 Gensmer with questions.

PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE ACTION:  ECLCers will meet with the Executive Director of Protect Minnesota (preventing gun violence through effective laws and education) on Wednesday, January 10th at 7pm to discuss how ECLC should engage in this issue…and make a statement to bring to our entire synod!  

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 or sign up at the Sign Up Center—look for opportunities to volunteer, too! Questions? Email ECLC’s RIC Rep, Jennie Strunk.

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.

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.

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 Kathy to sign up.

HELP REFUGEES WITH HEALTH KITS: 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, nail clippers, 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. 

MEALS ON WHEELS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Have an hour on Friday? Deliver meals to homebound neighbors in Edina at 11am (starting from Peace United Methodist, 6345 Xerxes Ave S). Kids on school break are welcome to volunteer with adults! Email Lauren to sign up.

CALLING ALL ST. OLAF ALUMNI:  Join ECLCer Camilla Madson for A Soiree in support of St. Olaf’s RACE Program, hosted at her home on Tuesday, January 16 from 7:00-8:30pm.  Alumni and parents of students are invited to hear Professor Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Director of St. Olaf’s Race & Ethnic Studies Program speak about their work and hear an update on racial justice concerns from campus.  To RSVP to Camilla.

ECO FAITH TIP OF THE WEEK:  When it is very cold outside, salt is ineffective at melting ice. Salt works best at temperatures above 15 degrees. For traction use sand or grit. Some de-icers do work in colder temperatures (calcium chloride or magnesium chloride). Did you know that the chloride in one teaspoon of road salt can permanently pollute five gallons of water? Most salt stays in our streams and groundwater. Help keep our streams and lakes on a low-salt diet---use grit (also called cherry stone, small grit, or chicken grit) or sand in place of salt when possible.