THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 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: Egypt
9:45 am Caring for Creation
9:45 am Lambs Gathering
10:15 am Dishwasher Training
11:00 am Worship

BUILDING DESIGN COMMITTEE UPDATE   At our January 6 meeting, the BDC settled on a basic design for the expansion and remodeling of our building.  Over the next couple of weeks, the Watson-Forsberg construction firm will prepare an estimate based on this design so we can confirm that it is financially doable for ECLC.  Once we receive the estimate, some cost-reduction modifications may still be needed, but we are working hard to hopefully share the design with the congregation in February.  Contact Camilla Madson, BDC Chair with questions.

ECLC ANNUAL MEETING: Save the date and plan to join us at the 2015 Annual Congregational Meeting after the second service 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 must be submitted to the church office by noon on Friday, January 23.

ADULT FORUMS: ~ January 11: A Visit to Egypt between the Revolutions of 2011 and 2013.  Led by Rich Banyard.  ~ January 18: Shelly Padgett will discuss and lead us in some movement and meditation for Winter Wellness.
 
DISHWASHER TRAINING THIS SUNDAY:  At some point, all ECLCers help out in the kitchen—whether during their monthly group or a special event, it really helps to know how to use our shiny new dishwasher! Join Leslie Swiggum for a 15 minute training this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in the kitchen!
 
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE WITH ECLC:  Concerned about climate change from both a local and global perspective?  Come for an energizing brainstorming Caring for Creation conversation on Sunday, January 11 at 9:45 to set up tangible goals and a plan for our environmental justice work in 2015.
 
THE ECLC SHORT STORY GROUP will gather this month 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.
 
WIT will be attending the performance of “God Girl” at the History Theater, Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 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. All women are welcome to attend.
 
IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE:  In 2015, an Immigration Task Force will form to engage ECLC through advocacy, learning, serving, praying, and giving in this complex issue of our time.  Interested in serving on this 6 month task force? Please email Lauren Morse-Wendt to learn more about this important ministry!
 
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.

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!

JUSTICE EVENTS ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY:  Join ECLC and other MN congregations at Luther Seminary 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.

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.
 
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. Hosted by Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at 285 N. Dale Street in St. Paul, this inspiring worship will be followed by a free simple soup supper.
 
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!

EL SALVADOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP:  ECLC is excited to support Denys, a Cristo de Paz youth who begins college this month. We will support him with a $1500 scholarship this year…and you are invited to participate! Look for a fun and easy way to support Denys this Sunday after each worship service!