COLUMBARIUM UPDATE:  A committee of the Worship, Art and Music ministry is currently researching options for expanding our columbarium. We are currently looking at the options of installing a new columbarium on the south wall (at the west end of the south wall) in the sanctuary. There is also additional interest in an option for an outside columbarium site.  More research will need to be done to see where and how that could be done.  Another option would be a “scattering” garden below the southwest corner of the building. A scattering garden would have a designated space for the “scattering” of cremated remains of loved ones. A bench, plantings, and a small monument for plaques could also be part of the plan. If you have questions or interest in the project please talk to Robbyn S. of the WAM ministry or one of the pastors. 

66 WEST COMMUNITY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION:  66 West opened in May and residents are getting settled. Join ECLC, Beacon, and supporters from across the metro for a Grand Opening Celebration and Open House between 5-8pm on Thursday, August 3rd. A brief program with speakers, including a 66 West resident, will be from 5:30-6:00pm, followed by 66 West tours between 6-8pm.

SHORT STORY GROUP  All women are invited to attend the Short Story Group on Friday July 14 from 10:00 - noon. We will be reading "Virgin Time" by Patricia Hampl from Volume 1 of "Listening for God". The group will meet at Piece In Our Time, Minneapolis. RSVP to Ruth E.

LOAVES & FISHES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Ages 14 through adult are invited to prepare or serve a meal for hungry neighbors on Tuesday, July 18th from 1:30-3:00 (prep) or 5-7 (serve) at Holy Rosary, 2448 18th Ave S., Mpls.  Extra volunteers are needed during the summer months.

RAPID RESPONSE TRAINING: ECLC will sponsor a Rapid Response Training to be a Moral/Legal Observer during ICE raids in our communities on Tuesday, July 18th from 7:00-9:00 pm. More info at the sign up center at ECLC.

PACK MEALS WITH CES-KIDS, TOO!  Ages 5 through adult are invited to pack culturally appropriate groceries for homebound neighbors from 9-10:30 on Thursday, July 20 at Community Emergency Service’s food shelf: 1900 11th Ave S., Mpls.  

ST. PAUL’S LUTHERAN BLOCK PARTY: Join us at St. Paul's Block Party on Saturday, July 15 from 10am-2pm. Food, Music, Bouncy Castle, Dance Contest & more! All are welcome! St. Paul’s Lutheran, 2742 15th Ave. S. Minneapolis.   

DRIP PROJECT CONCERT A trio (piano, horn, soprano) known as the Drip Project (http://dripproject.weebly.com) will be in town this Friday night to perform at 7:00 in the ECLC sanctuary, part of the Project’s inaugural concert series. Pay what you can!  From the website: “This season, we are particularly delighted to premiere new works that contribute to conversations of social justice in our world today."