ELCA NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING: ECLC has 11 youth and 3 adults at the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit this week. The gathering takes place every three years and is about faith formation, worship, study, fellowship, service and play. It is an opportunity for youth to engage with peers from across the United States and the world who share a common commitment and faith in Christ. Follow the activities of our ECLC Youth on their daily blog at: https://eclc.squarespace.com/elca-youth-gathering

FOOD SHELF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Pack groceries for homebound clients of Community Emergency Service (1900 11th Ave S. Mpls) on Thursday, July 16 from 9am-10:30am.  This is a kid-friendly service opportunity (under 16 must be accompanied by adult) email DeeDee to sign up or add your names at the Sign Up Center.

LOAVES & FISHES VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  Volunteers are needed to prepare the meal (1:30-3:00pm) or serve the meal (5:00-7:00) on Tuesday, July 21 at Holy Rosary (2448 18th Ave S. Mpls).  We will also remember our faithful leader, Roger Hanzal, and prepare his traditional meal on this date.  Please email Carol if you can volunteer.

RETIRED ECLC MEN  Join us for breakfast on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am at Perkins Restaurant at Eden and Willson Roads in Edina (near 50th and Hwy 100). This month's gathering will be next Wednesday, July 22.

WOMEN’S SHORT STORY GROUP will meet at Judy D’s home on Friday, July 24 from 10am – noon. Our short story for this month is “Slaves of New York” by Tama Janowitz from the collection “We are the stories we tell”  All women are welcome.  RSVP to Judy.

ECLC CARING FOR CREATION (C4C): The 9th annual Minnehaha creek cleanup on Sunday, July 26 from 8-11:30am. Collect trash from around Minnehaha Creek. Breakfast and t-shirt for volunteers plus prizes, music and fun! Contact Diann C. or sign up at the sign-up counter to join the ECLC group meeting at the Knollwood Target. Visit http://www.minnehahacreek.org/events/2015-minnehaha-creek-cleanup-july-26 for more information.

DINNER CELEBRATION WITH REDEEMER!  Our partners at Redeemer will host summer day camps again this year, and ECLC is helping out!  We are preparing an early dinner meal at Redeemer for campers on Monday, July 27. Volunteers are needed in shifts between 4-7pm.  Can’t be there that day? Sign up to do the grocery shopping (with reimbursement) Email Lauren to sign up—many helpers are needed!

CONVERSATION ON RACIAL JUSTICE AND ACTION: Mark your calendars for Monday, July 27, 7:30 pm as ECLC gathers to create action steps in response to the racism that persists in our country, in our institutions, and in our communities. Together, how can we contribute toward a more racially just society that honors our black brothers and sisters? If that question is burning within you, please join the conversation.

CELEBRATE INCLUSIVITY IN THE LUTHERAN CHURCH:  Join ECLC and RIC congregations from around the country at the ReconcilingWorks Gala on Friday, July 31. This $40 gala includes live music, meal, silent auction, and inspiring presentation. RSVP here http://assembly.reconcilingworks.org/gala/ or email Andy S. for more details.

Whether you are experiencing memory loss yourself or are a caregiver for a family member or friend, you do not have to walk this road alone. There are others in your congregation and community who share your experience. You will learn about supportive local resources and be inspired by stories of folks who have lived this journey. The forum will be held Saturday, August 1 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 4100 Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis. This event is at no cost for caregivers and care receivers and $10 for all others. Pick up a brochure and registration form on the bulletin board across from the office at ECLC or visit trustinc.org.

In 1961, Minnesotan Claire O'Connor traveled to Mississippi and became a Freedom Rider. She was jailed for 28 days in Mississippi Hinds County Jail and Parchman State Penitentiary. During the 1964 Freedom Summer Claire also worked on voter registration and community organizing with COFO and SNCC in Mississippi. Since that time she has worked as a community organizer of low income families, homeless inner city teens and battered women in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.  She currently lives in Minneapolis and works as a professional potter.   On Wednesday, August 5 at 7 pm, Claire will be sharing her story at Edina Community Lutheran Church. There is no admission charge, however in the wake of the recent African American church burnings, donations toward the Rebuild the Churches Fund will be accepted.

BRIDGE CLOSED: The 54th Street bridge over Minnehaha Creek will be closed for demolition and reconstruction. The project should be completed sometime in the fall of 2015. For those coming from the west, 56th Street should provide the quickest detour to ECLC while the bridge is under construction.