ECLC GARDEN PARTY IS THIS SUNDAY: Enjoy a summer afternoon visiting gardens of ECLC members and getting to know each other! This casual, social gathering will begin after the 10:15 worship on Sunday, July 12th. Enjoy a light lunch at church then travel to 3 ECLCers’ homes to see some beautiful gardens!  RSVP to Sandy H.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION SUMMER MEETINGS
July: Taking Heart
  In 2005 the Minnesota Council of Churches began a program called “Taking Heart” to bring Christians and Muslims together, to get to know each other over a meal and conversation.  On Thursday, July 9 at 8pm, WIT women will participate in the ceremony Iftar (the breaking of the fast at sundown) with the Masjid Al Rahman community at the Islamic Center in Bloomington. Please RSVP to Adele M.
August: Being Mortal  WIT will meet August 11, 7-9 pm at Judy’s house and discuss the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End” by Atul Gawande. 

REBUILD THE CHURCHES FUND – FINAL WEEK: Sunday, July 12 will be the last day we are collecting donations for the “Rebuild the Churches” Fund to help the congregations of the black churches burned by arsonists. Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis is coordinating the Rebuild the Churches Fund to unite people of all faiths in standing with their sisters and brothers to help rebuild these buildings –which are not just houses of worship but centers of ministry for their communities. Please make your checks out to ECLC and place funds in the specially marked envelopes, “Rebuild the Churches Fund,” including your name. ECLC will send one check to represent our solidarity. You can also contribute online at www.eclc.org. Please designate your gift by including “Rebuild the Churches Fund” in the “Other Donations” field.

LAST CHANCE TO DONATE GIFT CARDS FOR RIC GALA!  We’re supporting ReconcilingWorks’ ministry advocating for full inclusion of GLBT Lutherans in all ministries!  Donate a gift card to ECLC’s growing Gift Card Extravaganza silent auction basket!  Email ECLCer Andy S. to learn more about the gala or to donate a gift card by July 12.

SERVICE PROJECT FOR ALL AGES:  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 21st 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 B. if you can volunteer.

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. We will meet at ECLC in the Martin Room.

JOIN ECLC QUILTERS Summer is here but the ECLC quilters keep at the task of making quilts for Lutheran World Relief and local refugee organizations. Are you looking for a way to be active in an ECLC mission this summer? Join the quilters for a brown bag lunch at noon followed by layering and tying of quilts starting at 1:00 pm on these Fridays: July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21. No previous quilting experience is required.

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.