POP-UP CONVERSATION AUGUST 4: Join us for ECLC member Sophie B’s fundraiser to support her year in Mexico City working with immigrant women and children: Sunday morning between services on August 4, from 9:45 to 10:15 in Fellowship Hall. Come for Mexican food, bilingual music, and to hear a bit more about her year. This event is co-sponsored by ECLC and our partner church, St. Paul’s. Sophie’s work is funded by the ELCA’s program Young Adults in Global Mission. Attendees will be invited to help her reach her goal of $5,000 for the program. Checks and electronic donations will be accepted at this event.

AUGUST IS INVITE A FRIEND TO WORSHIP MONTH Who in your life might appreciate an inclusive Word from God in community? Each Sunday in August, we’ll have special stories shared by members in worship that reflect who God is and who we hope ECLC to be in the world. We will honor all first time visitors by donating $5 to the mission partner of their choice in August! Who might be looking for a faith community like ECLC that you know?

ADVOCATE FOR HOUSING FUNDING WITH BEACON: Here’s your chance to show your support for more county and state funding for affordable housing in a conversation with County Commissioner Jan Callison. Join Beacon & Commission Callison from 7-8pm on Thursday, August 8 at St. Luke Presbyterian in Minnetonka to show your support. Email Lauren to RSVP.

VIGIL AT IMMIGRATION COURT: Stand in solidarity with children and families detained at the border, asylees being turned away without being heard, and those waiting in detention center. Our mission partners from Interfaith Coalition on Immigration will vigil at the Whipple Building from 7:30-8:30am on Tuesday, August 13.

GRIEF TRANSITION TEAM UPDATE As the anniversary of Pastor Stephanie’s illness and death approaches, we are mindful as a community of the grief felt by many of our members. On the anniversary of her death, Friday, September 6, the sanctuary will be open for prayer. On Sunday, September 8, at 5 p.m. there will be a worship service with singing, prayer, and reflection. We continue to pray for her family and to hold one another in tender care.

THEOLOGY PUB: Come together Wednesday, August 14 from 7-9pm for casual conversation about the stories that will be the focus for worship on the following Sunday. Led by seminarian Kristin Dybdal and held at Cowboy Jack’s (2801 Southtown Drive in Bloomington). RSVP to Kristin.

CONGREGATIONAL BOOK STUDIES Explore racial justice themes and stories of people who have experienced the power of race and discrimination and how those stories intersect with our own, then join in the discussion. On Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm we’ll gather to discuss I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown. Sign up for the discussion at the sign up center.

ECLC CAMPFIRE & CONGREGATIONAL PICNIC: Sunday, August 4th from 4:00-6:30 pm Come for part or stay for all of ECLC’s Campfire & Congregational Picnic. We will sing songs, play games, and tell stories at the home of Sarah & Dan K and family on Lake Riley in Chanhassen. Bring a dish to share for a potluck-style picnic. There are stairs to the picnic area, so let us know if we can help with any accommodations. RSVP at the sign-up center. All are welcome!

VEAP SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE: Help VEAP support local students. Please bring school supply donations to the Sign Up Center now through August 4. Most needed items: Backpacks (especially 18 & 19"), earbuds, USB thumb drives, and calculators. Traditional school supplies needed as well (pens, pencils, paper, folders, notebooks, rulers, index cards, colored pencils, etc.).

VOLUNTEER AT VEAP: One more opportunity to join other ECLCers and volunteer at the VEAP warehouse this summer! Friday, August 9 from 2:30-5:00pm. Ages 12+ are welcome. Sign up at the sign up center.

NATIVE WOMEN ARTISTS’ EXHIBIT AT MIA: Experience Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists, an exhibit heralded as the first major exhibit of artwork by Native women of its kind. Spanning over 1,000 years and including over 115 artists, this MIA exhibit is not to be missed. Join ECLC for a private docent tour on Tuesday, August 13 at 10am, followed by individual time for touring. Then, enjoy lunch and discussion at the Minnesota Indian American Center’s Gathering Café. $25 includes admission to the exhibit and tour. Limited to 15 participants; RSVP to Lauren.

PAPERLESS SINGING EVENT Come to ECLC on Thursday, August 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm for a paperless music, community singing event. Led by Paul Andress, we will learn new songs by ear that will be used in worship and the entire group will write a song on-the-spot. This event is not a choir rehearsal of any kind. All songs will be learned by ear. So whether you’ve studied music for years or you’re a complete novice, you are welcome!

RACE, RACISM, AND THE LUTHERAN CHURCH: According to his book, Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the U.S., Pastor Lenny Duncan is “the unlikeliest of pastors.” As an ELCA Pastor, Duncan has written essential reading for Lutherans about our Church, the Gospel, racism, and what we can do now. Join Lauren to hear Pastor Duncan speak at 7pm on Thursday, September 19th at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. $10 tickets available.

COOK-A-THON: Join an ECLC team participating in the Open Arms of MN annual Cookathon for a 2 hour shift Sept 27 or 28. Our team will help prepare vast numbers of meals to sustain clients with HIV, cancer or other life threatening illnesses. George E. has offered to sponsor the teams. Everyone gets an apron, a good time and extra good karma to take home with them. To sign up, contact George.