FOOD PACKING—GREAT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY FOR ALL AGES:  Join the ECLC group packing dozens of food bags for homebound neighbors at Community Emergency Service on Thursday, June 18 from 9-10:30.(1900 11th Ave S.). This is also a great activity for kids 5 and up. Email Lauren to RSVP.

THE WOMEN'S SHORT STORY GROUP will be meeting at Deborah Olmon's home on Friday, June 19, from 10am-noon. Our short story for this month is "Shiloh" by Bobbie Ann Mason from the collection “We Are the Stories We Tell”.  All women are welcome to join us at any time.  Please RSVP to Deborah

HANDS TO HANDS, ECLC's knitting group, will meet this coming Sunday, June 21, in the Fellowship Hall from 9:15-10 am.  Bring your own knitting or look through our collection of yarn and patterns for something new.  Our current special projects include Confirmation and College Care Package knitting and more helping hands are always welcome!  Contact Deborah Olmon if you have any question.

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: June 19, July 10, July 24, August 7 and August 21. No previous quilting experience is required.

BUCKTHORN BUSTING on Saturday, June 20, 9:00am-12:00pm.Coffee & continental breakfast will be provided. Please mark your calendars, recruit friends and family, and plan to join us. Many hands make light work!

ENJOY OUTDOOR MUSIC WITH ECLC:  Join ECLC at the Lake Harriet Bandshell on Sunday, June 21 for the 5:30pm free Minnesota Philharmonic concert.  An LGBT orchestra, this local group is the wonderful background for an evening of music! Email Lauren to sign up—or just show up!

BRIDGE CLOSED: Starting June 22, 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 54th Street bridge is under construction.

PRIDE VOLUNTEERS:  Show your Lutheran PRIDE at this summer’s Twin Cities PRIDE festival. Volunteers are needed at the Lutheran booth from 12-2pm on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.  Materials provided—you’re there to show the Lutheran welcome! Email Lauren to sign up.

DONATE CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Plymouth Christian Youth Center welcomes hundreds of kids to visit their Little Free Library in North Mpls. PCYC refills this library each week and ECLC is helping keep it full! Bring children’s books (baby through teen, no adult books) to the Sign Up Center through June 28!
 
CARING FOR CREATION & PETER MAYER BENEFIT CONCERT!  Join our partners at Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light for a benefit concert and fun summer evening touring the solar and permaculture gardens of St. Luke Presbyterian Church. Saturday, June 20th from 6:30-8:00, tour the gardens, learn about solar power, and enjoy appetizers while perusing silent auction items to support MIPL before enjoying an 8pm concert by Peter Mayer.  Tickets available for $20 at www.mnipl.org

RECONCILING WORKS NEEDS IN KIND DONATIONS: Support ReconcilingWorks by donating a gift card or homemade item for the ECLC Basket to be auctioned off at the ReconcilingWorks Gala on July 31st!  Whether you're an artist with a painting or stop at Target to pick up a gift card, a variety of items are needed and appreciated by July 12.  Let's see if our ECLC basket can go to the highest bidder and support the inclusion work of ReconcilingWorks! Email Lauren with questions.