Lent 2019: This We Believe: I know. I wonder. I trust.

In Lent we are exploring the theme “This We Believe.” On Sunday, March 10, Pastor Jeff preached about how we can be both rooted in tradition and also open to honest questioning of doctrine. A link to that sermon is here.

A different creed will be used each week in Lent to demonstrate a variety of expressions of faith, and the sermons will follow a theme of exploring the meaning behind our sacraments, sacred text and faith practices.

On Wednesday nights at 6, the preacher from Sunday will lead a discussion about the themes covered in the sermon in the “Faith Basics” class in Creekside – a class for people who have not had formal theological education.

At 7pm each Wednesday members of the congregation will be sharing their own journey with belief and doubt during the midweek Lenten services.

Join us for this exploration of faith as we journey together this Lent. Your questions and struggles are welcome as we grow together in faith.

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LENTEN SOUP SUPPERS: Lenten Soup Suppers are a popular tradition at ECLC. Get to know dozens of ECLCers from the "other" Sunday morning worship by joining us for a simple meal every Wednesday between 6:00-6:45 March 13—April 10 before evening Lenten Worship. Sign up to bring soup, bread, or dessert!

FAITH CONVERSATIONS Are you new to church and would like to learn more about why we do the things we do? Do you simply want a refresher on some of the basics of Christian faith? We invite you to participate in a five-week study on Wednesday evenings at 6pm from March 13—April 10. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about a variety of Christian topics. Plan to pick up a bowl of soup and join us for the class each week. Sign up today!

LENTEN OFFERING RECIPIENTS: This year’s Lenten Offering will fund college scholarships for six students from Cristo de Paz, our sibling congregation in El Salvador. All donations to ECLC marked “Lenten Offering” in the offering plate, in the soup supper donation box, or online will help support these six college students.

SUNDAY FORUM FOR MARCH 17: HELP KEEP LOCAL WATER CLEAN ECLC & EcoFaith member Barb Patterson will share some simple things we can do to improve the quality of local water. Barb will focus on stormwater runoff: why it is a problem and easy things we can do to help.

NEW PRAYER MINISTRY In the coming weeks, the staff will begin praying for five or six member households by name each week so that all members will be prayed for individually during the course of a year. As we prepare for this new ministry, we are seeking several volunteers to help us by contacting members each week to ask how we might pray for them and then including those concerns in their own prayers. If you would like to be part of this ministry, please contact Pastor Jay.

ACCOMPANYING A NEIGHBOR FAMILY: With ECLC’s partners the Interfaith Coalition on Immigration, we have been sitting in solidarity with a family, Jose & Alma, and their children Kimberley, Michael, Freddy, and David since December. Minnesotans for over 20 years, we sit with our neighbors during Jose’s court hearings, offer our prayers, and have invited the kids for some fun during this emotionally traumatic time. Now, we are invited to share a financial plea from the family, who need to spend $3000 to hire a child psychiatrist to meet with the children and testify in court about the mental health impact of this detention on Jose’s children and to pay legal bills. You can learn more and consider contributing here. If you have questions about our accompaniment with ICOM and Jose & Alma’s family, reach out to Lauren.

BEACON’S GOT BIG NEWS--Come together with expert panelists for a conversation about supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness in the Twin Cities. On Monday, March 25 from 6:45-8:30 we will talk about how the supportive housing model provides the stable home necessary for people to take advantage of opportunities to move toward recovery, better health and stronger community connections. This conversation will be foundational for our Housing First and Family Supportive Housing campaigns this spring—come hear more about these new buildings! The event will be hosted at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Mpls. Register on the Beacon website.