BREAKING BREAD DINNERS: Enjoy dinner with other ECLCers while you share stories through casual conversation around the table. Hosted by ECLCers in their homes, these dinners offer a great chance to get to know other ECLCers in the same stage of life or with interest in the same topic. RSVP to Lauren at Want to host a meal? Email Lauren your idea!  Upcoming meals include:

  • PARENTS OF TEENS: Thursday, March 3rd at 6pm. Hosted by Fern & Todd Peterson in Edina.
  • SINGLES 55+: Friday, March 18th at 6pm. Hosted by Bonnie Rolstad in Minneapolis.
  • GLBTQ: Friday, April 1st at 6pm. Hosted by Tim Schram & Garry Zachman in Edina.
  • CAREGIVERS/CARING FOR AN AGING RELATIVE: Tuesday, April 5th at 6pm. Hosted by Kari Fedje-Rasmus & Dan Rasmus in Edina.
  • MOMASTERY—CARRY ON, WARRIOR CONVERSATION:  Conversation for parents around Glennon Doyle Melton’s book.  Sunday, April 10th at 4:30pm. Hosted by Erica & Ben Dolmar in Bloomington.

LOAVES & FISHES: Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve a meal to 200 hungry neighbors at Holy Rosary (2448 18th Ave S., Mpls) on Tuesday, March 15th. Preparers are needed from 1:30-3:00pm and servers are needed from 5:00-7:00pm.  Email Kathy Krypel

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SERVICE:   Food packers are needed from 9:00-10:30 on Thursday, March 17th at CES’s food shelf, 1900 11th Ave S., Mpls.  Email Lauren at to “shop” in the food shelf for homebound clients.

UPDATED SAFETY & SECURITY POLICY FOR ECLC: The newly revised and updated ECLC Safety & Security Policy is now available. The Council of Ministers approved this policy at their January meeting. Please find a copy of the policy at the Sign-Up Center or online on our website. Many thanks to the team that worked on making these important updates: Diann Crane, Jennifer Kellogg, Gretchen Lieving, Sara Mize, Kelly Rowley, Dawn Rundman and Pastor Stephanie. Watch for volunteer trainings in the near future.

LAST CHANCE FOR COFFEE & COLORING:  Adult coloring is the latest fad…but it’s also a meditative, calming experience. Join ECLC for coloring on Monday, March 7th at 10am in the sanctuary.  Candles will be lit and we’ll have lots of coloring sheets available (for all ages!) and the coffee pot will be on.  RSVP to Lauren at

JAZZ, DANCING, AND SUPPORTING HOMELESS YOUTH:  Join the Freedom Jazz! in their Spring Swing: An Afternoon of Jazz, Swing and Dancing on Sunday, March 20th from 3-5:30 pm.  The Freedom Jazz! is a Twin Cities-based (Minneapolis/St Paul), non-profit GLBTA jazz band and ECLC members Larry Tuura and Dave Eckenrode are in the group. For a $10 ticket, you can enjoy an afternoon of jazz at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club and $3 from every ticket sold at ECLC will support our housing work for homeless youth in the western suburbs! (Children 10 and under get in free!)  Tickets will be available for purchase at ECLC on Sundays or by contacting Larry directly.

LENTEN OFFERING: LOCAL AND GLOBAL HEALTH MINISTRIES:  This Lent, we reach out as a congregation and support ministries that serve the health of their communities. Among its many ministries, our sister congregation St. Paul’s Lutheran hosts the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, caring for the whole person throughout its neighborhood.  And, our eyes turns to our brothers and sisters in El Salvador as the Zika virus spreads there. Our Lenten offering will support St. Paul’s Lutheran and a yet to be determined ministry partner working through the Lutheran Church of El Salvador to prevent the spread of this disease. To support the Lenten offering, place a check in the offering plate made out to ECLC with “Lenten Offering” in the memo line, donate at a Wednesday night soup supper, or donate online at