PALM SUNDAY, MARCH 29 AT ECLC
  8:15 am          Worship
  9:15 am         Fellowship time with coffee and treats
  9:45 am         Palm Sunday Fair
11:00 am         Worship

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Maundy Thursday, April 2 worship services at 5:45 pm (extra child-friendly) and 7:15 pm
Good Friday, April 3 worship services at 5:45 pm (extra child-friendly) and 7:15 pm
Easter Vigil service at 6:00 pm Saturday, April 4
Easter Sunday, April 5, worship services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am

FINAL LENTEN MIDWEEK WORSHIP TONIGHT! Haven't been yet?  We have lots of soup to share, so join us at 6pm for supper, followed by 7pm Taizé singing and 7:15pm Holden Evening Prayer.   

IMMIGRATION DETENTION IN MINNESOTA: SOUP SUPPER CONVERSATION.  Join this conversation table in the Nook outside the fellowship hall to discuss the hidden secret of immigrants detained in Minnesota’s County jails.  All are invited to the conversation while you eat!

PALM SUNDAY FAIR ON SUNDAY
Holy Week begins with a palm procession and the proclamation of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Bring family, friends, and neighbors to this year's Palm Sunday Fair (9:45-10:45 am) for every generation:
●      Fair trade Eco Palms through Lutheran World Relief
●      Holy Week Passports and passport stamps
●      10 interactive prayer stations, with 4 new Holy Week stations
●      Walk ECLC's "sea turtle" labyrinth, with water, sand, and reminders of baptism
●      Engage with self-directed clay, yarn, and paper table art as a spiritual discipline

EASTER FLOWER SPONSORSHIPS:  Help decorate the ECLC Sanctuary for our Easter worship services by sponsoring flowers around the altar. The cost for each potted plant is $15.  Sponsorships can be made to honor a special occasion or remember a loved one. Please note “Easter flowers” on the memo line of your check or pay online at www.eclc.org.  You may take the flowers home to enjoy after Easter.

LENTEN OFFERING GOES GLOBAL: This Lent, ECLC’s Mission Committee invites you to Take Up Justice, Take Up Reconciliation, and Take Up Peace. ECLC will engage in various ways with our ministry partners supporting migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers locally and around the world. This year’s Lenten Offering will support Lutheran World Relief and Lutheran World Federation, both leaders in refugee and migration work worldwide, and partners in working to end the humanitarian crisis of child migration from El Salvador. Click here to learn more about their ministry in El Salvador. To give, use a Lenten Offering envelope at the Sign Up Center, put “Lenten Offering” on a check made out to ECLC or donate at ECLC’s website here.

THE BUILDING DESIGN COMMITTEE is working with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, the architectural team (which includes the civil engineer and landscaping firm), and the construction firm to finalize methods for meeting storm water management requirements. This decision affects our site plan which needs to be completed before we formally submit our project to the City of Edina. We are also in the process of setting up meetings regarding elements in our design related to worship, hospitality, faith formation, offices, and sustainability issues. We will announce the dates for these meetings which are open to all members.

THE MISSION & IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE encourages you to know the facts surrounding immigration in the U.S. The Advocates for Human Rights offers several fact sheets about the immigration process. You can also take a quiz on your knowledge of migrants' rights, as well as a quiz on important immigration facts and figures. 

LIVING WITHOUT DOCUMENTS IN MINNESOTA: ONE ECLC FRIEND’S STORY: On Tuesday, April 14 at 6pm you are invited to join ECLCers as a friend from St. Paul’s teaches us a traditional Mexican recipe, followed by sharing his story of immigrating without documents while we eat together. This is a powerful look into the result of a broken immigration system. Email Lauren to RSVP. $5 suggested food donation.

THE DEBUTANTE’S BALL: A THEATER EXPERIENCE! The Mission and Immigration committee encourages you to experience an evening highlighting Minnesota’s thriving Filipino community at The History Theater now through April 12. Check out http://www.historytheatre.com/2014-2015/debutantes-ball for more details.

60ish +? SAVE THE DATE! Get ready for a generational party! ECLCers 60+ should mark their calendars for a party on Sunday, April 19 from 5-8pm in the party room at the Dragseth’s condo. Look for details soon!

ECLC ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE DINNER: Save the Date for our Annual Progressive Dinner on Saturday, May 9 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The potluck dinner is a spring tradition at ECLC where the diners “progress” from one place to another during the course of the evening, beginning and ending at the church. This is a great opportunity to get to know other members of the congregation from ALL the age groups! Childcare will be available at the church. Watch this space for more information after Easter.

WHY CHRISTIAN?   15 ECLC women, including 3 ECLC staff members, will attend the innovative faith conversation, Why Christian, this September 18-20 in Minneapolis. Want to join us? Hear from 12 diverse female faith leaders who are doing ministry in exciting, out-of-the-box ways. Organized by ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber and author Rachel Held Evans…this is an experience with ECLCers you won’t want to miss. To register, go to http://www.whychristian.net   Let Lauren know if you register—we’re planning book conversations for spring and summer!