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

When life causes us to question our own foundations, what can we believe in? Through the lens of scripture and a different creed each week we will allow ourselves to be, to wonder and to wrestle with belief.

Our Lenten Sermon Series:
March 10: Belief and Doubt: What does it mean to believe in a creed?
March 17: Worship, Communion and Justice: Why do we gather and where are we sent?
March 24: Confession, Forgiveness and Prayer: Is it necessary to confess?
March 31: The Bible: Is the “Good Book” good to you?
April 7: Baptism: What does this water mean for our faith?

SUNDAY FORUM: Kay King, a community educator from ECLC mission partner NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), will share the Make It Ok campaign, which advocates for changing the stigma and silence that often surrounds mental illness. This is our third and final forum focused on the topic of Mental Health, and we invite everyone to join the conversation this Sunday (March 10) at 9:45 am in the Sanctuary. For a full list of upcoming forums, click here.

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.

HELP WELCOME NEWCOMERS TO ECLC: Many newcomers are considering joining ECLC this spring! Help the Welcoming Team brainstorm new ways to welcome folks and plan our new member celebration. Join this brainstorming session from 5:30-7:00 (includes soup supper) on Wednesday, March 13th at ECLC. Email ECLCer Janet A. to join the conversation.

WOMEN’S SHORT STORY GROUP The Short story group will gather on Friday, March 15 at 10 am at the home of Judy D. We will be discussing the three short stories by Kathleen Norris from Listening to God, Vol. 2. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Judy.

IMMIGRATION COURT WATCHING: Join a group of 8 ECLCers to sit in solidarity with detained immigrants in immigration court at the Whipple Building (Fort Snelling) on Tuesday, March 19th from 8:30-10:30, followed by discussion and reflection from 10:30-11:30. RSVP to Carol B.

SERVE A MEAL TO A NEIGHBOR: Join ECLCers for prepping (2-3:30pm) or serving (5-7pm) a meal with Loaves & Fishes on Tuesday, March 19th at Holy Rosary (2448 18th Ave S, Mpls). Ages 8+ welcome! Email ECLCer Kathy K. to sign up.

WORSHIP IN SOLIDARITY With our sibling congregation, St Paul’s Lutheran Church (2742 15th Ave S, Mpls) on March 31, 11:00 am for bilingual worship with a pot luck afterwards. RSVP to ECLCer Shelly H. if you can make it or if you have any questions!!

SUPPORT VEAP THIS LENT: Throughout Lent, ECLC will be collecting three most-needed items for VEAP that they cannot purchase at a discount. Please bring toothpaste, canned tuna/chicken, or small bottles of cooking oil to ECLC’s sign up center between now and Palm Sunday. Thank you for filling VEAP’s shelves!

YOUTH LEADERS FROM CRISTO DE PAZ! Youth at our Salvadoran sister congregation are doing amazing things! With the support of a social worker (funded in part by ECLC), 40 young people participated in actions to strengthen peace in their community, 30 participation in reforestations and collection of solid waste and plastic efforts, and 90 received a diploma of participation in sexual and reproduction health over the past year. Thank you for your prayers in support of our sibling congregation!