BISHOP’S VISIT, MAY 14 An important part of the pastoral transition process will be Bishop Ann Svennungsen’s visit for a Congregational Conversation on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:30 pm. All ECLC members are encouraged to attend this meeting when we will review the latest draft of our Ministry Site Profile and discuss next steps in the call process.The Council of Ministers will appoint a call committee soon, and they will receive names and profiles of pastor candidates from the bishop’s staff by the end of June. If you would like to nominate a candidate, you may offer names to the call committee when it is formed.

HOUSING, TRAINING, AND ADVOCACY ON MONDAY: Join Deacon Lauren, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative, Lutheran Advocacy-Minnesota, and the Homes For All Campaign for a HUGE housing afternoon at the capitol on Monday, May 6! At 12:30, we’ll be trained with updates on housing legislation, attend a housing rally in the capitol rotunda, and deliver handwritten notes to our legislators before departing at 3. Never advocated at the capitol—join this ECLC group who’ll guide you the whole way! Email Lauren to sign up.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER IS NEXT WEEK! Enjoy an evening out that’s a foodie’s delight! Free childcare is available for this fun house-hopping adventure with ECLC as you meet other ECLCers and change houses course by course. Sign up now at the sign-up center.

MAY 12 SUNDAY FORUM- RACIAL JUSTICE: FREEDOM FUND Tonja Honsey and Octavia Smith of the Minnesota Freedom Fund will present an overview of the role of bail in the Hennepin County and Minnesota justice systems. They will outline the role Minnesota Freedom Fund plays to keep people out of jail while waiting for their time in court, and identify ways ECLC can participate in and support their efforts as volunteers, in advocacy, and through financial support.

NATIVE PLANT LANDSCAPING On Saturday, May 18 from 9-noon, please join the EcoFaith Team in helping to install our new Native Plant Landscaping. We need volunteers to plant, rake in new grass seed, wheelbarrow mulch, and create a new bike area. Children and Youth welcome! The new Native Plants will attract pollinators, be salt tolerant, help hold soil, and be attractive. Help with Climate Justice in Action! Sign up at the Sign Up Center.

HOMEBREW CLASS & CONVERSATION: Join ECLCers Jeff H-S and Karl O to get to know more people at church and learn the basics of home brewing! On Sunday, May 19th from 1-4pm, join us for fellowship and fermentation while discovering a variety of brewing techniques! We will provide an introduction to home brewing with a take-home treat six weeks later. Come for the brewing, stay for the conversations (and snacks!). $10 suggested donation to pay for supplies. Contact the office to sign-up.

FEED NEIGHBORS WITH LOAVES & FISHES: ECLC will prepare a meal (2:00-3:30) and serve the meal (5:00-7:00) to hungry neighbors at Loaves and Fishes (Holy Rosary site, 2448 18th Ave S., Mpls) on Tuesday, May 21st. Sign up with Kathy K.
Also that day! Learn more about the abundant food ministry of Loaves & Fishes—and how hunger is rising across Minnesota with an 8am community breakfast presentation at Westminster Presbyterian (1200 Marquette, Mpls).

NURSERY ATTENDANT JOB OPENING ECLC seeks a reliable, hospitable, and caring Nursery Attendant, to provide care for 0-5 year olds for 3-5 hours on alternating Sundays mornings, and occasional special events. This is a $20 per hour paid position, working closely with nursery volunteers. Must be certified in first aid and CPR for children and infants, and understand basic childcare protocols. A background check will also be required. Please contact Kelly or visit eclc.org for full details, and to apply!

GOING A LITTLE WILD Do you want to add an eco-friendly native plant or two to your garden? Or even more? The Wild Ones Twin Cities’ annual plant sale offers either individual plants or flats, each containing a collection of 48 plants (8 varieties of each), matched to your growing conditions, whether wet or dry, sunny or shady. Order now through the middle of May and pick up locally on June 1 (or as arranged). http://www.wildonestwincities.org/p/2019-native-plant-sale.html