ECLC TO PROVIDE SAFE HAVEN FOR LGBTQ CATHOLIC YOUTH
After the Archdiocese prevented the LGBTQ+ and Allied Catholic Student Coalition from holding the first annual LGBTQ+ Catholic student summit in a Catholic church, ECLC stepped in at the last minute to provide a welcoming venue for these courageous, young people of faith.

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – The Council of Ministers has called a Congregational Meeting for the purpose of voting on a proposed utility easement agreement with the City of Edina. It will take place after the second service on Sunday, May 17, 2015. As part of the 54th Street Reconstruction Project, a few utility poles near the new bridge over Minnehaha Creek will need to be relocated. The City is seeking permission to place them on ECLC’s property. Questions about the 54th Street Project or the proposed easement may be directed to Kristian Clauser, ECLC Business Administrator (kclauser@eclc.org). For members unable to attend, proxy forms (available to download from ECLC’s website or at the Sign-Up Center) must be submitted to the office by noon on Friday, May 15.

WEAR RED ON MAY 24 FOR PENTECOST:  Sunday, May 24 is Pentecost, the fiftieth day of Easter, and we keep the resurrection of Christ by celebrating the Spirit of the risen Christ in our midst.

MAY 24 SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE BEGINS – Services at 8:15am and 10:15am

BOOK CONVERSATION: You are invited to enter into conversation about Nadia Bolz-Weber’s spiritual memoir “Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint” on Sunday, May 17, 9:45 am. Whether you’ve read the book or not, come and share in the raw, honest, and powerful look at where God is at work in the world, and the transformative power of grace.

AIDS WALK: Donate or join the team as they walk to raise funds for AIDS education, prevention and treatment. Walk is Sunday, May 17 and the ECLC Youth are walking with adults.  Donate Online: mnaidswalk.org/teampage.asp?fundid=1616#.VUAeqiFVhBc. Join at: mnaidswalk.org.

LOAVES AND FISHES SERVERS NEEDED: On Tuesday, May 19, ECLC will prepare (1:30-3:00) and serve (5:00-7:00) a meal for 200 hungry neighbors at Holy Rosary Church in south Mpls.  Servers are still needed! Email Carol

WE ARE HMONG AT THE MN HISTORY CENTER:  On Thursday, May 28, join ECLC at the MN History Center to explore the new We Are Hmong exhibit ($10), followed by lunch at the Hmongtown Marketplace with Pastor William Siong, pastor of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, a Hmong speaking congregation in St. Paul.  Email Lauren to sign up for this special opportunity.

MENTORING REFUGEE FAMILIES:  With over 400 refugees welcomed by Lutheran Social Service each year, there is a deep need for volunteer mentors to help newly arriving families navigate the cultural systems of Minnesota. How do you grocery shop? How to catch a bus? How to get a library card?  Mentors meet with refugee families on their schedule 3 times per month for 3 months.  This short span can be life changing for the families. To learn more, email Lauren.

WOMEN'S SHORT STORY GROUP The next meeting of the Women's Short Story group will be held on Friday, May 29, 10 am to 12 noon.  It will be hosted by Gail Coffler at Parkshore Senior Apartments.  The story is "The Abortion" by Alice Walker. Please RSVP

2015 GRADUATES! High school, college & beyond graduates are to be recognized on June 7. If you haven’t submitted information already, please include name of school and plans for next fall for high school students, and name of school, degree and future plans for college grads. Send details to Lisa by June 4.