FLASH CHOIR:::CALLING ALL SINGERS:::THIS SUNDAY:::come to worship 30 minutes early (8 or 10:30) and learn a quick tune for our offering this Sunday. All are welcome - kids, teens, adults, regular choir folks, newbie singers - no music reading necessary, you can learn the song by ear! Come join me around the piano in the sanctuary for some singing and sharing. Make a joyful noise!

MEALS ON WHEELS:  5 ECLC volunteers are needed on Tuesday, May 29th from 11am-Noon to  deliver meals on wheels around Edina.  Email Lauren to sign up—kids and adults are welcome to volunteer together!

CALLING DADS!   Parenting a kid at home? ECLC dads are spontaneously meeting up kid-free at UpDown Minneapolis for laughs, food, drinks and other merriment at 6pm this Thursday, May 24th.  Come at 6 or when you can.  Email Adam D. to meet up.

JUNE 13 IS ECLC’S NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHT OUT!  RSVP now to join ECLCers who live in your community for a social gathering!  On Wed, June 13th at 6pm, come together for a potluck dinner and meet ECLCers who live closest to you. Email Lauren for the address of the party closest to you and to RSVP.

PUPPET SHOW SAVE THE DATE:  ECLC will host a neighborhood puppet show for the community on Sunday, June 17th at 1pm. Mark your calendar!

A PILGRIMAGE TO PALESTINE & ISRAEL INFO MEETING, JUNE 17TH   ECLC, in full partnership with Holy Trinity Lutheran in South Minneapolis, plans to embark on a pilgrimage to Palestine & Israel, November 6-16, 2019. To learn more, please attend an info meeting on June 17th, 9:45 a.m. in Rooms 4&5 at ECLC, or June 24th, 10:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity, or contact Pastor Stephanie.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION & SUMMER READS Read, consider, and discuss with ECLC as we continue Becoming Beloved Community. First up: Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn, a National Book Award finalist described as "an engrossing novel about friendship, race, the magic of place and the relentlessness of change." Join the discussion on Tuesday, June 19th at 7 pm hosted at the home of Larissa and Jeanie. Sign up to join us! (Brene Brown’s Braving the Wilderness on July 17 and Kate Bowler’s Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved on August 21).

JOIN OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS THIS RAMADAN:  ECLC will join Lutheran Social Service on May 31st at an Iftar Dinner to break the fast with our Muslim neighbors during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Hosted by the Center for Changing Lives in Minneapolis, hear local speaker Hamse Warsa at 8pm, then break the fast at 9pm with a celebratory meal. 

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CAMPERS NEED OUR HELP:
Spring has come to Camp Knutson, and preparations are underway for a summer of camping for children living with challenging identified needs. Camp Knutson is a program of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, and for many summers ECLC members have served as airport escort volunteers for the camp’s sessions for kids living with severe diseases of the skin.

Their conditions are often painful, disfiguring and can be life-threatening.  Each summer they travel from around the country to spend a week at camp where they can focus on having fun and making friends, rather than on their diseases.

Volunteers are needed to assist campers as they pass through the MSP airport. Volunteer activity takes place entirely within the terminal, and lasts for about three hours. On camp arrival days, volunteers meet camper’s flights and escort them through the terminal to the camp’s gathering spot, where they will wait to take a motor coach to camp.  On departure days, volunteers escort campers to their gates to see them off on their flights home.  It is reassuring to campers and parents alike to know there will be volunteers to take care of the kids at the faraway airport.

Volunteers are needed for three-hour shifts between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 17, Friday, June 22, Sunday, July 1 and Friday, July 6.  The kids are wonderful…it’s a fun event.  To volunteer or get more information, please contact Dan M.

During 2018 Camp Knutson will also serve children with heart disease, children on the autism spectrum, children with Down Syndrome, families affected by HIV/AIDS, and children who are burn survivors.