THANK YOU JONATHAN! & WELCOME KRISTIN!
Jonathan Rundman will complete his Christian Public Leader placement at ECLC this summer. As part of his seminary training he has led worship, taught confirmation, led discussions, attended meetings to observe, and reflected with the pastors on his role. We are grateful for all the ways Jonathan has enhanced our ministry. Jonathan will finish up this particular role at ECLC at the end of May. He will continue to be with us as a member as he does a chaplain residency this summer and completes more course work over the coming school year.

Beginning in June and through this summer we will have another student from Luther Seminary, Kristin Dybdal. Kristin comes to us from Luther Seminary, where she is pursuing a MDiv and discerning her path forward in ordained ministry. Before being called to seminary, she was a self-described “public policy nerd”, working on Medicaid and other health and human service programs at the state level. Kristin’s passion for ministry is in pastoral care, and she plans to start a one-year chaplaincy internship at a hospital in September.

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MAY 12 SUNDAY FORUM- RACIAL JUSTICE: FREEDOM FUND Representatives from 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.

ECLC SPRING SENIOR LUNCH All ECLCers age 70 and up are invited to the annual Spring Lunch on Thursday, May 16 at 11am. Please RSVP to the church office.

WOMEN’S SHORT STORY GROUP All women are welcome to join the Short Story group on Friday, May 17 at 10 am to discuss Vicki Norstog’s book, “Sit Tight and Pray A Lot.” We will meet at Marilyn D’s home. Call Marilyn with questions or to RSVP. Marilyn will have extra books in church on Sunday for those who still need one.

HELP NEEDED: 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.

FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED FOR NEW MEMBER SUNDAY: We celebrate many new members on Sunday, May 19th. Help us welcome them with a lunch just for them! Sign up at the Sign Up Center to bring a dish for their welcome meal.

JOIN OUR MUSLIM NEIGHBORS THIS RAMADAN: ECLC will join Lutheran Social Service on May 21st 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 (2400 Park Ave. S. Minneapolis). 7:00 p.m. Registration, 7:30 p.m. Program, 8:40 p.m. Adhan (Prayer) and Iftar (Breaking the Fast), 9:00 p.m. Dinner by Afro Deli. Tickets are $25.00, to register and pay, RSVP at events.lssmn.org/iftar. On second page of registration put in table captain as ECLC. Hope to see you there. Any questions contact Larry E.

PANCAKES AND JAZZ! If you missed the Freedom Jazz! at the Woman’s Club recently here’s a chance to hear the Twin Cities’ Premier LGBTQA big band and enjoy a pre-Mother’s Day pancake breakfast right here at ECLC on Saturday, May 11, 9 am until noon. The Freedom Jazz! is a Twin Cities-based, non-profit LGBTQA jazz band conducted by ECLC member Larry Tuura. For $10 you can enjoy a pancake breakfast accompanied by big band music: swing, jazz, rock and even funk.