PAPERLESS SINGING! Come to ECLC on Thursday, August 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a paperless music, community singing event led by Paul Andress. This event is not a choir rehearsal of any kind. All songs will be learned by ear. So whether you’ve studied music for years or you’re a complete novice, you are welcome! Contact Paul with questions.

STEWARDSHIP POP-UP CONVERSATION Stewardship is beyond financial giving! Join us this Sunday, August 18 at 9:40 in fellowship hall to hear Catherine M. discuss What Makes a Happier Life?

ELCA APOLOGIES TO PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT: During last week’s Churchwide Assembly, the ELCA made a formal apology to people of African descent, which Lauren mentioned in last Sunday’s sermon. The organization Lutherans of African Descent received the apology and made a statement in return. Deacon Lauren welcomes conversation around these two declarations if desired.

HELP PLAN PASTOR CONCHI’S VISIT: Pastor Conchi, from our Salvadoran sibling congregation, Cristo de Paz, will be with ECLC the weekend of October 13! We can’t wait to offer hospitality and be inspired by this incredible leader. Help brainstorm how to honor Pastor Conchi during her visit and plan activities for her and the congregation together at a brainstorming session on Sunday, August 25 from 11:30-12:30. Email Sandy H. to join the conversation.

VOLUNTEER WITH REDEEMER AT THE FAIR: Love the State Fair? Did you know two church dining halls remain…including Salem Lutheran from North Minneapolis? They’re famous for their Swedish egg coffee! Redeemer works closely with Salem and would love ECLC to help keep their dining hall (a massive fundraiser!) running smoothly during the fair. To volunteer for a dining hall shift (free fair ticket included) of either 6am-2pm or 2pm-10pm, on the day of your choosing Aug 22-Sept 2, contact ECLCer Dick P.

HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE HOLY LAND? As we continue to deepen our mission partnership with Bright Stars of Bethlehem, which does ministry with Palestinians, we’re looking for ECLCers who have traveled to the Holy Land. Have you been? Please contact Carla C.

AUGUST IS INVITE A FRIEND TO WORSHIP MONTH Who in your life might appreciate an inclusive Word from God in community? Each Sunday in August, we’ll have special stories shared by members in worship that reflect who God is and who we hope ECLC to be in the world. We will honor all first time visitor households by donating $5 to the mission partner of their choice in August! Who might be looking for a faith community like ECLC that you know?

YOUNG ADULTS TRIVIA NIGHT Join young adults from Lutheran* churches across the Twin Cities for a trivia night on Tuesday, August 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative, (3134 California St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418). Come by yourself or with a group and meet other young adults interested in gathering, nerdery (church and non-church trivia questions included!), and general merriment. RSVP on the facebook event, or contact Miriam Samuelson-Roberts at m.samuelson-roberts@westwoodlutheran.org with questions. *no need to be Lutheran or even a churchgoer to attend—that’s just who is hosting.

CONGREGATIONAL BOOK STUDY Explore racial justice themes and stories of people who have experienced the power of race and discrimination and how those stories intersect with our own, then join in the discussion. On Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 pm we’ll gather to discuss I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown. Sign up for the discussion here, or sign up at the sign up center.

GRIEF TRANSITION TEAM UPDATE As the anniversary of Pastor Stephanie’s illness and death approaches, we are mindful as a community of the grief felt by many of our members. On the anniversary of her death, Friday, September 6, the sanctuary will be open for prayer. On Sunday, September 8, at 4 p.m.(*please note revised start time) there will be a worship service with singing, prayer, and reflection, followed by fellowship time. We continue to pray for her family and to hold one another in tender care.