NEW TO ECLC? ECLC 101, our new member informational gatherings, are coming up on Sunday, April 28 and Sunday, May 12 from 9:45-10:45. Each week is different, including a chance to get to know others, hear more about ECLC, and connect with ECLC ministries. Email Deacon Lauren to learn more.

FIGHT HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY: ECLCers are needed to prepare bags of food for Community Emergency Service food shelf on Thursday, April 18th from 9:30-11:00am. Kids are welcome! Email Larissa Nelson to sign up.

PLANNING FOR FALL FORUMS: The Adult Faith Formation Committee meets on Thursday, April 25 to start planning for fall. If you have ideas for topics or speakers, please reach out to Liz Peterson, Minister of Adult Faith Formation.

BEACON ANNOUNCES NEW HOUSING: Affordable housing for families is Beacon’s next project in the western suburbs. Come to the campaign launch on Thursday, April 25th at 7pm at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church in Hopkins to hear details, get the new site’s address, and learn how ECLC can help build housing for families.

WOMEN’S SHORT STORY GROUP The Short story group will gather on Friday, April 26 at 10:00 am at the home of Bev L, to discuss “A Father’s Story” by Andre Dubus from "Listening for God", Vol. II. Please RSVP to Bev. All are welcome!

BECAUSE WE REMEMBER: A MORNING FOR THOSE WHOSE STORIES INCLUDE PREGNANCY AND INFANT LOSS If you have experienced pregnancy or infant loss, or love someone who has, join us on Saturday, April 27. Childcare will be provided, as will the support of all of us who know and live with this particular kind of grief. We will remember our children, be exposed to resources that can help, and hear each others' stories, often the best balm. 9:30 memorial service, 10:30 reflections from David Engelstad & Catherine Malotky on their book, "Carrying Them With Us: Living through Pregnancy and Infant Loss."

JAZZ, DANCING, AND SUPPORTING HOMELESS YOUTH: Join the Freedom Jazz! in their Spring Swing: An Afternoon of Jazz, Swing and Dancing on Sunday, April 28 from 3-5:30 pm at the Minneapolis Woman’s Club. The Freedom Jazz! is a Twin Cities-based), non-profit LGBTA jazz band conducted by ECLC member Larry Tuura. For a $15 ticket, you can enjoy an afternoon of jazz and a portion from every ticket sold at ECLC will support our work with 66 West! (Children 12 and under free) Tickets available for purchase at ECLC on Sundays, online at freedomjazz.org.

THEOLOGY PUB: On Tuesday, April 30th at 7pm, join our semarian Jonathan Rundman at Cowboy Jacks in Bloomington (2801 Southtown) for conversation about faith and life. Discussion questions and prompts will be provided. It’ll be relaxing and fun, you might get to meet someone new, and you can enjoy an adult beverage, or a non-alcoholic drink, and/or dinner/snacks. RSVP to the Facebook event.

VOLUNTEER WITH FAMILIES MOVING FORWARD: Help host families experiencing homelessness on Thursday, May 2nd at our neighboring congregation, Woodlake Lutheran (Richfield). Volunteers are needed to prepare the meal (5-7pm), serve & clean up the meal (6-8pm) or play with the kids (7-9pm). Email ECLCer Sarah I. to volunteer. Can’t be there but want to help? Email Sarah to donate some of the food!

PROGRESSIVE DINNER IS MAY 11! Save the Date for Saturday, May 11 from 5-9pm for ECLC’s annual Progressive Dinner. Becoming beloved community often happens outside the walls of ECLC—so save the date to travel from home to home in small groups to get to know other ECLCers. Sign Up here to participate!

MAKE MOSAIC WITH ST. PAUL'S:Help Pastor Luisa and St. Paul's with a new mosaic for the Minneapolis Area Synod! ECLCer Deb James is helping at St. Paul's throughout April; email Deb at to join her in St. Paul's amazing art studio at a time that works for you!