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.

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. Register at: www.beaconinterfaith.org/SubHennLaunch

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, learn of resources that can help, and hear each others' stories, often the best balm. Event begins at 9am, 9:30 memorial service, 10am 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, facebook.com/mnfreedomband or by contacting Larry.

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 Jonathan.

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! Sign Up at church 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.

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

ONE COIN FOUND BOOK READING! ECLC’s GLBT & Friends will be hosting a two-part event in celebration of the exciting book release from author and local ELCA Pastor Emmy Kegler. We will have a Book Conversation of One Coin Found: How God’s love Stretches to the Margins at ECLC on the evening of Monday, April 29th and then Emmy will join us in person for a public book reading and Q & A on May 8th at 7pm. One Coin Found is about how Emmy, as a queer woman who grew up in the church, knows how Scripture can be used to wound and exclude – yet she also finds beauty, truth, and liberation within it. Sign up at the Sign Up Center!

RACIAL JUSTICE: LET’S READ AND TALK Let's have an honest conversation about racial justice. All ECLCers are invited to read Bryan Stevenson's illuminating book, Just Mercy, and join a book conversation on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:30pm at ECLC. Sign up at the Sign Up Center.

HOST HOMES NEEDED Have a guest room? Consider hosting one of our Reconciling United Methodist siblings from around the country who'll be attending the Our Movement Forward summit May 17-18 at neighboring Lake Harriet UMC. Intentionally centering POC+Q+T (Person of Color, Queer, and Transgender) voices, this event will discuss the future of the denomination after the recent adoption of discriminatory church law. To sign up or get more info, contact Kristian at ECLC.