Immigration Court Vigil

There Is Room Here: Asylum Is a Human Right!

Join ECLC with Interfaith Coalition on Immigration (ICOM) on Tuesday, December 11 from 7:30- 8:30 AM outside the immigration court at the Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building at Fort Snelling as we stand in solidarity with detained immigrants, sing songs of hope, and light candles and wait for the dawn to pierce the shadows over the immigration court there. As people of faith have sought to follow God’s command to welcome the stranger for generations, we now show up in support of the immigrants in our communities.

A member of ECLC’s Immigration Task Force will speak, ECLCer Dick Patterson will lead music, and The Advocates for Human Rights’ Michele Garnett McKenzie will share an update about immigration detention.

Contact Lauren in the office to sign up and get directions to stand with people of faith from across Minnesota and join the group of ECLCers showing up for our neighbors on that day.

Advent Festival Sunday!

When doubt or sorrow fills the soul, Come, O longed for promised word.
When lies and falsehoods take their hold, Come, O truth that must be heard.
When fear is stirred with words of hate, Come, O Perfect love to reign.
Our hearts with fervent hope await: Come, O Christ, be born again.

Please come to ECLC’s Advent Festival this Sunday, December 2nd from 9:45-10:45 am, as ECLC children & youth begin their timely retelling of the cherished Nativity as a powerful story of refugees. All activities are for everyone. Each station includes a meaningful and fun activity to prepare for Christmas, and the opportunity to learn from ECLC mission partners!

This year’s activity stations and their mission partners:

  • ·Paint your own wooden Minimalist Nativity Set (one per household) and drawstring bag, and bring home the reminder, “Dios es nuestros amparo y fortaleza” “God is our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1). Mission Partner: AAMPARO (Accompany Migrant Minors with Protection Advocacy).

  • ·Get your photo taken at the Be Not Afraid (No Temas) Angel Photo Booth (Luke 2:10-11), and offer Manger Prayers for each other and our friends at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. Mission Partner: LIRS

  • ·“What does home mean to you?” Decorate your own cardboard house, and take home Advent in a Box, along with this year’s Merry Watters & Thomas Mousin Advent Calendar. Mission Partner: Avenues for Homeless Youth.

  • ·Make-and-take your own Bright Star Christmas Ornament, and finish up the Piñata Stars made by children during Sunday School. Guess how many Skittles are in the jar. The best guesser takes home the rainbow! Mission Partner: Bright Stars of Bethlehem.

Advent at ECLC

This Advent, we gather together around the theme of refuge, connecting the ancient text and Jesus’ own experiences with our world today. Perhaps you are seeking refuge, in a time of grief or exhaustion. Perhaps you are offering refuge, to those around you and around the world fleeing for safety and freedom. Wherever you are, we know that God is our refuge and strength.

Also in Advent we will hear three remarkable women preachers, two from within our own community and one from our wider Lutheran family.

Let us gather in Advent as we both take refuge from overwhelming days and cold nights, and as we seek to provide refuge as advocates for justice in our broken world.

WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, NOVEMBER 28, DECEMBER 5, 12, 19
6:00pm Soup Supper & Conversation as we build beloved community

7:00pm Advent Vespers with Taize and Holden Evening Prayer, including poetry or prose written and shared by a different ECLC member each week. We are grateful to Joan Graham who will offer her writing and reflections as we prepare for Advent on Wednesday, November 28.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Our Advent Sundays begin with an Advent Festival from 9:30-11:00, engaging all of us in stations to imagine how the Holy Family took refuge immediately before Jesus’ birth

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Two mission partners will offer alternative giving ideas or fair trade items for sale each Sunday.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
Special guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
The children will share a retelling of the Christmas Story during 11am worship (traditional Advent 3 worship at 8:30)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Special guest preacher and ECLC member The Rev. Catherine Malotky

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve worship:
3:30pm especially child-friendly
5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm: Traditional carols worship