Becoming Beloved Community in Redeemer's Backyard

"There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Next Wednesday, we're all invited to enter into beloved community with the people of Harrison neighborhood at Redeemer Lutheran Church's 17th Annual Block Party. For those of us who've attended in the past, we know this will be a joyous celebration of community, culture, connectedness...and good food!! We know we will see familiar faces and meet many of our siblings for the first time. We know this will be a time that feels familiar and also very different from a typical ECLC BBQ in the parking lot. Above all, we know God will be present in our midst.

Last year 40 ECLC folks joined the celebration and this year we hope to double or triple this bounty of presence. Please join us for live music by the Redeemer band, live painting by Robert Coleman and his students, live Zumba classes and activities for the kids led by community members, and grilled burgers, roasted corn, fresh veggies and bread oven pizza. Come to the Northside. The feast is ready. All are welcome! Wednesday, August 21 from 6-8pm. 1800 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis.

"You can't really be in relationship if you never go there." Deacon Lauren Morse-Wendt

Cheryl P., ECLC Mission Liaison to Redeemer Lutheran Church

Supporting Our Young People and Ministry

One of the great joys in ministry is seeing young people living into their baptismal call, developing a passion for ministry and for Christ’s church. It is also a great joy and privilege to be able to offer financial support to people from the ECLC Pastors’ Discretionary Fund.

Recently these two joys came together when two of our young people, Sophie B. and Paavo R., offered their time and talent with enthusiasm to ELCA programs. Paavo attended the Lutheran Summer Music Academy, a month-long immersion in church music. Sophie is embarking on a year-long mission program for young adults in Mexico. It was a pleasure to be able to provide some funding from ECLC for these worthy endeavors. Now, read the thank you notes to YOU from Paavo and Sophie!

I want to thank you for helping to provide me with the opportunity to spend a month at Valparaiso University studying with the Lutheran Summer Music Academy program. I have worked harder than I ever have before and know my musicianship and faith will be forever affected.

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The most powerful aspect at the camp was the focused on bringing people together through music and faith. As a result I have made lasting connections with people I never expected to be friends with. The focus on tearing down walls, building bridges, and creating unity through a common purpose led everyone there to leave a more accepting person, along with being a better musician. I loved it so much that I have already signed up to return.

I thank you for making this experience possible.

Paavo

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Thank you, ECLC community, for your support as I begin a year of service with Young Adults in Global Mission. I’m prepared for a transforming year of working with immigrants and people who have been deported in Mexico City. My time will be split between an organization called Insituto para las Mujeres en la Migración (Institute for Immigrating Women) and Iglesia Luterana del Buen Pastor, a Lutheran church with members who immigrated from a variety of countries. This work is rooted in the radical love and acceptance that I learned at ECLC.

Thank you for your support as I begin this journey!

Sophie

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If you would like to support the Pastors’ Discretionary Fund, making these gifts possible and also other opportunities to express your care for people in need, donations can be made at any time. It is also a wonderful way to honor someone for a special occasion or to remember a loved one who has died. If you’d like to consider a planned or major gift to this fund, I’d love to talk to you. Please contact me at jsartain@eclc.org or call 952-926-3808.

In gratitude,

Pastor Jeff

High School Ministries

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20

These words perfectly capture high school ministry at ECLC over the past few months. Filled with simple moments like sitting around a table at the local coffee shop, sharing conversation around simple, caring questions: “How have you been?” “What has been the most enjoyable part of your summer?” “What excites you about the upcoming year?” “What concerns you?” In those times caring, affirming, trusting relationships are being built; in those moments that coffee shop table has been revealed as holy ground.

We are looking forward to creating more time and space similar to this one for high school youth this upcoming school year, when the very ordinary is revealed as holy. High school youth are invited to come on Wednesday evenings where we will have both space to study and space to connect. Once a month we will take a deeper look into a special topic, paired with an opportunity to serve and take action. On Sunday mornings youth can gather for Mass Meetings to reconnect with one another and explore scripture in the context of our daily lives. And we will continue our monthly evening Connections, when youth gather at a member's home for food, fellowship, and hilarity. May we continue to find ourselves on holy ground.

If you are someone who is interested in high school ministries at ECLC (whether you are a high school youth looking to be involved, a caring adult passionate about modeling faith for young people, or a household wanting to host a Connections gathering) please reach out to Jacob Niewinski at jniewinski@eclc.org.