Summer Collaborative Internship and ACYTI

Congratulations to our ACYTI Scholars and SCI Interns this summer: Greyson M. and Dylan B. You’re probably wondering what in the world ACYTI and SCI are!

ACYTI stands for Augsburg College Youth Theology Institute. ACYTI is a rare opportunity for youth grades 9-12 to ask hard questions about God and our world alongside professors esteemed in their field. I have worked with all three of this year’s ACYTI faculty and I can attest to the value of their teaching and writing: Dr. Tim Pippert of Sociology at Augsburg, Dr. Mary Lowe of Systematic Theology at Augsburg, and Dr. Eric Barreto of New Testament at Princeton. This year’s theme is “God’s Mosaic: Diversity as Good News.” The week-long program consists of a combination of worship, classroom time, diverse community-based experiences, and intentional small group conversations. Every day begins and ends with Christian worship, led in a variety of forms.

SCI stands for Summer Collaborative Internship. SCI is directly connected with this summer’s Urban VBS: a collaborative experience between ECLC, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, and Augsburg College. Urban VBS is an overnight camp like experience for middle-school aged youth. As a Summer Collaborative Intern they will be a vital leader at Urban VBS. The reflection and skills learned at ACYTI are applied at Urban VBS as they lead middle-schoolers through this two day experience. The greatest value of Urban VBS is the coming-together of youth from three congregations of different contexts. Whether you live closer to North Minneapolis or Edina, they will be brought into relationship with children, youth, and adults from a variety of social contexts. True justice starts with solidarity, and true solidarity begins with friendships. Urban VBS is the place where those friendships are formed.

AND if you’ve completed grades 4-8 you gotta register to participate in Urban VBS. It’ll be a blast! Registration forms are in the kiosk by the front entrance. August 12-13 at Augsburg College. Give your registration form to Kelly Rowley by July 20th!

Congratulations Grey and Dylan!

~ J.D. Mechelke, High School Youth Minister

Story Song & Snack

Spark Your Child’s Biblical Imagination & Holy Curiosity with ECLC’s POP-UP STORY SONG & SNACK!

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled is a spark.” ~ Victor Hugo

I tend to use the words “biblical imagination” and “holy curiosity” often in conversations about healthy child development and faith formation. Especially when asked, “Will my child/youth/young adult have faith?”

Faith is God’s gift; it is not mine or yours to give. My work collaborating, curating, and creating opportunities where individuals & families can encounter God in each other and in all of life; where faith can be freely expressed, transformed, and made meaningful; is both mindful and hopeful of the transformational power of God’s love.

We can teach and learn a lot about religion, but faith must be experienced. It is deeply personal and it happens in community. Story Song & Snack is a summer tradition at Edina Community Lutheran Church. Itis a weekly opportunity for community; exercising our biblical imaginations and holy curiosity together.  Everyone who enjoys a good story, a fun song and healthy snack is invited to join us Sunday mornings between worship services. We also need readers of all ages, music leaders of all abilities, and snack-makers from all generations! Volunteer online or add your name to the list at ECLC’s sign-up center.

Look for the POP-UP tent and banner every Sunday morning, June 4 - August 13 at 9:30. Also look for us at various other locations and events throughout the summer, including ECLC’s ice cream social this evening!

Ice Cream Social - June 14

Please join us for a neighborhood open house & ice cream social on Wednesday, June 14, 6-8pm

Friends and neighbors! Come and tour Edina Community Lutheran's new building, while enjoying ice cream, a food truck, kids' games, and a visit from the Edina Fire Truck and K-9 Unit. All are welcome in this new space! Activities will be in West Parking lot, please park in the East Lot.