2nd Annual Neighborhood Night Out

Our God is a God of relationship: one who seeks us out, one who desires us to care for one another, one who challenges us to love our enemy, one who calls us to love our neighbor.

As people of faith, we believe our neighbors are all creation, near and far…but, next week, we’re focusing on our immediate ECLC neighbors!

Join ECLC for our 2nd Annual Neighborhood Night Out next Wednesday, June 19th from 6-8pm when ECLCers gather in 9 parties scattered around the metro.

This simple potluck social event is a chance to get to know the ECLCers who live closest to you. As we grow as a congregation, we must be intentional about following God’s model in building the deep relationships that connect people beyond a Sunday morning…we hope you will come!

Now is the time to RSVP. Not sure where your local ECLC party is? Contact Lauren get the address for the ECLC party closest to you.

Wear Red for Pentecost this Sunday

The liturgical color for the Day of Pentecost (June 9 this year) is the red of fire, one of the day’s symbols for the Holy Spirit. The Bible often portrays God’s transforming presence through the symbol of fire: Moses and the burning bush, the pillar of fire that led the people of Israel through the wilderness, the fires of Mount Carmel and the temple in Jerusalem that consumed sacrificial offerings. The fire of the Pentecost story which we will read from the book of Acts signifies how a collection of fearful disciples was transformed by the Spirit into a bold and active church.

Remembering that the gift of the Holy Spirit is not just for the church of the past or only a few, everyone is invited to wear red to worship on Sunday. There will be only one worship service this week at 9:30, so we expect to fill the sanctuary with red. Each of us is clothed with power from on high, and signs of the Holy Spirit’s presence abound through the ministries of this congregation! God is continuing to form us into a bold and active church.

Following worship, you are invited to attend an art reception downstairs with Robert Coleman. Children can hear more about the birthday of the church at the pop-up tent and storytelling quilt outside. Look for red balloons, red streamers, blowing bubbles, and birthday cake. It will be a festive day for all ages!

Wear red for Pentecost, and remember the comforting, transforming presence of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Graduate Recognition This Sunday

This Sunday we will have the privilege of recognizing and giving thanks for graduates in our congregation. If you or anyone in your immediate family is celebrating a graduation this spring, please let us know today. We would love to include them in our prayers of blessing.

We especially give thanks for twelve ECLC members graduating from high school: Griffin A., Allison B., Arlo D., Michael E., Beck R., Cecilia B., Chloe P-F, Grey M., Isaac H., Lars L., Nicole M., and Seaver K. Three of these students will offer a message during both services, others will lead worship in other ways, and we will together honor and bless them during the 10:30 service.

Thanks be to God for these graduates, all they have accomplished, and the Spirit’s faithful leading in their future endeavors.

God of our beginnings, we give you thanks for these students and the gifts they have offered our community. We ask your blessing upon them as they stand at the threshold of a new adventure. Remind them always of your unconditional love. Give them the wisdom to seek your way and to proclaim your peace and justice. As they follow their unique calls to serve in your world, support them with your eternal grace. Amen.