Special Guest Wanda Battle

On Sunday, October 14th our special musician will be Wanda Battle. Wanda is a wonderful, joyful, and powerful gospel singer and is also the tour guide at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. She brings a sparkling spirit and big, beautiful voice to those with whom she sings. She will lead us in freedom songs from the civil rights era as well as joining the band for our Blues/Gospel liturgy at both worship services. Wanda will join Mark Swiggum to lead the Sunday Forum in the Sanctuary at 9:45 am. On Saturday, October 13th all are invited to church at 7:00 p.m. for a rehearsal with Wanda to learn the songs that we’ll sing on Sunday. We will have sheet music written in four parts so we can learn the parts before singing them in worship.

Please join us for an uplifting Sunday!

Wednesday Night Live! Confirmation

This year we are exploring a new format for Confirmation and Middle School at ECLC — with worship & instruction on Sunday mornings, and experiential & relational ministry on Wednesday evenings. Both are important aspects of growing in faith, and becoming beloved community.

Here is what the Fall Pilot will look like, September until December:

• Sundays: Worship together as a family at 8:30 or 11 a.m. Confirmation Instruction for grades 6-8 from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Creekside Room.

• Wednesdays: Wednesday Night Live from 6-8 p.m. with dinner in the Fellowship Hall, Music & Mindfulness in the sanctuary, and onsite & offsite experiences, including Bible Deep Dive (BDD), Makers/Gamers, and Movers, to engage the whole person (body, mind, and spirit).

We have a fantastic team working behind the scenes and walking alongside ECLC middle school youth & families; a team inspired by Pastor Stephanie, beginning last spring. We give thanks to Dawn & Jonathan R. for their leadership on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings; for additional members of the planning team: Anne & Joe L., Michele V. & Dan M., and Chris O.; for small group leaders and hospitality: Anne H and Steph R Y, Joe & Anne L and Nancy O-P, Darren L, Tom R, Jeanie T, Becky S-B, Julie & Tony S. Of course, we also give thanks for our confirmands and their families!

At the end of this four-month pilot, we will evaluate whether this format is working and resonating with the 20 families including 29+ ECLC youth participating in Confirmation and Middle School Ministry this year!

If you have questions about Middle School and Confirmation Ministries, the four-month pilot, or ways that you can serve in this ministry, please contact Kelly.

Racial Justice Sunday Forums

Please join us on Sunday, September 30 as we begin a 3-part series focused around the topic of racial justice.

  • September 30: Join Jason Sole, the former President of the NAACP-Minneapolis, and Paul Schnell, Chief of Police in Inver Grove Heights, for an important conversation titled "Black and Blue: Exploring the Tension Between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement." Sole, an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University, grew up in impoverished Chicago neighborhoods, became a gang member, committed crimes, and was jailed multiple times. Schnell grew up in a predominantly white, middle class community in rural Wisconsin and went on to become a police chief and teacher. The intersection of their lives in recent years provides a context for understanding the biases we all have, the unique filters through which we each view the world, the importance of engaging in difficult conversations, and the need to hear the pain, anger, and distrust that exists in large portions of the community – particularly for those who interact with the criminal justice system.

  • October 7: Pastor Babette Chatman, from Redeemer Lutheran Church, invites you to join in the dialogue about the justice work of racial reconciliation. Pastor Chatman will also preach about both services on October 7th.

  • October 14: We welcome guest musician Wanda Battle to ECLC. She will lead us in song and story at the forum, as well as during both services.

Come and join other ECLCers as we learn and grow together, each Sunday from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Questions or ideas for future forums? Reach out to Liz Peterson, Minister of Adult Faith Formation.