Story.

This summer we will explore the theme of Story, culminating in the four Sundays of August when members or friends of ECLC will tell some of their story of faith in worship. In addition to the sermons, these brief talks about story will help us know one another and what is important in our lives.

We will be encouraging you and equipping you throughout the summer to tell your story of faith to others and invite friends, neighbors, colleagues, or even strangers to join you in worship – especially on the four Sundays of August. We always are ready for visitors, but we will offer an exceptional welcome in August for those whom you invite.

Some other ways we will explore this theme of story are:

  • Worship As One: Pentecost Worship together, Sun, June 5 at 9:30am

  • Summer Kick-off Happy Hour: Wooden Hill Brewery, Wed, June 5 from 5-7pm

  • Story, Song & Snack, 9:45-10:15am, June 16-August 25

  • ECLC Neighborhood Night Out: In YOUR Neighborhood, Wed, June 19 from 6-8pm

  • Story Sharing Brunch: 11:30am, after worship on Sun, July 21

At the heart of our faith is the unfolding story of God’s love for creation. From the dawn of time, in the life of Jesus, to the present moment, and far into the eternal mystery this story tells of a sacred presence that lives around and through us. This story envelopes the story of our own lives: our joys, miseries, loves, losses, inspiration and despair. Our story is wrapped in God’s story. Let the summer hold sacred time for us to reflect on our faith and how God is telling of love in our lives

New Member Sunday, May 19

Our faith stories are not perfect…and they aren’t meant to be. They zig-zag. They stop and start. They have bursts of activity…and quiet zones. And milestone moments to celebrate.

This Spring, the faith stories of 13 new member households have brought them to ECLC. This Sunday, we will welcome these 13 households in worship, giving thanks for their commitment to God and to this community, and ready for how their stories might grow, deepen, and change our own ECLC story here. Please join us in worship as we pray for them, and greet them throughout the morning.

In addition, 17 more households joined ECLC in 2018. We will celebrate their year with ECLC with a special gathering for them to continue to connect with each other and share their dreams for ECLC.

These 30 new households are a gift and a reminder that we are a community whose story continues to develop. It’s a joy to wonder together:

How might we continue to connect authentically with each other as we grow?

How might the wisdom of our history inform our future?

How might God be calling ECLC out into our community?

Who might still need to hear the loving news of God’s grace?

Above all, we remain a community committed to understanding and living God’s YES for the whole world. We welcome your ideas for continuing this witness; please email Deacon Lauren with your ministry program ideas.

Transition Team Update

THE TRANSITION TEAM continues to work on completion of the Ministry Site Profile. (Reminder: the MSP defines who we are as a congregation and what kind of pastor we are seeking.) We have incorporated the comments you have thus far shared--either informally or at the Sunday morning sessions on April 14 and 28. And there are still opportunities for further input, including a conversation with Bishop Ann Svennungsen on Tuesday evening May 14. Following that meeting, we will revise and complete the MSP--submitting it to the Synod by May 20. Thank you for your support, participation and engagement in this early and important stage of the call process.