Farewell & Blessings for J.D.

We give thanks to God for J.D. Mechelke’s ministry with ECLC youth and families. J.D. began his ministry in March 2015 as our High School Youth Minister. Since then, he has led our youth on pilgrimages near and far; curated in-depth theological conversations on vocation, worship, leadership, and sexuality; encouraged lively relationships among our youth; and stretched our prophetic imaginations with his commitment to liberation for all. As he enters into the next chapter of his life, pursuing a PhD, we wish him well in his learning, his living, and his loving. Please share your own words of encouragement with J.D. this Sunday, July 15 as we bless him and celebrate his ministry after worship.

Come Together!

In July and August there will be one worship service each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The one service will be followed each week by Story, Song and Snack (gathering at the tent for faith formation for kids of all ages). Of course there will also be coffee hour after worship with treats. Please note that the coffee will also be on at 9, and you’re welcome to come for conversation before worship as well.

With this new Summer schedule those who normally worship at 8:30 will be able to greet people who worship at 11, and people who worship at 11 will see those who are usually early morning worshippers. The intent is to build up our sense of community, leaning into our theme Becoming Beloved Community. People have asked for this opportunity for years—and we finally have a sanctuary large enough to do it! We do hope to fill the sanctuary; please fill in the chairs furthest from the entrance so that late-comers and especially new-comers will find a hospitable welcome.

Other opportunities for deepening our community with one another this summer include “Dine Around” sponsored by our Council of Ministers. On July 8 and July 22 after worship our Council members will help organize brunch after worship for anyone who would like to attend. The locations will include nearby restaurants (Dutch treat) or parks (pot-luck or bring your own lunch and eat together). Watch the e-news for more details. There will also be an ECLC happy hour on July 11 – again more details elsewhere in the e-news.