Song of the Stars

“Song of the Stars”
ECLC Kids & Youth Christmas Story
Sunday, December 17th at 11 am

The entire universe is breathless with anticipation…The joyous news spreads out across the fields, deserts, oceans—from stars, to trees, to robins, to flowers. Sheep tell their young. Angels sing to the shepherds. And together they all join in nature’s great chorus of praise to the newborn King. The long-awaited child has come!  -Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story by Sally Lloyd-Jones, 2011

The psalms tell us that the created order now declares the glory of God. How fitting then, to imagine the animals and stars sensing and rejoicing in the coming of Christ for the first time. ECLC Kids & Youth invite family, friends, & the community to worship this Sunday at 11:00 am, with traditional Christmas music, original children’s art, youth lectors, & storytelling! All children are invited to participate. Even babies, toddlers & twos (with a parent) are invited to participate in the Children’s Message, with animal headband “costumes” to wear, and front row seats for worship!

Talking About Racism

"If you are coming to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you are coming because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together."    - Lilla Watson. 

 

We recently completed the 5-week “Talking about Race & Racism with Children” class with a group of 10 parents, teachers & caregivers from ECLC and the wider community. In the course of the class, we discussed our own individual experiences & what messages we had received and are receiving throughout our lives about race, racism & whiteness. How can we get past our guilt and focus on self-education and ways to leverage our white privilege? We gained some helpful vocabulary to talk about race-related incidents in our family. One of our biggest takeaways from the class is giving ourselves permission to make mistakes while not letting ourselves off the hook for talking about race and racism with our communities, & especially with our kids. Like many in the group, we were raised to be colorblind but we are learning that colorblindness perpetuates the status quo. Talking about racism and getting curious about equity and fairness is like a muscle that needs frequent attention in order to get stronger. It is not easy and certainly not often comfortable. Thank you to ECLC for making space (& offering childcare), the group participants for sharing of yourselves, and to Denise Konen for facilitating. 

-Erica and Ben D.

Advent Festival

What Are We Waiting For? Advent Festival 2017!

As we ask the question, “What are we waiting for,” experience a variety of all age activities AND alternative giving opportunities at this year’s Advent Festival, Sunday, December 3rd from 9:30-11:00 am. Grab a cup of coffee and a treat, and join in the fun of radical hope and active waiting! Children attend with their families.

  •      Nativity Photo Booth & Manger Prayers
  •      Advent Devotions, Calendars & Illustrated Advent Wreath
  •      Scandinavian Fabric Stars with ECLC’s Quilters
  •      Yarn Ornaments with ECLC’s Knitters
  •      Choose Something Like a Star Interactive Prayer Station
  •      Paper Lanterns & Christingle-Making
  •      Little Free Library bookmarks at the Children’s Christmas Book Nook

Also, each Sunday in Advent, support ECLC ministry partners with alternative gift giving. This Sunday, donate a duck or clean water through ELCA Good Gifts or support ECLC’s Mission fund and bring home a pressed flower card or poetry book!