Biship Eaton at ECLC - August 13

ECLC will be hosting Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Sunday morning August 13th.  Bishop Eaton will be here to share with us how the Gospel is being lived out in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and amongst all of God’s people in the hurting world.  She and Pastor Strand will share in a conversation during the sermon time at the 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. worship services.  After the 10 a.m. worship there will be a light brunch (11:15 – 12:15) when Bishop Eaton will expand on hopes for the future of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Come and participate in the important opportunity.



Holden Village, at the far end of Washington's Lake Chelan, is a place for all who seek rest and renewal.  Over more than 50 years, this 'place apart' has been transformed from a copper mining town to a vibrant place of learning, recreation, and worship.  Holden welcomes all people who seek contemplation and community, to join in the journey of faith. Some people visit for just a few days, most for at least a week, and some stay for years. All are Villagers. All are embraced by the community, encouraged to share in meals, worship and the wide range of activities. No roads lead to Holden Village, which makes the journey, itself, exceptional.  Most visitors arrive by a one to two hour boat trip from Chelan, Washington.

On July 31, a group of 48 ECLC members and friends will begin a week in the Holden Village community. Centered around worship, creation, learning, and hospitality, Holden invites villagers to play and learn another rhythm of life. While there, we will have the privilege to learn from teachers, like Elizabeth Austen, Washington State’s poet laureate; Jourdan Imani Keith, writer and naturalist; Dr. Terry Fretheim, professor emeritus of Old Testament at Luther Seminary; and Senator John Marty.

Everyone who comes to Holden eventually leaves, refreshed and renewed. They send villagers out into the world with what has come to be known as “The Holden Prayer.”  O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please hold Janet, Eric, Christina, Ben, Karen, Pastor Stephanie, Paul, August, Madeline, Miles, Ken, Jane, Justin, Melanie, Anya, Svea, Soren, David, Sarah, Will, Anna, Luke, Alisa, John, Olivia, Nathan, Amy, Brita, Kjell, Ingrid, Bill, Marie, Susan, Adrienne, Julie, Bernie, Tes, Arlo, Eli, James, Barbara, Tom, Rachel, Soren, Seaver, Marilyn, Carol and Terry in your prayers.

Welcome Tapestry! Sunday, July 23!

This Sunday, 8:30 and 10:00 a.m., we welcome Pastor Melissa Melnick and seminarian Josue Gonzalez and friends from Tapestry, a local ELCA mission congregation. They will lead us in worship and word, with vibrant music and an inclusive message. Learn more about Tapestry on their website,, and read this invitation--a reflection of their purpose and identity:

Te invitamos to join us in building bridges with people who are different from ourselves, and crossing them, too, as we worship together and participate in nuestra comunidad!

We are a bilingual (Spanish/English) and multicultural comunidad de fe that serves our neighbors in Richfield and Bloomington.
We worship together con sabor latino, with fabulous musicians from Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the US.
When we gather we are African-Americans, Anglos, and Latinos and Latinas from many different countries:
Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Venezuela. 
We acknowledge all that divides and celebrate that which unites:
the love of Jesus, el amor  de Jesus, that we  share at the dinner table nd at the Lord's table.

2017 Urban VBS for Grades 4-8

Urban VBS is an incredible partnership with Augsburg College, Messiah, Redeemer, and Edina Community Lutheran. Together we will travel by bus to celebrate God’s Mosaic: Diversity As Good News, with the themes of Unity! Unique! and Ubuntu! at each of our three churches.

If you have completed grade 4-8 and are looking for a fun way to be the change, we invite you to join us and our urban friends for two fun-filled days of faith, games, music, swimming, worship, art, nature, delicious food, special interest classes, and new friendships!

Registrations are due July 19th. Pick up registration forms for you and your friends this weekend, or request to have them emailed today. Scholarships are available for the asking. Contact Kelly at or JD at with questions.

Saturday, August 12
Check In At Augsburg
Unity! at Messiah Lutheran
Lunch at Messiah’s cafe
Unique! at Redeemer Lutheran
Dinner at Redeemer’s outdoor pizza oven
Ubuntu! at ECLC
Snack at ECLC
Evening activities (hotel, pool, devotions)

Sunday, August 13
Breakfast and more at ECLC
Group 1 worships with ECLC at 10 am
Group 2 worships with Redeemer at 10:30 am
Group 3 worships with Messiah at 11 am
Lunch at Midtown Global Market
Made-for-you classes at Augsburg
Family dinner cookout & closing worship at Augsburg