A Celebration of Ministy

The Open House honoring Erik & Deb Strand is Saturday, August 19th from 4pm-8pmwith a program at 5:30 celebrating their 28 years with ECLC.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.  Cards with memories, anecdotes and stories are encouraged. With ECLC’s limited parking, please consider carpooling to the event.

FAREWELL SERVICE  Join us on Sunday for Pastor Erik Strand’s farewell worship services at 8:30 am and 11:00 am with a reception from 9:45-10:45am. 

66 West - Smells Like Home!

If you visited 66 West over the summer, there’s a good chance you were greeted by the smell of fresh baked cookies.  As each resident has moved in, one of the four youth coaches on staff has spent time making cookies with them. Not only does this teach the resident how to use the appliances in their kitchen, but it offers the chance for trust building between the tenant and staff who will support them as they complete their education, start a job, and learn life skills while getting to know their new home.  Plus, it creates a chance for each resident to get to know their new neighbors by sharing those cookies together afterwards. 38 of the 39 apartments are now occupied…so that’s a lot of cookies and a lot of new friendships!

Soon, 66 West will smell like cake as we celebrate the first birthdays of residents at the end of the month.  The Housing Task Force will host the first of these monthly birthday parties in order to learn what works best for residents, and then share opportunities with all of you to participate in future months.

Last week, hundreds of 66 West supporters gathered to get a sneak peek at the building and hear from a resident and community members at the Grand Opening celebration.  Check out more photos from the celebration here and “like” Beacon’s Facebook page to get occasional updates.  We continue our work on affordable housing: join ECLC’s Racial Justice team for a conversation on affordable housing & race equity on Sunday, August 27th from 9:45-10:45am in the fellowship hall.

If you missed the celebration, mark your calendar for the Ending Homelessness Together luncheon on Wednesday, October 25th and look for an opportunity to take a full tour of 66 West with ECLC in September…who knows, we might even get to taste some cookies!

- Lauren Morse-Wendt, Minister of Word and Service

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.

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48 ECLC MEMBERS & FRIENDS JOURNEY TO HOLDEN VILLAGE

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.