Hands to Hands: ECLC's Knitting Ministry

Hands to Hands, a group of ECLC knitters, began nearly nine years ago as a prayer shawl ministry with a mission to prayerfully create shawls that would be given to members of our Congregation in need of comfort and support. As time went on these shawls also found their way into the larger community, even as far as El Salvador. The staff regularly takes them on home or hospital visits; they are given to expectant parents, or anyone who comes through the door with worry or a concern. There is a rack of shawls in the sanctuary, which people (often children) use during service; and these shawls may be taken home or passed along to someone else in need.

Over time a few more ongoing projects have been added to the roster: knitting hats and scarves for Confirmands as part of their Confirmation ceremony; school color hats for college freshman; and annual contributions to the Southside Family Nurturing Center’s free holiday store. Sometimes special opportunities arise, such as an adult Baptism or a sister Church’s request for silent auction items. Hands to Hands is an informal group with no mandatory meetings and no time commitments. Individual knitters decide how much they can do and whether it is one hat per year or a prayer shawl, every item will fill a need. Members are kept up to date by email. Once a month we schedule a gathering at Church between services for some knitting, show and tell, help getting started or solving a problem. We have a yarn stash, needles, and basic patterns for anyone to use.

Hands to Hands is always delighted to welcome more knitters to the group! If you enjoy knitting (or crocheting) and would like to lend your talent to any one of our projects, please get in touch. If you haven’t knit for years or are an inexperienced knitter, we can help you get started. We are also planning a “learn-to-knit” workshop later in the year. For more information or to join our email list please contact Deborah O.

Bold Living- Generous Giving

In 2018, Edina Community Lutheran Church will celebrate 70 years of being church together. ECLC has a long history of committing bold and generous acts of love and service:

  • ordaining the first woman in the American Lutheran Church and providing meals for 100 days during the Wounded Knee trials of the 1970s;
  • building affordable senior housing and becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation welcoming LGBTQ persons in the 1980s;
  • challenging Minnesota’s conceal and carry gun law in 2003;
  • organizing against the proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment banning marriage between same-sex couples in 2012; and
  • building the first apartments for homeless young adults in the southwest suburbs in 2017.

Now, more than ever, the world needs this kind of bold and generous witness. Won’t you be a part of how God works in and through us now and into the future?

As you prayerfully consider your annual financial commitment to ECLC’s vitality in 2018, we invite you to imagine the possible impact when we as a congregation live boldly and give generously—together. For it’s only together that we can fully respond to the increasing needs of our growing congregation and ECLC’s expanding engagement with our community and world. Please take a look at the chart on the 2018 Giving Commitment Card and boldly consider moving your pledge up a step. Let’s energize our giving together, and enable our mission and ministry to thrive!

500th Reformation Celebration at ECLC

Nearly 500 years ago Martin Luther used one poster, a hammer & nails, to proclaim God’s love for us. Let’s celebrate together on this very special Anniversary.

Sunday Forums
The Forgotten Luther: Reclaiming the Social-Economic Dimension of the Reformation will be discussed in our Sunday Forums:

  • October 8th     Chapter 3: “The Subversive Luther”
  • October 15th   Chapter 2: “Greed Is an Unbelievable Scoundrel”
  • October 22nd Chapter 4: “An Economic Reading of Luther’s Catechisms in Long Context”

On Reformation Sunday, October 29th, Melissa Bergstrom and the ECLC Choir will be singing during worship and leading the Sunday Forum. Plus the Reformation Sunday Fun Day for All Ages! Everyone is invited to participate in a variety of hands-on learning activities in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45. (Sign up as a volunteer if you can help).

Friday, November 3rd, join Reformation enthusiasts at Orchestra Hall for “Reformation Symphony: Celebrating 500 Years of Reformation through Music” with the Orchestra and Chorale, Osmo Vänskä conducting. Tickets are $25; sign-up and handout with info/parking at Sign-Up Center.

Sunday, November 29th The Sunday Forum will view a PBS: Secrets of the Dead video about Michelangelo’s life. We’ll learn about a mystery that reveals how close the Roman Catholic Church came to adopting Martin Luther’s reforms—by one vote! Would we be celebrating today if the vote went the other way?