Dear ECLC Community,

We are a church in prayer for our pastor, Stephanie. I know the depth of anxiety, fear, worry, confusion and hope that is in your hearts. We are grateful for one another at this time, and we are of one heart and mind in prayer for Stephanie’s recovery. Please visit her caring bridge site for updates on her condition. If you do not have access to the internet please call the church office to be added to our phone tree.

As our congregation prays and showers love on Pastor Stephanie, part of our love is to continue to gather, hear God’s promises for us all, and live them out in the world. Staff are working with ministry leaders to carry forward essential ministries and adapting programming where necessary. We know Stephanie’s recovery will likely be lengthy. We will adjust as needed and hope you will contribute your understanding, cooperation and flexibility as well.

Your own needs for support continue to be important, so please do let us know of your own concerns, illnesses, hospitalizations, and life circumstances so that we can support those in need.

The staff is grateful for your concern for our own self-care; your prayers are felt. The Executive Committee has met to begin making plans for Stephanie’s extended medical leave. Area clergy have offered support. The Bishop has been in close touch and is with us in a single-focused concern for Stephanie, Paul and their family. The clergy members of ECLC are also responding to requests for help during this time.

Stephanie’s ministry has a wide impact. Clergy and lay members from around the country and abroad have reached out to express their concern for her, and also for all of us as her church family. We are all being held in prayer along with Stephanie by thousands of people.

One of Pastor Stephanie’s favorite prayers is fitting.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work or watch or weep, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, soothe the suffering, comfort the afflicted, shield the joyous, all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Blessing to you each and to you all,

In Christ’s love, Pastor Jeff

Faith Formation for All Ages in 2018!

Sunday School, Youth, and Forums in 2018!

Gather with us on the morning of Sunday, September 9, as we launch a new year of faith formation for all ages. Worship and Blessing of the Backpacks at 8:30 am & 11 am. Participate in ECLC’s Sunday School & Youth Open House, with an all-ages scavenger hunt, and faith formation stations led by our Council of Ministers.

Thank you for registering your birth through high school children early, so we can do the work of organizing small groups and readying resources; reaching out to the caring adults who walk alongside and lead ECLC children and youth, and scheduling nursery staff. Register online today at: http://eclc.org/register-for-children-youth-family-ministry

We are also in need of additional small group leaders. With 2-3 leaders assigned to each small group it’s easier for everyone to take time away throughout the year, and to partner in teaching. Lessons are age-appropriate, fun, and engaging. The best teachers and leaders come with questions and curiosities of their own.

Other important dates:
CYF Leader Training will be Wednesday, September 5, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Confirmation/Middle School Orientation will be Wednesday, September 12, 6-8 pm.
Sunday School, Confirmation and Forums begin Sunday, September 16.

ECLC Campfire & Congregational Picnic—Sunday, August 19, 4-8 p.m.

Growing up, sitting around the campfire was a mesmerizing experience. With flames flickering and hearts warming, songs and stories came alive, and energized the gathered community.

THIS Sunday, gathering around the campfire with all the generations, we will sing songs of faith and hope, tell stories that need to be told, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation, together. Come for part or stay for all. Bring a dish to share for a potluck-style picnic. Hotdogs, beverages, and s’mores will be provided. Bring yourself or bring a friend. All are welcome!

We will meet at Sumac Knoll group campsite at Hyland Park in Bloomington, just south of 494 on Bush Lake Road. Here’s the schedule:

  • 4:00   Open space for outdoor games and conversation
  • 5:30   Potluck and conversation
  • 6:30   S’mores, stories, and songs at the Campfire

See you there!
Pastor Stephanie & Pastor Jeff