All Saints’ Day and Dedication Weekend

On Sunday November 6th we will gather to celebrate All Saints’ day and to dedicate our new building to the service of the Gospel of God’s yes for the world. Come as we celebrate all the saints and remember in the lighting of the candles those who have gone before us.

On Saturday night the 5th we will gather from 5-7pm to celebrate our future ministry with fellowship and a brief program joined by special guests, including former pastors. Free childcare will be available. Please register this Sunday after worship or online here by Sunday. 

On Sunday the 6th, we will remember and give thanks for those who have gone before us and the many who gave of themselves to the ministry and mission of ECLC; and we will again commit ourselves to the future ministry of this place. 

The custom of commemorating on a single day all the saints of the church, especially the many unknown martyrs, originated in the fourth century. By the eighth century, the festival commemorating all saints had been moved in England and Ireland to November 1 in order to Christianize the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain which marked the beginning of winter and communal attention to the dead.

In current Christian use, the day is dedicated to thanksgiving for all the unnamed who died in the Lord. The close proximity of the baptismal font and the columbarium at ECLC signifies our trust in the promise made in baptism that we are children of God in life, in death and in the resurrection.