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.
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.