Campfire & Congregational Picnic

SUNDAY, AUGUST 4, 4:00-6:30 P.M.

Gathering around the campfire with all the generations, we will sing songs of faith and hope, play games, tell stories that need to be told, and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation together. Come for part or stay for all of this year’s Campfire & Congregational Picnic. We will be hosted by Sarah and Dan K. and their family at their home on Lake Riley in Chanhassen.

If you can, bring a dish to share for a potluck-style picnic. Keep in mind that we’ll be near the beach without access to electricity. Also, there are a number of stairs to get from the house to where the picnic will take place, so let us know if we can help with any necessary accommodations. For more information and to RSVP, visit the sign-up center. All are welcome!

Caring Ministries

ECLC members and staff care for one another in many ways. A new caring ministry, the prayer team, officially started in early May. Each week a prayer team member contacts six or seven households to let them know that they and the staff will be praying for them and to ask for prayer requests. We are praying through the membership roster during the course of one year (we’re currently in the Ds), so expect to get a call sometime before next spring if you haven’t yet. Thank you to the faithful prayer team members: Judy A, Mary B, Rynda C, Bev D, Marilyn D, Jane L, Doris P, and Sandy W.

The BeFrienders program is another way ECLC members provide caring ministry. Trained volunteer BeFrienders are available to listen, support, and accompany other ECLC members during times of difficulty or transition. If you are interested in receiving a visit from a BeFriender, please contact one of the pastors. Thank you to our compassionate BeFrienders: Sharon A, Bernie A, Carol B, Katherine B, Julie C, Cheryl E, Jane L, Bev L, and Joy S.

A Summer of Story!

Summer at ECLC provides many opportunities for people to be engaged with one another for fun, support, learning and building community. Here is a brief summary of some summer programming. Our theme is Story, and you will see the intersections of God’s story and our story showing up in various ways. Below are highlights; watch e-news, announcements and the sign up center for details.

Neighborhood Night Out: Tonight from 6-8pm! Share stories with your closest ECLC neighbors. Email Lauren if you need directions.

Theology Pub: Wednesday, July 17 and again on Wednesday, August 14 from 7- 9 p.m., held at Cowboy Jack’s, 2801 Southtown Drive, Bloomington and led by seminarian Kristin Dybdal. Come together for casual conversation about the stories that will be the focus for worship on the coming Sunday.

Race & Faith through Storytelling: Monday, July 15. Explore issues of race & faith through music, storytelling, and poetry with Hip-Hop artist AGAPE and spoken word artist, Joe Davis, at our sibling congregation, St. Paul’s.

Story Sharing Brunch: Sunday, July 21st at noon at Cahill Bistro. Come, eat, listen and share!

Book Studies: Wednesdays July 23 and August 22, explore racial justice themes and stories of people who have experienced the power of race and discrimination and how those stories intersect with our own.
· July 23, 7 p.m. at ECLC. Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World, by Rozella Haydée White
· August 22, 7 p.m. at ECLC. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown

Campfire! August 4, 4 – 6:30 p.m., gather for a relaxed time and storytelling at the lake, hosted by Sarah and Dan Karlgaard, John and Annika at their home in Chanhassen. Mark your calendars and watch for more information.

And on Sundays…

Story, Song and Snack: anyone who enjoys a children’s story, song or snack is invited to gather at the tent (you’ll find it!) from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. every Sunday through August 25.

Pop-up Conversations –Members will lead 30 minute pop-up story sharing from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (More may be scheduled)

· July 14: Raising Grateful Kids

· July 21: Adventures in Mission

· August 18: What Makes a Happier Life

During worship in August people will tell brief stories of their own life and faith focused on the following themes:

· August 4: A Calling Story

· August 11: A Giving Story

· August 18: A Lutheran Love Story

· August 25: An Immigration Miracle Story

We look forward to lifting up story through these and other opportunities, as well as through our on-going mission and ministries all summer long!