THANKSGIVING EVE: POETRY, PRAISE, & PIE  
Join us on Wednesday, November 25th, 7 pm for Poetry, Praise, & Pie. Featuring world-renowned poets, as well as local ECLC talent, we will worship our Creator with words of grace & music that transcends, and celebrate with pie afterward. Volunteers are still needed to bring pie for the celebration; email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org or sign up at the sign-up center.

SUPPORTING REFUGEE MINISTRY WITH OUR THANKSGIVING OFFERING:  On a holiday in which we give thanks to God for God’s abundance and remember the welcome provided to the first immigrants to this land, it seems holy to lift up refugee ministry both local and global. This year’s Thanksgiving offering will support local refugees arriving in Minnesota through Lutheran Social Service as well as Lutheran Disaster Response’s ministry with Syrian refugees currently arriving across Europe.  Plus, our donation to LDR will be matched dollar for dollar through a challenge by local congregation Prince of Peace Lutheran in Brooklyn Park. To donate to our Thanksgiving Offering, click giving online or make a designation on a check made out to ECLC in the offering plate through Sunday, November 29.

MEMBER WORK DAY: Sat, Nov 21, 8:30am-1:00pm – It’s not too late to volunteer for tasks such as removing cabinets from walls, hauling boxes and furniture to our storage locker, taking excess items to donation drop-off sites. Lunch provided. Let Harlan Johnson know if you can help. Thanks!

LEAVES ON THE TREE OF LIFE   November 22 is the last Sunday in this liturgical year, which means our All Saints banner will be coming down. The families of those whose names appear on the leaves this year -- those baptized, confirmed, or deceased since All Saints 2014 – are welcome to take their leaves home as a memento after the worship service.

THANK YOU FOR WELCOMING PASTOR CONCHI!  Pastor Conchi departed this afternoon after visit filled with activity and relationship building. From serving, praying, singing, learning, and worship…thank you for being fully present with this special person and for caring about Cristo de Paz!

SERVE AS A REFUGEE MENTOR:  As fear of refugees spikes around us, you are invited to take action by showing a newly arrived refugee family that someone in Minnesota welcomes them.  Lutheran Social Service trains refugee mentors to visit with newly arrived families 3 times per month for 3 months. You do things like help families get a library card, navigate an American grocery store, and find the nearest park for kids to play.  Contact ECLCer Larry Edlund to learn more.

RETIRED ECLC MEN Join us for breakfast on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 8:00 am at Perkins Restaurant at Eden and Willson Roads in Edina (near 50th and Hwy 100). This month's gathering will be next Wednesday, November 25.

BLOOMINGTON SYMPHONY CONCERT  Sunday, November 22 at 3 pm take a journey through the music of Rossini, Schuller, and Beethoven in a performance at the Schneider Theatre at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Tickets are $14 for adults; $12 for seniors 62+, and free for students. Pastor Stephanie plays violin with this orchestra.

THE RACIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE will meet Tuesday, December 1st, at 6:00 pm at ECLC. New members are welcome to join the committee!

JOIN THE FAMILY WELLNESS FAIR IN EL SALVADOR NEXT FEBRUARY! You do not need to be a medical person nor speak Spanish. This Fair (formerly the Mission of Healing) will be February 13-20, 2016. ECLC folks, including Camilla Madson, Steve Obaid, Amy Spomer, and Sally Yelkin will join people from the Milwaukee Synod to provide basic medical exams and education to communities in the South-Central Micro-Region which includes our partner congregation, Cristo de Paz. The team is in need of dental workers, musicians, counselors, and pharmacists. If you have one of these skills or you don't, but are interested in joining, contact Camilla Madson soon for more information.

THANKSGIVING DINNER: Unfortunately, due to the start of our church construction project, we are physically unable to host a community meal this year. This has been a joyous tradition of ECLC for over 30 years; however, with the uncertainty of our space and changes, we will be retiring this meal. Please contact Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org if you have questions or would like information regarding other volunteer opportunities. Our neighbors in the community who have shared this meal with us have received a list of Thanksgiving meals hosted at other locations.