* * * * IMPORTANT BUILDING PROJECT NEWS * * * *

Over the next few weeks, several rooms on the south side of the church will be cleared out in preparation for construction to begin on the new addition.

Volunteers Needed for ECLC Furniture Moving: Sat, Nov 21, 8:30am-1:00pm - At least eight people are needed to remove cabinets & shelves from walls, load furniture into vehicles, and haul items to our storage locker in Eden Prairie. We have one trailer, but members with pickups, vans, or trailers are really needed. Bring power-drivers, gloves, a few hand tools, and also old blankets to protect furniture during transport. Please reply to Harlan Johnson if you can help. Thanks!

Nursery, Classrooms Relocated - Effective Nov 15, the Nursery will be in Mary & Elizabeth Room 103. Some other age groups will also be meeting in new locations in the coming weeks, so check the room assignment posters by the entryways each Sunday.

Give Away Day: Sun, Nov 15 - As ECLC clears rooms for construction, excess furniture, toys, office supplies, and more will be available for the taking from 8am–12:30pm. 

HELP ECLC WELCOME PASTOR CONCHI!
The pastor of our sister congregation, Cristo de Paz in El Salvador, is visiting this month and we hope to provide a hospitable welcome.  Please RSVP to Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org for any of these events.

Sat., Nov. 14: 11am: All ages service project benefitting CES,
Sat, Nov 14: 5pm: Welcome reception for Scholarship Sponsors
Sun., Nov. 15: All congregation lunch reception at Noon. (Pastor Conchi will also lead worship)
Mon., Nov. 16: 9:30am: Brunch and discussion on health care and the Lutheran Church in El Salvador,
Mon, Nov 16: 7pm: Lutheranism in El Salvador and Nigeria (hosted by St. Paul Reformation in St. Paul)
Tues., Nov. 17: 5pm: Join Pastor Conchi serving at Loaves & Fishes.

HELP IN THE FOOD SHELF: Pack groceries for homebound clients of Community Emergency Service food shelf (1900 11th Ave S.) on Thursday, November 19th from 9:00-10:30am. Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org to sign up.

LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE LUNCH: Join Lutheran Social Service for its fall luncheon on Thursday, November 19 from 11:30-1:00 pm at Luther Seminary in St. Paul’s. Richard Andersen, friend of ECLC and outgoing Director of Development for LSS, will be the guest speaker on LSS’s many ministries. Tickets are $12 and RSVPs can be sent to ECLCer Larry Edlund

SHORT STORY GROUP The Short Story Group will meet at the home of Nancy Strom on Friday, November 20 at 10:00 am.  We will discuss three very short stories beginning with “Hairs” by Sandra Cisneros. All are welcome.

CARING FOR CREATION TEAM asks you to help keep our water clean.  Adopt a storm drain near your house! (Apartment & condo dwellers, too). Storm drains are directly connected to the nearest body of water. Water running into storm drains can carry with it anything dumped nearby including leaves, grass clippings, soil, oil, paint, chemicals and litter. You can help by adopting your nearby storm drain and keeping it free of leaves, seeds, grass clippings and litter. Keeping storm drains clear will protect the water quality of nearby lakes, streams and rivers.  It can also help prevent localized flooding.  Follow- these easy tips:
•Check storm drain grates frequently to make sure they are free of leaves and debris.
•Do not remove the grate from the storm drain opening - this does not unclog the system and creates a hazard.
•Dispose of litter and other debris with your trash. Dispose of leaves with your yard waste according to your city or waste hauler’s instructions.
•Let your neighbors and friends know that keeping storm drains clear will protect water quality and encourage them to adopt their nearby drain.
By taking just a few minutes to clear the drain, you can make a big difference in protecting lakes and streams. For more information on maintaining storm drains and other actions you can take to protect water quality, visit www.hennepin.us/water.

NEW TO ECLC? COME TO ECLC 101:  Just getting to know ECLC? Considering officially becoming a member? Come to ECLC on Sunday, November 8 from 9:45-10:45 to meet congregational leaders and other newcomers, learn how to get involved, and what it means to be part of ECLC. Contact Lauren with questions at lmorsewendt@eclc.org.  YOU are invited! 

WIT: WOMEN IN TRANSITION: All women are welcome to join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 10, from 7-9 PM. We will gather at the home of Kathy Magnus. Sandy Heidemann will reflect on her trips to Central America and show a video, "Generations in Solidarity: A Sister Parish Story."

LOAVES & FISHES: This community kitchen needs our help feeding hungry neighbors. Sign up now to prepare the meal (1:30-3:00) or serve the meal (5:00-7:00) on Tuesday, November 17 at Holy Rosary (2448 18th Ave S. Mpls).  Email Carol to sign up

ENDING HOMELESSNESS TOGETHER:  Not only is ECLC building 66 West, but we also address homelessness state wide through our work within the Beacon Collaborative.  Come to be inspired and support Beacon at their annual luncheon, Tuesday, November 17 from Noon-1pm at the Mpls Convention Center. Sue Crabtree is the co-chair of the event, Erik Scheurle is speaking, and dozens of ECLCers are already attending; join an ECLC table! Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org to RSVP.

MN FAITH SUMMIT TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE:  Join people of faith from across MN on Thursday, November 12 from 6-9pm at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Mpls for learning, discussion, prayer, and action towards preventing bloodshed. Free event organized by Every Town for Gun Safety; dinner provided. Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org to sign up.