SUNDAY FORUM: Re-imagining & Mobilizing White people for Antiracism University of Minnesota professor Timothy J. Lensmire will draw on his new book, White Folks, in order to explore how to mobilize white people for antiracist action. For his book, Lensmire interviewed white people in the small rural community of his birth. In addition, Lensmire will share why he thinks a 'white privilege' approach to antiracist work is ineffective and should be replaced with alternative approaches.

NEW TO ECLC? All newcomers are invited to ECLC 101 on Sundays, November 11 & 18 from 9:45-10:45 when you’ll get to know one another as well as staff and congregational leaders, hear more about the ins and outs of ECLC, what it means to become an official member, and share more of your own story. We look forward to knowing you better! Email Lauren to RSVP.

HEALING PRAYER SERVICE NEXT WEDNESDAY Pastor Jeff Sartain accompanied by Melissa Bergstrom will hold a simple service for healing prayer on November 14 from 6:30-7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Join together for a time of quiet prayer, singing, anointing and prayers for our lives, our church and our world.

FROM PASTOR SUSAN It has been a holy privilege to serve in a temporary pastoral role with the good people of ECLC during this terrible time of loss and grief. You truly are “beloved community” in the way you take care of one another, grieve together and continue to serve the larger community. The connections I’ve made – with staff and individuals I’ve met with or visited – only serve to reinforce the good choice Rich and I made last Spring when we joined ECLC. God bless us all as we continue to walk this difficult path together. Pastor Susan Weaver

WOMEN’S SHORT STORY GROUP The Short story group will gather on Friday, November 16 at 10:00 am at the home of Judy D., we will be discussing “The Rich Brother” by Tobias Wolff from Listening for God. All are welcome! Please RSVP to Judy.

DROPPED THE LANDLINE? MOVED RECENTLY? ECLC is preparing the 2018 member directory and would like to make sure all the information we have for members is current. Please contact the church office with any recent changes!

A BIG THANK YOU! Lutheran Social Services children’s clothing sale was a big success - 118 families served, including over 500 children! Thank you to all who contributed and volunteered!

NEW ART ON DISPLAY AT ECLC Be inspired by the new art at ECLC, courtesy of our mission partner Bright Stars of Bethlehem! A guide that describes these works by Palestinian artists is coming soon! Founded in 2003, Bright Stars of Bethlehem (BSB) is a US non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting the educational, medical, professional, and spiritual development needs of people living in Palestine. Three main initiatives include Dar al-Kalima University of Arts and Culture, Diyar Academy for Youth, and Ajyal Senior Care Center. Dar al-Kalima University builds on the 160-year old educational history of the Lutheran School in Bethlehem.

While the people endure chronic exposure to trauma and violence Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, President of BSB, reminds us: “In the midst of conflict, art creates room to breathe.” The works are on loan to ECLC through Jan. 2, 2019, and will continue to be displayed at various churches in the Twin Cities, along with 13 additional pieces that ECLC cannot accommodate due to space constraints. All works are available for purchase.

Look for more information about BSB during the ECLC Advent Fair on Dec. 2! Questions? Please contact mission liaison Carla C.