Celebrate the ministry of ECLC's past, present, & future as we dedicate our new building to ministry to uplift God's YES for the whole world. We will have a Dedication Celebration on Saturday, November 5th from 5-7pm at ECLC, including a reception with appetizers, inspiring program and free childcare. Register online here or between services on Sundays. Suggested donation of $20 cover costs.

SUNDAY FORUM OCTOBER 16: Preventing Gun Violence: Separating Fact From Story And Creating Real Change. The daily drumbeat of gun violence in our country often feels overwhelming and disheartening. We ask ourselves, "Will it ever end? What can I do?" Join Rev. Nancy Nord Bence, Executive Director of Protect Minnesota, and Cheryl Persigehl, Interim Board Chair of Protect Minnesota, to learn more about the pandemic of gun violence in our country, the progress being made in our communities and in the state legislature, and the critical role people of faith play in creating real change. 

HOLDEN IN 2017 INFORMATION SESSION   It has been five years since a group of nearly 20 ECLCers embarked on a journey to Holden Village, a retreat center in the mountains of Washington. We hope to travel to Holden again next summer. Interested in joining us?  Come to an open informational meeting on Sunday, October 16 after the 11 am worship service.

THE PASTORS’ DISCRETIONARY FUND is dedicated to helping members and friends of the congregation with special needs and emergency assistance. At this time the fund is low, and could use some additional donations. If you can help, a designated gift marked “pastors’ discretionary” may be mailed, dropped off, or put in the offering plate. Thank you!

DONATIONS FOR SACRED STONE CAMP  The Breens are going to support the protecters in North Dakota. As winter approaches they’ve expressed need for wool blankets, winter sleeping bags (not summer weight), winter jackets, hats, mittens and wool socks. If you’d like to donate please bring to ECLC on Sunday, October 16th. You can also give money online at:

LSS CLOTHING SALE THANK YOU:  Thank you, ECLCers, for your donations and sorting clothing for Lutheran Social Service's client clothing sale. 504 children were served from 116 families who otherwise would have struggled to fill their closets this season. Thank you and thank you to Larry Edlund, our LSS Ambassador, for coordinating. 

BOOK FAIR! Looking for that perfect Christmas gift for the kids in your life? Want to learn more about the Reformation? ECLC is hosting a Book Fair! Shop for Sparkhouse Family’s award-winning Bibles, books, and videos for infants through elementary-age kids. Peruse Augsburg Fortress titles about the Reformation as we look ahead to 2017, the 500-year commemoration of the Reformation. Stop by the table at the lower level on October 16 and 23 between services to check out each title. Place your orders using cash or checks. Your books will be delivered to church where you can pick them up.

SHORT STORY GROUP The ECLC Short Story group will meet at the home of Nancy S. (Parkshore Apts in St. Louis Park) from 10am-Noon on Friday, October 21. We will discuss “The Tie That Binds” by Kent Haruf from the book “Listening for God.” Contact Nancy with questions.

WORSHIP, ARTS AND MUSIC Come one, come all! Some business, some planning for a joyous time in our new building. Anyone with an interest in Worship, Arts and Music is invited to attend Wednesday, October 26th, 5:30 pm at ECLC. A few of the items we’ll discuss: Artwork locations, Sacristy needs, Children in worship and the prayground, Worship seating, offering procedures and ideas for a big musical event with an invite for all faiths to come and share music. We have new spaces and lots to discuss! Hope to see you there! -Dave Eckenrode, Minister of Worship, Art, & Music.

VOTING RIGHTS & SELMA:  On Thursday, October 27th at 7pm, join Edina’s League of Women Voters for a showing of the documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot, produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, followed by a panel discussion on voting rights today. Hosted by Church of St. Patrick in Edina, this free event, which ECLC is Co-Sponsoring, requires no RSVP.

SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER OUTREACH DIRECTOR TO SPEAK AT ECLC.  Lecia Brooks, Director of Outreach for the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak at ECLC on Monday, October 24 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm.  Ms Brooks will address the many justice initiatives that SPLC leads - with particular attention to issues related to voter registration and voter suppression.   All are invited to attend this free event.

ECLC SHARES CELEBRATES EXTRAORDINARY LUTHERAN MINISTRIES:  Hey, Facebook users!  Each time you’re at ECLC, but sure to “Check In” with a public status sharing something great about ECLC---for every Check In, ECLC will donate money to our ECLC Shares Ministry Partner of the Month.  50 people Checked In to support 66 West in September…how many will support Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries’ GLBTQ ministry in October? Email Lauren if you have questions.

THRIVENT FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: Savvy Social Security Planning. If you were born before 1954, recent legislation affected some Social Security strategies. Join local representative Ann Marie Wilson for a free session for those in or nearing retirement, including information on the new law. Four sessions to choose from being held at ECLC. Thursday, October 20 at 5pm or 7pm or Tuesday, November 1 - 5pm or 7pm. Please call 952-358-3450 or email to reserve a place for yourself and a guest. You may also register at Coffee and small snacks will be served.