ALL SAINTS DAY:   The custom of commemorating on a single day all the saints of the church, especially the many unknown martyrs, originated in the fourth century. By the eighth century, the festival commemorating all saints had been moved in England and Ireland to November 1 in order to Christianize the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain which marked the beginning of winter and communal attention to the dead. In current Christian use, the day is dedicated to thanksgiving for all the unnamed who died in the Lord. In many assemblies, the names of those who have died over the previous twelve months are read aloud, a practice originally associated with All Souls Day on November 2. The conflation of the two emphases fits with the belief that all the Christian dead are saints.    The close proximity of the baptismal font and the columbarium at ECLC signifies our trust in the promise made in baptism that we are children of God in life, in death and in the resurrection. This Sunday we will again light candles in memory of the beloveds who have gone before us.

SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK NEXT WEEKEND  Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday, Nov. 1st. Don’t Forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night and grab an extra hour of sleep!

THE FINAL FAREWELLThe parsonage was torn down on Tuesday, October 27. Want to know what else has been happening with ECLC's building project? Then check out our photo blog about the construction process.

THE RACIAL JUSTICE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE will meet Sunday, November 1 from 6 - 7:30 pm.  All are welcome to join us. Contact Mark S. or Geoff B. if you have questions.

RACIAL JUSTICE:  On Friday, November 6 at 7:00pm we are joining First Universalist Church for a discussion on racial justice and how we can create a better tomorrow with author Debby Irving of “Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.” Sign up at the Sign up Center.

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 H. will reflect on her trips to Central America and show a video, "Generations in Solidarity: A Sister Parish Story."

CRISTO DE PAZ’ LEADER, PASTOR CONCHI IS VISITING ECLC!  Please join us for these events in November! Sat., Nov. 14: 11am: All ages service project benefitting CES, 5pm: Welcome reception for Scholarship Sponsors; Sun., Nov. 15: 8:15 and 11:00am: Pastor Conchi will preach in worship, 9:45am: Pastor Conchi will lead the Sunday Forum,  12pm: All congregation lunch; Mon., Nov. 16: 9:30am: Brunch and discussion on health care and the Lutheran Church in El Salvador, 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.

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

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.

NEW TO ECLC? COME TO ECLC 101:  Just getting to know ECLC? Considering officially becoming a member? Come to ECLC on Sun, Nov 1 and Sun, Nov 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! 

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 17th from Noon-1pm at the Mpls Convention Center. Sue C. is the co-chair of the event, Erik S. 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, Nov 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.