CONGREGATIONAL LETTER TO TREE OF LIFE SYNAGOGUE
During this time of mourning and fear, we seek to stand with the people of Tree of Life Synagogue. A letter for Tree of Life community members, which can be read here, will be mailed on Monday. All ECLCers are invited to sign the paper copy, which will be at a station in the grand concourse outside the sanctuary on Thursday before All Saints worship, and throughout the day Sunday. We hope to send a letter overflowing with names of all who stand in solidarity with their grieving community at this time, as well as send a strong public statement that we will fight against anti-semitism. If you have questions, please contact Lauren.
SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK NEXT WEEKEND Daylight Saving Time Ends on Sunday, November 4. Don’t Forget to set your clocks back on Saturday night and grab an extra hour of sleep!
SUNDAY FORUM: Partnering to Feed Those in Need- Lonny Evans, Director of Volunteers and Outreach for Loaves and Fishes, will discuss the mission, vision, history and future of Loaves and Fishes. This forum will provide an opportunity for questions and further discussion in attempt to personalize the experience of serving with Loaves and Fishes and encourage ongoing participation. Join us on November 4 in the Sanctuary at 9:45 a.m. during the Education Hour.
NOV. 11 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. Click here for the full fall Sunday Forum schedule. Questions or ideas? Reach out to Liz Peterson, Minister of Adult Faith Formation.
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.
FREE MONEY FOR ECLC! If you order products from amazon.com you can ensure that ECLC automatically gets 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products! All you have to do is: 1) order from smile.amazon.com rather than just amazon.com and 2) go to “Your AmazonSmile” in the menu and declare Edina Community Lutheran Church as your charity. Simple! It’s similar to Thrivent policyholders directing their Choice Dollars to ECLC.
MEALS ON WHEELS DRIVERS ARE NEEDED for Friday, November 2nd. This vital ministry is a great way to bring community to the home-bound and elderly of Edina, Richfield, and SW Minneapolis. Meet at United Methodist Church of Peace (6345 Xerxes Ave) at 11am. All instructions and training are provided, and in total it takes 1-1.5 hrs. Kids of any age are welcome to join! Sign up at the sign-up counter.
EXTRA OR EXCESSIVE HALLOWEEN CANDY AROUND YOUR HOUSE? Bring it to ECLC to donate to our local Edina Meals on Wheels chapter. From November 4-11th, you can drop off Halloween candy donations at the sign-up center.
HEALING PRAYER SERVICE 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.
Open Invitations from Members…
HOLY LAND LECTURE: ECLC’s Bright Stars of Bethlehem mission partner liaison, Carla C, invites you to join her to hear Palestinian-American Dr. Souheil Ailabouni talk about his childhood life in an Arab Christian village near Nazareth and why he made the painful choice to leave and immigrate to America. Sunday, November 11th at 11am at Lord of Life Lutheran in Maple Grove. Email Carla for more details.