SAVE THE DATE--BUILDING DEDICATION CELEBRATION:  
Celebrate the ministry of ECLC's past, present, and future as we dedicate our new building to ministry to uplifts God's YES for the whole world.  Save the Date for a Dedication Celebration from 5-7pm on Saturday, November 5th at ECLC, including a reception with appetizers, inspiring program, fun together, and free childcare provided.  A suggested donation of $20 covers costs. Then, gather for worship at 8:30 or 11:00 on All Saints Sunday, November 6th, with a special blessing of our ministry space in worship. 

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, http://protectmn.org 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. 

EXODUS BIBLE STUDY 
In the book of Exodus, we learn that God prepares, calls, leads and forgives a chosen people—then and now. Join Catherine Malotky for 5 weeks, starting Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. for an exploration of how the themes of Exodus continue to be central to our lives today. Study Guides are $8.50. Sign up at the Signup Center.

HOLDEN IN 2017 
Five years ago a group of nearly 20 people from ECLC embarked on a journey to Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center in the mountains near Lake Chelan, Washington. Next summer, we hope to travel to Holden again. We will have an open informational meeting on Sunday, October 16 after the 11 a.m. worship service. Interested? Come to the info meeting or talk with Pastor Stephanie.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY SERVICE DURING MEA:  
Ages 5 through adult are invited to pack grocery bags for homebound clients of CES' food shelf on Thursday, October 20th. Located at 1900 11th Ave S., CES serves thousands in need...and needs tons of volunteers to keep it running each day.  RSVP to Lauren.

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.

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 24th 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.

WHITE PRIVILEGE VIDEO
During last Sunday’s forum, we watched a 20 minute video on Racism, White Privilege and Fragility by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. You can view it and find related resources at: http://www.gcorr.org/video/vital-conversations-on-racism-with-dr-robin-diangelo/

OCTOBER ECOFAITH TEAM TIP
Window Washing made environmentally friendly, easy, and effective! You will need 1) hot water and 2) two microfiber cloths (it's important that these haven't been washed using fabric softener or dryer sheets). Use one microfiber cloth, moistened with hot water and wrung out, to clean the window.  Dry with the other microfiber cloth for a sparkling window with no streaks.

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. Call 952-358-3450 or email mira.moline@thrivent.com to reserve a place for yourself and a guest. You may also register at www.Thrivent.com/findaworkshop. Coffee and snacks will be served.