GROUND BREAKING  This Sunday morning at 9:45, we will gather on the east lawn of the church to break ground for our new building. We’ll gather for a brief liturgy and then begin to move some dirt in anticipation of the big earth movers coming on site in the weeks ahead. There will be opportunity for everyone to dig a shovelful.  Kids, bring your shovels so you can help dig!  We’ll dig a bit and then go back to the Fellowship Hall for celebration treats – including some creative ‘dirt’ treats!  This is a very important day in the life of our congregation. You won’t want to miss it. It’s Our Turn …To Dig In!

BIRTHDAY BAGS—MOST NEEDED ITEMS:  Please bring donations to the sign up center for VEAP Birthday Bags by THIS Sunday, Oct 11. Most needed items are frosting, birthday plates, and birthday napkins (try the dollar store!).   Thank you!

THE RACIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION group will meet on Tuesday, October 13th at 7:00 pm at ECLC.  Please join us as we construct a plan to help ECLC become more educated about Racial Justice issues. All are welcome to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Leslie Swiggum.

SHORT STORY GROUP The ECLC Short Story group will meet at the home of Diane Helgeson on Friday, October 16 at 10am.  We will be discussing 3 very short stories, pages 255-263 from the book “We Are the Stories We Tell.” All are welcome to join us. RSVP to Diane.

WIT: WOMEN IN TRANSITION--all women welcome!  Join us on Tuesday, October 13, 7-9 PM, at the home of Vicki Norstog. Our guest, Steve Sims, will help us continue our discussion of the book, "Being Mortal". Steve recently retired from the Fairview system, where he was manager of hospice services.

BOOK CONVERSATION:  On Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30pm, join ECLC for a conversation of “Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People” written by Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber. Email Lauren to join the conversation!

KNOW AND SUPPORT LUTHERAN CAMPUS MINISTRY!  ECLC is teaming up with Lutheran Campus Ministry of the U of M to support this young adult ministry that invites students to Be Curious. Be Real. Be Community. Through 9pm worship, interfaith experiences, and being a listening ear, LCM is an essential presence at the U. But, its budget is challenged…and ECLC want to help!  ECLC’s Mission Team will match all ECLC donations to LCM up to $1000 before Oct 15th.  Write a check to ECLC with LCM in the memo line or give online at www.eclc.org and designate LCM.  Read more at http://umnlutheran.org  Contact Lauren with questions.

MEA VOLUNTEERING:  Adults and kids ages 5 and up are invited to volunteer at Community Emergency Service packing groceries on Thursday, October 15th from 9:00-10:30!  Packing groceries for homebound client is a great introduction to sharing food and creating food justice.  Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org to sign up.

MOSAICS, ST. PAUL’S, AND COMMUNITY:  Join Serve & Socialize next Wednesday, Oct 14 as we visit St. Paul’s Lutheran (2742 15th Ave S., Mpls) for conversation around immigration, arts, and community, followed by serving through a community art project and lunch in the neighborhood.  Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.org to come!

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.