DOROTHY COLBURN MEMORIAL SERVICE ECLC member Dorothy Colburn died on Sunday, September 16th. Dorothy was the choir director at ECLC in the 1970s and 80s. Please keep Dorothy’s family in your prayers as they grieve her death and give thanks for her life. The funeral will take place at ECLC on Monday, October 1st at 11 am, with a visitation at 10:30 am. Lunch will follow the service. The family requests memorials in lieu of flowers to: Edina Community Lutheran Church Capital Appeal.

MORE DATES ADDED FOR THE PICTURE DIRECTORY! We’re getting a new picture directory and would like every member to have their photo included! October 16th and 17th have just been added to the schedule and only a few slots are still open for October 2-6 so choose your preferred date now!

HEALING PRAYER We will hold simple services for healing prayer on October 14 and November 14 from 6:30-7:00 pm in the sanctuary. Join together for a time of quiet prayer, singing, anointing and individual prayers for our lives, our church and our world.

BREAK BREAD & SHARE STORIES: You are invited to a casual gathering to share stories and process our grief together. Gather on Saturday, September 22nd at 10am at the Minneapolis home of Jonathan & Cheryl. Email Lauren to RSVP.

FALL 2018 ADULT FAITH FORMATION: Forums will resume on Sunday, September 30th from 9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary. This fall, we look forward to learning and growing through:

  • a 3-part series on Racial Justice, including visits from guest musician Wanda Battle and Pastor Babette Chapman from Redeemer Lutheran Church. On September 30th, Jason Sole, the former president of Minneapolis NAACP, and Paul Schnell, Chief of Police in Inver Grove Heights, will join us for the first session, Black and Blue: Exploring the Tension between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement.

  • a 2-part series on Immigration, which will provide facts and action steps for advocating for change for our immigrant neighbors

  • visits from local professors Dr. Tim Lensmire, author of the book White Folks, and Dr. Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, director of St. Olaf's Race and Ethnic Studies

Interested in the full fall calendar for Adult Faith Formation? Click here! Questions or comments? Reach out to Liz Peterson, Minister of Adult Faith Formation.

SING WITH THE CHOIR IN OCTOBER The ECLC Adult choir will be taking a 3-week break from our fall rehearsals to make room for the grief, exhaustion, conversations, photo directories and other 'ordinary time' events in this extraordinary time in our congregation. We will resume on Wednesday, October 10th from 7-8 p.m. for 3 rehearsals (10/10, 10/17, 10/24) to prepare for Reformation Sunday on 10/28. Please consider joining in with us for this brief window of commitment and lift your voices and sing till earth and heaven ring.

CAREGIVER CONVERSATIONS: Friends and family caring for a loved one are warmly invited to Caregiver Conversations, which meets the third Thursday of the month – September 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the youth room at ECLC.

GOOD NEWS! We are pleased that ECLC member Jonathan Rundman has begun seminary studies at Luther Seminary. We are even more pleased that he has been placed with ECLC and with Pastor Jeff for his Christian Public Leader contextual learning. He will work with confirmation and youth initially, and will expand to gain further pastoral experience for up to 5 hours per week. Welcome Seminarian Jonathan to ECLC in his new role among us!

POWER, PAIN, POLITICS, & THE POLL: Hennepin County residents concerned about the inhumanity of mass incarceration and deportation are invited to join us at the ISAIAH Candidate Forum happening next Sunday, September 23rd from 2-4:45pm at New Creation Church (1922 N. 25th Ave, MplS). This will be a powerful opportunity to hear candidates for the county office elections who will likely get little media airtime because the focus will be very much on the federal level. Two major focuses will be lifting up justice and community in the criminal justice system and keeping all of our families safe and together by getting ICE out of Hennepin County. For a list of invited candidates and to register, check out www.tinyurl.com/powerpain.

BIBLE STUDY RETURNS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 Gather with others on Thursday mornings each week at 10 a.m. to discuss scripture passages. No preparation or prior study of scripture is necessary. Bring your questions, your curiosity and an open spirit to learn from one another about the Bible’s meaning for our lives today. Anyone is welcome. We will meet in the Creekside room.

REDUCE THE STIGMA—JOIN ECLC AT THE NAMI WALK: Join the largest mental health awareness walk in MN on Saturday, September 22nd at 1pm at Minnehaha Falls. Join the ECLC team and thousands of other walkers as we raise awareness and funds for ECLC’s mission partner, MN’s office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and its education, support group, and public policy work.

CIVIL RIGHTS TRIP—MARCH 2019 Mark and Leslie S. are planning a Civil Rights Movement trip for March 23 - 30, 2019. An informational meeting will be held on Sunday, September 23rd between worship services. If you are unable to attend this meeting, but are interested in joining us, please e-mail Mark or Leslie.