OCT. 1 SUNDAY FORUM: Stewardship: Bold Living, Generous Giving:  Listen, learn, and share your thoughts on all the ways we can live the Gospel even more boldly, and give generously in this time and place.

SUNDAY MORNING PARENTING EXPERIENCE: ECLC is kicking off a monthly event on Sunday, October 8 for parents of all ECLC kids, from Lambs to High school, to meet and talk between worship services. Save the date and watch for details!

ECLC RACIAL JUSTICE CALL TO ACTION Last February, our congregation made a bold statement to express our commitment toward Racial Justice. We are calling all ECLC folks who feel called to this mission to gather at ECLC on Monday, October 9 at 7 pm. We can all play a part in making the world that God loves a more just and equitable place. Let’s rise up, roll up our sleeves, and work together!

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONNECT - Pumpkin Carving on Saturday October 14 at 4pm for all Middle school families. Siblings & other interested church friends are welcome to join us for Pumpkin carving & decorating, pizza & snacks and a hot tub. We’ll gather at a member's home.  Please RSVP to Michelle.

BIRTHDAY BAGS FOR PRE-TEENS!  Between now and October 22nd, donate cake mix, frosting, and birthday plates, napkins, and candles for VEAP food shelf. This year, we pack bags especially for 10-12 year old boys and girls—$3-$5 items are also needed!  Ideas: nail polish, lip gloss, hair accessories, mini-Lego sets, balls, art sets, stress balls, fidget spinners.

WE’RE ENDING HOMELESSNESS TOGETHER: Join over 50 ECLCers for Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative’s annual Ending Homelessness Together luncheon on Wednesday, October 25 at Noon at the Mpls Convention Center.  Hear from current residents and experience how we with Beacon are making change, including at 66 West!  This is a free luncheon with a fundraising ask.  Email Lauren to RSVP.

CELEBRATING 500 YEARS OF REFORMATION THROUGH MUSIC Vänskä conducts the Reformation Symphony at Orchestra Hall on Friday, November 3rd at 8 pm. Tickets $25. Sign up at the sign-up center. Carpooling will be offered.

IMMIGRATION BOOK DISCUSSION:  Pick up the book Faces of Change, short true stories from residents of Pelican Rapids, MN, a small town positively transformed by its new immigrant residents. Join a book conversation on Monday, November 13th!  Sign up at the Sign Up Center.

HOUSTON DISASTER RECOVERY TRIP: A note from the Synod: First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights is coordinating a recovery trip to Houston from November 12-18. Skilled and unskilled workers will work under the direction of local disaster response leaders -- from mucking out to rebuilding walls. Since it is a 20-hour bus ride, a half day of work is anticipated for Monday; the group will work through Friday and return to Twin Cities on Saturday. Participants will likely sleep on the floor of a church in Houston. Each person needs to bring their own sleeping mat, bag, and pillow. Showers will be available each day. The cost of the bus and food will be divided by participants, estimated to be about $400 per person. This trip is open to anyone who is a willing worker. Those interested can register using the link on First Lutheran website.