BUILDING DESIGN COMMITTEE (BDC) UPDATE
View the Building Plans this Sunday!  Updated plans for our building project will be displayed in the fellowship hall each Sunday in September. Come between services or after the second service to see the floor plans, site plan, exterior elevations, and renderings of the sanctuary. We'd love to hear your thoughts.
Revised Project Estimate Last week's BDC meeting was rescheduled for this coming week as the updated estimate was not yet ready. The BDC will review the estimate and work with the architect and construction company to make adjustments as needed to bring it in line with the project budget.  Contact Camilla Madson with questions.

FALL INTO FABULOUS CHORAL MUSIC: Rehearsals begin for our fall adult choir season (September/October) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 9/9, to prepare wonderful tunes for worship and a special GIG at the GUTHRIE! Join us!

CELEBRATE A FIESTA WITH ST PAUL'S:  Join St. Paul's for a special evening out for ALL ages including Mexican food, music, and a raffle at their annual FIESTA on Saturday, September 12th anytime between 5-9pm at 2742 15th Ave S., Mpls.  Proceeds from food, games, & raffle benefit St. Paul's ministries.  Email Lauren to sign up or just show up.   

LOAVES & FISHES: This community kitchen needs our help feeding hungry neighbors. Sign up now to prepare the meal (1:30-3:00) or serve the meal (5:00-7:00) on Tuesday, September 15 at Holy Rosary (2448 18th AVe S. Mpls).  Email Carol to sign up.

SEARCHING FOR SUNDAY--AN HONEST BOOK CLUB:  Join the conversation on Rachel Held Evans' new memoir, Searching for Sunday. Book club will be at 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 9. We'll have an honest conversation about love and struggle in and with Christianity and the Church. Email Lauren to sign up.

SHORT STORY GROUP After our usual August hiatus, the Short Story group at ECLC will meet at the home of Vicky N. on Friday, September 25th, at 10am.  From the book “We Are the Stories We Tell”, we’ll be discussing the selection “Lust” by Susan Minot. All are welcome. Please join us. RSVP to Nancy.

RENEWAL SUNDAY: Gather with us on Renewal Sunday, September 13, at 9:45 am, as we launch the new Sunday School year with the theme: Kids Youth & Families as Change Agents in the World! Parents, teachers, volunteers in Children Youth & Family ministries, and kids of all ages should plan to attend. Pick up your own hard hat and tools for building faith on your way in. Add real LEGO pieces to our “Building the Church Together” wall as you leave. Even if you haven’t participated in CYF before, if you’re volunteering in other areas, or if it’s been a while since you’ve been a part of walking alongside our young people, all are welcome!

SUPPORT DETAINED IMMIGRANTS IN MINNESOTA JAILS: Concerned about U.S. detention practices but don’t know what to do?  Volunteer visitors are needed to simply show immigrants detained in MN jails that they are remembered through a trained visitor program.  A two part training with Conversations with Friends for monthly visitors will occur Monday, September 14 and Monday, September 21 from 6:45-8:45 at Springhouse Ministry Center, 610 W. 28th Street, Mpls. No second language is needed; all are invited to consider the opportunity. The training is NOT a commitment. Email Lauren to sign up.

RACIAL JUSTICE: Advocate. Educate. Show Up. You are invited to take part in raising Racial Justice awareness in our congregation. Whether you want to help plan initiatives or simply be a participant, there is a place for you.
Advocate. If you have a passion for addressing the systemic issues affecting people of color, please contact Mark S.
Educate. If you want to help our congregation learn, be challenged, and talk about white privilege and race, please contact Leslie S.
Show Up. If you want to lift up opportunities for our congregation to show up at events, vigils, or actions in our community or partnerships, please contact Mary R.

WOMEN IN TRANSITION: The next WIT meeting will be Tuesday, September 8 from 7-9 pm at Judy P’s home in Edina to discuss the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters at the End” by Atul Gawande.  If it’s a nice day, we’ll meet in the gazebo. But you might want to bring a sweater. Call Judy for more information.

SAVE THE DATE! LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY GALA SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26ECLC will have a table hosted by Larry Edlund. Tickets are $90.00 ($60.00 tax deductible). If interested contact Larry for more information. Or register and pay for tickets at www.lssmn.org/celebration and let Larry know to add you to the ECLC table.