GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY
Join us at the site of the new building for a Groundbreaking Ceremony and Celebration at 9:45 am on Sunday, October 11. This will be a fun, intergenerational event! Grab a shovel and a hardhat! Everyone who wants to can participate! Afterwards, join us in the Fellowship Hall for snacks and a "Dirt Dessert" table! Make and eat a Dirt Dessert to commemorate the occasion!"

IT’S OUR TURN …TO DECIDE
ECLC took a major step this past Sunday when we voted with excitement to move forward with our construction and remodeling project. Now the hard work moves from meetings and planning to hammers, nails, saws and sawdust! It’s Our Turn to actively participate as we take this major step for mission and ministry at ECLC – for the present and for those who come after us. 

Watch your mailbox, as in the next few days you will receive a mailing from ECLC with information to help you decide what resources you can commit to support our Annual Budget and also what gift you can give to fund the building project, transforming our ministry for many years to come. Everyone’s gifts are needed!  It’s Our Turn...To Decide.

BUILDING DESIGN COMMITTEE UPDATE
This is an exciting time for ECLC! On behalf of the BDC, thank you to everyone for your interest, good questions, and support for the design process. We soon will wrap up our work as we hand the project off to the Construction Committee. An additional thank you to those who attended the congregational meeting to vote on this important step.

ECLC members are welcome to attend a meeting with Excel AV Group on Thursday, October 1, at 4:30 p.m., regarding the design of our new sanctuary sound system.

Please thank these BDC members for their steadfast work these past several years: Marilyn David, Mary Dee Hicks, Harlan Johnson, Dan Mason, Jerry Ritter, Dawn Rundman, Erik Strand, Jim Strom; and these resource people who worked closely with the BDC: Kristian Clauser, Stephanie Coltvet Erdmann, Diane Helgeson, Eileen Supple.          - Camilla Madson

ACOLYTE TRAINING AND COMMISSIONING THIS SUNDAY!
We are excited to welcome your 4th grader (and new 5th-8th graders) to the world of acolyting! Training will take place this Sunday in the sanctuary and sacristy during Sunday School at 9:45 am. We encourage family to attend as well, to help with any forgotten tasks or nerves during those first few acolyting tries. Following the training, all new acolytes will be commissioned in worship. Questions are always good! Please contact Lauren or Kelly with questions.

GREAT NEIGHBORS AT ECLC! 
Three ECLC members were honored as Great Neighbors for the 150th Anniversary LSS Celebration. Johnathan Flak and Cheryl Persigehl for serving their congregation and community as volunteer musicians, board members, special project co-chairs, advocates for social justice and drivers to deliver food to LSS Rezek House.  Johnathan Flak is also a member of the National Lutheran Choir and sang at the Hymn Sing at Central Lutheran Church prior to the LSS Gala. And Dan Mason for his work with Camp Knutson extending beyond his 10 years as camp director and as a founding member of the camp’s advisory committee.  For 21+ years, Dan has recruited and screened, for LSS and with TSA, hundreds of volunteers to escort campers to and from their gates at the airport.  He has recruited and led a group of over 40 Camp Knutson volunteers from ECLC. Congratulations on being honored for your work for society.

FROM YOUR CARING 4 CREATION TEAM ( C4C )  Some dos & don’ts about recycling
Plastic bags: Plastic bags are enemy No. 1 for the facilities that process curbside recycling. They wind around the spinning shafts that help sort materials, constantly clogging the machines.
Please take them to your grocery store’s plastic bag recycling bins.
Pouches: Food pouches are an increasingly common form of packaging, but they are very difficult to recycle. Try not to purchase items packed in pouches.
Loose bottle caps: Loose bottle caps are so small that they contaminate the glass stream. They should be screwed back on the bottles that are being recycled.

BIRTHDAY BAG DONATIONS FOR VEAP
Donations of cake mix, frosting, birthday candles, birthday plates and napkins, and small toys $2-$5 are needed for birthday bags for children visiting VEAP between now and Sunday, October 11. Please drop them at the blue bin at the Sign Up Center. We will pack birthday bags together at 9:45 on Sunday, October 18!

WIT: WOMEN IN TRANSITION--all women welcome!  Join us on Tuesday, October 13, 7-9 PM, at Vicki N's home. 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.

BEACON HOUSING CELEBRATION:  Join Beacon for its annual Building on Faith gathering sharing successes with each of its congregations, including ECLC.  Thursday, October 8 at Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer, 5400 Penn Ave S., Mpls. Email Lauren to RSVP.

DONUT TASTE TEST PARTY:  ECLC’s young-ish adults (you decide if that’s you!) are having the party of the year on Friday, October 9 from 6:30-9:00pm. Come to ECLC to taste test some of the Twin Cities’ best donuts…it’s a donut crawl, without the crawl! FREE childcare in the nursery + board games for all of us while we eat.  RSVP to Lauren there is a $5 suggested donation to cover costs.  

BOOK CONVERSATION: 
On Wed, 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, who Is described as “Tattooed, angry and profane, this former standup comic turned pastor stubbornly, sometimes hilariously, resists the God she feels called to serve,” this book debuted at #8 on the New York Times bestseller list.  Email Lauren at lmorsewendt@eclc.orgto join the conversation!