INTRODUCING CHEF JEFF RILEY TONIGHT we begin a new venture with Chef Jeff Catering on (w)Holy Wednesdays! Chef Jeff Catering is a local organization that we believe not only provides great meals but shares our passion for building community within and beyond our walls.

In the midst of our busy lives we will be both energized and lightened as we enter ECLC on (w)Holy Wednesdays with a deep breath, anticipating a community meal and a nourishing activity.

Chef Jeff meals will be catered nearly every Wednesday so please reserve your meals as you participate in these evenings.

We will share menus in advance and they will indicate the gluten free, dairy free, and vegetarian items. While you are invited to have a catered meal it is not required in order to participate in the evening’s activities.

As prepared and ready as we plan to be we expect there could be a few hitches as we settle into a comfortable routine. We are excited to welcome 100+ diners tonight to experience the Chef Jeff TACO BAR!!


JOIN US TONIGHT FOR (W)HOLY WEDNESDAY! Wholeness is about experiencing God’s gift of grace as fully as possible. (w)Holy Wednesdays, a monthly community event beginning tonight, will gather us together to nurture our whole, holy selves. All ages are invited to gather around food, share a moment of reflection, and then move into one of several activities. The evening begins at 5:30 and concludes at 8 pm. Come for any part or for all of the evening! Child care will be provided. Bring your whole and holy selves to church tonight! Please join us at 6:15 for devotions before we move to break-out activities at 6:30 if you did not RSVP for a meal this evening.


MISSION TEAM GATHERING: Passionate about ECLC’s involvement in social justice? Come for a conversation with the mission team as we make budget decisions, plan for mission partner liaison gatherings, and imagine how to engage the whole congregation in mission decisions this Thursday the 12 at 6:30pm at ECLC. Email Deacon Lauren with questions

SUNDAY! ECLC BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS! Everyone! Bring your backpacks and book bags to worship this Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 & 11 am for a Blessing of the Backpacks, and special gift. As the new school year begins, we give God thanks for all children, teachers, educators, mentors, volunteers, and schools.

SUNDAY! 3 YEAR OLD FAITH MILESTONE: WELCOME TO SUNDAY SCHOOL! Children new to preschool (usually age 3) are welcomed to Sunday School with a special blessing, and their very own Jesus Storybook Bible, presented to them by their parents and the congregation in worship this Sunday, Sept. 15!

LOAVES AND FISHES NEEDS YOU: Volunteers are needed to prep (2:00-3:30) and serve (5:00-7:00) a meal with Loaves & Fishes community kitchen (2448 18th Ave S., Mpls) next Tuesday, September 17. Prep helpers are especially needed! Ages 8 through adult. Email ECLC Mission Partner Liaison Kathy K to sign up.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR NEW 66 WEST RESIDENTS: 66West is getting new residents in October, and needs supplies for Dale's Closet. If you can donate any of the following new items, thank you! 3 sheet sets (Full size, XLong); 3 pillows; 3 toasters (two slots); 3 measuring cups and spoons; 3 can openers; 3 oven mitts, potholders and dish towels. Bring to the church by Tuesday, September 17. Contact Meredith D with any questions.

A(ll) B(elong in ) C(hoir)! Easy as 1, 2, 3! Join us on a few Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary and sing some lovely music together while we laugh and chat and connect. You can choose one of our three ‘projects’ of any size or come to them all – A, B, C, easy as 1, 2, 3! Contact Melissa for more information. “C” you soon!
1) Choir A: rehearse 9/18, sing in church 9/22
2) Choir B: rehearse 9/25 & 10/2 sing in church 10/6
3) Choir C: rehearse 10/30, 11/6 & 11/20, sing in church 11/24

MARCH FOR PEACE WITH ST PAULS: Join our sibling congregation for a lighted lantern peace march on Saturday, September 21 as they rally for peace in the neighborhood (2742 15th Ave S., Mpls). Come at 5pm for a puppet show and festival, too! Email Lauren to RSVP.

RACIAL JUSTICE ACTION AND ADVOCACY TEAM The Racial Justice Action and Advocacy Team is hosting a book discussion of Dear Church by Lenny Duncan on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30. This book challenges us to ask the hard questions around racial justice and the church. Sign up at the sign-up center. For more information, contact Sandy H.

VOLUNTEER COOKS AT OPEN ARMS: One or two more volunteer cooks are needed to join Team ECLC during Open Arms' Cook-A-Thon from 11am-1pm on Friday, September 27th. Interested in helping this great non-profit that cooks and delivers food to people with life-threatening illnesses? Email ECLCer George E.

PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVES: VIEWING OF “THE WANTED 18” Join us for a free showing of the film “The Wanted 18” at ECLC on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 pm with an informal, guided discussion following. “The Wanted 18” is a documentary about Palestinians who wanted to start a small local dairy during the first Intifada by hiding a herd of 18 dairy cows from Israeli security forces when the dairy collective was deemed a threat to Israel’s national security. The film, with stop-motion animation, relies on the perspective of the celebrity cows. Please RSVP to Carla Carlson at A free will offering to support the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem is welcome. This film is one of 16 locations featuring short- and feature-length films about the occupied Palestinian territories, many by Palestinian directors and student film makers, as part of the series “Palestinian Perspectives: A Film Festival.”