November 10, 2021
if you were unable to join us for the first financial forum on November 1, we would like to present the opportunity for you to view a recording of the same material that was covered then. In addition, we will be presenting this information again on December 6, and will also include a live Q&A session and member to member connection.
To view the video recording, please click play.
|Dear ECLC friends,|
Starting in November 2021, ECLC will offer the following Sunday worship and programming opportunities:
9:30 and 11:00am Sundays: Worship in the sanctuary
11:00am: Live stream Worship from the sanctuary here.
Anytime: Worship recording from the sanctuary on our website here.
Sunday School will adopt a hybrid model, including:
Indoor Sunday School: 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sunday of the Month from 10:30-11:00
Online Sunday School: 4th Sunday of the Month from 10:30-11:00
Outdoor experience: November 28th with details forthcoming
We recognize that in-person gatherings all carry some risk, and we seek to lower that risk. Worship in the sanctuary will remain at 50% capacity (90 people) and require RSVPs here. Masks for ages 2 and up are required. All of these protocols and plans will be re-evaluated on a monthly basis and shared with the congregation.
The ECLC Pandemic Task Force would like to thank you for filling out the brief survey this month. The results included 184 out of just under 300 ECLC active member households. The results indicated that 44% of households intended to worship in the sanctuary, 24% did not intend to worship in the sanctuary, and 32% were unsure. It was clear that many households intend to continue using the online worship options (36%).
About 96% of the households reported all people over 12 years were vaccinated. This led the Task Force to conclude that nearly all of the eligible people who intend to worship indoors will be vaccinated. In addition, among the households with children under 12 years, about 64% plan to worship indoors after the children are vaccinated, while 20% plan to worship indoors in November and 16% are uncertain when they will worship indoors.
We recognize both the needs and the desires of our congregational community are diverse, and will continue to seek to offer worship and programming opportunities that meet that broad range. May the spirit continue to move as we re-form this season.
The Pandemic Task Force
October 20, 2021
Our gifts can be an offering of gratitude as we join with one another and give thanks for our ECLC community and the joy of living out our faith with one another.
As we continue to meet the needs of our congregation and support our mission partners, it will take our collective efforts to continue this impactful work. Last year, 239 households or about 75% of the congregation, made commitments to support the mission and ministry of the church. That is incredible!
The work of our congregation requires dedicated staff members, welcoming worship and gathering spaces, and a commitment to supporting our partners. These three critical areas make up 85% of the budget and ensure the activities and outreach we experience here can continue and grow.
We’ll need each person engaged so we can see our community and mission partners continue to thrive. How might mission and ministry be able to expand if 100% of households are able to participate this year? This is where your commitment of any amount can make a difference. It’s what we can do together that is powerful. We’re excited to share that 100% of our Council of Ministers have made their commitments and invite you to join them in giving and gratitude this year.
As we each make our annual commitments, please consider what a meaningful gift would look like for you right now. We recognize each person is in a different giving position. We invite you to reflect on where you’re at and participate in a way that makes sense for you. You may make a commitment directly to Kienan Mick, Director of Finance & Administration.
To build a solid financial foundation for ECLC, we’ll need an increase in financial commitments of 3.5% for 2022. We’ve set an ambitious goal of $1 Million in commitments. This number is big, but what we want you to focus on is how you can participate alongside others in our community. It’s our collective efforts that honor God as we seek to live out our mission as a congregation.
Please prayerfully consider how you can participate this year and see how your gift unites with others to make an impact!
Sarah Martin, ECLC Minister of Stewardship
September 29, 2021
This month, ECLC welcomes 21 Mission Partner Liaisons to serve as champions for each one of our Mission Partners. God is in transformational relationship with us, and so we strive to be in transformational relationships with each of our mission partner communities by serving with, learning about, advocating for, giving to, and praying on each one of our 21 partners. We give thanks for the 21 members listed here who are committing to a year of leadership as Mission Partner Liaisons, engaging ECLCers in their partner ministry and sharing updates from that partner.
While the pandemic has changed how we connect with our partners, our liaisons have ensured that our partnerships have remained strong. Whether it’s through zoom educational forums, masked in-person volunteering, Mission Partners of the Month prayed for in worship, or outdoor advocacy events, our connections are deep. Look for opportunities to support our partners each week in e-news, email the liaison listed here, or email Deacon Lauren to stay up to date on opportunities with a specific mission partner.
Mission Partner Liaisons, thank you for using your God-given gifts to live out your faith through our mission partnerships---the fruits of your labor are multiplied by the whole congregation of ECLC!
Deacon Lauren & the Mission Committee