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Fall Worship Schedule Begins on Renewal Sunday

August 3, 2022

As we move through these final summer days, we are preparing for the start of a new school year and with that a new worship schedule. Beginning Sunday, September 11, we will shift back to two worship times with faith formation activities offered for all ages between worship services. Sunday School, Confirmation, and High School Youth Group will gather on Sunday mornings. Adult Faith Formation will offer occasional Sunday morning Forums in the fall as well as week-day book studies, evening series, and other educational and spiritual enrichment offerings. The Adult Faith Formation Committee also plans to invite the wider community beyond our church family into some evening events. Stay tuned for more information about our fall plans as the weeks unfold!

  9:00am: Worship (with livestream)
10:10am: Faith Formation for All Ages
11:00am: Worship


ECLC Heads North!

July 20, 2022

On Monday, July 18, five youth and two adults headed north to Wilderness Canoe Base (WCB) for 4-night canoe trip. While they are on trail, several households from ECLC will come up to WCB for intergenerational camp and will greet them when they return to base. We’ll all have a day together before we return home to the Twin Cities.

Please keep our canoers (Sarah, Adam, Anna, Tjostel, Finn, Anita, and Ben) and all of our other campers in your prayers —that they might grow deeper in relationship with one another and learn the importance of treading lightly on the earth. And mark your calendars for Sunday, August 14 when we’ll hear them share stories and photos of their time in God’s beautiful creation.

Prayer of the Voyageur by Dave Johnson
Help me, Lord, to leave my hurried life behind.
Help me know the quiet life within thy templed trees and lakes to find.
Give me eyes to see each task upon the trail.
Give me faith to know thine eyes will never fail.
Grant me patience when the portage paths seem long.
Grant me grace to share with friends in Word and song.
Plan clean wings upon my feet which now with laden shoes are shod.
Silence me, O Christ, I would be still and know that thou art God. Amen.


Mission Partner of the Month - Loaves & Fishes

July 6, 2022

You’ve seen the name pop up every other month at ECLC, but what is it and why should you care? Loaves and Fishes was founded in 1982 through a meal program at a dining site in Minneapolis. This has expanded greatly to numerous sites throughout the Twin Cities and the state on Minnesota. Their mission is simple, “To provide healthy meals to Minnesotans in areas where need is greatest.” You think that’s awesome? Well good news, you can join in on the fun! ECLC partners with Loaves and Fishes and every other month, we host a meal prep and serve at Holy Rosary in Minneapolis. Even better news, there is a volunteer opportunity this month! We need 6 people to help prep a delicious meal and then serve it to the people in need of food in the community. Right now, to be COVID conscious, the meals are prepared to go and handed out at a window to people, but originally and hopefully soon, we would all sit and eat together. There are so many stories and lives to be shared. Cooking stresses you out? Great news! We have a recipe we use every other month that is a crowd pleaser. Please consider helping this cause and reach out with any questions. Our next date is July 19 and we will need 6-8 people to prep from 2 - 3:30 pm, then 6-8 people to serve from 5 - 6:30 pm. We did not have enough people last time so please consider as it would be greatly appreciated and we will get you out on time. Can’t stay the whole time? No worries, any time is greatly appreciated. 


Fall Theme: Deep Roots 

June 29, 2022

In these unsettling days, where do you find your strength, nurture, and stability? What is helping you draw up support? What anchors your spirit? What is helping you grow?  
 
These are all functions of healthy, strong roots.  

Saint Paul wrote, “Continue to live your lives in Christ, rooted and built up, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  

As we prepare for what we anticipate will be our first somewhat “normal” fall, we are aware that for many the past couple of years have been lean times. We have felt untethered from community. Like roots, so much of what has helped us in these times has been unseen, and sometimes unnamed.  

Our theme, Deep Roots, will invite us to explore together where we are getting our strength, where we are finding our sustenance, and from where we might draw up hope to bear witness. As we plan around this theme, we would value your insights.  

  • What are you rooted to that doesn’t serve you well?  
  • Are there ways being uprooted can be helpful?  
  • What keeps you connected to the most important things in your life?  
  • How might church help you nurture your roots so that you have energy, vitality, and stability? 

One of our five priorities in our current strategic plan is: “Develop deep spirituality in all aspects of our ministries and our life together.” This fall we will delve into this priority through this theme, Deep Roots. Being rooted in Christ, love, community, liturgy, scripture, prayer, gratitude, and more is what allows us to give witness to love and justice at God’s welcome table and in the world.  

Please email, call, text or talk to us about where you find your rootedness and what helps your roots to grow. 

Pastor Anna and Pastor Jeff  


Statement on Reproductive Rights

June 15, 2022

On Monday the Executive Committee approved a statement on reproductive justice. The statement will go to the Council of Ministers to be ratified at their next meeting later this month. This originated from a group of ECLC members, and was drawn from an official social statement of the ELCA and a Pastoral Message from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Having this statement will help our church respond to the anticipated SCOTUS ruling later this month. Watch for opportunities to get involved in ensuring reproductive justice. A portion of the statement is posted below; click here to read the full statement. 

Edina Community Lutheran Church declares and advocates actively for public policy to ensure that:

  • Abortion is legal, regulated, and accessible to all
  • People who choose to have legal abortions are not harassed or prevented from accessing abortion due to economic or other factors
  • Reproductive health care, including contraception, is legal and accessible to all

Campaign Celebration on Pentecost Sunday

June 1, 2022

This Sunday, June 5, at our 9:30 a.m. worship service, we will dedicate the gifts and pledges that have been given and in anticipation of the many more to come, in joyful response to God’s “Yes” to us and to all Creation. 

Following worship, we will gather outdoors (weather permitting) after worship for food and fellowship for all ages from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Come and see how gifts might be used for our Love of God’s Creation

THANK YOU to the 53 households who have already made their pledges. We anticipate many more in the weeks and months to come as we launch this 3-year effort! 

Remember to Wear Red for Pentecost! June 5th is Pentecost, the fiftieth day of Easter, and we keep the resurrection of Christ by celebrating the Spirit of the risen Christ in our midst. 


Midday Worship: A Response to the Ongoing Horrific Acts of Violence in our World 

Thursday, May 26 at noon in ECLC Sanctuary

How long, O Lord? We cry out again with the prophets as the news of this day and this week and this month and this year has ripped our hearts open. Again. In the depths of this pain, we gather together to be close to the God who comes near to us in times of sorrow and tragedy and calls us to prophetic action. Join us in the sanctuary as we name, reflect, pray, and act in the face of horrific and ongoing acts of violence in our nation and world.


Summer Gatherings for Children, Youth, and Families at ECLC  

May 18, 2022

Outdoor Family Sunday School concludes this Sunday, May 22. Thanks to our Sunday School teachers, parents, and children for showing up together and growing deeper into relationship with one another. We’ve gathered in our winter coats around a fire and now in the springtime sunshine. In what ways will God call us into community this summer?

Story, Song, and Snack  This outdoor gathering for food, fellowship, and fun for all ages begins on Sunday, June 19 following 9:30am worship. To sign up to read a story, lead a song, or bring a snack, contact Pastor Anna.

Summer in the Park Playdates   ECLC parents and kids, meet new and old friends at these casual summer family get-togethers, Saturday mornings (9-11am) and Thursday evenings (6-8pm) throughout the summer. Similar to the winter sledding events you can sign up to “host” at a park near your house. And plan to attend the first playdate, Saturday June 11th, at Hyland Play Area in Bloomington!

Youth Summer Kick-Off! 6-12th grade youth and parents are invited to kick off the summer with an outdoor BBQ at a member's home on Sunday, June 5, from 5-8pm. Stop by when you can for casual fun, food, yard games, and an opportunity to reconnect! Beverages, meat and non-meat options will be provided for grilling. Last names A-L bring a salad/side to share, M-Z a dessert. Younger siblings are welcome! Please contact the church office to RVSP.


Capital Campaign Update

May 4, 2022

As we continue journeying through the launch of the capital campaign, we are imagining what “Yes” might mean for future mission and ministry at ECLC. You are invited to join in saying “Yes” during this month of May. On Pentecost Sunday, June 5, we will dedicate our gifts and pledges to in thanksgiving for God first saying “Yes” to us. 

Would you like to learn more? Informational gatherings for conversation and discussion are taking place, contact the church office for more details. During our time together we will share information on our goals for increased mission outreach, our outdoor spaces, and reducing our mortgage debt. You will not be asked to immediately make a pledge when we meet. We will provide information and then later, in the privacy of your home, you will be invited to give prayerful thought and reflection before you return your pledge card.


We Can Do This, Together!

April 27, 2022

My story and your story are not divided by boundaries, but are both reconciled within God’s story. 
“It is solved by walking.” ~ St. Augustine

We’ve been busy planning a fabulous summer for children, youth & families – together with Redeemer, St. Paul’s/San Pablo, Christ River of Life, and other advocates for change.

JAM (Justice, Arts, and Music) Camp is a vital part of ECLC’s commitment to growing love and justice at God’s welcome table and in the world – showing up with and for each other to overcome barriers and build community with an equity lens; reflecting the diverse, inclusive, and equitable world we imagine together. 

JAM Camp is a “pay what you can camp,” with up to half of our 40 campers relying on full scholarships. Camper costs now include meals for everyone, and transportation for those who need it. Please bring your checkbooks or cash to church this Sunday, May 1st to participate in a ECLC’s MAY DAY FUNDRAISER! 

Fundraising dollars are also needed for our middle school canoe trip to Wilderness Canoe Base trip this summer where our youth will grow in relationship with one another and connect with God’s creation as they learn to tread lightly on the earth. 


Easter: A Season of YES! 

April 20, 2022

Easter is upon us and this year we gather around the theme, “YES!” As we launch our capital campaign, which is titled, See what YES can do! we will celebrate many ways that God says yes to us and we say yes to God: Yes to New Life, Yes to Creation, Yes to Joy, Yes to Hope, Yes to Community, Yes to Baptism, Yes to Love. Watch for the ways this theme will be highlighted in worship each Sunday. 

We will use the following creed, based on the Apostle’s Creed but re-written, inspired by our theme. 

We say yes to God. Yes, to the Creative Spirit woven through all creation: God’s sacred imagination that calls us and all creation into being.

We say yes to Jesus. Yes, to the love of God in human form: The one in whom God lived and now lives among us, born as we are born, suffering as we suffer, dying as we die, and rising again, as we will rise.

We say yes to the Spirit. Yes, to being Christ’s body in the world: The sacred breath which challenges us and comforts us, forgives us and renews us, unites us with the saints, and holds for us the hope of heaven.

Yes Creator, Yes Christ, Yes Spirit, who first said yes to us, and in whose affirming Word we trust. Amen.


Holy Week at ECLC

Join us as we walk with Jesus on his intentional, determined march to confront the powers of injustice and oppression in his day, and to liberate all humanity and all creation forever. We remember his humble ride into Jerusalem, the final meal with his disciples, his death at the hands of the Roman authorities, his days of death in the tomb, and his resurrection that sweeps us all into a new life.

Holy Week Schedule

Maundy Thursday worship includes the ritual foot washing, an act of service and love Jesus called his disciples to observe. Maundy Thursday, April 14, worship services at 5:45 p.m. (child-focused) and 7:15 p.m. (7:15 live-streamed)

On Good Friday we will lament the ancient and contemporary pain of the world. Good Friday, April 15, worship services at 5:45 p.m. (child-focused) and 7:15 p.m. (7:15 live-streamed)

The Easter Vigil reenacts the ancient stories of God’s saving power, and we rejoice in the gift of baptism. The Easter Vigil worship service at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 16. (live-streamed)

On Easter Sunday we discover once again the joy of proclaiming, “Alleluia!” Easter Sunday, April 17, worship services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. (11am live-streamed)


Sabbaticals at ECLC

March 30, 2022

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.    Matthew 11:28-30, The Message Bible

This spring two of our key staff people will be away for sabbaticals. Deacon Lauren will be away from May 9 to August 5, and Kelly, Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, will be away from May 3 to June 14.  Lauren’s plans include time to step away from day-to-day ministry and reground herself in her calling.

Kelly is only taking a portion of her time this year. During this first half of her sabbatical her plan is to become like a child to become a better teacher of children, and to invite and lead other adults to become like children, through language and literacy learning and a theology of play.  She will also be exploring playful learning and teaching strategies as a way to increase impact and reduce inequality, as part of a Project Zero micro practicum.

Rostered leaders and full-time Director level staff at ECLC are eligible for sabbatical leave of up to three months after five continuous years of service, and every six years thereafter.  Pastor Jeff has been approved for sabbatical at the beginning of 2023 and his plans will be announced in the fall. 

All sabbaticals are to include time for rest and relaxation, time for learning for the sake of learning, and time to enhance skills related to the person’s position. The sabbatical is one way the church ensures the vitality, engagement, and longevity of our leaders. 


Racial Justice Journey Continues

March 23, 2022

Following input from nearly 150 ECLCers responding to the anti-racism rubric this fall, and conversation with over 40 ECLCers analyzing those results, the Racial Justice Journey team identified its ministry priorities and commitments to next steps to advance our consistent and ongoing anti-racism commitment.  Embedding anti-racism in the systems and structures of ECLC may at first happen behind the scenes, but all of us will see structural changes over time that better reflect our values.  Here are some of the structural goals we are currently focused on: 

Public Witness/Prophetic Voice and Partnerships and Solidarity with Community 
Our Mission ministry, led by Council Member Carla Carlson, is committed to strengthening this work, with goals including: 

  • Combine the areas of Public Witness/Prophetic Voice and Partnerships and Solidarity with Community into one outward facing focus
  • Strengthen the anti-racist connections with each of our 21 mission partners through training and support of the mission partner liaisons
  • Continue our actions to amplify a prophetic voice to our mission partners and the broader community – with improved communications that empower more ECLC members to engage 

To address these goals, the rostered leaders have met with Julica and are meeting quarterly to create systems that support ECLC’s prophetic voice.  The Mission Partner Liaison Mid-Year Training focused on addressing their partners through the lens of anti-racism.

Adult Faith Formation 
Adult Faith formation, led by council person Mary Breen, is working on two initial structural goals while justice-oriented programming and anti-racism values continue to be woven into that ministry area:

  • A faith formation team will be created through a process that strives to reflect ECLC’s anti-racist values
  • We’ll seek input from the diversity within our congregation including multiracial families.

The work of creating this committee has now begun, with an invitation for all members to consider joining below! 

Thank you for your support of the embedding of anti-racist systems throughout all aspects of ECLC. As you notice changes throughout the congregation, we invite you to have a spirit of curiosity as we consider together how these new systems will better reflect God’s inclusive values in the world.  Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Deacon Lauren or the leaders of the above ministry areas!  


This is a week of blessings at ECLC! 

March 16, 2022

Tonight we will offer a blessing for our building as we gather together in-person more and more, and notice in new ways this sacred place we call our church. Then, on Sunday we will bless quilts crafted with care by members of our church, quilts that will carry our prayers, compassion, and solidarity to refugees. 

We hope you will join us for both of these opportunities to gather and give thanks. 

The word blessing can have many meanings. When something is a blessing to us, we mean it is a comfort, a way we feel the presence of God, or an opportunity to understand the sacred in deeper ways. When we offer a blessing for something or someone, we are expressing to God our hope and our care for that person, place, or thing. It is a form of prayer. 

Tonight! Wednesday, March 16:
Gather from 6:30-7pm for a Church Blessing. Our building has undergone some changes during the pandemic! Gather before midweek worship to move throughout the building and bless these updated spaces. We will begin in the sanctuary.

Sunday, March 20:
Come celebrate National Quilting Day with a blessing in worship and then between services there will be quilts on tables in Fellowship Hall for you add some ties! No experience necessary. When completed, these quilts will be on their way as part of ECLC’s support of Lutheran World Relief around the world. Over 75 years ago, LWR first quilt mission was to assist European countries following WWII.


Introducing the Indigenous Rights Committee

March 9, 2022

There is so much to learn about the land on which our church sits and the history of the people who stewarded it before us. Inspired in part by the Doctrine of Discovery educational series, discussing the film Dakota 38 and the adult education three-part Native Land series with Mary Breen and the ongoing social justice commitment we have at ECLC, we have a new focus group, the Indigenous Rights Committee.

The Indigenous Rights Committee is committed to learning more about the history of Native peoples in the region, getting to know our Indigenous neighbors, advocating for their rights, and addressing the question of a Land Acknowledgement for ECLC.

To accomplish these goals, the Indigenous Rights Committee has three subcommittees: Education, Advocacy and Land Acknowledgement. Some of the work has already begun with the Advocacy team promoting social studies standards with more inclusive narrative histories and urging legislators to support the Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies Act.  

Kickoff Event
To celebrate the formation of this new group, we’re having a Kickoff Event! 
The Indigenous Rights Committee is creating field guides for us to learn about various sites with significant meaning in Indigenous communities. 

Our first field guide and visit focuses on Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. 

What: Learning About Bdote
Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Bdote at Fort Snelling State Park
Note: An annual vehicle pass ($35) or day-pass ($7) is needed to enter the State Park. In the case of flooding, the event will be postponed. Additional information will be provided in the coming weeks.

We know this work will take time and that we will make mistakes along the way but look forward to sharing with you what we learn and learning from you as well.

Thank you, 
The Indigenous Rights Committee


Lent 2022 Full to the Brim

March 2, 2022

TODAY IS ASH WEDNESDAY the beginning of Lent and our remembering of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert wilderness, with mid-week worship services at 7pm through April 6th. Ash Wednesday spoken worship today at Noon in the sanctuary. Full music worship, 7pm in the sanctuary and live streamed. 

Make a “DESERT PLAY” kinetic sandbox this FIRST WEEK OF LENT at OUTDOOR FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL!  Gather with church friends, coffee, cocoa, and treats around a real campfire and the theme “Full to the Brim,” during Outdoor Family Sunday School from 10:30-11am March 6th through May 22nd. Children attend with their grownups!  For children birth through 5th grade, and the adults who love them – all ages and generations playing and making meaning together – with scripture, picture books, camp songs, community prayers, service projects, and good “messy church” fun!  Sign up to help start the campfire, share the story, lead a song, or bring a treat. 

MIDWEEK WORSHIP (March 9 - April 6) Wednesdays at 7pm in the sanctuary (and also live-streamed). We will sing Holden Evening Prayer with members talking about how they give witness to love and justice.
 
FULL TO THE BRIM with Donations of VEAP's most needed liquid items: laundry detergent, cleaning solutions, dish soaps, shampoos, hand soaps, and cooking oils. Bring items to the sanctuary any Sunday in Lent.
 
LENTEN OFFERING In celebration of ECLC’s new Welcome Statement that reflects our LGBTQIA+ inclusive values, this year’s offering will support ReconcilingWorks and Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. Please prayerfully consider making an online donation under Lenten Offering or mailing a check to ECLC with Lenten Offering in the memo line.

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February 22, 2022

Dear ECLC, 

As we begin a new church year together, following last Sunday’s annual meeting, the Executive Committee is grateful for our community of members, staff, and friends, for the ministry and justice work that occurred in 2021, and for all the hopes that we hold for 2022. We pray that the Season of Care has provided you opportunities to feel God’s deep love for you and to form and strengthen connections to our church community. 

Recently, the Pandemic Task Force and the Executive Committee both met to discuss ECLC’s COVID protocols. Because Hennepin County COVID case numbers have rapidly declined over the past few weeks, ECLC leadership believes we can restore many aspects of our congregational life that we have put aside during the worst days of the pandemic. We know that some of you will welcome these changes with open arms, while others of you may still feel hesitation. The Executive Committee and staff acknowledge the varied opinions that may be felt about our pandemic response, and we want you to know that you are welcome at ECLC in whatever form is best for you at this time, whether that be in-person or in a virtual capacity. 

The Executive Committee, with the full support of the Pandemic Task Force, has adopted the following changes in protocol, starting Sunday, February 27th

  • RSVPs are not needed to attend worship.
  • There is no capacity limit for worship services.
  • Singing, while wearing a mask, is allowed.
  • Pastors/Deacon can remove masks while preaching.
  • Groups can meet in the church building.

The following protocols remain in place at this time: 

  • Masks are required inside the building for everyone ages 2 and up; you are strongly encouraged to wear N95 or KN95 masks, and those are available for you when you come to worship.
  • Services will continue to be held at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m., with no formal fellowship hour in between.
  • The 11 a.m. worship service will be live-streamed.
  • The nursery is available for families to use, although it is not staffed.

Additionally, we strongly encourage all those who are eligible to be up-to-date on their vaccinations. We are grateful for the COVID team who has advised our decision making and who offer the following explanation of what it means to be up-to-date, as well as why this is critical for individuals, the greater community, and ECLC’s commitment to social justice. 

Finally, we end with an invitation: When you and your household are ready to return to in-person worship, please come. We know that time may be now and that time may be in the future. Regardless, we pray that you are able to see ECLC’s vision statement at work in your life: “We give witness to love and justice at God’s welcome table and in the world.” 

God’s peace to you today,
Liz Peterson, President 
Peter Horstman, Vice President
Whitney Hansen, Treasurer
Kathy Krypel, Secretary 
 


Welcome to the 2022 Council of Ministers!

February 16, 2022

We are grateful to these individuals serving in various capacities on our Council of Ministers. We will have an opportunity to bless this group in worship in weeks ahead, but for now we want to introduce you to this year’s Council of Ministers.

  • Liz Peterson - President
  • Peter Horstman - Vice President
  • Kathy Krypel - Secretary
  • Whitney Hansen - Treasurer
  • Mary Breen - Adult Faith Formation
  • Sarah Irwin - Children, Youth, and Family Faith Formation
  • Carla Carlson – Mission
  • Jonathan Flak – Properties
  • Rich Weaver – Shepherding
  • Sarah Martin – Stewardship
  • Meredith Olson – Welcoming
  • Luis Martinez – Worship, Art, and Music
  • Dave Engelstad – President Emeritus

Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday February 13 

February 9, 2022

On Sunday we will hold the annual meeting of the congregation on Zoom. All ECLC members are encouraged to attend to approve the 2022 budget and elect leaders who will continue to move us forward in our mission. We will also give thanks together for the life of our church that sustains, inspires and encourages us as we give witness to love and justice at God’s welcome table and in the world. The meeting will begin at 12:30 pm on Sunday, February 13, via Zoom. We are asking that members pre-register. The Annual Report, proposed Budget, Nominations, proposed Capital Campaign, 2021 Meeting Minutes and other information can be found on our website. This year we have ECLC member Karl Olson available for assistance with the zoom call.  You can contact Karl Olson as early as 12pm or any time during the meeting for any technical or troubleshooting questions. You are also encouraged to try and test your computer settings prior to the meeting, you can do so here. https://zoom.us/test

Blessings! See you Sunday! 


ECLC Financial Forum Presentation     

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. 

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO ACCESS
 THE INDIVIDUAL SLIDES 
FROM THE FINANCIAL FORUM POWERPOINT


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.
 
In Christ,
The Pandemic Task Force

Grateful in all things…..

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! 
 
Gratefully,
Sarah Martin, ECLC Minister of Stewardship


Living Out Our Faith Through Our Mission Partners! 

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!

In Gratitude,
Deacon Lauren & the Mission Committee              

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