End Hunger Sunday

Again and again, Jesus eats with his followers, with neighbors, with new hosts, and with the thousands he encounters. Transformation happens in those meals. We, too, experience new community when we share a meal together. Hunger, in Edina, in Minnesota, and across the world, means a neighbor needs nourishment for their body. It also often means needing community, relationship, and someone to show up for them.

This Sunday, all ECLCers are invited to the Fellowship Hall between services to build community through activities lifting up our five local hunger mission partners. Come at 9:45 to learn, serve, advocate, pray, and give to these partners. By doing so, you’ll not only alleviate hunger in neighbors’ bodies…but show our neighbors’ the community sees them and cares about them, as God does.

• Meals on Wheels: Create tissue flowers to accompany each meal delivered across Edina with Mission Partner Liaison Sarah I.

• VEAP: Combine snacks in bags for kids who need a boost for a weekend with Mission Partner Liaison John B.

• Community Emergency Service: Pack hygiene packets for homebound residents in Minneapolis with Mission Partner Liaisons Deb & Steve J.

• Sheridan Story: Play The Price Is Right to learn just how little it takes to create a Weekend Snack Pack for schoolkids with Mission Partner Liaison Kristen N.

• Loaves & Fishes: Guess how many meals L&F serves each day and month with Mission Partner Liaison Peggy K.

Donations of healthy snacks (fruit cups, granola bars, and 100% juice boxes) are needed for our VEAP activity. Please deliver any donations by 9:45am on Sunday! Questions? Contact Deacon Lauren.

The Generosity Project

The Generosity Project NEW this year at ECLC, The Generosity Project is a playful approach to the life-changing faith practice of generosity. Generosity - like prayer and worship - is one of the ways we are formed in faith. All of us - including children - are God’s stewards - caregivers of ALL things inherited and entrusted to us by God. We are stewards of the earth, our wealth, our time, our possessions and our bodies. During Sunday School this week GR 1-5 leaders, children & parents or caregivers, and other members of the congregation will:

• Experience one of God’s stories about generosity;

• Play the Give & Get Game with Skittles;

• Practice generosity with a handful of coins, a new bank, and a noisy offering;

• And make our own Sandwich Prayer!

All are welcome to gather with us this Sunday, October 13 in Room 4-5 at 9:45 am. Pastor Conchi will be a part of this special event. Children in GR 1-5 should be accompanied by a parent or other caring adult, and their small group leaders. Contact Kelly if you’d like to help with this fun cross+generational event!

Celebrating Pastor Conchi's Visit From El Salvador!

As ECLC strives to live our faith in action in our surrounding community, we have a fantastic model in the Lutheran Church in El Salvador.  With all of its congregations intentionally placed in poor neighborhoods, an annual social justice theme that every congregation preaches, a loud voice on migration and violence and education, and a commitment to all Salvadorans, we continue to learn from our siblings.  Most especially, we learn from our sibling congregation, Cristo de Paz in Galilea, El Salvador.

Led by the indomitable Pastor Concepción Vanegas, Cristo de Paz is a growing congregation known as a safe haven in its community, a leader in education, and a training hub for community public health providers.  Pastor Conchi is not only Cristo de Paz’s pastor, she is also a registered nurse and the Director of Health Ministries for the entire Lutheran Church of El Salvador. She is, in a word, inspiring.

Next week, from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13, she has another  title:  Our Guest.

Please help us show Pastor Conchi our commitment to standing in solidarity with our Salvadoran siblings in Christ in the midst of challenging immigration talks between our governments. How might we model Christ’s abundant welcome to Pastor Conchi when she visits? Please join ECLC for worship on Sunday the 13th where Pastor Conchi will preach and stay for lunch at Noon with her that day.

We hope you’ll come for these additional special events, too!

·          DINNER & MOSAIC:  Dinner at Midtown Global Market followed by tour and mosaic making at sibling congregation, St. Paul's. Come for one or both. 5:30-8 on Fri, Oct 11. ALL ages.  RSVP to ECLCer Shelly H.

·          SERVICE PROJECT FOR CES: Pack food with Community Emergency Service. 9-10:30 am on Sat, Oct 12 Ages 3+. RSVP to Deb James at debraj@comcast.net

·          SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT DINNER: Geared toward scholarship sponsors, but all interested ECLCers are welcome to a MN Food Potluck. 5:30-7:30 on Sat, Oct 12 at ECLC. RSVP to Marilynn B.

·          WORSHIP WITH PASTOR CONCHI: Pastor Conchi will preach in worship on Sun, Oct 13. No RSVPs.

·          ALL CONGREGATION LUNCH: Following 11am worship on Sun, Oct 13, we will celebrate Pastor Conchi & Cristo de Paz over lunch and she will speak briefly about health care.  No RSVP needed.

·          MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL DINNER: Pastor Conchi will join both middle school and high school youth for a special Connections from 5-7pm on Sunday.  RSVP to Jacob N.