Holy Week

Holy Week at ECLC is filled with rich worship opportunities. We hope you will join us for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

Maundy Thursday—5:45 (especially child-friendly) & 7:15 p.m.

Remembering Jesus’ last meal with his disciples, we share the meal of holy communion and have the opportunity to participate in a foot or hand washing. We invite you to bring prayer concerns, as there will be an opportunity to name out loud a person, place, or other concern in your life. The 5:45 service will engage all of our senses, inviting children to sit and touch baptismal quilts, look into mirrors, wash hands and feet, and interact with God’s story in new ways.

Good Friday—5:45 (especially child-friendly) & 7:15 p.m.

Gathered around the cross, we offer our laments for the places where Christ still suffers today. There will be an opportunity to name out loud, if you wish, the particular sorrows you are carrying this week. The 5:45 service will travel throughout the sanctuary, allowing children to engage with God’s story in our lives through movement and action as we pray.

Easter Vigil—6:00 p.m.

As we wait between Friday and Sunday, we tell stories, sing songs, and remember our baptism. The service will start outside by the west entrance before the children and youth creatively share Bible stories in their Sunday School rooms. We conclude the service upstairs in the sanctuary with a celebration of baptism and communion.

Easter Sunday—8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 a.m.

Christ is risen! Hallelujah! Join the celebration of new life.

Palm Sunday Fair this Sunday!

These are your stories. Come experience HOPE in the stories of the Easter Vigil, at this Sunday’s Palm Sunday Fair!

During this year’s Palm Sunday Fair everyone in the congregation will have the opportunity to engage with 5 fundamental stories of faith that teach salvation history and its completion in Jesus’ resurrection. In addition, meet ECLC’s newest staff member working with high school youth, Jacob Niewinski. Hang out at the Holy Week station for families with young children. Share your thoughts about our pastoral transition at a listening post for the transition team in the library!

  • Creation Station God, who created all that is, continues to perfect the created order to bring life out of chaos. Experience the goodness of God's creation with Do A Dot paint daubers and coloring books. Imagination begins with a little dot!

  • Noah Station Create your own rainbow reminders of God's promise of forgiveness. Make-and-take Twizzler rainbow candy bracelets, and add your own praise prayers to the Shower of Blessings Cloud mobile!

  • Red Sea Station Exercise your biblical imagination with the story of the exodus of Israel from Egypt, and a carnival fish pond. Fish for 60 different sea animals in the parted waters of the Red Sea. Make a joyful noise with instruments!

  • Dry Bones God gathers people from out of all social, racial & political boundaries, to create a holy people. Learn the names of the bones in the body and how they connect to each other, with a skeleton floor puzzle and other surprises!

  • Fiery Furnace Station Make-and-take a fiery furnace candle as a reminder that God walks with us through the daily fires of life. Give Jonathan Granlund's unique art technique a try, with small and giant grid paper & scripture from each one of the Easter Vigil stories!

Welcome Jacob Niewinski!

The search committee is excited to announce that Jacob Niewinski will be joining our staff as the part-time Coordinator of High School Youth Ministry! High School youth and families, and other ECLC members, come by and visit the Youth Room this Sunday to meet Jacob Introduce yourself, grab a morning treat, share part of your story and your hopes and dreams for high school youth at ECLC.

Jacob graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. Since graduating, he served as a Youth Director for two congregations and is now working with Youth Frontiers, leading character-building retreats for schools across the nation! The best part of his job is the opportunity to challenge youth to confidently live their best lives, and in return being inspired with their response.

Jacob will begin his ministry this Sunday, April 7. Look for more news soon, as we make plans to officially welcome Jacob with a Sunday evening High School Connections event.