I Spy Kids in Worship

“Learning how to worship is an essential part of becoming Christian” ~ Mons Teig

On Sunday morning you may have noticed labels in the sanctuary identifying parts of the worship space and a large liturgical calendar on the floor. They were all part of ECLC’s first grade faith milestone, an important step in our ministry programming with children. During this milestone event, we share an ELCA definition of worship:

Think about it like this. God’s Spirit calls us together. God speaks to us through reading from the Old and New Testament of the Bible, through preaching, prayer, and song. God feeds and nourishes us in a saving way. And God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.

We use hand painted stones and the liturgical calendar, along with the children’s game I Spy, and a story from the Spark Story Bible to help us see ourselves as a part of the faith story and to know ourselves as part of the body of Christ, the church. God shapes who we are and who we are becoming in many ways throughout our lives. But worship is our best model for faith formation, and the heart of who we are, how we learn, and what we do together as the church.

Annual Congregational Meeting - February 10, 2019

On Sunday we will hold the annual meeting of the congregation. We hope you will attend to hear reports from our leadership, vote on revisions to our Bylaws, consider the annual 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 us, inspires us and encourages us to live out God’s YES to the world.

Immediately following the 11 a.m. worship on Sunday we will share a meal and plan to begin the meeting at 12:30. Childcare will be provided.

Blessings! See you Sunday!

Pastor Jeff

Families Moving Forward: What's Next?

Preventing and ending homelessness has long been a core mission value of ECLC’s. For many years, ECLC hosted 4-5 homeless families in our Sunday School classrooms for two weeks each year through the organization Families Moving Forward. Since that time, FMF has become a program of our partners, Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative! We stopped hosting in 2013 to prepare for construction of our new space.

Over these years, we have increased our commitment to ending homelessness through building and sustaining 66 West, engaging with Avenues for Homeless Youth, and continuing to advocate with Beacon.

Now, it’s time to discern our next steps with Families Moving Forward. Should we consider hosting again? What volunteer leadership would this require? Should we help a nearby congregation who struggles to host? Or, should we focus our mission energies elsewhere

Join the conversation on Sunday, February 10th from 9:45-10:45 in Room 10 on the lower level to help discern what’s next! Questions? Contact Lauren.