Global Table - Brunch Church

On Sunday June 17th at both 8:30 and 11 a.m. we will gather for worship in a new way. Global Table, a Brunch Church Liturgy, gathers the community at tables to share food and conversation as well as to feast on word and sacrament. Our sanctuary will be transformed into a dining room, reminding us of our purpose each time we gather, but in a new way. Drawing on ancient words from the liturgy of the early church we will recall our unity across space and time and the ways in which our table of faith spans the universe. Music and prayers will draw our hearts to Christians around the globe. Please plan to come, bring a hunger for a light brunch along with your hunger for Christian community, for nurture in the faith and for justice! The light brunch of global eats will include: pita, hummus, rice crackers, cheese, cookies, and dates.

If your hunger isn’t satiated in Brunch Church worship this Sunday, here are two more opportunities for people of all ages:

  • At 9:45 a.m. learn more about a Pilgrimage to Palestine & Israel scheduled for November 2019 (Lower Level, Rooms 4 & 5). Baklava will be served!
  • At 1:00 p.m. join the community in ECLC’s parking lot (weather-permitting) for Open Eye Figure Theatre’s drive-way tour puppet show! A potluck prior to the puppet show will be held in Rooms 4 & 5 for those who are still hungry!

June 10 Service Project!

Between worship services on June 10th, all ECLCers are invited to a service project at ECLC benefitting our neighbors using Community Emergency Service’s food shelf, our long-time mission partner.

Our common humanity, scripture, and faith call us again and again to Love Our Neighbors. Increasingly, in the Twin Cities, these neighbors practice a variety of faiths.  As our Muslim siblings journey through the final days of the holy month of Ramadan, which concludes with Eid al-Fitr or the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast” on June 15th, we seek to reach out, learn with, and build relationship with our Muslim neighbors. 

We also reach out to our neighbors in service.  ECLC’s long time mission partner, Community Emergency Service, accompanies many Muslim neighbors who experience food insecurity. Each month, ECLC volunteers pack groceries for these homebound neighbors and have noticed that culturally specific foods such as beans, spices, tea and, especially, jasmine rice, run out due to high demand. This Sunday, all ECLCers encouraged to come together for a congregational service project between worship services from 9:45-10:30 in the fellowship hall to pack bags of jasmine rice for our CES friends.

At 10:30, you’re invited to the tent in the library where a friend of ECLC, Fardosa Hassan of Interfaith Action of St. Paul, will read a story sharing more from our Muslim neighbors for ECLCers of all ages as she kicks of our Story, Song, Snack, and Service summer programming. 

Graduate's Sunday - June 3

When your children ask in time to come, ‘What do those stones mean to you?’ then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the Israelites a memorial forever.  ~ Joshua 4:6-7, NRSV

Since my first year at ECLC, I have a ritual of sorts that I practice before Graduate’s Sunday. I tread behind the church building, find a path through the thicket, and wade into the water of the Minnehaha Creek. The first year I practiced this, my wet sandals gave me a dumb grin, conjuring up memories of the boundary waters. It was the kind of smirk my mom would yell to “wipe off your face,” when she was trying to discipline me. I could’ve spoken stories as long as you’d want, reminiscing about the Boundary Waters. All it took was a current moving around my ankles.

It’s not uncommon to flashback to a different time when we are jolted into noticing things we’d set aside. For the Israelites, it was the sight of stones that forced them into the recollection of God’s faithfulness. This Sunday we will be celebrating Graduate’s Sunday, the final Milestone of Children and Youth at ECLC. We need to let the sight of stones force us into recalling everything that has brought the seniors to this time: Baptism, best friends, sleepovers, birthdays, heartbreak, death, first kisses, first communion, Sunday School, getting grounded, family vacations, betrayal, illness, confirmation, Pilgrimages, and maybe even a driver’s license.

Just like my wet sandals bring back memories for me, I hope for the seniors that this ending of seasons brings back memories too. While I was wading in the water, practicing my ritual for another year, I grabbed a stone. This Sunday it will be on our altar. May the sight of stones revive our memories of God’s faithfulness.

To our High School Graduates, we ask God to bring adventure and peace to your futures!

- J.D. Mechelke, High School Youth Minister