Edina Community Lutheran Church voted to call Pastor Anna Helgen as our new pastor at the Special Congregational Meeting held on Sunday, October 6. Pastor Helgen will begin her ministry with us on Sunday, December 1. It is a true gift to walk together in faith, and we look forward to Pastor Helgen’s ministry among us.

SEMINARIAN BEN DYRHAUG This fall we welcome a new Seminarian completing requirements for his Christian Public Leader course at Luther Seminary. Ben Dyrhaug is a recent graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota having majored in history and religion. He has just begun his studies at Luther Seminary this fall on the path to ordination within the ELCA. You can often find Ben at a library or out enjoying nature. Having sung in choirs his whole life, Ben is also passionate about music. Ben looks forward to leading worship, accompanying the pastors on visits, helping to lead Bible study on occasion, attending meetings and learning more about ministry. Look for Ben and welcome him to ECLC!

LET’S PACK THE CHURCH FOR PASTOR CONCHI: All year long, we stand in solidarity with our Salvadoran siblings from Cristo de Paz. This Sunday, we have the rare opportunity to do that in person. Pastor Conchi will be with us and preaching, as well as in Sunday School between services. Please show up for Pastor Conchi in worship and stay for lunch after the 11am service where we will celebrate her and she will talk about health ministries in El Salvador!

SUNDAY FORUM for Oct. 13: Walking Meditation As Deacon Lauren recently noted during worship, sometimes we pray with our words and sometimes we pray with our actions or with our bodies. This Sunday, we pray with our feet! Join us as we discuss mindfulness in the Christian context, contemplative prayer, and practice “going in peace” with a walking meditation / prayer walk through our sanctuary and outside (weather permitting).

SERVICE PROJECT DURING MEA! Pack food bags at the Community Emergency Service food shelf on Thursday, October 17th from 9:30-11:00. Ages 5 through adult work as a team to “shop” the food shelf based on clients’ grocery lists. Email ECLCer Deb J. to RSVP.

SNACK FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VEAP: ECLC is collecting fruit cups, granola bars, individual snack-sized pretzel/cracker bags, snack sized raisins, and 100% juice boxes to create snack packs for VEAP on Sunday, October 20. That Sunday, between services, we’ll participate in 5 projects connecting to all of ECLC’s local hunger partners: Loaves & Fishes, Sheridan Story, Community Emergency Service, Meals on Wheels, and VEAP! Donations can go to the Sign Up Center until the 20th.

WOMEN’S SHORT STORY GROUP The Short story group will gather on Friday, October 25 at 10:00 am at the home of Marj D. We will be discussing Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin in the book Listening for God, Volume 4. All are welcome! Please RSVP.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT ST OLAF: Join ECLCers for discounted $30 tickets to St. Olaf’s Christmas Festival: A New Song of Grace and Truth on Thursday, December 5. This choral and orchestral tradition is a beautiful way to begin the Advent season grounded in faith. Email Lauren to RSVP no later than October 27.

BEACON’S ENDING HOMELESSNESS TOGETHER LUNCH: Join Beacon, ECLC, and 500 Beacon supporters for a lunch to end homelessness on Tuesday, October 29 from Noon-1pm at the Bloomington Doubletree Hotel. Hear inspiring stories of 66 West and new homes being built for families across the SW metro! How many tables can ECLC fill? RSVP to Lauren.