God’s grace, peace, and hope be with you through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I begin by sharing my profound gratitude to you – for your faithfulness, perseverance, and compassion revealed in countless ways during this global pandemic, now nearing the start of its third year.
As I reflect on the ministry of our synod in 2021, I am surprised to discover a number of “firsts” – something I did not expect in a pandemic year. In 2021:
Though a list of “firsts” can make for an interesting annual report, the ministries that continue day-in and day-out are the work that sustains. We are blessed with over 675 rostered leaders, 307 serving in calls and 370 retired or without call. In 2021, we supported 57 persons preparing to become deacons or pastors. We work hard so the church has the loving, faithful, and theologically well-formed ministers it needs.
Our monthly conference meetings and other synod gatherings continue to reveal a real hunger for leaders to stay connected and discern best practices for ministry in these times. We are honored and humbled by our calling to serve as convener of such holy conversations.
It is the generosity of congregations like yours that make the synod’s work possible. Thank you! We seek to be careful stewards of every gift.
A year of firsts. More importantly, we gather around the unique, first-ever, Word made flesh – the Christmas miracle of God becoming human for us and our salvation. And even more, this Word made flesh abides with us – through all our firsts and lasts and everything in between.
With a grateful heart,
Bishop Ann Svennungsen
While we had hoped that in 2021 that we would fully emerge from the pandemic, this year we learned how COVID-19 will be a part of our new reality. There is deep pain in the hearts of many in our community, as well as anxiety, discouragement, and sometimes even despair. All of this is understandable given the stressors of daily life. The deaths of loved ones, ongoing personal struggles, worry about how our church will fair in the long haul, anxiety about how our children will cope—all these are concerns we have heard from the congregation. We honor these concerns, and we hope to help one another be present and open to these heartaches.
Still, while hold the depth of the hurt, we also give thanks for the ways the gospel was shared through the mutual conversation and consolation of the saints—Sunday worship in person and online, House Churches, the Racial Justice Journey, an outdoor Advent festival with barn animals, a successful annual giving campaign, and more. Even amid the upheaval and disruption of this year, we have seen signs of God’s faithfulness.
Here is a sampling of entries from our calendars to give you a sense of how ministry unfolded in these unprecedented times—both in our personal lives and in the life of this congregation.
Anna -- Wednesday, January 18-20: Cabinets are painted
My family stayed at my parents’ townhome for a few days while the cabinets were painted for our kitchen renovation. This made for some interesting work environments, including my parents’ closet where I worked to hide from my preschooler Berney.
Jeff -- Sunday, February 28: Guest Preach in Empty Church
Served as guest preacher at Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington to an empty sanctuary for a special Reconciling in Christ worship that was shared online.
Anna -- Wednesday, March 31: Record with Anders
Met by Zoom with Anders Dolmar to record jokes for our first “Holy Hilarity Sunday” on the Sunday after Easter. This service included a blooper reel of our best and most memorable outtakes from our pandemic recordings.
Jeff and Anna – Friday, April 2: Good Friday Service on Zoom by Illustrated Ministries
Both pastors receive several emails from members who loved the interactive Good Friday service on Zoom.
Jeff and Anna -- Monday, May 10: Pastor Anna’s parental leave begins
A summer preaching series helped ease the load. “ECLC Past, Present, and Future,” brought back former pastors, current clergy members, and our two seminarians.
Jeff -- Sundays in June and July brought baptisms in backyards, parking lot, and finally, the Sanctuary!
Brooks Ruff, Amelia Maydole, Frances Helgen, and Ruby Joy Atkinson’s baptisms were held outside at their homes, in the church parking lot, and with a small group in the sanctuary!
Jeff -- Sunday, August 28, 30th Ordination Anniversary!
What a joy to celebrate a special day with a worshipping community in the upper west parking lot with a lovely reception following with beautiful cake. A visit from the bishop and thoughtful words with gifts from the congregation made this day a bright spot in a difficult year.
Anna and Jeff -- Sunday, September 5: Season of Creation begins
Our first outdoor season of creation begins. Children wave rainbow wands and all the sounds of creation join in praising God!
Jeff – Saturday, November 5: WALGREENS 10:30 A.M.
Time to get boosted against COVID19
Anna and Jeff -- Wednesdays in December and January; Holden Evening prayer in the Parking Lot.
Who would have dreamed we would be gathering outdoors for worship in December and January?
Throughout the Annual Report you will see signs that our church is surviving the pandemic, and our community is continuing to make our way. Still, we invite your heartfelt prayers that we will continue to thrive in doing justice, in worshipping faithfully (online and in person) and we will find strength and comfort as we give witness to love and justice at God’s welcome table and in the world.
Viktor Frankl (Holocaust survivor and author) learned and taught that even in the most horrendous of circumstances, people possess the ability to choose how they will respond to what is happening to them. Frankl never suggests that this is easy, but he does state that being fully human requires us to choose that which preserves, honors, and expresses the essence of our humanity.
Members and staff of Edina Community Lutheran Church faced several hard choices during this past year. The choices we have made as a community reveal the faith, hope and trust underlying our choices. We have leaned on each other to make choices together. I will name five such instances.
Wise Professor Dumbledore was once asked by Harry Potter, “What makes me different from Lord Voldemort?” Dumbledore replies, “The difference, Harry, is in the choices you make.” We at ECLC primarily locate ourselves within the Christian story of Jesus’ love for us and for “the least of these.” Yet, many stories call us to be mindful of the choices we make and the impact they might have—immediately and into the future.
The choices you have made this year speak to the years of nurture that God, pastors, and individuals have given to our community. They speak to the fruits of this nurture: courage, respect, trust, humor, generosity, and faith. These are the qualities of ECLC members, of our staff and of our faith community that I cherish and value. It has been an honor serving as your President this past year and I am most grateful for your support and participation in our church’s ministries.
I also offer my praise and thanks to our wonderfully caring and skilled staff. It has been a joy collaborating with them in imagining and doing the ministry that God has called us to do. May God continue to bless our community as richly as God has done during this past year.
The council continued to meet virtually through 2021 and, as secretary, I was privileged to record the Council of Ministers decisions and actions throughout the year.
So much of our work as a council touched on the pandemic and I am grateful for the ongoing and tireless work of ECLC staff and their continued creative thinking about how to gather safely as a beloved community.
Thank you to my colleagues on the council, it continues to be an honor to serve with you.
Here are some notable discussion and decision points from the 2021 ECLC Council of Ministers:
Under the strategic plan pillar Post Covid Return:
Under the strategic plan pillar Justice:
Under the strategic pillar Capacity and Financial Vitality:
Under the strategic pillar Relationships:
Under the strategic pillar Spirituality:
Thank you for all your generous gifts this year! 2021 was another challenging year with many changes in our church and worship options, but we maintained new ways to be in outdoor, in-person, and live stream worship.
We continue to have robust pledge fulfillment of about 98%. This commitment allows us to continue our mission giving and support our staff, even during the challenges of this pandemic.
Kienan applied for ERC (employee retention credits) which is another Federal government COVID stimulus program. To date, ECLC has received about $35,000, and we expect to receive another $92,000 this year. The ERC is in addition to the stimulus we received in 2020, when we received a PPP loan (Paycheck Protection Program) of $129,100 that was fully forgiven in November of 2020. This money has been greatly appreciated to maintain salaries and has contributed towards surpluses we realized in 2020 and 2021. The surpluses have been instrumental in balancing the budget for 2022 with roughly $50k used, and the projected budget for 2023 with roughly $40k used. Without it, we would have a cumulative $90k operating deficit for 2022-2023.
Our mission giving continues to be robust, as we continue with our commitment of 10% of our contributed income given to our partners.
As we enter 2022, we are discussing a third capital campaign to address our mortgage payments, which total about $190,000 each year. In January 2022 we have been approved to re-amortize both loans to ease our monthly payments and to help with cash flow. We are excited about the opportunities we will have to support our current mission partners and expand our ministry and programming when the mortgages are paid off.
I continue to be amazed by the generosity of our members, even amid a worldwide pandemic.
I am wrapping up my term in February 2022. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the ECLC Executive committee and church council. My knowledge around church functions has increased dramatically during this time, and I am even more grateful to our financial leaders, including Kienan, the finance committee, and our pastors.
Greetings! As disruptive as the COVID pandemic has been to daily lives and work, I have been continually blessed to be a part of the ECLC congregation and witness the love and care that we show to each other and share with our community. 2021 was my first full year on staff and I believe extremely productive and exciting, with new relationships and possibilities on the horizon.
Here is a summary of highlight events for the year:
We finished 2021 on a high note with a surplus driven by a planned $10k surplus (adopted in the budget at last year’s Annual Meeting), a non-member giver who gave almost $50k, and the unbudgeted ERC credit of $35k. In total, this surplus will help pay for the 2022 deficit budget and go significantly towards the projected 2023 deficit budget. I continue to be grateful for the support and generosity of this congregation and look forward to new highlights in 2022!
021 continued to be a year of creativity, pivoting, and innovation. As we imagined and reimagined again how to be Church together in a pandemic, we sought to nourish our spirituality, while building relationships and living out God’s call for justice for all. I am proud of the myriad of ways we have creatively done that together, including:
Through it all, our Mission Committee and 21 Mission Partner Liaisons have remained committed to deep, transformative relationships through service, learning, prayer, advocacy, and giving with each of our 21 Mission Partners.
While our commitment to anti-racism is ongoing, new this year was our deep investment in our Racial Justice Journey through trainer Joanne Reeck and coach Julica Hermann de la Fuente, who are helping ECLCers both on their individual anti-racist journeys, but also transforming ECLC’s systems to embed anti-racism in our organizational structure. Supporting the on-going work of our Racial Justice Vision Committee, Racial Justice Action and Advocacy Committee, and Northside Strategy Team, this journey seeks to ensure anti-racism remains structurally embedded as a core value of ECLC.
Our Immigration Action and Advocacy Committee helped found the ACT-TC coalition of faith communities, welcoming a Russian partner family seeking asylum here in Edina, and helping them enroll in school, receive medical care, engage in the legal process, and make Minnesota their home.
As we continue to pivot, we also continue to seek to nourish one another and the world. In this time of creativity, I look forward to accompanying you on new journeys, wherever our faith and the Spirit may lead us.
The generosity of the ECLC community continues to be inspiring and fuels our mission within our church walls and beyond. Thank you for your commitment to expressing your faith through your giving. Together, we can continue to ensure we have a solid foundation to grow as a community and invest in our mission partners. As we celebrate our theme, Grateful in All Things, the stewardship committee wants to say a big THANK YOU to all who made annual commitments and to those who make ongoing gifts throughout the year. Gifts of all sizes make an impact when we give collectively and give with grateful hearts.
With your support we head into 2022 with optimism and hope! While we are projecting a deficit budget of approximately $50k, we have the means to pay for this deficit using surplus funds from 2021. Our committee members are Joe Lindell, Catherine Malotky, Dick Magus, Kienan Mick, and Pastor Jeff Sartain. Again, we thank you for your support!
Following discussions of the values of ECLC as it walks hand in hand with its mission partners, the eight-member Mission Committee set in place several processes to formalize planning and decision-making steps that can serve mission committees over time. Strategies and documents were updated specifically to integrate ECLC’s racial justice journey and the five strategic planning priorities into the Committee’s work.
Updates included revising the mission partner profile form and enhancing the Committee’s mission and vision statement, which was developed in August 2020 and enhanced in January 2021. A micro-site on the new ECLC website was developed to enhance Committee discussion and archive key documents and actions.
The Committee welcomed 16 new ECLCers as Mission Partner Liaisons to the group of 21 liaisons and began inviting two liaisons to brief the Committee at each meeting. In 2021, ECLC began to host a Russian family seeking asylum, support availability of COVID vaccines globally, march with water protectors, and heat meals for homebound neighbors in our kitchen. See mission partner details at https://www.eclc.org/mission-partners.
Through funding support and the actions of ECLC members, we have journeyed with our three sibling congregations – as Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church have undergone significant leadership transitions and as the Cristo de Paz community faced food shortages.
A total of $111,277 was distributed to mission partners, with each receiving at least $2,500, based on critical need, special requests, opportunities to deepen partner relationships, and alignment with the ECLC mission and vision statements. This amount included $56,028 that was contributed by ECLC members through special offerings throughout the year. Special support was provided to the Asylum Coalition for Transition-Twin Cities to assist the newly located asylum-seeking family of four, and we pledged and paid $34,000 to the Synod in support of its mission.
This year, we give thanks for the mission committee, Sarah Broich, Carla Carlson, George Edmonson, Adele Mehta, Karl Olson, Doris Pagelkopf, Chad Reding, Sara Schwiebert, and each of our 21 Mission Partner Liaisons. And, we give thanks that the ECLC community, even while distancing, was able to continue to learn via Zoom, advocate via email, serve throughout our community, and ultimately walk with our siblings here and in far-away lands.
Climate Justice Plan for 2021
Practical climate action and lowering carbon emissions in our congregation
Relational/Spiritual commitment for climate justice
Climate Justice Plan for 2022 - possibilities
LIRS CEO Krish Vignarajah speaking in front of the “Angels Unaware” sculpture
We continued our immigration advocacy work during this second year of the pandemic without skipping a beat! We employed hybrid gatherings of Zoom and limited, socially-distanced in-person sessions.
We embraced the new White House Administration’s more humane immigration policy promises and redoubled our efforts to keep immigration issues in people’s minds throughout the year.
In March the Council of Ministers accepted our proposal and ECLC joined the Minnesota Sanctuary State Coalition as they advocate for immigration justice in our communities.
We proudly attended monthly vigils in front of the Whipple Federal Immigration Courthouse and through Zoom connections. In August we stood in front of the Minneapolis Basilica as Krish Vignarajah, the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS) CEO, was a keynote presenter at the traveling bronze statue “Angels Unaware” which honored the global history of immigration.
Monthly vigil in front of the Whipple Federal Immigration Courthouse.
In October, as a member of the Asylum Coalition for Transition-Twin Cities (ACT-TC) we welcomed our Russian Partner Family into the re-purposed parsonage at Shepherd of The Hills Lutheran Church. This work continues, both as a committee and congregation, as we walk with the family on their new journey. The congregation dedicated the Thanksgiving offering of almost $3,000 to this cause. What a year, thank you all!
Our Russian Partner Family!
As a partner with Redeemer Center for Life (RCFL), NSAT is committed to advancing racial and economic justice issues. NSAT members (and many others in the ECLC community) were proud to support another successful RCFL Gala this fall, raising funds for youth leadership, workforce development, and attainable housing in the Harrison and other near Northside neighborhoods. However, the Alpha and Delta Covid-19 variant surges prevented RCFL from performing the community engagement survey for which NSAT had secured Endowment funds. As a result, those funds were rededicated to ongoing RCFL program needs. An additional short-term challenge to collaboration has been the complete turnover of the executive staff at RCFL. Hopefully, NSAT can develop strong relationships with the new executive team and find exciting ways to jointly promote racial and economic justice in the Northside in the year ahead.
2021 was an important year in our racial justice efforts. The Racial Justice Vision Committee (Carol Bungert, Kirsten Horstman, Katie Kaul, Lisa Novotny, Susan Weaver and Mark Woell) “RJVC” continued to meet with Council Members to understand how critical elements of our operations and ministry might challenge the status quo. Our partnership with representatives from the Northside Strategy team (Anne Lindell) and Racial Justice Action and Advocacy team (Nancy Burns & Karen Boyum) continued as we rolled out our Racial Justice Journey. Part 1 took place in the first half of 2021. The combined team delivered a virtual learning experience, led by Joanne Reeck and her organization, United For Change. Over 250 ECLC members participated in this 5-part interactive learning series, creating a shared learning experience on racial justice issues and concepts. From this foundation, we began examining the many dimensions of our church organization and how we interact with ourselves and others. Julica Hermann de la Fuente has assisted in this discovery and change process by providing a learning tool and facilitating an assessment of ECLC’s many organizational functions across 15 key areas. More than 100 ECLC members contributed either in-person or virtually. This process has resulted in the selection of two key areas to focus our efforts on in 2022. We are excited to deepen our racial justice work through Adult Faith Formation and Public Witness and Prophetic Voice, with Julica as our guide and coach. It is the hope of the RJVC and our other racial justice groups that we can provide both enriching learning experiences and the opportunity to publicly demonstrate our commitment to a more racially equitable and inclusive society. Please stay tuned for more on this front in 2022. We look forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces to this important work ECLC has committed to.
This year has been one of continuing movement toward ECLC becoming an anti-racist community. The RJAA Committee has studied together to help move us to a better understanding of whiteness and how to help the congregation to move to becoming anti-racist. Below are the topics and initiatives that we embarked on.
We, as a committee read “White Fragility” and discussed a chapter at each of our meetings.
We began reading and studying the “Racial Healing Handbook” but have more to go with this study.
We took the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and worked with experts from the Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement (CLNE) to help us use our results to continue on our Justice Journey. Other members of the congregation participated as well.
We continued to support our relationships with Redeemer and St. Paul’s.
A subgroup focused on the issue of cash bail, which is an ongoing effort. As part of this, we have been encouraging the congregation to learn more about this issue with the goal of more advocacy. (Terrie Thompson is the chair of this committee.)
We partnered with the Ecofaith group to identify ways we can help with the Line 3 resistance.
We stayed in contact with MNIPL to understand the relationship between Environmental Justice and Racial Justice. (Karen Boyum is our liaison)
We organized and facilitated monthly Anti-Racism Vigils. These were coordinated with a different Mission Partner each month.
We coordinated our efforts with the Racial Justice Vision Committee.
We worked to educate the congregation on the intersection of racism and housing via our contacts with Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.
We sponsored the play “White Privilege” that was presented at ECLC.
We began a conversation with the Edina Anti-Racism Collective about coordinating some of our efforts in the immediate neighborhood. (Steve Obaid is the liaison.)
We sponsored a three-part virtual series for the congregation on the Doctrine of Discovery to help the congregation understand the significance of this Doctrine and learn about the ELCA Declaration of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to American Indian and Alaska Native People. Dick Magnus was a significant resource for this study.
God has accompanied us through what has been an exceptionally long and hard year for many. We worshiped in the sanctuary, the parking lot(s), the streets, our living rooms, the lake, the river, the headwaters and too many other special places to list.
Some highlights from this year:
I leave you with this question. How did you experience God’s presence in worship this year at ECLC?
Through Bible studies, conversation circles and book discussions, adults at ECLC took part in a variety of opportunities designed to deepen our faith as we connect with one another.
Participation in Bible studies ranged from 5 to 20, depending on the week. Bible studies are held on Thursday mornings from 10-11 a.m. on zoom and everyone is welcome!
Adult Forum was held in the evenings this year, which we intend to continue because it allows us more time to explore topics. Our focus this year was to reach out to members in the congregation to lift up their work and invite others to join in thoughtful conversations. Carla Calson (Bright Stars of Bethlehem) led two different conversations on Palestine using ‘Aperigon’ as a guide. Debbie Côté and Nancy Burns (Beacon) led a 3-part series on the book ‘Evicted’ and the housing crisis. This fall Mark Swiggum and Racial Justice Action and Advocacy led a 3-part series on the Doctrine of Discovery. I thank all these members for their time and leadership in conversation circles this past year.
Pastor Jeff and I are working on more opportunities for the 2022 including a 3-part series from the Indian Land Tenure Foundation. I am hopeful that we can be together in person soon. In the meantime, I am grateful to connect over zoom.
It was two years ago that I began my term in Shepherding. I like to spend time in the kitchen, and Shepherding involves being in the kitchen – I thought it was a good fit. A month later, we were shut down by COVID. So how do you have gatherings, lunches, celebrations when you are sheltering in place? It has been a trying year or two. COVID has prevented the close relations that are commonplace at ECLC, so we needed to try new methods. Here are a few: a Christmas ornament exchange by hanging ornaments on the bushes in front of ECLC, a picture puzzle swap library, a Lenten soup recipe exchange (thanks Kay Larsen). an Easter egg hunt with eggs filled with garden seeds (thanks Erika LaDousa and Rynda Carlis), sidewalk chalking (thanks to Jen Fung Barrett), a ZOOM baby shower for Pastor Anna (thanks to the whole shepherding team), a July outdoor Ice Cream Social (thanks to Jen Barrett Fung, Tim Nordberg, Erika LaDousa), and a Remembrance Tree for remembering loved ones with an ornament in their memory. It has been a strange year for Shepherding, and I could not have done it without the ideas and help of Erika LaDousa, Jen Fung Barrett, Rynda Carlis, Kay Larsen, Tim Norberg, and our ECLC kitchen angel Karen Boyum. If anyone has ideas on ways the Shepherding Ministry can bring people of all ages together, please let us know. Better yet, consider joining the Shepherding team.
The children and youth of ECLC continue to be sources of light and hope for our community. During 2021, they showed up outside, masked up, and online to grow in their faith. The ongoing pandemic continued to require flexibility in scheduling children and youth activities.
As we look to the future, we are excited about the ways our children and youth will continue to lead our community. We are excited to look ahead to summer experiences, including a Wilderness canoe trip, the Justice, Art, and Music (JAM) camp, and the ELCA Youth Gathering.
As we continue to navigate the pandemic together, the tool for our ministry, and the place that facilitates our gatherings – be it on-line, in the parking lot, or in the sanctuary – remains. Our building. Our church. Our home. It is a reminder of community and the care we show for each other. And like in any given year, a lot happened in 2021!
We anticipate more activity and small projects in 2022, as well as living into our new partnership with LHCCC. We will also be planning a workday in the spring, so please watch for announcements in the e-news.
Finally, thanks to all of the members of the committee and their efforts in making 2021 so productive: Chris Strom, Marilyn David, Karen Boyum, Tom Dokken, Bernie Beaver, Claire Harper, Rolf Anderson, Pat Larson and Peter O’Malia.
This year, Jodie Crist, John Martinson, Bill Davis (partial year), Rolf Fiebiger and Liz Peterson joined me on the committee. We met monthly via Zoom and Pastor Anna, Pastor Jeff and Kienan Mick attended most meetings.
Our committee exists to focus on our people, both pastors and staff. The ECLC Personnel Committee has three primary responsibilities: (i) maintaining the Employee Handbook; (ii) ensuring personnel processes are in place and followed; and (iii) identifying opportunities to recognize, support and appreciate staff members. Our committee continued positive progress in select areas and made new progress in others.
Last year, the committee collaborated with our pastors to develop and implement a new framework for employee recognition and milestone anniversary celebration. This year, the church leaders and staff continued to embrace the new framework celebrating in various ways all year long to continue to build on the progress from last year.
This year, our committee’s primary focus was to create a performance review and compensation process. This work was done in partnership with both pastors as well as Kienan. The work was focused to create a clear review structure for all staff and broadened the feedback loop.
2022 will be a year to build on the foundation that the committee has built and continue to grow and support our church leaders.
The traditional work of ECLC’s quilting ministry continued in spite of Covid-related restrictions on face-to-face meetings. Individual quilters made quilt tops in their homes during the months we sustained our friendships and managed our communications with meetings on Zoom. From January through April, we met nine times on Zoom. From March through May, quilters met outdoors at Edlund’s home or in the church parking lot to layer quilt tops with batting and quilt backs. Quilts prepared in this way were taken home to tie by solo efforts – a definite change from our past practice of having four or five quilters sitting around Fellowship Hall tables to tie together. In June we came back to ECLC to meet in-person, inside the building wearing masks and skipping or limiting our lunch times. We had fourteen of these quilting sessions from then until the end of the year.
How well did these arrangements work? Quite well. On September 19, 139 finished quilts were blessed during worship services. The quilts were distributed in this way:
108 quilts were sent to Lutheran World Relief
25 quilts were given to the Minneapolis Council of Churches
5 quilts were given to Minnesota Freedom Fund
1 (full-size) quilt was given to a family who had their triplets baptized by Pastor Anna
In addition to quilts, members of the group made masks starting in the spring of 2020 and continuing through the spring of 2021. In total 5658 masks were made, about 700 of those in 2021. They were given to local organizations such as Recovery Church and Loaves and Fishes as well as to Lutheran World Relief.
Looking at the work of the quilting ministry through the lens of ECLC’s strategic plan goals, we find solid support for the goal of building of relationships within the congregational community. Actions paired with this goal include to lovingly encircle all who seek our community as well as to welcome, converse, and include. These activities are basic to how the ECLC quilting ministry works.
Focusing justice work on racial, LGBTQIA+, and eco-justice issues, at home and beyond is also an ECLC strategic plan goal. Lutheran World Relief is one of ECLC’s mission partners. The quilting ministry’s donation of quilts to this organization helps to deepen our relationship to LWR. In turn, LWR donated quilts to people in these troubled countries in 2021: Armenia, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Honduras, Jordan, Lebanon, South Sudan, Syria, and Tanzania. Quilters support eco-justice by using primarily donated fabric or that purchased at thrift-shops.
Rynda N Carlis
December 31, 2021
Harriet Patricia Doran April 17, 2021
Luke Robert Doran April 17, 2021
Henry Benjamin Doran April 17, 2021
Brooks David Ruff June 26, 2021
Colter Frank Moore July 11, 2021
Amelia Grace Maydole August 1, 2021
Frances Frisby Jean Helgen August 2, 2021
Ruby Joy Atkinson August 22, 2021
Confirmed October 31, 2021
Zachary Patrick Amare Danielson
William David Irwin
Reece Kyran Joshi
Juliette Vita Larson
Svea Irene Rundman
Jasper Perkins Strom
Beatrix Claire Wood
Received into membership
Sarah Brock & Andrew Iverson
Donell & Kristian Clauser
Megan & Mike Daman (Walter and Harry)
Leonard & Morgan Lange
Alli & Nate Maydole (Amelia*)
* Received by baptism in 2021
Darold Beekmann January 13, 2021
Peter Stathopoulos April 10, 2021
Lori Lehman April 17, 2021
Jim Klobuchar May 12, 2021
Jan Duquette June 2, 2021
John Oren December 13, 2021
Membership (Active & Inactive)
Year Baptized Confirmed
2021 847 613
2020 869 621
2019 832 613
2018 792 576
2017** 770 556
2016 905 637
2015 879 623
2014 823 590
2013 789 565
2012 755 564
**Adjustment from periodic review of Inactive Rolls.
For 2021 the average is estimated based on in-person and viewings of streamed services (which is a difficult number to capture).
For 2020 the average is based on attendance from services January 5 – March 8 held at ECLC and March 15-Dec 27 services held online-Facebook & YouTube views.
For 2013-2019 the average is based on attendance at Sunday, Holy Week and Christmas services.
For 2012 the average is based on attendance at Sunday, Christmas and mid-week services. Bonfire services were reduced to 1x per month.
Year Average attendance
* Christmas = Sunday
** Christmas Eve = Sunday