Save the date: Sept. 9, 2018!
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate and proclaim who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
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Since 2013, ELCA members nationwide have gathered together for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, sharing their gifts and faith through serving their neighbors and communities.
They have helped build and repair homes, assembled health-care kits and backpacks, distributed cookies to first responders, spent time in conversation with people in homeless shelters, prepared meals for those who are food insecure, and written letters to veterans and those currently in the military.
The Rev. Jim Culver, interim pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Evansville, Ind., reflected on his experience: “I went with a group to the house of the lady with the most lawn problems. She told us, ‘The Lord sent you. I don’t know what I would have done if you hadn’t come to help. I grew up in another denomination and had been a member of that church all my life, but I haven’t seen them lined up at my door to help me.”
Emanuel was one of six congregations partnering with Fresh Air Community of Faith, a nondenominational church in Evansville, to work on two service projects in the community.
One group assembled more than 300 bags with toiletries, socks and snacks, which were distributed to participating congregations to hand out to homeless people. The second group worked through a neighborhood association that identified residents needing help with lawn care and home repair.
“It was a wonderful experience for us. Some of our members now have a better understanding of our neighborhood and a vision for ministry possibilities nearby. It was also a good fellowship opportunity for our congregations to work together in a service project. I think all of us who participated are glad that we had the opportunity to work together to show the love of Jesus to people in our community,” Culver said.
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday – no matter when, where or how it happens – is a rich experience of mutual care, service, learning and witness for everyone.
Keep an eye on ELCA.org/dayofservice for details and resources.
Articles in this week’s e-news:
- God’s work. Our hands. Save the date – Sept. 9!
- Lutheran Social Service of MN “God’s work. Our hands.” Service Projects
- Stewardship ‘Toolkit’ for May 2018
- Youth Give Generously
- WELCA Communicator
- Luther Seminary 2017 Annual Report
- Job Openings
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