Living God's love in our community and the world

By: Pastor Leslie Welton, Associate Pastor & Director of Discipleship & Outreach

Each year the ELCA designates a day in September as “God’s Work. Our Hands” Sunday. Congregations are encouraged to gather in worship and then disperse out into the community for a variety of service-related projects. 

Neighborhood cleanups, backpack creations, hospice and baby kits, and goodie bags for community first responders are a few of the ways we have reached out over the years. It is a reminder that the work we do is not ours but God’s, and we are privileged to join in!

This year we are collecting back to school outfits for Mustard Seed School. Enjoy back to school shopping? For children experiencing homelessness, starting a new school can be daunting. Having a new outfit can make the day a little brighter. Mustard Seed School is in need of NEW outfits and sturdy new shoes, size 3T to adult (for age 15) to get students ready for school. 

Over 300 students came through these programs, which run through the summer as well as the traditional year, last year. Please bring new clothing and shoes to the church before, or on September 10, and we will sort them for easy distribution and delivery on September 10. Barrels are in the narthex and office.

Other projects will include hands-on building, neighborhood trash and graffiti clean-up, and work in the community for both members and neighbors. Please watch the bulletin and website for more information and join us for worship on September 10 at 9:00 am ready to serve in the name of Jesus!

Contact Rebekah Turnbaugh or Pastor Leslie if you would like to be a leader for a project.