9/11/2020 8:25:00 AM
CHICAGO – On Sunday, Sept. 13, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will observe "God's work. Our hands." Sunday. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ELCA members will mark the annual day of service by helping make a positive change in their communities, building and deepening relationships and sharing God's love.
Although the pandemic has forced congregations to cancel in-person worship and move to virtual services, ELCA members have continued to support ministries that assist vulnerable people in their communities. "God's work. Our hands." Sunday will mark the work that congregations participate in on a daily basis.
Projects to safely support communities in the time of a pandemic can include sewing masks; writing thank-you notes and assembling care packages for emergency care workers, teachers and other essential workers; helping with yard work for members who need assistance; delivering meals and groceries; and packing hygiene and personal care kits.
Service offers the church an opportunity to explore one of the most basic Lutheran convictions: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God's grace. For more than 30 years, the ELCA has been a church deeply rooted in faith and in sharing its passion for making positive changes in the world.
More information about the "God's work. Our hands." Sunday is available at elca.org/dayofservice.
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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands.," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.
For information contact:
Candice Hill Buchbinder