God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday is September 10, 2017

We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work! Whether your congregation prepares and delivers meals to people rendered homeless to thanking emergency responders, your service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: 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.

The idea for the dedicated day of service is this: ELCA members are called to put their faith into action by engaging in a service activity in their neighborhood, surrounding community or designated area. While service opportunities are endless, ELCA members and congregations are invited to conduct their own research opportunities for service that makes sense for their local context and the congregation’s service capacity. In other words, the idea is to deepen a congregation’s and the member’s experience in their communities and offer a way for congregations to play a critical part in addressing community needs.

Although the designated day of service is targeted to take place on a Sunday, the service day should not be seen as “replacing worship.” You are encouraged to host your service event after worship or you and your congregation can arrange for a brief worship service at the site you’re serving and welcome others to worship. Consider partnering with other ELCA congregations in your area! The possibilities are endless.

Make sure to email Samantha at shenderson@socalsynod.org with your photographs and service stories!

Order your “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday T-shirts from Old Lutheran! You can personalize your T-shirts with the name of your congregation. Shirts are now available in English, Spanish, and Arabic. Visit customerservice@oldlutheran or call toll free at (877) 653-5884.

Download your ELCA “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday Toolkit here

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