God’s Work, Our Hands 2018
As described by the ELCA, “God’s work our hands” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
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. (ELCA.org)
St James Trinity members have taken this opportunity to heart for several years. They have provided community service through activities such as: cleaning Keller Park, washing car windows and checking oil, writing letters to service people, weeding the cemetery, visiting nursing home residents, pumping gas and cleaning city sidewalks.
This year a hardy crew joined together to rake up and bag leaves from several Fall Creek homes. Mighty winds over the last week loosened and felled the leaves into foundation beddings and into tapestry-like layers over the still green lawns. Once the blankets of red, yellow and orange leaves were plucked and stuffed into bags, the grass below was freed, at least until the snows of winter find their way into the village. Helpers loaded several pick-up trucks full with large bags of the crumpled, crunchy, leaves and carried them swiftly away.
After the work was done, the team retreated to the church basement for some yummy hot chocolate, pulled pork sandwiches and a variety of desserts. No Lutheran event is complete, after all, without food and fellowship.
Today a mother worked beside her teen-aged daughter, who brought her friend along to help rake. Two parents in their 80’s worked as a family with their retired adult children. Members from the church’s leadership team raked along with the Pastor’s wife. All used their hands for those needing help with this annual fall chore. Today’s special service day was an opportunity to contagiously share God’s love by working together to make the community a better place. Thank you so much for your service!
Mission Quilting – October 2018
Women from St. James Trinity sewed over 100 quilts this last year. These quilts are donated locally in friendship, not necessarily hardship, and also to Lutheran World Relief http://LWR.org where they are distributed to over 16 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.