Serving Our Neighbors – Sunday September 13
Our church will once again actively participate in a national Lutheran day of serving called God’s Work Our Hands. We will serve our neighbors, both locally and globally, as we share God’s love in very tangible ways on God’s Work Our Hands Sunday Sept. 13.
However, in these times of COVID 19, our congregational efforts will look different than in previous years. We will not gather together to assemble hygiene kits for the homeless or tie fleece blankets for Veterans like we have done in the past. However, there are still many things that we can do to continue this intentional effort of doing God’s Work with Our Hands as we strive to be a positive influence in our communities.
We encourage you to faithfully participate this year in God’s Work Our Hands.
God’s Work Our Hands
Gather, Write, Open, Haul
G = GATHER SUPPLIES
Generously shop and gather these specific supplies that will be donated to local ministries:
- For those experiencing homelessness, these items are needed at Good Shepherd’s Center
- Folding umbrella, Bug spray, New bed pillows (A gently used umbrella is OK to donate, however the bed pillows must be new)
- For those experiencing hunger, these food items are needed at Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard: Mac & Cheese, Black Beans, Cereal (only Cheerios, Raisin Bran, Cornflakes please)
Whether you gather and donate one item or 100, your generosity will truly bless local people in need. If you would like assistance with gathering your supplies, we have willing volunteers who will shop for you, simply contact Jeannie Hellmann, 763 498-2552.
W = WRITE NOTES
Please write notes of gratitude and encouragement for local essential workers: Fire fighters, School Staff at Murrayville Elementary, and Emergency Room staff .
Please use any thank you notes, blank paper or even index cards you have at home to express your appreciation of these workers’ service and sacrifice. You may write one note or 100 notes!
Please indicate on the envelope the group of essential workers to whom you have written so we can deliver your note appropriately.
O= OPEN your heart and your wallet
Consider giving a financial gift to help starving people in Uganda. Especially during the pandemic, opening your heart and your wallet is a powerful way to share God’s love. All markets in Rakai, Uganda remain closed and starvation is as much a threat as COVID 19.
$75 provides a “Care Box” (rice, beans, flour, salt) which feeds a family of 8 for a month.
Gifts in any amount are appreciated and will help this feeding program led by African Children Today ministry in Uganda. (You may remember last year our church donated 34 bicycles for school children there). Please mark your financial gift for God’s Work Our Hands and donate either online, or bring cash or check to church. (please write checks to LCOR) You may catch a glimpse of this vital ministry by watching the video below.
H = HAUL
Please bring (or Haul) all your donations to church on Sat. or Sunday, Sept 12/13.
After you gather supplies, write notes and open your hearts and wallets, then please Haul all these items to church on Sat. or Sunday, Sept 12/13. We will have volunteers in the church parking lot from 9:30 am to noon both days to welcome you and help unload your donations. Remember: we will have an outdoor worship service at 8:30 am on Sunday, Sept. 13 as we celebrate God’s Work Our Hands Sunday… so we invite you to worship at 8:30 am and then drop off your donations at 9:30 following the service.
THANK YOU for participating in God’s Work Our Hands (GWOH) in unique yet effective ways this year as we Gather, Write, Open and Haul (GWOH). As we strive to be safe and socially distanced during this pandemic, we celebrate that we can still effectively participate in God’s Work Our Hands activities – as individuals within our families and neighborhoods and also as a faith community working together to share God’s love with others, both locally and globally. THANKS again and again!