To celebrate all that God has given us Good Shepherd takes part in a dedicated ELCA church-wide weekend of service in September known as “God’s work. Our hands.” Weekend.
Check out the narthex display for a listing of opportunities for individuals and families to serve during this two-day event in September. There will be opportunities for service both at church and off-site, in one-hour, two-hour even four-hour increments over Saturday and Sunday (hands of ALL sizes will be on deck during the Sunday School hour). There are also a number of opportunities to support those in need by donating new or used items.
Whether it’s donating items for collection, an hour of time helping make lunches for the homeless, a visit to a local retirement home, creating art to share or packing food and personal care kits … hands of ALL sizes, abilities and all ages can come together to do God’s work!
Last year there were hands, young and not-so-young, small and large reaching out to others in love and kindness. In addition to donation collections for groups such as Circle of Concern, Gateway 180, Lutheran Campus Ministry, recycled bags to create sleeping mats for the homeless, and recycled t-shirts to create dog toys for the Humane Society, groups reached out with their time, talent, awesome energy and fellowship in a variety of projects such as:
- Gateway 180 Homeless Shelter’s community outreach “Brown Bag” program (160 lunches were packed for distribution to the homeless in the community surrounding the shelter)
- Briarcrest Senior Center Sunday morning visit and sing-along
- Providing a warm Sunday dinner, fun and fellowship for the kids and families at Gateway 180 Homelessness Reversed Ministry downtown
- Led by Jane Wagner and Vicki Haugen, beautiful hand-crafted greeting cards were created so that we might reach out to visitors and members in need as well to share with Project Boomerang, an organization that provides these caring cards for use by those serving in the military.
- 6th – 8th graders put together 40 ‘Birthday Party in a Bag’ packs for families served by Circle of Concern
- 3rd – 5th graders created dog chew toys out of recycled t-shirts for the Humane Society
- Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd graders packed over 100 after-school snack/activity packs for kids in the Love & Care after-school programs
- Pre-Kindergarteners created Thanksgiving turkey crafts out of recycled paper tubes to share with those families receiving our Thanksgiving Baskets
- Little Lambs and preschool classes created handprint fall prayer wreaths for residents at Meramec Bluffs Senior Center
Our best count is that we had over 220 people of all ages using their hands to do God’s work. Thanks to all who donated items or shared their time for this weekend of service!
Contact: Becky Howard