In celebration of the ELCA’s 25th anniversary, on September 8, 2013 congregations from across the Southeastern Iowa Synod donned bright yellow t-shirts and went out into their communities as part of the ELCA’s first “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work, and in or synod congregations got to work by: packaging 2,800 meals for “Kids Against Hunger,” collecting donations for local food pantries and clothing closets, building a Habitat for Humanity home, singing at assisted living homes, visiting elderly neighbors, painting, picking up litter along highways and in parks, making quilts and school kits for LWR, creating care packages for military personnel, and serving at Ronald McDonald House.  

“When one congregation or a group of congregations gather for service in their local communities, they are the church in that place, taking care of that part of God’s vineyard. But this is all work that we do together. When one congregation works to feed people who are hungry, that is also the entire church coming together.” ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

This year’s “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is September 7, 2014. Share pictures, stories, and personal reflections from your congregation’s day of service with Minda Davison, Director for Communications at [email protected]. Pictures and stories will be used for publication on the synod website, Facebook page, and Enews.

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