“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday


Service in the time of COVID-19

On Sunday, September 13, our congregation, along with over 9,100 congregations across the country, will observe “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.  Our church — and our world — are living through the COVID-19 pandemic.  Physical distancing has changed the way we worship and serve.  But the need is great, and God’s church is at work. 

We will engage in service work to make a positive change in our community, build and deepen relationships, and share God’s love.  Join us as we do God’s work with our hands!

Acts of service can happen anywhere:  you might contribute to a project from your home or volunteer in person keeping a safe physical distance and wearing a mask.

Below you’ll find service project ideas with considerations for safety during a pandemic.  Get ready to serve.

Service Projects at Home

  • Make masks.  Mask wearing could be common practice for a while, so people may need another mask.
  • Write cards or letters, or send care packages.  Every community has people who are always ready to serve.  Express your gratitude for emergency workers, teachers, frontline health care workers, postal and delivery workers, those in the military, and all essential workers, remembering especially members of our congregation.
  • Start a pen pal correspondence with someone from church to connect or reconnect with members of our congregation.  Call Lois at 608.782.3468 to be matched.
  • Call or video-call seniors or those who are homebound or isolated.  Include the whole family by doing things such as: reading books to children (or having them read to you!); playing “show and tell” with items nearby; playing an online game together; or sharing favorite memories of your church community.
  • Pack hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness.
  • Engage with ELCA Advocacy on a range of topics and initiatives.
    • Advance voting rights through ELCAvotes.
    • Take action on racial justice through items on the ELCA Anti-Racism Pledge.
    • Write letters to your elected representative.
    • Visit the ELCA Advocacy Action Center to send messages directly to your representatives on vital issues affecting our communities.

Outdoor and Physically Distanced Service Projects

  • The church grounds need yard work done.  Come Sunday, September 13, 10:30am and roll up your sleeves and get to work with activities such as: edging; raking, clearing brush; and weeding.
  • Pick up litter in your own neighborhood to care for creation and beautify your community.

Items We Are Collecting

Gather donations of nonperishable food items, items for Lutheran World Relief Baby Care Kits and School Kits, and hygiene products.  Drop-off these items in the Peace Garden (off the parking lot on 7th & Division Sts.) at church on Sunday, September 13, from 10:30am—12pm.  There will be a volunteer to receive your items from your car’s trunk or backseat.  No need to even leave your car! Volunteers will also be following CDC guidelines, with masks and social distancing

    • Non-perishable food items,
      • especially cereal, peanut butter and jelly, pasta noodles and sauces, crackers, canned vegetables, canned soups, canned meat (tuna, chicken, etc.) mac-n-cheese, baked beans, diced tomatoes, baby food/cereal
    • Baby items
      • lightweight cotton t-shirts
      • long– or short-sleeved gowns or sleepers (without feet)
      • receiving blankets
      • jacket, sweater or sweatshirts with a hood (or include at baby cap)
      • flat fold cloth diapers
      • socks
      • bath-size bars of Dove soap
      • diaper pins
      • dark color hand towels
    • School supplies
      • 70-sheet wide or college-ruled notebooks
      • 30-cenimeter wood rulers
      • pencil sharpeners
      • blunt safety scissors with embedded steel blades
      • unsharpened #2 lead pencils with erasers
      • black or blue ballpoint pens
      • boxes of crayons – 18 or 24 count
      • 2½ inch erasers
    • Hygiene products
      • shampoo
      • soap
      • toothpaste
      • toothbrushes
      • deodorant
      • toilet paper
      • feminine hygiene products
      • diapers and wipes

 

We would like to hear about your experiences.  Please share your stories, your photos, your videos, and the impact of your work. You can even take photos of you in action and share on your social media pages with #GodsWorkOurHands to encourage others to get involved, too!