September 13 is “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday! We’ll worship together at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. as well as work together on various ministry projects that serve our local neighbors between and after worship services. It’s all set up to just show up and pitch in as you’re able before or after worship.
We’ll be wearing and handing out goldenrod “God’s work. Our hands.” t-shirts along with thousands of other ELCA Lutherans across the United States who will also be using their hands to do God’s work that day.
Service projects are Sunday, September 13, 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Fellowship Hall.
Continue reading to see where your hands may be drawn to serve your neighbor…
Pastor Caitlin Trussell
Help purchase and portion out rice and beans
Do you have a passion for alleviating hunger? As part of “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, the Global Mission and Social Ministry committees are joining hands to organize a break-down of bulk bags of rice and beans into smaller quantities to be donated to Metro Caring. We have funds to purchase a limited supply of dried rice and beans, but would like to purchase more.
If you have a heart for alleviating hunger, you can help in two ways: Make a donation of any amount to the church and mark it “Metro Caring Breakdown” and/or help rebag the food between and after services on Sunday, September 13.
Make lunches for hungry people
The Children’s and Family Committee along with the youth will host a bag lunch assembly line to make lunches to hand out to the homeless community following 10:30 a.m. worship. People of all ages are invited to pack lunches in brown bags, so that youth and families can pass them out during the afternoon.
Donate school supplies for clients of Lutheran Family Services
Augustana Early Learning Center will collect school supplies and filled new backpacks for foster and refugee children through Lutheran Family Services. Items needed are based on grade. Download a list of needed supplies here.
Knit for the well-being of others
Prayer Shawl Ministry will be knitting and crocheting in Fellowship Hall. Visit them to learn more about this ministry. Knitters will be available to give instructions for those people who would like to learn to knit. Bring yarn and needles so you can get started!
Prepare care packages
Stuff bags with health bars, water, socks and other non-perishable items that members can keep in their cars to hand out to homeless people as needed.
See how gardeners get their hands dirty doing God’s work
Join Augustana’s Community Gardeners between services to tour the community and learn more about how produce from the garden supports food banks such as Produce for Pantries. Produce for Pantries encourages home, school, and community gardeners to plant, grow, and share produce with food pantries and hunger-relief organizations in their neighborhoods. The garden is full of peas, beans, beets, and radishes, and Augustana is pleased to share this feast with others. Come and see!