65On Sept. 13 thousands of ELCA members across the country lent their hands in service as part of “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. The dedicated day of service provides congregations with an opportunity to build on the work they do in their communities every day. Annamarie Clevenger was one of 11 volunteers from Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, Crown Point, Ind., who helped with yard work and outdoor chores at the home of a member’s mother. David Mowrey, and Richard and Abram Zink, members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chapel Hill, N.C., helped clean a park. The congregation put their hands to work on several service projects, including preparing meals for the homeless and assembling personal hygiene kits for women and families in crisis. Lu Eshelman and Samuel and Nathanael Cummings and other members of Blue Ridge Trinity Lutheran in Raytown, Mo., spent the day gardening and cleaning to make their church property safer, cleaner and a more inviting place for the community.

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