Editor’s note: The following is reprinted with permission from the ELCA Southwest California Synod newsletter.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton visited Los Angeles for the installation of Southwest California Synod Bishop Brenda Bos—but she didn’t miss participating in acts of service for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday.

That morning, Eaton joined the congregation of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Los Angeles; its pastor, Matt Keadle; and Living the Resurrection Pastor Marjorie Funk-Pihl as they packed COVID-19 care kits; prepared for an Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries afternoon reception honoring Bos and ELCA Sierra Pacific Bishop Megan Rohrer; and toured The Nest, an early childhood education center and preschool for low-income families—many of whom are facing unemployment and homelessness—in the St. Mark-University of Southern California neighborhood.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant, with furniture crafted for young children and cabinets and counters designed for safety, The Nest serves 32 children between 18 months and 40 months old and is the result of a three-year plan and partnership between St. Mark, California Hospital’s Hope Street Margolis Family Center, and area architects and builders, many of whom donated their time and skill. From underutilized space at St. Mark, they created an innovative, safe and much-needed learning environment emphasizing light and an open-floor concept.

This was Eaton’s first chance to join a congregation for “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, and she clearly enjoyed it very much! You can hear more about it on the Vinyl Preacher podcast.

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