God’s Work. Our Hands.

God's Work. Our Hands.

Blessings as we move into the time of year when summer moves into fall, and many congregations begin Sunday School, confirmation, and other programs that may have taken a hiatus during the time when many people travel and are away.

For the last several years, the first few weeks of September have also become a time when many ELCA congregations engage in “God’s Work, Our Hands” (GWOH) projects in the communities where they are located. It’s an important time to make connections with people in our neighborhoods – to demonstrate that the congregations of our ELCA are committed to making a “public witness” with our faith.

As I read your newsletters and peruse your websites, I have been impressed with the imagination and the energy that has been shown in creating GWOH service projects. It reminds of the work that the youth of this church have done during ELCA Youth Gatherings, wearing orange shirts as each day for three days 10,000 youth and their sponsors spread out across the city we are visiting to clean up after hurricane damage or to help paint classrooms or to revitalize neighborhoods. Whenever we are “out and about” wearing orange or yellow t-shirts and making a difference, it’s an impressive witness – and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you.

It’s my hope that we can gather pictures and stories of your congregation’s GWOH outreach projects. You can share them on our Synod’s Facebook Page on the GWOH post pinned to the top, or on your own Facebook page or Instagram with the hashtags#GodsWorkOurHands and #spselca. You could also tag the synod in pictures you post on Facebook or Instagram. I look forward to seeing all the ways we have been offering God’s Work with Our Hands! Who knows, maybe you’ll find an idea for your congregation for next year!

Thanks for your partnership in the ministry we share.

Bp. Mark