God’s Work. Our Hands.

“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

Service activities offer an opportunity for us to explore one of our most basic convictions as Lutherans: that all of life in Jesus Christ – every act of service, in every daily calling, in every corner of life – flows freely from a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

You work every day to make your community a better place. Let us continue doing this work together! Check out the ELCA website for a  video and resources to guide your congregation’s planning, promotion and more.

"God's Work. Our Hands." In the Sierra Pacific Synod

September 10, 2017

Reno, NV

Approximately 75 individuals from Faith Lutheran Church, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Lord of Mercy Lutheran Church and Holy Cross Lutheran Church took part in the activities at Idlewild Park. Following a pot luck meal, members from the various congregations worked in the rose gardens, engaged in beautification projects and wrote letters for Operation Gratitude.

Orangevale, CA

Christ the King Lutheran (with our Boy Scout troop, Troop 144) sought to make a difference by our faith through picking up garbage at a local park, Lake Natoma.  It was estimated we picked up about 1000 pounds of garbage.  Thank you God for allowing us to serve!

Murphys, CA


Faith Lutheran Church in Murphys, CA, had two GWOH projects this year!  Both projects focused on hunger.  A total of ten individuals, out of an average Sunday attendance of 27, participated in the two projects.

On Sept. 8, seven people helped with the produce distribution at the Calaveras/Amador County Resource Connection Food Bank in San Andreas.  We arrived at 9:00 am and spent about 2 hours bagging and handing out free produce to over 70 individuals and families.

On Sept. 30, five people took part in the second annual Murphys CROP Walk, organized by First Congregational Church, UCC, in Murphys.  This was our second year participating in the CROP Walk. Nearly $4000 was raised in total for our local Resource Connection Food Bank and Church World Service hunger programs.