Monday, September 14, 2015

God's Work Our Hands St. John's Summary

To the people of St. John's,

A big shout out of thanks to each and every one of you for making St. John's very first time participating in the ELCA God's Work, Our Hands day a huge success! It was a wonderful day and we had a great turnout of many hands joining together with our fellow ELCA congregations across the U.S. for a day of community service. Because of all your efforts, in a 3 hour time frame, with approximately 125 people participating, we were able to:

•pack 150 school kits for Lutheran World Relief
•assemble 600 Welcome Kits for the Chamber of Commerce
•fold 500 flyers for the Norfolk Public Library
•assemble 75 Christmas Ornaments for Golden Living Nursing Home
•complete 3 tie blankets for The Madison House
•make some awesome thank you cards for military veterans
•clean up trash around the Norfolk Public Library and surrounding area, along Pasewalk from 18th to Hy-Vee, and along both sides of 275 by Menards and Walmart
•Paint a room at the Rescue Mission & tear out a floor of another room
•lay mats under over half of the playground equipment at Northern Hills Daycare
•sort and pack 110 boxes of clothes for the Orphan Grain Train
•visit nine people in nursing homes
•complete many random acts of kindness including: deliver cookies to the Police & Fire Station, took cold wash cloths to walkers at the Alzheimer's walk, gave out quarters at the laundry mat, paid for some people's groceries, paid for someone's meal in a fast food drive through, handed out lottery tickets at a gas station and washed their windshields.

We were all blessed to enjoy fun and fellowship while shining the light of Jesus to others through our service! In reference to Pastor David's sermon last week, I think some might even say, "now THAT is a great church."

I can't wait to see what our next year God's Work, Our Hands day of service will look like!!

Oh...and did I guys ROCK!!!

In His service with all of you,
Tracy Meister

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