“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Aug. 28, 2021

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“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday — We are church together. As Ephesians 2:8-10 reminds us, God has created us by grace to live in union with Jesus Christ and has prepared us to live faithful, fruitful lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ, God has reconciled us to God and to each other. As we gather around word and sacraments, this life in Christ defines, shapes and guides us as a community of faith, the church. By God’s grace we can and do live confidently and generously in this community of faith and in service of others. 

This year we plan to do God's work with our hands the following ways: 

1. Donate or Assemble Kits for LifeWiseSTL  We will assemble New Mom kits and a Sock Puppet Kit. 

2. Build a bench to go alongside the Little Free Library.

3. Spruce up the Little Free Library

4. Card writing to those who could use a pick me up.

5. Be the Match - Blood cancer awareness and drive.

6. Carbon Monoxide education.

7. Metropolitan Congregations United. Learn how to canvas effectively.

8. Make Casseroles in your kitchen.

9. Shop for bread and rolls at the Bridge Bread Truck  Bridge Bread is a non-profit social enterprise that hires people experiencing homelessness and helps them help themselves get back on track through satisfying supportive employment.

10. Shop for fair trade items from the Bridge  The Bridge exists to bridge ethnic, racial, religious, and socio-economic cultures. They are concerned advocates, founded and supported by faith communities, desiring to bring peace, justice, and dignity to the world. Their Fair Trade items provide artisans, craftsmen, and farmers in developing countries an outlet to sell their goods at fair-market value. They sell Fair Trade certified products from all over the world. 

11. Outdoor spruce-up of Buder - including gardening and painting benches. 

12. Advocate for change! "In the ELCA we believe that, through baptism, God is calling us into the world to serve together. We are a church that views governments as helpful ways God is active in our world and that is energized by lively engagement in our faith and public life. When we, as ELCA members, lift our voices together to influence policies that advance the common good, we further God’s work in our world. Shaped by the ELCA’s social teaching documents and the experiences of its congregations, ministries, and partners, we advocate to end world hunger and stands up for policies that create opportunities to overcome poverty, promote peace and dignity, preserve God’s creation and promote racial justice." (ELCA Advocacy) Participate in a letter-writing campaign to your representatives. Templates can be found here. Click here to find out who represents you. 

Sign Ups coming soon!