By Diane Thygeson

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

140907-FWFF02smFor the past two years, thousands of members from across this church have dedicated one day to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all people. Last year, the FaithWorks congregations joined together for a day of service, worship and fellowship. This year, FaithWorks is inviting all Racine ELCA churches to join together. The date for 2015’s “God’s Work, Our Hands” Sunday is September 13.

Over the next couple of months, a planning committee will reach out to various organizations in Racine, to see where service projects are needed most. Whether it’s gathering food items to fill shelves at one of the local food pantries, cleaning up a public park or volunteering at a homeless shelter, 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.

We’ll start the day doing various community service projects around Racine, wearing our bright gold “God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirts. Then we’ll gather at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection for a joint worship service, followed by a cookout and an afternoon of kids’ games and other entertainment. (We will start to gather T-shirt orders in July. T-shirts will be cost $6 each.)

You work hard to help make Racine a better place. Now let’s do this work together!