This Sunday we get to live out our mission to Welcome, Worship and Walk with Christ as we participate in God’s work. Our hands. Sunday. This is a great opportunity to come together as a congregation to serve our community. We will begin with worship outdoors, but we hope you will stick around to work on some of the service projects for our community and beyond. You can get a full list of projects in the article below and then click on the link and sign up! This year we will be partnering with Neighbor for Neighbor Food Pantry, the Mobile Tomah Community Table, Lutheran Social Services, the La Crosse Area Synod and community members. After our service projects are completed, we will be gathering back at Peace for lunch! It’s going to be a great day and we hope you join us!
See you Sunday,
As I was looking over our Weekly Update, I noticed that we have a lot going on right now that has to do with generosity. We’re supporting Lutheran Disaster Response with a focus on Haiti relief. We’re collecting items for LSS to put together kits for our Afghan neighbors as they settle into new homes. We’ve coordinated God’s work. Our hands. Sunday to happen on September 12. These are all incredible ways of being generous with our time, talents, and resources. Over the years as your pastor, I have learned the people of Peace are generous people. And so, I can’t wait to see the outcome of these efforts. Thank you!
At this time, several of us at Peace are also working through a helpful stewardship program called “Building a Culture of Generosity”. We are hoping to share stories of generosity throughout the Fall with an encouragement for you to fill out an Intention of Giving Card at the end. A lot of people shy away from what are often called pledge drives, but I have to say that I am excited about this work. It gives us an opportunity to dream about growing our ministry and the new ways we can be generous in the coming year. This is the amazing work God blesses us to do.
As information about Building a Culture of Generosity is shared, I hope you will engage in this with us. And then pray and consider how you might join us in being generous. God’s work. Our hands! This is God’s good work we do together!
The last few weeks have been rough.
If you’ve been following the news:
- Over 2000 people have died in the Haiti earthquake
- Countless Afghans are fleeing for their lives in hopes of finding refuge
- And the coronavirus is on the rise across our nation
It can feel like hopeless times. And yet, we are people of hope. We have a God that gives us hands and feet to bring help and hope in the midst of suffering
And so, I would encourage you to first and foremost pray for those who are suffering in this time. The world needs our prayers right now. And then consider how you might help. Check out the links below for Lutheran Disaster Response (Haiti relief) or the Lutheran Immigrant & Refugee Service (Afghan crisis). Consider donating to these causes that have boots on the ground and are doing important work for those who need it most. Or drop off a check at Peace and we will be sure to get your donations to where they are needed.
As many of you may know, Afghan allies are coming to Fort McCoy. We are actively seeking ways that we will be able to help out locally as well. So please, stay tuned for more information and share any information you might receive.
As the we hear in the story of Esther, perhaps we were born “for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). Let us be bold and step out in faith to share our resources and care for our neighbors.