ELCA Congregations Work to Improve Communities God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Freeport, is one of nearly 9,100 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) participating in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, Sept. 13. Across the country, thousands of ELCA members will be engaging in service work to make a positive change in their communities, build and deepen relationships, and share God’s love.

From 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 13, at the shelter at Read Park, members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church are collecting food for local food pantries, needed items for Voices of Stephenson County, and gifts for residents of Walnut Acres Nursing Home.

Food Donations: All non-perishable food items are welcome, as well as personal hygiene products.

Donations for Voices: An important resource for VOICES’ services is the Cellular Phone Donation Program. VOICES of Stephenson county accepts cell phones, with chargers, in good usable condition. The police will clear off the information and then clients can use them to dial 911 only. Voices also has a need for women’s underwear all sizes and practical socks of all sizes. They must be new.

Gifts for Nursing Home Residents: Gift bags for the residents will be assembled from donations. Suggested items include: snack items (candy bars, chips, crackers with cheese or peanut butter), packaged combs, crayons, colored pencils, coloring books, word search and crossword books. Anything donated will be set aside in quarantine before distribution to residents. Also, large bottles of lotion and shampoo are welcome for use with the residents. They appreciate anything that smells nice.

We will have ice cream treats for the donors at our event, so come on out and make a donation – and be part of doing God’s work in our community. We are grateful to Thrivent Financial for the Thrivent Action Teams that are assisting with this project.

In addition, on Sunday, September 20 we will be painting the fence around the duck pond at Krape Park.

For more than 30 years, the ELCA has been a church deeply rooted in faith and in sharing its passion for making positive changes in the world. Prince of Peace joins with other ELCA congregations across the country to boldly participate in God’s work in the world — restoring and reconciling communities, and pursuing peace and justice.

More information about Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is available at princeofpeacefreeport.com. More information about the ELCA is available at ELCA.org.—

About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.5 million members in more than 9,100 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands.,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world.


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