The second Sunday in September is always God’s work Our hands” Sunday! It’s a special day in the life of the church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It’s a day for members of ELCA congregations to celebrate their mission to the world, recognize what they have done over the past year in witness to others. We gather for food and fellowship, and do service projects together. This year, all three ELCA congregations in Yakima, Central, Christ, and Tree of Life/Arbol da Vida, came together in Central Lutheran’s Fellowship Hall. After enjoying a barbecue and meeting new friends/rekindling old acquaintances, we heard about the ELCA World Hunger program from Vicar Ethan Bergman and Deacon Dave Hellerich. We ended the day by working on several projects together: Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits (70), Camp Hope Health Kits (25), Days for Girls Hygiene Kits (40), and Quilts for the Youth Homeless Shelter and Triumph’s Parent-Child Assistance Program (many). We had 73 participants for this, the first-ever gathering of all 3 area congregations for this purpose. A good time was had by all. Thanks be to God!
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