September 10: God’s Work. Our Hands.
Being the Blessing, Part 1:
A mountain of grocery bags filled with food for our pantry was brought in and collected at the feet of our sanctuary woodcarving of Jesus.
Many thanks to Community Concerns leader Chris Daleiden and her team of volunteers for preparing, collecting, lugging up and down stairs, sorting and storing this bounty and bringing help for the hungry.
Being the Blessing, Part 2:
Volunteers arrayed along the assembly line in Founders Hall put together 300 personal care kits for Lutheran World Relief! Thanks to Louise Evenson, who led this service project, to our Global Ministries Team and all our workers.
The Monday morning women’s Bible study group will assemble 200 more kits in October and then we will ship them to the LWR headquarters in Baltimore to be distributed around the world to places where people are in need.
Last year alone, more than 462,000 quilts and kits reached children, women and men in 19 countries, including Ukraine, Haiti and Tanzania. Thank you also to everyone who donated money to buy the supplies for each kit (about $7) and then money to ship them (about $3 each).
Being the Blessing, Part 3:
Bringing Church to those who couldn’t make it to campus.
Pastor Steve, Pastor Ron and Barbara, and our Eucharistic Ministers visited dozens of friends who were unable join in worship in our sanctuary, bringing communion and comfort — also bringing worship to the elderly through our Christian Life Hours at: Royal Oaks Inn, Atria Grand Oaks, Sage Mountain, University Village, Oak View, and Sunrise of Westlake. Here are Pastor Steve and some friends.
Getting the Blessing
The September 10 worship service was abundant with blessings — including blessing of the teachers and blessing of the backpacks/lunchboxes.
With AL School Principal Rich Gregory and AL Early Childhood Center Director Jenni McCoy on hand to lead and their teachers in front of the church, our students certainly should feel fortified with blessings for the new school year!
We are deeply grateful to our worship leaders, singers and musicians, who brought tears to our eyes and stirred our hearts with beautiful music. And we thank Pastor Julie, Pastor Steve and Pastor Tim, for all their hard work and amazing inspiration.
Our celebration finished up with fun for all — flying children on the rock wall/monkey jump, kids playing games, people enjoying food and all that delightful free Mr. Softee Ice Cream — agreeing that the band Fiddle Leaf were just excellent, truly enjoyable even out in the heat. What a great way to start year 76 for ALC and year 61 for ALS.
Rally Day Photos Thanks To: Breanne Bill, Nichole Cook, Chris Daleidon, Shelley Engle, Louise Evenson, Pastor Steve Herder, Pastor Julie McCain.