Sunday, September 11 was "God's work. Our Hands." Sunday, a dedicated day of service in the ELCA. 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'd like to know what your congregation did on "God's Work. Our Hands." Sunday (or whichever day you designated or will designate a Day of Service) - send pictures of your service event to shenderson@socalsynod.org!

Shepherd of the Valley, Simi Valley made 60 blessing bags for the homeless and 12 welcome bags for Sarah's House, a  Christian Maternity Home dedicated to helping homeless, single and expectant mothers who want to make positive changes in their life while in a secure, residential setting.  At Sarah's House, volunteers painted two bedrooms, a hallway, entry way, and kitchen wall. In addition, they washed walls, cupboards and windows, as well as spreading bark in the yard. 


Ascension, Los Angeles spend the day cleaning up their neighborhood and having a clothing giveaway. See their Facebook page for videos highlighting their Day of Service! 


Angelica, Los Angeles honored their brothers and sisters who serve the Lord in 
their  community through the Good Samaritan program, the Senior Citizen Lunch, the Angelica Center for the Arts, and more! 


A team from  St. Mark's/Iglesia Luterana San Marcos, Los Angeles joined with the  USC Department of Public Safety  and the  LA Conservation Corps  to clean up dry tinder (a fire hazard in the California drought) from the empty lot next door to the church.  Another team went to  Central City Community Outreach  on Skid Row in Downtown Los Angeles to distribute hygiene kits with the  African Descent Lutheran Association -Los Angeles Chapter. Congregations in ADLA-LA gathered over 150 hygiene kits to distribute on Skid Row.  The confirmation class from First,  Carson joined in to help distribute  hygiene  kits.