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Members of all four ELCA churches in Alexandria, donned in bright yellow shirts, performed a variety of community service projects around the area on Sunday, including picking up litter, letter writing, quilting and visiting with elderly residents at area nursing homes. (Echo Press photos by Tara Bitzan)1 / 4
Members of all four ELCA churches in Alexandria, donned in bright yellow shirts, performed a variety of community service projects around the area on Sunday, including picking up litter, letter writing, quilting and visiting with elderly residents at area nursing homes. (Echo Press photos by Tara Bitzan)2 / 4
Members of all four ELCA churches in Alexandria, donned in bright yellow shirts, performed a variety of community service projects around the area on Sunday, including picking up litter, letter writing, quilting and visiting with elderly residents at area nursing homes. (Echo Press photos by Tara Bitzan)3 / 4
Members of all four ELCA churches in Alexandria, donned in bright yellow shirts, performed a variety of community service projects around the area on Sunday, including picking up litter, letter writing, quilting and visiting with elderly residents at area nursing homes. (Echo Press photos by Tara Bitzan)4 / 4

Lutherans were out in force Sunday during the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) God’s Work, Our Hands effort.

The four ELCA churches in Alexandria – Bethesda, Calvary, First and Shalom – joined efforts to perform a variety of community service projects around the area.

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The projects ranged from making quilts for Lutheran World Relief worldwide mission efforts and writing “Bread for the World” letters to elected officials about world hunger, to picking up litter at City Park, Fillmore Park and along the Central Lakes Trail and doing cleaning and maintenance projects at Luther Crest Bible Camp.

Participants also visited residents at Bethany and Knute Nelson, and participated in the Operation Bootstrap Africa walk to benefit a dormitory for special needs girls in Tanzania.

Many of the volunteers wore bright yellow “God’s Word, Our Hands” T-shirts with the name of their church on the back.

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