Lutherans gather to bless the Alexandria community
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the four ELCA churches in Alexandria (Bethesda, Calvary, First and Shalom Lutheran churches) are joining hands to bless the Alexandria community Sunday, October 6 through a variety of service projects.
Indoor projects include making quilts for people in poverty overseas, writing letters to Congress on behalf of the poor and visiting homebound residents of Knute Nelson and Bethany.
Outdoor projects include cleaning up the Central Lakes Trail and Fillmore Park, staining bleachers at Knute Nelson ball field and preparing undeveloped land for Habitat for Humanity.
Participants from all four congregations are encouraged to wear “work clothes” and bring work gloves. They can choose to serve a shift from 10:30 a.m. to noon or 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Between shifts, all are invited to come together for a Lutheran tailgate party at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Alexandria from noon to 1 p.m. Hot dogs, beverages and Luther Crest cookies will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a potluck dish (salad, side dish or dessert) to share.
The public is invited to join the celebration. Bring your own lawn chairs, plates and utensils, as well as a dish to share. In case of bad weather, the picnic will be held at First Lutheran Church.
To participate in one of the service projects, contact any of the four ELCA churches or arrive at the fairgrounds by 10:30 a.m. for the morning shift or by 1 p.m. for the afternoon shift.
In addition to the Sunday service projects, many Lutherans will take part in an Operation Bootstrap Africa walk Saturday, October 5 to raise money to build a dormitory at a school for children with disabilities in Tanzania.
10:30 a.m. to noon
● Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilts – Fellowship Hall at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Street.
Mission Quilts are tools to help end poverty, injustice and human suffering. Lutheran World Relief challenged Lutherans across the U.S. to donate 500,000 quilts in 2013.
● Bread for the World letter writing campaign – Community room at Shalom Lutheran Church, 800 County Road 44 Northwest.
Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world face hunger every day. The aim is to prevent deep cuts in funding for programs that save lives and help people overcome poverty by writing letters to Congress.
● Douglas County Habitat for Humanity fall prep/lot maintenance
Help the local Habitat for Humanity chapter prepare undeveloped land for fall with mowing and other work.
● Various city park clean-up projects
Help the parks and recreation department with fall maintenance.
● Knute Nelson Ballpark staining
Helping the parks and recreation department by staining benches and railings at the ballpark. All supplies will be provided.
1 to 2:30 p.m.
All of the above morning opportunities are available again in the afternoon, plus:
● Bethany and Knute Nelson visitations
Visit some of the senior citizens at one of the care facilities in town.