Days of service Scotten School, Habitat for Humanity, Nevada County elders |

Days of service Scotten School, Habitat for Humanity, Nevada County elders

Don DeThomas, of Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley, helps fill in a pipe trench at a Habitat for Humanity house being built in town.
Courtesy Trina Kleist |

More than 120 hours of service were given over two days to sing to elders, build homes and spruce up a local school.

Members of Peace Lutheran Church, in Grass Valley, joined thousands of Lutherans across the United States for the recent annual “God’s Work, Our Hands” days of service.

Now, Scotten School ­— across the street from the church — has fewer blackberry bushes, the weeds are wacked, bushes and trees have been pruned, trash has been picked up, lost clothes have been turned in to the office, and new basketball baskets have been hung up, thanks to church members’ efforts there on Sunday, said organizer Ann Gaines.

“It was a lot of work, and it looks great over there,” Gaines added.

At the Habitat for Humanity development on Joyce Drive on Sept. 26, work to complete homes No. 9 and No. 10 advanced. Peace members installed fixtures and appliances, prepared for flooring, nailed in base molding, did trim work, installed vapor barrier and prepared for roofing.

Also on Sept. 26 at Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Peace members sang favorite hymns with residents during an afternoon worship service.

The day of service is an annual effort by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ­but Peace members additionally give thousands of hours of service each year through church activities, nonprofit organizations, clubs, parks and other secular programs in western Nevada County.

For more information about Peace Lutheran’s work in the community, visit or call (530) 273-9631.

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