Lutherans join ‘God’s Work, Our Hands’ day of service
Special to The Union
Members of Peace Lutheran Church will wear bright yellow T-shirts around Grass Valley this weekend as they show God’s love to their neighbors.
One of those neighbors is Catherina Rosevear, a single mother working with Nevada County Habitat for Humanity to build a house for her family in the Heritage Oaks development off Whiting Street in Grass Valley.
Peace members have been involved in leading and supporting Habitat projects since the chapter started in 1995, but on Saturday, they’ll build as part of a national day of service.
“These are people I don’t even know,” Rosevear said recently as Habitat volunteers worked on her future home’s foundation. “I’m not used to having a whole lot of support in my life … It’s changed my life.”
Changing lives is the goal.
“We’re sharing God’s love. We’re truly trying to do God’s work,” said Ann Gaines, who is organizing the Peace volunteers.
Peace members already volunteer thousands of hours yearly with many nonprofits in western Nevada County. But this weekend, their shirts will proclaim “God’s Work, Our Hands” as they join a day of service coordinated by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The synod includes 4 million members in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, according to http://www.ELCA.org.
On Sunday, church members will work at Scotten School, sing at Golden Empire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and make a quilt for Kare Crisis Nursery, Gaines said.
Peace members also volunteer regularly at Interfaith Food Ministry and Hospitality House. They contribute to many more local nonprofits including Child Advocates of Nevada County and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition. Church members also contribute to disaster relief efforts at home and abroad.
Lutherans have a long tradition of service, springing from Jesus’ command to “love your neighbor as yourself” and put faith into action, organizers said.
“We are a kind of undercover force for good,” said ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, in Chicago. “But on ‘God’s Work, Our Hands’ Sunday, we come out in our yellow shirts in the thousands to do this work together…
“Our lives have been changed by our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and it’s that encounter with Jesus that frees us to make a difference,” Eaton said.
To learn more about Peace Lutheran Church, visit http://www.PeaceLutheranGV.org or call (530) 273-9631. Peace is at 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley; Sunday services are at 8:45 and 11 a.m.
Grass Valley resident and freelance writer Trina Kleist can be reached at email@example.com or 530-575-6132.
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