Over 50 members of First Lutheran Church participated in this past weekend’s annual “God’s Work. Our Hands.” initiative that is sponsored nationally by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA.) Galveston’s First Lutheran Church was one of nearly 10,000 congregations that makes up the ELCA that committed to engage in service work to “make a positive change in their communities and to share God’s love.”
For this year’s project, First Lutheran’s congregation chose to participate in the Galveston Street Ministry on Saturday morning, September 12th.
Many members worked “behind the scenes” in the Parish Hall/Kitchen to prepare 200 box lunches to distribute to the indigent and homeless who attend the Ministry every Saturday morning at the corner of 20th & Winnie Streets.
And many more members -including the FLC youth – volunteered on Saturday morning to distribute food, water, soft drinks and to hand out crosses to those in attendance. In addition to food and beverage distribution, many congregation members visited one-on-one with the homeless to pray with them and to share the word of God and to provide hope to those in need.
On Saturday morning, about 26 people, clad in their G.W.O.H. t-shirts, handed out lunches, drinks and small cross necklaces.
On Sunday, the Youth Group and their parents held a fundraising luncheon to not only pay for the cost of the food/drinks, etc. for the project, but to celebrate our service to God and our community.
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States and Caribbean region with more than 3.8 million members. Known as the church of “God’s Work. Our Hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. First Lutheran Church is located at 24th and Winnie Streets in historic downtown Galveston.