Sunday, September 11

For a 3rd year in a row, “God’s Work Our Hands” Sunday was a successful, sunny day!  This year the dedicated day of service, Sunday, September 11th, commemorated the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.  In memory of this, the planning team decided to recognize Rochester’s 5 local fire stations for their hard work and commitment in serving our communities.  After the service, coffee and fellowship were enjoyed in the Memorial Garden and then everyone got to work.

We assembled 240 packages of 6 can soup to give out to Channel One families who come to our monthly food pantry; made 73 fleece caps for our Mittens & More Ministry; made 15 tied fleece blankets and 48 “thinking of you” cards for the children at the Ronald McDonald House; packaged 35 dozen cookies and delivered 7 dozen to each of the 5 Fire Stations; harvested about 300 lbs of produce from our Community Garden and delivered 2 totes of produce to each of the 5 Fire Stations.

A volunteer thank you lunch was served to about 90 people.  After lunch, 16 people helped with Adopt-a-Highway by cleaning up our section of Hwy 52 from Apache Mall South to the Hwy. 63 exit.  People also enjoyed taking time to get their picture taken with the classic cars parked in front of the church. Everyone could see we continue to live out our mission “gathered to grow and sent to serve” with lots of enthusiasm and energy.

Thanks to our God’s Work Our Hands Planning Team that made it all happen:  Barb Anderson, Terri Ashworth, Dawn & Danielle Koster, Mandi Mora, Jodi Solum, Nancy Wales, and Beth & Niel Wiegand.