The New Town Parish of Bethel and Bethlehem Lutheran Congregations met for a joint worship service to start off God’s Work. Our Hands. Sunday. Peder Stenslie who is a member of the Heart River Congregation in Mandan, which worships on the grounds of theNorth Dakota Youth Correctional Center, provided the message. He described the ministry this congregation provides for NDYCC. Our quilters learned about the need for quilts for the residents when they re-enter daily life after the Youth Correctional Center. Twenty quilts have since been designated for Heart River Bridges of Hope for this purpose. Following worship the parish came together for coffee and bars plus a time of fellowship.
A pot luck dinner was provided by the parish at Lakeside Community Living Center and enjoyed by parish members and residents together. Feeding the soul through food and fellowship was the goal achievedthrough this activity. The parish then continued on to the local cemeteries.
Trimming bushes and trees, cleaning off headstones and showing respect for saints triumphant. We were able to work in all the local cemeteries.
Pastor Schmidt reports, “As I went to the post office the following week, I was stopped by local residents and asked what was going on with the yellow shirts? He responded by saying it was the ELCA’s God’s Work. Our Hands. work day. A day when our denomination comes together to glorify God through serving others. The person responded by thanking him for this workand thought it was amazing.”