God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday

God's work. Our hands. Sunday is an opportunity for everyone at St. James to serve our community, to help people in need around the world and to work together at our Core Purpose Statement:
Communicating God's Transformative LOVE
Through Compassionate Service for ALL

God's work. Our Hands. Sunday 2022:
God's work. Our hands. Sunday 2021
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make our GWOH projects successful. Quilts were tied, fleece blankets completed, lunches prepared and delivered to the Cooperbsurg Senior apartments and books were collected for "Books to the Rescue." 
A special thank you to Project Comfort - 140 quilts and 25 fleece blankets were made to be donated this year which were delivered to Bethany Ministries for distribution to people in need. 
God's work. Our Hands. Sunday 2019: 
All our hands working together completed quite a bit of work in September: 
  • 50 Quilts Tied
  • 17 Fleece Blankets Made
  • 122 LWR Personal Care Kits Assembled
  • Community Garden Cleared
  • Over 90 were served lunch at the Coopersburg Senior Apartments Picnic

Bishop Eaton

When one congregation or a group of congregations gather for service in their local communities, they are the church in that place, taking care of that part of God’s vineyard. But this is all work that we do together. When one congregation works to feed people who are hungry, that is also the entire church coming together,” says ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.

    “God’s work. Our hands.’ Sunday reminds us that we are church together for the sake of the world. 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. As you participate in the dedicated day of service, may you witness the love of God, who knows and loves each one of us.”


The first “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday, held in 2013, gave members of all ages at St. James an opportunity to live out their faith in service to others. As a church that believes God is calling us into the world together, we shared Jesus’ love with our neighbors through a multitude of service projects — from preparing meals for people, to cleaning up parks, from visiting with the elderly to writing letters to nursing home residents, from donating blood to preparing school and dental kits for orphans in Kenya.


God's work. Our Hands. Sunday 2018: 


Thank you to all who volunteered on God’s work Our hands. Sunday. In total 62 quilts were tied, 21 fleece blankets were completed, 100 personal care kits were assembled, 35 ceramic eagles were painted for purple heart veterans and the picnic was enjoyed by many residents of the Coopersburg Senior Apartments as well as St. James volunteers! The Community Garden was postponed due to the weather conditions but has now been erected and is ready for spring planting! 


2017 Service Results:

  • Landscaping trimmed around administration building
  • Restocked shelves for Betty Lou's pantry
  • Over 200 daffodil bulbs planted on property
  • 23 baby care kits assembled
  • 20 fleece blankets cut and tied
  • 80 Project Comfort quilts tied
  • 60 ceramic leaves painted for patients at Lehigh Valley Radiation Department and Philadelphia's Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Picnic served to the residents of the Coopersburg Senior Apartments


2016 God's Work. Our hands. Sunday project results: 

160 bags of soup mix were prepared for Betty Lou's pantry

2 dozen winter coats collected for Betty Lou's pantry

18 Baby care kids were prepared for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

30 Project Comfort quilts were tied for LWR

10 Fleece blankets were completed for LWR

100 people were served at a picnic at Coopersburg Senior Apartments

Over 3 dozen shoe boxes were collected for Faith Ucc Operation Christmas Child

The Coopersburg Fire Company shed has a new roof

The church entrance was leveled and seeded for grass

Our pews were cleaned and carpets shampooed


2015 God's Work. Our hands. Sunday project results: 

20 Baby care kits were prepared for Lutheran World Relief (LWR)

18 fleece blankets were completed for LWR

53 diapers were made from donated tee-shirts for LWR

113 dental kits were prepared to send to Vision Alive, an orphanage in Kenya

25 school kits were prepared to send to Vision Alive along with extra school supplies

69 pairs of shoes were collected for Vision Alive

170 Dry Soup mixes prepared and given to Betty Lou's Pantry 

Stairs were built to provide safer access to Betty Lou's Pantry shed

Weeding and other lawn maintenance work was done at the Coopersburg Living Memorial Park

And, to wrap up the day, a picnic was prepared and served to our neighbors at the Coopersburg Senior Apartments which all our various volunteers from the day were also able to share in! 

2014 God's work. Our hands. Sunday projects

  • Project Comfort: Quilt Tying
  • Prepare Dental Kits to send to Vision Alive Orphanage in Kenya
  • Pack School Kits for children at Camp Noah
  • Work project to clean up Living Memorial Park
  • Cell Phone collection to be recycled-funds going to Turning Point

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