What do you do when Christmas break is almost over and you’re bored or experiencing a bit of post-holiday blues, but also feeling grateful for all you have received at Christmas? You do what Jesus calls all of us to do in Matthew 25 – “…to feed, clothe, and visit the least of these.”
And, that’s exactly what members of First Lutheran did for two days last week at the “Traveling with the Wisemen” God’s Work Our Hands Mini Cross Generational Vacation Bible School.
The event kicked off with Pastor Andrew sharing the story of Epiphany and the wisemen’s journey to visit the newborn King. The star the wisemen followed on their trek to Bethlehem was a focus throughout the 2-day event as members of all ages lived out Jesus’ calling to serve others by…
* Coloring stained glass “stars”
* Sorting lemons and distributing enough food at the Center for People for over 350 people
* Packing 90+ cold weather kits for Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (Thank you to First members, Liz Steuer and Carol Olson, along with Carol’s mother, for sewing and making the hats!)
* Baking sugar “star” cookies to serve at the dinner they prepared and served to 140 people at Matt Talbot Kitchen
* Packing 50 food boxes at the Lincoln Lutheran Food Pantry that will serve 18 families
* Enjoying fellowship time with one another at the “Make Your Own Mini Pizza” dinner, talking about where they have found Jesus since Christmas Day and watching the movie, “The Star,” which tells the Christmas story through the eyes of the donkey
Thank you to all who responded to the call of doing God’s work and for using your hands to feed and clothe others! Happy Epiphany!
At First Lutheran, we are a community of disciples of Jesus Christ working for the transformation of the world. Throughout our history, we have remained committed to drawing on our Lutheran (ELCA) tradition of using meaningful worship, content-rich learning and warm hospitality to care well for our congregation, the surrounding community and the world.