By Ariana Estes

This year’s annual ELCA Day of Service, “Gods Work, Our Hands,” took place on  Sunday, Sept. 10, and kicked off the annual Virginia Synod Week of Service. Congregations across the state of Virginia gave back to Lutheran Family Services of Virginia through service projects.

“Churches lend their support in so many ways for God’s Work, Our Hands. Although the projects are usually completed in a day, the impact of the project lasts much longer,” says Leah Shank, development coordinator for LFSVA.

Lutheran Family Services of Virginia is grateful that these churches chose LFSVA as part of their service projects. Here is a look at the great work they did to support the individuals LFSVA serves.

The Legacy at North Augusta and St. Jacob-Spader Lutheran Church held school supply drives

The Legacy at North Augusta (Staunton) and St. Jacob-Spader Lutheran Church (Mt. Crawford) both held school supply drives to benefit our Harrisonburg Minnick School.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church (New Market) provided behavioral incentives for Harrisonburg Minnick School and personal hygiene kits for the Winchester Therapeutic Day Treatment program.

Muhlenberg Lutheran Church (Harrisonburg) hosted a sponsorship drive for the breakfast program at Harrisonburg Minnick School.

Bedford Lutheran Church made clothing covers for Bedford group home individuals

Bedford Lutheran Church hosted a potluck at the LFSVA group homes. The women of the church made clothing covers for group home individuals and delivered them the night of the dinner. After the meal, the group celebrated all the individuals who have September birthdays, then led a singalong.

“The night was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to socialize and continue to build relationships with the local church community,” says Elizabeth Maghsoodi, residential program manager for LFSVA.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (Basye) held a Biblical Storyteller Fundraiser to benefit the Harrisonburg Minnick School library project.

Christ Lutheran Church (Richmond) gathered art supplies for Treatment Foster Care youth to create holiday lanterns for a fundraiser. The church also gathered school supplies and prepared Thanksgiving cards for Minnick students

Zion Luthern Church and St. Mark Lutheran Church (Floyd) created homemade sensory items for the Roanoke Day Support individuals.

Holy Trinity Lutheran and Rural Retreat Lutheran Church provided landscaping at Wytheville Minnick School

Holy Trinity Lutheran (Wytheville) and Rural Retreat Parish (Rural Retreat) organized the library and did some beautiful landscaping at Wytheville Minnick School.

Redeemer Lutheran Church (Bristol) is holding a clean-up day at Bristol Minnick School in early October.

Christ Lutheran Church (Wise) will also be doing a day of service at Wise Minnick School.