Would-be worshipers arriving at Bethany Lutheran Church, Cherry Hills Village, Colo., on May 22 were met with this sign: "Worship is canceled. Join the service."
Instead, about 700 members joined in service to the community at more than 50 partner sites. "Be the Blessing!" day was the idea of Jessica Harris Daum, pastoral intern, who wanted to help the congregation grow in its ability to reach out.
Church leaders believe the effort was the largest of its kind undertaken by a Denver church. "We will impact the lives of thousands of people in need," said Ron Glusenkamp, pastor.
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