John Pollman and Wilma Kucharek, bishop of the Slovak Zion Synod, prepare food on “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. On Sept. 8, hundreds — maybe thousands — of congregations celebrated the ELCA’s 25th anniversary by participating in the day of community service. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Trumbull, Conn., packaged enough macaroni and cheese meals to feed 10,000 in the Bridgeport, Conn., area, and donated cases of bagged meal mixes to a food bank. More than 25 percent of Holy Trinity’s members participated (85 volunteers, ages 4 to 84), along with three other ELCA churches. For the service day, more than 60,000 yellow shirts were sold and at least 500 congregations signed up on the ELCA website indicating their projects — from cleaning up parks to feeding the hungry.
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