The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Hearts and hands and feet

It's all for a good cause

Young people recently put both hands and feet together for good causes. Sixth-graders at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wheaton, Ill., assembled a wooden glider — from drilling the holes to sanding and staining it. The glider was put in the back of the sanctuary so people can calm fussy babies while not missing the service.

And at First Lutheran Church, Tacoma, Wash., Peter Arbaugh pedaled his way toward helping others — 20 miles, in fact. He was one of four bikers — the only youth from First — who rode to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. His pledges contributed to the $2,300 raised by First through the ride and other methods.

Collin White put his best foot forward for a good cause too. In 1999 water from the Volga River flooded his church, Hope Lutheran, Littleport, Iowa. Collin raised money to help move the building to higher ground by walking 15 miles from his home in Strawberry Point to Littleport. His pledges quickly grew to $1,200 after a newspaper wrote about his effort.

 That was just the start. "About 6 a.m. [during the walk] I got a donation from one of my 4-H leaders, who was out doing his milking," Collin wrote in the synod supplement to The Lutheran. "I was five minutes late for the 8:30 a.m. service at Hope (he left at 5:30 a.m.), but the congregation forgave me. In the middle of the worship service, Girl Scouts from Marquette-McGregor [Iowa] presented me with a check for $312.

"I've collected $3,500 .... Most recently, I got a phone call from a man in Orlando, Fla., who said he would send money, so I may still get donations. ... That was what Hiking for Hope was all about."


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