God's Work Our Hands 2021

September 12, 2021

On Sunday, September 12, ELCA congregations will embark on the “God’s work. Our Hands.” day of service to strengthen their relationships with God, nurture relationships within their congregations, and enrich their communities. We hope that you will find a meaningful way to participate in RLC’s event!

Our GWOH Sunday will start with worship at 8:30am, both in-person and online. We have a super special treat as our guest will be the Bishop’s Associate for Leadership Formation and Congregational Care, Rev. Kris Totzke, who will be preaching on the work we do as a church on the synodical and churchwide levels. Come to church showing your team spirit – wear your GWOH, Resurrection, or Thrivent “Live Generously” t-shirt!

Questions/Comments about GWOH?  

Contact Becky Schuerman Choi: beckyschuerman@gmail.com

Give Donations

We currently have several collections that will end on September 12.  You may bring your donations to the Narthex or deliver when you come to drive-in communion on August 29.


Minnie’s Food Pantry:  RYOT - with all of our help - will be collecting food items for Minnie’s Food Pantry.  Add these most needed items to your shopping list!

  •          Spaghetti & spaghetti sauce
  •          Canned fruits & veggies
  •          Peanut butter & jelly
  •          Vienna sausages
  •          Boxed potatoes
  •          Hamburger Helper
  •          Bags of rice, beans


Please do not donate expired items or anything in GLASS.


Greeting cards:  We are collecting greeting cards (with envelopes, please) for the Collin County Corrections Facility. COVID has left the inmate population feeling marginalized as many friends and family members still feel uneasy about visiting or financial circumstances have limited interactions. Providing cards can enable the inmates to overcome those circumstances and rebuild the connections they have lost.  All cards are welcome - birthday, holidays, blank.  Donate the unused cards you have in your drawers or purchase new ones.  The facility houses approximately 1,000 individuals.


Men’s Clothing for First Presbyterian Church’s Streetside Showers Clothing Ministry:  When the pandemic forced First Presbyterian Church to close their Clothes Closet, it opened an opportunity to work with Streetside Showers and continue their outreach.  At Streetside Showers’ weekly visit to Plano, FPC distributes free clothing for guests.  They would appreciate men’s clothing – clean out your closet or go thrifting!  All sizes accepted but there are greater demands for certain sizes.

  •          Shorts:  waist size 30, 32, 34, 36, 38
  •          Jeans / cargo pants:  waist size 30, 32, 34, 36, 38; various lengths of 30, 32, 34
  •          T-shirts:  large, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  •          Sneakers:  ALL sizes including bigger sizes of 12, 13, 14
  •          Belts:  all sizes
  •          Caps / floppy hats
  •          Large backpacks 


Fleece:  We will be making cat beds for Plano Animal Services on GWOH Sunday.  Our stash of fleece has been dwindling over the years so donations of more to replenish our inventory wohttps://www.plano.gov/226/Animal-Servicesuld be appreciated.


Boxes:  Sturdy boxes requested for our food and clothing donations.

Give of your Time

We have a limited number of in-person activities planned for GWOH Sunday.  Due to space and materials, some of these projects will require sign-ups so take a look at our online form.  (Note – the signup form may change periodically so check regularly for updates!)


Craft Kits:  Our Sunday School team will lead a project for elementary youth to prepare and assemble craft kits that will be used for kids who visit the Hope’s Door Outreach Center.


Cat Beds:  Plano Animal Services has plenty of pet beds this year but could use smaller beds for cat crates.


Ornaments:  Our crafty Cover Girls would love to have help making some adorable Christmas ornaments that they will sell at their Christmas craft sale.  This is recommended for adults as glue guns are involved.


RYOT:  RYOT youth will be in the Narthex packing up donations.


Hope’s Door Resale Store:  A fun off-site project involves a trip to Hope’s Door Resale Store (2129 W. Parker Rd. Ste. 300) to help sort, tag, and hang donations.  This is open to no more than eight volunteers and each volunteer will need to sign a waiver and confidentiality statement.  One volunteer will need to serve as the group leader and fill out the group application.


Litter Cleanup:  Experience the satisfaction of helping our environment by doing litter cleanups along roadways. If a lot of people want to participate, we'll also have sites away from RLC.  Indicate on the signup form if you have a truck and are willing to haul trash bags from sites to the RLC dumpster.


Miscellaneous:  Check out the sign-up form for other ways to serve such as playing delivery driver or photographer.


If advocacy is a passion, please see the “Advocacy in service to our neighbor” document created by ELCA Advocacy that includes three letter-writing templates (environment, housing, hunger) and other ways you can express your concerns to policy makers.



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