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Hands of Faith reach out to community

East Immanuel Lutheran Church Pastor Kathy Pennington (foreground) and Lisa Ausen were among the volunteers who worked in downtown Deer Park July 14 as part of the "Hands of Faith" effort.

East Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Amery has extended a helping hand to the community.

The church has established "Hands of Faith," a group of volunteers that is offering to help anyone who needs assistance with various tasks.

The group kicked off its efforts on July 13 and 14, as 19 people gathered and completed 167 hours of working together giving of their time and talent.

A yard was weeded, mowed and planted with flowers. Wood was stacked into a shed waiting for winter. Fieldstone was gathered for a flower bed. Meals were prepared and delivered to some in need. Trees were cut up from wind damage and weeds were whacked. Furniture was moved, supplies were sorted and organized.

The group also spent considerable time pulling weeds in Deer Park along the main sidewalks.

The group follows the commands of, "Give and it will be given to you." (Luke 6:38)

"We believe we were given to, as we gave," said group member Mona Flanum, New Richmond. "We were given a great time of fellowship with those we know and those we are getting to know. We were given tolerance from the heat, non-working equipment, frustrations we may have encountered. We were given great food at a potluck-type meal. We were given a great night of camping under God's great stars."

For any questions about this newly formed group, contact East Immanuel Lutheran Church at 715-268-2143.