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Pastor Marla Amborn
Office: 651-583-2340
Cell: 651-315-3354


Pastor’s Perspectives October, 2018

God’s Work, Our Hands

The fellowship hall was filled with activity on September 23 as we did a "God’s Work, Our Hands" service project during worship. People of all ages came together filling blessing bags with a variety of items to help those in need.

Altogether we filled 30 bags to distribute to homeless people with food items, dental supplies, and socks. In addition, we filled 14 bags for women, 9 for girls, 10 for boys, with personal items and toys for the kids. Each of these bags also contained a handmade card wishing them God’s blessings and letting them know that we care about them.

Knitters were busily at work making hats, mittens and scarves – 32 bags in all – filled with warm items to help keep out the coming winter cold.

We gathered and organized many music CDs to soothe the souls of veterans in health care set-tings—16 packages of 12-14 CDs in each pack.

The bag that most tugged at the heart strings was for bag of baby items – including a hand-made quilt – for the 1-week old infant who is now living at The Refuge with her young mother.

There is a lot of pain in our world, but as a congregation we pulled together to make it a little better for many people. The generous congrega-tional donations supplemented with a $250 Thrivent Action Team grant made this possible.

A big thank you to all who participated. The director of The Refuge was overjoyed to receive the bountiful gift of blessing bags. Some members also took bags to distribute to homeless people. It will be good to hear the stories of how these they are received.

God is powerfully at work through the people of Immanuel. What a privilege it is to do God’s work with our hands!

In Christ’s service,

Pastor Marla