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ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson reminded the 2013 Churchwide Assembly that on Sunday Sept. 8 the ELCA will observe the 25th anniversary of this church with a dedicated day of service. Wearing the bright, gold t-shirt designed especially for the day of service, Hanson told the assembly, “As we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary year as the ELCA, we have a unique opportunity to recognize and celebrate how we are one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On “God’s work. Our hands. Sunday” we’ll have a dedicated day of service to do just that, together as 4 million baptized believers in nearly 10,000 congregations, 65 synods and the churchwide expression. We’ve already heard from hundreds of congregations from across this church, indicating their participation and excitement for this day of service,” he said.
Hanson told the assembly that as of this week, more than 55,000 t-shirts have been ordered “to help make our witness known in communities across this country.”
“You work every day to welcome your neighbors and make your community a better place from preparing and delivering meals to helping a child learn how to read. Together, as one body, we will share God’s love and do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name,” Hanson said.