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More than 100 area volunteers lend a hand to the community for more than 10 nonprofits

COURTESY PHOTO: GODS WORK, OUR HANDS - Two of the smallest volunteers helped pick up trash at Powell Butte. More than 100 Lutherans from seven local churches were out in force on a recent Saturday, doing good works all over East Multnomah County.

The congregations, part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, spread out across East Multnomah County for a day-long community service blitz on Saturday, Sept. 7, as part of a nationwide effort called "God's Work. Our Hands."

Volunteer Sherry Willmschen said the event was "inspiring because we were doing what God is called us to do, but also because we joined with other Lutheran Christians in our community to do so."

The volunteers worked on service projects for more than 10 community organizations, including Days 4 Girls, SnowCap Community Charities, Habitat ReStore and Powell Butte. They organized the clothing closet for St. Mark's Lutheran Church and quilted blankets and stuffed backpacks for Lutheran World Relief.

Decked out in yellow T-shirts, church members and friends from local congregations Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Church, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and St. Mark Lutheran Church participated.

COURTESY PHOTO: GODS WORK, OUR HANDS - A few of the volunteers stopped long enough for a quick photo to mark the day. Willmschen's group volunteered at a Human Solutions shelter, cleaning out the pantry and painting a gazebo where residents gather.

"We had a great time cleaning and making the food served safe and more organized. Outside, there was no paint on the plywood structure. Painted outside with two coats and still more needed," Willmschen said.

"God's Work. Our Hands" is a national day of service sponsored by the Evangelical Lutherans and is powered by congregations across the country. Thousands of church members and non-members join forces with the church for the day of service work.

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