Learn about “God’s Work. Our hands” Sunday

Joining ELCA Congregations across the country on Sunday, September 11

Making God’s Love Known

Join us in serving our neighbors and our community!  Good Shepherd’s mission includes serving as we have been served. On Sunday, September 11, we will join with ELCA churches across the country in a day of living out our faith by serving others.  There will be brief service activities after worship at both Madison and Verona, as well as some opportunities to bake and deliver treats to first responders.  “God’s Work, Our Hands” is brought to you by the Social Action Committee and God’s Hands and Feet.

What Service Opportunities will be Available on Sunday, September 11?
God’s Work, Our Hands service activities will take place after each worship service.  Activities will include:

  • Card-making for seniors and police & fire first responders
  • putting together Birthday Bags for the food pantry
  • Packing Meadowood meals for kids at the Community Center/Library.

Volunteer for specific roles

We are looking for four (4) volunteers—two Madison, two Verona– to bake delicious treats (brownies, cookies, etc) and drop them at the church offices on Sunday 9/11.  If you can help, please email Rick Thomas

We are looking for two (2)  volunteers—one Madison, one Verona—to pick up the treats from the church offices on Monday 9/12 and deliver them to the police and fire stations closest to church as a way to thank our first responders.

If you can help, please email Rick Thomas,

Worshipping from home? You can be a part of the action!

If you are unable to join our service activities at church on September 11, here are some things you can do at home to serve others! Remember that service can happen any day of the week—it’s not exclusive just to God’s Work, Our Hands Day!

  • Pick up litter in a park or on a path near your house.  Help keep our Earth clean!
  • Volunteer at one of the Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens—either help out at Good Shepherd’s garden, or any of the other food pantry gardens in town. Fall is harvest season and there is always lots to do!
  • Bake cookies and make a delivery to a neighbor who could use some cheering up.  If you’re a parent of young children, consider dropping the cookies at their school for teachers and staff to enjoy!
  • Buy some canned food and drop it off at a food pantry near you as a donation. A few cans of soup or boxes of cereal will be greatly appreciated by any food pantry in town.
  • If you prefer not to leave your house at all:  donate items that are on an organization’s Amazon wishlist.  Briarpatch (youth outreach(, the Beacon (homeless day resource center) and Porchlight (housing organization) are examples of local organizations with Amazon wish lists. This is an easy way to be a blessing to organizations that are doing great work helping people in need!