Each year, usually at the beginning of September, ELCA congregations around the country join together to serve others through an event called God’s Work – Our Hands.  Obviously we are called to serve more than one day out of the year, but this is an opportunity for ALL ELCA congregations to be in service together in many and various ways at the same time.  It’s an occasion to stop and ponder the many skills and gifts we have been given.  It’s an occasion to then use those skills and gifts for the glory of God and to help others in need.  Across the country, ELCA folks will be involved with feeding the hungry, helping schools, picking up litter, giving blood, packing hygiene kits, and distributing care packages.


Last year, Salem partnered with area Lutheran congregations at the EXPO in Fishersville where we packaged 15,000 dehydrated meals to be sent around the world.  Since last year was so successful, we’re doing it again this year.

When: September 8th from 10 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro

What: We will develop an assembly line and package meals

We will be working with Rise Against Hunger, an agency that helps to educate and feed millions of people throughout the world.  One in three people worldwide are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Rise Against Hunger meals, packaged by volunteers, are designed to provide a comprehensive array of micronutrients. Rise Against Hunger meals include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients.

Please consider joining us this year as we faithfully gather to make a difference in the world.

Pastor Derek