Above, Hope Lutheran Church Pastor Judy Follis (right) talks with Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel at the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo before the mayor addresses a group of volunteers. Post & Mail photos / Christie Barkley
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The cityâ€™s streets were full of orange T-shirt wearing Lutheransâ€™ Sunday as three local congregations came together to volunteer in Columbia City.
The work day was part of a nation-wide initiative celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA).
â€śGodâ€™s work, our hands,â€ť was the motto for the day. Judy Follis, event coordinator and pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, saw the day as a chance to give back to the community that has supported the local ECLA congregations.
â€śWe are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work,â€ť said Follis. â€śToday is a day dedicated to serving the communities in which we live. We can do more together than we can alone.â€ť
The three churches in Whitley County participating in the day included Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hope Lutheran Church and Eberhard Lutheran Church.
All three congregations came together dressed in their T-shirts and jeans for a combined worship service at Grace Lutheran Church.
Following the service the group walked en masse to the Whitley County Courthouse where Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel addressed the crowd.
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