Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interest, but to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:3-4
We do not serve others because God requires it of us, we serve others because our neighbors need us. In worship our lives are re-centered in Christ. With our identity in Christ renewed, we go out the doors to love and help other people wherever we find ourselves. Whether at work, school, in the neighborhood, or even in our own families, people are in need of love and help. We are God's hands doing God's work.
Below are some ways that you can share with us in helping your neighbor.
God's Work Our Hands Work Sundays
Several times throughout the year we put our beliefs into action and do a service project on Sunday morning after a brief worship. We are happy to show the love of God in a very real way as we help local people and organizations on these mornings. Please join us for our next God's Work Our Hands Sunday!
Located in the building of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grace Connection is our area's local ministry for emergency assistance to our neighbors in need. Whether someone needs rental assistance or help with a heating bill, Grace Connection is there. Grace Connection would love you to serve and give to their cause.
Towanda Area Christian Outreach is a non-profit volunteer organization supported by local churches, individuals, civic and business community. It provides for emergency food needs in the community, serving Northeast Bradford, Towanda and Wyalusing School Districts. A family will receive enough food to feed the family for at least a three-day period. Located on Route 6 in Wysox, the hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00-12:00. TACO is closed when school is closed due to bad weather. To find out how you can help call Phone: (570) 265-4422.
Flood Recovery - Bradford Sullivan Long Term Recovery Coalition
When flooding impacts the ares, the Bradford Sullivan Long Term Recovery Coalition is there for the long haul. Based out of Trinity, but created by a group of churches and local organizations, they work to make homes safe, sanitary, and livable once again. Your organizational skills, carpentry skills, and financial gifts would be welcome.
Hezekiah's Hands is a mission of area churches that provides home repairs to needy individuals throughout Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Applications are processed through the Area Agency on Aging.
Each summer, teams of volunteers from participating churches spend one week working on repairs that make it possible for people to continue living in their homes.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties
Relationships are everything. Children in our area need mentors now more than ever. With Big Brothers Big Sisters, every adult volunteer spends 4 - 8 hours every 2 weeks with their "Little." Over the years the adult volunteers have created magical moments in the lives of children. Many times the adult's impact allows for the relationship to be pivotal in the child's life and at times the relationship extends through adulthood.
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Of course there are many other ways that you can serve. Within our own congregation we have people involved in motorcycle ministry, Special Olympics, running for charity, teaching English as a second language, and many other ways to service your neighbor. Join us and connect with someone who shares your passion.
Obviously, you can also serve others through the church itself. We have people who do visits, cook, fix things, garden, assist in worship, serve as parish nurses, and teach. But, you may be feeling the tug from God to serve in another way. You might even desire to learn to be a pastor! Join us and explore how you can serve your neighbor.
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