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Many Hands Make Light Work

Thrivent Action Team & members join city-wide effort to give back to their community

Cutting down trees. Raking lawns. Mopping floors. Sewing dresses. Sprucing up gardens. These are just some of the swirl of activities that more than 500 volunteers did in their mission to be the hands and feet of Jesus at more than 40 different sites across Cleveland.

It was part of CitySERVE 2014, a joint effort between Building Hope in the City, Lutheran High School West, Thrivent Financial and more than 40 urban congregations and social agencies.

Using the resources of the new Thrivent Action Team, Thrivent members John and Deb McDonnell, led a group helping Bethlehem Lutheran Church with its spring cleanup. The group included students from Lutheran High School West and a local Ukrainian church. They took down a tree that was against the building, trimmed the shrubs, spread mulch and tidied up the outside. They also mopped the inside floors to prepare them for waxing.

“It’s a small church that was vibrant for many years,” says John. “But the congregation is dwindling. This is a way for us to give back and follow Christ’s message of helping our community.”

Meanwhile, at Lutheran High School West, Thrivent member D.J. Nemeth was in the sewing room. There, nearly a dozen people made dresses out of pillowcases to send to girls in Africa. Thrivent Action Team funding supplied the pillowcases, binding and colorful trims used to make the dresses. They created nearly 40 dresses during the day’s work.

After volunteers finished their projects, they walked to benefit the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

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