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ORANGE, THE COLOR OF SERVICE: Evangelical churches volunteer in Col. City

September 9, 2013

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 — The city’s streets were full of orange T-shirt wearing Lutherans’ 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).

“God’s work, our hands,” 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.

“We are a church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work,” said Follis. “Today is a day dedicated to serving the communities in which we live. We can do more together than we can alone.”

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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