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“God’s Work. Our Hands.”


“God’s Work. Our Hands.” is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.  On this Sunday, September 13, 2015, congregations across the United States participated through various activities and left great impact upon their local communities through acts of service in the name of Christ.

This year, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Olean, joined the growing list of congregations participating in “God’s Work. Our Hands.” St. Paul Olean has planned multiple projects to address needs within our community.

On Saturday, September 12, we began a collection drive for two organizations – South Ripley Community Schools and Back Door Friends of Faith.  At the local Farmers Market held on the Town Square, we had a booth where members of the community could meet us at a public space, drop off donations of winter clothing, school supplies, and toiletries, and get to know the people of St. Paul Olean.  As part of this day, visitors to our booth were also offered the opportunity to create no-sew fleece hats to be donated to Back Door Friends of Faith.

While things were happening on the Square, Team Courage participated in the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk in honor and in memory of all our loved ones affected by heart disease and stroke.

After worship service and a pitch-in lunch on September 13, we worked along a four-mile stretch of Indiana State Road 129 to pick up trash.  The garbage collected far exceeded the space in the church’s dumpster!

During this week, we will continue to collect items for our annual rummage sale which is scheduled for Saturday, September 19. This event provides a loving outreach to our community – a way for us to be an ever-positive presence in our community and to spread God’s word.

Looking forward, St. Paul Olean will be participating – as we have for many years – in the annual Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk scheduled for October 4.

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Team Courage Completes 2014 Heart Walk

Blessings to those who braved the chilly temperatures this morning to walk in the annual Heart Walk in Columbus, Indiana.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s mission in action! The annual Tri-County Heart Walk promotes physical activity and heart-healthy living in a fun, family environment. It is a time of celebration for those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the monies needed to fund life-saving research and education, advocate for health and save lives!

Team Courage

The 2013 Tri-County Columbus Heart Walk on Saturday, September 14th is our “Mission in Action.” The Heart Walk will be held at Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus, IN. The walk will take place from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Participation in this fou-hour walk is a great way for us to raise money for the American Heart association. The American Heart Association is the largest voluntary health organization working to prevent, treat and defeat heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.

“Team Courage” has been formed to include St. Paul Lutheran Church Olean and friends and family of Olean to raise money for the American Heart Association. We will be participating to honor and remember all of our loved ones who have been affected by Heart Disease and Stroke.  We would like to compile a list of those members of our Congregation who have been affected by Heart Disease, Heart Attack and Stroke.

If you have questions, see Karen Huntington or Teresa Lawrence or do an internet search of “2013 Tri-County Columbus Heart Walk on Saturday, September 14th”. Your prayers are much appreciated in support of this new project.