Elgin Lutheran churches lend helping hands

 
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Updated 9/8/2014 9:48 AM
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  • Mert Varboncoeur, of Elgin, and his grandson, Steven Lefferts, of Palatine, pick up trash Sunday in Elgin's Lords Park. Volunteers from Bethlehem, Christ the Lord, Holy Trinity and Zion Lutheran churches pitched in to get chores accomplished around the city. They joined thousands of Lutheran congregations across the country doing the same thing. They are from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin.

      Mert Varboncoeur, of Elgin, and his grandson, Steven Lefferts, of Palatine, pick up trash Sunday in Elgin's Lords Park. Volunteers from Bethlehem, Christ the Lord, Holy Trinity and Zion Lutheran churches pitched in to get chores accomplished around the city. They joined thousands of Lutheran congregations across the country doing the same thing. They are from the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin. John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteers install new backboards and hoops Sunday at Lords Park Elementary School in Elgin as volunteers from Bethlehem, Christ the Lord, Holy Trinity and Zion Lutheran churches in Elgin help local schools and parks whittle their to-do lists.

      Volunteers install new backboards and hoops Sunday at Lords Park Elementary School in Elgin as volunteers from Bethlehem, Christ the Lord, Holy Trinity and Zion Lutheran churches in Elgin help local schools and parks whittle their to-do lists. John Starks | Staff Photographer

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's national "God's work. Our Hands" day was Sunday and four congregations in Elgin came together to work on community projects.

Volunteers from Bethlehem, Christ the Lord, Holy Trinity and Zion Lutheran churches joined forces to help out at Lords Park and Lords Park and Lowrie elementary schools to knock some items off their to-do lists.

Some of the projects included cleaning the park, building basketball hoops, painting walls and working on the Quilts of Valor for members of the military.

"They put out a calling and Bam!, Zoom!, it came together," said Mert Varboncoeur from Bethlehem Lutheran Church of the group of more than 50 volunteers.

"I was so happy when they decided to do the basketball hoops because we needed it for a long time," said Minnie Claros, a volunteer from Bethlehem, of the effort to put up new basketball backboards and hoops at Lords Park Elementary School.

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