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Our hands come in all sizes, do all kinds of work – cooking, gardening, typing, writing, cleaning, expressing – as well as consoling, caressing, caring, and holding. Our hands, no matter how young, old, smooth, calloused, wrinkled, all do God’s work.

We would like to do something to celebrate our congregation during this time when we can’t be physically together. Starting on Sunday, November 1 with our Totenfest service, and ending Thanksgiving weekend, we would like to have as many representations of our hands in the sanctuary as possible. Everyone is invited to participate.

To participate, please trace your hand, or hands, like we’ve all done when making Thanksgiving turkey decorations. You can also trace them in a prayerful or trace the sign for “I love you” – whatever appeals to you. Please then decorate your hand(s) in any way and with anything you’d like. You don’t even have to decorate – just add your name. You can cut them out or leave them to adorn an entire sheet of paper. Whatever you do will be as unique and as special as your own hands.

There are several ways to get your hands to the church:
1. You can mail them to the church (25 E. Benton Ave., Naperville, IL 60540).
2. You can drop them off at Penny Schaschwary’s home (845 S. Wright St., Naperville 60540).
3. You can drop them off at Christopher Lorimer’s home (1552 Killdeer Dr., Naperville 60565).
4. You can drop them off at the upcoming Styrofoam & Signs event at church on Saturday, October 24 (12:00 noon until 3:00 p.m.).
5. You can drop them in a box that will be placed by the back door of the church starting on October 18.

We would like to have them by Sunday, October 25 so they can be displayed for everyone to see at our livestream service on November 1.

We’d love to have as many of us participate as possible. While this may seem like an arts and crafts project to some, the intent is far greater. Let’s put our healing hands, praying hands, working hands, loving hands together, to represent the spirit of our community in the sanctuary.

For more information, please contact Christopher Lorimer or Penny Schaschwary.

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