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God's Work, Our Hands for Almost Like Home

For the past four years, volunteers from St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Arvada have been visiting Almost Like Home, a memory care facility right next door to the church. Twice a month, they offer communion, scripture, song and smiles to the residents and their families.

This year, St. Andrew decided to partner with Advent Lutheran in Westminster to do God’s Work, Our Hands together. They asked the director of Almost Like Home how they could serve them on September 11, and the response was, “We’d love for you to serve our residents, families and staff an appreciation dinner and we’ll provide the food!” So that’s what the two churches rallied around.


On the morning of September 11, people from both churches gathered for a spirited joint worship service at Advent Lutheran. 57 volunteers from both congregations then gathered at St. Andrew to organize into service teams and walked over to Almost Like Home. Some of the volunteers offered brief worship services with communion at the six different homes on campus while others cooked hotdogs and hamburgers and delivered dinners to the homes.

All the volunteers enjoyed serving together and getting to know their brothers and sisters in Christ during this event, and agreed to continue doing ministry together in the future. Many who participated commented that they had received more than they had given that day and everyone affirmed that we are definitely Christ’s Church, Better Together!





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