“God’s Work. Our Hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
ELCA members are called to put their faith into action by engaging in service activities in their neighborhood, surrounding community, or designated area. While service opportunities are endless, ELCA members and congregations are invited to identify service projects that make sense for their local context and the congregation’s service capacity. The goal is to deepen a congregation’s and/or member’s experience in their community and offer some way for congregations to play a critical part in addressing community needs.
New Heights participates in this Sunday annually either on the last Sunday of September or through weekly projects over the course of September. It's an incredible way to engage with our community and truly live out the Gospel!
Thank you to our 2021 GWOH volunteers!
Heights Unlimited Community Resource Center (HU), located in Black Earth, is a non-profit organization that provides services and necessities such as food, clothing, and personal/household essentials to residents suffering food insecurity. Clients are then able to allocate resources for other basic needs such as rent, utilities and heat.
Heights Unlimited works with local agencies (e.g. Northwest Dane Social Services, Porchlight, Joining Forces for Families), schools, churches and others to determine ways to assist.
The story of Heights Unlimited is certainly one that shows God at work. In 2016, three mission partners from New Heights were nudged by the Holy Spirit to address food insecurities in our area. They worked, with support from church leadership, to define a business model, raise funds to begin the operation, secure a location and equipment, and connect with food supply organizations. In January 2017 Heights Unlimited opened its doors and has been serving clients ever since!!
The board, directors and coordinators are all volunteers and, as such, are unpaid. This community service center is possible because of the approximate 90 volunteers from throughout the community that give their time and talents.