When there’s a 5th Sunday in a month, we exit the pews and enter the community in service.
We believe worship can happen anywhere, in a sanctuary or in a shelter, by singing praises or by baking cookies, with other church members or complete strangers. We live out this idea by dedicating the fifth Sunday of the month – which happens just a few times a year – by spending the day caring for our neighbors in variety of ways. We call these days of service WorKship Sundays.
The next WorKship Sunday is October 28th!

We will have the opportunity to serve at Church Street Ministries; the Cleveland Kids Book Bank; on the Weeds and Seeds yard crew; as part of the Lunch Crew; as a Handy Helper on selected projects; as part of a Welcome Friends group; as part of our Halloween-themed Messages of Love activities; or as an assembler for Drop in the Bucket where we will prepare items aiding hurricane victims. There are activities to fit all ages and abilities. Sign up for a project on Sundays in the Lobby, or online through SignUpGenius. Please consider donating so we can fill 10 Disaster Cleaning Buckets for our partner organization, Church World Service – you can donate money (put your monetary donation in a pew envelope and mark it for WorKship – Drop in the Bucket) or purchase any of the items listed below. Each bucket costs about $75 to fill completely.

  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable cleaning towels (e.g., Easy Wipe)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. bottle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs heavy-duty, waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

We will be cleaning pill bottles and packaging them to send to an organization that ships them to Third World countries with other medical supplies. All pill bottles must have a cap and the label and glue needs to be removed. Our Drop in the Bucket crew will clean and package your donations so they begin a new life in countries where containers for medicine are scarce.

WorKship Sunday, July 2018 Report

Thanks to the efforts of the 86 people who participated in WorKship on Sunday, July 29th, 15 notebooks of materials for tutoring our refugee friends were assembled; 36 cards were created for members of the military who will be deployed over the holidays; 55 hand painted rocks were hidden as random acts of kindness; about 40 items were created for the Church Street Ministries annual holiday sale; 7 members who can no longer come to church were visited and communion was shared with them; the Second Mile Shop at Church Street Ministries was polished, swept and cleaned; the window frames at the home of a member were painted, and under the leadership of Jarred Sorauf, a half dozen members worked on organizing music and materials in the choir room so that all will be ready for the beginning of choir rehearsals in a few weeks.

A delicious lunch followed by worship and communion was enjoyed by all participants. Thanks to those who led the ten projects that were offered – it takes a lot of people to make WorKship happen. Special thanks to Jerry and Pam Wolf for applying for a grant from the Thrivent Foundation to fund our WorKship luncheon. The Thrivent Foundation gives money to organizations for their work promoting “generosity” and fostering a spirit of community. Last Sunday, we worked outside of the pews to serve others and as Rev. Mark stated in his worship remarks, “We walked our talk.”
WorKship Sunday, April 2018
WorKship Sunday, October 2017
WorKship Sunday, July 2017
Our July 30th WorKship Sunday included 136 church friends and members, as well as our African refugee friends. 
WorKship Sunday, April 2017
WorKship Sunday, October 23
Here are pictures from our July 2016 WorKship Sunday.