Church celebrates anniversary by giving back to community

By Alyssa Donovan

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 4:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Local congregation members celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by giving back to the community.

More than 50 volunteers from area Evangelical Lutheran churches spent the day working on the trail outside of the Crittenton Centers in Peoria.

The project, "Gods Work, Our Hands," is part of a nationwide event to commemorate the founding of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America.

Crittenton centers project manager Sarah Chapman said the trail has been built gradually by various community businesses and volunteer groups.

"We could not do it without the support of this community we've had so many volunteers throughout the summer come and help," said Chapman. "Today is the largest group we've had so we truly appreciate all the help from the local Lutheran churches."

Chapman said the trail promotes health and wellness.

It is expected to be complete next month.

ELCA members also served at the Habitat for Humanity Restore on Main street and the South Side Missions Camp Kearney.

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