Songs of adoration filled the sanctuary of Our Savior Lutheran during the Easter Sunday service. As usual there was a message from the pulpit and a time for tithes and offerings. But on this holiday came a special announcement from Pastor Roy Olsen.
"We will be having a free will donation offering."
It's for the victims of Thursday night's fire on Lansing's southwest side. The blaze destroyed the homes of close to 20 people living in Arbor Pointe Apartments.
"We preach in the pulpit and teach in Bible classes that Jesus came to save the lost. But he also gives us His hands to extend to the community," says Pastor Olsen.
So parishioners filled a basket full of monetary contributions Sunday morning.
"What you do for the least of these you do for me. That's one of things Jesus said," says church member Randy Leyrer.
"They suffered an extreme loss with all their household belongings and things like that. I feel like it's the one thing I could do to help out," says Marcia Hill, also a member of the church.
100 percent of the donations received Sunday and throughout the rest of the week will go towards the fire victims at Arbor Pointe.
"We have some funds here at the church that we would like to put with that. We're trying to work with some organizations that may match the funds," explains Pastor Olsen.
Funds that were received thanks to a congregation's generosity.
"Easter Sunday is about hope and certainly those people are in need of hope."
If you'd like to make a contribution you can contact Our Savior Lutheran at 517-882-8665. The church will be collecting donations for the rest of the week.