OGDEN -- Elim Lutheran Church, 575 23rd St., in Ogden, will have its annual "Blessing of the Backpacks" during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday.
All students are invited to be blessed with their backpack for the next school year. Those who do not yet have a backpack will be given one, as supplies last.
Members of Elim have been donating backpacks and other school supplies for the last several weeks. All students blessed will be given school supplies to place in their backpacks. School supplies left after the distribution will be given to Dee School to give to children who need them.
A new feature in this year's "Blessing of the Backpacks" is that Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has selected Elim to receive one of the new "Action Team" grants in the amount of $250. Five randomly selected classroom teachers at Dee Elementary School will receive $50 Staples gift cards and Staples discount cards worth15 percent off.
"The Blessing of the Backpacks" is open to any student of any level in the community.
Membership in Elim is not required. For information, contact Elim's office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 801-394-5543.