Social Ministry First
Trunk or Treat
— October 31 from 4-7 p.m.
Save the Date!
Would you love to see lots of trick-or-treaters and kids dressed up in costume? Then First Lutheran’s
Trunk or Treat event is for you! Be sure to mark the above date and time on your calendar and come
and have fun serving the children of our church, neighborhood and community! More details to follow...
Social Ministry News
Included in the bylaws for Social Ministry there is the statement that the duties of Social Ministry may include: Local community needs - “study social conditions in order to bring the cleansing and healing light of the Christian truth to be upon critical problems through thoughtful Christian discussion of facts and issues.” In this regard, Social Ministry will periodically share information on the advocacy work of the ELCA.
On May 18, 2017, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued
a joint invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. This advocacy is called, “For Such A Time As This.” Lutherans are encouraged to pray and fast on the 21st of each month.
“We fast on the 21st of the month because that is the day when 90% of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits run out for families, making the remainder of the month a hungry time. On this day, an advocacy alert will also invite participants to speak their faith by sending a message to their members of Congress.” (https://www.elca.org/prayfastact)
For more information and to hear Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s statement, please go to https://www.elca.org/prayfastact
Evangelism “Game Tubs”
The Evangelism Ministry is creating two “Game Tubs” and they will soon be available to loan out to First Lutheran individuals, families and small groups when planning a special outdoor event. Each tub will contain a Nerf bat and ball, a kickball, a set of 4 bases, football, a bocci ball set, a frisbee or two, sidewalk chalk, table games such as Yahtzee, Sorry, Checkers, children’s card games, etc. These tubs may also be an outreach tool—an opportunity to help a family who is having an event, to host
an event and welcome new residents to the neighborhood, and then to invite them to worship and to our programs.
- If you happen to have any of these or similar items and no longer need them, we would welcome donations.
Look for the “FLC Game Tubs” in the Fellowship Room!
Social Ministry reaches out to the spiritual, nutritional and physical needs of persons in our community and the world. Social Ministry here at First Lutheran serves the needs of others through some of the following activities:
- Geneseo Food Pantry - necessary home items and food are contributed monthly to low-income families by
members of First Lutheran. Scroll down to see a list of current needs.
- Audio Ministry - recordings of the Traditional Sunday service are available on CD for homebound parishioners
and others desiring copies of our worship services. Contact the church office to arrange for this service.
- Churches United Meal - meals are provided for low income persons.
- Rebuilding Together Geneseo/Cambridge - volunteers help refurbish and repair homes of those in need.
- World Hunger Appeal - fund raisers, such as fast-pitch softball with a local television station, help raise money
to help the hungry around the world.
- Lutheran World Relief - members contribute to the clothing drive to help those less fortunate around the world.
- Souper Bowl of Caring - through this effort money and food are collected nationally on Super Bowl Sunday and
then distributed to local charities.
Food Pantry Collection
The Geneseo Food Pantry is collecting flour, sugar, taco shells, chicken breast, syrup, Kleenex, all-purpose cleaners,
bar soap, allergy medicine and conditioner to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket
by the church office.
Other opportunities to help!
- During the month of September, Geneseo Super Wash, 810 W Main Street, will be donating 50 cents
to the Food Pantry for every fully paid automatic car wash. If you prefer to use tokens, they will also
donate $1 for every set of tokens purchased. (5 for $27 - Tokens have a $6 value)
- As the weather starts to cool off, light jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and jeans will be needed. We are
also in need of baby/toddler clothing, small size men’s clothing and towels. Please consider donating
your unwanted clothing and household items to the Food Pantry. Many clients get clothing at the
Food Pantry to reduce their spending on clothing for their families.
Did You Know?
The Geneseo Food Pantry has switched to a client choice method of selecting groceries. We now allow clients to select their foods instead of receiving pre-packed bags of groceries. Client choice benefits Food Pantry recipients because it empowers them to make their own food choices and helps to establish an atmosphere of dignity. By choosing their own food, recipients are sure they are receiving food that they and their families need, enjoy, and will use. Less food is wasted, and clients are getting what they truly need. Our newsletter encourages clients to plan their meals and note what they need before they come to the Food Pantry to select their groceries.