Social Ministry First
New Member Weekend coming up!
Are you interested in joining First Lutheran Church? We will receive new members in worship on the weekend of
February 23 & 24. Please contact one of the Pastors by Monday, February 11 if you are interested.
Valentine Cheer for our Shut-in’s
We will again be celebrating our First Lutheran shut-in’s with a Valentine card collection! We would like
to brighten their Valentine’s Day and let them know how much they are loved and appreciated by their church family. Valentine gift bags wibe available in the Fellowship Roomthrough Sunday, February 10.
The gift bags were decorated by the Faithtime students and are labeled with each shut-in’s name. Please feel free to add
a Valentine or treat for the shut-in of your choice. If you would like to remember all our shut-ins, we currently have twelve seniors on our shut-in list. Copies of a list of our shut-ins are available at the Valentine display. Thank you so much sharing Christ’s love with our shut-in’s on Valentine’s Day!
• Volunteers Needed — We are in need of volunteers to help deliver our Valentine gift bags.
If you would like to help deliver, you may pick up a gift bag anytime after church on Sunday,
February 10 and deliver anytime by Valentine’s Day.
Do you enjoy cooking?
Lent is just around the corner, (Ash Wednesday is March 6). We are in need of volunteer cooks that will
a soup for noon and evening suppers. These begin on Ash Wednesday and continue through Holy Week. Please sign up at the Welcome Center if you can make a soup for any of the available dates. Any questions, please contact Jenn Johnson at 945-8364.
Mark Your Calendar!
Youth Auction and Bake Sale - Sunday, March 3
Youth Auction and bake sale to follow Jazz service on Sunday, March 3! The youth will be having a live auction during the potluck at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will go to Senior High Missions like the National Youth Gathering of 2021 in Minneapolis and future mission trips. Sr. High will also be having bake sale for Potluck addition to the live auction! Our auction will be a success with your help so mark your calendars and be the highest bidder! If you would like to offer a live auction item, fill out an auction form at the Welcome Center and turn it into the office by Sunday, February 27. Any questions, please contact Haylee Gustafson.
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
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 tomato paste, tuna helper, vegetable oil, mayonnaise, syrup, dish soap, Kleenex, fabric softener, laundry soap and lotion to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.
Did you know?
Food Pantry clients can shop for clothing and household items once per week. Available in the clothing
room are clothes, accessories, sheets, blankets, towels, kitchen items, small appliances, decorations,
toys, books, music, movies, games, and puzzles. Our clients would appreciate any of these items you