Social Ministry First




“Race: The Power of An Illusion”


If you were not able to attend our Race: The Power of An Illusion video showing and group discussion in September, you are still able to take part in this national conversation by viewing the video and reading

the accompanying resources from the comfort of your own home. All three videos are viewable online

at, or by checking

the church’s DVD set out from the church office. Then visit

and click on Resources for thought provoking material that can also serve as conversation starters. If you

would like to talk about what you’ve seen and read, our Social Ministry committee would like to hear from

you and have good conversation about it.





           Trek or Treat

     A “Spooktacular” afternoon of socially distanced Halloween fun for children and families!


Instead of our traditional “Trunk or Treat” we have changed it to “Trek or Treat.” On Saturday, October 24 from 2-4 p.m. children, together with their families, will navigate a spooky trekkers map to make it from home to home to gather ghostly goodies from mailbox type outposts. Trek or treating ticks all the safety boxes to avoid unnecessary exposure and allows
your children and families the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a Spooktacular afternoon socially distanced with friends. We invite you to take pictures/videos and post them on our Facebook page or send them to

                        Kids: Look for your spooky map in the mail with directions
                                   on how to complete your ghostly trek through the town!

How Can You Help?
We are looking for church members to serve as an “outpost” on our trek. Abbey Cathelyn, Director of Youth & Family
Ministry, will be contacting you with details about this awesome event. We are focusing on some of the main neighborhoods

in our community where members of our church live. We are looking for volunteers from the following neighborhoods: Country Manor, Richmond Hill, Oakwood/Hillcrest and Maple Bluff. This is an easy, no contact way to serve the children

and families in our church! Stay tuned!






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-Atkinson Food Pantry is collecting mayonnaise, brown sugar, pizza crust mix, pizza sauce, popcorn, freezer bags, pain relievers, all-purpose cleaner, bleach and Kleenex to share with those in our community. Donations may be left

in the basket by the church office.


Another way to help! — As the weather starts to cool off, light jackets, long-sleeved shirts, and jeans will be needed. Baby and toddler sized clothing is especially needed now. Many clients get clothing at the Food Pantry
to reduce their spending on clothing for their families.


• The Food Pantry will be closed Monday, October 12, in observance of Columbus Day.







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