Social Ministry First
27 Days of Thanksgiving
This November, as an act of gratitude to God for our many blessings, we are inviting you
to participate in our “27 Days of Thanksgiving” food drive for the Geneseo-Atkinson
Food Pantry. You can collect an item of food to donate for each day of the month between
now and Wednesday, November 27. Bring your offering of food items to worship at First
on Thanksgiving Eve at 6:30 p.m., and we will have an ingathering of food in front of the
altar during the service. The food will be delivered to the food pantry to be distributed during the month of December. Here is our suggested donation list for each day of the month (although you are welcome to include any non-perishable food items):
Visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads ... Join us Sunday, November 24 in the Fellowship Room from
1:00-3:30 p.m. to build your own Gingerbread House! Bring your own kit and supplies - either homemade or commercial - and your own tools. Gingerbread Houses will be displayed at Jul Gott on Saturday, December 7.
Sign up at the Welcome Center or call Eddielea Sheets at (309) 441-6135. Sign up not required, but helpful!
Jul Gott is Coming!
Mark your calendars for this yearly event on Saturday, December 7th! We will continue to have the cookie
and auction and again this year Stephanie Godke author of “Recipes from Cody Road” will be doing a cooking demonstration, this was a big hit last year! Mark your calendar, bring a friend, and sign up in the Welcome
Center so we are sure we have enough seats!!
We also need everyone’s help to make this event a success again this year. We are seeking crafters for
silent auction; quilter, candlemaker, wood worker, etc. Additionally, we are also looking for event tickets, Cabin stay, photography packages, filled baskets and more for donations. We love your creativity! Drop off for cookies, silent auction items will be on Friday, December 6th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sign up sheets to bring craft items, cookies and join us in the Cooking demonstration are also
located at the Welcome Center. We need YOUR help in making this year’s Jul Gott a success! All
proceeds from Jul Gott go towards World Hunger, Backpack Blessings and the Geneseo/Atkinson
Food Pantry. Please consider a donation this holiday season! If you have any questions please
call Diane Converse at (309) 269-6031 or speak with any committee member - Linda Storm, or
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 sugar, flour, canned chili, pancake mix, oatmeal, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, garbage bags and mouthwash to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.
Another way to help!
Many Geneseo and Atkinson residents receive clothing and household items from the Food Pantry to help them stay within their budget. The Food Pantry is currently in need of winter coats of all sizes, but we will accept donations of any size clothing, accessories, kitchen items, decorations, books, games, toys, movies and music.