Social Ministry First
Celebration of Ministry
Join us in between services to celebrate the ministry of Pastor Lynn Bergren and Pastor Virgil Juliot
on Sunday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. Thank you for your ministry and we wish you God’s blessings.
Easter Egg Hunt and More!
Hop on over. Let’s have some fun…
We’re looking for eggs. Each and everyone!
Palm Sunday, March 25 at 11:15 a.m.
All children 5th grade and under are invited to collect eggs
and enjoy some Easter activities and games!
Maundy Thursday Noon Meal
During Holy Week, come and enjoy a warm meal in the Fellowship Room following the noon service on Maundy Thursday, March 29. The main entrée is Ham Balls with scalloped potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, dinner roll and dessert. To assist with planning, please sign up at the Welcome Center or call the church office at 944-3196.
Save the Date!
September 29-30, 2018 — All-congregation camping trip!
We will gather for fellowship and worship at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center (LOMC) near Oregon, IL
on the weekend of September 29 & 30. Look for more information after Easter.
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 pizza sauce, pizza crust mix, beef broth, tomato paste, ketchup, aspirin, allergy medicine, paper towels, pull up training pants and fabric softener to share with those in our community. Donations may
be left in the basket by the church office.
Did You Know?
The Food Pantry provides emergency rent assistance. If you are interested in helping someone pay rent, please write, “For rent assistance” in the memo of your check.