Social Ministry First
Mark your calendars for Jul Gott 2018!
Several Things Happening This Year At Jul Gott
Baked Goods and Silent Auction sale will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. - noon. 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 and Gingerbread houses will be Friday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- NEW Events this year include:
1. Chef Stephanie Godke author of; “Recipes from Cody Road” will be doing
a Cooking Demonstration from 10–11 a.m. during Jul Gott.
2. Gingerbread House Contest! Contest information/entry forms are available at the Welcome Center on click here.
Additionally, 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 years Jul Gott a success! All proceeds from Jul Gott go towards World Hunger, Backpack Blessings and the 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, Kate Reed or Cindy Groene.
Our Christmas tradition continues here at First with the support of an “Angel Tree” which will provide Christmas gifts for a local family from the Geneseo/Atkinson Food Pantry and those in need in the Geneseo area.
On Saturday, November 24, the tree will be decorated with angels and Social Ministry invites you to select
an angel of your choice, purchase the gift, wrap it in a gift bag and place it under the Angel Tree by Sunday, December 9. (Please be sure to attach your angel to the wrapped gift, so we can get it to the appropriate recipient.)
Thank you for helping celebrate our Savior’s birth with those in need. Through the years, our church has touched the lives of so many in our community with our Angel Tree and the gifts are greatly appreciated.
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 chunky style soup, flour, canned chili, vegetable oil, taco shells, toilet paper, garbage bags, dryer sheets, denture cleanser, and disinfecting wipes 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 baby clothes and towels, but will accept donations of any size clothing, accessories, kitchen items, decorations, books, games, toys, movies and music.