Social Ministry First
LWR Baby Care Kits
Bringing a baby into the world can be a difficult and scary thing for a mother living in poverty. A “Baby Care Kit” from LWR provides the things a mother needs to care for her baby the way she hopes to — soft blankets to give warmth and comfort, soap to keep germs away. Lack of something to dress her baby in often keeps a mother isolated from her community, but the clothes in a Baby Care Kit welcome both mother and baby out into the world. Baby Care Kits items are now being collected through the end of July.
Here are the items included in each kit:
• 2 lightweight cotton t-shirts
• 2 long- or short-sleeved gowns or sleepers (without feet)
• 2 receiving blankets, medium-weight cotton or flannel (up to 52” square)
• 4 cloth diapers (flat fold preferred)
• 1 jacket, sweater or sweatshirt with a hood, or include a baby cap
• 2 pairs of socks
• 1 hand towel (dark color recommended)
• 2 or 3 bath-size bars (8 to 9 oz.) of “gentle” soap (in original wrapping)
• 2 large safety pins
Clothing between 6 and 24 months (No newborn clothing, please) and may be “gently” used and in good condition.” Donations may be left in the basket outside the church office.
Another Child Foundation
Another Child Foundation is asking for assistance to provide much needed supplies for school children both locally and internationally. This year the collection will be for specific supplies as listed below. There is a display in the Fellowship Room with tags indicating items that are needed for Project Respond. We will also be taking donations of scarves, coats and
shoes. Contact Janet Larson for additional information.
Supplies requested for 2021 school supplies: yellow highlighters, pink school erasers, kid’s scissors,
glue sticks, watercolor sets, disinfecting wipes, markers, colored pencils, and bookbags. Cash donations
to cover shipping and additional supplies are greatly appreciated.
• Mission Trip Opportunities — Short term mission trip opportunities are listed on Another Child Foundation website, anotherchildfoundation.org. Humanitarian distribution trip will be to Romania October 14-24, 2021 and to Guatemala November 10-20. Another trip to Romania is scheduled for some time in December. There are two opportunities for local mission opportunities in Chicago: August 2-8 with The Dream Center and in December with Operation Christmas Child to
help process/pack shoeboxes. Check out details on the ACF website.
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-Atkinson 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 barbecue sauce, canned mushrooms, canned spinach, dried fruit
and parmesan cheese to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.
Another opportunity … If you are watching your garden grow, please remember that the Food Pantry appreciates donations of fresh produce. Please consider donating a new or used fan to the Food Pantry.
We are also accepting donations of summer clothing and household items, and we’re especially in need
of sheets and towels. Thank you for your continued support!