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Trunk or Treat! - October 31 from 4-7 p.m.


Do you love to hand out candy on Halloween? Would you like to stay warm while having fun passing out treats to children in our community? Then First Lutheran’s Trunk or Treat event
is for you! On Wednesday, October 31 from 4-7 p.m. you are invited to dress in costume
(if you’d like), decorate a table in the Fellowship Room (we can help you with that too!), pass out candy
and enjoy all the fun costumes and smiles! If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact
Misty Slaymaker at or 714-2838. You can also sign up in the Welcome Center. 


• Another way to participate is by donating candy. Please bring your donations to the church and place them
in the “pumpkin” container located in the Fellowship Room. We welcomed over 400 children and adults last year
so donations are greatly appreciated! 







Humanitarian Aid Requests for Another Child Foundation


Donations for humanitarian aid for Point of Hope community center and rural areas in Romania will be collected until Sunday, October 14. Please consider donating any of the following items:


• Lice treatment kits

Travel sized tubes of lotion

• Travel sized bottles of body wash

• Wash cloths for bathing


I will be leaving on October 17 for Romania with Another Child Foundation to assist in distributing aid items, shoes, coats

and clothing to rural areas. Prayers are greatly appreciated to support our mission work.


                                                                                       —Janet Larson




Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program


Christians are called to offer hospitality to strangers and foreigners. Our family has participated in the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship program for many years and have been richly blessed. The interaction with people from other cultures has enriched our family in so many ways. International students attending Chicago area universities and colleges have an opportunity for a home-stay to experience a truly American cultural tradition. Guests arrive the evening of November 21 and return to Chicago midday November 25. Application forms and informational packets are available at the Resource Center.


                                                                                       —Jim & Janet Larson







Mark your calendars for Jul Gott 2018!


Baked Goods and Silent Auction sale will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. - noon. We are looking for all types of crafters for the silent auction:  quilter, candlemaker, wood worker, etc. Additionally, we are also looking for event tickets, Cabin stay, photography packages and more for donations. All proceeds from Jul Gott go towards World Hunger, Backpack Blessings and the Food Pantry.


  • NEW this year to Jul Gott will be a Gingerbread house contest. Look for more information in next
    month’s Chimes and how YOU can be involved! This is your opportunity to help your community.

Let’s come together and get creative!






Community Christmas Dinner


We are getting organized for the annual Community Christmas Dinner at First and welcome new participants. There will be an organizational meeting on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Grace Place. The dinner will
be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Christmas Day. Mark your calendar!









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.” (

      For more information and to hear Bishop Elizabeth Eaton’s statement, please go to




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, pancake mix, muffin mix, refried beans, taco shells, toilet paper, garbage bags, freezer bags, sandwich bags and dryer sheets to share with those in our community. Donations may be left in the basket by the church office.


Another way to help!

With Halloween coming up, our clients will be shopping at the Food Pantry for Halloween costumes for their children, as well as warm clothing for the chilly fall weather. If you have any clothing or household items you
no longer need, you may donate them during business hours.















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